SP leader Azam Khan made an alleged sexist remark against BJP parliamentarian Rama Devi.Lok Sabha on Friday, July 26, witnessed a massive uproar with members demanding ‘exemplary action’ against Samajwadi Party (SP) leader Azam Khan for his alleged sexist remark against BJP parliamentarian Rama Devi. Moving a motion in the House, BJP leader Sanghmitra Maurya requested Speaker Om Birla to punish the SP MP to set an example for others.Lawmakers across political lines criticised Azam Khan’s remark made during the debate on the government’s bill to ban instant triple talaq.Reacting to the controversy, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said, “This is an abominable act, I appeal to you for exemplary action.”Meanwhile, Om Birla said that he will hold a meeting with leaders of all parties and then make a decision. Today’s motion was seconded by BJD leader Bhartuhari Mahtab and other members in the Lok Sabha.Seeking immediate suspension of Azam Khan from the Lok Sabha, Union Minister Smriti Irani said, “This is a blot on all legislators including men. We cannot remain silent spectators to it. We have to speak in one voice that this is unacceptable.” “This is not a House where men come in and ‘Kisi aurat ki aankhon mein jhanka jaye (look into the eyes of a woman),” Irani added.Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said either Azam Khan should apologise or he should be suspended from the Lok Sabha. Prasad said that the incident was painful. “Rama Devi handled it with utmost dignity. We appeal for the toughest punishment, without compromise,” he said in the House.Also, first-time Lok Sabha MP Mimi Chakraborty condemned the incident. “Nobody can stand in Parliament and tell a woman – look into my eyes and talk. Speaker sir, all women here are expecting something big from you on this,” said the Trinamool Congress lawmaker.Earlier on Thursday, the SP leader courted controversy for his sexist jibes against Rama Devi. He, however, attempted to clarify, saying, “You are my sister, bahut pyari behen (very sweet sister). I have had a long political career, it is not possible for me to say anything bad. If there is a single unparliamentary word in what I said, then I declare my resignation from parliament.”
The government wants to send up to 100,000 Rohingya back to Myanmar in the first batch of repatriations of Muslims who fled ethnic violence this year, officials said Friday.Ruling Awami League general secretary Obaidul Quader said a list of 100,000 names was to be sent to Myanmar authorities on Friday so repatriations could start in late January under an accord between the two governments.More than 655,000 Rohingyas from Myanmar’s Rakhine state have sought refuge in Bangladesh since a military crackdown in late August, fleeing what the US and United Nations have described as ethnic cleansing.That added to more than 300,000 in camps in Bangladesh after fleeing earlier violence in the Buddhist majority state.The two governments signed an agreement in November allowing for repatriations from 23 January. Many aid groups and diplomats doubt that fearful Rohingya will agree to return.The Rohingya have been the target of past pogroms in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, which does not recognise the group as a genuine ethnicity and has stripped them of citizenship.Quader said repatriations would start as soon as a working group of officials from the two countries finalise a list of names.”Based on the decision of the joint working group, a first list of 100,000 Rohingya will be sent to the Myanmar government today for their safe and honourable return,” Quader, road transport minister and deputy leader of the ruling Awami League, told reporters during a visit to Cox’s Bazar where the refugee camps are.”The next meeting of the working group, which will be held in Myanmar, will decide how the repatriation process begins,” Quader added.”This list will be finalised as early as possible. The repatriation process will begin after the list is finalised.”Abul Kalam Azad, the government relief commissioner for Rohingya refugees, said a decision was made Thursday by Bangladeshi members of the repatriation working group to send a list of 100,000 refugees to Myanmar.He told AFP repatriations would begin after Myanmar verifies the list and the authorities in Bangladesh get consent from willing refugees.Most Rohingya refugees approached by AFP in the camps insist they do not want to return, saying Rakhine is not safe enough. Diplomats have expressed doubt about whether Myanmar will allow substantial numbers to return.According to Azad, nearly one million Rohingya live in Bangladesh, many of whom have been there for decades. Myanmar has agreed to take back those refugees who arrived since October 2016, believed to number about 700,000.
