Medical board for abortion of pregnant girl

Medical board for abortion of pregnant girl

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first_imgA panel of doctors here on Tuesday decided to abort the foetus of the 10-year-old girl, who was found to be five months pregnant after allegedly being raped repeatedly by her stepfather.Earlier in the day, the district court here left it to the medical board of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, to take a call on the matter.“The board has decided to go with the abortion,” Dr. Prashant Kumar of PGIMS said.“This decision is in the best interest of the child (10-year-old girl),” he said.Dr. Kumar said the process of abortion had already been started and may take hours or even a couple of days.Dr. Kumar stated the girl’s condition to be stable.last_img read more

Separatists denounce NIA raids

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first_imgSeparatist leaders in the Kashmir Valley described the National Investigation Agency raids on their leaders and supporters as “diversionary tactics aimed at shielding atrocities and barbarism committed against the civilians in J&K”.“These raids are nothing but attempt to divert attention from the real issues New Delhi is facing in Kashmir now. We faced worse in 1996 and 1999. Situation in Kashmir is only worsening that demands an immediate solution,” JKLF chief Yasin Malik said.last_img read more

Six dead, scores injured as rains batter Maharashtra

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first_imgHeavy rains across Maharashtra over the past 24 hours claimed six lives and injured scores of people.Senior government officials said high alert had been issued in several parts of the State, especially north Maharashtra, in anticipation of more rain. High alert was also sounded in areas in and around Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Ratnagiri, Raigad and Sindhudurg. Intermittent and continuous rainfall has been forecast for Mumbai in the next 48 hours.Rajiv Nivatkar, Director, State Disaster Management Cell, said: “As per our information, two deaths each have been reported from Ratnagiri, Raigad and Palghar. Also, heavy rains were reported in Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, Ratnagiri. The high alert was sounded for north Maharashtra.” The India Meteorological Department (IMD) has forecast heavy rains in Ratnagiri, Raigad, and Palghar. IMD officials said parts of western Maharashtra such as Sangli and Satara are likely to receive heavy showers over the next 24 hours. More rain expected“Heavy rainfall is expected in West Vidarbha,” said an IMD official. The IMD data showed that Palghar received 218.6mm rain, Raigad 152mm, Ratnagiri 112 mm and Thane 152 mm. The IMD, in a press note issued, said, “South-west monsoon was vigorous over south Konkan-Goa and active over south central Maharashtra. Cyclonic circulation over north Madhya Maharashtra and south Gujarat region and north Konkan persists. It is seen between 3.1 km and 7.6 km above mean sea level. A trough extending up to 1.5 km above mean sea level runs from the above system to Konkan across Vidarbha and Marathwada.”last_img read more

Patole meets Rahul, joining Cong. soon

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first_imgNana Patole, the former Lok Sabha MP from Bhandara-Gondia constituency who resigned from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and as an MP last month, said on Thursday that he would join the Congress in the coming days.Mr. Patole told reporters in Nagpur that he called on Congress president Rahul Gandhi in New Delhi on Wednesday. “I met Mr. Gandhi, along with [Maharashtra Congress president] Ashok Chavan, [Opposition leader in Maharashtra Assembly] Radhakrishna Vikhe Patil and [Mumbai Congress president] Sanjay Nirupam. We discussed the current tense situation in Maharashtra and how the BJP government at the Centre and in the State is trying to divide people along caste lines,” he said.When asked if he was joining the Congress, Mr. Patole said he had been a man of the Congress ideology since the very beginning. “The Congress has always taken a lead to protect the country whenever we faced troubles. The announcement [on joining Congress] would be made in the coming days.”When asked if he would contest the byelection from the Bhandara-Gondia constituency, Mr. Patole said, “There is a possibility that some other BJP leader may replace Devendra Fadnavis as Chief Minister. In that situation, Mr. Fadnavis will go to Delhi and might contest this byelection. In that case, I will definitely contest the poll against him. There is also a possibility that the BJP might give the ticket to [NCP leader] Praful Patel. I will contest against Mr. Patel as well. Otherwise, I will make my follower contest the enter the fray.”Sources close to Mr. Patole said the former MP would like to enter the Congress in a “mega event”.last_img read more

