Over 500 fake doctors identified by CID in Bengal

first_imgThe CID on Wednesday has identified over 500 fake doctors practising in government hospitals and private clinics in West Bengal.A highly-placed official of the agency said that around seven to eight fake institutes were involved in the racket.“Fake doctors are present in large numbers in government and private hospitals all over the state. We have information that around seven to eight fake institutes in the state are involved in the business apart from other such establishments in neighbouring states,” the official said.State Medical Council president Nirmal Maji said that they had a list which would be handed over to the police.”The CID has already arrested six fake doctors from various parts of the state including Ajay Tiwary and Naren Pandey who were attached to two renowned private hospitals in the metropolis.CID sleuths said that fake certificates and registration numbers were given by those institutes at a hefty price.These fake doctors had links with senior officials of the health department besides political laders and civil and police officers.They have been practising since the days of the Left Front government. Thier contacts had helped them practice as doctors,” he said. On the insistence of CID, the Council had issued a directive to doctors to register themselves afresh, and renew and update their credentials with them.It has also directed hospitals to provide it with names of registered doctors which would help the council screen the list of doctors practising in the state.Complaints with the police based on which the arrests were made. The Council also appealed to the people to inform it if they suspected anybody to be a fake doctor.Police sources said that old registration numbers, used by doctors who are not in the profession now or had expired, were being provided to such persons.Maji said that the state Medical Council would accept complaints from the people from today.“If a complaint is found genuine, we will get an FIR lodged,” he said adding that the state government was trying to formulate a mechanism to stop the practice.last_img read more

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Former Trinamool leader Mukul Roy quits Rajya Sabha

first_imgFormer Trinamool Congress leader Mukul Roy resigned from the Rajya Sabha on Wednesday and gave up the primary membership of the party saying that “we are comrades in party and not servants”.“One-person party is not good for the country. At this moment a national party is required for country’s betterment,” he said at press conference.Mr Roy, who was unhappy with elevation of West Bengal Chief Minister and Trinamool Congress Chief Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee’s elevation in the party, said that “dynasty politics is hurting all political parties” in the country.He evaded pointed questions on Abhishek Banerjee, saying just that “all one-man party are run this way”.Asked why did not he raise the voice within the Trinamool Congress, the 63-year-old leader, who also served as Railway Minister, said the atmosphere was not right in the party to raise such issues.Mr. Roy said that since its inception, the party supported the BJP till 2007 and then were a part of the United Progressive Alliance government from 2009 to 2012. “The party [Trinamool] was formed to fight the Congress. If the Trinamool leadership now feels that the country cannot run without the Congress, I would suggest that they should merge with the Congress,” he said.’BJP is not a communal party’While he did not disclose his future plans, he made clear hints that the BJP cannot be described as a “communal party”.“I haven’t yet decided to join any party or float a new political entry,” he said.In last few months Mr. Roy has had series of meetings with Finance Minister Arun Jaitely and General Secretary Kailash Vijayvargiya. “There is no question of bargaining. I have good relations with both Mr Vijayvargiya and Mr Jaitely,” he said.While, he stopped short of confirming that he would officially join BJP, he did put up a spirited defence of the party. In 1998, Trinamool Congress had a seat sharing arrangement with BJP in West Bengal.  “On that day we said BJP is not communal,” he said.The TMC fought the next elections as NDA partners. Ms. Banerjee has handled Coal and Railways as a minister in NDA cabinet.“In fact, till 2007 we were with the NDA. In 2009, TMC joined UPA-2, but within few years we left it on flimsy grounds. From 2012-2014 we were in fact the main opposition party against Congress both inside and outside Parliament,” he recalled.“Since, 2014, TMC is claiming that country can’t be run without Congress. We sound this party to fight against Congress and if TMC today feels it can’t do without them, then why don’t they merge with Congress,” he said.Waving registration papers of the party, Mr Roy went on a trip down memory lane, insisting that it was he who started the party which Ms Banerjee joined at a later date. “On 17 December 1997, the party was registered under 29 (A) of Representation of People Act 1951. I was the first signatory. On 24 December 1997, when Mamata Banerjee was expelled from Congress, I was the one to inform Election Commission about her joining TMC,” he said.Trinamool hits backThe Trinamool leadership was quick to respond, saying that the very day after he was questioned by the CBI he was maintaining a close touch with the BJP.Party leader Partha Chatterjee said. “We wanted to run the party as a zamindar [landlord]. We are happy that the party has been rid of his presence.”On Mr. Roy’s remarks on dynasty politics, he said that Mr. Roy’s son, Subhranshu, is an MLA only because his father is a politician.Mr. Subhranshu Roy has said he is not leaving the Trinamool.last_img read more

