Attacks on Dalits spark tension in western Uttar Pradesh

first_imgTension simmered in Meerut and Muzaffarnagar towns of western Uttar Pradesh after two incidents of atrocities on Dalits in the last two days. Eight people, including a pregnant Dalit woman, were injured when Gujjars attacked Dalits in Mawana area of Meerut on Wednesday.Gujjars fired over 22 rounds and beat up Dalits in a clash at Meeva village over a dispute on right of way. The attack on the Dalit family in Meerut came even while caste tensions were simmering in the nearby town of Muzaffarnagar. Dalit youth Vipin Kumar was badly beaten up by Hindutva activists who alleged that he had insulted Hindu gods. They forced Mr. Kumar to say “Jai Shri Ram” and hail other Hindu godslast_img read more

Sri Lanka minister prevents cricketers from travelling to India

first_imgSri Lanka Sports Minister Dayasiri Jayasekera has prevented the national One-day International (ODI) squad from leaving the country for not getting his approval before selecting the team.The minister had forced nine cricketers of the squad to disembark a flight to India on Monday night.”The selectors had made the selection on the first (of December) but as they were unable to come to a final decision on the inclusion of certain players, the squad was delayed in being sent to me,” Jayasekera was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo on Tuesday.The three-match ODI series between India and Sri Lanka will begin in Dharamsala on December 10.The country’s sports law states that all Sri Lankan national squads are subject to the sports minister’s approval.”How can I approve a team at such short notice? If you go by the sports law, it requires the list to be sent three weeks prior to leaving,” he told the the Daily Mirror.”Here, they are sending a team just three to four hours before leaving the country. So I had to recall them.”I have nothing against the players. In fact, Thisara (Perera) called me last night from the flight and said, ‘Sir we have already boarded’. But I told him, ‘Nothing doing’. If I allowed them to go, I am setting a precedent here,” he added.”Most players reached the airport around 9pm on Monday. Left-arm spinner Sachith Pathirana had even boarded the flight, but they were told to go back home as the team didn’t have the approval of the minister of sports,” a cricket official was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.advertisementlast_img read more

SC allows CPI M leader Tarigami to go back to JK

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court allowed CPI (M) leader Mohd Yusuf Tarigami to go back to his home state Jammu and Kashmir. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices S A Bobde and S A Nazeer said the former MLA does not need any permission to go home if doctors at AIIMS allow him. The former MLA alleged that his vehicle has been taken away and he will be confined to his home. The ailing leader was on September 9 shifted to AIIMS following the apex court order. The top court had said Tarigami should be shifted “at the earliest” to “the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS), Delhi, from Srinagar, where he was under house arrest”. He was put under house arrest on August 5 after the Centre abrogated special status to Jammu and Kashmir under the Constitution. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The top court had earlier allowed CPI (M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet his ailing party colleague and file an affidavit on his health condition. Besides mentioning Tarigami’s health condition in the affidavit, Yechury had also referred to other issues that have arisen in Jammu and Kashmir after the abrogation of Article 370. The court had earlier made it clear that Yechury was allowed to visit Jammu and Kashmir to meet his party colleague only as attention had been drawn to an interim application seeking the court’s orders to bring Tarigami to AIIMS.last_img read more

Scotia Bank Plans to Close 120 Branches Worldwide

first_img New small business support organization established Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:branch close, cecil arnold, Scotia bank ‘Positives’ for HIV/Aids down in Turks and Caicos; Testing today Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 5 Nov 2014 – ScotiaBank is planning to close 120 banks around the world and cut back on as many as 15,000 staff. The announcement caused quite a raucous in the financial world yesterday, especially as talk was that the Caribbean branches of Scotiabank are not performing as well as they used to do. We picked up on an exchange on the Business News Network via the Globe and Mail; where it was said three major loans in the Caribbean had to be written down; the region called troublesome for ScotiaBank and RBC. We contacted Managing Director of ScotiaBank Turks and Caicos Ltd, Cecil Arnold who expeditiously responded with: There are no known impacts to Scotiabank TCI staff or its current operations, no impact on borrowing or our current employees. These decisions are being made to improve the bank’s overall efficiencies in Canada and its international banking operations. We will remain the most international of the Canadian banks, fully committed to our employees and customers.” Mr Arnold pointed out that ScotiaBank has two million Caribbean customers and 19 banks in the region. ‘Know Your Status’ as ScotiaBank supports Regional HIV Testing daylast_img read more

