A special Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) Court in Panchkula summoned the Dera Sacha Sauda Chief Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh – the key accused in a case of alleged forced castration, to appear before it on February 28.The court on Monday also issued summons to the two other accused in the case – Dr.Pankaj Garg and Dr.M.P. Singh, who are believed to have forcibly castrated around 400 followers of the ‘Dera’. Both Mr.Garg and Mr.Singh used to work in a hospital of the Dera in Sirsa, Haryana.
Success in the drug-free campaign has been a major achievement of the BJP-IPFT coalition government in its one year tenure, said Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb. Speaking at ‘Meet the Press’ at Agartala Press Club on Saturday, he termed the campaign as a big challenge to deal with organised drug and narcotic mafia syndicates that had made a dent in the State over the years. The media interaction event was organised on the occasion of the first anniversary of the coalition government. BJP and IPFT were celebrating the day across the State through various programmes.Mr. Deb, also the State president of the BJP, outlined achievements made to contain drug menace in the State, that shares an 856 km border with Bangladesh. “Law enforcing agencies seized huge drug consignments and arrested 729 kingpins over the past year”, he asserted. Counting achievements of his government, Mr Deb who holds Home portfolio, stated that crime against women saw 9% reduction in the first year of his government. Prosecution and anti-crime wings of the government have been strengthened, he said, adding that the coalition government has zero tolerance against crime and corruption. ”We have made our resolve clear when we resorted to tough action against corrupt officials. Several government officers including two SDMs (Sub Divisional Magistrates) were put under suspension,” he said in reply to a query. The Chief Minister said the State government was now getting more funds and sanction from the central government which helped them carry forward development activities. The centre has released additional Rs 1050 crores in two phases.He said unemployed youths were being awarded jobs and employment under different schemes to comply with their election pledges. He asserted that ongoing development activities, expansion of tourism potentials and self- employment schemes would effectively tackle unemployment issue. read more
Success has many parents and failure none. Cliched as that may sound, there is no doubt that after the resounding success of the Commonwealth Games, the new itch is that India should bid for the 2019 Asian Games (if not the 2020 Olympics).Members of the England team pose with Indian artistes and officials during the flag hoisting of their country at the Commonwealth Games Village in New Delhi.In 2005, when Asian countries with money bags in tow had assembled to vote for the 2014 Asian Games venue, New Delhi had projected itself as a candidate city. Thanks to the then sports minister Mani Shankar Aiyar’s loose talk (he kept bemoaning that the country had no money for a sporting extravaganza, a stand he took even for the CWG), India lost the bid. Senior officials, notably Randhir Singh, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) secretary-general, who’s also the Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) secretary-general, were left red-faced after being outvoted in favour of Incheon, South Korea.In less than six months, it will again be time for the 2019 Asiad bid, though insiders say not too many host cities want to come forward as some of them are still reeling under the aftermath of global recession. Even before the CWG preparations had hit top gear, the IOA had tested the waters by writing to the sports ministry that it wanted to bid for the 2019 Asiad.Till date, there has been no forward movement on this. Those in the know, however, say that this is the time for India to make a big push to establish its credentials as the emerging sporting superpower. Nobody had imagined that at the 2010 CWG, where 71 nations and dependencies participated, India would finish ahead of England with a record haul of 38 gold medals. Everyone knows that the Rs 700 crore that the athletes received to prepare for the Games have paid off.advertisementBut to pre-empt any talk of the cost of hosting a mega-event such as the Asian Games, seen as the second most prestigious international sporting event after the Olympics, let me share some figures. Nobody knows how much Beijing spent officially on the 2008 Olympics, but it is being speculated that the Chinese city of Guangzhou will spend $420 million next month and expects to earn a revenue of $450 million.Randhir Singh says that to be seen as a serious bidder for the 2019 Asian Games, india needs to emphatically convey that it is ready. “this is a huge project and the indian government fully needs to be behind new delhi. let’s not forget that the asian games gets substantial sponsorship from the Olympic Council of