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Mizoram Bru refugees allege starvation in camps for want of reliefs

first_imgThe apex forum of thousands of Bru refugees currently stranded in north Tripura on Tuesday complained starvation in makeshift camps due to irregular distribution of relief rations.The Mizoram Bru Displaced Peoples Forum (MBDPF) claimed situation remained same even after drawing attention of Tripura government officials. “It is unfortunate to mention that the government authority is still reluctant to take an urgent step for distribution of relief materials while making an excuse of non-receipt of fund from the Centre”, said MBDPF General Secretary Bruno Msha.Bru, also known as Reang, were displaced from Mizoram following ethnic riot with the Mizos in 1997 and were given shelter in seven makeshift camps in north Tripura. Their number originally swelled to 50,000, but came down to 35,000 with section of evacuees returning to their villages in Mizoram.  Ministry of Home Affairs funded reliefs are distributed in camps every fortnight since August 1998. MBDPF alleged that camp residents have not been provided ration marked for a period for second half of October.“If ration is not distributed in next two days there will be many casualties in the camps due to starvation”, Mr. Msha said adding that the camp inmates might raid government storehouse to loot foodstuff for survival.The forum said it is contemplating to organise road blockade stir to compel the government to act fast and save the refugees. It cautions that the government authority would be liable for any deterioration of law and order situation in camp locations.Bruno Msha said that there could be a “tactical ploy” to force them to return to Mizoram without any comprehensive rehabilitation package and security. Mizoram government hitherto refused to concede major demands of the MBDPF like formation of a regional council for Bru tribe.last_img read more

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Congress demands full-time CM in Goa

first_imgPanaji: A day before BJP president Amit Shah’s visit to Goa, the Congress demanded a full-time Chief Minister to replace Manohar Parrikar, who is undergoing treatment in the U.S. Former Union Minister of state for law and senior Congress leader Ramakant Khalap told presspersons on Saturday that the Congress would petition the Bombay High Court at Goa challenging the constitutionality of the three-member Cabinet Advisory Committee(CAC) appointed by Mr. Parrikar to administer the state in his absence. “We demand that Mr. Shah give the state a full time Chief Minister. In 2017, we had got the people’s mandate to form government, but Mr. Shah usurped it. Now the state has no full-time CM and the BJP does not even bother to fulfil its responsibility,” Mr. Khalap said on Saturday. in the presence of state Congress president Girish Chodankar. “We hope the Bombay High Court at Goa will take cognisance of the “unconstitutional manner” in which the state is being governed. The three-member CAC is unconstitutional in nature. There is no provision for three persons to rule a state. The result is chaos and absolute chaos in administration,” Mr. Khalap said.last_img read more

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Assam prisoner tops open varsity exam

first_imgA life prisoner at the Mangaldoi District Jail in north-central Assam has topped the equivalent of Class 12 exam conducted by a State-based open university this year.Six of his fellow prisoners also came out with flying colours making a success rate of 100% for the jail that has set a benchmark in the State for efforts to reform its inmates.The Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University (KKHSOU) conducts the Bachelor Preparatory Programme, a course equivalent to Class 12 exam, annually. This year’s results were declared on August 24.The university’s spokesperson Bipul Das said 1,717 of the total 3,074 candidates who appeared for the exam from 174 study centres across the State were successful this time. The success rate was 55.87%.One of the study centres was in Darrang district’s Mangaldoi jail, about 75 km. northeast of Guwahati.“This year’s topper is 32-year-old Arupjyoti Deka, serving a life term for murder. He secured 80.33% and letter marks (80 or more out of 100) in Economics, Sociology, Political Science, and English,” jail superintendent Munindra Nath Sarma told The Hindu.Mr. Deka, in jail since 2012 after being convicted for murder, works as the jail’s librarian besides compiling an Assamese monthly wall magazine titled Karalipi (meaning jail script in Assamese) for poems, essays and fiction penned by the prisoners. The literary endeavour, published as an annual magazine since 2016, has been praised by authors and poets in Assam for its quality content.Mr. Deka is not the only prisoner among KKHSOU’s top 10. Dhrubajyoti Hazarika, with 73%, and Ilias Purti with 71% secured the sixth and 10th positions.The other four fared well too by securing more than the average 57% by the 1,717 who passed the programme.Mr. Deka said: “The ambience is so healthy that we can study for hours and hone our skills that could ensure us a source of income later in life.”last_img read more

