Parliament panel probing Easter blasts asks Taj Samudra to provide April 21

first_img After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Cabinet asks finance panel to consider securing funds for defence By PTI |Colombo | Published: July 11, 2019 6:27:44 pm Top News Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Advertising Advertising Nine suicide bombers carried out a series of devastating blasts on April 21 that tore through three churches and three high-end hotels frequented by tourists in Sri Lanka’s deadliest terror attack since the devastating civil war with the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) ended in 2009.The Islamic State claimed the attacks, but the government blamed local Islamist extremist group National Thawheed Jamaath (NTJ) for the bombings which killed 258 people, including 11 Indians, and injured hundreds. Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) Ananda Kumarasiri, during the proceedings of the panel last evening, sought the list of guests from Hotel Taj Samudra, the Daily Mirror reported. “Obtaining this list could help shed some light on why Hotel Taj Samudra was spared by the terrorists who launched these attacks,” Kumarasiri said.His comments came after Member of Parliament Dayasiri Jayasekara asked the committee to direct authorities to investigate as to why one of the Easter Sunday attackers did not set off his bomb at the Taj Samudra Hotel in Colombo despite visiting the facility and to also find out who was at that hotel on April 21.Abdul Latheef Mohamed Jameel, 37, one of the suicide bombers, attempted to bomb the Taj Samudra hotel of Tata Group’s hospitality arm, Indian Hotels Company Ltd (IHCL), on April 21. But his bomb probably failed and he was seen leaving the premises. He later blew himself up at a motel in the suburb of Dehiwala, killing two guests. Easter blasts, Easter blasts probe, Easter blast parliamentary panel probe, Easter blasts guests, Taj Samudra, Sri lanka, Sri lanka news, Islamic State, World news, Indian Express news “Obtaining this list could help shed some light on why Hotel Taj Samudra was spared by the terrorists who launched these attacks,” Chairman of the Parliamentary Select Committee (PSC) Ananda Kumarasiri said. (File photo)A Sri Lankan parliamentary panel, investigating the Easter Sunday attacks in which 258 people were killed, has asked the luxury Taj Samudra hotel here to provide the list of guests who were staying there and ate breakfast on April 21, a media report said Thursday. Post Comment(s)last_img read more

Somalia extremist attack in port city of Kismayo kills 10

first_imgAbdi Ahmed, a local district official, told The Associated Press the death toll may rise as fighting continued inside the Asasey Hotel between the extremist gunmen and security forces. He said gunfire is continuing inside the hotel.He said most of the victims were patrons of the hotel, which is often frequented by lawmakers and local officials. He said the victims include two journalists.The attack started with a suicide car bomb blast and then gunmen stormed into the hotel. Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamic rebels have claimed responsibility. Related News By AP |Mogadishu | Published: July 13, 2019 9:57:49 am Explained: Is Somalia ready for a one-person one-vote election? Post Comment(s) Mogadishu-based independent radio station Radio Dalsan confirmed to The Associated Press that Canadian journalist Hodan Nalayeh and her husband, Farid Jama Suleiman, died in the attack.“I’m absolutely devastated by the news of the death of our dear sister Hodan Nalayeh and her husband in a terrorist attack in Somalia today. What a loss to us. Her beautiful spirit shined through her work and the way she treated people,” Omar Suleiman, a Texas-based imam who knew the victim, wrote on social media.Nalayeh was born in Somalia in 1976, but spent most of her life in Canada, first in Alberta and then in Toronto. She founded Integration TV, an international web-based video production company aimed at Somali viewers around the world. She was the first Somali woman media owner in the world. Advertising Somalia security forces end militant attack on hotel that killed 13  Advertising Somalia, Somalia attack, Kismayo, Kismayo attack, Somalia attack death, Al-Shabab, Al-Shabab attack, World news, Indian Express, latest news The attack started with a suicide car bomb blast and then gunmen stormed into the hotel. Somalia’s al-Shabab Islamic rebels have claimed responsibility.At least 10 people, including two journalists, were killed in an extremist attack Friday on a hotel in the port city of Kismayo, a Somali official said. Car bomb and all-night hotel siege kill 26 in Somalia’s Kismayo last_img read more

EUs New Copyright Directive Could Break the Internet

first_imgFree Expression Catastrophe A copyright directive that some fear could break the Internet cleared the final hurdle in the European Union on Monday.The Council of the European Union approved the directive, which makes platforms for user-uploaded content — like Google and Facebook — legally liable for violating the rights of copyright holders. It requires them to obtain the permission of the holders before posting content to their sites.If they don’t have the rights to a piece of content, the directive requires the platform to make its best efforts to obtain an authorization, to ensure the unavailability of unauthorized content. They also must act expeditiously to remove any unauthorized content brought to their attention and prevent future uploads of that content.The directive requires that copyright holders be compensated for the display of excerpts of their works — or even links to them — on a website.”With today’s agreement, we are making copyright rules fit for the digital age,” said European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker.”Europe will now have clear rules that guarantee fair remuneration for creators, strong rights for users and responsibility for platforms,” he continued. “When it comes to completing Europe’s digital single market, the copyright reform is the missing piece of the puzzle.” Harms Online Innovation Cut-and-Paste Policy Chilling Effect Because it targets the major online platforms, the directive will have a negative impact on the digital economy, predicted Eline Chivot, a senior policy analyst in the Belgium offices of the Center for Data Innovation, a think tank studying the intersection of data, technology and public policy.”The adoption of this reform reflects the unfortunate way in which policymakers tend to directly copy and paste offline world regulations to the online world,” she told TechNewsWorld.Because online platforms will become liable for copyright infringement, they’re going to have to negotiate rights deals or seek consent before posting content to their sites.”That will harm online platforms’ business models by forcing a licensing business model on open platforms,” Chivot explained.”Companies such as Facebook or Google are now able to provide free services to users because they host content that doesn’t require a cumbersome web of licenses,” she said. The directive “sets a precedent, introducing more complexity for their user-generated content. Will they have to strike a licensing deal with everyone uploading a recipe?”There will be not only an administrative burden on websites driven by user-content, but also a financial burden.”It is important to note that the European digital economy already lags and its platforms will not be able to compete, given such rules will make it more difficult for them to grow,” Chivot said.”They may not be able to remunerate publishers to be able to host content; hence this will limit their reach to a broad audience of web users,” she continued. “This creates legal uncertainty that will hamper innovation.”center_img The directive undermines the legality of the tools and sites that Europeans use every day to share thoughts, ideas, culture, humor and science, according to the Computer & Communications Industry Association, a nonprofit tech advocacy group.The directive increases the incentives for platforms to over-filter and over-remove users’ uploads at the expense of legitimate uploads, it maintained.The “snippet tax” created by the directive risks restricting freedom of information online, the association warned.”Despite recent improvements, the EU directive falls short of creating a balanced and modern framework for copyright,” said CCIA Europe Senior Policy Manager Maud Sacquet.”We fear it will harm online innovation and restrict online freedoms in Europe,” she continued. “We urge member states to thoroughly assess and try to minimize the consequences of the text when implementing it.”Member states have an opportunity to “minimize the consequences” when they fashion local legislation that will use the directive as a model. They have 24 months to do that from the time the directive is published in the Official Journal of the EU. Although the directive does not mention content filters, they hang over the measure like an unshakable regret.The directive “does not explicitly call for their use, but to be able to scan content before it is uploaded to see if it is copyrighted, the use of upload filters by platforms may be inevitable out of an abundance of caution,” Chivot noted.”Platforms will want to avoid the risk of not complying and the risk of facing penalties,” she continued. “As a result, this could restrict users’ access to content.”One reason filtering content raises the hackles of free speech groups is that even the best filters are seriously flawed.”Some algorithms used for these filters cannot make a distinction between perfectly legal reuse of content and actual infringements,” Chivot noted.Moreover, “the compliance burden may lead companies to redirect some of their resources that could have been spent on innovation,” she pointed out.In addition, to comply with the directive, regimes will need to be created to settle ownership disputes. Those regimes could pose a nightmare scenario for legitimate rights holders who have had their rights challenged by an adversary.”Even if the filters only make mistakes 1 percent of the time, on a half a trillon pieces of content a day, that’s millions and millions of case adjudications that are going to have to be made by human beings,” said Cory Doctorow, a special advisor to the San Francisco -based Electronic Frontier Foundation, an online rights advocacy group.”The line to get your case reconsidered by the platform could stretch to months,” he told TechNewsWorld.”If you’re talking about something newsworthy, then it’s going to show up long after anyone gives a damn,” Doctorow said. “That’s why this is catastrophic for free expression.” It remains to be seen how the individual nations in the EU will fashion their copyright laws based on the directive, but it’s likely that platforms will become more conservative in what they allow users to upload, observed Gus Rossi, global policy director at Public Knowledge, an advocacy group based in Washington, D.C.”That has a high potential of harming free speech online,” he told TechNewsWorld.”The directive creates a chilling effect on Internet platforms,” Rossi said. “If you’re an online platform, your incentives are to diminish your risks and limit what your users upload.”Even if you want to comply with the law, it won’t be easy.”You’re going to have 27 or 28 different flavors of a directive that’s very vague and very contentious, which means 27 or 28 countries are going to go through internal litigation to try to determine what the correct interpretation of the law is,” said Rossi.”This will eventually end up in front of the European Court of Justice,” he predicted. “So for the next three to five years, there will be legal uncertainty.” John P. Mello Jr. has been an ECT News Network reportersince 2003. His areas of focus include cybersecurity, IT issues, privacy, e-commerce, social media, artificial intelligence, big data and consumer electronics. He has written and edited for numerous publications, including the Boston Business Journal, theBoston Phoenix, Megapixel.Net and GovernmentSecurity News. Email John.last_img read more