Asia,” says the man who first distinguished himself by being the first indian to get a gold medal at an asian games (bangkok, 1978).Within the Sports Ministry and other government agencies there’s the popular theory that India overspent on the CWG. Agreed, there’s been wasteful expenditure,but to say that the Asian Games will be a waste of money is nowhere near the truth.It is well-known that for any country wanting to project itself as a superpower, hosting an international, multi-disciplinary sporting extravaganza is one of the seals of authority. The western world never wanted China to host an Olympics and even when the Olympic Games were on, European papers just did not stop writing about the atrocities committed by China on the Tibetan people. Beijing wowed the world with its clinical precision and Guangzhou is set for an encore. With 42 countries in the fray and 476 events, Guangzhou has a challenge, but it seems to be prepared for it.New Delhi must learn from the mistakes of the CWG. The biggest flaw was in the command structure,where no single person could be held accountable for the progress of the preparations or the lack of it. You can continue blaming CWG Organising Committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, Sports Minister M.S. Gill, Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit and company till the cows come home, but this is the time for us to look forward and think big. The Asian Games bid cannot be a half-hearted venture, where most of the parties involved will suspect the IOA’s intentions. It will have to be a national endeavour, with no place for people like ‘Motormouth Mani’ and others who consider sporting extravaganzas a waste of money.Unless we bid for an Asian Games and win, we will have no ground to imagine that we would ever be able to host an Olympics. Bidding for the Olympics is serious business and host cities start getting ready at least eight years before they get into the fray. One may be tempted to believe that India can bid for the 2020 Olympics. But it as Randhir Singh, whose father, Raja Bhalendra Singh, incidentally, was a key figure in the organisation of the 1982 Asian Games in New Delhi, says “I think 2024 is a realistic target. If India is serious, the effort has to be 100 per cent.”advertisementIt is well-known that when countries bid for the Olympics, what really matters is not what it will cost but what it will take to put in the best effort. Even Barack Obama went to Copenhagen for the 2016 Olympic bidding process at the last minute because he had been convinced that Chicago would win it. The number of votes the city got was abysmal – and the winner was Rio de Janeiro. This is proof that for hosting an Olympics, no country, not even a superpower, can take anything for granted.The US has lost two successive Olympic bids, which is a clear message from the International Olympic Committee that when an Olympic host city is voted for, a number of factors are at play. In the case of India, conflicting voices will only cause damage. There’s no room for politics in this national effort – and it is impossible to predict the political scene in the country in 2024. We can only mount a national effort driven by a national vision to bid first for the 2019 Asian Games, and then prepare the ground for the 2024 Olympic bid. Sounds impossible? Nothing does anymore after the Commonwealth Games.Six lessons Delhi must learn from the Games (By – Maneesh Pandey)Look beyond New Delhi The infrastructure developed for CWG is not going to last forever. The Lutyens’ Zone, moreover, cannot keep getting injections of hefty resources at the expense of the rest of the Capital. Nor can East Delhi keep getting preferential treatment because it is the parliamentary constituency of CM Sheila Dikshit’s son, Sandeep. Delhi must look beyond New Delhi and view an international sporting event as an opportunity to develop one of its neglected rural outcrops, such as Bawana, Narela or Najafgarh. Look at London for example. Even before London bid for the 2012 Olympics, it zeroed in on Stratford in East London, which had gone to seed, for an ambitious redevelopment project. And the results are there for everybody to see.No last-minute miracles Our reliance on the ‘Big Fat Indian Wedding’ formula only caused a lot of grief, and needless negative publicity, in the run-up to the Games. The CWG Organising Committee knew it was behind schedule, yet it did not move fast enough either to put technical support systems in place, or to farm out the job of damage control (like it did when it brought the army to bail it out of the foot overbridge collapse mess). We have only our athletes to thank for the world media overlooking the security scanners that failed, Doordarshan’s late feeds, the ticketing mess and eleventh-hour jitters over the scoreboards. There was very little time for systems checks. Thankfully, the weather gods were on our side.advertisementDon’t overcommit THE many civic agencies that manage Delhi’s affairs planned projects that were way beyond their capacity to