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December 3, 2019
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‘Bounty’ for Mamata’s head triggers furore

first_imgOpposition members in Parliament expressed serious concern over a BJP youth wing leader announcing a ₹11-lakh bounty for anyone who “beheads” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, with the Centre saying the State government was “free to take legal action” against him.Yogesh Varshney of the Bharatiya Janata Yuva Morcha made the controversial remark after the West Bengal police used batons to disperse a rally raising slogans in praise of Lord Rama on Hanuman Jayanti.Trinamool member Sukhendu Sekhar raised the issue during Zero Hour in the Upper House.Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs Mukhtar Abbas Naqvi said: “I strongly condemn such statements. The State government is free to take legal action.”Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien said the State government can register an FIR and take action. He added there was no need for further discussion on it as the Minister had condemned the statement.BSP chief Mayawati demanded that the BJP take action against the individual rather than just condemning the statement.Samajwadi Party’s Jaya Bachchan said, “You can protect cows, and women are facing atrocities. How dare somebody talk like this, especially against a woman?.. Is this the way they are going to protect the women of this country?”In the Lok Sabha too, members condemned the BJP activist’s statement, with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Ananth Kumar expressing his displeasure. Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said everyone must condemn such statements. Raising the issue soon after the House assembled, Trinamool member Saugata Roy said: “Mamata Banerjee is not only a Chief Minister but a former member of this House too. It is a serious and alarming behaviour.”(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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Nitish, Sharad factions indulge in poster war in Patna

first_imgAhead of the national executive committee meeting of the Janata Dal (United), both factions led by party chief Nitish Kumar and former party president Sharad Yadav pasted posters in Patna on Friday claiming to be real JD(U) and that the grand alliance continued in the State. Last week the Nitish Kumar faction sacked Mr. Yadav as its Rajya Sabha leader for opposing the party’s alliance with the BJP.Mr. Kumar-led JD(U) will hold a meeting of party national executive and members of council at CM’s official residence, while the Sharad Yadav-led JD(U) is scheduled to hold meeting at S.K. Memorial Hall on Saturday in Patna. Earlier, principal general secretary and Rajya Sabha member K.C. Tyagi told media persons that the party would take action against Mr. Yadav after August 27. “If he attends the proposed rally called by the RJD in Patna on August 27…party will take action against him,” said Mr. Tyagi. It is also said that the JD(U) may join the NDA at the party’s national executive committee meeting on Saturday.The posters of both the factions were being put up side by side in Patna with huge pictures of Nitish and Sharad. In one of the posters, pictures of two suspended party leaders Ali Anwar and Ramai Ram are visible alongside Sharad.“Jan Adalat ka Faisla — Mahagathbandhan jari hai [decision of the people’s court — the grand alliance continues],” said the poster. Another had Mr. Kumar with party leaders State JD(U) chief Basistha Narayan Singh, RCP Singh and other local leaders. “Jan jan se aa rahi phir pukar, Nitish Kumar hi zindabad [once again the call of people, only Nitish Kumar zindabad],” said one of the posters while welcoming the party delegates in Patna.21 suspendedEarlier, the JD(U) had suspended 21 party leaders, including Ramai Ram and Arjun Yadav, for participating in Mr. Yadav’s recent three-day “direct interaction with people” programme in Bihar. “Earlier, we had decided to attend the party’s meeting on August 19 but as we have all been suspended one by one and they repeatedly disrespected Sharadji, we called a separate meeting in Patna,” Mr. Ali Anwar told presspersons. Mr. Anwar was the first JD(U) leader and Rajya Sabha member who had expressed his displeasure at the party’s decision to come out of the grand alliance and join hands with the BJP. He said if required, they would approach the Election Commission to seek the party symbol and the name.‘A dictator’Another sacked JD(U) leader and close aide of Mr. Yadav, Arun Srivastava, alleged that “Nitish Kumar had become a dictator as he never discussed anything with any senior leader in the party…more than Nitish we worked hard to build JD(U).” Their faction, he said, had the support of 14 State units. However, the Nitish group leaders took a dig at Mr. Sharad Yadav wondering what his political stature in Bihar was without the support of a tainted leader like Lalu Prasad. “With the support of RJD chief Lalu Prasad, Sharad Yadav is touring Bihar and holding meetings…he always has been a political pillion rider in the State…not even a single village head from his constituency Madhepura is with him today,” said JD(U) leader and party spokesperson Neeraj Kumar.Mamata’s tweetMeanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Friday congratulated Mr. Sharad Yadav for organising the “save composite culture” event in Delhi. “Sharad Yadav Ji congratulations for the event u organized in Delhi. We were glad to be a part of it. Unitedly we will fight for the cause,” Ms. Banerjee tweeted.last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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Fadnavis to blame for Mumbai losing out on International Financial Centre: Congress

