TOKYO—Tying up a loose end of a long-running stem cell research fiasco, yet another RIKEN investigating committee released yet another report in Tokyo today. It concludes that the so-called stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency (STAP) stem cells, as well as the chimeric mice and teratomas supposedly derived from those cells, “all originated in cultures contaminated with (embryonic stem) cells, a fact that refutes all of the main conclusions of the two papers” that reported the the supposed breakthrough method of reprogramming adult cells. Those two papers, an article and a letter, appeared online in Nature on 29 January.The committee determined that three supposed STAP stem cell lines were actually likely to be three previously existing embryonic stem (ES) cell lines. “It is unlikely that there was accidental contamination by three different ES cells, and it is suspected that the contamination may have occurred artificially,” the committee concluded in a report released today. However the panel could not find conclusive evidence of deliberate contamination, nor of who might be responsible. “We cannot, therefore, conclude that there was research misconduct in this instance,” the committee reported.However, the committee did find “research misconduct involving fabrication” in the production of two images in the article that had no supporting experimental data. The images are Fig. 5c: Growth curves of STAP stem cells and Fig. 2c: DNA methylation. 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The same day, Obokata resigned from the RIKEN Center for Developmental Biology (CDB) in Kobe, home to most of the research team.A previous investigating committee had looked at the papers and reported on 1 April that Obokata was guilty of two counts of misconduct for fabricating and falsifying images. That committee only investigated six specific allegations of image manipulation. Nature retracted the papers in July. This second investigating committee was formed in September to take a closer look at the papers in response to additional allegations of problematic images. It relied on sequencing and other genetic analyses of materials taken from the Wakayama and Obokata labs; a review of notebooks, documents, and e-mails; and interviews with involved researchers.While blaming Obokata for the misconduct, the committee cited two senior researchers as bearing “heavy responsibility” for lax oversight. One is Teruhiko Wakayama, who headed the RIKEN laboratory in which Obokata worked; the other is Yoshiki Sasai, who had a major role in writing the papers. Wakayama, now at the University of Yamanashi in Kofu, previously said that he would accept some sort of disciplinary action for his role in the scandal. Sasai committed suicide in August as investigations were under way. Only one senior author is still at RIKEN, Hitoshi Niwa. A separate disciplinary committee will decide if he or any higher-ups should be disciplined. RIKEN, which manages a network of national laboratories, has already restructured CDB, cutting its staff by nearly half.One of the papers’ co-authors has been beyond the reach of RIKEN investigators: Charles Vacanti, a tissue engineer at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School. Obokata initiated her work on STAP cells while a postdoc in Vacanti’s lab. Mutsuhiro Arinobu, a RIKEN executive director, said that although they have been in contact with Harvard, input from Vacanti “is not included in this investigation.”
The Supreme Court on Thursday agreed to reconstitute a Bench to continue monitoring a CBI probe into alleged extra-judicial killings by the Army, the Assam Rifles and the police in Manipur when insurgency was at its peak.The case has been in the back-burner since Justice Madan B. Lokur, who led the earlier two-judge Bench, retired in December last. Justice U.U. Lalit was the companion judge on that Bench.Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, for the victims’ families and petitioners, made an urgent mention before Chief Justice of India (CJI) Ranjan Gogoi, apprising him of the fact that the case had not come up in a while.Mr. Gonsalves submitted that he had first mentioned the matter before Justice Lalit, who told him to mention it before the CJI. The CJI alone had the administrative power to constitute Benches to hear cases.“We will try to reconstitute the Bench,” the CJI told Mr. Gonsalves.In 2017, the court ordered a CBI probe into the alleged 1,528 extra-judicial killings from 2000 to 2012. The last few hearings saw the Justice Lokur Bench facing pressure to recuse himself from the case.This was in the form of a plea by serving and retired Army officers that there was a perception of judicial bias caused by certain oral comments made by the judges in court. The plea claimed that certain oral remarks of the Bench in an earlier hearing, reported widely in the media, questioning the non-arrest of accused persons, spooked the Army personnel operating in the State. Incidentally, the plea was fully supported by the Centre. Attorney General K.K. Venugopal had pitched in, saying that “more soldiers are killed than insurgents”.But the court’s amicus curiae in the case, advocate Menaka Guruswamy, and Mr. Gonsalves, had assured the Bench that the plea was merely an attempt to “overawe” the court.Finally, the Bench, in a detailed judgment in November 2018, refused to withdraw from the case. It concluded that the plea was unfounded. It said the oral observations were not intended to compromise the independence of the CBI probe.
Kolkata won the toss and elected to field against PunjabWelcome to the coverage of the Indian Premier League 2014, Final between Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders from the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bangalore.Full IPL Coverage | Scorecard | Match Photos Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Kings XI Punjab by three wickets with three balls to spare at the M Chinnaswamy stadium. Piyush Chawla is running all around the Chinnaswamy like he was a certain Usain Bolt! He has his bat in the air, raises his arms in triumph. SRK has the same pose too, but in a standing position. Can someone catch Chawla? No they can’t. So they wrestle him down to the ground. Everyone are falling on him. What a moment this is! Low full toss outside off and it’s carved away over point. Sweeper was nowhere to be seen and the ball slowly trickles away to the fence. As soon as the ball crossed the ropes, Chawla set off, running a victory lap. The Kolkata team tried to stop him, but looking at his run no-one could. What a chase and what a final to finish off the tournament. Kolkata richly deserved champions and for the 2nd time. Punjab are a devastated team, if that is right way to describe them. Lots of fireworks as Chinnaswamy Stadium sees all kinds of celebrations. Preity Zinta isn’t in tears, she manages to compose herself, though she looks very disappointed. A special innings from Manish Pandey, someone needed to produce an innings to topple Saha and it was upto the local boy – Pandey, who has been brought up on this wicket to provide it. Uthappa failed tonight, and that placed additional pressure on Pandey. But he showcased his skills at the right time and came good on the big stage. He took on each bowler and some of his big hits were a treat. advertisementPunjab picked wickets at regular intervals, but there were too many boundary balls given away. The asking rate wasn’t allowed to get to the opposition which is a credit to Kolkata as well. Karanveer Singh picked 4 wickets, showing what a nerveless performer he is, despite going for runs. Finally it was left to Chawla – who was a Punjab player for the first six seasons to deliver the knockout blow to his former side. Amidst all this, one shouldn’t forget that it was the 9th win in a row for Kolkata which keeps their winning streak alive going into next season.Kolkata are 2014 Indian Premier League champions!! 