Study sheds new light on left ventricular dysfunction in ischemic heart disease

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 17 2019In the current issue of Cardiovascular Innovations and Applications (Special Issue on Stable Ischemic Heart Disease, Volume 3,Number 3, 2019, pp. 297-303(7); DOI: Robert F. Hamburger from the University of Florida College of Medicine, Malcom Randall VA Medical Center, Gainesville, FL, USA considers left ventricular dysfunction in ischemic heart disease.Related StoriesWeightlifting is better for the heart than cardioRNA-binding protein SRSF3 appears to be key factor for proper heart contraction, survivalDynamic Light Scattering measurements in concentrated solutionsIschemic heart disease is a growing cause of heart failure owing to the increasing prevalence of diabetes, hypertension, and obesity. It is important to understand the concepts of myocardial stunning and hibernation so we as physicians can order appropriate testing on patients with ischemic heart disease, such as myocardial viability studies. Ventricular remodeling is associated with an elevated risk of death after myocardial infarction. The extent of myocardial viability determines the clinical outcome of patients after myocardial infarction. Multiple impactful clinical trials have changed the way we manage ischemic cardiomyopathy over the past few decades, and medications such as angiotensin- converting enzyme inhibitors, angiotensin II receptor blockers, beta-blockers, and aldosterone antagonists have improved outcomes in this patient population. Similarly, much has been reported on the effect of coronary artery bypass surgery on outcomes in patients with ischemic heart disease and heart failure, but further research studies are needed on the role of percutaneous coronary intervention. Source: read more

Specific type of neuronal feedback plays key role in early recovery of

first_img Source: Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 9 2019Spinal cord injury disconnects communication between the brain and the spinal cord, disrupting control over part of the body. Studying the mechanisms of recovery, Leuven researcher Aya Takeoka (NERF) found that a specific type of neuronal feedback from sites below the injury plays a crucial role during early recovery and for maintaining regained motor functions. These new basic research findings implicate the importance of continued use of affected body parts for rehabilitative success in spinal cord injury patients.”Following spinal cord injury, disrupted neuronal pathways can no longer provide sufficiently strong signals to the spinal networks below the injury, often leading to permanent and devastating motor impairment,” explains prof. Aya Takeoka from NERF (NeuroElectronics Research Flanders), an interdisciplinary research center empowered by VIB, KU Leuven and imec. Her lab studies the mechanisms of motor learning and control, including how motor functions recover after injury.Related StoriesWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research shows”Incomplete injuries, where only part of the neuronal connections are damaged, frequently recover spontaneously,” adds Takeoka. “We know that activating a very specific type of sensory feedback pathway plays a crucial role during rehabilitative training, promoting the formation of detour circuits. Understanding this process in more detail can help us design rehabilitation strategies with maximal benefit for spinal cord injury patients.”Early and maintained feedback for maximal successOne type of so-called somatosensory feedback is proprioception, which entails the unconscious perception of self-movement and body position through nerve cells that are located in close proximity of the spinal cord and can detect muscle stretch.To learn more about where and when proprioceptive feedback affects locomotor recovery after injury, Takeoka devised a conditional genetic approach to eliminate this type of feedback at different locations and time points in mice. Using these models, she showed that proprioceptive feedback below but not above the site of injury is critical for naturally occurring circuit rearrangement and locomotor recovery.”We found a central role for so-called proprioceptive afferents, nerve fibers which signal proprioceptive information back to the spinal cord,” says Takeoka. “Afferents below the lesion undergo specific rearrangements soon after injury, and without them regained motor function cannot be maintained, even if detour circuits have formed.”In short, proprioceptive feedback is not only essential to initiate locomotor recovery but it is also permanently required to maintain any regained motor function. According to Takeoka, these findings can inform rehabilitation practices for patients as well: “The fact that proprioceptive feedback, specifically from below the site of injury, is so important, suggests that task-specific rehabilitative training that emphasizes such feedback is likely to maximize functional outcomes in rehabilitation clinics.” last_img read more

Laser light helps identify tumors

first_imgRelated StoriesUsing NMR to Study Protein Structure, Dynamics and MechanismsCharacterizing and Isolating (Bio)macromolecular Structures using MALS’Eye-in-a-dish’ model helps scientists to uncover ‘surprising’ AMD gene variantIn the case of tumors in the head and neck area, for example, cancer cells are found after almost every 10th operation.And the Jena researchers are already thinking ahead. They are researching a solution that would enable them to use the unique properties of light to detect tumors inside the body at an early stage and remove them immediately. “To do this, we need novel methods that no longer work with rigid optics, but with flexible endoscopes,” says Jürgen Popp. Technologists at Leibniz IPHT produce such fiber probes: glass fibers that are thinner than a human hair. They open the way to minimally invasive medicine that makes gentle diagnosis and healing possible. “Our vision,” says Jürgen Popp, “is to use light not only to identify the tumor, but to remove it immediately. This would eliminate the need for physicians to cut with a scalpel and would enable them to ablate the tumor layer by layer using light in order to remove the tumor from the patient completely”. In ten to fifteen years, the research team hopes to find a solution. Popp predicts that this would “be a giant step towards completely new tumor diagnostics and therapy”. Source:Leibniz-Institute of Photonic TechnologyJournal reference:Popp, J. et al. (2019) Multimodal nonlinear microscopy of head and neck carcinoma — toward surgery assisting frozen section analysis. Head & Neck. One minute in the operating room is the most expensive minute in the entire clinic.”Professor Orlando Guntinas-Lichius, Director of the Department of Otolaryngology at the University Hospital Jena Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 25 2019It can take up to four weeks before patients can be sure whether the entire tumor has been removed during cancer surgery. A time of agonizing uncertainty – in which any remaining tumor cells can already multiply again. A team of scientists from Jena has now researched a diagnostic procedure that could revolutionize the previous procedure: Using laser light, the researchers make cancerous tissue visible. This enables them to provide the surgical team with real-time information in order to reliably identify tumors and tumor margins and decide how much tissue needs to be cut away.This is made possible by a compact microscope developed by a research team from the Leibniz Institute of Photonic Technology, Friedrich Schiller University, the University Hospital and the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Optics and Precision Engineering in Jena. It combines three imaging techniques and uses tissue samples to generate spatially high-resolution images of the tissue structure during surgery. Software makes patterns and molecular details visible and processes them with the aid of artificial intelligence. The automated analysis is faster and promises more reliable results than the currently used frozen section diagnostics, which can only be evaluated by an experienced pathologist and still have to be confirmed afterwards.The optical method, for which the Jena scientists were awarded the renowned Kaiser Friedrich Prize in 2018, helps to prevent weakened patients from having to undergo another operation. It thus makes a significant contribution to improving their chances of recovery. Professor Jürgen Popp, scientific director of Leibniz IPHT, who was also involved in researching the laser rapid test, predicts that the compact microscope could be in the clinic in five years’ time.This could save the German healthcare system considerable costs.last_img read more