complete within the time frame. The covered-up, yet unfinished Connaught Place and never-to-be-used Shivaji Stadium are just two examples of the messy development legacy. Delhizens couldn’t use two key CWG-related public utility projects – Barapullah Elevated Corridor and the Metro’s Badarpur leg. Just two of the 33 new promised hotels have got completion certificates; and the Chandni Chowk, Jama Masjid and Paharganj development plans are yet to see the light of day.Too many generals…? YES, the Games went off without a major snafu, but the country’s high and mighty must learn to value the importance of a unified command for an international sporting extravaganza. The Games were like the rope in a tug-of-war, with organising committee chairman Suresh Kalmadi, sports minister M.S. Gill, Delhi lt-governor Tejinder Khanna and CM Sheila Dikshit pulling in different directions, and even squabbling over who should take the credit for what. Even on the day of the closing ceremony, Khanna’s office leaked a letter he’d written to the Prime Minister protesting against Dikshit hogging the credit for the last-minute completion of the Games Village.No more weak excuses The Games organising committee secretary-general Lalit Bhanot’s laughable defence of the pathetic sanitary conditions at the Village in the days when it had just started receiving foreign athletes and delegates won’t stand in any international forum. If Delhi wishes to host an international multi-disciplinary sporting event, or to become a world-class city, it must measure up to the highest global standards in hygiene and sanitation. The Capital may have got the athletes for the Games (they had no choice) despite snakes, unmanaged garbage and stale food in the Village, but the expected number of additional tourists did not show up because they had been scared away by reports of Delhi’s poor hygiene standards.Nurture on-ground talent We may hire the best brains to design ambitious projects, but what we lack is the ability to execute them on the ground. We don’t realise that it is the junior engineers who hold the key to the success and timely completion of infrastructure projects, and they invariably turn out to be the weakest links in the organisational chain. In the run-up to the CWG, it became apparent that engineers down the line had never been exposed to the projects they were expected to implement. They didn’t benefit from exposure to international projects because the people who went on study junkets abroad were the bureaucrats at the top – many were not involved with the projects eventually. read more
PM Network, a division of the Project Management Institute, boasts the largest average digital circulation in the first half of 2015, at 442,473, 88.2 percent of overall circulation. Among the 25 brands with the widest overall circulation, only Renewable Energy World is completely print-free, but just 71 of Computer magazine’s 45,631 average recipients received the publication in print. Luxe Interiors and Design and Bloomberg Markets are the two brands whose circulation is the least digital-heavy, at 11.2 and 11.9 percent, respectively. Just three of the 25 BPA members with the widest circulations are based outside of the U.S.: Renewable Energy World (UK) and CPA Canada and Vertical Magazine (Canada). The decline indicates an overall trend of the number of BPA member titles ceasing operations outweighing the number of new publications entering the marketplace, a BPA spokesperson tells Folio:. 528 of BPA’s members who publish print magazines reported digital circulation over the six months ending June 30, a 4.3 percent decline from the second half of last year, although digital editions now account for 25.8 percent of overall circulation, a slight increase over the preceding six-month period. According to a new survey conducted by BPA Worldwide, an independent auditor of magazine circulation, nearly half of all business-to-business and consumer print magazines with BPA membership publish digital editions. read more
The Myanmar security forces, sometimes joined by local vigilantes, surrounded Rohingya villages throughout the Myanmar’s northern part of Rakhine State and killed at least hundreds of the Rohingya villagers.“As Rohingya women, men, and children fled their homes, the soldiers and police officers often opened fire, killing or seriously injuring at least hundreds of people,” said Amnesty International (AI) in statement on Wednesday.Apparently, Myanmar security forces began the crackdown in the hours and days following the ARSA attacks on 25 August.According to the AI, survivors described running to nearby hills and rice fields, where they hid until the forces left.The elderly and people with disabilities were often unable to flee, and burned to death in their homes after the military set them alight, it added.AI also stated that this pattern was replicated in dozens of villages across Maungdaw, Rathedaung, and Buthidaung townships. But the security forces, and in particular the Myanmar military, appear to have unleashed their most lethal