19.3 overs: FOUR!! Piyush Chawla takes it on the fulla and slices it over backward point for a boundary. Chawla SCORES THE WINNING RUNS for Kolkata!! Parvinder Awana will bowl the FINAL OVER for Punjab. It’s 5 runs off 6 balls for Kolkata!! With Piyush Chawla(9) and Sunil Narine(1) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 195/7 after 19 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!18.6 overs: SIX!! Piyush Chawla rocks back and smashes it over deep midwicket for the maximum. That’s a CRUCIAL SIX for Kolkata!! With Piyush Chawla(2) and Suryakumar Yadav(3) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 185/6 after 18 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!Piyush Chawla comes to the crease for Kolkata.16.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Karanveer Singh has got Manish Pandey out caught at cover. Pandey was looking for the big shot but slices it high in the air for George Bailey to complete a simple catch. Manish Pandey departs after scoring 94 runs off 50 balls with seven boundaries and six sixes. BIG WICKET for Punjab!! With Ryan ten Doeschate(4) and Manish Pandey(77) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 161/4 after 16 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!15.6 overs: FOUR!! Ryan ten Doeschate waits for it and crashes the cut past backward point for a boundary. Ryan ten Doeschate comes to the crease for Kolkata.15.3 overs: OUT!! Shakib Al Hasan has been run-out by George Bailey’s direct hit. Shakib punches it towards cover and sets off for a quick single while Bailey covers ground quickly and fires in a direct hit to catch him short at the crease. Shakib Al Hasan departs after scoring 12 runs off seven balls with two boundaries.15.2 overs: FOUR!! Shakib Al Hasan gets forward and hammers it towards long-on for a boundary. Miller ISN’T HAPPY with his effort!! With Shakib Al Hasan(8) and Manish Pandey(75) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 151/3 after 15 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!14.6 overs: FOUR!! Shakib Al Hasan swivels across and scoops it towards fine leg for a boundary. CRUCIAL BOUNDARY for Kolkata!! advertisementWith Shakib Al Hasan(0) and Manish Pandey(74) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 142/3 after 14 overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!13.5 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey hangs back and pummels the pull shot over midwicket for a boundary.13.4 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey gets a big stride forward and mauls it over long-on for the maximum. Pandey KEEPS THEM COMING for Kolkata!!Shakib Al Hasan comes to the crease for Kolkata.13.3 overs: That’s OUT!! Karanveer Singh has got Yusuf Pathan out caught at long-on. Pathan was looking for the big shot but holes out to Glenn Maxwell who takes it comfortably. Yusuf Pathan departs after scoring 36 runs off 22 balls with four sixes. BIG WICKET for Punjab!! With Yusuf Pathan(36) and Manish Pandey(62) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 128/2 after 13 overs.EIGHTEEN RUNS off the over!!12.6 overs: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan takes it on the full and sends it deep into the stands over long-on for the maximum. That went MILES IN THE AIR!! 12.2 overs: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan goes on the backfoot and heaves it over deep square leg for the maximum. Pathan has PUNISHED that one!! With Yusuf Pathan(17) and Manish Pandey(60) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 107/2 after 11 overs. 10.6 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey clears his front leg and mauls it over the cow corner for the maximum. Pandey is playing a CRACKER OF AN INNINGS here!! 10.2 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey rocks back and clouts the pull over deep midwicket for the maximum. That’s FIFTY for Pandey!!10.1 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey gets on top of it and swats it through extra cover for a boundary. With Yusuf Pathan(15) and Manish Pandey(42) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 87/2 after nine overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!! 8.3 overs: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan stands tall and sends it over long-off for another maximum. Miller ALMOST GOT THAT ONE!! 8.2 overs: SIX!! Yusuf Pathan reaches out and slams it over extra cover for the maximum. That was HAMMERED by Pathan!! With Yusuf Pathan(2) and Manish Pandey(41) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 73/2 after eight overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!7.4 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey rocks back and smashes it over midwicket for a boundary. That went LIKE A TRACER BULLET!! With Yusuf Pathan(1) and Manish Pandey(36) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 67/2 after seven overs.EIGHT RUNS off the over!!6.2 overs: SIX!! Manish Pandey reaches out and smokes it over extra cover for a flat six. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Pandey!!Yusuf Pathan is the new man in for Kolkata Knight Riders.6.1 overs: OUT!! Karanveer Singh has got Gautam Gambhir out caught at long-on. Gambhir skips down the track looking for the big shot but mistimes it straight down the throat of David Miller who doesn’t drop those. Gautam Gambhir departs after scoring 23 runs off 17 balls with three boundaries. BIG BLOW for Kolkata!!First sign of spin, Karanveer Singh comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab. advertisementWith Gautam Gambhir(20) and Manish Pandey(21) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 48/1 after five overs.SEVEN RUNS off the over!! 4.1 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey leans forward and thumps it back past the bowler for a boundary. CRACKING SHOT from Pandey!! 3.3 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey picks the length early and slaps it over midwicket for a boundary. First change, Parvinder Awana comes into the attack for Kings XI Punjab.With Gautam Gambhir(18) and Manish Pandey(6) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 31/1 after three overs.TWELVE RUNS off the over!!2.6 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir swivels across and hammers it through covers for a boundary. 2.1 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir presses forward and slices it through backward point for a boundary. With Gautam Gambhir(9) and Manish Pandey(5) at the crease, Kolkata Knight Riders are currently at 19/1 after two overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!1.1 overs: FOUR!! Gautam Gambhir reaches out and drills it through covers for a blazing boundary.Lakshmipathy Balaji will bowl from the other end for Kings XI Punjab.TEN RUNS off the over!!0.5 overs: FOUR!! Manish Pandey waits for it and flicks it through midwicket for a boundary.Manish Pandey comes to the crease for Kolkata.0.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Mitchell Johnson has got Robin Uthappa out caught at point. Uthappa goes for the drive on the up and sends it straight into the hands of Akshar Patel who takes it comfortably. Robin Uthappa departs after scoring five runs off three balls with a boundary. EARLY BLOW for Kolkata!!0.1 overs: FOUR!! Robin Uthappa leans into the drive and sends it scurrying through covers for a boundary. Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir are out in the middle for Kolkata Knight Riders while Mitchell Johnson will start the proceedings for Kings XI Punjab. Kings XI Punjab scored 199 runs at the loss of four wickets after batting first against Kolkata Knight Riders at the M Chinnaswamy stadium.That’s the END OF INNINGS for Punjab!!19.6 overs: David Miller punches it towards extra cover and steals a single.19.3 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha leans forward and drills it through extra cover for another boundary. Saha is ON FIRE here!!19.2 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha bends down and sweeps it towards square leg for a boundary.Umesh Yadav will bowl the FINAL OVER for Kolkata!! With Wriddhiman Saha(104) and David Miller(0) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 187/4 after 19 overs.SEVENTEEN RUNS off the over!!18.5 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha stands tall and smashes it over long-on for the maximum. That’s a BRILLIANT CENTURY for Saha!!18.4 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha rocks back and clouts the pull over midwicket for another boundary.18.3 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha takes it on the full and smacks it over square leg for the maximum.ELEVEN RUNS off the over!!David Miller comes to the crease for Punjab.17.6 overs: That’s OUT!! Piyush Chawla has got Glenn Maxwell out caught at short third man. Maxwell flays the reverse-sweep and sends it straight into the hands of Morne Morkel for a simple catch. Glenn Maxwell departs for a golden duck. BIG WICKET for Kolkata!!17.4 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha reaches out and slams it over covers for a boundary. With Wriddhiman Saha(62) and Manan Vohra(67) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 140/2 after 16 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!15.5 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra stands tall and smashes it towards long-on for a boundary. With Wriddhiman Saha(60) and Manan Vohra(61) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 131/2 after 15 overs.TWENTY RUNS off the over!!14.5 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha goes for the pull and gets a top-edge over fine leg for the maximum. Morkel is OUT OF SORTS here!!14.3 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra hangs back and carves it over backward point for a boundary.14.2 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra reaches out and slices it over third man for the maximum. With Wriddhiman Saha(51) and Manan Vohra(50) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 111/2 after 14 overs.NINETEEN RUNS off the over!!13.6 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra gets underneath it and sends it towards the cow corner for a boundary. That’s FIFTY for Vohra!!13.4 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha was looking to pull but gets an inside edge past the stumps for another boundary. That’s FIFTY for Saha!!13.3 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha waits for it and slaps it through square leg for a boundary.13.2 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha rocks back and tonks it over deep square leg for the maximum.With Wriddhiman Saha(36) and Manan Vohra(46) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 92/2 after 13 overs.TEN RUNS off the over!!12.6 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra shimmies down the track and steers it towards third man for a boundary. CLEVER CRICKET from Vohra!! With Wriddhiman Saha(33) and Manan Vohra(40) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 82/2 after 12 overs.FIFTEEN RUNS off the over!! 11.5 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha gets a big stride forward and smacks it over long-off for another maximum. BACK-TO-BACK SIXES for Saha!!11.4 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha skips down the track and sends it deep into the stands over long-off for the maximum.CRACKING SHOT from Saha!!With Wriddhiman Saha(21) and Manan Vohra(37) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 67/2 after 11 overs.NINE RUNS off the over!!10.5 overs: SIX!! Wriddhiman Saha picks the length early and smashes it deep into the stands over midwicket for the maximum. MEATY BLOW from Saha!! With Wriddhiman Saha(11) and Manan Vohra(30) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 50/2 after eight overs.FOURTEEN RUNS off the over!!7.5 overs: SIX!! Manan Vohra bends down and slogs it over the cow corner for the maximum. That was SMASHED by Vohra!! 7.2 overs: FOUR!! Wriddhiman Saha goes on the backfoot and slaps it towards deep midwicket for a boundary. Piyush Chawla comes into the attack for Kolkata Knight Riders. With Wriddhiman Saha(4) and Manan Vohra(23) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 36/2 after seven overs.FOUR RUNS off the over!! Shakib Al Hasan comes into the attack for Kolkata Knight Riders.With Wriddhiman Saha(2) and Manan Vohra(21) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 32/2 after six overs.EXCELLENT START by Narine, a big wicket and just two runs off the over!! Wriddhiman Saha comes to the crease for Punjab.The MYSTERY SPINNER strikes on his FIRST DELIVERY for Kolkata!!5.1 overs: OUT!! Sunil Narine has bowled George Bailey on a straighter delivery. Bailey walks down the track and misses the straighter one as the ball crashes onto the stumps. George Bailey departs after scoring just one run off two balls. Another BLOW for Punjab.First sign of spin, Sunil Narine comes into the attack for Kolkata Knight Riders. With George Bailey(0) and Manan Vohra(16) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 24/1 after four overs.THREE RUNS off the over!! George Bailey comes to the crease for Kings XI Punjab.3.4 overs: That’s OUT!! Umesh Yadav has got Virender Sehwag out caught at mid-off. Sehwag was looking to pull but mistimes it straight down the throat of Gautam Gambhir who doesn’t drop those. Virender Sehwag departs after scoring seven runs off 10 balls with a boundary. EARLY BLOW for Punjab!! With Virender Sehwag(5) and Manan Vohra(15) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 21/0 after three overs.SIX RUNS off the over!! 2.2 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra gets forward and flicks it through midwicket for a boundary. With Virender Sehwag(5) and Manan Vohra(9) at the crease, Kings XI Punjab are currently at 15/0 after two overs.SIX RUNS off the over!!1.6 overs: FOUR!! Virender Sehwag leans forward and drills it back past the bowler for a boundary. That was BEAUTIFULLY TIMED by Viru!! Umesh Yadav will bowl from the other end for Kolkata Knight Riders.NINE RUNS off the over!!0.4 overs: FOUR!! Manan Vohra goes for the drive and gets an outside edge towards third man for a boundary. Vohra was LUCKY there!! Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra are out in the middle for Kings XI Punjab while Morne Morkel will start the proceedings for Kolkata Knight Riders. TEAM NEWS: Punjab have David Miller, George Bailey, Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Johnson as the overseas players in their Playing XI. On the other hand, Kolkata will play Ryan ten Doeschate, Shakib Al Hasan, Morne Morkel and Sunil Narine as the overseas players in their Playing XI today.TOSS: Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to field against Kings XI Punjab. What’s At Stake:It’s rematch of the first qualifier with Kings XI Punjab looking to avenge their defeat at the hands of their rivals Kolkata today. On one hand where Kolkata will looking to become only the second team – after Chennai Super Kings – in history to cinch the IPL title on two occasions, their counterparts Punjab will have their best chance to secure their maiden title this season.Both Kolkata and Punjab will be eager to secure their IPL 7 finals berth with a clinical win today. However, the losing team will have another shot to make the finals cut in the Eliminator match against the winner of Qualifier 2 between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings.Road To Finals:Punjab: Preity Zinta’s ‘Red Devils’ have been one of the most entertaining teams in the IPL this season. George Bailey and his men clinched the top spot in the points table with a sensational 11 wins and a mere three losses out of 14 games they played. Despite losing the first qualifier to Kolkata by 28 runs, Punjab came back strong against IPL’s most successful team – Chennai Super Kings – to win the eliminator by 24 runs.Kolkata: Shah Rukh Khan’s Knight Riders witnessed some highs and lows during their journey in the IPL this season. Gautam Gambhir and his men secured the second spot in the points tally with nine wins and five losses out of 14 games they played. But, their most convincing win in this season came when it mattered the most, against a rival that was clearly touted as favourites. But, an all-round performance and a bit of luck helped Kolkata trample Punjab by 28 runs.Top Run Scorers(from):Punjab: With 552 runs, Maxwell sits pretty at the 3rd position in the runs chart while Sehwag