WB govt engineering terror violence: J-K RSS chief

first_imgJammu and Kashmir RSS chief Suchait Singh on claimed the “footprints of terror elements” are increasing in West Bengal and accused the Mamata Banerjee government of “engineering terror violence” and “communal politics” in the State.“We express concern over the increasing presence of ‘Jihadist’ elements in West Bengal, the policy of vote-bank appeasement being followed by the state government there and the shrinking population of Hindus in the State,” he told reporters here.The Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), at its Akhil Bhartiya Pratinidhi Sabha (ABPS) in Coimbatore, had discussed and passed a resolution expressing grave concern over the alleged rise in violence in West Bengal, Singh said.“The ABPS has strongly condemned the extremist violence and the appeasement policy of the Bengal government,” he said.The J-K RSS chief called upon the countrymen to create awareness against this “Jihadist violence and communal politics of the West Bengal government“.Referring to the attack on a police station, just 8 km from the Indo-Bangladesh border in West Bengal’s Malda district, he said the “increasing attacks against security forces is a grave danger to national security“.Singh said, “Hardliner clerics have been issuing fatwas to incite violence, and Hindus have been attacked in several places in West Bengal.” In the border areas, the growing presence of hardliners is forcing Hindu families to flee and they are also behind the fake currency, cow smuggling and illegal migration rackets, he alleged.The National Investigation Agency (NIA) in its probe into the Burdwan Bomb Blast case had found evidence of terror groups being active in several parts of West Bengal, he claimed.Singh also said 57,185 ‘shakhas’ were currently being run at 36,729 places in India, besides 79,675 weekly meetings and monthly ‘sangh mandali’“People under 45 years age make up for 90% of the attendees at these meetings, of them 53%are students,” he said.Singh said in the last one year 1,04,256 Swayam Sevaks attended the seven-day ‘Prathamik Shiksha Varg’, the first step towards becoming an RSS volunteer.Prant Karywah Parshotam Dadiechi explained in brief the Sangh’s working in J-K and 279 ‘shakhas’ that were running at 180 places with 110 weekly meetings and 76 ‘mandali’Dadiechi claimed around 45 people join the RSS online every month. More than 1,600 people from Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh regions have joined the organisation in the last three years, he said.last_img read more

Vegetable prices normalise as supplies improve in Maharashtra

first_imgA week after farmers started their agitation across Maharashtra, vegetable prices started normalising as supplies to wholesale markets improved on Wednesday amid heavy police security. But farmers continued their protest.The protesters scuffled with the police in Sangli district as they attempted to disrupt a vegetable market in the afternoon. The protesters accused the police of using force to transport eight activists belonging to the Kisan Sabha and the Swabhimani Shetkari Sanghatana. The police said they were moved from Sangli to another place to prevent incitement to violence. The police have prohibited assembly of people in public places under Section 144 of the Cr.PC till June 19 in Nashik district, where the suicides of two farmers on Monday and Tuesday added fuel to the agitation. The police in Pune district have been asked to act against burning of effigies. Yet, effigies were burnt in parts of Latur district in Marathwada. Farmers staged a demonstration against the Devendra Fadnavis-led BJP government near the home of BJP leader and district guardian minister Sambhaji Patil Nilangekar. The police arrested 17 protesters.Demonstrations were more intense in Ahmednagar district where markets were shut in Sangamner. The cow market was suspended in Rahata. Vegetable supplies improved at the agricultural produce market committees in Mumbai, Kolhapur and Pune, as the produce arrived from other States.last_img read more

Bihar Board class 10 results 2017: 49.86% fail to pass

first_imgThe much-awaited Bihar class 10 Board exam results were declared on Thursday with 49.68% students failing to pass the exam.The pass percentage of the students was 50.12%.A total of 17,40,000 students had appeared in the class 10 board exam conduced by Bihar School Examination Board (BSEB). About 8,63,000 students were declared passed.Also readWhat ails education in Bihar?Amarnath Tewary  This year the pass percentage of students increased by 3.1% from the last year. Last year a total of 15,77,936 students had appeared in the exam in which 47.1% had passed.This year the BSEB, under its new regulations, had introduced the provision of grace marks to students but the BSEB chairman Anand Kishor refused to share more information on how many students were provided grace marking to cross the pass percentage.“Under the new regulations of BSEB the secrecy of grace marking cannot be shared with media”, said Mr Kishor.Prem Kumar of Lakhisarai district topped the exams with 93% marks while Bhavya Kumari of Simultala Residential government school, Jamui bagged second position with 92.8%.Most of the top ten students are from Simultala Residential School government, Jamui.This time, said the BSEB chairman Anand Kishor, physical verification of all top ten students were done before the publication of the results.“Besides, strict measures were taken, including bar coding on answer sheets to avoid any chance of unfairness in the conduct of the exam or the results”, added Mr Kishor.The Intermediate results published last month hit headlines as the pass percentage was just 35%. The topper in humanities stream failed to answer basic questions of his subjects music and Hindi. He was also hound fudging with his age and later sent to jail.Similarly, in 2015, the humanities topper Ruby Rai had pronounced her subject “Political Science” as “Prodikal Science which teaches about cooking” and had hogged headlines.Later, she too was arrested along with other topper students.last_img read more

