Dabholkar murder: Pune court remands right-wing lawyer Punalekar, aide in judicial custody

first_imgA special court on Tuesday directed that advocate Sanjeev Punalekar, counsel for fringe right-wing outfit Sanatan Sanstha; and his aide, Vikram Bhave, be sent to judicial custody in connection with the murder of eminent rationalist Narendra Dabholkar.Mr. Punalekar and Mr. Bhave, who were first arrested by the CBI on May 26, were produced before court on Tuesday on expiry of their CBI custody.The court of additional sessions judge R.M. Pande denied the CBI’s plea seeking a further extension of the custody of the accused. It observed that the CBI did not make any fresh progress in the investigation when the accused were in custody.Mr. Punalekar and Mr. Bhave have been alleged by the investigating agency to have participated in the conspiracy to murder Dabholkar, in destruction of evidence and in aiding and abetting Sachin Andure and Sharad Kalaskar, named as the assailants of the late rationalist.Special Public Prosecutor Prakash Suryavanshi argued for a 14-day custodial extension, saying the CBI needed time to analySe the data retrieved from Mr. Punalekar’s laptop and mobile phone seized during his arrest.Mr. Suryavanshi submitted that Mr. Punalekar harboured one of the accused Sanstha members in the 2009 Madgaon blast in Goa. He said the CBI needed more time to probe how Mr. Bhave conducted the reconnaissance before Dabholkar’s murder and interrogate him to uncover details of the getaway motorbike used by the alleged two shooters.Arguing against the CBI’s plea, defence counsel Virendra Ichalkaranjikar said the CBI’s allegation against Mr. Punalekar of participating in the murder conspiracy was “not tenable.”“The CBI claims that Mr. Punalekar had advised alleged shooter Sahard Kalaskar in June 2018 to destroy the pistol used in a crime that occurred in 2013. This vague, ‘post-incident’ allegation does not hold water. Furthermore, despite seizing advocate Mr. Punalekar’s laptop and mobile on May 27, the CBI has made no progress to retrieve data,” he said.In September last, while seeking an extension of Kalaskar’s custody, the CBI told the court that in July 2018, the accused dismantled four country-made pistols and thrown them in the creeks of Greater Mumbai and Thane. It also suggested that one of the firearms could be the weapon used to kill Dabholkar.In his statement to the CBI last year, Kalaskar allegedly said that Mr. Punalekar, known for his defamatory statements against Dabholkar, had asked him to destroy the weapons.According to the CBI, Kalaskar further revealed that it was the Thane-based Mr. Bhave who planned the reconnaissance, pointed Dabholkar to the assailants and even planned the getaway route for the shooters after the crime.Besides the arrests of Andure, Kalaskar and Dr. Virendra Tawde – said to be the alleged mastermind of the murders of Dabholkar and veteran Communist leader Govind Pansare – the CBI has arrested Amol Kale, Amit Digvekar and Rajesh Bangera in connection with the conspiracy to kill the two rationalist-thinkers.Kale, Digvekar and Bangera, who were granted default bail in December last in the Dabholkar case, are presently incarcerated in a Bengaluru jail for their roles in the killing of activist-journalist Gauri Lankesh.last_img read more

World Cup 2014 match preview: Spain play against Chile for World Cup survival

first_imgThe magnitude of Spain’s opening 5-1 loss to Netherlands comes into sharper focus on Wednesday when the defending champions must fend off World Cup elimination against Chile, less than a week into the tournament.Spain and 2010 runner-up Netherlands were expected to advance from Group B, but plenty of pundits – including Brazilian great Pele – tipped Chile as a genuine contender to progress at the expense of one of the European powers.The Chileans opened with a 3-1 win over Australia, and a second straight victory by the South Americans almost would certainly knock Spain out of the competition.The Dutch play Australia, the lowest-ranked team in the tournament, in the first of Wednesday’s three matches. That is followed by Spain vs Chile and the Group A match between Croatia and Cameroon.The Change in SpainSpain coach Vicente del Bosque stuck with the core group of players who have helped deliver two European championships and a World Cup in a tremendous streak starting in 2008. But after the humiliating loss to the Netherlands, he has forecast changes. Spain needs at least a draw against Chile to remain in contention.There’s speculation that Cesc Fabregas could replace Diego Costa and Pedro Rodriguez could come in for David Silva. Captain and goalkeeper Iker Casillas’ spot is also under close scrutiny.”In life, there are solutions for everything,” Del Bosque said. “It’s still in our hands.”Chile hasn’t beaten Spain in 10 games.”A draw is not bad, but this group of players does not come with the idea to draw a game,” midfielder Marcelo Diaz said. “We came out with the idea of winning.”advertisementBig games by Arturo Vidal and Barcelona forward Alexis Sanchez are crucial to Chile’s chances. Vidal, the creative midfielder from Juventus, is recovering after knee surgery and played for an hour against Australia.last_img read more