has jumped to the 6th spot with 448 runs. Miller is not far back, at 7th place with 445 runs – meaning Punjab boast of three batsmen in the top-10.Kolkata: Robin Uthappa is in the form of his life with 655 runs, he is well placed to finish the tournament as the leading run scorer. The next best for Kolkata is Gautam Gambhir – with 309 runs he lies at a distant 22nd position.Top Wicket Takers(from):Punjab: Despite featuring in only 11 matches, Sandeep Sharma has earned a place in the top-10. He is 5th with 18 wickets while Akshar Patel, the find of the season for Punjab, lies just one spot below with 17 wickets.Kolkata: At 3rd position, Sunil Narine has been arguably the best Kolkata bowler on show. He has not just snaffled 20 wickets, but his overs have cost him a miserly 6.01 runs per over. There was some doubt if he could make it to the final but having decided against playing for the West Indies in the Test series against New Zealand, he will be very much there to lead Kolkata’s charge once again. Piyush Chawla is the next best bowler with 12 wickets, but he is at 17th spot. The figures only go on to show that Kolkata have not relied on a single individual but have performed as a team in their march towards the final.Head-to-Head Record:Overall: Kolkata and Punjab have faced each other 14 times in the IPL history wherein Kolkata have emerged victorious on 8 occasions while Punjab has won 6 times.2014 Season: Punjab trounced Kolkata in their first meeting at Abu Dhabi, but Kolkata came back strongly to beat Punjab twice during their 8-match winning streak this season.Kings XI Punjab:Perhaps the team to beat this year, Punjab are into their first final of the IPL. Already boasting of a devastating batting line-up, George Bailey’s men look to have all the ingredients required to annex the trophy.The batting has been powerful, the bowling more than decent and has been backed up by some electric fielding – all factors contributing to their success so far.Kolkata Knight Riders:If Punjab are bristling with talent, complete team effort has been the reason for the surge in Kolkata’s ranks. Looking down and out at one stage of the tournament, Kolkata bounced back in spectacular fashion, reeling off seven wins in a row to make it to the playoffs.Supported vociferously by the partisan home-crowd, they romped home against their final opponents in fine style to book an automatic slot in the summit clash. While the batting has been solid, largely led by Robin Uthappa, the bowlers have gelled well as an unit.Key player to watch in today’s crucial tie:Glenn Maxwell: The million-dollar man last season, Maxwell was snatched by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping Rs 6 crore this year. The 25-year-old is a terrific all-rounder to have in your side. He can bowl right-arm off-spin and bat anywhere in the middle-order. He shot to fame after smashing a 19-ball half-century in 2009-10 – the fastest fifty in Australia’s domestic cricket. His most recent antics of 33-ball 74, the third fastest fifty in T20 internationals, shows his batting prowess. He will have to play a key role if Punjab intend to clinch their first IPL title this year.Sunil Narine: The mystery spinner from West Indies, Sunil Narine, was been one of the most influential players for the KKR during their victorious IPL campaign in 2012. Narine was also the highest wicket-taker for KKR with 22 wickets in 16 matches last season. His exemplary performances also helped him in bagging the Player of the Tournament award in 2012. His ability to bowl tidy overs in pressure situations gives an edge to KKR’s bowling department.David Miller: The 24-year-old South African, aka ‘Killer Miller’ in IPL, is as explosive as they come in limited-overs cricket. After making a name for his power-hitting, Miller has turned into a gruesome strokeplayer in modern-day cricket. His ability to play a wide range of strokes, both off the front and backfoot has earned him quite a reputation in international cricket. Miller was also one of the most entertaining batsmen in the IPL last season. The young South African took the IPL by storm after scoring 418 runs with 28 fours and 24 sixes for Kings XI Punjab in 2013. The performance impressed his team owners to such an extent that he became one of the only two players to be retained by KXIP ahead of 2014 IPL auctions.Gautam Gambhir: Indian opening batsman, Gautam Gambhir, was one of the most consistent performers for KKR last season. The skipper, while leading from the front, helped Kolkata to it’s first-ever IPL title victory in 2012. The left-hander was also the highest run-scorer with 406 runs in 16 matches last season. Apart from being a devastating batsman, Gambhir is an active and responsible skipper on field.Robin Uthappa: The 27-year-old explosive batsman was the top run-scorer for now-defunct Sahara Pune Warriors with 405 runs in 16 matches in 2012. He is an outstanding fielder, a reliable wicketkeeper and can even bowl slow medium pace. Following the termination of Pune Warriors in 2013, Uthappa was bought for a whopping Rs 5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders during the IPL auctions this year. His availability in the team will provide the much-needed balance at the top-order for Kolkata.Teams(from):Kings XI Punjab: George Bailey(c), Mitchell Johnson, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Virender Sehwag, Shaun Marsh, Cheteshwar Pujara, Gurkeerat Singh, Manan Vohra, Mandeep Singh, Rishi Dhawan, Thisara Perera, Akshar Patel, Karanveer Singh, Wriddhiman Saha(wk), Murali Kartik, Shivam Sharma, Beuran Hendricks, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sandeep Sharma, Parvinder Awana, Anureet Singh, Shardul ThakurKolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Suryakumar Yadav, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine, Vinay Kumar, Piyush Chawla, Jacques Kallis, Manvinder Bisla, Kuldeep Yadav, Veer Pratap Singh, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sayan Mondal, Pat Cummins, Debabrata Das
Shenzhen: In-form world number three Naomi Osaka believes she is better equipped to deal with the WTA Finals’ demanding round-robin format, after her maiden appearance at the season-ending showpiece ended in tears.There was much attention on the Japanese sensation entering last year’s WTA Finals on the back of a controversial US Open victory over Serena Williams. But Osaka failed to live up to the hype in a winless campaign that ended in tears when she was forced to retire against Kiki Bertens due to a hamstring injury.Having learned the lessons from that bitter experience, Osaka said she knew what to expect in the $14 million tournament pitting the eight best ranked players of 2019.The lucrative WTA Finals has moved to the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen for the next 10 years after a five-year run in Singapore.”I definitely think last year helped me in the way that I kind of know the format more,” Osaka told reporters on Saturday.”Before last year, I hadn’t played round-robin since I was, like, eight or ten.”I think the end of last year was just so hectic for me. Honestly, by the time I got to the (WTA Finals), I was just so tired,” Osaka added.She will be one of the favourites in Shenzhen having claimed successive titles in Osaka and Beijing.It has been a return to form for the 22-year-old after a stunning first round exit at Wimbledon followed by a lacklustre US Open title defence ended with a round of 16 defeat to Belinda Bencic, who she will face in Shenzhen.Osaka said renewed concentration was the catalyst for her late season revival.”Those matches that I’ve played (in Beijing and Osaka), I just tried 100 percent,” she said.”I tried to be as focused as I could every point, which for me is something very difficult to do because my mind tends to wander a lot.”Osaka has been drawn in the Red Group featuring Bencic, world number one Ashleigh Barty and Petra Kvitova.The Finals start on Sunday with Osaka up first against Kvitova, before Barty takes on Bencic.World number two Karolina Pliskova has top billing in the Purple Group and starts her tournament with a mouth-watering clash against defending champion Elina Svitolina on Monday.US Open champion Bianca Andreescu takes on Wimbledon winner Simona Halep later the same day in a battle of the past two Grand Slam champions.The top two players in each group advance to the semi-finals next Saturday.The event’s move to China is highlighted by an eye-watering total prize pool of $14 million with the winner receiving up to $4.725 million — the highest payday in tennis history. Related StoriesNo Favourites in WTA Finals, Feels World Number 1 Ashleigh Barty Ahead of Opener Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Naomi Osakatenniswomens tennis associationwta finals First Published: October 26, 2019, 4:37 PM IST