Expectations about pain intensity can become selffulfilling prophecies

first_img Source:https://www.colorado.edu/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 14 2018Expect a shot to hurt and it probably will, even if the needle poke isn’t really so painful. Brace for a second shot and you’ll likely flinch again, even though – second time around – you should know better.That’s the takeaway of a new brain imaging study published in the journal Nature Human Behaviour which found that expectations about pain intensity can become self-fulfilling prophecies. Surprisingly, those false expectations can persist even when reality repeatedly demonstrates otherwise, the study found.”We discovered that there is a positive feedback loop between expectation and pain,” said senior author Tor Wager, a professor of psychology and neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder. “The more pain you expect, the stronger your brain responds to the pain. The stronger your brain responds to the pain, the more you expect.”For decades, researchers have been intrigued with the idea of self-fulfilling prophecy, with studies showing expectations can influence everything from how one performs on a test to how one responds to a medication. The new study is the first to directly model the dynamics of the feedback loop between expectations and pain and the neural mechanisms underlying it.Marieke Jepma, then a postdoctoral researcher in Wager’s lab, launched the research after noticing that even when test subjects were shown time and again that something wouldn’t hurt badly, some still expected it to.”We wanted to get a better understanding of why pain expectations are so resistant to change,” said Jepma, lead author and now a researcher at the University of Amsterdam.The researchers recruited 34 subjects and taught them to associate one symbol with low heat and another with high, painful heat.Then, the subjects were placed in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) machine, which measures blood flow in the brain as a proxy for neural activity. For 60 minutes, subjects were shown low or high pain cues (the symbols, the words Low or High, or the letters L and W), then asked to rate how much pain they expected.Then varying degrees of painful but non-damaging heat were applied to their forearm or leg, with the hottest reaching “about what it feels like to hold a hot cup of coffee” Wager explains.Related StoriesHow a simple MRI scan can help patients with anginaCreating a physical and genetic map of Cannabis sativaNew computational model explores daily pain sensitivity rhythmsThen they were asked to rate their pain.Unbeknownst to the subjects, heat intensity was not actually related to the preceding cue.The study found that when subjects expected more heat, brain regions involved in threat and fear were more activated as they waited. Regions involved in the generation of pain were more active when they received the stimulus. Participants reported more pain with high-pain cues, regardless of how much heat they actually got.”This suggests that expectations had a rather deep effect, influencing how the brain processes pain,” said Jepma.Surprisingly, their expectations also highly influenced their ability to learn from experience. Many subjects demonstrated high “confirmation bias” – the tendency to learn from things that reinforce our beliefs and discount those that don’t. For instance, if they expected high pain and got it, they might expect even more pain the next time. But if they expected high pain and didn’t get it, nothing changed.”You would assume that if you expected high pain and got very little you would know better the next time. But interestingly, they failed to learn,” said Wager.This phenomenon could have tangible impacts on recovery from painful conditions, suggests Jepma.”Our results suggest that negative expectations about pain or treatment outcomes may in some situations interfere with optimal recovery, both by enhancing perceived pain and by preventing people from noticing that they are getting better,” she said. “Positive expectations, on the other hand, could have the opposite effects.”The research also may shed light on why, for some, chronic pain can linger long after damaged tissues have healed.Whether in the context of pain or mental health, the authors suggest that it may do us good to be aware of our inherent eagerness to confirm our expectations.”Just realizing that things may not be as bad as you think may help you to revise your expectation and, in doing so, alter your experience,” said Jepma.last_img read more

People with Alzheimers disease using strong opioids have increased risk of hip

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Nov 26 2018People using strong painkillers, opioids, have twice the risk of hip fracture compared to non-opioid users, a new study from the University of Eastern Finland shows. The risk was highest in the first two months of opioid use. The results were published in the PAIN journal.The risk of hip fracture increased with increasing opioid strength. Use of weak opioids, such as codeine and tramadol, was not associated with the risk of hip fracture. However, moderately strong opioids, such as buprenorphine, were associated with a two-fold risk, and strong opioids, such as oxycodone and fentanyl, were associated with almost a three-fold risk, compared with non-use. Buprenorphine and fentanyl were almost solely used as patches in this study.Opioids are used for the treatment of severe pain in cases where other painkillers fail to produce a sufficient response. Opioids impact on the central nervous system and for this reason, opioid use may cause attentional impairment or drowsiness. Opioids are known to increase the risk of falls which, in turn, may lead to hip fracture in older people.The study was based on the nationwide register-based MEDALZ study conducted at the University of Eastern Finland. For this study, 23,100 community-dwelling persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in Finland during 2010-2011 were included. From this sample, new opioid users were identified and matched with opioid non-users.​ Source: http://www.uef.fi/-/vahvojen-kipulaakkeiden-kaytto-lisaa-lonkkamurtuman-riskia-alzheimerin-tautia-sairastavillalast_img read more

