On a day Prime Minister Narendra Modi warned that killings in the name of cow protection won’t be tolerated, a man was beaten to death by a mob here on Thursday on suspicion that he was carrying beef in his vehicle.A case has been registered on the basis of a video footage of the lynching, police said.The incident took place just a couple of days after a mob attacked and injured a man in Giridih district on suspicion that he had slaughtered a cow.Also Read Protectors can never be killers: VHP on cow vigilantes S.P. Kishore Kaushal told a press conference that around 30 people surrounded the van bearing a West Bengal number plate in the Bazaar Tand area of Ramgarh police station.They dragged out the driver of the vehicle, Mohd. Allimuddin, a resident of neighbouring Hazaribagh district, and thrashed him, injuring him seriously.The police on getting information rushed to the spot and took Mohd. Allimuddin to a hospital where he was declared “brought dead” by doctors, a police officer said.The mob also set the vehicle on fire, he said.According to Mr. Kaushal, the case was registered on the basis of the video footage and asserted the guilty would be arrested soon.Ramgarh Deputy Commissioner Rajeswari B., who was also present in the press conference, said additional forces have been deployed in the area to maintain law and order.
A day after Eshaq Ahmad, husband of Sakina, a 50-year-old woman from Bareilly, alleged that she died of starvation after being denied ration, district officials have refuted his claim. The Sub-Divisional Magistrate of Meerganj area of Bareilly, Ram Akshay, said the official probe showed that Sakina died of illness. He also confirmed that Sakina did not get ration this month due to her illness — a claim her husband also made as the main reason for her death. Mr. Ahmad on Wednesday alleged that his wife died because he was denied ration after the PDS shopkeeper demanded that Sakina be present for her biometric verification, which she could not do due to her sickness. Mr. Akshay who probed the issue, claimed the allegation that Sakina died due to starvation was “false”. He also said Sakina who had an Antyodaya Below Poverty Line ration card was given 15 kg rice and 20 kg wheat last month but she could not get the ration due to her illness. She had been ill for the past two months. Paralysis had worsened her condition. “We found that Sakina had over ₹4,572 in her bank account. So the claim of abject poverty holds no ground. Her neighbours told us that she had been sick for the last few days,” Mr.Akshay said.
A villager was electrocuted after coming in contact with a live wire which got detached from a pole when suspected Left Wing Extremists cut down trees to block roads in Odisha’s Sinapali block on Monday.Cadres of Mainpur-Nuapada divisional committee of outlawed CPI(Maoist) allegedly felled trees to block roads demanding unconditional release of three persons arrested by the police from Karlakhaman along Khariar-Sinapali Road.One of the trees collapsed on power distribution lines and a wire got detached from the pole. The victim, identified as Sahadev Saha of a nearby village, was riding a bicycle in the early hours of Monday when he came in contact with the live wire. He was charred to death. “Sumitra Dharua (19) of Katripen village, Yusuf Pathan of Khatupani village and Makran Paharia were arrested on different days in the last one month. They were innocent and did not have any involvement in the armed struggle. They should be released,” read the leaflets left behind by the divisional committee members at Karlakhaman.This is the second incident of violence allegedly perpetrated by cadres of CPI(Maoist) in Nuapada district. A fortnight ago, two police personnel were injured in a blast.