first_imgThe Congress party has blamed Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis for Mumbai losing out on setting up the International Financial Centre (IFC) and the delay in the city’s elevated rail corridor projects.Sachin Sawant, general secretary, Maharashtra Pradesh Congress Committee, said, “Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has compromised the State’s interests. In 2007, the M. Balachandran-led high powered committee had said that Mumbai was the best place to set up the IFC.”Mr. Sawant said Mr. Fadnavis misled the State’s voters and sat on the project for two-and-a-half years. He said, “Mr. Fadnavis knew all long that the Narendra Modi government would setup the IFC in Gujarat. It was claimed that 50,000 square hectares is needed to set up an IFC and Mumbai had an area of only 38,000 square hectares. In 2015, Congress leader P. Chidambaram exposed the Centre’s plan in an article, An alert for Mumbaikars to wake up to the reality of Mumbai’s IFC status plans being put off.”Mr. Sawant also distributed copies of Finance Minister Arun Jaitley’s written reply in Parliament to a question raised by Ramsingh Rathawa, an MP from Gujarat. The reply stated that if many IFCs were created then their full potential would not be realised. Mr. Jaitley, in his statement, said Maharashtra had been consistently requesting that an IFC be set up in Bandra-Kurla Complex region. However, the first IFC would come up in Gandhinagar in Gujarat as it would house the first Gift City. Mr. Jaitely said, “Only after the optimum utilisation of Gift City and it’s full potential is realized can we think beyond that.” Mr. Sawant said that despite Mumbai being home to the Bombay Stock Exchange and the corporate headquarters of most business houses in the country, the International Stock Exchange is now being set up in Gujarat. He said, “This is not the only instance where Maharashtra has lost out to its neighbour Gujarat. Earlier, government policy Jawaharlal Nehru Port Trust (JNPT) also lost cargo and business traffic to Dwarka port in Gujarat. The fall in investments in Maharashtra following the move is evident from the statistics released by the Reserve Bank of India and Commerce Ministry.”Mr. Sawant said eight days ago, the Centre put on the back burner the elevated rail corridor projects proposed between Churchgate and Virar stations on the Western Line and CST and Panvel stations on the Central Line. Mr. Sawant said, “Mumbai’s suburban rail network sees passenger traffic of 65 lakh every day. The ₹38,000-crore project under the Mumbai Urban Transport Project has been shelved under the pretext that it is financially not viable. However, the ₹1.10 lakh-crore bullet train project is likely to benefit Gujarat in a biog way.”last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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Communal violence cases up in Bengal: Home Ministry