Common food preservative may influence effectiveness of flu vaccines

first_img Source:https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2019/food-additive-may-influence-how-well-flu-vaccines-work/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 8 2019Michigan State University scientists have linked a common food preservative to an altered immune response that possibly hinders flu vaccines.The study conducted in mice, presented at the 2019 Experimental Biology meeting in Orlando, Fla., April 7 at 9 a.m., offers up a new potential factor in vaccine effectiveness.Tert-butylhydroquinone, or tBHQ, can be found in several food products including cooking oils, frozen meats (especially fish) and processed foods such as chips and crackers. Products don’t always have to include it on ingredient lists.”If you get a vaccine, but part of the immune system doesn’t learn to recognize and fight off virus-infected cells, then this can cause the vaccine to be less effective,” said Robert Freeborn, a fourth-year doctoral student who led the study with Cheryl Rockwell, an associate professor in pharmacology and toxicology. “We determined that when tBHQ was introduced through the diet, it affected certain cells that are important in carrying out an appropriate immune response to the flu.”Related StoriesAustralian doctors are overprescribing flu antivirals, study revealsLow humidity could be flu virus’ best friendAntibiotics can wipe out early flu resistance, study findsUsing various flu strains including H1N1 and H3N2, Freeborn and Rockwell focused on CD4 and CD8 T cells and incorporated tBHQ into the food of mice in an amount comparable to human consumption.”CD4 T cells are like movie directors that tell everyone else what to do,” Freeborn said. “The CD8 T cells are the actors that do what the director wants.”The researchers looked at several response factors including whether the T cells showed up, were able to do the right job and ultimately, recognize and remember the invading virus.”Overall, we saw a reduced number of CD8 T cells in the lung and a reduction in the number of CD4 and CD8 T cells that could identify the flu virus in the mice that were exposed to tBHQ,” Freeborn said. “These mice also had widespread inflammation and mucus production in their lungs.”TBHQ also slowed down the initial activation of T cells, reducing their ability to fight off an infection sooner. This allowed the virus to run rampant in the mice until the cells fully activated.A second phase of the study showed the additive hindered the immune system’s ability to remember how to respond to the flu virus, particularly when another strain was introduced at another time. This resulted in a longer recovery and additional weight loss in the mice.”It’s important for the body to be able to recognize a virus and remember how to effectively fight it off,” Freeborn said. “That’s the whole point of vaccines, to spur this memory and produce immunity. TBHQ seems to impair this process.”last_img read more

Psoriasis patients frequently use complementary or alternative therapies to treat their symptoms

first_imgAcknowledging that these treatments are part of patients’ armament, Friedman and his team suggest that educational initiatives that enable physicians to discuss evidence-based complementary and alternative medicine may improve patient satisfaction and outcomes. Source:George Washington UniversityJournal reference:Friedman, A.J. et al. (2019) Use of complementary and alternative medicine by patients with psoriasis. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology. doi.org/10.1016/j.jaad.2019.03.059. Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 20 2019Patients with psoriasis frequently use complementary or alternative therapies to treat their symptoms, according to survey results published by dermatologists from the George Washington University (GW) in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, psoriasis is chronic autoinflammatory skin disease that speeds up the growth cycle of skin cells, which causes raised, red, scaly patches to appear on the skin. Treatments for psoriasis range from topical ointments to ultraviolet light therapy to drugs. Psoriasis is associated with other serious conditions, such as diabetes, heart disease, and depression.Related StoriesThioredoxin antioxidant could soon be used to improve cancer treatmentChaos in the house and asthma in children – the connectionDiet and nutrition influence microbiome in colonic mucosaThrough a survey distributed by the National Psoriasis Foundation, a team led by Adam Friedman, MD, interim chair of the Department of Dermatology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, found that patients with psoriasis typically turned to complementary or alternative medicine when their traditional medications failed or presented harsh side effects.”Patients turn to these treatments because what was initially prescribed is not working out for them,” explained Friedman. “But what we found through the survey is that patients may not completely understand what products will work best for them.”The survey found that patients reported using complementary and alternative medicine that have not previously exhibited efficacy or have not been studied for the treatment of psoriasis. Vitamins D and B12 were frequently reported, though neither of which have documented efficacy against the disease. In contrast, indigo naturalis — a plant extract widely used in Traditional Chinese Medicine and recognized as a therapy for several inflammatory conditions — has shown efficacy, but was not reported in the survey. Dead Sea treatments were commonly reported and have shown therapeutic benefit. In addition to the chosen treatments, we also found that less than half of the respondents would recommend complementary or alternative therapies to others. This could be a result of using therapies supported by limited evidence.”Adam Friedman, MD, GW School of Medicine and Health Scienceslast_img read more

Researchers identify missing link between amyloid plaques and tau tangles in Alzheimers

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 25 2019Years before symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease appear, two kinds of damaging proteins silently collect in the brain: amyloid beta and tau. Clumps of amyloid accumulate first, but tau is particularly noxious. Wherever tangles of the tau protein appear, brain tissue dies, triggering the confusion and memory loss that are hallmarks of Alzheimer’s.Now, researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis have found that the link between the two proteins may lie in the brain’s immune cells that hem in clumps of amyloid. If the immune cells falter, amyloid clumps, or plaques, injure nearby neurons and create a toxic environment that accelerates the formation and spread of tau tangles, they report.The findings, in mice and in people, are published June 24 in Nature Neuroscience. They suggest that reinforcing the activity of such immune cells – known as microglia – could slow or stop the proliferation of tau tangles, and potentially delay or prevent Alzheimer’s dementia. While the formation of amyloid plaques and tau tangles have been recognized as key steps in the development of Alzheimer’s disease, researchers have struggled to pin down the relationship between the two. By themselves, amyloid plaques do not cause dementia. Many people over age 70 have some amyloid plaques in their brains, including some who are as mentally sharp as ever. But the presence of amyloid plaques seems to lead inexorably to the formation of tau tangles – the true villain of Alzheimer’s – and, until now, it wasn’t clear how amyloid drives tau pathology.Holtzman and colleagues – including first authors Cheryl Leyns, PhD, a former graduate student in Holtzman’s lab, and Maud Gratuze, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher, as well as co-senior author Jason Ulrich, PhD, an assistant professor of neurology – suspected that microglia could be the link. A rare mutation in a gene called TREM2 leaves people with weak and ineffective microglia, and also increases their risk of developing Alzheimer’s by twofold to fourfold.Related StoriesRepurposing a heart drug could increase survival rate of children with ependymomaMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryAs part of the study, the researchers used mice prone to developing amyloid plaques and modified in various ways their TREM2 genes to influence the activity of their microglia. The result was four groups of mice: two with fully functional microglia because they carried the common variant of either the human or mouse TREM2 gene, and two with impaired microglia that carried the high-risk human TREM2 variant or no copy of the TREM2 gene at all.Then, the researchers seeded the mice’s brains with small amounts of tau collected from Alzheimer’s patients. The human tau protein triggered the tau in mice to coalesce into tangle-like structures around the amyloid plaques.In mice with weakened microglia, more tau tangle-like structures formed near the amyloid plaques than in mice with functional microglia. Further experiments showed that microglia normally form a cap over amyloid plaques that limits their toxicity to nearby neurons. When the microglia fail to do their job, neurons sustain more damage, creating an environment that fosters the formation of tau tangle-like lesions.Further, the researchers also showed that people with TREM2 mutations who died with Alzheimer’s disease had more tau tangle-like structures near their amyloid plaques than people who died with Alzheimer’s but did not carry the mutation.”Even though we were looking at the brains of people at the end of the Alzheimer’s process rather than the beginning, as in the mice, we saw the same kind of changes: more tau in the vicinity of amyloid plaques,” Holtzman said. “I’d speculate that in people with TREM2 mutations, tau accumulates and then spreads faster, and these patients develop problems with memory loss and thinking more quickly because they have more of those initial tau tangles.”The converse also may be true, Holtzman said. Powering up microglia might slow the spread of tau tangles and forestall cognitive decline. Drugs that enhance the activity of microglia by activating TREM2 already are in the pipeline. It soon may be possible to identify using a simple blood test people with amyloid buildup but, as yet, no cognitive symptoms. For such people, drugs that break the link between amyloid and tau might have the potential to halt the disease in its tracks. Source:Washington University School of MedicineJournal reference:Holtzman, D. et al. (2019) TREM2 function impedes tau seeding in neuritic plaques. Nature Neuroscience. doi.org/10.1038/s41593-019-0433-0. I think we’ve found a potential link between amyloid and tau that people have been looking for for a long time. If you could break that link in people who have amyloid deposition but are still cognitively healthy, you might be able to stop disease progression before people develop problems with thinking and memory.”Senior author David Holtzman, MD, the Andrew B. and Gretchen P. Jones Professor and head of the Department of Neurologylast_img read more