There were some incidents of of communal violence in Nawada district of Bihar on Friday after an idol of a deity was allegedly vandalised by unidentified miscreants. Opposition parties have blamed the ruling NDA government for fomenting communal tension “as part of a larger design by the BJP” while, the ruling JD(U) leaders asserted that the government would “pay any price in maintaining law and order in the State.”The clash in Nawada broke out on Friday morning when some men at Gondapur chowk (thoroughfare) noticed that the the idol of a deity was damaged. With the news spreading fast, a large number of locals gathered at the place and indulged in vandalism. A shop was set on fire, vehicles were gutted and some business establishments were vandalised by the protesters. Armed with sticks and metal rods, the mob blocked traffic on the National Highway-31. They demanded immediate arrest of those who had damaged the idol. Soon another group of a community reached the area and a clash broke out.Firing in the airThe police had to open fire in the air to control the situation. They also used baton charge to disperse the protesters. Internet services were suspended. “The situation is under control ,” said Kaushal Kumar, DM, Nawada. BJP leader and Union Minister of State for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises Giriraj Singh represents Nawada in Parliament.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje on Thursday launched a crop loan waiver scheme, considered the biggest sop in the run-up to this year’s Assembly election, by distributing certificates to eligible farmers at a State-level function in Banswara. The scheme, set to benefit 2.93 million farmers, will cost ₹8,000 crore to the State exchequer.The much-touted scheme ran into rough weather shortly before its implementation with the BJP government scrambling to arrange funds for the waiver. After the initial efforts to raise the money failed, the National Cooperative Development Corporation sanctioned ₹5,000 crore as loan to enable the State government to fulfil its promise made to farmers.Ms. Raje had announced one-time loan waiver up to ₹50,000 each for small and marginal farmers from their outstanding short-term cooperative debts in the 2018-19 State budget presented in the Assembly on February 12 this year. The scheme was later extended to cover all farmers.Written guaranteeThe State government has provided a written guarantee to the Apex Cooperative Bank to secure the loan, which is to be repaid to the NCDC in two instalments within 270 days. The period can be extended by 90 days, after which the penal interest will be payable.About 1,09,000 eligible farmers, whose loans worth ₹250 crore have been waived, live in Banswara district. An earlier plan to hold special camps in each of the 33 districts in the State from May 26 was shelved when the Cooperative Department’s efforts to arrange the funds did not yield any results. Even the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development did not show any inclination to give credit in view of its guidelines.Addressing the function at College Ground in Banswara, Ms. Raje said her government was the first in the State to waive farmers’ loans of ₹50,000 each. “We are working for farmers’ welfare with the resolve to increase their income twofold. We have also reduced interest rate on the loans obtained from primary land development banks from 12% to 5.5%,” she said.Ms. Raje also distributed new loan sanction letters of ₹50,000 each to some of the farmers. She announced that a Farmers’ Loan Relief Commission would be appointed shortly in the State as a permanent institution for the benefit of farmers who were unable to repay their loans. The Commission will consider the cases on merit and provide relief to agriculturists.Political benefitThe Congress has described the distribution of loan waiver certificates as the ruling BJP’s exercise to reap political benefit in the poll year. Pradesh Congress vice-president Archana Sharma said the scheme would neither benefit thousands of farmers who had obtained loans from the institutions other than the cooperative banks, nor would it provide succour to the families of over 90 farmers who had committed suicide in the last four years.
A local court in Odisha has sentenced five persons accused of gang-raping a minor girl, to rigorous life imprisonment within one month of occurrence of the heinous crime.The second additional district and session judge- cum-presiding officer of a children court, Sambalpur, Udayabhanu Jena held a marathon hearing of the case that began at 7.30 a.m. on Saturday morning and continued for 14 hours till late evening.Afzal Raja, Tinu Sahu Hadu Panchba, Ashirbad Behera and Abhilash Panchbha were found guilty and the judge handed out life imprisonment, convicting them under section 376 (2)- (i) of Indian Penal Code and under section 4 and 6 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, 2012. The court also slapped fine of ₹50,000 on all accused.Committed suicideThe incident had taken place in Sambalpur on May 2 when the 14-year-old girl was sexually assaulted by the five accused at different places. The victim had committed suicide by hanging herself on May 23 as she could not bear the societal pressure.From police investigation to recording of statement of the victim and from submission of chargesheet to hearing in court, the case moved at a swift pace. On May 3, a day after the occurrence of crime, the Sambalpur police had arrested the accused. The trial of the case, which had triggered massive outrage, had begun on May 28. Altogether 21 witnesses were cross-examined.
The Goa church authorities on Tuesday tried to downplay the comments of the Archbishop of Goa and Daman, Filipe Neri Ferrao, in his annual pastoral letter that the Indian Constitution is in danger owing to the current political environment in the country. The Archbishop’s Secretary, Fr Joaquim Loila Pereira, said “one or two statements” made by the Archbishop were taken out of context. “One or two statements of the Bishop have been taken out and I will say taken out of the context and made an issue of. We will not make any further comments or give explanations of the letter. If you want, you read the pastoral letter online and try to understand the context of why it is being said, what is said,” he told presspersons.The pastoral letter released on Sunday, among other things, said that Indian Constitution was in danger and added that a “new trend” of mono-culturalism, which demanded uniformity in what and how one ate, dressed, lived and even worshipped, was putting human rights at risk.It said, “Today, our Constitution is in danger, a reason why most of the people live in insecurity. Particularly, as the general elections are fast approaching, we must strive to know our Constitution better and work harder to protect it.”The pastoral letter is an annual note written in June by Archbishops to church parishes across the State.
An earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale on Monday rocked Assam, according to the Regional Seismological Centre.There was no immediate report of any damage or casualty, officials said here.According to the report of the Regional Seismological Centre at Shillong, the epicentre of the medium intensity earthquake, was at a place 22 kilometres from Dhing in Nagaon district.The epicentre was at latitude 26. 2 degree North and Longitude 92.5 degree East.
A toddler was branded with some hot object at Nishinabandi village in Odisha’s Nabarangpur district because of a superstitious practice among its residents to cure ailments.The 16-month-old injured child was admitted to a district hospital on Tuesday night. Dr. Debabrata Dakua, who is treating the child, said he was suffering from pneumonia, anaemia and fever. But there were burn marks on his body. As per reports, the child, son of Damu and Netra Majhi, was unwell and his aunt allegedly branded his face and neck with some hot object in order to “cure him”. Some say it was a heated piece of turmeric and others suspect it was red hot iron. When the condition of the child deteriorated, his parents rushed him to the hospital.
A senior government official was shot dead allegedly by unidentified persons inside his official residence here on Tuesday morning, the police said. The assailants reached the house of Rajeev Kumar (50), an Under Secretary in the State Department of Planning, at 4 a.m., had an altercation with him and then shot him, DSP (Sachivalay) Rajesh Singh Prabhakar said.
Six labourers died on Wednesday when a methane gas tank exploded at a petro-chemical factory in Uttar Pradesh’s Bijnor district. Two others were seriously injured and hospitalised, the police said. One person is missing.The blast took place when the labourers were repairing the tank, said Bijnor Superintendent of Police Umesh Singh. “The tank perhaps caught fire while welding, and the gas, which is highly inflammable, caused the blast,” Mr. Singh said.Eleven persons were working at the Mohit Petro Chemical Factory, which produces ethanol, in Kotwali area of Bijnor, at the time of the accident. Search on for ownerMr. Singh said a case of negligence would be lodged against the operators and the factory owner for violating safety norms. The police are trying to locate the factory owner.Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath expressed grief over the incident and directed officials to ensure treatment of the injured.
The Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) has ordered a probe into how pictures of Pakistan founder Mohammad Ali Jinnah with Mahatma Gandhi were put on display at a photo exhibition in the varsity. In May, a portrait of Jinnah at the university’s students’ union office had caused a major row. University authorities have removed the photos and a show cause notice was served to the librarian, who is the curator of the exhibition, an official said Friday. The week-long exhibition, themed around the life and times of the Mahatma, is being held as part of the Gandhi Jayanti celebrations at the AMU. The probe was ordered after BJP MP Satish Gautam on Thursday demanded the removal of some group photos in which the Mahatma is seen along with the Pakistan founder.“The probe has been ordered as to how these pictures were included in the exhibition and a show cause notice has been served to the librarian Thursday,” Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) spokesman Shafey Qidwai said Friday.“University authorities certainly do not want any controversy on such a matter, keeping in mind the fact that the campus is functioning peacefully. We are only focused on our academic schedule,” he said. The AMU has removed two pictures, including the one in which Gandhi and Jinnah are seen along with others such as Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel.