response in specific villages near where ARSA carried out its attacks.Amnesty International said it documented events in five such villages where at least a dozen people were killed.The AI sates that it interviewed 17 survivors of the massacre in Chut Pyin, six of whom had gunshot wounds.Almost all had lost at least one family member, with some losing many. They consistently described the Myanmar military, joined by Border Guard Police (BGP) and local vigilantes, surrounding Chut Pyin, opening fire on those fleeing, and then systematically burning Rohingya houses and buildings, it added.In the interview one Fatima, 12, told Amnesty International that she was at home with her parents, eight siblings, and grandmother when they saw fire rising from another part of their village.She also said men in uniform opened fire on them from behind. She saw both her father and 10-year-old sister get shot, then Fatima was also hit in the back of her right leg, just above the knee.Another victim Sona Mia, 77, said he was at home in Koe Tan Kauk when Myanmar soldiers surrounded the village and opened fire on 27 August.’Crimes against humanity’In a statement, the Amnesty International termed the crimes against the Rohingya people as crimes against humanity.“Witness accounts, satellite imagery and data, and photo and video evidence gathered by Amnesty International all point to the same conclusion: hundreds of thousands of Rohingya women, men, and children have been the victims of a widespread and systematic attack, amounting to crimes against humanity.”The AI said the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court lists 11 types of acts which, when knowingly committed during such an attack, constitute crimes against humanity.Amnesty International has consistently documented at least six of these amid the current wave of violence in northern Rakhine State. The accounts are murder, deportation and forcible displacement, torture, rape and other sexual violence, persecution, and other inhumane acts such as denying food and other life-saving provisions. read more
Christopher Connelly, KERA NewsLesa RoeLesa Roe, a leader at NASA, has been selected as the next chancellor for the University of North Texas System.Roe, acting deputy administrator for NASA, is set to become the system’s third chancellor and the first woman to ever hold the position with the UNT System. She would replace Lee Jackson, who announced his retirement in March.Roe was introduced Thursday as the sole finalist for the job during the university system’s board of regents meeting in Fort Worth.As chancellor, Roe would be responsible for the university system’s operations, managing more than 10,000 employees and overseeing three campuses: UNT in Denton, UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and UNT Dallas. G. Brint Ryan, chairman of the board of regents, said in a statement Thursday that Roe is “a results-oriented, decisive leader with proven success in operating in a high-risk, high-visibility environment.”“Lesa has more than 30 years of experience in corporate-level strategic positioning and execution for a multi-billion dollar federal agency and her track record of driving efficient productivity, combined with a wealth of experience working with federal and state-level legislators, makes her an ideal fit to lead the UNT System into a new era.”Experience with NASA, passion for encouraging women in STEMIn her current job, Roe works with NASA’s chief operating officer to lead strategy, execution and operations across all NASA field centers. Roe’s managed the research program at the International Space Station and helped launch missions that have discovered new worlds. As an engineer by training, Roe even helped build the space shuttle Endeavor — literally installed its communications systems. She’s coming from the No. 2 position at NASA, an organization with 17,000 employees and a budget of $19 billion, to run a university system in Texas. But, she says there’s a connection.“We really need a well-trained, well-educated workforce coming in to make those tremendous scientific discoveries, to do all of the incredible systems, the design, everything that we do at NASA,” shes says. “And so the University of North Texas system’s role is to develop those students that can do that kind of work.”Roe wants UNT to be inclusive and accessible for people of all economic backgrounds. And personally, she’s on a mission to get more women into STEM fields.“I have a huge passion for young girls seeing ‘Yeah, I can do this. I can be a part of it.’ I was one of those young girls. I was the first to go to college in my family, and so I want to help be that encourager to say, ‘You can do this,’” she says.Roe will inherit a growing university system. There’s new law school in Dallas and a new medical school in the works in Fort Worth. Roe says she wants to make sure graduates are attractive to top employers.State law requires that 21 days must pass before the board of regents can take final action to hire Roe. Jackson, the state’s longest-serving chancellor, will stay until Roe takes office and will continue to serve the UNT System until the end of 2017.More on Roe’s education and backgroundRoe holds a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Florida and a master’s in electrical engineering from the University of Central Florida. She has served on numerous boards and advisory councils including:The Virginia Governor’s Aerospace Advisory CouncilAmerican Astronautical SocietyVirginia FIRST RoboticsVirginia Research and Technology Advisory CommissionShe also has won several awards and honors, including:2017 American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics AIAA Fellow2015 Senior Executive Service Presidential Distinguished Rank Award2006 Presidential Meritorious Executive Rank AwardNASA Exceptional Service MedalUniversity of Florida’s Distinguished Career AchievementOutstanding Leadership in Engineering Awards2010 Women in Aerospace Leadership Award2010 YWCA Women of Distinction in Science and TechnologyVirginia Hispanic Chamber of Commerce 2012 Bridge Builder AwardRoe and her husband, Ralph, NASA’s chief engineer, have three children.Watch an interview with Lesa Roe Share read more
More information: Makiko K. Haba et al. Mesosiderite formation on asteroid 4 Vesta by a hit-and-run collision, Nature Geoscience (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41561-019-0377-8Press release Citation: Study of mesosiderite zircons suggests Vesta was struck by a very large rock (2019, June 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-mesosiderite-zircons-vesta-struck-large.html The proposed model describes a collision between Vesta, as the parent body of mesosiderites and HED meteorites, and a smaller planetesimal with a mass ratio of 0.1. The impact resulted in a major dent in Vesta’s northern hemisphere, followed by debris accretion in the southern hemisphere, accounting for the thick crust observed by NASA’s Dawn mission. Credit: Makiko Haba Artist’s concept of a massive ‘hit-and-run’ collision hitting Asteroid Vesta. Credit: Mikiko Haba The proposed model describes a collision between Vesta, as the parent body of mesosiderites and HED meteorites, and a smaller planetesimal with a mass ratio of 0.1. The impact resulted in a major dent in Vesta’s northern hemisphere, followed by debris accretion in the southern hemisphere, accounting for the thick crust observed by NASA’s Dawn mission. Credit: Makiko Haba A team of researchers from Australia, Switzerland and Japan has found evidence suggesting that the asteroid Vesta was stuck by a very large rock approximately 4.5 billion years ago. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the group describes their study of the asteroid and what they believe is material from it. Artist’s concept of a massive ‘hit-and-run’ collision hitting Asteroid Vesta. Credit: Mikiko Haba 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. Explore further New computer simulations reveal possible violent history of giant asteroid Vesta The researchers propose that a large, stony asteroid struck Vesta approximately 4.5 billion years ago so hard that both crust and core material was blasted off the asteroid into space. They further suggest that some amount of the debris also fell back onto Vesta’s surface, which they note would explain the thicker crust on the surface near where they believe the impact happened. They also note that Vesta has overlapping craters near the same area—reminders of smaller impacts. They suggest those smaller impacts were behind the formation of the mesosiderites they have been studying. Journal information: Nature Geoscience Asteroid Vesta. Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/UCAL/MPS/DLR/IDA Vesta is the second most massive object in our solar system’s asteroid belt—Ceres is the largest. It has a diameter of approximately 525 kilometers and comes close enough to Earth at times to be seen with binoculars. In this new effort, the researchers used data from the Dawn spacecraft that orbited the asteroid back in 2011 and 2012 and studied asteroid fragments found here on Earth to learn more about its history.Space scientists classify asteroids into one of three types: stony, iron and stony/iron; some stony/iron asteroids are subdivided into a category called mesosiderites—their chemistry suggests their constituent materials came from other, larger asteroids that collided. They are made from both crust material and core material that was flung into space. The researchers studied five such mesosiderites found in northwest Africa, the U.S. and Chile. They noted they contained zircon crystals that likely formed from molten metals that originated in the core of a large asteroid. Testing suggested the asteroid they came from was likely 530 kilometers in diameter, which is a close match with Vesta.The team then took a close look at the crystals in the mesosiderites. They estimated that the silicates formed approximately 4.55 billion years ago, and that the mixing of the metals occurred approximately 4.52 billion years ago. © 2019 Science X Network read more