New target identified for treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

first_img Source:Experimental Biology and Medicine Dai and colleagues have demonstrated that IL-25 and its receptor are upregulated in lung tissue from patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF). Further, they demonstrated that IL-25 can recapitulate IPF-like lung fibrosis in mice via activation of alveolar epithelial cells and lung fibroblasts. Future studies will help to determine the link between IL-25 and the clinical features of IPF.” Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 29 2019An article published in Experimental Biology and Medicine (Volume 244, Issue 9, June 2019) ( identifies a new target for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis. The study, led by Dr. Huaping Dai in the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine and the Center of Respiratory Medicine at China-Japan Friendship Hospital and the National Clinical Research Center for Respiratory Disease in Beijing, China, reports that interleukin-25, an inflammatory cytokine, is elevated in patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis and contributes to lung fibrosis in an animal model.More than 50,000 people in the U.S. die from idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF) each year. Related StoriesStudy: Two-thirds of pneumonia patients receive more antibiotics than they probably needRaw meat can act as reservoir for bacteria associated with hospital infectionsResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairIPF is a type of lung disease that results in fibrosis, or scarring, of the lungs. As the disease progresses and the scarring worsens, patients are unable to take a deep breath and the lungs can no longer provide sufficient oxygen for the body. There is no cure for IPF and there are no treatments that remove the scarring from the lungs. Studies have shown that inflammatory cytokines, such as interleukin-25 (IL-25), potentiate the pathogenesis of allergen-induced airway diseases by promoting inflammation and remodeling of the airway. However, the role of IL-25 in inflammation and fibrosis in IPF is not known. The identification of pathways that drive IPF progression will provide new targets for drug discovery and may lead to effective treatments for this and other lung diseases. In the current study, Dr. Dai and colleagues examined the potential role and mechanisms of IL-25 in IPF. IL-25 levels (protein and mRNA) were significantly higher in IPF patients when compared to normal controls. Intranasal administration of IL-25 to mice induced the expression of other inflammatory cytokines, extracellular matrix proteins and growth factors in lung epithelial cells. IL-25 administration also induced the proliferation of lung fibroblasts and the expression of several genes that promote fibrosis. Collectively, these studies demonstrate that IL-25 contributes to lung fibrosis by direct activation of lung fibroblasts and epithelial cells. Dr. Dai said that “treatment targeting IL-25 may be a novel method for treating IPF patients.”Dr. Steven R. Goodman, Editor-in-Chief of Experimental Biology & Medicine, said:last_img read more

Ford and Miami to form test bed for selfdriving cars

Explore further Ford Motor Co. is making Miami-Dade County its new test bed for self-driving vehicles. All of the vehicles will have backup safety drivers. Domino’s experimental vehicles aren’t even technically autonomous; they’re equipped to be, but for now they have actual drivers. The windows are blacked out so customers can experience how to get pizza from the car without dealing with a person.Miami will give Ford new challenges. Previously, it tested Domino’s cars in suburban Michigan, where parking wasn’t an issue. But in busy Miami Beach, the cars will have to figure out where they can go to allow apartment-dwellers to safely retrieve their pizzas. An autonomous delivery vehicle from Postmates might have to switch between Spanish and English commands when it picks up a meal and delivers it to a customer. Self-driving Lyft vehicles will be tasked with mapping out the best places to wait for customers without causing more traffic headaches.Kwant says Ford will announce more city partnerships as this year progresses. But Miami-Dade was a natural, since it has good weather, lots of different urban and suburban terrain and support from Gimenez and other government leaders.Gimenez, who began talking to Ford in 2017 at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, says he’s not worried about consumer acceptance of self-driving cars. He thinks his community will embrace them as companies prove that shared autonomous vehicles can be cheaper and safer than regular ones.Gimenez says self-driving vehicles also can potentially improve traffic flow without significant new investments in roadways. They can travel more closely together, for example, because they’re always watching the car in front of them and can brake automatically.”That’s why I’m really high on this technology,” he said. In this undated image made from a video provided by Ford Motor Co. a self-driving vehicle from Ford Motor Co. and Ford partner Argo AI drives in Miami, Fla. Ford is making Miami-Dade County its new test bed for self-driving vehicles. (Ford Motor Co. via AP) Sam Abuelsamid, a senior research analyst with the consulting firm Navigant Research, says Ford and others must figure out how to make money on self-driving cars.”If this does take off, if people do adopt automated vehicles and use them for ride-hailing, that’s going to result in a decline in retail vehicle sales,” Abuelsamid said. “They need to figure out, if we’re going to have a decline in the number of vehicles we sell to consumers, how do we keep our business stable?”Kwant says the testing will also help Ford determine what its future self-driving vehicles need to look like and how they must perform.”If you don’t have steering wheels, how do you begin to use that package space? How do you begin to look different in terms of carrying more people?” he said.Ford won’t say how many vehicles it will have on the road in Miami-Dade, but says it will be Ford’s largest test bed for autonomous vehicles by the end of this year. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. In this undated image made from a video provided by Ford Motor Co. a self-driving vehicle from Ford Motor Co. and Ford partner Argo AI drives in Miami, Fla. Ford is making Miami-Dade County its new test bed for self-driving vehicles. (Ford Motor Co. via AP) Ford to integrate autonomous cars with Lyft network In this undated image made from a video provided by Ford Motor Co. a self-driving vehicle from Ford Motor Co. and Ford partner Argo AI drives in Miami, Fla. Ford is making Miami-Dade County its new test bed for self-driving vehicles. (Ford Motor Co. via AP) In this undated image made from a video provided by Ford Motor Co. a self-driving vehicle from Ford Motor Co. and Ford partner Argo AI drives in Miami, Fla. Ford is making Miami-Dade County its new test bed for self-driving vehicles. (Ford Motor Co. via AP) © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. The automaker and its partners—Domino’s Pizza, ride-hailing company Lyft and delivery company Postmates—are starting pilot programs to see how consumers react to autonomous and semi-autonomous vehicles. Self-driving startup and Ford partner Argo AI already has a fleet of cars in the area making the highly detailed maps that are necessary for self-driving. Ford also will establish its first-ever autonomous vehicle terminal in Miami, where it will learn how to service and deploy its test fleet.More services will likely be introduced as the partnership goes on, including Chariot, an app-based shuttle service owned by Ford. It’s all part of Ford’s effort to find viable business models for fully autonomous vehicles and get them on the road by 2021.”This is, I think, the future of any automotive company or mobility company. If a majority of the world’s population is going to be living in cities, we need to understand how to move those people around,” said John Kwant, Ford’s vice president of city solutions, who inked the deal with Miami-Dade.Ford isn’t the first automaker to run test fleets of autonomous vehicles. General Motors Co. will start testing autonomous vehicles in New York City this year, while Nissan Motor Co. is launching an autonomous taxi service in Yokohama, Japan, next week. Technology companies like Waymo—a division of Google—are also testing self-driving vehicles on public roads in Phoenix, San Francisco and Singapore, among other cities. But the partnership with a specific metropolitan is less common. Both sides envision a deep relationship where Ford can help Miami-Dade solve specific issues, like how to most efficiently move people from its suburbs to its downtown monorail, and Miami-Dade can offer solutions like dedicated lanes for automated vehicles or infrastructure projects like advanced traffic lights that can send signals to connected cars.”We want to be on the forefront of this because we want to give our people choices,” said Carlos Gimenez, the mayor of Miami-Dade County, which is home to 34 cities and 2.7 million people.Sherif Marakby, Ford’s vice president of autonomous vehicles and electrification, says the company also intends to work closely with local businesses. The company wants to learn, for example, how a florist might use an autonomous delivery vehicle. “Autonomous vehicle technology is interesting, but it’s a whole lot more interesting with a viable business model,” he said.The city of Miami is the fifth-most congested in the U.S., according to a recent traffic study by the consulting firm Inrix. After more than a century of selling people vehicles, Kwant says Ford now wants to figure out ways to move people more efficiently in order to cut down on that time in traffic. Citation: Ford and Miami to form test bed for self-driving cars (2018, February 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from read more

