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The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) hit back at the Congress on Thursday, saying it would prepare a “report card” to highlight the promises the party had not fulfilled, ahead of the municipal corporation elections in Punjab. The reaction comes a day after Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said that 10 years of Akali misrule had led the State into “despair on all fronts”.“We will prepare a report card of the Congress government with regard to the deteriorating law and order and non-fulfilment of promises; it would be our key poll issue in the upcoming municipal corporations elections,” said senior party leader Dr. Daljit Singh Cheema during a meeting of councillors from Jalandhar at the SAD’s head office here.Criticising the ruling government, Dr. Cheema accused the Congress of taking anti-people decisions and stopping development work in the State. “New projects in the pipeline have been stopped. Work on ongoing projects has been stalled due to paucity of funds,” he said. On Wednesday, Capt. Amarinder had lashed out at the SAD and BJP for their criticism of his government’s two-month rule. He had said that the SAD-BJP combine was resorting to blatant falsehoods in a bid to fool the people.‘Criticism impertinent’“Their criticism is impertinent in view of the fact that it was their misrule of 10 years that plunged the State to such abysmal depths of despair on all fronts, with a mega debt burden compounding the problems of the Congress government,” the Chief Minister has said.
A 38-year-old rape and acid attack survivor from the Dalit community, faced her fourth acid attack here on Saturday evening in the compound of the hostel she is living in, though she has been accorded police protection. She suffered injuries on her face and chest.The woman, a mother of two, works at a cafe in the State capital run by acid attack survivors. She was admitted to the King George Medical University, and is being treated at the trauma centre.No FIR filedNo FIR has been registered yet, but the police are investigating the case.The victim was earlier attacked in March. Miscreants forced acid down her throat while she was on a train to Lucknow from her village in Rae Bareli.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had then visited her in hospital and announced an assistance of ₹1 lakh.On the Chief Minister’s direction, an armed guard was provided for her security round the clock.Additional Director-General of police, Lucknow, Abhay Kumar Prasad said it was likely that the woman was attacked while she was talking on the phone in the dark. “We have informed her relatives. Investigation has started,” Mr. Prasad said. S.N. Sankhwar, chief medical superintendent of the hospital, said the woman had received 10% burns on the lateral part of the right side of her face and upper part of the chest.“She is fine, her vitals are stable. The plastic surgeon and the critical cases department are treating the burns,” he said.The attack has raised serious questions about lapses in security. Police said the attack happened during the shift change of the two gunners who were assigned to guard the woman.SP Lucknow Sarvesh Kumar said the police would probe all angles, including the security lapse as the campus was a secured one. “The victim’s family has a long-running dispute with another family in Rae Bareli. We will explore that as well,” said Mr. Kumar.The police are also investigating the previous attacks on her and have rounded up the two men who were arrested — but later granted bail — in connection with the attack in March.The police does not have any CCTV footage so far and has been unable to track from where the miscreants entered the compound of the working women’s hostel in Aliganj locality.According to Stop Acid Attacks, an NGO working with acid attack survivors, the woman was allegedly gangraped in 2009.After she filed a complaint, the two accused allegedly physically assaulted her in 2011 and on December 25, 2013 attacked her with acid.
With over 140 militants already killed this year in the ongoing anti-militancy operations, Hizbul Mujahideen operational commander Riyaz Naikoo has banned its cadre “from using mobile phones to minimise the losses”.“It seems they [Hizbul militants] have damaged their old SIM cards. It’s not possible for them to survive without mobile phones. They have either managed new numbers or are staying without mobile phones,” said Inspector General of Police Muneer Khan.Sources said the killing of Hizb operations commander Yasin Itoo alias Mehmood Ghaznavi in an encounter in Shopian on August 13 had “struck a major blow to striking capability of Hizb” in south Kashmir.A top counter-insurgency official said that after Itoo’s killing, the new commander Naikoo has taken centre stage, and “is trying to keep the organisation’s ranks intact and disallow any defection to the more hard-line group led by Zakir Musa, who claims to represent the Kashmir arm of al-Qaeda”.In a bid to “revive striking capability”, Naikoo has asked militants to “surrender their mobile phones”.“In case of suspension of use of mobile phones, the police too will chalk out a fresh strategy to track them down. The ‘Operation All-Out’ will continue,” said IGP Khan.For the counter-insurgency team in Kashmir, mobile phones had become a handy tool to track militants. Sources said that the militants’ online activi-sm, wherein photos, audios, and videos were frequently uploaded on social media, “became a major tool to track them”. Security agencies told The Hindu that the “police had succeeded in planting SIM cards on many militants through its ground force”.Meanwhile, security agencies are closely watching the growing rivalry and online media war between Hizb’s Naikoo and Musa. Concerned by Musa’s growing following online, and to counter his “speeches based on Islamic teachings,” Naikoo recently released a 45-minute video on the political and historical background of the Kashmir issue.