The Gupta family: Saharanpur’s Rani Bazaar still in awe of their meteoric rise

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first_img Ajay Gupta (50), Atul Gupta (47) and Rajesh Gupta (44) grew up in the bylanes of Rani Bazaar. They studied at the local JV Jain college from where Ajay completed his B.Com and then finished his Chartered Accountancy course. Atul finished B.Sc. and did a course in computer hardware and assembling. Rajesh did B.Sc.“Shiv Kumar Gupta was a visionary. So even when his sons after their education, established a company in Delhi which imported spices from Madagascar and Zanzibar, he kept on telling them to dream big and go to uncharted territories with immense business possibilities. So in 1993 the brothers moved to Johannesburg,” said Sabri.While the South African politics was in turmoil Ajay and Atul, were attending a Mahashivratri procession in Rani Bazaar, he said.“Both Ajay And Atul were here on Tuesday and they left the same day. But there was no worry on their faces. Because they have done no wrong. They have a base in Dehradun where they live but they keep coming here and are in touch with their family and friends,” he added.The local residents, some of whom are related to the Gupta brothers, defended them and gave “testimonies to their hard work.”“The allegations against Ajay, Atul and Rajesh are completely false. It was only a pressure tactic to make Zuma resign,” said Asutosh Agarwal, a relative who lives next to the ancestral house of the Guptas. Life in Rani Bazaar area of Saharanpur went on as usual on Thursday but the centre of attention was a decrepit two-floor house, with its plaster coming off and gate almost falling away.It is the house where the Gupta brothers, Ajay, Atul and Rajesh, grew up and lived till they left the country to become the industrial tycoons of South Africa and close allies of Jacob Zuma, the President of South Africa.South Africa may have turned hostile to the brothers but the residents of Rani Bazaar continue to tell “inspiring stories” of the meteoric rise of the sons of the soil.“The Gupta brothers are the best thing to have happened to Saharanpur,” declared Javed Sabri, a family friend of the South African industrialists, while standing in front of their ancestral house. The three brothers were inspired by their father Shiv Kumar Gupta, a small time trader who ran a company which distributed soapstone powder in the city, said Sabri, a man in the early forties who is an influential resident of the town, also because of his proximity to the Guptas.Also Read L’affaire Jacob Zuma: How the Guptas became Zuptas in South Africalast_img read more

Tribal group will not boycott Narendra Modi’s Manipur trip

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first_imgA tribal organisation in Manipur has withdrawn its proposed 12-hour shutdown that had threatened to mar Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the State on Friday to lay the foundation stone of India’s first sports university. The bandh had been called to protest against the State government’s failure to settle a controversy over land acquisition for the National Sports University in Haraothel that straddles two districts – Imphal West and Kangpokpi.Assurances galore“The boycott was withdrawn after Ministers Letpao Haokip (Youth Affairs and Sports) and Nemcha Kipgen assured us of fulfilling the commitments regarding the university at Haraothel,” Thangminlen Kipgen, president of the district unit of Kuki Students’ Organisation, said.The State government had in December 2016 allotted 325.60 acres of land to the director of Youth Affairs and Sports department for the university. The land was shown as belonging to the non-tribal Koutruk village in Imphal West district, even though 137.62 acres of the tribal Haraothel village in adjoining Kangpokpi village was included.Haraothel, now called L. Tangnuam village, is off National Highway 2 that connects state capital Imphal to Numaligarh in Assam via Nagaland capital Kohima.“We are not against the sports university. We had called the shutdown along NH2 to let the government know it cannot play with the sentiments of the tribal people,” Mr. Kipgen said.Haraothel, about 20 km from Imphal, is inhabited by Vaiphei tribal people belonging to the Kuki group. The village has about 350 people in 43 houses.Haotinmang Vaiphei, chief of Harothel, said people in the village have co-existed peacefully with non-tribal people of adjoining Koutruk, Senjam Chirang and Senjam Khunou villages. The road to Haraothel, in Kangpokpi district, is through these villages.The other three villages are in Imphal West district.“Trouble started after the site for the sports university was selected,” he told The Hindu.The simmering tension led to a clash between the villagers of Senjam Khunou-Senjam Chirang and Haraothel on December 16 last year. At least seven people were injured in the clash while a strategic wooden bridge was burnt, cutting off Haraothel for many days.Police attributed the violence to related to pig farming and fishing, Mr. Kipgen of KSO said a bid to snatch the land of Haraothel people for National Sports University was to blame.last_img read more