Microsoft gets earnings boost from cloud

Citation: Microsoft gets earnings boost from ‘cloud’ (2018, April 27) retrieved 18 July 2019 from Explore further Microsoft said Thursday profits rose sharply in the past quarter, lifted by gains in its core cloud computing operations for business. Microsoft quarterly profit up 28 percent at $4.8 bn This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The tech giant reported earnings were up 35 percent to $7.4 billion in the fiscal third quarter, with revenue rising 16 percent to $26.8 billion.Once the world’s biggest corporation, Microsoft has shifted its focus away from its consumer software to business services using its cloud computing platform and artificial intelligence.”Our results this quarter reflect the trust people and organizations are placing in the Microsoft Cloud,” said chief executive Satya Nadella.”We are innovating across key growth categories of infrastructure, AI, productivity, and business applications to deliver differentiated value to customers.”Revenue from its Office commercial software and cloud services revenue rose 14 percent, and 12 percent for the consumer operations for the Office suite.The so-called “Intelligent Cloud,” which includes Microsoft’s server business and its Azure enterprise operations produced $7.9 billion in revenues, up 17 percent.Microsoft said LinkedIn, the professional social network it recently acquired, saw revenues up 37 percent from a year ago.The “More Personal Computing” unit saw a 13 percent revenue gain to $9.9 billion, and within that Windows revenues for personal computers were up some four percent.Microsoft also saw an 18 percent in gaming revenue from its Xbox software and services, and a 32 percent rise from its Surface devices.Shares in Microsoft were little changed in after-hours trade despite the stronger-than-expected results.Microsoft recently shook up its top ranks that highlights its cloud services and de-emphasizes the Windows business that was its bread and butter for years.The changes included the departure of longtime Microsoft executive and Windows head Terry Myerson.Microsoft is creating two new engineering teams, one focused on experiences and devices, and the other devoted to artificial intelligence and computing capabilities hosted in the internet cloud.While the Windows system has lost prominence in the shift to mobile devices, Microsoft is ramping up its efforts against rivals such as Amazon and Google in cloud services and artificial intelligence, including the race for digital personal assistants.Cortana, Microsoft’s answer to Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant, is jockeying for position in connected devices including speakers, appliances and automobiles. © 2018 AFP read more

Google sued for unwanted tracking of phone locations

first_img Privacy group tells FTC Google tracking violated 2011 order Explore further A lawsuit filed in federal court here accuses Google of invading people’s privacy by tracking the whereabouts of smartphones users despite “location history” settings being turned off. Citation: Google sued for unwanted tracking of phone locations (2018, August 21) retrieved 18 July 2019 from The suit filed Friday by a California man seeks unspecified damages along with class-action status to represent all US iPhone or Android smartphone users who turned off location history in order not to have their movements logged by Google.”Google expressly represented to users of its operating system and apps that the activation of certain settings will prevent the tracking of users’ geolocations,” the lawsuit read.”This representation was false.”The suit accuses Google of violating privacy law, and cites a news report last week confirmed by university researchers.Google did not respond to a request for comment.After the report, Alphabet-owned Google modified its support page to read that turning off location history off “does not affect other location services on your device, like Google Location Services and Find My Device.”Location data may also be tracked for use in other services such as maps or search, the support page indicated.The page had previously indicated that turning location history off meant places visited were not stored by Google.The Electronic Privacy Information Center, a non-profit public interest group, said it has sent a letter to the US Federal Trade Commission to look into whether Google has violated a 2011 consent order.”Google’s subsequent changes to its policy, after it has already obtained location data on Internet users, fails to comply with the 2011 order,” Epic quoted its letter as stating.center_img © 2018 AFP This file photo taken on April 29, 2018 shows the Google logo displayed on a screen and reflected on a tablet in Paris. A US lawsuit accuses Google of invading people’s privacy by tracking smartphones users despite “location history” settings being turned off This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