‘Russian Film Days’, a film festival organised as part of an Indo-Russian government co-operation initiative, will be held in Delhi, Mumbai and Panaji. The film festival will open in New Delhi at Siri Fort complex on November 10 with the drama film Bolshoi, which will be presented by the director himself, Valery Todorovsky. The festival is being organised to mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Russia and India. Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Vladimir Medinsky, Russian Ambassador to India Nikolai Kudashev and leading representatives of Russian and Indian cinema are expected to be in attendance.The opening ceremony will see a tribute paid to the legendary Raj Kapoor and his hallmark 1970s film Mera Naam Joker that ran successfully across the USSR 45 years ago. Ballerina to attendSpecial guest for the evening will be Randhir Kapoor and Kseniya Ryabinkina, a former ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater, who played one of the key roles in the film. This is the first time that the festival is being held in Goa. The film festival will travel from Delhi to Mumbai and culminate in Goa at the International Film Festival of India (IFFI). Pathbreaking films such as Light up, Hostage and Closeness will be screened at IFFI. Russian director Andrei Zvyagintsev’s new masterpiece Loveless, which will show at the festival, has been described as an “apocalyptic study of a failed marriage and the subsequent disappearance of a child” in reviews.The festival is organised by the Cinemarus, a production company in cooperation with Russkoe Kino company and supported by the Ministry of Culture, Russian National Fund of Copyright Holders’s Support, the Filmmakers Union of the Russian Federation, the Embassy of the Russian Federation in India and the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting India, Directorate of Film Festivals and IFFI.
While the movie Bahubali caught the imagination of millions in the country, a village near here is debating if a sculpture identified days ago as over 1,000-year-old actually represented him.Bahubali was the son of Rishaba, the first of the 24 ‘Theerthankaras’ of the yore, according to Jainism.A bas-relief, a type of sculpture carved out of a hillock’s side portion is being worshipped all along by the local people as “Mottai Andavar,” a form of Lord Muruga at Kanakkuvelanpatti village about 30 km from here in western Tamil Nadu.“During our recent visit to this village, we found that the bas relief situated at an elevation of about 25-30 feet is actually that of a Jain Theerthankara dating back to 10th Century AD,” Archaeologist S. Ramachandran said.Sans any gestureStanding in a straight posture, the Theerthankara is without any symbolic gestures and such a position is called “Kayoth Sarga,” Mr. Ramachandran, who was formerly with the Tamil Nadu State Archaeology Department, told PTI.The Theerthankara’s bas relief is about eight feet in height, and he is flanked by “Yakshas” (attendants) on both sides, he said.According to the local people they are Valli and Devasena, symbolic divine consorts of Lord Muruga.Some archaeological enthusiasts, who too visited the bas-relief, opined that it could represent Bahubali.“Enthusiasts like Santharam pointing to features like the three-tier parasol above the bas relief opined that it was Bahubali, while Ramachandran, however, said it was a wrong inference,” Sugumarpoomalai, a resident and an archaeology enthusiast, said.Mr. Santharam said the bas relief “looks like Bahubali when you take a look at the three-tier parasol and his other images in a standing, meditative posture.”To villagers, he is ‘Mottai Andavar’Village chief, Muthu Ramaiah Vallal and Sugumarpoomalai told PTI: “Whatever may be their claims. For us, the deity is our Mottai Andavar and we reverentially worship him.” Mr. Sugumar said daily poojas were being held for ages adding annual festivals attract people from neighbouring villages as well.On claims that the bas-relief could be Bahubali, Mr. Ramachandran, who is also the co-founder of South Indian Social History Research Institute, said “only Theerthankaras have three parasol above their head as a mark of reverence and sanctity.” This bas relief of Theerathankara worshipped as Mottai Andavar is certainly not Bahubali and is only a Theerthankara, he added.Though Babubali was the son of Rishaba who enjoys an exalted Godly status in Jainism, he is still not a Theerthankara, the archaeologist said.Asked which Theerthankara the bas-relief represented, he said, “some features to identify a specific Theerthankara are missing in this bas relief making it difficult to identify.” To a question, Mr. Ramachandran said worshipping Theerthankara as Lord Muruga could have begun several centuries ago after Jain religion faded away from Tamil Nadu.