Oncotype DXguided treatment could reduce cost for breast cancer care study suggests

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 24 2019A new study suggests that Oncotype DX-guided treatment could reduce the cost for the first year of breast cancer care in the U.S. by about $50 million (about 2 percent of the overall costs in the first year). The study by Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and National Cancer Institute researchers was published April 24, in JNCI.The landmark TAILORx (Trial Assigning IndividuaLized Options for Treatment) trial results suggested that use of the Oncotype DX® gene test can offer women valuable information about treatment options, potentially sparing 70 percent of women from needing chemotherapy if they are newly diagnosed with the most common subtype of breast cancer. The information only applied to women with early-stage breast cancer that is hormone positive (ER/PR+), HER2neu negative, and has not spread to the lymph nodes.The projected cost savings in the new study are based on two factors: about a 50 percent increased cost in gene testing assuming that it will be done for all newly diagnosed women, which would be offset by an approximately 8 percent expected drop in the overall cost of chemotherapy due to fewer women being recommended this form of treatment. Chemotherapy is considerably more expensive than gene testing, hence the 8 percent reduction in its cost is greater, dollar-wise, than the 50 percent increase in cost for gene testing.”Individual women’s decisions should not be about dollars and cents, but what is right for them based on consideration of the best evidence and personal preferences,” says Jeanne S. Mandelblatt, MD, MPH, professor of oncology and medicine at Georgetown Lombardi.Mandelblatt and her colleagues examined the monetary impact in the U.S. of providing care based on evidence from TAILORx. The researchers looked at statistics on gene testing and chemotherapy use in National Cancer Institute and Medicare databases, before and after the TAILORx trial results were announced in 2018. The periods during which costs accrue are usually grouped into three timeframes: initial costs (diagnosis and treatment), terminal costs (last year of life) and everything in between (continuing care costs). This study only estimated initial costs.The estimated individual Oncotype DX test costs in this analysis were about $3,400 and based on Medicare reimbursement rates. Many insurers, including Medicare, cover the cost for most women diagnosed with early-stage breast cancer. Another gene test that is used less often in the U.S., called MammaPrint®, has similar costs.Related StoriesSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyHow cell-free DNA can be targeted to prevent spread of tumorsNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerThe investigators estimated that, prior to 2018, the mean initial costs of healthcare nationwide for newly diagnosed women with breast cancer, which were fairly stable for a number of years, included two components: chemotherapy costs of $2.701 billion and Oncotype DX testing costs estimated to be $115 million, for a total healthcare cost of $2.816 billion in the first year after diagnosis. The researchers estimated that only 34.8 to 57.2 percent of women were receiving the Oncotype DX testing in this period as the clinical application of such tests was still uncertain.In 2018, the TAILORx findings showed no benefit from chemotherapy for women whose tumors had lower risks for recurrence based on Oncotype DX scores. For their modeling, the researchers projected that all women with scores of 0-25 (low to intermediate risk) would forgo chemotherapy starting in 2018, so those treatment costs would go down by 8 percent, saving $338 million in initial chemotherapy costs. The researchers also assumed 100 percent of women would get Oncotype DX testing, raising those costs by $116 million (from $115 to $231 million). The total initial costs for this period were therefore projected to be $2.766 billion.Comparing the two initial 12-month costs of care for the pre-2018 and 2018 and after periods, the researchers projected that the combined treatment and testing costs would decrease from $2.816 to $2.766 billion, for a net savings of about $50 million (1.8 percent decrease).”This study only answers the question about whether, in the first 12 months after diagnosis, costs of gene testing are likely to be offset by savings in avoided costs of chemotherapy – and the answer is yes. We did not estimate how the trial results could diffuse into medical practice, since those data will not be available for several years,” Mandelblatt says. “The gene tests are not perfect predictors of who will ultimately have a recurrence of breast cancer, so it will be important to model the long-term outcomes and costs from diagnosis to death.” Source:https://lombardi.georgetown.edu/news/Genetic-Testing-in-Women-Diagnosed-with-Breast-Cancer-Decreases-Cost-of-Care-Nationwidelast_img read more