Odisha’s dying largest freshwater lake to get a new lease of life

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first_imgOdisha’s largest freshwater lake, Ansupa, which silted up following drastic reduction of water inflow from the Mahanadi, may soon get a new lease of life, thanks to holistic intervention initiated by the State government.Chilika Development Authority, the nodal agency, has taken up restoration measures under funding from National Plan for Conservation of Aquatic Ecosystems.“We are proposing to dredge the mouth of Huluhala Nullah, the lifeline of the lake, connecting Ansupa with Mahanadi and also maintain the gradient of the water channel to ensure flow of Mahanadi water into the lake,” Sushanta Nanda, the CDA’s chief executive, told The Hindu on Saturday.Nullah’s mouth is repeatedly silted up by sand being deposited by the meandering river. Experts believe the hydrological regime of the lake will improve after creation of passage for water through dredging.Ansupa is the wintering ground of 32 species of migratory birds. Its water used to be so clean that it was serving both as a drinking water and irrigation supply source for villagers.The lake being an ox-bow lake, an offshoot of the Mahanadi, was dependent on freshwater supply from the river during the rainy season. The CDA chief said there had been almost no water supply to the lake since 2014 and the lake was choking itself to death. Now, the silted-up area has been encroached upon for paddy cultivation.The water area of Ansupa lake as ascertained from the satellite imageries now varies between 375 acres and 385 acres depending upon the season. Now the waterspread area has reduced to only 500 sq. m and fishery resources are almost non-existent.last_img read more

No arms in Muharram processions: Trinamool

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first_imgThe Trinamool Congress has reached out to members of the Muslim community, urging them not to display weapons and lathis during Muharram processions.Party MP Idris Ali made an appeal appeal to the community to this effect. “We cannot fully stop this [arms procession] in one year. But the appeal will have a positive response this year,” Mr. Ali told The Hindu. Shared beliefsHe said that carrying arms during Muharram procession was anti-Islamic and that many imams had also made similar appeals.Before this development, the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights directed all the District Magistrates in the State to ensure that children participating in Muharram processions did not carry any arms. The Bengal Imams’ Association also endorsed their directive. Muharram will be observed on Friday. After a Cabinet meeting at the State Secretariat on Thursday, West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee urged people to maintain peace during the occasion.last_img read more

Cyclonic storm ‘Daye’ hits Odisha coast, triggers heavy downpour

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first_imgHeavy rain lashed Odisha as cyclonic storm ‘Daye’ crossed the State at Gopalpur in Ganjam district on the small hours of Friday.Southern and coastal Odisha received heavy rain that caused inundation. About 150 people were shifted to safer places. There was, however, no report of any casualty, said Bishnupada Sethi, Managing Director of the Odisha State Disaster Management Authority.“The cyclonic storm moved west-north-westwards during the past six hours with a speed of about 23 kmph and crossed south Odisha and adjoining north Andhra Pradesh coast close to Gopalpur around 1.30 a.m. on Friday,” said Mr. Sethi.The southern Odisha town of Jeypore recorded 290 mm of rainfall, Malkangiri 284 mm and Semiliguda 210 mm. Bhadrak, Balasore, Mayurbhanj and Puri districts also received heavy rain.Road connectivity snapped at several places as rivers overflowed in Malkangiri district. Roads in Kangurukonda and Potteru were submerged, leading to disruption in vehicular movement between Malkangiri and Motu.Submergence in low-lying areas of Bhadrak and Balasore has also been reported. The water level in the Jalaka river was at the 6.30-metre mark against the red level of 5.5 metres by 3 p.m. on Friday. The water level was also rising in Budhabalanga and Baitarani rivers. There was no threat of a major flood in the State, said government sources.Gratuitous reliefAfter reviewing the situation, Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik sanctioned gratuitous relief for seven days at ₹60 per day per person and ₹45 per day for children below 12 years in Malkangiri district. The district administration was directed to reach out to the affected people and extend all assistance.The Meteorological Department has forecast heavy to very heavy rain at isolated places as the system weakened into a depression.last_img read more