“For the people, Mottai Andavar denotes Lord Muruga of the famed Palani hill temple which is also in the same Kongu region,” he said.Jainism thrived here 2 millennia agoThe Karur region (under which the village falls) had been a flourishing centre of Jainism as early as about 2000 years ago.Brahmi inscriptions dating back to 2nd Century AD threw light on the royal patronage from Chera kings for Jain monks, the archaeologist who is also an epigraphist said.Inscriptions say how rock beds on hillocks were chiselled for Jain monks to practice austerity and lead a secluded, pious life in places like modern day Pugalur in Kongu region, Mr. Ramachandran said.Against popular belief, Jain monks were also well-versed in music and and rock bed inscriptions (Circa, 4th Century AD) found at Arachalur in the the same Western Tamil Nadu region speaks volumes about it, he said.According to Jain tradition, the archaeologist said, Theerthankaras are regarded as holy gurus who top the five-tier hierarchy of preceptors (Pancha Parameshti).After being born as humans they attain ‘Moksha,’ through rigorous penance and such Theerthankaras are regarded as high as God by Jains.Yakshas are semi-divine in status in Jainism and they attained it through virtuous deeds.In bas-relief and statues of Theerthankaras, they stand near the top gurus as attendants.
The Uttar Pradesh Cabinet on Wednesday decided to get a survey conducted by the Gram Sabhas in the State in the next three months to ensure that the benefits of welfare schemes reach maximum people. The benefits of different welfare schemes were presently being extended on the basis of the Socio-Economic and Caste Census 2011 (SECC) and the new survey will help extending the benefits to more people, spokesperson of the government and senior Minister Sidharth Nath Singh said. He said those who till now have been deprived of benefits under welfare schemes of the Central and State governments will now be able to avail those after the new survey. Clean drinking water The Cabinet, at the meeting which was presided by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath, gave its nod to “CM Arogya Peyjal Yojna’ in 14 districts of Basti and Gorakhpur divisions and Bundelkhad region in the State to provide clean drinking water that would prevent Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) and Japanese Encephalitis (JE). During a drive launched recently for prevention of the diseases, it was realised that safe drinking water could go a long way in checking the dreaded disease. For this, clean drinking water will be provided in 28,041 government schools at the cost of ₹71.05 crore, Mr. Singh said. A new power sub-station of 400 MW will be set up in Shamli area at the cost of ₹738.61 crore to meet power shortage, he said.
Bihar Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi alleged on Wednesday that RJD chief Lalu Prasad had met Union Minister Arun Jaitley with the offer to help bring down the Grand Alliance government if fodder scam cases against him were watered down. Addressing a press conference, Mr. Modi claimed that Mr. Jaitley, however, snubbed Lalu, who approached him through his emissary — former Union Minister Prem Chand Gupta — and also met him in person. Slamming Lalu for “always spewing venom against the BJP-RSS combine but never shying away from seeking our help whenever it serves his purpose”, the BJP leader said Mr. Jaitley curtly told them that the CBI is an autonomous agency in whose functioning the government does not interfere. Lalu’s son and Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, Tejashwi Yadav, rejected the allegation, and said it reflected the BJP’s worry of an impending electoral defeat. “His allegations that we sought help from the BJP at any point of time show his mental bankruptcy and worry of an impending defeat in the elections. The entire country knows that it was Lalu who had stopped (LK) Advani’s Ayodhya Rath Yatra and has always valiantly fought their communal agenda,” he tweeted. After their dismal performance in the 2014 Lok Sabha elections when a Narendra Modi wave swept the country, Nitish Kumar’s JD(U), RJD and the Congress had formed a grand alliance and stopped the BJP’s juggernaut in Bihar in the 2015 Assembly polls. The three-party alliance was in power till July 2017 when Mr. Kumar returned to the NDA following sharp differences with the RJD over allegations of corruption against Tejashwi, who was then the Deputy Chief Minister.“We think the Chief Minister too must have got a whiff of these shenanigans. Moreover, after they together won the Assembly polls in 2015 and RJD emerged as the largest party, Lalu and his cohorts never lost an opportunity to remind the JD(U) leader that he owed his position to them,” he said.