New review looks at different efforts aimed at reducing lowvalue care

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jun 29 2019Health care institutions and providers face mounting pressure to wring more value out of every dollar spent on caring for their patients.A new review shows that most efforts to decrease low-value care have based their measurement of success on how much they reduced the overall use of certain tests and treatments. Far fewer looked at whether these efforts actually ensured that patients got more appropriate care and avoided unintended negative consequences.The review, published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine, looks at 117 different efforts aimed at reducing low-value care and how they measured the effects of these efforts.”Low-value” can mean many things, including care that doesn’t benefit patients and could even harm them, wastes limited health care resources or leads to unnecessary costs.Hundreds of studies over the past two decades have revealed many services that lack value for all patients, or just certain patients. Patients and clinicians now have easy-to-follow guidance on what those are, thanks to the Choosing Wisely campaign from the the American Board of Internal Medicine Foundation.The new review focuses on what happens when teams act on this evidence and guidance, and researchers try to study the effects.The bottom line? Those trying to reduce low-value care should take a bigger-picture view.The authors, led by health care researchers from the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, VA Ann Arbor Center for Clinical Management Research and the University of Toronto, performed the review at the request of AcademyHealth, a non-profit professional society focused on improving health and health care by moving researchers’ evidence into action. The study was funded by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. A patient’s perspectiveRelated StoriesAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyPersonalizing Nutritional Medicine With the Power of NMRSchwann cells capable of generating protective myelin over nerves finds researchNot only did most studies not look for this kind of ‘backfiring’ — very few involved a patient perspective. In all, only 8% asked patients about the impact that the change had on them — what researchers call a “patient-reported outcome.”The 16 studies still in progress were a little better at aiming to take a big-picture view than the published studies.Of these ongoing studies, 75% aim to measure a specific outcome of the effort, and 63% are looking for unintended consequences. And half include plans to measure patient-reported outcomes.The researchers also found that ongoing studies are much more likely to use methods that meet the ‘gold standard’ of research, including randomizing patients to a particular care group, or including a control group to compare with.Newer studies are also more likely to involve patients directly in efforts to reduce low-value care, mainly by educating them about whether a particular test or treatment is likely to benefit them.Says Saini, “By focusing on simple utilization, the vast majority of studies provide an incomplete picture of the impact of these often powerful and complex interventions. For example, we often do not know how interventions to reduce use of low-value care affect the patient-provider relationship or to what extent they unintentionally lead to fewer tests or prescriptions in patients who need them.”Saini is an associate professor of medicine at U-M and research scientist at the VA CCMR.Next stepsIn general, the team says, researchers and evaluators should work to incorporate more clinically meaningful and patient-centered measures into studies, to provide a more comprehensive understanding of the impact of these interventions.They call for more standardization for how health care providers evaluate their efforts to reduce low-value care.They also say more of these studies need to evaluate that the right services are being reduced in the right patients, that patient/provider relationships are assessed, and that downstream outcomes improve.Examples of interventions to reduce low-value care: Reducing use of low-value services is important, but in doing so, we need to also make sure we are assessing things that are clinically relevant, like whether appropriate care is being delivered to patients rather than only whether use of a given service is being reduced.”Jennifer Maratt, M.D., clinical lecturer in the U-M Department of Internal Medicine and the VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System who led the study with Sameer Saini, M.D. and Eve Kerr, M.D. The Choosing Wisely campaign has dramatically increased the number of studies done to reduce low-value care, which is great. However, we found that the majority of these studies do not assess outcomes that are truly meaningful to patients.”Kerr, a professor at U-M and director of the VA CCMR More about the findingsThe researchers looked at 101 papers published between 2010 to 2016 about specific efforts to reduce low-value care. They also examined 16 studies that are still under way through ClinicalTrials.gov.In all, 68% of the already-published efforts focused on measuring and changing the use of a particular test or treatment, but only 41% measured an outcome — that is, what happened when they changed that use. About half tried to gauge whether a particular test or treatment was appropriate for patients — arguably the most clinically meaningful measure.But only one-third of these studies had looked for unintended consequences of their effort to wring low-value care out of their care environment.Such consequences – such as missing when an individual patient needs a particular treatment or test- can occasionally happen when an across-the-board cut in a particular medical service results in some patients not getting something that could have helped them specifically.For instance, an effort to reduce overuse of antibiotics in hospitalized patients could unintentionally lead to more of them ending up at the emergency department later if an infection flares up. Cost sharing and value-based purchasing Patient education and decision-making Quality indicators and reporting Physician performance incentives Utilization management Financial risk sharing/physician reimbursement Clinical decision support Provider education Provider feedback and peer reporting Source:Michigan Medicine – University of MichiganJournal reference:Maratt, J. et al. (2019) Measures Used to Assess the Impact of Interventions to Reduce Low-Value Care: a Systematic Review, Journal of General Internal Medicine. doi.org/10.1007/s11606-019-05069-5.last_img read more