China deploys anti-aircraft missiles in disputed SCS: reportBeijing, Feb 17 (PTI) China has deployed long-range anti- aircraft missiles on a disputed South China Sea island, according to a media report today that was downplayed by the Communist nation as Western news outlets attempt to create “stories”.Satellite images showed two batteries of eight surface-to- air HQ-9 missile launchers as well as a radar system on Woody Island, part of the Paracel Island chain in the South China Sea, Fox News reported.The report comes even as US President Barack Obama called for “tangible steps” to settle territorial disputes in the resource-rich region.According to the images, a beach on the island was empty on February 3, but the missiles were visible by February 14.A US official said the imagery showed the HQ-9 air defence system with a range of over 200 kilometres, which would pose a threat to any civilian or military airplane flying close by, the report said.It is the same island where a US Navy destroyer sailed close to another contested island a few weeks ago. Woody Island is part of the Paracels chain, under Chinese control for more than 40 years also claimed by Taiwan and Vietnam. The missiles arrived over the past week.China decribed the report as media hype.”We believe this is an attempt by certain Western media to create news stories,” Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said.Claiming that the development was largely civilian oriented and benefited the region, Wang pointed to the construction of light houses, weather stations, and rescue and shelter facilities for fishermen.advertisement”All of those are actions that China, as the biggest littoral state in the South China Sea, has undertaken to provide more public goods and services to the international community and play its positive role there,” he said.Wang said Chinas construction of military infrastructure was “consistent with the right to self-preservation and self- protection that China is entitled to under international law, so there should be no question about that.”The reported move by China comes as President Obama hosted 10 Asian leaders in California, many of those concerned over Chinas recent activity in the South China Sea.The US will continue to fly, sail and operate wherever international law allows, and will support the right of all countries to do the same, Obama said yesterday, as he called for “tangible steps” to reduce tensions in the disputed and natural resource-rich South China Sea. PTI CPS NSA AKJ CPS
Nokia is coming back. It’s coming back really soon. Is that right, you ask? Yes it is. Earlier in May this year, Nokia announced that it was gearing up to make a comeback into phone business with a slew of Android phones and tablets. That being said, very little was known about Nokia’s grand plans to rise from the dead, apart from the fact that it was working with a Finland-based company called HMD and that Nokia-branded phones would be coming towards the end of 2016.Well, it is October and we are fast approaching the end of 2016. What’s Nokia up to, you ask? Where is the slew of Android phones and tablets that it was supposed to launch later in the year? Hold your breath, ladies and gentlemen; the prodigal son is on the verge of returning. No, we do not know for sure when exactly, but we do know that as many as three Nokia-branded Android phones are coming. We do not know anything about a possible Nokia-branded Android tablet for the time being though.But brace yourself; Nokia-branded Android phones are coming and they are coming soon. At this point of time, there’s intel on as many as three Nokia phones incoming. Wait, it gets better. Two of these phones are said to be high-end flagship phones with high-end hardware, and quite possibly a hefty price tag. The third phone of the lot would be a relatively affordable affair, with a price tag hovering around the mid-range.The affordable NokiaThe Nokia D1C — a relatively mid-level offering – has been spotted on multiple occasions, on Geekbench earlier and on Antutu recently , giving out key feature set of the phone in question.As per the Antutu listing, the Nokia D1C will come with a 1080p resolution display, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor clubbed with Adreno 505 GPU 3GB RAM under the hood. The phone will come with 32GB internal memory and will run Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box.advertisementOn the camera front, it is said to sport a 13-megapixel camera on the rear and an 8-megapixel camera on the front.The flagship Nokia(s)Nokia is said to be working on two high-end Android phones: one with 5.2-inch display and another with a 5.5-inch screen. Both the phones are said to sport a 2K resolution display and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor under the hood.On the camera front, the high-end phones from Nokia are said to come with a 22.6-megapixel camera on the rear with LED flash and support for 4K video recording. Who is making these phones?”HMD has been founded to provide a focused, independent home for a full range of Nokia-branded feature phones, smartphones and tablets. HMD’s new smartphone and tablet portfolio will be based on Android, uniting one of the world’s iconic mobile brands with the leading mobile operating system and app development community,” Nokia had earlier said in a statement.HMD has acquired the rights to use the Nokia brand and would likely be involved in making and selling its Android phones in the days to come. As far as manufacturing is concerned, these phones would likely be made by Foxconn.’Also Read: Nokia announces return to phone business with Android phones, tablets
Formula One champions Mercedes have no “magic bullets” to solve the problems that slowed Lewis Hamilton in Russia last month, but they are focusing on finding a solution, team boss Toto Wolff said on Monday.Hamilton started and finished fourth in Sochi on April 30, ending a run of eight successive appearances on the podium. The triple world champion was left puzzling over “a very odd weekend”.The Briton had complained of his Mercedes overheating from early on. He ended up finishing 36 seconds behind team mate Valtteri Bottas, who took the first win of his Formula One career.”Lewis had a difficult weekend in both qualifying and the race,” Wolff said in a preview for Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix, the fifth round of the season, in Barcelona.”We have spent our time since then unpicking what happened to understand why we couldn’t get the car in the right window (of performance) so he could feel comfortable with it,” added the Austrian.”There are no magic bullets to understanding that, just a lot of hard work and attention to detail. We must give him the tools he needs to do the job in the next races and that will be a big focus for us.”Hamilton failed to finish in Spain last year after colliding with then-team mate Nico Rosberg at the start, a clash that allowed Red Bull’s Dutch teenager Max Verstappen to win.This season, Ferrari and Mercedes have each won two races so far.Wolff said Mercedes, who lead Ferrari in the constructors’ standings by a single point, needed to make plenty of improvements.advertisement”The prevailing feeling is that there is lots of homework to do to come back stronger with a car that can perform on a consistent level every weekend,” he said.”I have the feeling that we are moving in the right direction, but we need 24/7 shifts to achieve our ultimate targets.”
