Cabinet meetTwitter / Karnataka CongressThe state of Karnataka is witnessing a lot of drama after the resignation of 11 MLAs from the Congress-JD(S) coalition. With the party top heads out of the country and the resignation spree looming in the state, the future of the coalition is under threat.While the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) claims that the Congress-JD(S) coalition in the state will fail due to internal conflicts, the Congress leaders are confident on pacifying the disgruntled MLAs.The Congress strong man and water resources minister DK Shivakumar also tried to pacify the resigned Congress MLAs and loyalists of Siddaramiah, Ramalinga Reddy, ST Somashekhar, Byrathi Basavaraj and Muniratna at his residence in Sadashivanagar. It is alleged that DKS was unsuccessful in pacifying the leaders as the talks had no effects over the rebel MLAs.According to the media reports, DKS also hinted of appointing Mallikarjun Kharge as the next chief minister of Karnataka, if the situation arises. The rebel MLAs reportedly want Kharge to take over as the chief minister of the state. The Intelligence agency had given prior information to the home minister MB Patil about the mass resignation. It is also alleged that the Congress Legislature Party (CLP) leader Siddaramaiah had called for an emergency meeting after receiving Patil’s information.Siddaramaiah has reacted on the current events claiming that the coalition government is strong and safe. He said that the party was making efforts to establish contact with disgruntled legislators who have resigned.After the resignation of 11 legislators from the coalition, four more resignations from the parties will lead to the collapse of the present government. The Congress party including the senior leaders G Parameshwara, M B Patil and Priyank Kharge are holding a meeting at an office in Cunningham Road.
Dr Kamal HossainJatiya Oikya Front chief Kamal Hossain on Monday said no one will be able to deprive people of their ownership of the country if they get organised and cast their votes, reports UNB.”We all will cast our votes as per the constitution. Let’s conduct an all-out election campaign at every house and every locality. Seeking votes is not an offence,” he said.Speaking at a discussion programme, Kamal further said, “We must enjoy our ownership of the country, but we don’t have any quarrel with anyone. If we can get organised no one can deprive us of it (ownership of the country.”Bangladesh Human Rights Monitoring Council arranged the programme at the National Press Club, marking the International Human Rights Day.Kamal warned that the country’s independence will be hampered if people cannot cast their votes. “We must restore people’s ownership of the country to bring back democracy.”He urged the government to ensure the best use of the last 20 days of its tenure so that people can appreciate it after the election.”Your tenure has almost come to an end. Only 20 days are left. So, use the time properly. We’ll help you if you want to do that. For Allah’s sake do something good so that we can thank you on 31 December,” he said.Kamal also reminded the government that people did not accept the ‘lopsided’ election held in 2014.Referring to media reports on the growing incidents of extrajudicial killing, he demanded the government form a strong probe body to investigate the incidents.”Extrajudicial killing has turned epidemic …there’s no guarantee of normal death in the country for lack of democracy. People can’t die without any trial. Extrajudicial killing must be stopped,” the jurist observed.
To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /00:00 Listen X On Wednesday’s Houston Matters: Harris County officials say thousands of residents who showed up on a state-circulated list of potential non-citizen voters should not have been on the list. The Texas Secretary of State initially flagged 95,000 Texas voters as potential non-citizens. Now, that office is telling counties that some of those voters don’t belong on the list it sent out. We delve into the latest developments.Also this hour: From the government shutdown ending (for now), to the results of the Texas House District 145 race, to controversy over a Tweet from the Harris Co. Republican Party on Holocaust Remembrance Day, our experts weigh in on the latest national, state, and local political stories with an eye for how they might affect Houston and Texas.Then, last week, DNA testing company 23andMe announced FDA approval of a test for consumers to find out if they have the genetic predisposition for a particular kind of colorectal cancer. A local gastrointestinal oncologist discusses the pros of cons of such tests.And we talk with pianist Sarah Rothenberg about her 25 years as the artistic director of the local music organization Da Camera.We offer a daily podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and other apps. This article is part of the Houston Matters podcast Share