Top US regulator calls for transparency from tech giants

first_imgFCC Chairman Ajit Pai said he hopes the recent scrutiny of US technology firms will lead to more transparency © 2018 AFP The head of a key US regulatory agency called Tuesday for Silicon Valley firms to provide more transparency about how they operate, raising the possibility of tougher regulations for technology firms. Explore further After Trump bashing, tech firms gird for congressional grillingcenter_img 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. “We need to seriously think about whether the time has come for these companies to abide by new transparency obligations,” Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai said in a blog post a day ahead of congressional hearings with executives from Twitter and Facebook.Pai offered no specific proposals, but appeared to echo concerns raised by President Donald Trump, who claimed tech firms may be biased against conservatives.”Consumers interact with these digital platforms on a daily basis. We get our news from them. We interact with our family and friends on them,” Pai wrote.”But how do these companies make decisions about what we see and what we don’t? And who makes those decisions? We still don’t know.”The FCC chief repeated complaints made in recent months over the blocking or removal of content by conservative politicians and activists.Tech firms have contended their algorithms are not designed with political aims, and analysts have pointed out that many conservatives, including Trump himself, have a considerable online following.Pai said the FCC imposes “strict transparency requirements” on companies that operate broadband networks,  but that the public has “virtually no insight” into tech firms’ business practices.”Are these tech giants running impartial digital platforms over which they don’t exercise editorial judgment when it comes to content?” he asked.”Or do they in fact decide what speech is allowed and what is not and discriminate based on ideology and/or political affiliation? And again, going back to the first point: where is the transparency?”The government  “ shouldn’t regulate these entities like a water company,” Pai said, while maintaining that “it’s important to have a serious conversation about these issues… because these tech giants have come to have much greater influence over our economy and society.”Twitter chief executive Jack Dorsey and Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg were set to appear at a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Wednesday of foreign influence operations on social media.Lawmakers were seeking a top executive from Google or its parent Alphabet, but it remained unclear if the search giant would be represented.Dorsey is due to testify at a House Energy and Commerce Committee hearing on online “transparency and accountability.” Citation: Top US regulator calls for ‘transparency’ from tech giants (2018, September 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-transparency-tech-giants.htmllast_img read more

Several popular apps including Yelp automatically send data to Facebook watchdog group

first_img Apps send intimate user data to Facebook: report In its statement sent to Privacy International and shared with USA TODAY, Duolingo said it thanked the group “for their important work raising awareness of this issue. As part of our ongoing commitment to privacy, we are removing the … component from both the Android and iOS apps in the next version releases.”In December, Privacy International said it tested many popular apps, including Spotify, and found it automatically sent data to Facebook. In a retest, PI found Spotify and two-thirds of the apps had “updated their apps so that they no longer contact Facebook when you open the app,” its report said.The update comes as Facebook said it was moving forward on its plans to combine its Messenger, Instagram and WhatsApp apps in a move to make messaging more “privacy-focused,” CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Wednesday.Facebook has faced numerous privacy-invading incidents over the past few years, including the Cambridge Analytica scandal in which as many as 87 million had their data improperly shared. “Many people don’t think Facebook can or would even want to build this kind of privacy-focused platform—because frankly we don’t currently have a strong reputation for building privacy protective services,” Zuckerberg wrote in the blog post.Heightened regulator scrutiny could hamper Facebook’s strategy, said Scott Devitt, an analyst with investment bank Stifel. “We believe Facebook sits in the precarious position of trying to protect the golden goose of engagement-and-data-driven advertising revenue while pivoting to a new privacy-centric business model to create the perception of addressing flaws of the past,” he said. “Facebook will make this attempt while integrating the very assets that could be targets for separation by global regulators.” (c)2019 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. U.K.-based non-profit Privacy International analyzed the data of 34 popular Android apps with 10 million to 500 million installs. In a December report, it found that two-thirds, or 23, apps automatically sent data to Facebook. While some apps have since been corrected, not all have, Privacy International said in an updated report.Android versions of Yelp, job search app Indeed, language app Duolingo, the King James Bible app and Muslim prayer apps Qibla Connect and Muslim Pro continue to send data to Facebook regardless of whether users have an account on the social network or are logged out, according to the report.Some versions of the apps for Apple iOS devices also “exhibit similar behavior,” the group said.The action is “hugely problematic” in that it not only invades users’ privacy but also puts competing apps at a disadvantage, Privacy International report says. “Since so many apps still send this kind of data to Facebook, this could give the company an extraordinary insight into a large share of the app ecosystem.”The group said it had brought the issue to the attention of European Union regulators and contacted the various app makers.Facebook said, in a statement sent to USA TODAY, “It’s common for developers to share information with a wide range of platforms for advertising and analytics. We require app developers to be clear with their users about the information they are collecting and what they are doing with it, and we prohibit app developers from sending us sensitive data.”The social network, the statement continued, also takes “steps to detect and remove data that should not be shared with us. Additionally, we are planning a proactive outreach to developers beyond our existing notifications and emails to push adoption of the latest version of (its software developers kit).”Yelp, in a statement sent to USA TODAY, said its Android app “does not also send personal data to Facebook at launch.”However, the app “may transmit a device’s anonymous advertising ID to Facebook” as part of the process in how it runs ad campaigns for its apps on Facebook, Yelp said. “This use is described in Yelp’s Privacy Policy and Android users can, at any time, choose to deny access to the advertising ID through Android settings.” Citation: Several popular apps including Yelp automatically send data to Facebook, watchdog group says (2019, March 7) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-popular-apps-yelp-automatically-facebook.html 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. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Explore further Some Android apps including Yelp continue to send data to Facebook even if the device owner doesn’t have a Facebook account, according to a privacy watchdog group.last_img read more