A Gujarat court on Friday convicted Narayan Sai, son of jailed self-styled godman Asaram Bapu, in a rape case.The Sessions Court in Surat, which convicted Narayan Sai, will pronounce the sentence on April 30.In 2013, two Surat-based sisters approached police alleging they were raped by Asaram Bapu and his son Narayan Sai. One of them had accused Narayan Sai of repeatedly raping her between 2002 and 2005 when she was living at his ashram.Asaram has been convicted in a rape case in Jodhpur and is serving a life term.
Not happy. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX) says the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is resisting his request for health data underlying some air pollution regulations. The acrimony between the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and a senior Republican lawmaker has gotten worse. Representative Lamar Smith (R-TX), the chairman of the science committee in the U.S. House of Representatives, today said that the agency has failed to comply with a controversial subpoena to give the panel health data related to air pollution regulations. He said he expects EPA to give him all the material by 30 September.“You did not provide the Committee with anything new,” Smith wrote in a letter to EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy. Instead, Smith wrote, the agency responded to his 1 August subpoena by providing “a file of already public information along with a letter outlining excuses for why EPA did not comply.”The data dispute stretches back 2 years and involves data that is, in some cases, decades old. Smith has said he wants raw data from several major studies of air pollution and disease that underpin some of EPA’s air pollution regulations so that independent researchers can review them. The agency and researchers involved in the studies, however, say that the studies have already undergone extensive scrutiny and that releasing the data could violate confidentiality agreements made with thousands of subjects. 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It wasn’t enough, in Smith’s view. “[N]either your steps thus far nor the excuses offered … fulfill your obligations under the subpoena,” Smith wrote. His 5-page letter then lays out a number of complaints about how EPA has responded to his request and rebuts some of the agency’s explanations for not providing information.Smith wants McCarthy to reply by 16 September with a letter “detailing the specific steps” the agency will take to comply.“I remain hopeful that the subpoena will be complied with in the spirit of cooperation appropriate to relations between Congress and the Executive [Branch],” Smith said in a statement. “If EPA continues to default on its subpoena obligations, I will not hesitate to pursue all other means available to compel production of the relevant data.” U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Science, Space and Technology
In another headline-grabbing announcement of new research infrastructure spending, U.K. Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne announced today that Britain would build a new £200 million ($340 million) polar research ship by 2019. The new ship, as yet unnamed, will allow researchers to travel deeper into the Arctic and Antarctic, deploy robotic submarines and underwater gliders, and have extensive onboard laboratories. It will also service bases in the British Antarctic Territory.“Our new £200 million polar flagship will be the most advanced oceanographic research vessel in the world. It will be carrying the latest cutting edge technologies. And will mean scientists can do research for more of the year, can reach areas they’ve never been able to penetrate before, and will be able to bring back huge amounts of data on the ocean and marine biology,” Osborne said during a speech in Cambridge.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(*)This is “an exciting time for UK polar science and I am delighted with this announcement,” Jane Francis, director of the British Antarctic Survey, said in a statement. “The last 15-20 years has seen remarkable developments in science and technology. Incorporating these new technologies in a new ice-strengthened research ship will offer a step-change in Britain’s capability to deliver bigger and better science.”This is one of several new projects announced since last autumn when Osborne boosted annual spending on capital projects for research by £500 million to £1.1 billion for 2015 to 2016 and said budgets will then grow in line with inflation until 2020 to 2021. The government originally slashed capital expenditures by 40% in the first spending review following its election in 2010. But since then Osborne has lobbed in several one-off bundles of new money followed by last December’s more permanent hike.To identify priorities for this spending, Osborne today also announced a consultation that will produce a science capital road map by autumn. “We have some tough and exciting decisions to make over the coming months—and I’m relying on the help of you in this room and the rest of the scientific community to make sure we get it right,” Osborne told his audience.Despite the improving situation for capital spending, the overall science budget, which covers grants, journal subscriptions, and overhead costs, has remained nearly flat since 2010. Inflation has eroded the value of that £5.9 billion budget by more than £1.1 billion over the 5-year spending review period, according to the Campaign for Science and Engineering. Overall, the United Kingdom’s research spending—at 1.72% of the gross domestic product—lags behind most of its competitors in the G8 and is below the average of the 28 European Union nations. “New investments welcome but gear shift needed to win global race,” the campaign said last month.
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