Continue Reading Previous Top 10 SBCs for 2018Next ST and Biricha Digital Power cooperate to implement digital power supplies on STM32 MCUs Just in time for the railway fair InnoTrans in Berlin, Syslogic is presenting its AI Rail Computer. Self-driving trains are already in use today, but often on limited networks. In the future, self-driving trains could also be implemented on complex railway networks. The simple fact that trains run on rails reduces the environmental influences and choices that must be made in it. Besides the obvious key goal of self-driving trains, there are several sub-applications in which AI and its associated disciplines of deep learning and machine learning can make an important contribution.Syslogic is one of the leading companies in embedded systems for use in trains. The robust, durable and long-lasting industrial computers are used as rail control computers, data loggers, IoT gateways, and in PIS computers (passenger information system). Syslogic works with well-known railway companies. AI offers enormous potential for both vehicle manufacturers and railway operators. Accordingly, Syslogic and its partners have invested their efforts in developing an AI railway computer.Syslogic uses a Jetson TX2 module by Nvidia as the basis for the AI Rail Computer. This module features an economical but powerful quad-core processor platform. The core of the Jetson TX2 is the ARM SoC Tegra X2 named Parker. It combines two computation modules with Nvidia’s proprietary Denver 2 microarchitecture with four Cortex-A57 cores and a Pascal GPU. The latter has 256 shader cores. This enables the rail computer to use artificial intelligence in real time. The innovative processor technology combines Syslogic with the proven features of existing railway computers. For example, the AI Rail Computer is passively cooled, has a robust housing and screw-on M12 connectors. Thus, the AI Rail Computer complies with railway standard EN50155, class OT4, as well as fire protection standard EN45545. Furthermore, the railway computer has a galvanically isolated nominal power supply of 24 to 110VDC.Besides performance and robustness, Syslogic is also focusing on easy commissioning of the AI Embedded Computer. Therefore, the devices are delivered with a preinstalled Ubuntu Board Support Package. Additionally, a complete developer environment including CUDA libraries is installed. The Nvidia software development kit JetPack including a deep learning framework for easy implementation of applications are available for a quick introduction to the AI world. For system connection, the AI computer features a flexible interface layout and WiFi, GPS and LTE functions can be added. Syslogic is currently providing their AI hardware platform as prototypes. The first few applications will soon be tackled with existing railway transportation customers.Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Boards & Modules
Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed has been under the pump ever since his side suffered a humbling defeat to India in their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 meeting on Sunday in Manchester.A lot was expected from Pakistan, especially after their Champions Trophy-winning performance in the final of the 50-over tournament against India in 2017. Fans had turned up in large numbers to cheer for Sarfaraz’s men even as they had struggled for consistency in World Cup 2019 ahead of the India clash.Much to the disappointment of cricket fans, the much-anticipated affair turned out to be a one-sided contest with India handing an 89-run (DLS) thrashing to Pakistan in Manchester. Sarfaraz’s men were comfortably outplayed in all 3 departments as Pakistan extended their winless record vs India in World Cups to 7-0.Pakistan fans slammed Sarfaraz’s men and questioned why the team had had burgers and milkshakes on the eve of their big World Cup 2019 match against India. Notably, images of Sarfaraz Ahmed and a few of his teammates buying burgers and milkshakes went viral on social media after Pakistan’s loss to India.An image of Sarfaraz Ahmed yawning on the field during India’s innings went viral, leading to a backlash from Pakistan fans.As it turns out, a section of fans at Old Trafford had screamed insults at Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed shortly after the team’s loss on Sunday. In a video that is going viral on social media, a fan can be heard, saying “Sarfaraz, you’re fat.” The section of fans can also be heard questioning why Sarfaraz did not opt to bat after winning the toss on a good batting pitch in Manchester.advertisementSarfaraz Ahmed has been facing severe criticism for his decision to bowl first after winning the toss on a good batting track at the Old Trafford in Manchester. Former cricketers, including Shoaib Akhtar, have slammed Sarfaraz, over his decision-making during the big-ticket clash between India and Pakistan. In fact, Akhtar went on to call Sarfaraz a “brainless captain”.”The mistakes committed by the Indian team during the Champions Trophy 2017 final were repeated by Pakistan yesterday. I can’t understand how Sarfaraz can be so brainless. How could he forget that we don’t chase very well,” Shoaib Akhtar had lamented.Meanwhile, World Cup-winning India off-spinner had defended Sarfaraz Ahmed and his men over the burger row, saying teams are free to have food of their choice.”They are allowed to have burgers, it’s their wish what they want to do,” Harbhajan Singh told India Today.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Anushka Sharma joins Virat Kohli in England ahead of India’s Afghanistan tieAlso Read | Don’t use bad words: Mohammad Amir pleads with Pakistan fans after India defeatAlso See:
Oklahoma State drubbed South Alabama on Friday evening, and there wasn’t much to say afterwards other than, “Yep, that’s how it should go.” Still, players and coaches talked, and we rounded up some of the best quotes we saw from Friday evening.S. Alabama Coach Joey Jones“We were just out executed. [Oklahoma State’s] quarterback [Mason Rudolph] was tremendous; I thought they threw the ball really well and made plays when they had to. He’s pretty good; a NFL proto-typical quarterback being 6-5. He throws the ball extremely well and has good presence in the pocket. He also has some good receivers to throw to. He’s going to be dangerous to anybody that they play and they’re going to score a lot of points this year.”LB Darrell Songy on the OSU Run Game“We knew they were going to be a big-time team when it came to the passing game. But we knew they weren’t going to run the ball on us. We just have to step up and finish the ballgame all together.”Mike Gundy on Leadership“Guys can lose focus, it’s happened to us before. The leadership he provides and some other guys, prevent that from happening most of the time. I am very pleased with the way he’s handling things and defensively there are a few guys that are starting to step up and lead. A coach’s fear is to have let downs during the season. I thought our guy’s prepared well, but you still have to come to play.”Mike Gundy on Mason Rudolph“In some of our read concepts where he has three things to do, they gave him a little bit of a unique look a few times and he did the right thing every time and resulted in big plays.” [Tulsa World]Marcell Ateman on Rudolph“He’s just become such a professional,” elder statesman in the receiver corps Marcell Ateman said. “It’s just his will to want to be great. To do better. To be the best. [NewsOK]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
KPL Mathare United defender ‘surprised’ by KPL award Seth Willis 16:52 1/13/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Goal Kenya. KPL Vihiga United v Mathare United Mathare United Vihiga United The 33-year-old has been one of the outstanding players in the Francis Kimanzi led side Mathare United’s George Owino was a surprise package in the KPL Awards on Friday night after bagging the defender of the season award. The veteran defender was a peripheral figure in the slum boys last season helping the team to remain in the top tier.’Wise’ says he did not expect to win the award considering the fact that his team struggled badly last season. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player “I am very happy to win this award, it is true I am surprised because honestly, we did not have a good season.But definitely there are things that enabled me to win this and it is a motivation. “Next season we are aiming at performing better and at least finish in a respectable position.”The 33-year-old has been one of the outstanding players in the Francis Kimanzi led side.