first_imgCommunal violence incidents had sharply increased over the past three years in West Bengal, a data compiled by the Union Home Ministry said.While the State recorded 27 incidents of violence in 2015 in which five persons died and 84 suffered injuries, the number of incidents almost doubled by 2017 when 58 incidents of violence were recorded, in which nine people lost their lives and 230 were injured. In 2016, there were 32 incidents of communal strife in the State. The biggest spurt in such incidents occurred between 2016 and 2017.The details of the number of incidents of communal violence in different States were made public by Minister of State for Home Affairs Hansraj Gangaram Ahir in Lok Sabha on February 6.An analysis of the data tabled in Parliament by the Union Home Ministry in answer to questions revealed that though there had been a spurt in the incidents between 2015 and 2017, West Bengal had not been a stranger to incidents of communal violence. Between 2011 and 2014, 20 incidents of communal violence on an average were reported every year, peaking in 2012 and 2013 when 23 and 24 incidents were reported. The lowest was in 2011 and 2014 when 15 and 16 incidents of communal violence were recorded .The data compiled for the year 2010, when the Left Front government was in power, listed 21 incidents in which six persons died and 82 suffered injuries. Well-known activist Sujato Bhadra said that recent unrest in south Bengal where at least three people died and scores including a policeman have sustained injuries indicated a spurt in incidents of communal violence.“West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress has failed to ideologically counter the BJP-RSS combine by indulging in soft Hindutva.Not only did the government allow processions on Ram Navami but prominent TMC leaders brought out similar rallies,” Mr. Bhadra said.last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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Rape case filed against Gujarat BJP leader

first_imgGujarat police on Thursday filed a case against BJP leader Jayanti Bhanushali, who resigned recently as the party’s State vice-president after a 21-year-old woman accused him of rape and sexual harassment.The woman, a resident of Surat, had written to the police on July 10 seeking registration of rape case against Mr. Bhanushali, who was Abdasa MLA from 2007 to 2012.On Thursday, the victim appeared before the police and recorded her statement. An FIR was subsequently lodged naming Mr. Bhanushali as a key accused.In her complaint, the survivor said the former lawmaker raped her on several occasions from November last after promising to get her admitted to a reputed fashion design institute. The act was videographed by one of his assistants, she alleged.Surat Police Commissioner Satish Sharma has asked a DCP to probe the case. Earlier, Mr. Sharma had said that the woman had failed to appear before the police despite being issued summons.In his resignation letter, that was accepted by the State BJP president Jitu Vaghani, Mr. Bhanushali has denied all allegations.last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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NRC update: Relatives of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahamed, Sepoy Mutiny fighter excluded in final draft

first_img Mr. Ahmed is in good company. Omar Saaduddin Ahmed, great-grandson of Bahadur Gaonburah — a legendary figure in eastern Assam’s Jorhat who participated in the Sepoy Mutiny of 1857 and was sent to the Andaman Cellular Jail.“I don’t know how to react,” said Mr. Omar Ahmed, who retired as the vice-principal of a local college years ago, on finding that his name was missing from the NRC.‘Deliberate exclusion’Political parties such as All India United Democratic Front have attributed the exclusion of names of many genuine Indian citizens to parochial NRC officials besides vindictive police officials and Foreigners’ Tribunal members. “There are reports that documents have been rejected deliberately,” party leader Aminul Islam said.The exclusion of the name of Shah Alam Bhuyan, an assistant sub-inspector of Assam Police recruited in 1985 and resident of Roumari Pathar in Barpeta district, has been cited as an instance. He was marked a D-voter despite his father Affaz Uddin Bhuyan figuring in the 1951 NRC.Linguistic and religious minority organisations said there were scores of people whose ancestors figured in the 1951 NRC, but were missing from the updated register 67 years later. The list included Nihar Dhali of Udalguri, declared an Indian by a Foreigners’ Tribunal but marked D-voter again. The name of his father Keshav Dhali is in the 1951 NRC.‘Doubtful process’Similar is the case of Subrata Dey, who died in the Goalpara detention camp for declared foreigners on May 26. His father Krishna Pada Dey was listed in the 1951 NRC as a 10-year-old along with his grandfather Manoranjan Dey, 40, grandmother Makhan Bala Dey, 26, and uncle Dwij Pada Dey. “Such cases makes the very process of marking ‘D’ or ‘doubtful voters’ under doubt,” said Bidhayak D. Purkayastha, an activist for linguistic minority rights. Barak Valley sheds ‘Bangladeshi tag’ The complete draft of the updated National Register of Citizens (NRC) has proved to be a great leveller, as it excluded people across the social spectrum — from daily-wagers and marginal farmers to soldiers and MLAs.Among the 40,07,707 people dropped from the list allegedly for lack of proper documents were former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed’s nephew Ziauddin Ali Ahmed and his family.No guarantees“It seems being related to a former President of India is no guarantee for inclusion in NRC. But we are a bit worried because the name of my father (Ekramuddin Ali Ahmed) is not in the legacy data,” Mr. Ahmed said from Rangiya, about 50 km from Guwahati.Also Readlast_img read more