To fight off unemployment Iraqi youth plant startup seeds

first_imgFour out of five jobs created in Iraq in recent years are in the public sector, according to the World Bank.And in its 2019 budget, the government proposed $52 billion in salaries, pensions, and social security for its workers—a 15 percent jump from 2018 and more than half the total budget.But with graduates entering the workforce faster than jobs are created, many still wait indefinitely for work.Among youth, 17 percent of men and a whopping 27 percent of women are unemployed, the World Bank says.After IS, innovation reignsWhen IS declared Mosul its seat of power in Iraq back in 2014, resident Saleh Mahmud was forced to shutter the city’s incubator for would-be entrepreneurs. “What we’re doing is showing youth what entrepreneurship is—not necessarily so they succeed, but so they at least try,” said organiser Ibrahim al-Zarari.He said attendees should understand two things: first, that the public sector is saturated. And second, that oil isn’t the only resource on which Iraq—OPEC’s second-largest producer—should capitalise.More than 65 percent of Iraq’s GDP and nearly 90 percent of state revenues hail from the oil sector. Many youth turn to it for work, but it only employs one percent of the workforce.Widespread corruption and bureaucracy also weaken Iraq’s appeal for private investors. The World Bank ranks it 168th out of 190 for states with a good business environment.Under current legislation, private sector employees are not offered the same labour protections or social benefits as those in the public sector. And Iraq’s stuttering banking industry appears too cautious to dive in, said Tamara Raad, 26, who researches start-ups. Stuck between an endless waitlist for a government job and a frail private sector, Iraqi entrepreneurs are taking on staggering unemployment by establishing their own start-ups. Iraqi entrepreneurs find business success in smartphone apps “The banks have a role to play. They must make loans without interest and help young entrepreneurs,” she said.Banks or no banks, Mahmud in Mosul is already planning how he’ll grow his business in 2019.”We will open a new, larger space for new gatherings,” he said excitedly, to bring together returning designers, developers and other inventors. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further After graduating from university, many Iraqi youths spend years waiting to be appointed to a job in the government, Iraq’s biggest employer. Among Iraqi youth, 17 percent of men and 27 percent of women are unemployed, according to the World Bank Iraqi youth at computers in “The Station”, Baghdad’s incubator for would-be entrepreneurs “Around 600-700 youth have already passed by Mosul Space” to attend a seminar or seek out resources as they start their own ventures, said the 23-year-old.He was inspired after watching fellow Mosul University graduates hopelessly “try to hunt down a connection to get a job in the public sphere.””A university education isn’t something that gets you a fulfilling job,” he said.Another start-up, Dakkakena, is capitalising on Mosul’s rebuilding spirit, too.The online shopping service delivers a lorry-full of home goods every day to at least a dozen families refurnishing after the war. Some 70 young Iraqi innovators attended a recent three-day workshop in Baghdad on founding start-ups The building in central Baghdad called “The Station” is where self-starters begin to create their own project in a country with high youth unemployment “On the web, we can sell things for cheaper than stores because we have fewer costs, like no showrooms,” said founder Yussef al-Noaime, 27. Noaime fled IS to the Netherlands, where he was introduced to e-commerce. When he returned home, the computer engineer partnered with another local to found their venture.A similar service, Miswag, was set-up in the capital Baghdad in 2014 and last year reported hundreds of thousands of dollars in profits. Banks and big dreamsOn an autumn day, some 70 young Iraqi innovators converged for a three-day workshop in Baghdad on founding start-ups. They flitted among round tables planning projects, their Arabic conversations sprinkled with English terms. The first murmurs of this creative spirit were felt in 2013, but the Islamic State group’s sweep across a third of the country the following year put many projects on hold.Now, with IS defeated, co-working spaces and incubators are flourishing in a country whose unemployment rate hovers around 10 percent but whose public sector is too bloated to hire.Many self-starters begin their journey at an aptly named glass building in central Baghdad: The Station.There, they sip on coffee, peruse floor-to-ceiling bookshelves for ideas and grab a seat at clusters of desks where other stylish Iraqis click away at their laptops.”We’re trying to create a new generation with a different state of mind,” said executive director Haidar Hamzoz. “We want to tell youth that they can start their own project, achieve their dreams and not just be happy in a government job they didn’t even want,” he told AFP. Youth make up around 60 percent of Iraq’s nearly 40 million people.After graduating from university, many spend years waiting to be appointed to a job in the government, Iraq’s biggest employer. With Mosul now cautiously rebuilding after the jihadists were ousted in 2017, Mahmud is back in business. © 2019 AFP Citation: To fight off unemployment, Iraqi youth plant start-up seeds (2019, February 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from Iraqi youth are also participating in the “Mosul Space”, that city’s incubator for would-be entrepreneurs in northern Iraqlast_img read more

Unesco slams Darjeeling Rail for bad maintenance of toy train may revoke

first_imgUnesco slams Darjeeling Railway for poor maintenance of toy train, may withdraw heritage tagUnesco has slammed the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway for poor maintenance of the heritage toy train, which is a Unesco heritage site.advertisement Press Trust of India SiliguriJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 21:47 IST The 140-year-old Darjeeling Himalayan Railway is a Unesco heritage site.HIGHLIGHTSUnesco has warned Darjeeling Himalayan Railway of revoking the heritage tag to the 140-year-old hill railway over poor upkeepDHR officials have blamed recurring landslides through the year for the damage to the tracks of narrow gauge railwayThe Northeast Frontier Railway has also blamed the people residing along the tracks for the presence of the wasteUnesco has reprimanded the Darjeeling Himalayan Railway (DHR) and warned of revoking the heritage tag to the 140-year-old hill railway in West Bengal over poor upkeep, DHR officials said on Monday.In a strongly-worded letter sent to the DHR recently, Unesco said that the Indian Railways had failed to inform it of the poor upkeep of the facilities of the heritage railway between 2017 and 2019 and waste being dumped on the its tracks, they said.DHR officials have blamed recurring landslides through the year for the damage to the tracks of narrow gauge railway.The landslips are the main obstacle in regular running of the DHR trains as repairing takes time, the officials said.The Northeast Frontier Railway (NFR), which manages the DHR, has also blamed the people residing along the tracks for the presence of the waste.”Residents of houses along the route sit on the DHR tracks and park vehicles on them obstructing the way of the trains,” NFR General Manager Sanjiv Ray said.”We follow all procedures to keep the heritage tag intact. We hold regular meetings and keep a close contact with the Unesco authorities,” he added.Unesco had included the 140-year old DHR in the list of World Heritage Monuments in December 1999. However, it can revoke the tag if it deems that the heritage site is not being properly maintained.The UN body had in the past expressed concerns over the degradation of the Himalayan railway.Also Read | Darjeeling toy train ride becomes costlier; tourists to feel the pinchAlso Watch | Anger after video of youngsters vandalising ancient structure at Hampi goes viralFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySanchari Chatterjee Nextlast_img read more

