Sunday, 22 May 2016
So many states have undertaken wonderful efforts to mitigate the drought…this is cutting across party lines. Decided to meet every CM individually as opposed to calling all CMs together and having one meeting. Protecting water and forest is our duty. Gujarat and Andhra Pradesh have used technology very well to mitigate the drought. Jan Bhagidari is also vital. An atmosphere should be created in nation to encourage our sports persons who are going for Rio 2016. PM Narendra Modi congratulates students on their success in the recent exam results. please do not see everything as a win or loss. Its about sportsman spirit and creating the right atmosphere. Why to find negativity from everything. There is no cost involved in being healthy. PM Modi speaks about International Yoga Day, to be held on 21 June. He asked everyone to participate in the practicing Yoga.
Anurag Thakur has become one of the youngest presidents of the Board of Control for Cricket in India and his appointment comes at a time when the Board is facing a battle against the Supreme Court regarding their restructuring. Anurag Thakur has taken over the reins of the Board of Control for Cricket in India at a time it is fighting an existential battle against a complete restructuring recommended by the Supreme Court. Being one of the younger officials in the BCCI top brass, he shares a good rapport with the national team's past and present cricketers. In fact, many feel that he is a players' man as he ensured as a secretary that door is not shut on any senior players who are performing. Making Rahul Dravid the coach of India U-19 and 'A' team apart from introducing the clause of BCCI officials signing the 'No Conflict of Interest' clause were some of his steps that have been appreciated.
Islamic State has acknowledged the presence of Indians in the group for the very first time, releasing a 22-minute-long propaganda video promising to avenge the killing of Muslims in "Kashmir, Godhra and Mumbai". Released early on Friday, the video features individual jihadists who have joined the cause, and features propaganda meant to convince their "brothers" in India and South Asia to stop mingling and trading and living among Hindus. In the video, stretches of which are in Arabic, one English-speaking jihadist says Muslims in India have three options: "To accept Islam, to pay Jizya, or prepare to be slaughtered".
Union Minister and Assam's likely chief minister designate Sarbanda Sonowal has said that when the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-led coalition assumes administrative charge in the state next week, it will take the decision to seal the border with Bangladesh to prevent infiltration of illegal immigrants. In Assam, the agitation against immigrants started as early as 1979. Led by All Assam Students Union (AASU), the movement called for putting a stop on the influx of immigrants and deportation of those who have already settled.
With the Union Cabinet deciding to approve promulgation of an ordinance to keep state boards out of the ambit of the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) for one academic session, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Sunday called on President Pranab Mukherjee not to sign the ordinance. The Chief Minister’s statement comes after reports emerged that the President is seeking clarification on the ordinance and that he was also consulting in house legal experts on certain questions. “It is my humble request to you to ensure that no orders are brought against the Supreme Court ruling in the matter, otherwise people will think that the Centre stand with those who garner black money,” Kejriwal said. The opposition parties have raised concerns that the students passing out from the state boards in vernacular languages and living in remote areas may not be able to perform well enough in common entrance exam despite being competitive.
At least 24 people were killed and over 100 others injured as cyclone Roanu battered Bangladesh’s southern coast Saturday, leaving a trail of destruction and prompting authorities to evacuate about five lakh people. With a wind speed of up to 88 kilometres per hour, the cyclone hit the Barisal-Chittagong region, sending impacts across the country. Most places witnessed rain and thunder showers accompanied by temporary gusty and squally wind since early morning.
In a major victory in the war against terrorism, Taliban leader Mullah Mansour was “likely killed” in a US airstrike in a remote area of western Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, a US official has said. The airstrike that targeted Mansour Saturday was carried out in a remote area of the Afghanistan-Pakistan border region, he said. “Mansour has been the leader of the Taliban and actively involved with planning attacks against facilities in Kabul and across Afghanistan, presenting a threat to Afghan civilians and security forces, our personnel, and Coalition partners,” said Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook.