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‘BJP MLAs topped in attending Assembly’

first_imgSix BJP MLAs topped in attending the sessions of the Rajasthan Assembly, which held its 11 sessions since the 2013 election and sat for an average of 28 days every year. The ruling BJP members were also among the top four who asked the maximum number of questions on different subjects during the sittings of the House.A report card of MLAs, released by the Association for Democratic Reforms (ADR) and Rajasthan Election Watch (REW) here on Monday before this year’s Assembly election, said though the questions on education, medical & health, public construction and energy were asked in large numbers, a lesser number of questions were raised on revenue, Panchayati Raj, water and urban development.“No questions were asked on mob lynching of dairy farmers, violence against women and the atrocities against Dalits, which have brought a bad name to Rajasthan,” REW coordinator Renuka Pamecha said. Besides, former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot, who is an MLA from Jodhpur’s Sardarpura, and Leader of Opposition Rameshwar Dudi did not ask a single question during the 14th Assembly’s entire tenure.A total of 152 Bills were tabled in the Assembly and 145 of them were passed. Among the MLAs facing criminal cases, the BJP registered an increase from 8% in 2008 to 16% in 2013 and Congress from 16% to 24% in this period. Thirty-four MLAs in the 14th Assembly have declared criminal cases against themselves and 18 of them are facing serious criminal charges, including murder and kidnapping.ADR national coordinator Maj. Gen. (Retd.) Anil Verma said the increasing number of political leaders with the criminal background and getting elected to the State Assemblies and Parliament was a cause for concern all over the country.‘Close monitoring’Social activist Nikhil Dey said the electoral process needed to be closely monitored in order to ensure that the political parties did not give tickets to the persons with criminal background. He demanded that the BJP MLA from Manohar Thana, Kanwar Lal Meena, should be not fielded in the upcoming Assembly election again in view of the complaints of heinous crimes made against him.last_img read more

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Provide adequate security to Swain: DGP

first_imgOdisha DGP R.P. Sharma ordered the SPs to provide adequate security to former MP and Utkal Bharat Party president Kharabela Swain during his public meetings in their respective districts, officers said on Monday.Mr. Sharma said all the Superintendents of Police have been asked to provide security to the former Lok Sabha MP during his scheduled public meetings in their districts across the State.He said that on Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik’s order, the Crime Branch was conducting a thorough investigation into the alleged attack on Mr. Swain in Rayagada district on Saturday. Attacks on Mr. Swain in Kendrapara and Balasore districts may be brought under the purview of the probe, he said. Meanwhile, one more person was arrested on Monday in this connection.last_img

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Manjhi demands more seats in Bihar

first_imgCracks in the ‘Mahagathbandhan’ (Grand Alliance) appeared in Bihar on Thursday with Hindustani Awam Morcha (Secular) leader Jitan Ram Manjhi declaring that his party was ready to contest 20 Lok Sabha seats in the State if it was denied a “respectable” number of seats. “We need more seats than other constituent parties of the alliance as we had joined the RJD-led team before them,” HAM(S) leader and former CM Jitan Ram Manjhi said in Patna. The State Congress leaders, too, have taken a tough posture on seats. “The Congress will not be a pichhalaggu [hanger-on] to any other party in the State as we have decided to play from the front-foot in the Lok Sabha poll,” party MLA Sanjay Tiwari said.last_img