(PhysOrg.com) — A new study of the skeletal fossils of Neanderthal and Early modern man suggest the lack of a “throwing arm” may have made the difference in human evolution. Researchers Jill A. Rhodes and Steven Churchill, evolutionary anthropologists published their findings in the January 2009 edition of the Journal of Human Evolution. The paper entitled, “Throwing in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic: inferences from an analysis of humeral retroversion,” provides some clues to the extinction of Neanderthal. Projectile weaponry was an important component of early man’s survival toolkit. Traces of projectile weaponry have been found in Africa dating back some 80,000 years. The mass migration by early man out of Africa into Europe some 40,000 to 50,000 years ago, show early European man developed and used bow and arrows and other projectile devices. The Rhodes/Churchill small sampling of Neanderthal’s skeletal remains indicate he was outmatched by early modern man’s development of a “throwing arm”. This anatomical feature is measured by the degree of humeral retroversion in the dominant arm and in bilateral asymmetry. Neanderthal’s short squat body, massive limbs and lack of backward displacement at the shoulder joint may have hampered their ability to incorporate projectile weaponry. According to Jill Rhoades, an evolutionary anthropologist examinations of early modern European fossils show the backward displacement at the shoulder joint, but none of the small sampling of Neanderthal’s skeletal remains carry this anatomical characteristic. Modern athletes like baseball pitchers have this characteristic in one shoulder joint and it is referred to generally as their “throwing arm”. When engaging in over head throwing activity, such as throwing a baseball or a spear, this increases the movement of the muscles and gives greater velocity and speed to the throw, according to Steven Churchill an anthropologist at Duke University. This missing technology, along with climate change and competing arrow-shooting humans significantly challenged Neanderthal and may have led to an eventual extinction. According to the Rhodes/Churchill study, habitual behavior patterns, including those related to the production and use of technology, can be imprinted on the skeleton through both genetic and epigenetic pathways. Samples of bilateral humeri sufficient for measurement of Neanderthals are rare. The study consisted of two males and one female. The study concludes, that while the sample was small, consistently it was found that Neanderthal lacked the characteristic “throwing arm” found in early modern man. According to archeologist Eric Boeda of Paris X, Nanterre, Neanderthal was not without his resources. Boeda’s team identified bitumen, a tar-like substance on sharpened stones in Syria inhabited by Neanderthal nearly 70,000 years ago. The bitumen was used as an adhesive to attach sharpened stones to wooden handle in a procedure called hafting. This finding by the Boeda research team using gas chromatography-mass spectrometry and carbon isotopes at 40km from the source places the hafting practice back 30,000 years from the date previously set in other research. Anthropologists agree, Neanderthal could throw spears short distances, but never graduated to the use of bow and arrows or spear-throwing technologies. Some 40,000 years ago, modern humans trekked out of Africa to Europe taking their bows and arrows with them for fishing, hunting and warfare. The bow and arrow enabled modern man to engage his environment and adapt to various environments. While it is cannot be stated with absolute certainty, Neanderthal’s inability or lack of interest in developing projectile weaponry may have been an important factor in his eventual demise. Scientists are uncertain as to whether modern human used bow and arrows or projectile devices against Neanderthal, but it is a distinct possibility. For further reading on the subject, See Journal of Human Evolution, Volume 56, January 2009, Throwing in the Middle and Upper Paleolithic: inferences from an analysis of humeral retroversion, Jill Rhodes and Steven Churchill.© 2009 PhysOrg.com The Reconstruction of the Funeral of Homo neanderthalensis. Captured in the Hannover Zoo. (Via Wikipedia) Citation: Neanderthal Lacked Anatomical Competitive Edge: Skeletal Remains Tell the Story (2009, January 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-neanderthal-lacked-anatomical-competitive-edge.html 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.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee received a proposal from former Barrackpore MP Tarit Baran Topdar to develop Kanchrapara Airfield into a second airport near Kolkata.Topdar had met the Chief Minister at the state Assembly on August 13 and gave the proposal in this connection.It has been learnt that he will be giving the proposal in further detail to the Chief Minister and a written communiqué in this connection is expected to be sent to the Chief Minister on Wednesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the airfield was constructed during World War II. This comes at the time when there have been discussions between the Airports Authority of India (AAI) and the state government, in connection with setting up of a new airport near the city.Sources said that the state government has already taken steps to develop many such airfields to ensure air connectivity in most parts of the state. The state government is also looking into the proposal of developing Kanchrapara Airfield positively. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe decision on carrying out a feasibility test will be taken after the written proposal with more details gets submitted to the Chief Minister.The Kanchrapara Airfield is around 1,500 metres in length. Considering that the location is suitable to develop the same for flight operation, there could be steps to expand it further.According to the experts, the airfield is close to Kalyani Expressway. So, connectivity will not be a major problem and it will not take much time to reach the city from the airfield. At the same time, AIIMs is also coming up at Kalyani. It would also not take much time to reach there from the airfield.