NHRC team reaches Odisha to probe Kunduli rape-suicide

first_imgA five-member team of National Human Rights Commission reached Koraput district of Odisha on Monday to probe the alleged gang rape and suicide of a minor girl near Kunduli.The NHRC team, led by Deputy Superintendent of Police-rank officer Ravi Singh, will be in Odisha till February 9. On Monday, the team held discussions with Koraput Additional Superintendent of Police, District Child Protection Officer and officials of Human Rights Protection Cell of Odisha Police. It will visit Musaguda village in Kunduli on Tuesday to interact with the family members of the victim.On February 7, the team will visit SLNM Medical College and Hospital in Koraput where the victim had been admitted after the alleged gang rape. The NHRC officials will hold discussions with the doctors who examined, treated and counselled the victim. Speaking to media persons in Koraput, Mr. Singh said anyone who has any evidence or information about this incident can provide it to the team.The NHRC constituted this team for on-the-spot investigation following the petition filed by a social activist. The commission also directed the State authorities and the State HRPC Additional Director General to submit report about the alleged gang rape and suicide of the minor girl.The girl had allegedly committed suicide inside her house at Musaguda under Pottangi police station on January 22. On October 10, 2017, she had alleged that she had been gang-raped near Kunduli by four persons in combat attire, like security personnel. On November 7, the HRPC of Odisha Police had stated that as per the medical report the victim, she had not been raped.On November 8, the Odisha government ordered a judicial enquiry into the incident by a sitting district judge. A parallel enquiry by the State Crime Branch was also ordered.The culprits, however, are yet to be identified.last_img read more

Student expelled in Bihar for terming college staff ‘anti-national’ on Facebook

first_imgA student of the Motilal Vigyan Mahavidyalay (MVM) here was expelled for one year after she termed its teaching staff as “anti-nationals” in her Facebook post. The post was uploaded after MVM authorities denied permission to hold a programme at the college auditorium marking the death of revolutionary Bhagat Singh. Officials said that Asma Khan, a member of the Bhagat Kranti Dal and second year Bachelor of Science (B.Sc) student, was removed from the institute for a period of one year after she uploaded the social media post.College principal Niraj Agnihotri said the decision to expel Ms. Khan was taken by the college’s staff council.“She should either withdraw this post or submit an apology for such a comment. It is not acceptable. She also said that the college was patronising anti-national activities,” Mr. Agnihotri said. He added that instead of apologising, Mr. Khan had brought a lawyer and some supporters to “pressurise” the college management.“The student’s post went viral on social media. We are not against such events but the college auditorium had been engaged till March 20 for a training programme being conducted by the government. Moreover, there was a possibility that the duration of the training programme could be extended,” he said. He said the group could have conducted the programme in any other part of the college campus. Mr. Khan, meanwhile, expressed dismay at the college’s action and called it hasty. “It is surprising that the college authorities decided to rusticate me for one year on the basis of a Facebook post without issuing me a show-cause notice or following set procedures,” she said. She alleged that the action against her was taken under pressure from the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which she claimed was out to “spoil” every activity of the BKD. She said that the post, which was uploaded on March 19, was deleted immediately. “The post didn’t name any person. My rights are being ignored,” she claimed.last_img read more

‘File report on security measures for rural polls’

first_imgThe Calcutta High Court on Friday directed the State Election Commission and the West Bengal government to disclose the measures they propose to take for the protection of polling personnel during the panchayat elections on May 14.A group of employees, under the banner Sarkari Karmachari Parishad Paschim Banga, had filed a public interest litigation plea before the Division Bench of acting Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharya and Justice Arijit Banerjee. Express apprehensionThe petitioners said that while they are assigned polling booths during the election period, sufficient arrangement is not made for their protection and security. The court asked the SEC and the State government to file reports before May 4, when the matter will come up for hearing again. Additional forces Speaking to journalists later in the day, Director General of Police Surajit Purakayastha said that arrangements would be made to provide armed policemen at every polling booth. “We are making adequate arrangements for security but to provide back up we are in talks with other States for additional forces,” Mr. Purakaystha said.In another development, the Opposition parties have approached the High Court alleging that the State Election Commission had violated the court’s order directing it to hold meaningful consultation with all stakeholders before deciding on the day of polling.last_img read more