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Bhupen Hazarika’s son Tej shifts tack, says Bharat Ratna for father an honour

first_imgTej Hazarika, the son of Assamese singer-composer Bhupen Hazarika, has said that he had been invited by the Union government to accept the Bharat Ratna on behalf of his late father and it that would be his “tremendous honour” to receive the country’s highest civilian award.On the controversy over his remarks made on February 11 through a Facebook post, Mr. Hazarika said: “It is unfortunate that (some) people would completely misinterpret my public February 11th statement regarding the ‘Bharat Ratna’ itself by sadly misrepresenting my view of it.”In the Facebook post, he had said that his father’s name and words were being invoked and celebrated publicly while plans were afoot to pass a “painfully unpopular” Citizenship (Amendment) Bill that was “actually undermining his documented position. It would in reality be in direct opposition to what Bupenda believed in his heart of hearts.”Mr. Hazarika said it was a “tremendous honour for me and my family to be invited” by the Indian government to accept the ‘Bharat Ratna’ on behalf of his late father.“The Government of India has graciously extended me an invitation to accept the Bharat Ratna for my father. He sacrificed much and devoted selflessly to the cause of a united and progressive India and now he is being recognised for that with this well-deserved award,” Mr. Hazarika said in a statement issued to PTI in New York. “It will be my dreamlike privilege to receive it for my father and his fans and followers everywhere. As always, I will strive to follow in my father’s footsteps to work to bring light where there is darkness,” he said.last_img read more

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Modi, Mamata to kick-start poll campaign in Bengal today

first_imgThe battle of Bengal is all set to heat up with Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Trinamool Congress president Mamata Banerjee kick-starting their campaign on Wednesday in the State that sends the third largest number of Lok Sabha members to Parliament. While Mr. Modi will address a rally at Siliguri, Ms. Banerjee will hold her first public meeting for the general election in the State at Dinhata, both in North Bengal.War of words likelyPolitical circles are agog that a war of words is on the cards with Ms. Banerjee deciding to hold her public rally on the same day the Prime Minister will begin his campaign in the State.Ms. Banerjee, who was earlier scheduled to begin her campaign on April 4 in North Bengal, has advanced it by a day to address the rally at Dinhata in Cooch Behar constituency, which goes to the polls in the first phase.West Bengal has 42 Lok Sabha seats, the third largest number after U.P.’s 80 and Maharashtra’s 48.After a good performance in last year’s rural polls and a few bypolls in Bengal, the BJP has pipped the CPI(M) and the Congress to emerge as the main challenger to the TMC. BJP president Amit Shah has set an ambitious target of winning 23 seats in the State.Ms. Banerjee, who has been playing an important role in bringing together anti-BJP parties on one platform and whose party sees a potential PM candidate in her, is sparing no effort to stop the BJP from increasing its footprint in the State.“The Chief Minister will address the rally at Dinhata on Wednesday at 3 p.m.,” TMC Cooch Behar district secretary Rabindranath Ghosh said.Ms. Banerjee’s nephew and MP Abhishek Banerjee will also address two rallies in the district — one at Sitalkhuci and the other at Tufanganj on the same day, Mr. Ghosh said.Other campaigners The PM is scheduled to kick-start his campaign from Siliguri at 1 p.m. and will hold another rally at the Brigade Parade Ground in Kolkata at 3 p.m. the same day.BJP State chief Dilip Ghosh said apart from the Prime Minister, several other top party leaders will hold rallies in the State. Mr. Shah, U.P. CM Yogi Adityanath, Union Cabinet Ministers Rajnath Singh and Smriti Irani will address rallies in the State, Mr. Ghosh said.last_img read more

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My govt. will complete full term: Sawant

first_img“We will complete three years in power. No one has the daring to overthrow this BJP-led coalition government,” Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant said on Tuesday.After inaugurating an election campaign office of the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Panaji bypoll candidate Sidharth Kuncolienkar, the CM said that the BJP would win the prestigious Assembly seat which has been held by the party for 25 years, during which it was largely represented by late Manohar Parrikar.“I am saying this on purpose. I am certain that this government will complete the remaining three years. Our alliance partners, Vijai Sardesai or independent MLAs, are with us,” said Mr. Sawant who took over as Chief Minister after the death of Mr. Parrikar on March 17 following a prolonged battle with pancreatic cancer.The Chief Minister’s response comes in the wake of recent statements by Congress candidate Atanasio Monserrate during campaigning, that on May 23, Goa will get a new government.Apart from the Lok Sabha election results, Goa will also witness the results of the Assembly bypolls of Shiroda, Mapusa, Mandrem and Panaji, on May 23.last_img read more