NFLNFLPA end productive talks about new CBA early report says

first_imgSIGN UP to watch every NFL game and RedZone during the 2019 season on DAZNThe report noted those in attendance included NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, NFLPA executive director DeMaurice Smith, a number of owners from the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee and a number of players from the NFLPA’s Executive Committee, including Richard Sherman, Russell Okung and Adam Vinatieri.The NFL and NFLPA bargaining session, originally scheduled for 3 days, is already over. One source described it as “productive.” Now need time to review and regroup. Plan is to resume on July 29.- Tom Pelissero (@TomPelissero) July 17, 2019Despite the abrupt sitdown, the NFL and NFLPA released a joint statement summarizing the meeting that took place as a “productive” one.”Today’s meeting was productive, constructive and beneficial for both sides, and the meetings between the NFLPA’s Executive Committee and the NFL’s Management Council Executive Committee will continue,” the statement read. From the NFLPA & NFL Brian McCarthy (@NFLprguy) July 17, 2019Goodell confirmed earlier this month that the league would like to have a new CBA in place before the start of the 2019 regular season, which will kick off September 5 when the Bears host the Packers.It was reported that discussions between the NFL and NFLPA were “set to intensify” this summer, with the meetings scheduled for July 17-19 marking the first time the two sides will engage in talks for three straight days – or so they thought.The current CBA is set to expire after the 2020 season. While there’s no guarantee an agreement will be reached, both sides are optimistic they can find some middle ground to avoid a work stoppage. Representatives for the NFL and NFL Player’s Association met Wednesday in Chicago to discuss a new collective bargaining agreement, though the meeting didn’t last as long as initially believed.According to NFL Media, citing unidentified sources, the session initially slated to take place for three days has ended already after just one, but the two sides are scheduled to reconvene July 29.last_img read more

Juno Finds Mysterious Unexpected Currents Crackling Through Jupiters Magnetosphere

first_imgThere are turbulent, unexpected currents crackling through Jupiter’s atmosphere, producing brilliant auroras. Juno, the NASA probe that has orbited the gas giant since 2016, passes over Jupiter’s polar regions ever 53.5 days, collecting data on the magnetic forces that produce ultrabright auroras above the huge planet. In a new paper, published July 8 in the journal Nature Astronomy, researchers working with Juno’s data discovered that the electric currents passing through Jupiter’s magnetosphere — the region of its atmosphere richest with magnetic field lines — don’t act as expected. The probe found less direct current — current that constantly flows in one direction — than physicists predicted. It was only about 50 million amperes, an incredibly powerful current, but not as high as theoretical models of Jupiter’s magnetosphere suggested would be present. That finding suggests that “alternating current” — current that flickers back and forth — plays a much bigger role in producing Jupiter’s auroras than anyone realized, the researchers wrote. On Jupiter, as on Earth, auroras are a product of whirling currents in magnetic fields interacting with high-energy particles from the sun. [10 Places in the Solar System We’d Most Like to Visit]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  “These observations, combined with other Juno spacecraft measurements, show that alternating currents play a much greater role in generating Jupiter’s aurora than the direct current system,” Joachim Saur, an author of the paper, said in a statement. On Earth, we typically think of alternating and direct currents (AC and DC) in terms of electronics. Famously, in the late 19th century, inventors Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla disagreed sharply over which method should be used to deliver power to electrical devices. DC power doesn’t convert as easily between different voltages, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), so Tesla wanted to turn the more-easily convertible AC into the standard. Edison, guarding his DC-dependant patents, resisted the change and spread misinformation that AC was more dangerous, according to the DOE. Tesla won out in the end, and AC became the standard for U.S. power plants. However, according to the DOE, direct current has regained favor as more battery-powered devices have come to market. Your lights are probably running on AC power, but there’s a good chance the device you’re reading this on relies on DC. (That’s why your laptop requires an AC adapter.) In the space around Jupiter, the proportion of AC to DC isn’t determined by feuding pre-modern inventors, but by the behavior of ions in the planet’s atmosphere. Jupiter has powerful currents than Earth for several reasons, including its huge size, its fast rate of spin and the excess of charged particles (ions) pumped out from volcanoes on the moon Io. That such a large proportion of those currents are AC seems to be a result of turbulence in the planet’s magnetic fields, the researchers wrote. Turbulence in this sense refers to the disordered way in which the magnetic fields’ shape and directionality fluctuates. And that turbulence is producing different effects at each of Jupiter’s two poles. In the time Juno has orbited Jupiter, the planet’s north pole has experienced about half the current of the south pole, the researchers wrote. That seems to be a result of the much more complex arrangement of magnetic field lines in the north, which interrupts the flow of currents. In the south, they wrote, the magnetic field lines are “smoother.” The effects of those differences are visible in the two poles’ auroras, they noted. In the north, the auroras tend to be more widely dispersed, with a structure of “filaments and flares.” In the south, the auroras tend to be more structured, with a “bright arc” extending out from the main oval where auroras occur. This research on Jupiter’s powerful magnetic fields, the researchers wrote, could inform their understanding of Earth’s weaker magnetic field — humanity’s main protection against harsh solar particles. Some researchers already suspected turbulence produced a significant proportion of currents around our planet. This work seems to lend credence to that idea. Science Fact or Fantasy? 20 Imaginary Worlds Originally published on Live Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoPrimeSolarQuotesCalifornia Signs Solar Law Helping Homeowners Save Hundreds A Month.PrimeSolarQuotesUndoVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoAncestryThe Story Behind Your Last Name Will Surprise YouAncestryUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoClassmatesSearch For Any High School Yearbook, It’s Free.ClassmatesUndo 5 Mars Myths and Misconceptions The 18 Biggest Unsolved Mysteries in Physicslast_img read more