The Marshall Islands Are 10 Times More Radioactive Than Chernobyl

first_imgSome of the Marshall Islands in the Pacific Ocean — such as the Bikini and Enewetak atolls — are still more radioactive than Chernobyl and Fukushima, even though more than 60 years have passed since the United States tested radioactive weapons on those islands, a new study finds. When testing the soil for plutonium-239 and -240, the researchers found that some of the islands had levels that were between 10 and 1,000 times higher than those on Fukushima (where an earthquake and tsunami led to the meltdown of nuclear reactors) and about 10 times higher than levels in the Chernobyl exclusion zone. The researchers took only a limited number of soil samples, meaning a more comprehensive survey is needed, they said. Regardless, they were surprised that neither national governments nor international organizations had “any further guidance on permissible plutonium levels in the soil,” even though levels in the Marshall Islands were high, the researchers wrote in the study. [Top 10 Greatest Explosions Ever]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65949-marshall-islands-more-radioactivity-chernobyl.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Testing bombs After dropping atomic bombs on the Japanese cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945, effectively ending World War II, the United States decided to test more radioactive weapons. Some of these tests happened in the Marshall Islands, a chain of islands between Hawaii and the Philippines that was then a district of the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands and was run by the U.S. on behalf of the United Nations. The first two bombs, called Able and Baker, were tested on Bikini Atoll in 1946 and kicked off a 12-year period of nuclear testing on the Bikini and Enewetak atolls, during which the U.S. tested 67 nuclear weapons. The first-ever hydrogen bomb test, with the code name Ivy Mike, was tested on Enewetak in 1951. The U.S. conducted its largest hydrogen bomb test on Bikini Atoll — the 1954 Castle Bravo bomb, which was more than 1,000 times more powerful than Little Boy, the uranium weapon that decimated Hiroshima. In addition to contaminating the Bikini and Enewetak atolls, nuclear fallout from the tests also rained down on and sickened people living on Rongelap and Utirik atolls (also part of the Marshall Islands), the researchers said. In 2016, a team of researchers from Columbia University in New York published a study in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) on the background gamma radiation in three of the northern Marshall atolls: Enewetak, Bikini and Rongelap. The researchers found that radiation levels on Bikini were higher than previously reported, so they decided to do more in-depth studies on radioactivity in the islands. (Nuclear weapons are one source that releases gamma-rays, which are like energetic X-rays.) More fallout Now, that same team has written three new studies, published online yesterday (July 15) in the journal PNAS, on four of the atolls in the northern Marshall islands: Bikini, Enewetak, Rongelap and Utirik. External gamma radiation levels were significantly elevated on Bikini Atoll, on Enjebi Island in Enewetak Atoll and on Naen Island in Rongelap Atoll, compared with an island in the southern Marshall Islands that the scientists used as a control, the researchers found. The levels on Bikini and Naen islands were so high, they surpassed the maximum exposure limit that the United States and the Republic of the Marshall Islands agreed to in the 1990s, the researchers said. (On a side note, bikini swimsuits weren’t named after the island because of its tropicality, but because the French designer wanted the two-piece swimsuit to be “explosive,” just like the bomb tested there, said one of the study’s senior scientists, Ivana Nikolic-Hughes, director of the K1 Project at the Center for Nuclear Studies and a senior lecturer of chemistry at Columbia University.) [Flying Saucers to Mind Control: 22 Declassified Military & CIA Secrets] The researchers also found that the islands of Runit and Enjebi in Enewetak Atoll, as well as on Bikini and Naen islands, had high concentrations of certain radioactive isotopes in the soil. (An isotope is an element with a different number of neutrons in its nucleus.) These four islands had radioactive plutonium levels that were higher than those found in Fukushima and Chernobyl, the researchers found. “What was surprising was just how high the external gamma radiation was for Naen, which is the outer island for Rongelap Atoll,” Nikolic-Hughes told Live Science. “It was populated during the Bravo test … [the people there] were then moved, moved back and moved again. It’s quite a dreadful history of what happened to Rongelapese people.” In their second study, the researchers worked with professional divers, who collected 130 soil samples from the Castle Bravo Crater at Bikini Atoll. The level of some of the isotopes — plutonium-239 and -240, americium-241 and bismuth-207 — was an order of magnitude higher than levels found on other Marshall Islands, the researchers found. These findings are important because “measuring the radioactive contamination of the crater sediment is a first step in assessing the overall impact of nuclear weapons testing on the ocean ecosystems,” the researchers wrote in the study. In the third study, the researchers tested more than 200 fruits — mostly coconuts and pandanus — on 11 of the islands from four different atolls in the northern Marshall Islands. Cesium-137 levels didn’t look good for a sizeable chunk of the fruits on Bikini and Rongelap atolls, which had radioactivity levels higher than those deemed safe by several countries and international organizations, the researchers found. More work is needed to educate people living on the Marshall Islands about these dangers. Moreover, these findings and future research can shed light on whether it’s safe for the Marshallese people to resettle or harvest food on some of these islands, the researchers said. 10 Times HBO’s ‘Chernobyl’ Got the Science Wrong In Photos: World’s 10 Most Polluted Places The researchers tested coconuts and pandanus fruit (shown here) for radioactivity on 11 of the islands. 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Centre mulls dutyfree export of raw hide as UP shuts tanneries for