Manufacturing process provides lowcost sustainable option for food packaging

first_img Provided by Purdue University This photo shows nanocellulose-coated PET film. Purdue University researchers created a new manufacturing process using cellulose nanocrystals as advanced barrier coatings for food packaging. Credit: Purdue University Purdue University researchers have developed a large-scale manufacturing process that may change the way some grocery store foods are packaged. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Starch can replace normal plastic in food packagingcenter_img According to Credence Research, food packaging is a growing billion-dollar market, and overall predicted growth is expected to reach 6 percent by 2024. Advanced barrier coatings, which help to protect grocery items such as foods and beverages, are growing by as much as 45 percent each year.The Purdue team, led by Jeffrey Youngblood, a professor in Purdue’s School of Materials Engineering, created a new manufacturing process using cellulose nanocrystals as advanced barrier coatings for food packaging.CNCs are an alternative renewable raw material derived from abundant resources such as wood and plants. They have properties including nontoxicity, biodegradability, high specific strength, high thermal conductivity and optical transparency, all of which make them excellent components for advanced food packaging.”The challenge for the food packaging industry is to create a recyclable and sustainable barrier material that is low-cost,” Youngblood said. “Our innovation using CNC coatings is transparent, nontoxic and sustainable.”The Purdue manufacturing technique also is scalable since it is a roll-to-roll manufacturing process using waterborne polymer systems. CNCs are highly crystalline and easily dispersed in water, so manufacturers can control the structure to eliminate free volume and end up with only the properties that are needed for the barrier material.”Our unique process uses the power of natural nanotechnology and allows a much higher density and packing coating that reduces diffusion pathways and drastically improves oxygen, carbon dioxide and water vapor permeability,” Youngblood said. “In essence, we get properties similar to common packaging such as ethylene-vinyl alcohol polymer, but with more sustainable results.”The Purdue technology also offers food packaging manufacturers excellent optical, thermal and mechanical properties to ensure that food remains as fresh as possible when it is delivered to the grocery store for consumers.”Technological advances such as this are important as there is a larger societal effort to improve sustainability,” Youngblood said. “CNC offers this, along with transparency, nontoxicity and high barrier performance.” Citation: Manufacturing process provides low-cost, sustainable option for food packaging (2018, June 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-low-cost-sustainable-option-food-packaging.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

How cryptocurrency scams work

first_img From researching blockchain, cryptocurrency and cybercrime, I can see that some cryptocurrency fraudsters rely on tried-and-true Ponzi schemes that use income from new participants to pay out returns to earlier investors. Others use highly automatized and sophisticated processes, including automated software that interacts with Telegram, an internet-based instant-messaging system popular among people interested in cryptocurrencies. Even when a cryptocurrency plan is legitimate, fraudsters can still manipulate its price in the marketplace.An even more basic question arises, though: How are unsuspecting investors attracted to cryptocurrency frauds in the first place? Fast-talking swindlersSome cryptocurrency fraudsters appeal to people’s greed, promising big returns. For example, an unknown group of entrepreneurs runs the scam bot iCenter, which is a Ponzi scheme for Bitcoin and Litecoin. It doesn’t provide information on investment strategies, but somehow promises investors 1.2% daily returns.The iCenter scheme operates through a group chat on Telegram. It starts with a small group of scammers who are in on the racket. They get a referral code that they share with others, in blogs and on social media, hoping to get them to join the chat. Once there, the newcomers see encouraging and exciting messages from the original scammers. Some newcomers decide to invest, at which point they are assigned an individual bitcoin wallet, into which they can deposit bitcoins. They agree to wait some period of time – 99 or 120 days – to receive a significant return. Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson does not actually endorse this cryptocurrency scam. Other scams are based on impressing potential victims with jargon or claims of specialized knowledge. The Global Trading scammers claimed they took advantage of price differences on various cryptocurrency exchanges to profit from what is called arbitrage – simply buying cheaply and selling at higher prices. Really they just took investors’ money.Global Trading used a bot on Telegram, too – investors could send a balance inquiry message and get a response with false information about how much was in their account, sometimes even seeing balances climb by 1% in an hour. With returns looking like that, who could blame people for sharing the scheme with their friends and family on social media?Exploiting friends and familyOnce a scheme has started, it stays alive – at least for a while – through social media. One person gets taken in by the promise of big returns on cryptocurrency investments and spreads the word to friends and family members.Sometimes big names get involved. For instance, the kingpin behind GainBitcoin and other alleged scams in India convinced a number of Bollywood celebrities to promote his book, “Cryptocurrency for Beginners.” He even tried to make himself a bit of a celebrity, proclaiming himself a “cryptocurrency guru,” as he led efforts that cost investors between $769 million and $2 billion.Not all the celebrities know they’re involved. In one blog post, iCenter featured a video that purported to be an endorsement by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, holding a sign featuring iCenter’s logo. Videos of Justin Timberlake and Christopher Walken were deceptively edited so they appeared to praise iCenter, too.Fraudulent initial coin offeringsAnother popular scam technique is called an “initial coin offering.” A potentially legitimate investment opportunity, an initial coin offering essentially is a way for a startup cryptocurrency company to raise money from its future users: In exchange for sending active cryptocurrencies like bitcoin and ethereum, customers are promised a discount on the new cryptocoins.Many initial coin offerings have turned out to be scams, with organizers engaging in cunning plots, even renting fake offices and creating fancy-looking marketing materials. In 2017, a lot of hype and media coverage about cryptocurrencies fed a huge wave of initial coin offering fraud. In 2018, about 1,000 initial coin offering efforts collapsed, costing backers at least $100 million. Many of these projects had no original ideas – more than 15% of them had copied ideas from other cryptocurrency efforts, or even plagiarized supporting documentation.Investors looking for returns in a new technology sector are still interested in blockchains and cryptocurrencies – but should beware that they are complex systems that are new even to those who are selling them. Newcomers and relative experts alike have fallen prey to scams. In an environment like the current cryptocurrency market, potential investors should be very careful to research what they’re putting their money into and be sure to find out who is involved as well as what the actual plan is for making real money – without defrauding others. Cryptocurrencies: High volatility and returns This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Citation: How cryptocurrency scams work (2019, May 13) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-cryptocurrency-scams.html During that time, the newcomers often use social media to share their own referral codes with friends and contacts, bringing more people into the group chat and into the investment scheme. There’s no actual investment of the funds in any legitimate business. Instead, when new people join, the person who recruited them gets a percentage of the new funds, and the cycle continues, paying out to earlier participants from each round of newer investors.Some members work especially hard to bring in new funds, posting tutorial videos and pictures of themselves holding large amounts of money as enticements to join the scam.Lies and more liesSome scammers go for straight-up deception. The founders of scam cryptocurrency OneCoin defrauded investors of $3.8 billion by convincing people their nonexistent cryptocurrency was real. Don’t end up like this person. Credit: fizkes/Shutterstock.com Provided by The Conversation Explore further Millions of cryptocurrency investors have been scammed out of massive sums of real money. In 2018, losses from cryptocurrency-related crimes amounted to US$1.7 billion. The criminals use both old-fashioned and new-technology tactics to swindle their marks in schemes based on digital currencies exchanged through online databases called blockchains. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Sena mouthpiece scoffs at report of Maoist plot against PM