Kolkata: ‘Sandesh’ has been dressed up. It is on a catwalk either as the Trinamool’s ‘jora ghash phul’ (twin-flower), BJP’s Lotus, Congress’ Hand symbol, or the hammer and sickle of CPI (M). These “Election sweets” are just flying off the shelves at Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick — one of the oldest confectioners in the city or Shibani Sweets at Sodepur (the northern suburb). With the humble ‘nakuldana’ (flour-sugar balls) and ‘Laddoo’ taking centre stage in rural West Bengal’s Lok Sabha elections, the confectioners in the city are not leaving any opportunity to bank on the frenzied ambience. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata ‘Sandesh’ (the cottage cheese sweet) is readily coming up in any form you wish. They have been flying off the shelves since the election drums were rolled. “We have been making these sweets during elections for many years. This year also the response is very good,” Poppy Mullick of Balaram Mullick and Radharaman Mullick told IANS. Asked which of the party-themed sweets was selling the most, she jokingly said “no comments” mentioning that all the items were being sold. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Regarding the bulk orders placed by workers, Mullick gave a hint that ‘the state’s ruling party’ Trinamool Congress tops the chart. They have priced a sweet of 250 grams at Rs 150. The Sodepur sweet shop that specialises in theme sweets during football and Cricket World Cup events, is offering decorative tray filled with huge sweets replicated as party symbols. Trinamool’s ‘jora ghash phul’ (twin-flower), BJP’s Lotus, Hand symbol of Congress, hammer and sickle of Communist Party of India-Marxist (CPI-M) have been given a sweet twist. They are carefully placed on the tray and the empty space is also filled with the Kheer Sandesh making it almost appear as a huge cake. “We are offering these big trays whose price range from Rs 800-2,000 and a small Sandesh is Rs 70,” Sanjib Das, store’s staff said. Das is elated as this year they are getting a “huge response”. He mentioned that customers are so impressed that they are asking for larger sizes. The ‘Trinamool’ Sandesh are in great demand followed by BJP’s. Sweets of other parties like Congress and CPI (M) are being sold but lesser than the others,” Das said. Orders can also be customised as per the customers’ demand. They also ensure that the customers get the freshest of quality, so after placing the order with alterations one shall have to wait for a little time. Almost fourteen to fifteen men are toiling hard to churn out these sweet delicacies laced with aesthetic appeal. “This is just the beginning, I am sure that as the election heat picks up, the demands will keep soaring. We will try our best to deliver,” Das said. While Mullicks will stick to sweets with party symbols, Shibani Sweets will try to come up with sweets replicating leader’s face if any customer demands. Amidst the high voltage campaigns, these sweets will add a dash of goodness and will be savoured by the supporters and the members of the winning party and candidates, the shop said. Already in the state, Trinamool Congress’ Birbhum district President Anubrata Mondal’s directive to party workers to hand over nakuldana and water to people to keep them cool in the oppressive summer months and the BJP’s decision to distribute laddoo among the people as a counter move has added to the sweetness of the electoral contest. The seven-phased election in the state will commence on April 11 and the last date of the poll is May 19. Votes will be counted on May 23.
Kolkata: For the first time in the history of Lok Sabha elections in the state, West Bengal Radio Club (WBRC) along with Indian Academy of Communication and Disaster Management will offer communication support through ham radio in mobile shadow zones in North 24-Parganas district.Mobile shadow zones are the areas where there is no mobile network and connectivity. These radio hams will provide information on poll security arrangement, updates on voting process, turnout of voters and various announcements on poll-related issues. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWBRC, which is an organization of ham radio enthusiasts in the state, has got special permission from the Union ministry of Telecommunication in establishing communication through amateur radio in mobile shadow zones. The West Bengal Radio Club will soon conduct mock drill in such zones to ensure proper communication with the residents of these areas during the election. The organization has been instrumental in setting up communication infrastructure in such zones during the state assembly elections in 2016 and during panchayet elections in 2013. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We have received a letter from the District Magistrate and district election officer (DEO) of North 24-Parganas Antara Acharya today (Friday) instructing us to make necessary arrangements for uninterrupted communication through ham radio. We have been informed that necessary logistic support such as vehicles, electricity or battery, accommodation, food, table, chair and bamboo for each radio antenna will be provided by the DEO,” said Ambarish Nag Biswas secretary of WBRC. According to a sources, there are 48 shadow zones in the district which includes urban places such as Titagrah, Barrackpore, Ichapore, Bongaon, Madhyamgram and border areas such as Hingalganj, Sandeshkhali and Basirhat. The areas fall under four LS constituencies —Barrackpore, Bongaon, Barasat and Basirhat. Barrackpore and Bongaon will go to polls on May 6 in the fifth phase while Barasat and Basirhat will vote in the last phase on May 19. The secretary of WBRC on behalf of the radio club had written to the DEO on March 14 expressing its desire to provide support in the shadow zones in the district. “There will be a total of 48 hams — one ham each for each shadow zone. They will be responsible for establishing liaison with all the communication stations such as the DM office, BDO office and SDO office during the election. They will be providing information on whether the polling party has reached properly, what is the security arrangement, regular update of the polling process and the percentage of voting,” said Subir Datta, president of WBRC.