first_imgDuty of 60 per cent on raw hides makes exports impossible for the industry as it is not able to price the products competitively   –  Bloomberg COMMENT 3-month closure seen hitting meat exporters hard COMMENTS With the UP government turning a deaf ear to the Centre’s plea to not shut down tanneries in the State for three full months for the Kumbh Mela, the Commerce Ministry is examining ways to ease the situation for the affected industries. Top officials in the Ministry met meat and leather exporters on Tuesday to look at the option of allowing raw hides to be exported without export duties, at least during the ban period, to keep the meat industry running. Export duty waiver“The Centre will take a call on whether it is feasible to allow export of raw hides by removing the existing export duty, at least in the December-February period, when the tanneries are closed in UP, so that the meat industry will not face the impossible task of stocking raw hides or, worse still, disposing them of as rubbish,” a government official told BusinessLine.At present, export duty of 60 per cent on raw hides makes exports impossible for the meat industry as it is not able to price their products competitively.Exporters of buffalo and sheep meat have been urging the government for long to do away with the export duty as there is a big market for hides globally. They say that it is imperative that orders are passed immediately, at least for the next three months. ‘Swift action needed’“Hides need to be processed within a week of de-hiding as after that they start putrefying. We sincerely request for urgent consideration and withdrawal of 60 per cent export duty on raw hides for the survival of the meat export industry,” said a representation made by the All India Meat and Livestock Exporters Association (AIMLEA). Representatives from both AIMLEA and the Council for Leather Exports participated in Tuesday’s meeting. Following the Yogi Adityanath government’s orders, most tanneries in Kanpur and Unnao have shut down from December 15, hitting both the leather and the meat industries in the State. Some units, which are connected to the Loni drain that doesn’t open up in the Ganga, are being allowed to function but at less than half their capacity and under numerous restrictions, said Fauzan Alavi from AIMLEA. “It is very clear that the tanneries will not be able to process the raw hides that are the by-products of the meat industry. The government must facilitate their export,” Alavi said. The Commerce Ministry, however, has not made up its mind on the matter yet and would take a decision in some days, the official said. The high export duty had been put in place to ensure that the leather industry, which is labour-intensive, gets its raw material at a cheap price and the Commerce Ministry needs to take a decision weighing all interests, he added. Industry turnoverAccording to industry estimates, the turnover of the leather industry in UP is about ₹4,000 crore a month while meat exports is worth around ₹600 crore.The Commerce Ministry had suggested to the UP government that instead of a three-month shutdown of tanneries, it should follow the past practice of closing the tanneries only three-four days at a time ahead of the days assigned for the holy bath and allow them to function on the other days. export and import SHARE Published on leather December 18, 2018 SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