first_imgIn editorial dripping with sarcasm, Saamana calls alleged plot ‘laughable’, ‘a horror story’ SHARE SHARE EMAIL Press Trust of India The Shiv Sena on Monday dubbed as “laughable” the alleged Maoist letter suggesting a Maoist plot to target Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the conspiracy does not seem legitimate and appears like the story of a horror film.In remarks laced with sarcasm, it said high-profile leaders ought to be provided elaborate security cover irrespective of lakhs of people dying in attacks by insurgents.Making light of the alleged threats by Maoists to the Prime Minister and Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis, it said, “Some say that a part of the BJP considers Modi and Fadnavis as thorns and has given a supari (contract) to Naxalites to eliminate them. However, such statements should not be given much importance.”Politics should not be played over the security of the PM and the CM. “They should be given security. It is okay if lakhs of people die (in Naxalite attacks)…However, they should live,” the Sena quipped in an editorial in party mouthpiece Saamana.A letter, purportedly suggesting the assassination of Modi and Fadnavis, has come to the fore. However, it is condemnable that the issue is being milked for political purpose, it said.Modi’s security, like Mossad (Israel’s intelligence agency), is impossible to penetrate, the Sena claimed.Similarly, Fadnavis has converted the State Secretariat into a “fortress”, where the movement of common man has become difficult, it alleged.“In such a case, the plot to assassinate them seems mysterious and the story of a horror film,” it added.“All this was revealed by the police which seems laughable,” it said.On the one hand, Naxalites plan to procure M-4 assault rifles along with four lakh rounds of ammunition, and on the other hand, leave behind an assassination plot as evidence. “This conspiracy does not seem legitimate, is what is being said by experts,” the Marathi publication said.According to police probing the January 1 Bhima-Koregaon caste violence in Pune district, a letter seized from a person arrested in that connection talked about ultras mulling a “Rajiv Gandhi-type incident” and suggesting that Modi should be targeted during his “road shows”. June 11, 2018 Published oncenter_img COMMENTS SHARE COMMENTlast_img read more

Amazon India goes green installs 1000 kW of solar panels at Hyderabad

first_imgSHARE COMMENTS Amazon.in Published on June 27, 2018 solar e-commerce and e-business environmental pollution COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL alternative energy (industry) Amazon India plans to generate clean energy through installation of solar panels on the rooftops of its fulfilment centres and sortation sites in India. It has installed 1000-kilo watts of solar power panels at its fulfilment centre in Shamshabad, Hyderabad, and 600-kilo watts (kW) at its fulfilment centre in Jamalpur, Haryana.By the end of 2018, Amazon India plans to generate solar energy close to 8,000 kilo watts (kW). Installations would cover an area of approximately 1 million square feet, reduce CO2 emissions by around 9,000 tonnes a year and provide energy to support the building’s annual energy needs.The company plans to further deploy large-scale solar panel systems on rooftops of five more fulfilment centres and sortation sites located in Bengaluru, Mumbai and Chennai, while further expanding its existing capacity in Delhi.Akhil Saxena, Vice-President, Customer Fulfilment, Amazon India, in a statement said, “At Amazon, we are putting our scale and inventive culture to work on sustainability and protecting the environment. The installation of the solar panels at fulfilment centres in Hyderabad and Delhi reinstates this commitment and by the end of 2018 we plan to expand this installation to an additional seven Amazon operations sites in India.”“The investment in solar energy systems in India is in line with Amazon’s vision to deploy solar systems at 50 fulfilment and sortation centres globally by 2020,” he said. Hyderabadlast_img read more