COURTESY / MCMAHAN FAMILYFive-year-old Ryland Ward was shot five times in Sutherland Springs.A five-year-old boy is one of the last victims from the Sutherland Springs shooting that remains hospitalized. Now family members believe he could be out of San Antonio’s University Hospital in a few weeks. Ryland Ward, who was shot five times, was one of the 20 injured rushed to hospitals Nov. 5, when a gunman killed more than two dozen others during church service. He suffered wounds to his kidney, bladder, arm and leg. His great-uncle Earl McMahan says Ryland has undergone multiple surgeries over the last six weeks.“Right now he’s got a brace on the outside of his leg — screws and pins through his hip down to his femur. He has his arms wrapped. He’s been having skin grafts on it,” he said. “They’ve done all they can for it. There’s going to be more surgeries later on but we’ll just take it as we go.”CREDIT COURTESY PHOTOChancie McMahan, left, sits with her son Ryland Ward a few weeks after he was shot five times in Sutherland Springs.Ryland does not have a damaged spirit. Last week he made a request for Christmas cards to be sent to him at University Hospital. So far he’s received almost 3,000 cards.“He just loves receiving these cards,” McMahan said. “He just lights up. He’s got such an awesome smile and just to see him smile makes everybody happy.”Ryland lost three family members in the shooting. His step-mother Joanne Ward was killed along with Ryland’s sisters, Brooke Ward and Emily Garcia. Joanne Ward sacrificed her life in hopes of saving her children, McMahon said.“Ryland would not be here if she had not laid on top of him,” he said. “She was a really special person.”The family credits the hospital staff and prayers for helping Ryland in his recovery. “There’s just been so many — just not in Texas and the United States but around the world — that’s been praying for him and the others involved,” McMahon said.Ryand was carried out of First Baptist Church by Rusty Duncan, one of the first responders to the scene.“He’s the one that found Ryland in that place and picked him up,” McMahon said.” (He) carried him outside, put the tourniquets on his arm and his leg. … From what I’ve heard the doctors say, (that) is what saved his life.”CREDIT COURTESYNearly 3,000 Christmas cards have been sent to Sutherland Springs shooting victim Ryland Ward, 5.Ryland still has a few surgeries to go before release but family members hope he can be home sometime around his sixth birthday early next month. Share
© 2012 Phys.org Explore further Image: Naturwissenschaften, DOI: 10.1007/s00114-012-0956-7 The work by Vršanský el al comes on the heels of news that a rare species of cockroach, Lucihormetica luckae, specimens of which were found on the slope of a volcano before its subsequent eruption, appear to glow to mimic the click beetle which lives in the same general area. Click beetles glow, researchers believe, to warn predators of its toxic nature, thus preserving itself. The cockroach that mimics it on the other hand is not toxic, but it’s markings are so similar that it appears it evolved it’s luminescent abilities for the express purpose of fooling predators into thinking it was a click beetle and thus toxic.Vršanský and colleagues believe it’s possible that land dwelling bioluminescent species came to exist only after nocturnal life on land diversified to the point where such an ability would be useful. They also theorize that it’s possible that it took longer for bioluminescence to evolve in land creatures because of the toxic nature of the chemicals involved in growing glowing organs. Marine animals live in a colder and in some sense cleaner environment, it’s easy to wash away residue. Land species on the other hand would have had to evolve a way dispose of the toxins in a way that didn’t harm its carrier.The team also notes that because land dwelling bioluminescent species are so rare, it’s likely they might be at risk of disappearing altogether. L. luckae might be gone already, as no specimens have been found since the volcano on which it lived, erupted. And the most evident example of them all, the firefly has been found to be dwindling in numbers over the past decade as well. More information: Light-mimicking cockroaches indicate Tertiary origin of recent terrestrial luminescence, Naturwissenschaften, DOI: 10.1007/s00114-012-0956-7AbstractBioluminescence is a common feature of the communication and defence of marine organisms, but this phenomenon is highly restricted in the terrestrial biota. Here, we present a geographical distribution of only the third order of luminescent insects—luminescent cockroaches, with all 13 known and/or herein reported new living species (based on deposited specimens). We show that, for the first time, photo-characteristics of three examined species are nearly identical with those of toxic luminescent click beetles, which they mimic. These observations are the evidence for the mimicry by light—a new type of defensive, Batesian and interordinal mimicry. Our analysis surprisingly reveals an evolutionary novelty of all living luminescent insects, while in the sea (and possibly in the soil) luminescence is present also phylogenetically in very primitive organisms. Mushroom lights up the night in Brazil: Researcher finds bioluminescent fungus not seen since 1840 Journal information: Naturwissenschaften Citation: Researchers seek to explain why there are so few land dwelling bioluminescent species (2012, August 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-bioluminescent-species.html (Phys.org)—Visitors to the world’s oceans are likely to find a wide variety of bioluminescent creatures, especially as they descend to depths where sunlight can’t reach. The ability to glow has evolved in underwater organisms for a variety of reasons, from attracting prey to helping find a mate. On land however, things are very different. Other than 13 known species of insects, which of course include the firefly, very few other creatures have evolved the ability to glow and now, new research suggests that virtually all of them evolved much more recently than did marine dwellers. Peter Vršanský and colleagues from the Slovak Academy of Sciences have found after studying the collective history of all known bioluminescent species that land dwellers apparently evolved from a single source some sixty five million years ago, whereas their marine counterparts first came about closer to four hundred million years ago. Their paper describing their findings has been published in the journal Naturwissenschaften. 