Demonetisation bitter medicine to treat corruption PM

first_imgPublished on Prime Minister Narendra Modi   –  PIB M.P. Assembly polls: BSP eyes Bundelkhand route to reach Bhopal Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said he used the “bitter medicine” of demonetisation to bring back money into banking system and to give “proper treatment to deep-rooted corruption system” in the country.Addressing a poll rally here for the November 28 Assembly elections, Modi said, “We use poisonous medicine to eradicate termite. Similarly, I used note ban as a ‘tez’ (bitter) medicine to treat corruption in the country“.“People who used to hide their money under beds, in their houses, offices and factories are now paying tax of every single penny and we are using this money for the right schemes for the common man,” Modi said.Modi cautioned the Madhya Pradesh farmers not to get carried away by the Congress’ loan waiver promise, adding it was a sham.“The Congress made loan waiver promise to farmers in Karnataka before state Assembly polls there but instead of doing so, it is preparing to send peasants to jail,” he said.“In 2008, a year ahead of general elections, the Congress promised loan waiver to the farmers which turned out to be an eyewash,” he said.“My government is aiming to double farmers’ income by 2022,” the prime minister said.The CAG in its report pointed to anomalies in the farmers loan waiver during the Congress regime, he said. The Congress is anti-farmer, he added.Modi said his government has so far disbursed loans to 14 crore people, “that too without guarantee”, under the ambitious Pradhan Mantri Mudra Yojana.“The amount of work we (BJP-led government) have done in four years, Congress would be able to do it in 10 years,” Modi said.“Remember the time when Congress was in power here in Madhya Pradesh, what was the condition of people? Madhya Pradesh does not deserve a government which never thinks about the state’s welfare,” Modi said, targeting the Congress party.Modi said that during the Congress’ 55 year rule in Madhya Pradesh, 1,500 schools were made, but Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan established 4,000 schools in the state in just 15 years.“Our mantra is to provide education to boys and girls, income for youth, irrigation facility to farmers and medicines to elders,” Modi said.On ‘housing for all’, Modi said, “My dream is to provide ‘pucca’ houses to everyone in the country by 2022. We have so far given keys of such houses to 1.25 crore people“.Attacking Congress, Modi termed the Congress-led UPA regime as ‘Madam ki Sarakar’ and ‘remote controlwali sarkar’“I am working for the 125 crore people of the country. I am living for them and this is troubling Congress,” he said.Congress speaks about farmers, but at least 15 big irrigation projects, which were meant for farmers of Madhya Pradesh, were kept hanging for years for no reason, he said. SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE regional elections November 20, 2018center_img Government is aiming to double farmers income by 2022, asserts Modi Madhya Pradesh Notebandi, a disaster: Opposition COMMENT RELATED COMMENTSlast_img read more

IT dept conducts raids at dozen locations in KarnatakaIT dept conducts raids

first_imgLok Sabha polls in Vellore likely to be cancelled income tax SHARE SHARE EMAIL Elections 2019 RELATED The Income-Tax Department on Tuesday said it is conducting searches at about a dozen premises in Karnataka on charges of tax evasion. The raids are being conducted in the state capital Bengaluru, Hassan and Mandya and the department said the action is aimed against tax evaders and blackmoney generators.Official sources, however, indicated that links of these persons with respect to the ongoing polls will also be a part of the investigative operation.“The searches are based on credible intelligence that certain businessmen have earned income not disclosed to tax and are in possession of undisclosed assets.“Taxpayers covered in the search operations are engaged in the business of real estate, quarrying and stone crushing, executing government contracts, operating petrol bunks, saw mills and managing cooperative banks,” the department said in a statement. These are sectors, it added, which are “prone” to generation of blackmoney.It said five residences in Hassan, one each in Bengaluru and Mandya, along with their business premises are being covered as part of the search operations.About a dozen premises are being searched, sources added. Twenty-eight Lok Sabha seats in the state will go to the polls in two phases on April 18 and 23.For the latest on elections, click: Elections 2019 Karnataka SHARE Published on COMMENTS COMMENT national elections April 16, 2019last_img read more

How far may BJP go to retain two Rajya Sabha seats in

first_imgRajya Sabha SHARE SHARE EMAIL 0 Gujarat Congress appears apprehensive of poaching by the ruling BJP and has directed its legislators not to meet Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, Deputy CM Nitin Patel or other ministers, even for works of public interests in their Assembly constituencies, until completion of the Rajya Sabha by-elections, expected to be held in August.This decision, dubbed as a “voluntary code of conduct”, was taken at a meeting of Congress Legislature Party (CLP) held in Ahmedabad on Sunday. Leader of the Opposition Paresh Dhanani, who had “offered” to resign after the party lost all 26 Lok Sabha seats recently, said the Congress would organise “send-offs” to those MLAs who joined the BJP.With Union Ministers Amit Shah and Smriti Irani resigning their Rajya Sabha seats from Gujarat last week, the ruling BJP is likely to get External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar elected from the State.In August 2017, Shah and Irani had been elected to the Rajya Sabha. But the interesting part of that poll was re-election of Congress leader Ahmed Patel, after a long-drawn-out sojourn in Bengaluru for its MLAs, and a high-voltage political drama in Gujarat. After nail-biting suspense, Patel had won by a solitary vote after multiple defections and cross-voting allegedly engineered by Shankarsinh Vaghela, who is currently National General Secretary of NCP.The Gujarat Congress expects a repeat of August 2017 in August 2019 as well. Already, its Assembly strength has eroded to 71 in a House of 182 after six of its MLAs joined the BJP since the December 2017 Vidhan Sabha elections. Rebel Congress MLA Alpesh Thakore, who resigned from the party but not from the Assembly, had recently claimed that 17 more Congress MLAs were on the “verge” of wearing the saffron scarf.Aiming to capture both the vacant RS seats, the BJP is believed to have set in motion plans prior to the Budget Session of Gujarat Assembly scheduled to start in June-end. As per the present strength of the respective parties in the Assembly, both the BJP and the Congress can win one seat each, causing the BJP to lose one seat when the party was pulling all stops to gain majority in the Upper House.The BJP can win both the seats only if it can ensure cross-voting by at least 16 MLAs from the opposition ranks. A candidate needs at least 62 votes to be elected to the Rajya Sabha from Gujarat. The BJP’s own strength at present is 105 (including rebel Congress MLAs) plus four Independents. Thus it needs at least 15 more votes to retain both the Rajya Sabha seats.According to sources, the BJP has assigned the task to some ex-Congress members, including Thakore, to win over the requisite number of sitting party MLAs to either join the ruling party or cross-vote for the BJP candidates.OBC leader Alpesh Thakor, along with two other Thakor MLAs, had recently resigned from all Congress posts, except the Assembly membership. Allegedly, they are on their way to join the BJP any time now. The Congress had demanded that Speaker Rajendra Trivedi should disqualify the three Thakor MLAs for their “anti-party activities” during the Lok Sabha elections.Alpesh Thakore had recently met Nitin Patel, sparking speculation about his joining the BJP. Another Congress turncoat Asha Patel, who was re-elected from Unjha on a BJP ticket claimed that more than 30 Congress MLAs were “very unhappy” with the leadership and would be ready to join the BJP “if invited.” June 03, 2019 COMMENTcenter_img Fearing poaching, Gujarat Cong asks MLAs to refrain from meeting CM, Dy CM COMMENTS Published on SHARElast_img read more