Cash-strapped DD Kashir, a J&K-specific television channel of the Prasar Bharati launched by former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee in 2000, has received a shot in the arm with the launch of the local language version of the ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC)’ to win the “hearts and minds” in the conflict-ridden State.The inaugural episode of ‘Kus Bani Koshur Crorepati’, a vernacular name of the show produced by the Sony Entertainment Television, was aired on Monday evening at the local Doordarshan centre in Srinagar. In a major revamp in over a decade, the Prasar Bharati has allocated ₹40 crore for DD Kashir, a quantum leap from ₹1 to ₹1.5 crore annually. “Of the amount allocated, ₹20 crore will be spent on the local KBC,” said an official on the condition of anonymity. “The show gives us the opportunity to highlight the local unsung heroes and bring their untold stories to the rest of the country,” said Director General, Doordarshan, Supriya Sahu. The show is hosted by Kashmiri actor Rayees Mohiuddin. “A diverse set of contestants have been drawn from all corners of the State. It is about the people of Kashmir and its identity. It will bring out tear-jerking people’s story,” said Mr. Mohiuddin. The programme evoked immense response on the social media platforms from the locals. The DD had stopped producing Kashmiri language serials or songs nearly for a decade now.It would be the first such entertainment programme on DD Kashir, where fund allocation was slashed in 2012 following the CBI raids on local producers in an alleged embezzlement case. In its wake, the Prasar Bharati changed rules, “which made it difficult for local private producers to compete for producing any entertainment programme in J&K”, a local producer told The Hindu. Studio Next, a production house of Sony Pictures Networks which holds the licence of the format, has produced more than 1,800 episodes of the show in eight languages so far. “We are extremely happy and privileged to bring the show to the people of J&K. We have maintained the same ethos of the show as in other languages, followed strict and transparent process for contestant selection. The show will celebrate our society via knowledge,” said Indranil Chakraborty, Head of Studio Next. DD Kashir has been the only official station in J&K to promote local languages through serial, short movies and documentaries. The platform was also used to wean away the alienated population by focusing on a counter narrative.
Sikkim University on Tuesday removed a professor after a student of his department lodged a complaint of sexual harassment against him, an official said.The accused professor, who is the head of the Mass Communication Department, was barred from visiting the department and also from evaluating answer scripts of students, SU Registrar, Professor T.K. Kaul, said in a notification. “The HoD of the Mass Communications Department has been removed from the post pending an inquiry into the allegation of sexual harassment against him by one of the girl students of his department,” Mr. Kaul said. The victim had submitted a written complaint on Sunday and the decision was made on the basis of the recommendations of the internal complaints committee of the university, the Registrar said. According to some students, the alleged incident took place about a week ago at a marriage reception in a hotel where both the victim and the accused were invited as guests.
Birds are no friends of airplanes. They routinely delay flights, and in the worst case, collide with windows and engines and cause crashes. Bird strike, as the problem is called, costs the airline industry about $1 billion per year, and engineers have tried to reduce it using everything from loudspeakers and flares to dogs and lasers. Now, DNA sequencing has been added to the arsenal—not the DNA of the birds but rather that of their poop. The DNA sequences of insects and seeds—and for large predatory birds, prey such as small mammals or lizards—reveal the food that attracts the birds to the airport in the first place. Reducing the food resources can reduce the birds, but you need to know what they’re eating. The airport in Perth, Australia, is the first to test this method. Researchers collected the carcasses of 77 birds from the runway. They were able to identify mice, grasshoppers, and grass seeds from the 151,000 DNA sequences generated from samples of the birds’ intestines, they report online today in Investigative Genetics. For Perth, the best plan seems to be rodent control and grass species that are less hospitable to tasty insects. Other airports in Australia as well as in the United States are set to launch similar studies. For some of the birds in the Australian study, such as the red-tailed black cockatoo (Calyptorhynchus banksii, pictured), little is known about their diet. So besides saving money and lives, sequencing bird strike bird poop could be a boon for ecology.See more ScienceShots.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(*)
Future diabetes patients won’t have to stick themselves with a needle; they’ll just need to get a tattoo. Researchers have developed a temporary paper-based tattoo that applies a mild electrical shock to the skin to measure blood glucose levels. In a study of seven individuals—four males and three females—who wore the tattoo while eating a carbohydrate-rich meal in the lab, the device (pictured) was just as effective at measuring glucose levels as the traditional method, the finger stick monitor. None of the volunteers reported any discomfort during the tests, the team reports in the current issue of Analytical Chemistry, although some of them did point out a tingling feeling when the tattoo was taking its measurements. The device does not currently provide a numerical reading that diabetes patients would need to monitor their condition, but this is in the cards. Other possible applications include sending the information to the patient’s doctor in real time using Bluetooth. Now, the tattoo works for a whole day; the researchers are working on making the tattoo last longer while keeping it at its current cost of a few cents.