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: Private investment is required to restore the heritage assets here, British Deputy High Commissioner Bruce Bucknell said. Fortunately the private sector is coming forward to save many such sites of heritage, Bucknell told reporters after unveiling of the restored RNM Galleria by a heritage conservationist in the city last evening. Stating that the city has rich associations in so many places, Bucknell said he would certainly work towards drawing the attention of the private sector to support the cause. “I am very supportive to various organisations working with this objective”. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Observing that there are not just buildings retaining British or European architectural style, he talked about some of the lesser known terracota temples in different parts of Bengal. He said one should keep in mind that architecturally preserved places could draw more visitors from outside and not just Britishers. “I am delighted to be here to support this fantastic building (RNM Galleria) where restoration took five long years with private investment. It is a labour of love,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The building was constructed in 1910 and restored in the past five years. Referring to the ‘Danish Tavern’ restored in Serampore and serving customers as a cafeteria, he said “such social models may make an impact on heritage restoration. If you can’t generate income you can’t preserve.” US Consul General Craig L Hall said Kolkata remained special because of its rich US connections “having one of America’s oldest diplomatic posts in the city as President George Washington nominated the first American Consul to Kolkata in 1792. Kolkata has also been a very enriching place and “we have so many common interests of things in which we work together – from culture to science,” he said. The RNM Galleria will promote performing art, house The Calcutta Heritage and Art Club and a Cafe Galleria 1910 on its different floors.
Works of artists from Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and India comprise the travelling exhibition underway at the India International Centre here. The series of uncanny artworks seem to tell a story. An anti-clock wise tour of the gallery indicates an evolution, a moving forward of time.Organised by Perve Galeria with support of the Portugal Embassy, the exhibition Lusophonies/Lusofonias display both modern and contemporary art by different generations of the Portuguese speaking countries or Lusophones which include Portugal, Angola, Brazil, Cape Verde, Mozambique and certain parts of India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’All the artworks in the exhibition have a common connection, whether experiential or through a formal aesthetic, related to African roots. A troika of oxymoronic images, two from India and one from Africa, serves as a prologue to the collection which manifests the cross-cultural developments that followed the colonization across continents and the struggle against it.“The origin of this collection was the need to reflect on how lusophone countries saw and see Lusophonie, a plural and dialectical vision, full of discrepancies, ambiguities and mutual contamination about culture, society, and even about a common language,” says Nunes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe show has been chronologically divided into three sections: ‘Colonialism’, ‘Independence’ and ‘Miscegenation and Diaspora.’ Moving from one period to another in the anthology portrays a clear evolution from the “tendency to use art as a revolutionary discourse” in colonies to the establishment of sovereign political regimes after independence.“In Portugal, the freedom of speech that followed several decades of repression was a symptom of the artistic development,” says Nunes. The final part of the Lusophonies exhibition represents the artistic development that has occurred over time extending up to the present, not only in the lusophone world, but also in the countries where artists today work about Lusophonie and African influence issues. Representation from India includes two photographs by Subodh Kerkar and a set of pots or ‘matkas’ usually used by women in Indian villages to carry water.Closing this chapter of exhibition, which speaks majorly of the African influence, is a box of postcard sized artworks, some of them suspended in the air through strings around it, by Nobel Laureate author Gabriel Garcia Marquez. The exhibition is set to be on display till February 15.
If you love apples, so also love the humble banana. Eating a banana daily is likely to boost eye health and prevent vision-related diseases, a study has found.Researchers have found that bananas have carotenoid – a compound that turns fruits and vegetables red, orange or yellow and are converted into vitamin A, important precursors for eye health — in the liver.According to previous research, foods containing high levels of carotenoids also protect against chronic diseases, including certain cancers, cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study showed that banana rich in provitamin A carotenoids may offer a potential food source for alleviating vitamin A deficiency — important for sight.To combat vitamin A deficiency, researchers have been investigating methods to boost carotenoids in bananas. Cara L Mortimer and other researchers from Queensland University of Technology in Australia studied two banana varieties to find out why they make very different amounts of carotenoids. They found that the pale yellow, low-carotenoid cavendish variety produces more of an enzyme that breaks down carotenoids. In addition, another variety stashes its carotenoids in microscopic sacs during ripening, shifting the chemical equilibrium in the fruit so it can make even higher levels of these substances. The findings, published in ACS’ Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, can someday help in the development of banana varieties with enhanced health benefits.Bananas are ideal food for young children and families for many regions of the world, because of their sweetness, texture, portion size, familiarity, availability, convenience, versatility and cost.