Karnataka crisis triggered by Rahuls exit claims Rajnath Singh

first_imgJuly 08, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on COMMENT 0center_img SHARE COMMENTS Our BureauThe Centre told Parliament on Monday that it has no role to play in Karnataka crisis, where the ruling Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government is facing the arduous task of keeping its flock together. The Opposition raised the matter in the Lok Sabha during the zero hour as it did not get the permission of Speaker Om Birla to move an adjournment motion on the issue.Raising the matter, Congress leader in Lok Sabha Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury accused the BJP of trying to destabilise the elected governments in Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh by engineering defections. He said Parliamentary democracy has been the victim of conspiracy and other undermining activities under the BJP regime. “They have taken our MLAs to a hotel in Mumbai. One of their MPs gave escort to these MLAs,” Chowdhury said and alleged that the BJP is hatching a conspiracy against governments headed by Opposition parties.‘Problem within Cong’Replying to this, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said the BJP has nothing to do with the happenings in Karnataka. “We have never tried to exert pressure on any Opposition MP or MLA. We have never made any offers to lure people into BJP,” Singh said.He added that the series of resignations were triggered by Rahul Gandhi’s decision to resign as the Congress President. “He asked his own party people to resign. Even their senior leaders have resigned and resignations continue,” Singh said. The Opposition was not ready to buy Singh’s arguments and some of their members stormed to the well of the House forcing adjournment.last_img read more

MATTA partners with four ehailing companies

first_img Related News Metro News 09 Jul 2019 Best Tour Operator honour for travel agency Related News Metro News 10 Jul 2019 Exciting tour packages in store at MATTA fair KUALA LUMPUR: The Malaysian Association of Tour and Travel Agents (MATTA) will be partnering with four e-hailing companies to list its members’ transport services on ride-hailing apps, says association president Datuk Tan Kok Liang. MATTA president Datuk Tan Kok Liang. Tech News 11 Jul 2019 Halal Holiday launched to cater to Muslim tourists MATTA signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with four e-hailing operators, Dacsee Sdn Bhd (Dacsee), Ideal Technology Advancement Sdn Bhd (Ciaz2u), Mula Car International Sdn Bhd and Neo Urban Consolidated Sdn Bhd (Nuccar) on Friday (July 12).”The tours and travel industry has a significant fleet of vehicles such as car rentals, vans, buses which are all licensed with skilled drivers,” said Tan.”We want to make it easier for travellers to Malaysia. Instead of doing pre-bookings, we can give visitors and tourists more options through e-hailing apps upon arrival,” he added at a press conference after signing the MOU at Sunway Putra Hotel. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Assam floods 26 lakh people affected as heavy rains cause deluge Tripura

first_img Next India Today Web Desk New DelhiJuly 15, 2019UPDATED: July 15, 2019 14:36 IST Heavy rain has thrown life out of gear over almost 28 lakh people in three northeastern states. (AP photo)HIGHLIGHTSAt least 26 lakh people have been affected by floods in Assam10,000 people of two districts of Tripura have been rendered homelessIn Meghalaya, rising water-level in two rivers has life thrown out of gear for 1.14 lakhHeavy rains continued to wreak havoc in north-eastern states of India on Monday as Brahmaputra river rose further due to incessant rainfall. Deluge has claimed lives of at least 11 people in Assam and has affected the lives of nearly 26.5 lakh people in the state.In Meghalaya, rising waters of the Brahmaputra and the Jinjiram rivers have life thrown out of gear for 1.14 lakh people across 164 villages.At least 10,000 people of two districts of Tripura have been rendered homeless and forced to take shelter in relief camps following floods caused by incessant rain over the weekend.On Monday, the water level of Brahmaputra River rose further, threatening lives of those living at near banks. By Sunday, the Brahmaputra was flowing above its danger mark in Guwahati, at Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri towns, and at Badarpurghat in Karimganj.Assam: Water level of Brahmaputra river rises after incessant rainfall; around 200 villages affected in Morigaon. ANI (@ANI) July 15, 2019Flood has also been reported from the Kaziranga National Park, which houses world’s largest population of Indian one-horned rhinoceroses. “Many animals have moved to highlands. We have a sufficient stock of fodder and forest officials are on alert,” the officials said.Assam: Kaziranga National Park & National Highway-37 flooded, following heavy rainfall in the area. ANI (@ANI) July 15, 2019FLOOD SITUATION IN ASSAMIn Assam, 28 districts have been affected by the rains. Barpeta is the worst hit with 7.35 lakh people affected, followed by Morigaon where 3.50 lakh people are hit. They are followed by Dhubri where the number of affected is 3.38 lakh, the Assam Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said.”As per the Met department forecast, there will be more rainfall across Assam and the water level in the Brahmaputra is likely to rise,” Kumar Sanjay Krishna, additional chief secretary (revenue and disaster management), said at a press conference on Sunday. “Dhubri and other lower Assam districts will probably see more severe flood in coming days.” Several low-lying areas across 28 districts in Assam have been flooded. People are being rescued to higher grounds. (AP image)The NDRF and SDRF had rescued 7,833 people by Sunday. As many as 10,840 litres of mustard oil, 7,922 quintals of rice, tarpaulin sheets, water pouches, biscuits, milk powder, dal, salt and other essential items have been distributed among the flood-affected people.Apart from Brahmaputra, Burhidehing River is flowing above its danger mark in several districts.ASDMA said 3,181 villages were under water and 87,607 hectares of crop areas had been damaged. Authorities are running 327 relief camps and distribution centres in 24 districts, where 16,596 people are taking shelter at present.FLOOD SITUATION IN TRIPURAAt least 10,000 people of two districts of Tripura have been rendered homeless and forced to take shelter in relief camps following floods caused by incessant rain over the weekend. Rain and thundershower are expected on Monday.State Project Officer of Disaster Management, Sarat Das, said personnel of the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF), and security forces of the state rescued a number of stranded people from Khowai and West Tripura districts.Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb said, “Our government is closely monitoring the heavy rain situation in Tripura and officials are on high alert…. NDRF, State Disaster Volunteers and Police personals are on ground to tackle any situation.”The worst affected areas in and around Agartala city included Srilanka Basti, Baldakhal, Ambedkar Colony, Pratapgarh which are close to the river Haora. The deluge severally affects food and water security in the affected region. (AP photo)FLOOD SITUATION IN MEGHALAYAIncessant rain across Meghalaya for the last seven days and rising waters of two rivers flooded the plains of West Garo Hills district, affecting at least 1.14 lakh people, officials said on Monday.A total of 57,700 people, residents of 50 villages in Demdema block and over 66,400, residents of 104 villages in Selsella block have been affected due to the floods, they said.Meanwhile, the low-lying areas of the state’s capital city Shillong were also flooded.The Meghalaya government on Sunday announced seven days of Gratuitous Relief (GR) for the flood-affected people of West Garo Hills district, an official said.Efforts are on to evacuate the flood victims and take them to safer locations.Chief Minister Conrad Sangma could conduct an aerial survey of the flood-affected areas on Sunday due to inclement weather, the MLA of Phulbari, SG Esmatur Mominin, said.Arrangements were being made to provide drinking water and other relief materials.#WATCH: Building of a Primary School in Tengaguri area of Morigaon district collapsed due to the increasing water in the Brahmaputra River flowing through the region, yesterday. #Assam— ANI (@ANI) July 13, 2019(With inputs from agencies)Read | Assam Congress president gives Zero Hour notice over floods in stateRead | Flood ravages 8 districts in Bihar, CM Nitish Kumar reviews situationWatch | In Depth: Decoding the link between floods and droughtsFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byArshi Aggarwal Assam floods: 26 lakh people affected as heavy rains cause deluge, Tripura, Meghalaya also affectedDeluge has claimed lives of at least 11 people in Assam and has affected the lives of nearly 26.5 lakh people.advertisementlast_img read more