The governor of Hawaii yesterday brokered a 1-week pause in the construction of the world’s largest telescope atop the Mauna Kea volcano in the wake of protests by Native Hawaiian activists, who say the project is desecrating sacred land.“There will be no construction activities this week,” Governor David Ige (D) said Tuesday at a news conference announcing the pause in work on the Thirty Meter Telescope (TMT). “This will give us some time to engage in further conversations with the various stakeholders that have an interest in Mauna Kea and its sacredness and its importance in scientific research and discovery going forward.”Ige’s announcement came after police last week arrested 31 protesters who had blocked a road to the TMT construction site near the summit of the 4200-meter-high volcano. The arrests sparked outrage among Native Hawaiian activists, with groups holding rallies across the state. Ige has said the pause is needed to give the various parties time for discussion.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(*)Protesters expressed skepticism about Ige’s effort and say they are prepared to remain hunkered down on Mauna Kea’s cold and forbidding slopes until the project is stopped. “Regardless if they stop construction for one week, it doesn’t matter … [the project is] still illegal, it’s still desecration, and we still oppose it,” says Kahookahi Kanuha, an organizer and spokesman for the protesters who has spent most of the past 2 weeks at their mountainside encampment. The moratorium, he says, is simply an attempt to “save face” and stall for time in a bid to wear down the protesters. Construction of the TMT should not have started, he argued, while legal challenges to the project remain unresolved in state courts.In a statement, Ige said he was calling for the moratorium so that he could “evaluate the situation from multiple perspectives.” He pledged to work with leadership at the University of Hawaii, which administers the sublease of summit lands to the TMT, and the state’s Office of Hawaiian Affairs to seek a resolution to the conflict.TMT Spokesman Gordon Squires confirmed that the shutdown of the project—which has completed a 7-year public review process and was approved to proceed last month—was not imposed by the governor’s office, but agreed to by the international consortium that is developing the telescope.Both astronomers and Native Hawaiians see Mauna Kea as a special place. The TMT is sited within a 212-hectare reserve that was set aside by the state of Hawaii for astronomy projects in the 1960s, as a result of its altitude and dark skies. There are already 13 telescopes within the reserve, but the enormous scale of the TMT—which, including parking and roads, would cover a total area of 2 hectares and stand 18 stories above ground—would dwarf them all.Traditionally, Native Hawaiians consider Mauna Kea to be a sacred realm inhabited by several major gods and a place that, traditionally, could be visited by humans only for special ceremonies. Today, many also believe the summit is mismanaged by the University of Hawaii and the state. Although the reserve is set aside for science, critics note that the mountain is often crowded with commercial stargazing tours. The summit is also an ecologically fragile area, TMT opponents note, and is the location of hundreds of archaeological sites.TMT backers, however, say the telescope has gone through a careful review since it applied for permits in 2008. “The TMT site was selected with great care and respect,” Project Manager Gary Sanders said in a statement. “There are no archaeological shrines or burial sites within TMT’s project site.” And there has been “ongoing dialogue and meaningful discussion” among parties with various points of view during the process, he added.Such assurances mean little to the protesters. “Our ultimate goal is to stop the construction, stop the desecration of our mountain,” Kanuha says. Although he and his allies support ongoing legal challenges to the TMT, he says they have little faith in the courts and are employing more direct, grassroots opposition. They hope a long-term blockade will cause costly delays and eventually force the TMT’s international group of funders to abandon the project.At the same time, Kanuha and others hope to use the TMT protests to highlight another cause: Hawaiian sovereignty. Some activists contend the islands have been illegally occupied by the United States since the overthrow of the Hawaiian monarchy in 1893, and “the people of Hawaii have never stood on a more grand, more noticeable platform” to discuss that issue, Kanuha says.In the meantime, University of Hawaii Spokesman Dan Meisenzahl noted that the university is in the process of seeking a 65-year extension of its lease on the summit from the state’s Department of Land and Natural Resources. “Part of that ask is to promise that there will be no more development,” he says. “TMT will be the last telescope on the mountain.”
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Dollar bond issuance from Indian companies looks set to accelerate in the New Year off a 2017 record as issuers cash in on bullish investor sentiment and the lowest borrowing costs in a decade.Dollar-denominated bond sales from India soared almost 90% to an all-time high of $15.2 billion in 2017, Bloomberg-compiled data show. Historically low interest rates and credit spreads have allowed some of the nation’s best-rated companies to access markets at very competitive pricing, according to Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Strong investor appetite internationally will spur further gains in 2018, according to Jay Capital Ltd.“Investors are ready to lap up India paper,” said Asit Bhatia, managing director for global corporate and investment banking at the Indian unit of Bank of America Merrill Lynch in a phone interview. “There is a dearth of good Indian paper in the dollar bond markets.”Read it at Live Mint Related Items