Harsimrat Kaur inaugurates Himachals first mega food park in Una

first_imgRELATED COMMENT Published on Harsimrat Kaur Badal, Minister for Food Processing Industries. File photo   –  Kamal Singh The mega food park has been set up at a cost of Rs 107.34 crore Govt plans to set up NBFC for lending food processing firms Food Processing Minister Harsimrat Kaur Badal on Sunday inaugurated Cremica Food Park, which is the first mega food park of Himachal Pradesh.“Food Processing Industries Harsimrat Kaur Badal today inaugurated Cremica Mega Food Park Pvt Ltd via video conference. The Park is located at Village Singhain Una District of Himachal Pradesh,” the ministry said in a statement. The mega food park has been set up at a cost of Rs 107.34 crore. This is the first mega food park operationalised in Himachal Pradesh. The inauguration took place in presence of Jai Ram Thakur, Chief Minister, Himachal Pradesh and Anurag Singh Thakur, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha, Hamirpur, according to the statement. The Cremica Mega Food Park will benefit people of Una district and nearby districts of Kangra, Hamirpur and Bilaspur. The park has been set up in 52.40 acre of land at a cost of Rs 107.34 crore. The facilities being created by the developer at Central Processing Centre (CPC) of this mega food park include Multi-crop pulping line with bulk aseptic packaging (24 MT/ hour), Frozen storage (1,000 MT), Deep Freeze, Dry Warehouse, QC Laboratory and other food processing facilities. The park also has a common administrative building for office and other uses by the entrepreneurs and 3 PPCs at Solan, Mandi, and Kangra having facilities for primary processing and storage near the farms. Speaking on the occasion, Badal said the mega food park will leverage an additional investment of about Rs 250 crores in 25-30 food processing units in the park and generate a turnover of about Rs 450-500 crore annually. It will also provide direct and indirect employment to 5,000 persons and benefit about 25,000 farmers in the CPC and PPC catchment areas. The minister said that the modern infrastructure for food processing created at the park will benefit the farmers, growers, processors and consumers of Himachal Pradesh and adjoining areas immensely, and prove to be a big boost to the growth of the food processing sector in the state. Badal also said that the present government is fully committed to providing an environment that is smooth, transparent and easy for investors wanting to start an enterprise in India, and in a bid to make India a resilient food economy and the Food Factory of the World, the government has made food processing a major thrust area of ‘Make in India’.The food processing ministry is focusing on boosting the industry so that agriculture sector grows exponentially and becomes a major contributor to doubling the farmers’ income and ‘Make In India’ initiative of the Government. To give a major boost to the food processing sector by adding value and reducing food wastage at each stage of the supply chain with particular focus on perishables, the Ministry of Food Processing Industries is implementing Mega Food Park Scheme in the country. The mega food parks create modern infrastructure facilities for food processing along the value chain from farm to market with strong forward and backward linkages through a cluster based approach. Common facilities and enabling infrastructure is created at Central Processing Centre and facilities for primary processing and storage is created near the farm in the form of Primary Processing Centers (PPCs) and Collection Centers (CCs). Under the Scheme, the Centre provides financial assistance up to Rs 50 crore per mega food park project.center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL February 10, 2019 COMMENTS Himachal Pradesh SHARElast_img read more

Congress bracing itself for postRahul phase

first_imgRahul Gandhi, Congress President   –  PTI national politics With efforts to placate Rahul Gandhi and make him withdraw his resignation not yielding the desired results till Tuesday, the Congress is readying it self for post-Gandhi phase. On Tuesday too, Gandhi reiterated his position and communicated the same to a host of leaders who tried to reach out to him. His family, including his sister and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, is also supporting his move.A senior Congress leader told BusinessLine that the CWC may meet again soon to discuss the possibilities for finding a replacement for Rahul Gandhi. Senior leaders have also understood that the first family of the party has problems with the top leadership of the party. Priyanka supports move“During the meeting, Priyanka Gandhi said Congress ke hathyare (those who murdered the Congress) are sitting in this room. We were stunned at such a statement from her. Rahul Gandhi also spoke from his heart. I wondered how one person can be so honest,” the senior leader said. Vehemently supporting her brother, Priyanka Gandhi also reportedly suggested that the replacement for Rahul Gandhi can be found within one or two months so that the BJP does not take an advantage of the situation.The discussions on replacements include two options. If Rahul Gandhi is not ready to give one more month for the party, senior leaders such as AK Antony or Ghulam Nabi Azad could be assigned the post. If he is willing to continue, the party can appoint one or two working presidents or form a panel of people to look at the routine organisational duties. Another source in the CWC said Rahul feels that the structure of the Congress has become like a fossil and it will be difficult for him to move it in the fight against the RSS-led Sangh Parivar. Some leaders feel that Rahul should at least accept the party’s Parliamentary leadership so that he can fight the RSS without having any organisational charge in the Congress. “Rahul Gandhi led a lonely battle. He had to deal with even District Congress Committees during the campaigning. Whatever he said in the meeting was 100 per cent correct,” a leader said.Rahul Gandhi specifically named leaders such as Ashok Gehlot, Kamal Nath and P Chidambaram in the meeting and said they were more keen on the victory of their children than the fight against the BJP. On Rafale deal, too, the Congress President felt let down by his colleagues as he led the campaign alone.Requests to continueApart from Congress leaders, several alliance partners and leaders of other parties also demanded Rahul to continue in the post. DMK’s MK Stalin, Rashtriya Janta Dal’s Lalu Prasad Yadav and actor Rajnikant urged Rahul to continue. “Rahul’s offer to resign is suicidal. Opposition parties had the common goal to dislodge BJP but failed to build a national narrative. The result in a particular election can never alter the reality in as diverse and plural a country as India,” Yadav said in Twitter. Published on COMMENT politics COMMENTS Priyanka, too, supports her brother’s decision; suggests finding a quick replacement to deny BJP an advantagecenter_img May 28, 2019 Disquiet in Congress as workers raise ‘fix responsibility’ demand SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED Rahul seems to be firm with his decision to step down as party president SHARElast_img read more