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer calls for a more ruthless Man Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer wants to see Manchester United kill off their opponents.The Red Devils blew a 1-0 goal lead against Rochdale in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.Despite eventually winning on penalties, Solskjaer says his team must make it easier on themselves in the future.He said: “We go 1-0 up in many games and, today again, we go 1-0 up and you think go on then, get the second, which is the key now.”And that’s a learning curve for these boys as well. We need to go for the second. At this club, we don’t just sit back and hope that’s enough.”If you settle for good enough, that’s not what we want.”
zoomGaz Imperial from the TSM fleet. Image Courtesy: MAN Jiangnan Shipyard, owned by China State Shipbuilding Corp (CSSC), has ordered an LPG-burning engine for an 86,000 cbm very large gas carrier (VLGC), MAN Energy Solutions said.The ship, which will be equipped with MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP engine, is being built for China’s shipping company Tianjin Southwest Maritime (TSM) and is scheduled for delivery in the second half of 2021.“With 2020 and the new IMO emissions fast approaching, interest in using LPG as a fuel – within and outside of the LPG carrier segment – is growing due to its sulphur-free character, widespread availability, price competitivity, and ease of bunkering. At MAN Energy Solutions, we feel that the introduction of the ME-LGIP is proving timely,” Bjarne Foldager, Senior Vice President, Head of Two-Stroke Business at MAN Energy Solutions, said.MAN Energy Solutions already won the first orders for the new engine earlier in 2018 when Hanjin Heavy Industries announced that it would construct two VLGCs at its Philippines yard for Exmar, the Belgian integrated gas-shipping company. The 86,000 cbm newbuilds will each be powered by an individual MAN B&W 6G60ME-LGIP Mk9.5 engine.The company could also announce the first retrofit orders for the ME-LGIP in September 2018 when it signed a contract with Oslo-listed BW LPG for the world’s first retrofitting of four HFO-burning engines to LPG-propelled dual-fuel engines. The order includes options for further retrofits in the future with work expected to begin during 2020.The company also reported that the ME-LGIP engine has experienced an up to 18% reduction in CO2 and circa 90% reduction in particulate matter when running on LPG, compared with HFO, and expects a strong demand for this type of engine from VLGCs and coastal vessels.LPG is an environmentally-friendly fuel, in much the same class as liquefied natural gas (LNG), and an LPG-fueled engine will significantly reduce emissions, enabling vessels to meet the stringent IMO SOx emission regulations due to come into force globally from 2020. As well as being an important step towards reaching the 2050 IMO GHG targets, LPG also gives credit towards IMO EEDI compliance requirements.Image Courtesy: MANAccording to MAN, LPG’s future as a viable fuel for general marine transportation looks promising as it will not require as large an investment in infrastructure – such as bunkering facilities – in contrast to other, gaseous fuels. As a widespread energy source, availability is high and LPG is easier to store and handle, compared with cryogenic gaseous fuels.Furthermore, LPG is traditionally a cheaper fuel than MGO yet delivers the same performance and efficiency. Importantly, the ability to use LPG cargo as a supplemental fuel source provides significant cost savings for LPGC owners or charterers, including reduced time and fees for fuel bunkering.
Lahore: A man has been arrested in Pakistan for allegedly assisting in solemnising the wedding of two Hindu minor girls, who were reportedly abducted and forcefully converted to Islam, as the teenagers approached a court in the country’s Punjab province seeking protection. The two girls, Raveena (13) and Reena (15), were allegedly kidnapped by a group of “influential” men from their home in Ghotki district in Sindh on the eve of Holi. Soon after the kidnapping, a video went viral in which a cleric was purportedly shown soleminising the Nikah (marriage) of the two girls, triggering a nationwide outrage. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered a probe into the issue. According to Geo TV, the teenagers approached a court in Bahawalpur in Pakistan’s Punjab province seeking protection. “Police have arrested a man from Khanpur who is suspected to have assisted in the nikah (marital contract) of the girls,” it said. However, it is not confirmed whether the arrested man is the cleric who performed their marriage. Earlier, there were reports that the cleric who performed the minor girls’ marriage was arrested from Khanpur in Sindh. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday Ramesh Kumar Vankwani, a prominent Hindu lawmaker from the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf party, said he would present a resolution in the National Assembly in its next session demanding an end to forced conversions. The draft resolution demands that the most unfortunate incidents of kidnappings and forced conversions must be condemned unanimously by all honourable members of Parliament. “The bill against forced conversions which was unanimously passed by Sindh Assembly in 2016 and then reverted due to pressure of extremist elements, must be resurrected and passed in the Assembly on priority basis, ” says the draft resolution. The resolution would seek strict action against controversial religious elements for supporting such inhuman practice. A war of words broke out between India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry over the reported abduction, forced conversion and underage marriages of the two Hindu teenagers. The spat started soon after Swaraj sought details from the Indian envoy in Pakistan into the reported abduction of two Hindu teenaged girls. Swaraj, while tagging a media report about the incident, tweeted that she has asked the Indian High Commissioner in Pakistan to send a report on the matter. Pakistan’s Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry responded to her tweet, saying it was his country’s “internal issue”. In a Twitter post in Urdu on Sunday, Chaudhry said the prime minister has asked the Sindh chief minister to look into reports that the girls in question have been taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab. He said the prime minister has also ordered the Sindh and Punjab governments to devise a joint action plan in light of the incident, and to take concrete steps to prevent such incidents from happening again. The Hindu community in Pakistan has carried out massive demonstrations calling for strict action to be taken against those responsible, while reminding Prime Minister Khan of his promises to the minorities of the country. Last year, Khan during his election campaign had said his party’s agenda was to uplift the various religious groups across Pakistan and said they would take effective measures to prevent forced marriages of Hindu girls. Rights activist Jibran Nasir tweeted that the sisters were converted at the Dargah Barchundi Sharif and were taken to Rahim Yar Khan in Punjab following their marriages. Hindus form the biggest minority community in Pakistan. According to official estimates, 75 lakh Hindus live in Pakistan. Majority of Pakistan’s Hindu population is settled in Sindh province. According to media reports, approximately 25 forced marriages take place every month only in Umerkot district in Sindh province.