Inter shows violence against women the red card

first_imgThe Italian Lega Serie A club, together with legendary goalkeeper Francesco Told, is working towards the prevention of violenceWith the presence of legendary goalkeeper Francesco Told, Inter Women’s captain Regina Baresi and WeWorld Onlus, Internazionale Milan is launching a campaign to “Show Violence The Red Card.”The initiative is being promoted together with the Italian Lega Serie A, to combat violence against women in the world.“Violence is a cultural problem. In order to solve this problem, our sons need to be taught the right values and that they need to show respect,” the retired Inter keeper told the club’s official website.Romelu Lukaku, Serie A, Inter MilanCapello calls Lukaku “a modern striker” Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 The former Italian manager believes Romelu Lukaku is perfectly suited for Antonio Conte’s Internazionale Milan in the Serie A.“Youth academies can contribute to shaping athletes and men, but what they learn from their families should underpin everything.”“Violence against women is something I feel strongly about,” Regina Baresi, captain of Inter Women’s first team added.“I’m happy to be here again this year and in particular to be able to make my own contribution in highlighting such an important campaign.”last_img read more

Sri Lanka speaker refuses to accept Rajapaksa as prime minister

first_imgKaru Jayasuriya, speaker of the parliament of Sri Lanka, attend a party leaders and members meeting at the parliament in Colombo, Sri Lanka 2 November 2018.Photo: ReutersSri Lanka’s speaker of parliament said on Monday he would not accept a former president, Mahinda Rajapaksa, as the new prime minister until he proves he commands a majority in parliament.President Maithripala Sirisena fired the sitting prime minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe, on 26 October and appointed Rajapaksa in his place, sparking a political crisis.Wickremesinghe has denounced his dismissal as unconstitutional and vowed to remain prime minister until parliament votes him out.”The majority of members are of the view that the changes … are unconstitutional and against traditions,” the speaker of parliament, Karu Jayasuriya, said in a statement.Sirisena suspended parliament after he appointed Rajapaksa, raising concern among political parties at home and among Sri Lanka’s traditional allies such as India, the United States and European Union.Rajapaksa is known as a Sri Lankan nationalist, while being close to China.He is seen as a hero by many among Sri Lanka’s Buddhist majority but has been accused by diplomats of serious human rights abuses in the war against rebels from the Tamil minority, which ended during his tenure as president, in 2009.He has denied abuses and said in a statement after he was sworn in he wanted to end religious and ethnic divisions in the country of 21 million people.Jayasuriya said most members of parliament had called on him not to accept the changes.”I will have to accept the status quo prior to the changes” until a majority in parliament accepted them, he said.On Friday, 118 members of the 225-seat legislature met the speaker and called for the reconvening of parliament. On Sunday, Sirisena said parliament would be recalled on 14 November.Jayasuriya said it was difficult for him to remain silent when the norms of democracy and the rights of a majority of members of parliament had been violated.Foreign Minister Sarath Amunugama told a news conference Jayasuriya was not being impartial.The European Union warned last week it will consider stripping Sri Lanka of its duty-free access if it backs off commitments on human rights, amid worries stoked by the appointment of Rajapaksa.The United States and Japan have put some aid to Sri Lanka on hold because of the political crisis, Sri Lankan government officials have said.Sirisena has said Wickremesinghe was removed after his cabinet was dissolved in line with the constitution, but Wickremesinghe loyalists say it was unconstitutional.last_img read more