Trader from Bihar lynched in Tripura

first_imgAn irate mob on Thursday lynched a garment trader from Bihar and critically wounded two of his partners at Murabari locality under the Sidhai police station in Tripura following rumours on child trafficking. A tense situation prevailed, forcing the State Government to suspend Internet services. Opposition Congress and CPI(M) demanded the dismissal of Law Minister Ratan Lal Nath for making a “irresponsible statement” that allegedly fuelled the rumours. After a 11-year- old boy Purna Biswas was found murdered at Taranagar in Sidhai police station area, Mr. Nath had said that the murder was part of an international human organ racket.last_img

PDP MLAs rally behind Mehbooba after revolt from five leaders

first_imgAt least 21 MLAs of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) out of 28 on Sunday pledged support to the party president Mehbooba Mufti on, days after four MLAs and one MLC publicly revolted against her.Speaking to The Hindu, senior PDP leader and Ms. Mufti’s loyalist Naeem Akhtar said several MLAs had called on Ms. Mufti “to discuss the political scenario assuming shape in J&K” after the fall of the PDP-BJP government on June 20.“It was an informal consultation. The MLAs came forward with their suggestions,” said Mr. Akhtar.Sources said the MLAs pledged support to Ms. Mufti as she sought “a frank discussion”.At least eight PDP MLAs met Ms. Mufti at her resident and pledged support. They advised Ms. Mufti “to explore all possibilities to reconcile the dissident legislators for addressing their grievances”.Sources said at least 21 MLAs have been in touch of Ms. Mufti.The development comes days after five senior PDP leaders, including MLAs Imran Ansari, Abid Ansari, Abbas Wani, Javaid Beigh and MLC Yasir Reshi, criticised Ms. Mufti publicly and hinted at leaving the party to “form an alternative leadership”.These leaders statement fuelled speculations of the third front being set up to form a government, with many PDP leaders accusing the BJP of “splitting the party”.Besides, MLA Rajpora Haseeb Drabu has also been maintaining a distance from the party leadership after he was dropped by Ms. Mufti from the council of minister earlier this year.“Ms. Mufti will listen to all PDP MLAs who have grievances. They are always welcome to meet her,” said Mr. Akhtar, without naming any leader.Governor N.N. Vora has kept J&K assembly in a suspended mode and is yet to dissolve it. The move keep chances open to form the government in the Stata. However, the strict anti-defection law passed by the Assembly in 2003 makes it hard for any party to split and reach the magic figure of 44 with others in the 87-member State assembly.last_img read more

Odisha launches own food security scheme

first_imgThe Naveen Patnaik government launched its own food security scheme on the occasion of Gandhi Jayanti on Tuesday, benefiting 25 lakh people who were left out of the National Food Security Act.“On Gandhi Jayanti, launched Odisha’s own food security scheme to benefit 25 lakh vulnerable populace that were excluded from coverage; sufficient and nutritious food is a basic need and prerequisite for a healthy Odisha, as a part of our resolve to eradicate hunger in Odisha,” said Chief Minister Naveen Patnaik in a tweet after launching the scheme. The beneficiaries will get 5 kg of rice per person per month at the rate of ₹1 per kg, said the Chief Minister while launching the scheme at four different districts through videoconferencing from the State Secretariat here.The State government will spend ₹443.5 crore per annum to support the scheme and ₹221.75 crore in the current financial year, Mr. Patnaik added.The State government had decided to launch its own food security scheme after the Centre did not respond to its request to add additional beneficiaries under the NFSA.last_img read more