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ScienceShot: Why Great Tits Hide Their Nests

first_imgGreat tits are good at hiding their eggs; they cover them with animal hair, moss, and grasses—but no one knew why. Researchers suspected that the tits (Parus major) were trying to mask their nests from the prying eyes of their competitors, pied flycatchers (Ficedula hypoleuca). These odd birds spy on how many eggs tits lay; the more eggs, the better the habitat. To confirm this hypothesis, researchers uncovered tit nests in Finland and then placed a bird decoy nearby—either a pied flycatcher or an innocuous wax wing—and played the corresponding birdsong. A day later, they measured how thoroughly the tits re-covered their nests. The flycatcher’s song spurred the tits to pile on 41% more hair, and with 17% better coverage than with the wax wing’s tune, researchers report online today in BMC Evolutionary Biology. The flycatchers act like “information parasites.” By concealing their eggs, tits can fool them into thinking the habitat is inferior, so they will move on and leave the tits alone.See more ScienceShots.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)last_img read more

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Podcast: Supergenes, a New Longevity Diet, and Historic Bowel Movements

first_imgHow does a supergene help a butterfly outwit a predator? Could a low-protein diet be the key to longevity? And what does 700-year-old human poop reveal about the evolution of our gut bacteria?Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.Listen to the full Science podcast.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Hear more podcasts.last_img read more

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Top Stories: Self-Destructing Trees, Smart Skin, and Fat Neandertals

first_imgDid Europeans Get Fat From Neandertals?A new genetic analysis reveals that modern Europeans—but not Asians—inherited fat-processing genes from our extinct relatives, the Neandertals. These genes may have helped Europeans adapt to their colder environments. Today, though, they may be implicated in diseases like obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease.’Smart Skin’ May Be the Next Big Thing in Wearable ComputersSign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Imagine a world in which a single, wearable “smart skin” patch can check your vitals, beam the information to a doctor, and administer medication as needed. While such a device still faces substantial obstacles before wide-scale implementation, two teams of researchers have announced innovations combining standard electronics with flexible materials that may bring the futuristic concept closer to reality.Cheaper Fuel From Self-Destructing TreesTurning wood into biofuels is expensive. That’s because engineers must remove one of wood’s key components, known as lignin, to get to the sugary cellulose that’s used for fuels. But now, researchers have figured out how to get the lignin in poplar trees to self-destruct under mild processing conditions—a trick that could slash the cost of biofuels.Japan Ordered to Stop Scientific WhalingJapan has to stop capturing and killing whales under its whaling program in the Antarctic, the International Court of Justice (ICJ) has said. In 1982, the International Whaling Commission adopted a moratorium on commercial whaling, allowing the taking and killing of whales for research purposes only. Antiwhaling critics say that Japanese whale research is a fig leaf for commercial hunting, as whale meat can be sold to cover research costs. This week, the ICJ ordered Japan to revoke existing permits to catch whales for scientific purposes and to stop granting such permits in the future.Scientist Quits Effort to Live-Blog STAP Cell ReplicationControversy continues to swirl around two recent papers reporting that simply stressing adult cells could turn them into powerful stem cells called STAP cells. Scientist Kenneth Ka-Ho Lee, who has been trying to reproduce STAP cells and has been regularly blogging about his progress, has given up, writing “I don’t think STAP cells exist and it will be a waste of manpower and research funding to carry on with this experiment any further.” Lee hopes others will continue to investigate whether the new approach—which has been dogged by claims of research misconduct—can really lead to stem cells. 00:0000:0000:00last_img read more

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Plan to Allow Libyan Nuclear Scientists to Study in U.S. Draws Fire in Congress