15K Water train from Vellore arrives in Chennai

first_imgPRINT We may remove hyperlinks within comments. July 12, 2019 15:42 IST Related Articles A train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrived in Chennai, which has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months, officials said on July 12.The train with 50 tank wagons (BTPN), carrying 50,000 litres of water in each of them from Jolarpettai in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district, reached the filling station at the Integral Coach Factory Yard in Villivakkam on the afternoon of July 12.Around 100 inlet pipes installed near the railway tracks would be used to discharge 2.5 million litres of water in all the wagons to be sent to a treatment plant after passing through a conduit, an official of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board said.“After treatment it would be sent for distribution. This arrangement has been made for the next six months until the (advent of the) north-east monsoon,” the official told PTI.Play VideoPlayUnmuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 0:00Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.The media could not be loaded, either because the server or network failed or because the format is not supported.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneAlso Read Updated:  The train was supposed to reach Chennai on July 11, but leakages in the valves led to the delay. Jolarpettai is 217 km away from the southern metropolis.All the arrangements took around 20 days of time to complete.The initiative would be formally inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Ministers later in the day, the official said. Share Article Comments more-in SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER SubmitPlease enter a valid email address. PTI Train carrying million litres of water arrives in ChennaiVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Live00:0000:5300:53 Chennai has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months, facing a daily water deficit of at least 200 million litres. The four reservoirs supplying to the city have run dry.The Tamil Nadu government had earlier requested the railways to help them ferry the water to the city.Earlier, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had announced mitigating Chennai’s water woes by getting drinking water supplied from Jolarpettai with an allocation of Rs 65 crore. Previous StoryWatch: Train carrying million litres of water arrives in Chennai Next Story 0 Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not ‘the’, n is not ‘and’). Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection. PTI Updated: Chennaicenter_img Printable version | Jul 13, 2019 7:33:28 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/cities/chennai/train-carrying-water-from-jolarpettai-arrives-in-chennai/article28409328.ece Chennai, Chennai, July 12, 2019 17:30 IST AAA © THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD. Next Story Central team reviews water-saving efforts July 12, 2019 15:42 IST Watch: Train carrying million litres of water arrives in Chennai Close XForced out of his house by govt., disabled man has no place to goSuicide or murder? Youth arrested for strangulating girlfriend Watch: Train carrying million litres of water arrives in ChennaiPresident visits Athi VaradarThe ordeal of crossing Anna Salai near Kamaraj ArangamUnauthorised parking creates traffic snarls Where sewage flows freelySuburban rail services to be hit tomorrow Subway work at Anna Nagar roundtana nears completion Traffic signals on the blink, motorists out on a limbForced out of his house by govt., disabled man has no place to goSuicide or murder? Youth arrested for strangulating girlfriend Watch: Train carrying million litres of water arrives in ChennaiPresident visits Athi VaradarThe ordeal of crossing Anna Salai near Kamaraj ArangamUnauthorised parking creates traffic snarls Where sewage flows freelySuburban rail services to be hit tomorrow Subway work at Anna Nagar roundtana nears completion Traffic signals on the blink, motorists out on a limbForced out of his house by govt., disabled man has no place to goSuicide or murder? Youth arrested for strangulating girlfriend Watch: Train carrying million litres of water arrives in ChennaiPresident visits Athi Varadar1 / 10 The water train, carrying 2.5 million litres of water  | Photo Credit: Pichumani Krishnan HoneyJust In Time For Prime Day: The Amazon Trick You Need to KnowHoney|SponsoredSponsoredUndoFigLeaf AppComplete Online Anonymity Is One Click AwayFigLeaf App|SponsoredSponsoredUndoProgressive$699 average annual savings for drivers who switch and save.Progressive|SponsoredSponsoredUndoThrone: Free Online GamesPlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addicted!Throne: Free Online Games|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMyFinanceTwo Accounts Your Bank Doesn’t Want You to Know AboutMyFinance|SponsoredSponsoredUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue Book|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGundry MDCalling All Carnivores! There Is One Protein That Could Restart Your Slow Metabolism, And No, It’s Not FishGundry MD|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLongest electrified railway tunnel in India commissionedThe HinduUndoNewlywed couple hacked to death in Thoothukudi; woman’s father picked upThe HinduUndo The train, carrying 50,000 litres of water departed from Jolarpettai, Vellore district. Comments will be moderated by The Hindu editorial team. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published. Water train from Vellore on its way to Chennai Water train from Vellore arrives in Chennai Comments Related TopicsTamil NaduChennaiTamil Nadu Recommended for you July 12, 2019 17:30 ISTlast_img read more

21K Indias Anshula Kant is World Bank MD and CFO

first_imgIndia’s Anshula Kant is World Bank MD and CFO July 12, 2019 22:41 IST Related Articles The article had erroneously stated that Anshula Kant was the first woman MD of The World Bank Washington DC, Previous StoryU.S. regulators approve $5 billion Facebook settlement over privacy issues: source Comments Comments Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not ‘the’, n is not ‘and’). Related TopicsBusinessInternational July 12, 2019 22:41 IST PRINT Washington DC, Next Story SubmitPlease enter a valid email address. Recommended for you July 13, 2019 01:33 IST more-in Comments will be moderated by The Hindu editorial team. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published. © THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD. Next Story Child suicide bomber kills 5 at wedding in Afghanistan Updated: AAA Share Article July 13, 2019 01:33 IST Ms. Kant will be the first woman CFO of the Bank Sriram Lakshman Updated: 2 International SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER Anshula Kant. File  | Photo Credit: MAIL Sriram Lakshman HoneyJust In Time For Prime Day: The Amazon Trick You Need to KnowHoney|SponsoredSponsoredUndoProgressive$699 average annual savings for drivers who switch and save.Progressive|SponsoredSponsoredUndoFigLeaf AppComplete Online Anonymity Is One Click AwayFigLeaf App|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGundry MDTop U.S. Surgeon: This Is What Happens To Dark Spots (When You Do This Every Morning)Gundry MD|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDermal MedixIf You Have Turkey Neck Or Double Chin, This Can HelpDermal Medix|SponsoredSponsoredUndoKelley Blue Book10 Electric Cars That Last the LongestKelley Blue Book|SponsoredSponsoredUndoFisher InvestmentsAre You Ready for Retirement? Free Retirement CalculatorFisher Investments|SponsoredSponsoredUndoBank reports fraud of over ₹4 cr.; FIR lodgedThe HinduUndoMorning Digest: CWC likely to decide Rahul’s successor next week; eleven years after epic, Federer conquers NadalThe HinduUndo We may remove hyperlinks within comments. Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection. Close XShoes may give art a run for its money at auctionU.S. regulators approve $5 billion Facebook settlement over privacy issues: sourceTrump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census Major fire in Delhi’s Jhilmil area, no gorings in fastest bull run at Pamplona, and other news in pictures No-confidence motion against Sri Lanka govt. defeated Japan crypto exchange loses $32 million of virtual money U.S. service member killed in AfghanistanTurbulence injures dozens on Air Canada flight to Australia Sudan general says coup attempt foiledR&B singer R. Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime chargesShoes may give art a run for its money at auctionU.S. regulators approve $5 billion Facebook settlement over privacy issues: sourceTrump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census Major fire in Delhi’s Jhilmil area, no gorings in fastest bull run at Pamplona, and other news in pictures No-confidence motion against Sri Lanka govt. defeated Japan crypto exchange loses $32 million of virtual money U.S. service member killed in AfghanistanTurbulence injures dozens on Air Canada flight to Australia Sudan general says coup attempt foiledR&B singer R. Kelly arrested in Chicago on federal sex crime chargesShoes may give art a run for its money at auctionU.S. regulators approve $5 billion Facebook settlement over privacy issues: sourceTrump abandons bid to include citizenship question on census Major fire in Delhi’s Jhilmil area, no gorings in fastest bull run at Pamplona, and other news in pictures1 / 10 The World Bank Group on Friday announced that Anshula Kant, an Indian national, has been appointed its next MD and CFO. Ms. Kant will be the first woman CFO of the Bank.“Anshula brings more than 35 years of expertise in finance, banking, and innovative use of technology through her work as CFO of the State Bank of India,” World Bank Group president David Malpass said via a statement.“She’s excelled at a diverse array of leadership challenges including risk, treasury, funding, regulatory compliance and operations. I look forward to welcoming her to our management team as we work to increase our effectiveness in supporting good development outcomes.” Ms. Kant will be responsible for financial and risk management and report to Mr. Malpass. Her duties will include risk management and financial reporting and she will work with the Bank’s CEO to mobilise financial resources.Ms. Kant has holds an Honours degree in Economics from Lady Shri Ram College and a post-graduate degree in Economics from the Delhi School of Economics. Printable version | Jul 13, 2019 7:36:15 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/international/indias-anshula-kant-is-world-bank-md-and-cfo/article28415426.ecelast_img read more