December 3, 2019
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What is the Jammu & Kashmir crisis all about?

first_imgWhat is it? The situation in Kashmir is volatile and drifting into a negative sphere on two counts: rising violence and the shrinking space of regional mainstream parties after the four-phase urban local bodies elections on October 16. The spiral of violence showed no sign of let-up even after Governor Satya Pal Malik was sworn in as the new head of the State on August 23. There are many markers that the Governor has so far failed to stop the situation from deteriorating and ensure that all alienated sections, especially the Hurriyat, make a positive move. According to official figures, over 78 militants, 90% of them local recruits, were killed in the past 12 weeks, with militancy gaining ground in north and central Kashmir. General Officer Commanding of the Army’s 15 Corps Lt. Gen. A.K. Bhatt admitted that the north was comparatively less militancy-hit than south Kashmir. “Unlike the youth in south Kashmir, people in north Kashmir had chosen a path of peace, which I will try to maintain.” He expressed fears that militant infiltration from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir into north Kashmir would increase ahead of winter.That the situation has worsened in October is evident from the number of security operations, militant attacks and stone-throwing, with over 100 protesters injured in clashes. A total of 12 civilians were killed. Seven civilians died in a controversial blast at an encounter site in Kulgam, where the Army-led operation neutralised three Jaish-e-Muhammad militants on October 22. Locals alleged that the forces failed to sanitise the site of the operation as per the standard operation procedure (SOP) laid down in 2012. However, the security agencies blame civilians for converging on the site immediately after the encounter was over. It has only fuelled more anger in south Kashmir. There are more worrying trends for security agencies. Srinagar, declared a militancy-free zone once, saw the return of house-to-house operations by security forces. Four militants and a civilian were killed in a fortnight of heavy gunfights. Fear of large-scale street protests during and after the encounters forced the authorities to close all educational institutions and cancel examinations. How did it come about? The Centre’s decision to hold urban local bodies elections in October acted as a force multiplier for violence. Even the mainstream regional parties, National Conference (NC) and Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), decided to boycott these polls, given the “anxiety and alienation” in Kashmir over a number of issues, including the questioning of special status in the Supreme Court. The regional parties described the civic bodies polls as “an imposition by the Centre.” It’s for the first time that urban local bodies polls were held with no regional party fielding any candidate. The new Governor failed to convince the parties to join the fray. Instead, he ticked them off, saying their “boycott was posturing for Assembly elections.”Why does it matter? However, the poll results were disappointing and far below expectations. From over 80% polling in the panchayat elections in 2011, the voter turnout came down to 35.1% in the entire State, while the Kashmir Valley and Srinagar saw 5% turnout, even lower than in 1996 when militancy was at its peak. The winning of the BJP candidates at 35 wards in the boycott-hit and volatile south Kashmir has only added to people’s anxiety. What lies ahead? The decision to hold the civic polls has cast a shadow on upcoming elections in the State, including the panchayat polls to be held in November. The State is also awaiting Assembly elections after the PDP-BJP government fell in August this year. Both the NC and the PDP are yet to show any interest in these polls. It strengthens the separatists’ argument that boycott remains the only option for all parties till resolution of the Kashmir issue.last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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Scientists blame dogs for livestock killings in Manipur

first_imgScientists and experts from the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, have solved the mystery of massive killings of domesticated animals and poultry birds in Manipur since last month.Dr. Gopi G.V., a scientist at WII, said stray and domesticated dogs had killed the livestock and poultry birds. The scientists and experts clarified that there was no role of any other fearsome animal or superstition that was being linked to the killings. They explained that dogs, both stray and domesticated, become very active at night. Some CCTV camera footage were also helpful in coming to the conclusion. The experts suggested that if pet dogs are kept in leash at night, there may not be further killings. They also recommended strengthening of garbage disposal system and keeping a check on stray dogs. The Manipur government had invited these experts in the wake of the unexplained killings of over 150 animals and birds being reported since November. The animals and birds had been mauled and their entrails eaten up while the flesh was left untouched. The WII team examined 50 cases of killings from November 28 onwards.last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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Goa CM’s appearance in public not a stunt: BJP