first_imgRepublican lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives are raising objections to a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) plan to lift a 1983 ban on Libyan nationals receiving pilot training or studying nuclear science in the United States. At a hearing last week, supporters of lifting the ban said the move is needed to help Libya rebuild global ties after decades of international sanctions during the dictatorship of Muammar Gaddafi. Critics, however, worried it could help train potential terrorists.The regulations at issue were created by President Ronald Reagan’s administration in the early 1980s, when Libya hosted terrorist training camps and sought to procure nuclear weapons. Libya was already included on the U.S. State Department’s list of state sponsors of terrorism, but the Reagan administration wanted to make sure that Libyans were not able to come to the United States to learn to fly or repair aircraft, or study the nuclear sciences. Wanting to improve foreign relations with the United States, in 2003 Libya voluntarily ended its nuclear program, which was still in the early stages of uranium enrichment. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice removed the country as a state sponsor of terrorism in 2006.In 2010, the Defense Department formally requested that DHS rescind the ban, hoping to improve foreign relations with Libya. Rebel forces killed Gaddafi and toppled his government the next year, but Pentagon officials have reiterated their request, in large part because they want to help rebuild the Libyan air force by training Libyan pilots at bases in the United States. The Pentagon says a renovated air force could help the country combat militant groups, such as those that killed four Americans at the U.S. embassy in Benghazi in 2012.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)But some lawmakers expressed doubts at the 3 April joint hearing of the House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security and the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Border Security. For instance, Representative Jason Chaffetz (R-UT) argued that the newly formed Libyan government cannot adequately assist the United States in vetting visa candidates. “When we go to give somebody a visa, we rely on the host nation to help us identify that person and understand their background,” he said. “That does not happen in Libya—they don’t have the infrastructure or the ability to do this.”Administration officials disputed that idea. DHS officials adequately considered potential security risks when creating the draft proposal, said DHS Assistant Secretary of International Affairs Alan Bersin. He also noted that nationals of no other country except Iran are comprehensively banned from studying nuclear sciences in the United States. Instead, immigration and security officials consider such applications on a case-by-case basis.Allowing Libyan nuclear scientists to study in the United States could provide a security benefit, said Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-CA). “Historically we have sought to take weapon scientists from potential enemies and teach them something useful to do other than weapon science,” she said. “Because if that’s all you know how to do, that skill is for sale in the world.”Before the ban can be lifted, DHS officials must publish a formal proposal and allow a period for public comment. Chaffetz suggested he would support a bill reaffirming the comprehensive Libyan ban while at the same time extending the ban to cover other nations with terrorist activity, but has proposed no specific legislation. Neither DHS nor Chaffetz established a timeline for any action.last_img read more

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Harold Varmus stepping down as director of U.S. cancer institute

first_imgHarold Varmus, the fiesty, outspoken virologist who has led the National Cancer Institute (NCI) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) for nearly 5 years, will leave his post at the end of March.”It has been our great fortune to have Harold at the helm of the NCI,” said NIH Director Francis Collins in a statement today. “His breadth and depth of expertise in biomedical research is unparalleled, and he’s been a tremendous colleague to me and invaluable to the agency.”Douglas Lowy, who currently serves as NCI’s deputy director, will become acting director. Lowy is a long-time NCI intramural researcher known for his work on vaccines.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)”I take this step with a mixture of regret and anticipation,” wrote Varmus, who won the 1989 Nobel Prize in physiology or medicine, in an open letter today. “Regret, because I will miss this job and my working relationships with so many dedicated and talented people. Anticipation, because I look forward to new opportunities to pursue scientific work in the city, New York, that I continue to call home.”Varmus, who served as NIH’s director from 1993 to 1999, returned to run NCI in 2010. As NCI director, he pushed studies of tumor genomics to tailor treatments to cancer patients, and launched a “provocative questions” initiative to get researchers to explore mysteries of cancer. With other biomedical research leaders, he also prodded the research community to discuss the problem of the oversupply of young biomedical researchers during flat budget times.In his letter, Varmus notes that NCI’s budget has “endured losses in real as well as adjusted dollars” during his tenure, and “survived the threats and reality of government shutdowns. … This experience has been especially vivid to those of us who have lived in better times, when NIH was the beneficiary of strong budgetary growth. As Mae West famously said, ‘I’ve been rich and I’ve been poor, and rich is better.’ “”While penury is never a good thing, I have sought its silver linings,” he continued. “My efforts to cope with budgetary limits have been guided by Lord Rutherford’s appeal to his British laboratory group during a period of fiscal restraint a century ago: ‘… we’ve run out of money, it is time to start thinking.’ “Varmus’s full letter to NCI staff can be read here.NIH’s press release is here.You can also read Science’s 2013 profile of Varmus.last_img read more

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Three Brothers Born in Pakistan Given Indian Citizenship

first_imgThree siblings born in Pakistan but staying in Nizamabad district of Telangana since 2004 have been granted Indian citizenship by the Indian government.The three Pakistani nationals- Mohammed Sanan, Mohammed Ruman and Mohammed Saif in the age group of 20-27, were handed over the Indian citizenship certificates by the Nizamabad Revenue Divisional Officer yesterday in the presence of their mother, a district administration official said.Read it at Business Standard Related Itemslast_img

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