23K US concern at treatment of Muslims in India

first_imgNational July 12, 2019 01:14 IST Updated: Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection. Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not ‘the’, n is not ‘and’). Comments will be moderated by The Hindu editorial team. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published. Related TopicsNational Share Article 104 Sriram Lakshman more-in Recommended for you July 12, 2019 01:14 IST AAA Washington DC, © THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD. Updated: Prime Minister Narendra Modi PRINT SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER SubmitPlease enter a valid email address. 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Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi has said the U.S. Congress was, and continues to be, concerned about the treatment of Muslims in India. Ms. Pelosi’s comments came during a conversation with Chairman of the U.S.-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) John Chambers at a Forum event in Washington DC.“We were proud to welcome him [Prime Minister Modi] …to a joint session of Congress [in 2016]. We had some concerns about the treatment of Muslims in India — I have to mention it — then and now,” Ms. Pelosi said at the conclusion of a talk, parts of which focused on her domestic agenda for the US and some of which discussed the India US relationship. During the India segment of her speech Ms. Pelosi praised the diaspora and Mr. Modi.Ms. Pelosi, however, also praised Mr. Modi’s oratorical skills, calling a speech he gave during her visit to India with former U.S. President Barack Obama, “one of the most fantastic speeches” she had ever heard.Ms. Pelosi dwelt on the values that anchored ties between India and the U.S., speaking of Mahatma Gandhi’s influence on the civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr.and also called satyagraha “the spiritual gift that India has given to the United States” and said it was one of the strong ties, in terms of values, that connected the two countries.”I became completely worshipping at the shrine of Mahatma Gandhi,” Ms Pelosi said, after she read a book about Gandhiji as a child . As per Ms Pelosi’s account, a nun at her Catholic school had said to Ms . Pelosi , “Who do you think you are? Mahatma Gandhi? ” when she went to school wearing a hat. Ms Pelosi had not heard of Gandhiji at the time and started reading up on him at her school library. Comments July 12, 2019 01:09 IST Next Story Printable version | Jul 13, 2019 7:14:47 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/us-concern-at-treatment-of-muslims/article28392675.ece Sriram Lakshman July 12, 2019 01:09 ISTlast_img read more

38K Super 30 movie review Death by righteousness

first_imgActor Hrithik Roshan in an image from ‘Super 30’. Photo: Twitter/@super30film Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not ‘the’, n is not ‘and’). July 12, 2019 07:00 IST Namrata Joshi Irony dies a painful death in a seemingly superfluous scene somewhere in the middle of Super 30 when a woman falsely accuses mathematics genius Anand Kumar (Hrithik Roshan) of sexual harassment. Of course, we might be told that it did happen for real, that Kumar had to actually face such a terrible obstacle in his greater cause of educating underprivileged kids for Indian Institute of Technology entrance examinations. But to me, the sequence felt strategically placed in what is supposedly a fictionalised account of Kumar’s life; as though in one swipe Vikas Bahl was trying to exonerate himself of all the sexual misconduct charges that were heaped on him in the height of the MeToo movement. Treated casually, like a joke, it also felt like a broad attempt to shame and silence women for bringing such issues to light.As a critic, one is told to separate the art from the artist. It’s an issue I’d be eternally conflicted about. And what of a case so special as this one, in which the artist is planting himself in a passive aggressive way into his work? Does one remain so naive as to not notice, and ignore? Does one buy into it being a mere coincidence?Super 30Director: Vikas BahlStarring: Hrithik Roshan, Mrunal Thakur, Virendra Saxena, Pankaj Tripathi, Aditya Srivastava, Vijay Varma, Amit SadhRun time: 154 minutesStoryline: A biographical film on mathematician Anand Kumar’s educational programme of training 30 underprivileged kids for IITThere is lot else that is really amusing about Super 30. Like the blue-blooded Roshan, as Kumar, talking of bringing down the hegemony of the privileged. Harping on how king’s son won’t be the king; the one who truly deserves the crown will claim it. Rather than taking it with any modicum of seriousness I could almost hear Kangana Ranaut spouting Bollywood’s much reviled N word—i.e. nepotism–through Roshan/Kumar. That’s because the film itself remains a feel-good, facile, protracted and eminently boring look at class dynamics while barely touching upon the accompanying caste conundrums.A salutary cause and an inspirational story about the triumph of the underdog doesn’t necessarily make an engaging film. More so when artificiality looms large – be it in the mounting, the dreadful brown-facing of the fair actors or the faux Bihari accents of the urbane fellas. Everything feels rehearsed and consciously righteous. Roshan, in particular, seems to be working too hard at evoking earnestness, ending up being more himself than the character. Lack of spontaneity means a disconnect than empathy for both him and his team of 30. The only one who seems to be improvising is Pankaj Tripathi as the education minister of Bihar but it’s sad to see him getting patronised increasingly as a comedian by the audience than one of India’s finest character actors that he is.The awakening of Kumar’s consciousness is sudden and not well founded at all. The riddles-based Home Alone like climax is laughable than rousing. Super 30 would have worked well had it stuck to being raw and rooted or been a more whimsical take on the disenfranchised like, say a Lagaan. It prefers wallowing in its mediocrity, using some of the hoariest tropes of story-telling – the breaking of a cycle chain standing for the end of life; an invitation letter from Cambridge getting burnt, signifying the death of dreams or a storm portending upheavals in life. The rag tag team of a Lagaan might still be alive in people’s minds but there is not a single memorable character in the entire lot of students here. In fact the staging of Sholay in English by the poor students felt uneasy and gratuitous, showcased for our privileged gaze. There is lot of sensible talk about what’s to be scared of when there is nothing to lose? “Chhalaang Lagana” (to take a long jump) is what the film advocates. Wish it could itself also take a small leap of faith, if not more, cinematically speaking. 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19K Water train from Vellore on its way to Chennai

first_imgNext Story Education department official suspended Updated: more-in  All necessary pipeline arrangements to shift the water from the wagons to Kilpauk Water Works are ready, a senior Metro water official said.On Wednesday, workers were busy connecting the 400 mm pipeline laid between the tracks to other pipelines. It has been laid for a distance of nearly 700 metres to match the length of the train.Water will reach the Kilpauk water works located three km away and then get distributed to various parts of the city.Two trains with 50 wagons each have been commissioned for the purpose. While one will be stationed near Jolarpet, another will be housed at the Avadi railway yard, according to sources. Comments will be moderated by The Hindu editorial team. Comments that are abusive, personal, incendiary or irrelevant cannot be published. Updated: July 12, 2019 09:16 IST R Srikanth 11 A much-awaited water wagon train on the way to Chennai. The scene captured at Ponnai river bridge near Tiruvalam, Ranipet on Friday. SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER SubmitPlease enter a valid email address. Tamil Nadu July 12, 2019 16:18 IST Printable version | Jul 13, 2019 7:18:51 PM | https://www.thehindu.com/news/national/tamil-nadu/water-train-on-its-way-to-chennai/article28395786.ece We may remove hyperlinks within comments. July 12, 2019 16:18 IST R Srikanth Chennai/Vellore, July 12, 2019 09:16 IST © THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD. Comments Please use a genuine email ID and provide your name, to avoid rejection. 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The water, transported in 50 bogie wagons, is expected to reach the city at around 2 p.m.A senior official of the Southern Railway said the water wagon would by arriving at Villivakkam where State Ministers would be present to receive the train.Play VideoPauseUnmuteCurrent Time 0:06/Duration Time 1:06Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:59 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. 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20K India lifted 271 million people out of poverty in 10 years