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global February 20, 2008 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read By Paul KorzeniowskiCybercriminals have become quite adept at taking advantage of the latest technology. Their latest foray centers on leveraging the significant acceptance of Voice over IP (VoIP) to steal personal information.Unfortunately, as new communications options emerge to help small and midsize businesses improve productivity, these same enhancements can be used to exploit them and their customers. Because of its simplicity, its clean integration with IP networks, and potential cost savings, VoIP has become a staple in many small and midsize enterprises. Now, it’s poised to play the same role in cybercrimes.The crooks’ latest ploy is a variation of phishing, which has become a significant problem in the last few years. With phishing, a criminal sends an e-mail and pretends to be a bank, a credit card company, or a major online merchant, such as Amazon. The e-mail outlines a problem with the person’s account and asks the individual to click on a link to verify his or her account information. The user is then directed to a fake site that collects the login and password information and uses it to perpetrate identity theft.Criminals are Shifting GearsSince this phenomenon arose a few years ago, the affected companies, as well as leading security firms, have tried to educate users about the dangers of clicking on e-mail links asking for personal data. With that message starting to take hold, the criminals have shifted gears, with a new technique dubbed “vishing” (VoIP phishing). The Internet Crime Complaint Center (IC3), a partnership between the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the National White Collar Crime Center concentrating on Internet-related criminal complaints, has recently seen a growing number of incidents of vishing.Vishing operates like phishing and tries to persuade consumers to divulge their personal information by claiming that their accounts have been suspended, tampered with, deactivated, or terminated. A couple of variations on the scam have arisen. The first mixes phishing and vishing. The recipient receives an e-mail message but is instructed to call rather than click on a link to verify personal data. In another scenario, text messages are sent to cell phones claiming the recipient’s on-line bank account has expired. The message instructs the recipient to renew their online bank account by using the link provided.In other cases, crooks create fully functional PBXs using low cost PCs and inexpensive voice software. The perpetrators use dialers and bulk-rate VoIP services to flood an area with automated telephone calls, either reaching consumers or leaving voice mail messages. Recipients are directed to contact their banks, credit card companies, or merchants to verify their personal data.The IC3 noted that crooks have even gone so far that upon calling the telephone number, victims hear greetings, such as “Welcome to the Bank of … .” They then are asked to enter their personal data in order to resolve the pending problems. To add to the seeming authenticity, some fraudulent e-mails claim that the company would never contact customers to obtain the personal data by other means, such as e-mail, mail, and instant messenger, because voice messages are the most secure method of communication. These e-mails further warn recipients not to provide sensitive information when requested in an e-mail and not to click on embedded links, claiming they could contain malicious software aimed at capturing login credentials.Scams Focused on Smaller BusinessesAnother problem is cybercriminals have shifted their focus. Traditionally, their scams concentrated on the nation’s largest companies. After they’ve received their hundredth PayPal phishing notification, consumers don’t even bother opening up such items before hitting the Delete button. In response, the crooks have turned their attention to small and midsized businesses. For instance, regional bank Santa Barbara Bank & Trust Inc. was targeted for a vishing scam.At the moment, the criminals seem to be ahead of law enforcement. The IC3 admitted that, “Due to rapidly evolving criminal methodologies, it is impossible to include every scenario.” The government agency suggests that consumers use legitimate telephone numbers to contact the supposed company whenever they receive something asking for their account data. Having been funneled through numerous voice-activated screens through the years, I’m skeptical about consumers’ willingness to take that extra step and the ability of the company to handle such calls expeditiously.Consequently, vishing is a security issue that small and midsize companies have to be aware of because it could affect their customers and their business. All companies, especially those doing a lot of business on the Internet, need to notify consumers about such problems and be prepared to handle such inquiries, if they should arise. How much awareness do you have of vishing? How much of a threat do you think it poses to your business? Do you feel obliged to tell your customers about it?Paul Korzeniowski is a Sudbury, Mass.-based freelance writer who has been writing about networking issues for two decades. His work has appeared in Business 2.0, Entrepreneur, Investors Business Daily, Newsweek, and InformationWeek.