AAP protests against Punjab rural poll violence

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first_imgThe Chandigarh police on Thursday used water cannons to disperse Aam Aadmi Party leaders and workers who were protesting against the alleged violence during the recently concluded zila parishad and panchayat samiti elections in Punjab.‘Govt. backed violence’AAP workers. led by the Leader of Opposition in the Punjab Assembly, Harpal Singh Cheema, staged a protest near the MLA Hostel against the ruling government, accusing it of misusing the State machinery and backing incidents of violence against AAP candidates during the rural polls.The AAP workers who were marching towards Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh’s official residence were stopped by the police using water cannons. The police said the protesters attempted to jump barricades to reach the Chief Minister’s residence.“We were peacefully staging a protest but the police used unnecessary force against us . At no point of time did any of our members resort to violence,” claimed Mr. Cheema.‘No arrest made’He said though an FIR was registered against Sangrur district Congress chief Rajinder Singh Raja on allegations of assaulting AAP candidate Jagsir Singh during the rural polls, no arrest has been made yet.“We want justice for Jagsir Singh. If we are denied justice, we will intensify our protests,” Mr. Cheema added.last_img read more

Central team in Odisha to assess Titli damage

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first_imgA seven-member team of the Central government, led by secretary of Ministry of Home Affairs S.K. Shahi, reached Odisha’s Ganjam district on Thursday to assess the damage caused by cyclone Titli and the subsequent floods.The team will visit the cyclone-devastated Gajapati district on Friday. After returning from the field visits, the team is scheduled to hold meeting with senior officials of the Odisha government at the State secretariat in Bhubaneswar.According to sources, the team on Thursday visited cyclone and flood-devastated areas in Patrapur, Surada and Dharakote blocks in Ganjam district. The members of the team interacted with the people and ground-level government officials to assess the situation.Special package Ahead of the Central team’s visit, the Odisha government on Wednesday announced a special package for cyclone and flood-devastated people. Under the special package, decided at a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik, the State government has decided to convert short-term Kharif loans of farmers in the cyclone-affected areas, having crop loss of 33% or more, into medium-term loan. The government has also decided 100% remission of cess on land revenue where crop loss is 33% or more.School fees and examination fees of students in government schools will be waived and two pairs of school uniforms and textbooks will be provided to the students of elementary schools in the affected areas. Agriculture input subsidy will be provided to small and marginal farmers who have suffered crop loss of 33% or more. One thousand pump sets shall be provided with 50% subsidy limited to a maximum of ₹15,000. Added to it, 1,000 solar pump sets (0.5 HP) will be provided to the affected farmers at 90% subsidy limited to ₹54,000 per pump set under ‘Saura Jalanidhi’ project. Compensation has also been declared for loss of livestock of people involved in animal husbandry and pisciculture.last_img read more

Gujjar stir dirupts life for 4th day

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first_imgAs the Gujjar agitation for 5% reservation in government jobs and education entered its fourth day on Monday, protesters blocked the Jaipur-Agra National Highway at Sikandra in Rajasthan’s Dausa district. Dausa Superintendent of Police Prahlad Singh said the blockade was peaceful and vehicles were being diverted. The Rajasthan Roadways suspended operations on the Jaipur-Agra route.Prohibitory ordersThe protest had turned violent on Sunday, when three vehicles were torched and shots were fired at the police in Dholpur. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 imposed in Dholpur and the neighbouring Karauli district remained in force.The blockade of the Delhi-Mumbai railway line at Sawai Madhopur district’s Malarna village and the Karauli-Hindon and Bundi-Bhilwara roads also continued with largescale cancellation and diversion of trains. While several trains running between Delhi and Mumbai were diverted, 10 trains plying in the Kota division were cancelled on Monday. Twelve trains scheduled to run on February 12 and 15 trains on February 13 have also been cancelled.Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot again appealed to the protesters occupying the railway tracks join talks and assured them of “all possible help” by the State government. “Even during my previous tenure as CM [in 2008-13], we took positive steps and gave them 1% reservation, from which they are still benefiting and joining services,” he said.Assembly ruckusThe State Assembly, meanwhile, witnessed uproarious scenes and was adjourned for an hour on the first day of the Budget session, when the Bahujan Samaj Party members raised the issue of Gujjars’ agitation and demanded an early resolution of the matter. BSP MLAs Joginder Singh Awana and Wajib Ali briefly staged a dharna in the Well of the House.Rashtriya Loktantrik Party MLA Hanuman Beniwal also raised the matter during zero hour and demanded that the State government take action to fulfil the demand of Gujjars.last_img read more