An Australian and a Dutch mountaineer have died of altitude sickness after summitting Mount Everest, expedition organisers said, the latest deaths to hit the Himalayan climbing season. The Australian climber was on her way down from Camp 4 to Camp 3 when she fell ill and died yesterday afternoon, Pasang Phurba Sherpa, a board director at Seven Summit Treks, told AFP. "After reaching the summit yesterday she said she was feeling very weak and suffering from a loss of energy... Signs of altitude sickness," Sherpa said.
Google plans to start selling its mobile phones with modular, replaceable parts – the first phone ever that the tech giant is manufacturing – by next year, according to a media report. The Project Ara team, involved in developing the product, confirmed that the modular phones would be available to consumers next year, technology website. The Google modular phones will work on a simple concept – once a basic model is bought all the bits can be pulled off and swapped as the consumer sees fit. For instance, if a user fancies a more powerful camera module he can buy one through Google’s dedicated store and replace the existing one with it.
In the end, it was the triumph of experience over a bunch of spirited footballers playing their first Federation Cup final. Aizawl FC gave a fine account of themselves in the first session but Mohun Bagan showed why they are the country's top side. It was also the third time Mohun Bagan won by 5-0 margin in less than a month, starting with the 5-0 rout of Bengaluru FC in the last match of the I-League last month and the 5-0 victory over Shillong Lajong FC in the first leg of the Fed Cup semifinal at home. After a barren first half, Bagan came out with all guns blazing on a rain-drenched pitch and laid siege of the Aizawl citadel.
NASA estimates the balloon will circumnavigate the globe about the southern hemisphere’s mid-latitudes once every one to three weeks, depending on wind speeds in the stratosphere. This launch marks the beginning of the second SPB flight for COSI, which was developed by the University of California, Berkeley. NASA has launched a super pressure balloon aimed at providing expensive access to the near space environment for science and technology research. The launch of this balloon has been touted as ‘record breaking’ by the space organisations. The flight aims at validating the super pressure balloon (SPB) technology with the goal of long-duration flight (over 100 days) at mid-latitudes. The balloon has been launched from Wanaka Airport in New Zealand. The balloon carrying the Compton Spectrometer and Imager (COSI) gamma-ray telescope as a mission of opportunity.
Scientists, including one of Indian- origin, have modified microalgae genetically to allow them to transform sunlight into everything ranging from chemotherapy or bioplastics to valuable flavour and fragrance compounds. "We hijack a portion of the energy produced by the microalgae from their photosynthetic systems. By redirecting that energy to a genetically modified part of the cell capable of producing various complex chemical materials, we induce the light-driven biosynthesis of these compounds," said Agnieszka Janina Zygadlo Nielsen, from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.
We hope to lead the growth of the domestic commercial aerospace sector by starting with space parachuting, and gradually establish a path for the public to travel in the space," he said. According to Jiang, the space parachuting trip will cost around 500,000 yuan (USD 77,000).
According to a recent study, Earth could be home to nearly 1 trillion species, with only one-thousandth of 1 percent now identified. The Indiana University scientists combined microbial, plant and animal datasets from government, academic and citizen science sources, resulting in the largest compilation of its kind. Altogether, these data represent more than 5.6 million microscopic and non-microscopic species from 35,000 locations across all the world’s oceans and continents, except Antarctica.
Scientists have discovered how the immune cells trigger an inflammatory response - a finding that may pave the way for new treatments for many human diseases. Immune cells play essential roles in the maintenance and repair of our bodies. When we injure ourselves, immune cells mount a rapid inflammatory response to protect us against infection and help heal the damaged tissue. "While this immune response is beneficial for human health, many human diseases (including atheroscelerosis, cancer and arthritis) are caused or aggravated by an overzealous immune response," said Helen Weavers, from the University of Bristol in the UK.
Sexual conflict between males and females can lead to changes in the shape of their genitals, finds a new research conducted on burying beetles. The findings showed that beetles genitals change shape when mating rates are high as females try to keep males at bay.
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