November 25, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The world of technology is in constant motion. Video games launch every few days, social media apps come out with weekly updates and Apple manages to pump out a new, slimmer phone every September.Our society is inundated with technological progress, and there are no signs that it is slowing down. In this age of fast innovation, everyone is a witness, but certain demographics are more influenced than others by the vast changes our technology is experiencing.Generation Zers are often the first adopters of up-and-coming technology, while also being vocal about the tsunami of new inventions. Here are six reasons why Gen Z has the potential to shape the tech world.1. Enormous consumption.It’s no secret that today’s society hinges on a consumerist culture that devours products and services of all types. Gen Z stands at the forefront of this mass of hungry buyers.With 35.5 percent of Gen Zers admitting to spending an average of six to 10 hours per day on their mobile devices, it’s no wonder that new technology is developing so quickly. Combine this insatiable appetite for new goods with the tech industry’s propensity for sending forth new gadgets with lightning speed and you have our current situation.Consumer expectancy drives tech companies to constantly innovate, and constant innovation is what makes consumers expectant. It’s a continuous cycle in which each side feeds and shapes the other. As consumption burgeons, tech industries are encouraged to work at even greater speeds.Related: 5 Truths About Gen-Z Businesses That Want a Future Need to Know2. Instant demand.As a society, we have become accustomed to instant gratification. Goods and services are almost immediately available and in constant supply, so we as consumers have grown used to instant demand.Services such as Netflix, Hulu and VIDGO all offer content streaming, but the success of these services is not due solely to the popularity of digital streaming. The instantaneous nature of the new services is also attractive to consumers. In fact, according to Nielsen, 40 percent of Gen Zers plan to drop traditional pay TV service in favor of online-only options.Instant demand can shape the habits of the tech world by further encouraging businesses to act quickly and publicize their newest products as soon as consumers tire of the old ones.Related: Are You Ready for Gen Z?3. Social media influence.In our society, the Internet and social media pervade everything. Anyone can voice their opinions through these media outlets, and their availability only makes them more popular. A quick perusal of the internet and social media will turn up opinions and commentary on virtually any topic people are willing to talk about.Gen Z is especially susceptible to the ideas spread on social media, with 42 percent reporting that what they read on social platforms directly influences how they feel and think.With Gen Z consumers thoroughly discussing everything there is to know about modern technology, tech companies are more driven to innovate and give the people of the internet more to talk about.Related: The Thrill of Working at a Startup Holds Little Appeal for Gen Z4. Independent coders.Most of today’s consumers possess the power to voice their opinions to tech companies, and this can be a powerful way of getting their attention. What is less commonly recognized is the capacity of today’s consumers to create on their own.With a wealth of information easily accessible on the internet, ordinary people willing to learn can follow in the footsteps of tech giants with ingenuity and determination.As an example, many young people have learned how to create smartphone apps and websites, and have succeeded in marketing the products of their labor to much larger, better-equipped tech companies. Although programming remains a largely independent sphere, and does not have a significant presence in the classroom, earlier this year President Obama promised $4 billion of funding toward computer science in U.S. classrooms.These changes, and the presence of websites like code.org, certainly strengthen the ability of individuals to innovate in programming.5. Instant gratification.Most of the technology on the market falls under the category of smartphones, tablets and laptops. The demographic most associated with smartphones and communications technology is Gen Z.No other age group in our society uses social media, the internet and text messaging as frequently as Generation Z. A case study conducted by Tech.co found that 13 percent of all Gen Zers check their phone every few seconds, and as much as 14 percent uses their phones for more than 12 hours a day.It is for these reasons that they are the target market for most tech companies; the whims and desires of Gen Z shape the tech world much more than those of other age groups.As time progresses, tech companies are recognizing the trends in the desires of Gen Z and ultimately becoming more beholden to their cravings for new features, bigger screens, thinner phones and other innovations.6. Generational divide.Opinions on the usefulness and appropriateness of different technologies vary from age group to age group. While older consumers tend to view the new technology with a degree of skepticism, younger generations are much more welcoming of technological innovation.In a study surveying a thousand people between the ages 14 and 69, Gen Zers overwhelmingly answered that 13 was an appropriate age to get a first smartphone; older generations more often suggested that 18 was a better age.The generational divide in opinions on technology’s place in our lives can certainly influence the habits of tech companies.With Gen Z the most frequent consumers of up-and-coming tech, the tech world is more inclined to create new products aimed at the younger generations.