NGT pulls up Ministry for not furnishing proper data

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first_imgThe National Green Tribunal (NGT) has pulled up the Union Environment Ministry for not furnishing proper data on monitoring mechanism for compliance of conditions of environment clearance granted by the Ministry. A Bench headed by NGT Chairperson Justice Adarsh Kumar Goel directed a senior official of the Ministry of Environment, Forests and Climate Change to appear before the tribunal on April 29.Precautionary principle “The data furnished is wholly inadequate to evaluate the effectiveness of functioning of mechanism. Adequate mechanism is the mandate of “precautionary principle” and “sustainable development” to be enforced by this tribunal. It appears that either the data is being withheld or the response of the officer is otherwise inadequate,” the Bench observed. The observations came following submissions by the Ministry that “a mechanism existed to periodically monitor the compliance of environmental clearance conditions which was being strengthened”. The tribunal had in January directed the MoEF to furnish data on the same following which it submitted that a total of 6,779 projects were monitored between 2013-2014 and 2018-19.The Ministry informed the Bench that while in 2013-14, 843 projects were monitored, in 2018-19, it was 1,002.Extent of defaults “The data merely mentions figures of the projects monitored, without mentioning the extent of defaults found and further action taken, in absence of which the effectiveness of monitoring mechanism cannot be assessed,” the Bench observed. Following the observations, the NGT asked the officer concerned to be present before the tribunal with the “entire relevant data”.last_img read more

Tarun Gogoi slams BJP’s ‘Pakistan politics’

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Controversial Dance Paper Finally Retracted

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first_imgAfter years of wrangling, a 2005 study on symmetry and dance published in Nature has been retracted. The paper reported that Jamaican men and women with more symmetric bodies were also better dancers. Because symmetry is seen as an indicator of genetic quality, this would bolster the theory that human dance evolved as a sexually selected courtship ritual. The retraction notice gives no reason.Biologist Robert Trivers of Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, one of the authors, says he became aware of problems with the data after publication. He accuses co-author William Brown of preselecting the dancers and changing the values on some of the dancers’ measures of symmetry. When Trivers’s early attempts to have the paper retracted failed, he wrote a short book about it called The Anatomy of a Fraud that he sent to researchers who cited the paper. “Everybody in the fraud network, that is the journal, the university, the fraudster, they all benefit by stringing the thing out,” he said earlier this year.In April, an investigation at Rutgers University finally concluded that “substantial (clear and convincing) evidence exists that research fraud has occurred in several areas” including “biased selection of subjects who were to be included in the symmetry/asymmetry comparison groups so as to artificially obtain desired results.” At the time, Brown denied the accusations. He could not be reached for comment.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(*)Even though the paper has now been retracted, Trivers says he is not entirely happy. “It took them 8 years after publication of the paper, and 5 after we submitted a retraction, and 4½ years after we published proof of fraud (later borne out by Rutgers’ investigation) for them finally to ‘retract’ a paper now cited 136 times,” he writes in an e-mail. “Journals see no upside in admitting fraud–especially intense in the U.K. because of their ‘upper-class protection’ (as they are called) libel laws.”last_img read more