first_img India lifted 271 million people out of poverty between 2006 and 2016, recording the fastest reductions in the multidimensional poverty index values during the period with strong improvements in areas such as “assets, cooking fuel, sanitation and nutrition,” a report by the United Nations said. The 2019 global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) from the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the Oxford Poverty and Human Development Initiative (OPHI) was released on Thursday. The report said that in the 101 countries studied — 31 low income, 68 middle income and 2 high income – 1.3 billion people are “multidimensionally poor”, which means that poverty is defined not simply by income, but by a number of indicators, including poor health, poor quality of work and the threat of violence. The report identifies 10 countries, with a combined population of around 2 billion people, to illustrate the level of poverty reduction, and all of them have shown statistically significant progress towards achieving Sustainable Development Goal 1, namely ending poverty “in all its forms, everywhere”. Play VideoPauseUnmuteCurrent Time 0:04/Duration Time 0:39Loaded: 0%Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVERemaining Time -0:34 Playback Rate1ChaptersChaptersdescriptions off, selectedDescriptionssubtitles off, selectedSubtitlescaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedCaptionsAudio TrackFullscreenThis is a modal window.Caption Settings DialogBeginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsDefaultsDoneThe 10 countries are Bangladesh, Cambodia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Haiti, India, Nigeria, Pakistan, Peru and Vietnam. The report said that within these 10 countries, data shows that 270 million people moved out of multidimensional poverty from one survey to the next. “This progress was largely driven by South Asia. In India, there were 271 million fewer people in poverty in 2016 than in 2006, while in Bangladesh the number dropped by 19 million between 2004 and 2014,” it said. The report noted that of the 10 selected countries for which changes over time were analysed, India and Cambodia reduced their MPI values the fastest — and they did not leave the poorest groups behind. India’s MPI value reduced from 0.283 in 2005-06 to 0.123 in 2015-16. Noting the examples of pro-poor reduction, where the poorest regions improved the fastest, the report said that Jharkhand in India reduced the incidence of multidimensional poverty from 74.9% in 2005-06 to 46.5% in 2015-16. Mondol Kiri and Rattanak Kiri in Cambodia reduced it from 71.0% to 55.9% between 2010 and 2014. Ethiopia, India and Peru significantly reduced deprivations in all 10 indicators, namely nutrition, sanitation, child mortality, drinking water, years of schooling, electricity, school attendance, housing, cooking fuel and assets. In 2005-2006, the population in India living in multidimensional poverty stood at about 640 million people (55.1%) and this reduced to 369 million people (27.9%) living in poverty in 2015-16. India saw significant reductions in number of people who are multidimensionally poor and deprived in each of the 10 indicators over this time period. India reduced deprivation in nutrition from 44.3% in 2005-06 to 21.2% in 2015-16, child mortality dropped from 4.5% to 2.2%, people deprived of cooking fuel reduced from 52.9% to 26.2%, deprivation in sanitation from 50.4% to 24.6%, those deprived of drinking water reduced from 16.6% to 6.2 %. Further more people gained access to electricity as deprivation was reduced from 29.1% to 8.6%, housing from 44.9% to 23.6% and assets deprivation from 37.6% to 9.5%. The trends in these 10 countries also shine a light on where poverty reduction has been uneven, despite the good progress overall, it said.“In all 10 countries rural areas are poorer than urban areas. In Cambodia, Haiti, India and Peru poverty reduction in rural areas outpaced that in urban areas — demonstrating pro-poor development — and in Bangladesh and Democratic Republic of the Congo poverty fell at the same speed in rural and urban areas, it added. The report also showed that children suffer poverty more intensely than adults and are more likely to be deprived in all 10 of the MPI indicators, lacking essentials such as clean water, sanitation, adequate nutrition or primary education. Child poverty fell markedly faster than adult poverty in Bangladesh, Cambodia, Haiti, India and Peru. But children fell further behind in Ethiopia, and their progress—together with that of adults—stalled in Democratic Republic of the Congo and Pakistan. Globally, of the 1.3 billion people who are multidimensionally poor, more than two-thirds of them—886 million— now live in middle-income countries. A further 440 million live in low-income countries. Even more staggering, worldwide, one in three children is multidimensionally poor, compared to one in six adults. That means that nearly half of the people living in multidimensional poverty — 663 million — are children, with the youngest children bearing the greatest burden. The vast majority of these children, around 85 %, live in South Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa, split roughly equally between the two regions. The report underscored that the traditional concept of poverty is outdated, demonstrating more clearly than ever that labelling countries – or even households – as rich and poor is an oversimplification.“To fight poverty, one needs to know where poor people live. They are not evenly spread across a country, not even within a household,” UNDP Administrator Achim Steiner said. The report also highlighted a positive trend that those furthest behind are moving up the fastest. According to a UN report, India and Cambodia reduced their Multidimensional Poverty Index values the fastest.   | Photo Credit: Shaju John United Nations, © THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD. 9 Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not ‘the’, n is not ‘and’). Gundry MDThe Dark Spot Fix That Has Dermatologists Scratching Their HeadsGundry MD|SponsoredSponsoredUndoProgressiveSwitch and save an average of $699. 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15K Water train from Vellore arrives in Chennai

first_imgmore-in Comments A train carrying 2.5 million litres of water arrived in Chennai, which has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months, officials said on July 12.The train with 50 tank wagons (BTPN), carrying 50,000 litres of water in each of them from Jolarpettai in Tamil Nadu’s Vellore district, reached the filling station at the Integral Coach Factory Yard in Villivakkam on the afternoon of July 12.Around 100 inlet pipes installed near the railway tracks would be used to discharge 2.5 million litres of water in all the wagons to be sent to a treatment plant after passing through a conduit, an official of Chennai Metropolitan Water Supply and Sewerage Board said.“After treatment it would be sent for distribution. This arrangement has been made for the next six months until the (advent of the) north-east monsoon,” the official told PTI.Also Read July 12, 2019 15:42 IST The train, carrying 50,000 litres of water departed from Jolarpettai, Vellore district. Chennai, Next Story Central team reviews water-saving efforts PTI Recommended for you Please write complete sentences. Do not type comments in all capital letters, or in all lower case letters, or using abbreviated text. (example: u cannot substitute for you, d is not ‘the’, n is not ‘and’). © THG PUBLISHING PVT LTD. Close XForced out of his house by govt., disabled man has no place to goSuicide or murder? 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Jolarpettai is 217 km away from the southern metropolis.All the arrangements took around 20 days of time to complete.The initiative would be formally inaugurated by Tamil Nadu Ministers later in the day, the official said.center_img July 12, 2019 15:42 IST Train carrying million litres of water arrives in ChennaiVolume 90%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Live00:0000:5300:53 Chennai has been grappling with an acute water crisis over the past few months, facing a daily water deficit of at least 200 million litres. The four reservoirs supplying to the city have run dry.The Tamil Nadu government had earlier requested the railways to help them ferry the water to the city.Earlier, Chief Minister K. Palaniswami had announced mitigating Chennai’s water woes by getting drinking water supplied from Jolarpettai with an allocation of Rs 65 crore. July 12, 2019 17:30 IST SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER Next Story HoneyJust In Time For Prime Day: The Amazon Trick You Need to KnowHoney|SponsoredSponsoredUndoProgressive$699 average annual savings for drivers who switch and save.Progressive|SponsoredSponsoredUndoFigLeaf AppComplete Online Anonymity Is One Click AwayFigLeaf App|SponsoredSponsoredUndoDermal MedixWrinkled Skin? 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