first_imgThe Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) on Monday rejected the criticism that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar’s visit to an under-construction bridge to inspect on-going works on the outskirts of the city on Sunday was a “stunt”.Goa State unit BJP general secretary Sadanand Shet Tanavde said at a press conference here that Congress leaders would not be allowed to meet the Chief Minister from now on because of “the inhuman politics played by the Opposition party over his health”. “There is no question of a stunt. If we had to do a stunt, it could have been done 15 days or a month ago. Court matter is different and this is different,” Mr. Tanavde said in reply to queries if the surprise appearance was the result of a pending petition before the Bombay High Court at Goa, filed by a local politician, in which a formal medical examination of the Chief Minister has been sought as also a public declaration of his health status. “But the manner in which the Congress played politics with his health is inhuman. If the Congress had sought an appointment from us, we would have considered it. But they did not. All they wanted to do was indulge in politics. Now we will not allow them a meeting with CM,” Mr. Tanavde reiterated.last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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‘People responsible for Bargari sacrilege won’t be spared’

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Monday that people responsible for the Bargari sacrilege won’t be spared. “The Special Investigation Team probe ordered by the Congress government would conclude soon,” said Capt. Amarinder in Bathinda, where he announced ₹97 crore as relief to 18,308 small farmers against debt from cooperative banks. The SIT has been probing the incidents of sacrilege and also the police firing on protesters in Faridkot in 2015. Capt. Amarinder said that a senior police officer implicated in theFaridkot firing case had already been arrested. “It was obvious that the officer in question must have been following orders, and the SIT would identify those who issued the orders. They will not be spared at any cost,” he said. The SIT had on Sunday arrested former Moga SSP Charanjit Sharma as a part of its investigation. Capt. Amarinder alleged that the previous Shiromani Akali Dal-BJP government had ruined everything – from agriculture to industry and economy – during its 10-year rule. “Badals and their cronies were busy filling their pockets, at the cost of people’s welfare,” he alleged. ‘Drop in suicide cases’The Chief Minister said there had been a sharp drop in the number of farmer suicides and a huge decrease in drug trade since his government took over. “The Buddy and DAPO programmes were making significant strides in checking drug abuse and helping in rehabilitation of the affected people,” he added.last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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‘Can opener’ cats?

first_imgPaleontologists have long wondered how extinct saber-toothed cats like Smilodon used their lengthy fangs when tackling and chewing prey. For decades, researchers thought the cats first bit into their prey with their lower jaws and then used strong neck muscles to roll their head forward and downward to power a bite. But that technique probably wouldn’t work, a pathologist now suggests, because rotation of the head alone wouldn’t help close the jaws. At the full gape needed to get its teeth around prey, he notes, the cat’s jaw muscles wouldn’t have good leverage and bite forces would be relatively weak. Instead, he proposes, a cat first jammed its lower jaw against its prey (top image), similar to the previous model. But then the creature stood up on its forelimbs (bottom image). That motion increased leverage by both raising the base of the neck and rotating the head forward, which powered the fangs into the prey. That motion is comparable to punching a hole in a can with an old-fashioned can opener (the kind that makes a triangular hole on the can’s lid), he proposes today in PLOS ONE. Computer simulations might confirm whether the new model is plausible, the pathologist suggests.last_img read more