Why ‘Sexual Mind Control’ Is Rare in Nature

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first_imgParasites don’t just cause nasty infections; they can also take over the minds of their hosts. The Ophiocordyceps fungus, for example, forces ants to climb up the stems of plants, where they die and release the fungus’s spores into the air to infect more ants. Likewise, it would make sense for sexually transmitted parasites to force their hosts to have sex more. But biologists have found very few examples of this in nature. A new study may explain why.To figure out why there isn’t more “sexual mind control” in nature, theoretical ecologist Ludek Berec, of the Biology Centre of the Academy of Sciences of the Czech Republic, and biological mathematician Daniel Maxin, of Valparaiso University in Indiana, turned to mathematical modeling. They created two strains of a hypothetical parasite species: an “ancestor” that did not make its hosts have sex more, and a mutant that did. Then they turned the two strains loose in a hypothetical host population and watched the parasites compete until the mutant strain either died out or replaced its ancestor.If the mutant strain replaced its ancestor, the researchers introduced a new mutant that had even more power over its host’s sex life. They then watched the two strains compete again, introduced yet another, stronger mutant when the old one outcompeted its predecessor, and so on. In this way, the species as a whole could “evolve” to exert more or less sexual mind control over its host.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(*)In most simulations, the mutants did not evolve toward making their hosts have more sex, the team reports in the 7 February issue of the Journal of Theoretical Biology. Instead, they either lost the ability to influence their host’s mating behavior or they died out. The researchers speculate that sexual mind control either costs too much energy for the parasite, causes too much harm to the host, or both. For example, the host might become so focused on sex that it doesn’t spend enough time searching for food and water. Furthermore, for a parasite to alter its host’s sex drive, it might have to pour a lot of its energy into pumping out powerful hormones, which could weaken it in the long term. The findings will help epidemiologists better understand how sexually transmitted diseases spread—not only parasites visible to the naked eye, but also bacteria, viruses, and other microscopic invaders, says evolutionary biologist Patrick Abbot, of Vanderbilt University in Nashville, who was not involved with the work. Describing the characteristics of mating-enhancing parasites and their host populations may also help field biologists find more of such parasites in the real world, he notes.last_img read more

ScienceShot: Displaced Snakes Slither Back

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first_imgTaking an invasive Burmese python (Python molurus bivittatus) out of the Everglades may be a lot easier than keeping it out. That’s because the snakes have an impressive ability to find their way home, report biologists who tracked snakes in Florida’s Everglades National Park. They relocated six Burmese pythons up to 35 kilometers away from the spots where they were captured. In a matter of months, five of the snakes had returned to within a few kilometers of their original locations. By tagging the snakes with GPS devices, the scientists showed that pythons far from home slither about three times faster than those already in their home region and more often travel in long, straight lines. Similar long-distance navigation had been shown only in smaller snakes before. Researchers hope the new observation, published online today in Biology Letters, will help them paint a more complete picture of how the pythons take over new territories and move throughout the Everglades and other areas they’ve invaded.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

PM to hardsell new India at Davos WEF meet

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first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday warned that emerging challenges to the international system and global governance architecture needed serious attention of stakeholders including governments, companies and civil societies groups and said he would outline his vision of India’s engagement with the international community in Davos.The statement came ahead of the PM’s maiden trip to the Alpine resort where he will showcase ‘New India’ and the opportunities for global investors in an economy which is expected to grow at close to 7% in the coming years.Read it at Times of India Related Itemslast_img read more

The Indian girl who became the leader of the USA

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first_imgEight years ago, in a domestic game, a Tamil Nadu opener came out to face Bengal’s bowling attack, led by legendary Indian fast bowler and captain Jhulan Goswami. The batsman mistimed the ball but the fielder at midwicket dropped what would have been an easy catch. Standing on the sidelines, Tamil Nadu allrounder Shebani Bhaskar – just 15 years old – watched Goswami run from her position at mid-off to confer with the fielder. “It’s okay, it happens,” Bhaskar overheard Goswami say, patting the fielder on the back. “Concentrate on the next ball.”Read it at ESPN Related Itemslast_img read more

Ally USA to Review Many Indian Goods’ Duty-free Access

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first_imgThe US has decided to review India’s eligibility to enjoy duty free access for certain products in the American market under a tax benefit scheme.As many as 3,500 Indian products from sectors such as chemicals and engineering get duty free access to the US market under the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP), introduced in 1976. Read it at Millenium Post Related Itemslast_img