‘Sacrilege culprits won’t be spared’

first_imgPunjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said on Monday that culprits of the Bargari sacrilege case and the subsequent incidents of police firing at Behbal Kalan and Kotkapura in 2015 will not be spared.“The special investigation team is on its job of investigating Bargari and other incidents but under the law, I cannot interfere in its functioning. The SIT is fully cognisant of the sensitivity and urgency of the matter and would not delay its investigations,” said Capt. Amarinder here at a press conference.Asked if he was supporting the radicals to get control of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee, the Chief Minister said that he had never had any links with such groups. He said that he would support any moderate group of Sikhs to get control of the SGPC as he wanted “the Badals” (former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal and his son and Shiromani Akali Dal president Sukhbir Badal) out of it. “They have ruined the gurdwaras,” he alleged.In response to another question, the Chief Minister said Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence had been active in Punjab for long, possibly through Kashmiri students. However, he clarified that every student from Kashmir was not a militant and the police had so far not established any links of the recently arrested students with locals.On the issue of stubble burning, the Chief Minister said the situation could aggravate once harvesting is complete. “While my sympathies are with the farmers, the government is bound by law to take action against those indulging in burning of paddy straw,”’ he added.Capt. Amarinder said his government would wait till the end of the month before taking any decision on fuel prices, as international prices of oil were fluctuating.last_img read more

Ayodhya, Mathura may face liquor, meat ban

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh government on Monday said it was contemplating declaring 14 Kosi Parikrama Marg in Ayodhya and Lord Krishna’s birthplace in Mathura as pilgrim centres so that the sale and consumption of liquor and non-vegetarian items was completely stopped there.Uttar Pradesh Minister Shrikant Sharma said seers and crores of devotees had demanded that the sale and consumption of non-vegetarian food and liquor be banned in Ayodhya and Mathura.“Honouring their demands, the State government is working to declare the area around 14 Kosi Parikrama Marg in Ayodhya and the birthplace of Lord Krishna in Mathura as pilgrim centres. Once this happens, a ban on the sale and consumption of non-vegetarian food and liquor will automatically come into effect,” he said.Mr. Sharma said Vrindavan, Barsana, Nandgaon, Giriraj ji and Sapt Kosi Parikrama area of Govardhan had already been declared pilgrim centres.last_img read more

First career portal for students launched in Rajasthan

first_imgIndia’s first “career portal”, addressing the needs of secondary and higher secondary students for information on scholarships and career choices, was launched with the support of United Nations Children’s Fund here on Wednesday. The portal is expected to help the students take “informed decisions” about their academic and professional pursuits.To benefit lakhsMinister of State for Education Govind Singh Dotasra and UNICEF-Rajasthan chief Isabelle Bardem inaugurated the portal, set to benefit about 23 lakh students, at Dr. Radhakrishnan Shiksha Sankul here in the presence of school principals, teachers and senior officials.Mr. Dotasra said the portal would promote employment-oriented education in the State and provide information on 200 vocational and 237 professional careers, 455 employment avenues, 960 scholarships, 955 competitive examinations and 10,000 institutions of higher education to the students from Classes IX to XII.Experts in UNICEF have developed the portal after an assessment of needs, awareness and perspective of students, teachers and system functionaries. Dr. Bardem said the assessment had indicated that most of the boys and girls in the State were keen to join the workforce as soon as they finished Class X or XII. Besides, the assessment revealed a substantial progress in terms of gender equality among the students.“The career portal will serve the needs in the educational stream, enabling the students to choose their career path matching with their aspirations, interest, inclination and aptitude,” Dr. Bardem said, adding that this would reduce dropouts at various stages in schools and improve retention in jobs. UNICEF had selected Rajasthan for launching the portal because of its track record in employment-oriented education, she said.Mr. Dotasra also announced setting up of the Rajiv Gandhi Career Counselling Cell for adolescents and youths on the occasion. The cell will link school and college students with skill development programmes and internship opportunities in the pursuit of their career choices.Career informationUNICEF’s studies in Rajasthan have highlighted that two largest sources of career information for students are teachers and family members. About 69% of students mentioned that they were using Internet for their career-related queries, which indicates that the adolescents will quickly learn to use the career portal.last_img read more

Three security personnel killed in encounter with militants in Kupwara

first_imgFive security personnel including a CRPF officer were killed in an encounter with militants on Friday in Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir while a civilian died in clashes near the site, officials said.Security forces launched a cordon and search operation in Babagund area of Kupwara following information about presence of militants there, the officials said. During the searches, the militants opened fire on the security forces, who retaliated.There was lull in firing several times during the day but militants would resume firing as soon as the security forces advanced towards the house where the ultras were hiding, the officials said.Three security force personnel have been killed in the exchange of fire, they said adding the operation was on when reports last came in. Four persons were also injured in clashes between a group of youngsters and security personnel near the encounter site, the officials said.last_img read more