December 3, 2019
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The secret behind the sound: Why popcorn ‘pops’

first_imgResearchers know why popcorn kernels burst open, but they’ve long puzzled over the source of the “pop” sound. When popcorn heats up, the moisture inside turns into steam, building up pressure until the hull splits and fluffy white corn bursts out, often as the kernel sails into the air. The pop, slow-motion videos reveal, happens out of sync with the hull’s rupture and the corn’s launch into the air, eliminating two possible explanations for the noise. That left one remaining cause: The sound comes from the release of water vapor as the kernel opens, the team reports online today in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface. The sudden change in pressure when water vapor is released causes cavities inside the popcorn to vibrate and produce sound, the researchers suggest—much like a champagne bottle’s pop when uncorked. The scientists also discovered the mechanism for the kernel’s acrobatic hop into the air. Like a gymnast doing a flip, the popcorn “pushes off” with a starchy leg as it expands—visible in the video above—causing it to jump and somersault. In the snack Olympics, the nimble popcorn gets a perfect 10.(Video credit: Alexandre Ponomarenko and Emmanuel Virot)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

December 2, 2019
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Ticket to Hollywood – Stars who made it big in the west

first_imgThere was a time when Indians used to look at Hollywood with dumbfounding awe. ‘Kaash hum aisi filmein bana paate!’ used to be the patent refrain at Hollywood screenings and film clubs. But now, we’ve evened the playing field. Our big-ticket films may not earn as much as their billion dollar franchises, but the gap between Hollywood and its curry variant, Bollywood, has closed down a lot.Read it at Filmfare Related Itemslast_img

December 2, 2019
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Hindu, Sikh Refugees From Pakistan Eagerly Waiting For Passage Of Citizenship Bill

first_imgThousands of Hindu and Sikh refugees from Pakistan, who were eagerly awaiting the passage of a bill by Parliament that would grant them Indian citizenship, are disappointed that it could not fructify in the just-concluded Winter session but have not given up hope. These people trickled into India over the last two decades, escaping religious persecution back in Pakistan and found a new home in India.Read it at Times Now Related Itemslast_img

December 2, 2019
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Namaste America!

first_imgAsian Indians have emerged as the fastest-growing ethnic group in the United States, growing seven times faster than the national average in the last decade.Census 2010 data shows that the Asian Indian population ballooned 69 percent from 2000, to 2,843,391. Thus far, the Census Bureau has released Asian Indian data only for those who reported a single race. When multiracial Indians (those who reported multiple racial identities) are factored in the Asian Indian population will top 3.2 million, according to Little India analysis.Nearly 12 percent of the Asian Indian population in the 2000 Census was multiracial.Little India projects that the final count for the Asian Indian population, including multiracial Indians, will fall between 3.2 million to 3.3 million. The Indian population may well have touched 3.5 million, but an estimated 150,000 to 200,000 Indians returned to India in recent years after the U.S. economy was jolted by the global financial meltdown.Indian population growth (69%) outpaced all the major racial groups by a significant margin, including Chinese (45%), who were the second-fastest growing, Asians as a group (43%), Hispanics (43%) African Americans (12%) and Whites, whose 6% growth rate fell below the national average of 10%.California, New York and New Jersey retained their rankings as states with the largest Indian concentrations. Michigan fell several notches to lose its spot among the top 10 Indian states. Eight states recorded Indian populations in excess of 100,000, including, beside the top three, Texas, Illinois, Florida, Virginia and Pennsylvania.Arkansas (157%) experienced the greatest growth in the Indian population between 2000 and 2010, but as it had a small starting base, its Indian population is under 8,000. It was followed by Washington (155%) and Arizona (145%). The Indian population doubled in seven other states in the past decade: Virginia, Georgia, North Carolina, Nevada, Delaware, New Hampshire and Utah.New Jersey (3.3%) has the highest proportion of Asian Indians in the country, more than three times the national average of 0.9%. It is followed by New York (1.6%), Illinois (1.5%) and California (1.4%).The New York metro (526,133) has by far the largest Indian concentration, accounting for nearly a fifth of the Asian Indian population in the United States. Five other metros recorded more than 100,000 Indians, including Chicago, Washington, D.C., Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Jose and Dallas. Yuba City, Calif., metro has the highest proportion of Indians (6.6%).Three U.S. counties reported more than 100,000 Indians — Santa Clara, Calif., Queens, N.Y. and Middlesex, N.J. Nearly one in eight residents of Middlesex County is Indian, the highest proportion of any county in the country. Sutter County, Calif., is the only other county that is more than 10 percent Indian.Among cities, New York has the largest Indian population in the United States, followed by San Jose, Fremont, Los Angeles and Chicago. However, the places with the highest proportion of Indians are Loudon Valley Estates, Va. (42%), and Iselin, N.J. (37%). Four of the five places with the highest proportion of Indians are in New Jersey, including Plainsboro Center, Ten Mile Run and Dayton. In all, Indians constitute at least 10 percent of the population in 78 areas, the vast plurality of them in New Jersey.As the Indian population expands, the community’s political clout is being reflected in congressional districting data. New York’s Congressional District 6, covering Southeastern Queens, has both the largest number (55,411) and proportion (8.5%) of Indians. It is represented by Democrat Gregory W. Meeks, who coasted to victory in 2010 with nearly 88% of the vote. Meeks’ powerbase is African American and he has shown little interest or involvement in Asian Indian causes. Other Congressional districts with high Indian concentrations are California’s District 13, covering Alameda and Santa Clara countries, represented by Democrat Pete Stark and District 15, covering San Jose and Cupertino, represented by Democrat Mike Honda. Three of New Jersey’s Congressional districts, each covering parts of Middlesex County, have more than 6 percent Indian concentrations: District 12, represented by Democrat Rush Holt; District 7, represented by Republican Leonard Lance; and District 6, represented by Democrat Frank Pallone.StatePercentPopulationNew Jersey3.3292256New York1.6313620Illinois1.5188328California1.4528176Maryland1.479051Connecticut1.346415Delaware1.311424Virginia1.3103916Massachusetts1.277177Georgia196116Texas1245981Source: U.S. Census 2010   Related Itemslast_img read more