18 July 2008Ten independent United Nations human rights experts have expressed their deep concern at a proposed European Union policy that seeks to harmonize standards and procedures for returning “irregularly staying third-country nationals,” and which includes what they deem as provisions for “excessive” detention. The so-called “EU Return Directive” was approved by the European Parliament on 18 June and is currently being considered by the Council of the European Union, which is likely to take action on it next week.In a letter to the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union, the experts recognized that the Directive may be viewed as having the potential to create uniform standards concerning the return of undocumented immigrants across the EU.However, they voiced their concerns about some of the provisions of the policy as it stands, the principal one being the detention regime pending removal procedures for irregular immigrants. “The Directive envisages detention periods of up to 18 months, which appear to be excessive,” stated the experts, who all hold mandates under the Geneva-based Human Rights Council.The proposal would also allow countries to detain unaccompanied children, victims of human trafficking, and other vulnerable groups. “Irregular immigrants are not criminals. As a rule they should not be subjected to detention at all,” the experts stressed. “Member States are obliged to explore the availability of alternatives to detention and detention must only be for the shortest possible period of time.” The experts encouraged EU member States to strengthen the procedure of judicial review of the legality of detention. “Established time limits of judicial review must stand even in ‘emergency situations’ when an exceptionally large number of undocumented immigrants enter the territory of a member State,” they said in the letter. They also expressed concern about the possible length of entry bans of up to five years, especially its impact on vulnerable groups, such as victims of human trafficking. In their letter, they also suggest that States enhance the protection of victims of rape and other forms of gender-based violence, and sought clarification to what extent countries will take the right to education of children into account.
Addressing the “Securing Asia’s Energy Future” discussion at the Asia Society in New York yesterday, Noeleen Heyzer, Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), called for a switch to a “virtuous cycle of sustainable energy.”Such a cycle would entail emphasizing the quality over the quantity of economic growth; increased reliance on renewable energy; and taking action to mitigate climate change, she said.“While energy security is the subject of interest today, its ultimate objective is inclusive and sustainable development that includes all, especially the poor and the women who among them who have been largely left out of the Asia-Pacific economic success story so far,” Ms. Heyzer said, noting that one billion people in the region have no access to electricity. Least-developed and landlocked countries, together with small island developing states, will suffer the most from rising energy insecurity, she noted.ESCAP has identified several key measures that need to be taken in Asia and the Pacific, including research and development to spur technological innovation, removing trade barriers to enhance competition, and better management of energy demand. 17 October 2008Increased political will is needed across the Asia-Pacific so that the region can shift from energy insecurity to a more sustainable form of energy that helps the most vulnerable, a senior United Nations official has stressed.
Two cyclones have formed off Sri Lanka and could bring strong winds and heavy rain over the next few days, the Indian media reported today.Meanwhile the department of meteorology in Sri Lanka said that a depression has formed in the South-east Bay of Bengal and is centered about 1000km to the East of Hambantota. As such eastern and south-eastern sea areas beyond 300km from Hambantota will experience strong winds (more than 60kms per hour), rough conditions and intermittent rain. Naval and fishing communities have been requested to refrain from their activities in the sea area beyond 300Kms (85E) from Hambantota coast. Showers or thundershowers will develop at several places in the Sabaragamuwa, Eastern, Central, North Central and Uva provinces during the afternoon or evening tomorrow. Showers can be expected in the Western, Southern and Sabaragamuwa provinces during the morning too.General public have been request to be vigilant about lightning activities and localized strong winds during thundershowers. (Colombo Gazette)
Namal Rajapaksa responded in a tweet to the German envoy saying “Your excellency there is no criticism of the diplomatic community, but of the unwillingness of the @officialunp to reach out to the citizens of #lka with the same eagerness.” (Colombo Gazette) The German Ambassador to Sri Lanka, Joern Rohde, revealed today that western diplomats had talks with the United Peoples Freedom Alliance (UPFA).The UPFA has been accusing the United National Party and the Tamil National Alliance (TNA) of dancing to the tune of the West by meeting diplomats and getting them involved in Sri Lanka’s domestic affairs. This week the Canadian High Commissioner to Sri Lanka David McKinnon had reacted to Parliamentarian Namal Rajapaksa on twitter over a comment he made on the United National Party (UNP) and Tamil National Alliance (TNA) meeting diplomats in Colombo to discuss the political crisis. The German envoy tweeted today saying the diplomats met members of the UPFA but will not reveal their names.“Why this unfair criticism at Canadian HC and members of the diplomatic Community? Last Tuesday around a dozen envoys including Canadian HC and myself met with 4 leading UFPA MPs/Ministers on their request. We respected their request for confidentiality,” he said.He said that after the meeting with the UPFA the diplomats were invited to meet the TNA leadership. He noted that the diplomatic community also had meetings with the President, Speaker and other stakeholders. However now the German envoy has revealed that four leading UPFA Parliamentarians, including an unknown number of Ministers, had met some diplomats in Colombo. Rajapaksa had tweeted saying “Interesting to see @officialunp JVP & TNA politicians meeting with the int. community. Perhaps if more effort was given toward meeting with the people & communities of #lka & paying heed to their hope for #elections, #SriLanka can finally achieve its fullest potential. #LetMeVote.”The High Commissioner replied to the tweet saying “You might ask some of your @PodujanaParty colleagues who they’re meeting with.”
In a statement released by his Spokesperson today, Ban Ki-moon stressed that a fully inclusive, free and transparent dialogue is critical to addressing the root causes of the recurrent crises in Sudan and achieving sustainable peace, adding that the pre-dialogue meeting would have been an important step in this regard. He urged all stakeholders to continue to engage constructively towards the early convening of a credible and inclusive National Dialogue and expressed his appreciation to the African Union High-level Implementation Panel for its tireless efforts on Sudan and South Sudan, while reaffirming the continued full support and partnership of the United Nations.
Brock University’s historic documents will be safer and better protected with a new grant to improve the condition of its archival space.The Library’s Special Collections and Archives department, home to an extensive Niagara collection that includes War of 1812 material, has received $160,000 through the Canada Cultural Spaces Fund (formerly called Cultural Spaces Canada) program of the Department of Canadian Heritage. This funding will ensure enhanced environmental and safety conditions for the collection. The total project cost is $382,000.“Our government is proud to invest in Brock University’s James A. Gibson Library,” said James Moore, minister of Canadian Heritage and Official Languages. “It is our duty to help preserve Canada’s historic collections for generations to come. The James A. Gibson Library helps to bring our past into the present and safeguard it for the future.”It is important to provide better protection for the rare and valuable resources stored in the archives, said David Sharron, University archivist and head of Special Collections and Archives.“Many of the items in our control are unique and rare. Some are more than 200 years old,” he said. “Other items, such as photographs and film, are more susceptible to damage in the wrong environment. Without these measures in place, there is a greater risk of deterioration and information loss.”With upgrades to the archival space, the Brock Library will be able to collect more resources of high research value, Sharron said. The department will also be better positioned to receive a special designation from the Department of Canadian Heritage to store nationally significant collections, a distinction that currently does not exist in Niagara.“That [absence] leads to important record collections of local, provincial and national importance leaving the area — a trend that can be expected to continue without this action,” Sharron said.Renovations began Oct. 22 and will finish in late February 2010. The space is closed to staff and students during renovations.