Fake currency unit unearthed in Odisha

first_imgA fake currency printing unit was unearthed by the police in Parlakhemundi of Odisha’s Gajapati district on Monday. Police suspect the unit was being used to print counterfeit notes to be distributed during the elections in the State.Fake currencies with the face value of ₹2,50,000 in ₹500 denomination was seized from a rented house, where the counterfeit printing unit was operating. Equipments, chemicals and paper for fake currency notes were seized.Two persons — one from Srikakulam district of adjoining Andhra Pradesh and the other, a resident of Parlakhemundi — were arrested from the spot. Another accused from Bihar managed to escape during the police raid.According to investigating police officers, seizure of such large amount fake currencies suggests that those involved in the racket might be planning to circulate them in rural areas during the election process, when cash transactions increases many folds.Gajapati Superintendent of Police Sara Sharma said further investigation is on to find out if the busted fake currency printing unit is a part of a larger inter-State racket.last_img read more

Why a Lucky Few Can Eat to Their Heart’s Content

first_imgBOSTON—We all know people who seem to have been born with good genes—they may smoke, never exercise, or consume large amounts of bacon, yet they remain seemingly healthy. Now, researchers have found that individuals who carry a rare genetic mutation that controls the blood levels of certain fats, or lipids, are protected from heart disease. The result, reported here yesterday at the annual meeting of the American Society of Human Genetics, suggests that a drug mimicking this effect could prevent heart disease, a major killer.Triglycerides are lipids that the body makes from unused calories in food and later burns as fuel. Doctors often monitor patients’ blood levels of these compounds because higher levels have been linked to a greater risk of heart disease.One player in processing triglycerides is a protein called ApoC-III that is encoded by the gene APOC3. Five years ago, researchers discovered a mutation in APOC3 in 5% of the Amish population in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Those with this variant had unusually low levels of triglycerides after consuming a fat-laden milkshake. They also had only half as much ApoC-III protein in their blood, and they were less likely to develop calcification of coronary arteries, which can lead to coronary heart disease.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)The Amish group was too small to allow researchers to directly link the genetic mutation to less heart disease, however. And it wasn’t clear whether the gene would show up in non-Amish people.Now, researchers have found APOC3 mutations in the general U.S. population. They sequenced the protein-coding DNA, or exomes, of 3734 white and African-American volunteers, then combed through the data for genetic variants linked to triglyceride levels. A few people turned out to have either the Amish APOC3 mutation or one of three other variants in APOC3 that also disable this copy of the gene. When the team checked the DNA of a larger group of nearly 111,000 people, they found that about one in 200 carried one of the four APOC3 variants, reported Jacy Crosby of the University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, who represented a large consortium called the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute Exome Sequencing Project.The 500 or so people with one of these APOC3 variants not only had less ApoC-III in their blood and 38% lower triglyceride levels than the average person; they also had a 40% lower risk of coronary heart disease, whose effects include heart attacks. This result firms up the link between APOC3 and heart disease and also supports a possible prevention strategy, Crosby said: Reducing levels of the ApoC-III protein could potentially lower lipid levels and protect against heart disease. One such drug is already in clinical testing, she noted.The new study “is exciting, but one has to be cautious” about whether such a drug will work, says geneticist Stephen Rich of the University of Virginia in Charlottesville. That’s because inhibiting ApoC-III late in life may not mimic being born with an APOC3 mutation, which protects for a lifetime, he says.last_img read more

Chinese Science to Get With the Global Program

first_imgBEIJING—Chinese science leaders here today threw their weight behind plans to embrace open access and Western norms of scientific conduct, including a plea from the Chinese Academy of Sciences (CAS) for more rigorous evaluation and peer review.At the start of the Global Research Council meeting here on Monday, CAS released a statement exhorting its scientists to raise their game. “Chinese science today still faces formidable challenges and problems … result[ing] in a weak scientific ethos.” The academy called for “urgent measures to establish excellence-oriented evaluation systems and funding mechanisms for Chinese science.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)That commitment comes hard on the heels of a decree from CAS and the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC) earlier this month that all scientific papers resulting from publicly funded research be deposited in an open-access repository. “[O]pen access will facilitate the dissemination and utilization of knowledge, [and] turn the knowledge produced by public investment effectively into innovation,” CAS said in a 15 May statement.“We are now in the process of starting to build a repository” to collect and make public, after an embargo period, scientific articles funded by NSFC, foundation President Yang  Wei said at a press conference at the conclusion of the council meeting. He cited the U.S. National Institutes of Health’s PubMed Central as a useful model of an open-access database.last_img read more

Podcast: Predicting earthquakes, regretful rats, and why there’s no wind chill on Mars

first_imgCan magnetic pulses predict earthquakes? Are rats capable of humanlike regret? And why is there no wind chill on Mars? Science’s Online News Editor David Grimm chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.last_img