December 2, 2019
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Apple Leadership Remains Mostly White and Male, Shows Diversity Report

first_imgApple continues to have workforce that is predominantly white and male despite the Cupertino-based company’s commitment to diversifying its employee strength. Compared to last year, minorities flatlined in Apple’s leadership and actually lost numbers among tech workers, according to a diversity report for this year released on Nov. 9.The report came after the company hired Denise Young Smith, former head of Human Resources, as new Vice President to oversee the diversity at the workplace. The company didn’t do so well when it came to gender representation either. Women in its leadership ranks rose only slightly since last year and their numbers were the same among its tech workers. Overall, the proportion of women and minorities barely moved up.In the report, the company noted: “Meaningful change takes time. We’re proud of our accomplishments, but we have much more work to do.”Only 29 per cent of Apple leadership comprises females worldwide and the representation increased by one per cent last year. This was the only discernable change since 2014.When it comes to ethnic diversity, Apple’s leadership ranks barely moved forward. Whites make 66 per cent of Apple leadership, which marks a fall of one per cent from last year. While the proportion of Asians in its leadership rose from 21 per cent to 23 per cent from last year, the percentage of blacks, Hispanics and multiracial people didn’t change at all.A look at Apple’s leadership page is a good indicator of the company’s lack of representation at top — among the 19 senior executives on the page, five are women and just two are black.Among Apple’s tech workforce, 52 per cent of employees are white and 77 per cent of them are male. The numbers were at 55 per cent white and 77 per cent male last year. The underrepresented minorities — blacks, Hispanics, and multiracial people — declined from 18 per cent to 17 per cent in the last year.That being said, half of the people Apple hired between July 2016 and July 2017 are women, blacks, Native American, native Hawaiian, Pacific Islander and Hispanics, according to the report.The proportion of workers under 30 who are women or members of underrepresented minority groups was higher than the company’s overall average for such groups, the report added.“Diversity is our future. Apple is a multi-generational company with employees from 18 to 85. As Apple continues to grow, we’re highly encouraged that our employees under 30 reflect an increasing diversity,” the company said.The i-Phone maker has 130,000 employees worldwide and 83,000 in the United States. Related ItemsApple AsiansApple Diversity reportApple minoritiesi-Phone employeesLittle Indiawomen in Applelast_img read more