Oneway sound tunnel offers novel way to control acoustic waves

first_img The researchers, Yi-Fan Zhu, Xin-Ye Zou, Bin Liang, and Jian-Chun Cheng, from Nanjing University in China, have published their paper on the acoustic one-way tunnel in a recent issue of Applied Physics Letters.”One-way acoustic devices are believed to have deep implications in various situations by breaking through the conventional concept that sound always propagates symmetrically along a given path,” Liang told Phys.org, noting some of their previous related work here, here, and here. “The realization of an acoustic one-way tunnel goes further beyond simply breaking through this limitation, and enables one-way acoustic manipulation when the acoustic path is kept totally open to other entities. We envision our design with such novel capability and tunability to offer more design possibilities and have promising application potential in various scenarios where special manipulation of sound is desired.”The new tunnel takes advantage of the extraordinary reflection properties of recently developed acoustic metamaterials, which force sound waves coming from one direction to make a U-turn in the 10-cm-wide tunnel and travel back out. By strategically positioning two different acoustic metamaterials with different reflective properties along the insides of the tunnel, the researchers could asymmetrically manipulate the sound waves so that only those coming from one direction are reflected, while those coming from the other direction can pass through. 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. More information: Yi-Fan Zhu, et al. “Acoustic one-way open tunnel by using metasurface.” Applied Physics Letters. DOI: 10.1063/1.4930300 (Top) When an acoustic wave enters from the side of the tunnel with “acoustic metamaterial 1” (AM1), it makes a U-turn and reflects back out, whereas the majority of an acoustic wave traveling from the other side with “acoustic metamaterial 2” (AM2) can pass through. (Bottom) Simulated acoustic field patterns for the negative direction (ND) that does not allow acoustic wave passage and positive direction (PD) that does. Credit: Zhu, et al. ©2015 AIP Publishing The researchers printed the acoustic metamaterials using a 3-D printer with ABS plastic, which is the same material used to make Legos. They then imprinted multiple tiny grooves into the two metamaterials with different groove periods (0.84 cm and 2.36 cm), which gives them different reflective properties. The tailored groove designs affect the sound waves differently depending on which direction they’re coming from, which ultimately leads to the asymmetric wave manipulation and one-way transmission. Although other methods have been developed for the unidirectional control of sound, all of the previous designs have relied on bulk materials. The drawback of bulk materials is that they partially block the tunnel so that it’s not fully open to other entities, such as light and heat. Because the new tunnel allows light and heat to freely pass through from both directions while blocking the transmission of sound in one direction, it could lead to anti-noise windows that are see-through and ventilated, and may inspire research into the unidirectional control of other kinds of waves. “The acoustic one-way open tunnel may also enable conceptual devices like novel ventilating channels that block sound from one side but allow air or heat flow to pass freely, or serve as building blocks of more complex systems that reduce the reflected wave but do not affect the passage of other objects, which may find extensive applications in the fields of noise control or biomedical imaging/treatment, etc.,” Liang said.In the future, the researchers plan to improve the performance of the one-way open tunnel, for example by boosting the efficiency and broadening the bandwidth. They also want to devise methods for manipulating sound in even more unprecedented ways beyond the one-way manipulation demonstrated in the current work, while keeping the acoustic path fully open. Explore further © 2015 Phys.org (a) The two acoustic metamaterials have different groove patterns, which are positioned at different sides of the tunnel so that they affect the sound waves differently depending on which direction they’re coming from. (b) and (c) Photographs of the open tunnel. Credit: Zhu, et al. ©2015 AIP Publishing Designing an acoustic diode (Phys.org)—Scientists have designed and built an acoustic one-way tunnel that allows sound to pass through in one direction only while blocking it from passing through in the opposite direction. The tunnel is completely open to light and heat, which can pass through in both directions, but sound waves are blocked in one direction due to acoustic metamaterials placed on the sides of the tunnel. The acoustic one-way tunnel has potential applications for anti-noise windows and vent ducts, as well as medical ultrasound. Citation: One-way sound tunnel offers novel way to control acoustic waves (2015, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-one-way-tunnel-acoustic.html Journal information: Applied Physics Letterslast_img read more

Indias US govt securities holdings touch new high at 117 billion

first_imgContinuing to increase its exposure to US government bonds, India’s holding of such securities touched a new high of $117 billion in June, amid mixed global economic trends. India has purchased nearly $45 billion worth such securities in the first six months of this year.In June, China continued to have the maximum exposure with holdings worth over $1.27 trillion, followed by Japan ($1.19 trillion). Since start of this year, India has been steadily hiking its exposure, which stood at $91.2 billion in January. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAt the end of 2014, the holdings were worth $72.4 billion. Latest data from the US Treasury Department showed that India’s holdings rose to $117 billion in June from $114 billion recorded in May.Among the BRIC grouping, only Brazil trimmed its holdings in June to $256.3 billion while Russia’s rose to $72 billion. China too marginally increased its exposure during the same period.The United States, also the world’s largest economy, saw its GDP grow 2.3 per cent in the three months ended June. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists”Real gross domestic product — the value of the production of goods and services in the US, adjusted for price changes — increased at an annual rate of 2.3 per cent in the second quarter of 2015,” according to advance estimate released by the US Bureau of Economic Analysis last month.Meanwhile, global economy is witnessing uncertain times and there are rising concerns about Chinese economic health while Europe is seeing a fragile recovery.last_img read more