Rishikeshs iconic Lakshman Jhula shut FOREVER after experts call it beyond repair

first_imgRishikesh’s iconic Lakshman Jhula shut FOREVER after experts call it beyond repairThe bridge was closed on the recommendation of a team of experts who found most of its parts in “fail” or “collapse” condition, Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash said. advertisement Press Trust of India DehradunJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 11:54 IST Rishikesh administration ordered stopping of public movement on ‘Lakshman Jhula’, citing its dilapidated condition. (Photo: ANI)HIGHLIGHTSThe bridge was closed on the recommendation of a team of expertsThey found most of its parts in “fail” or “collapse” conditionThe team recommended immediate closure of the bridge to all trafficLakshman Jhula, the iconic suspension bridge across the Ganga in Rishikesh, was closed to traffic Friday as experts feel it cannot sustain more load, officials said.The bridge was closed on the recommendation of a team of experts who found most of its parts in “fail” or “collapse” condition, Additional Chief Secretary Om Prakash said.The team recommended immediate closure of the bridge to all traffic and pedestrian movement as it was not in a condition to sustain any more load, he said.There has been an unprecedented rise in traffic and pedestrian movement along the bridge in recent times and the bridge towers appear to be leaning towards one side, he said.The decision was taken as keeping it operational could have been risky, the official said.”It is highly recommended that the bridge should be closed with immediate effect otherwise any big mishap can take place anytime,” the team of experts had said in its report to authorities.Built in 1923 over the Ganga river, Lakshman Jhula is an iconic landmark in this city of Uttarakhand that is renowned as a center for studying yoga and meditation.It connects Tapovan village in Tehri district on the western bank of the river with Jonk in Pauri district.One of the main attractions for tourists and devotees coming to Rishikesh, the pedestrian bridge also used by two-wheelers was named after Hindu mythological character Lakshman as it stands where he is said to have crossed the river with the help of jute ropes.Many successful Hindi movies and serials like “Ganga Ki Saugandh”, “Sanyasi” and popular detective serial “CID” have been shot at the Lakshman Jhula.Also Read | Karnataka: 1 dead, 8 rescued as under-construction building collapses in BengaluruAlso Watch | CST bridge collapse case: Structural auditor’s bail plea rejectedFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhan Nextlast_img read more

Govt to invest Rs 33 crore to save 130 great Indian bustards

first_img Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 17:56 IST Babul Supriyo said the ministry has also initiated a project, titled ‘Habitat Improvement and Conservation Breeding of Great Indian Bustard-An Integrated Approach’. (File photo)With just 130 great Indian bustards left in the country, the Centre has initiated a project worth Rs 33.85 crore for their conservation and protection, the Environment Ministry told Lok Sabha Friday.Responding to a query on measures being taken to protect the Indian bustard, one of the heaviest birds listed under critically endangered species, Union Minister of State for Environment Babul Supriyo said the ministry was providing funds to states and Union Territories for conservation and protection of 21 critically endangered species, including the great Indian bustard.”The ministry, through its Centrally Sponsored Scheme-Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-IDWH), provides funds to states or Union Territories under the component ‘Species Recovery Programme’ for conservation and protection of 21 critically endangered species, including the great Indian bustard,”p Babul Suriyo said in a written response.Babul Suriyo said the ministry has also initiated a project, titled ‘Habitat Improvement and Conservation Breeding of Great Indian Bustard-An Integrated Approach’, with a financial support of Rs 33.85 crore for five years from the ad hoc Compensatory Afforestation Fund Management and Planning Authority (CAMPA) for conservation, breeding of the Indian bustard with technical support from the Wildlife Institute of India (WII).”The important objective of this programme is to build up captive population of great Indian bustard and to release the chicks in the wild for increasing the population. Rajasthan, Gujarat and Maharashtra are the important range states involved in this programme,” the minister said.In the last four years, the government has released over Rs 7.9 crore to Maharashtra and Rajasthan for conservation of great Indian bustard under the Centrally Sponsored Scheme-Integrated Development of Wildlife Habitats (CSS-IDWH), the ministry said.According to government figures, Maharshtra got Rs 4.79 crore between 2015 and 2019, while Rajasthan received Rs 3.12 crore.However, on a question on the role of noise pollution in endangering the Indian bustard, the ministry said the government does not recognise such a cause.Speaking to PTI, a senior official of the Wildlife Institute of India (WII), an organisation working on the Indian bustard breeding project, said power lines are killing these birds and in order to increase their population, their breeding has started.”We are starting a breeding programme to repopulate the great Indian bustard. We collect their eggs, incubate them and hatch them. The second and third generation born out of the breeding will be then released into the wild when the environment is suitable for them. But it will take at least 15 years for them to be released into the wild,” said Y V Jhala, scientist, Wildlife Institute of India (WII).Currently, there are two centres for breeding and hatching — one in Jaisalmer and the other in Kota, both in Rajasthan, Y V Jhala said.ALSO READ | Royal hunting party fromSaudi Arabia in search of the Great Indian BustardALSO READ | The Great Indian Bustard could have become India’s national bird but for that spelling!ALSO WATCH | Karnataka: Animal lovers set-up shelter, save animals from floods For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byShahrukh Tags :Follow Bustard speciesFollow Environment MinistryFollow Wildlife Institute of IndiaFollow Lok Sabha Govt to invest Rs 33 crore to save 130 great Indian bustards left in the countryWith just 130 great Indian bustards left in the country, the Centre has initiated a project worth Rs 33.85 crore for their conservation and protection, the Environment Ministry told Lok Sabha Friday.advertisement Nextlast_img read more