Karnataka crisis CM Kumaraswamy seeks floor test says he is ready for

first_img India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 13:43 IST CM HD Kumaraswmay has sought time from the speaker to move confidence motion in Karnataka Assembly (File)Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy on Friday sought to move confidence motion to prove majority of his government in the state assembly.”Due to what is happening in the state I have decided to move confidence motion. I seek your time,” CM Kumaraswmay said at the beginning of the budget session.He has, however, not moved any official paper to the effect.CM Kumaraswamy exuded confidence in majority of his government and said that the situation has forced him to take this action.”I am forced to say this in this situation. A few MLAs’ decision has led to this crisis. I am not here to stay here permanently. I am ready for anything,” Kumaraswamy said.Soon after the statement, opposition leader BS Yeddyurappa stormed out of the assembly and was holding a meeting with his party BJP’s legislators in his chamber.A total of 16 MLAs including 13 from the Congress, have resigned even as two independents, who were made Ministers recently, have withdrawn support to the 13-month old Congress-JD(S) coalition government.Follow | Latest updates on Karnataka Political CrisisRead | Karnataka political crisis: Month-by-month account of Congress-JDS troubleFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byArshi Aggarwal Karnataka crisis: CM Kumaraswamy seeks floor test, says he is ready for anything”I am forced to say this in this situation. A few MLAs’ decision has led to this crisis. I am not here to stay here permanently. I am ready for anything,” Kumaraswamy said.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

BSF alerts troops to stay away from suspicious Pakistan WhatsApp groups

first_img Next Manjeet Sehgal ChandigarhJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:53 IST It has been observed that recently, a WhatsApp group KBC online is trying to add BSF personnel: Circular | REUTERS image for representationHIGHLIGHTSA circular issued directions to avoid these groups by unknown numbersThe BSF headquarters has asked its regional units to brief troops about security threatsThere are apprehensions that ISI is trying to steal BSF’s movement and security informationPakistan-based unscrupulous elements are trying to sneak into Indian security zone via social media.The Border Security Force (BSF), in a communique sent to to various centres, has expressed the apprehension that a Pakistan-based WhatsApp group titled as ‘KBC Online’, which has been created by using Pakistan-based mobile phone number + 92308 576 3677, was trying to add numbers of BSF personnel to steal information about troop movement.”It has been observed that recently, a WhatsApp group KBC online is trying to add BSF personnel. Then they send attractive links on these groups and when somebody clicks a link, they (Pakistan) get access to the device,” the circular said.The circular has also issued directions to avoid these groups by unknown numbers by going to Settings – Account – Privacy Groups – My Contacts – Done.The BSF headquarters has asked its regional units to brief troops about security threat being posed by the suspicious WhatsApp groups.The BSF troops have particularly been warned to stay away from suspicious WhatsApp groups.There are apprehensions that ISI by using the WhatsApp groups and suspicious apps to steal the movement and location information of the security forces.The BSF circular also becomes important as KBC (Kaun Banega Crorepati) is about to return on the television.Also Read | 5 including BSF constable held for selling drugs in PunjabAlso Read | BSF man steals woman’s purse with Rs 15 lakh jewellery at Delhi airport, arrestedAlso Watch | Suspended BSF jawan Tej Bahadur to India Today: Suspected they would kill me but media saved my lifeFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byMohak Gupta Tags :Follow BSFFollow ISIFollow PakistanFollow WhatsApp BSF alerts troops to stay away from suspicious Pakistan WhatsApp groupsThe BSF troops have particularly been warned to stay away from suspicious WhatsApp group saying that ISI is trying to steal the movement and location information of the security forces.advertisementlast_img read more