1993 Mumbai blasts accused arrested in Bijnore

first_imgKadir Ahmed, an accused in the 1993 Mumbai serial blasts, was on Saturday arrested in his native district Bijnore.He was nabbed after a joint operation by the Uttar Pradesh Anti-Terror Squad and the Gujarat Anti-Terror Squad, a police spokesperson said. Ahmed is an accused under TADA (Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Prevention Act). He is alleged to have played a role in the landing of weapons and explosives in Jamnagar, Gujarat supplied by Tiger Memon for the blasts.Memon is one of the alleged prime mastermind of the devastating attacks that left more than 250 persons dead.“UP ATS and Gujarat police are questioning Kadir Ahmed,” said Aseem Arun, Insoector General, UP ATS. The police said the accused would be taken to Gujarat on a transit remand.last_img

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Pakistan violates ceasefire in Rajouri

first_imgPakistan violated the ceasefire by firing on Indian posts along the Line of Control in Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir.The ceasefire violation took place on Sunday night.“The Pakistani Army violated the ceasefire by using light weapons and MMGs (medium machine guns) along the LoC in Baba Khori belt of Naushera sector of Rajouri district at 2230 hours last night”, Deputy Commissioner, Rajouri, Shahid Iqban Choudhary said.There have been 23 incidents of ceasefire violations, one BAT attack and two infiltration bids by Pakistan in June, in which 4 persons, including 3 jawans, were killed and 12 injured.In July, 11 people, including 9 soldiers, have been killed and 18 injured in ceasefire violations by Pakistan along the LoC in J&K.last_img

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Flood creates havoc in Assam; 10 more killed taking death toll to 99

first_imgThe flood situation on Sunday deteriorated in Assam, where the Army was called out for rescue operations as 10 more people were killed and 22.5 lakh affected in 21 districts.Following Sunday’s toll in flood-related incidents, the total number of persons losing their lives in this year’s flood-related incidents in the state went up to 99, including eight Kuwaiti, an Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) report said.Prime Minister Narendra Modi called up Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal, who toured various flood-affected areas in Dibrugarh district, an official release said.“The prime minister expressed concern and assured all possible help and support to the state government in handling the situation,” the statement said. Mr. Sonowal informed PM about the devastation caused by the flood in middle and upper Assam and the disruption to vehicular movement on National Highway 37, the lifeline between the two areas.The Army’s Red Horns Division of the Gajraj Corps has dispatched multiple teams after receiving calls for help from various district administrations, a defence spokesperson said. Principal Secretary of Prime Minister’s Office Nripendra Mishra asked Assam Chief Secretary V.K. Pipersenia to submit a report detailing the damage and devastation caused by the current wave of floods in the State. Currently, 2,734 villages are under water and over 1.35 lakh hectares of crop areas have been damaged across the state, the ASDMA said. | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwarcenter_img According to the ASDMA, 10 persons were killed on Sunday in flood-related incidents in three districts. While six persons lost their lives in Kokrajhar, three died in Bongaigaon and one in Biswanath.The flood situation is likely to worsen with Brahmaputra and 10 other rivers flowing above the danger mark at 15 places, including the state capital. At present, 22.5 lakh people are affected in 21 districts, the ASDMA said.The districts are Dhemaji, Lakhimpur, Biswanath, Sonitpur, Darrang, Baksa, Barpeta, Bongaigaon, Chirang, Kokrajhar, Dhubri, South Salmara, Morigaon, Nagaon, Karbi Anglong, Golaghat, Jorhat, Majuli, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia. Nagaon Deputy Commissioner Shamsher Singh said, a crucial dyke at Hatimura was breached by the Brahmaputra at 2 a.m. and its flood waters inundated vast areas of the district.The authorities have issued an alert in the district with flood waters submerging the NH-37 at four places between Kaliabor and Jakhalabandha, forcing the authorities to stop traffic, thereby cutting the link between upper and middle Assam. NH 37 passes through Kaziranga National Park.Mr. Singh said personnel from the Army, NDRF and SDRF have been engaged in rescue operations, while people in Nagaon town have resorted to panic purchase of goods from the market. A defence spokesperson said about 3,000 people have been rescued by the Army from Bodoland Territorial Area Districts and Karbi Anglong.As per the ASDMA report, Dhubri is the worst-affected with 3.98 lakh sufferers, followed by Morigaon with 3.14 lakh people affected in the deluge. The condition in Morigaon suddenly worsened after the surging water breached the dyke of Brahmaputra in Lahorighat and flooded more than 100 villages in Lahorighat and Bhuragaon revenue circle, affecting over one lakh people.Currently, 2,734 villages are under water and over 1.35 lakh hectares of crop areas have been damaged across the state, the ASDMA said. Authorities are running 678 relief camps and distribution centres in 17 districts, where 1,83,584 people are taking shelter at present. At least 4,000 persons have been evacuated to safer places by the SDRF, NDRF and Army personnel in many districts.The devastating flood has damaged many embankments, roads, bridges and other infrastructures in Dhemaji, Udalguri, Darrang, Nalbari, Barpeta, Kokrajhar, Bongaigaon, Morigaon, Nagaon, Majuli, Golaghat, Charaideo, Chirang, Dhubri, Sivasagar, Jorhat and Biswanath.Currently, the Brahmaputra is flowing above the danger mark at Guwahati, Nimatighat in Jorhat, Tezpur in Sonitpur, Goalpara and Dhubri towns. Other rivers like Burhidehing at Khowang in Dibrugarh, Subansiri at Badatighat in Lakhimpur, Dhansiri at Numaligarh in Golaghat, Jia Bharali at NT Road Crossing in Sonitpur, Puthimari at NH Road Crossing in Kamrup, Manas at NH Road Crossing at Barpeta, Beki at Road Bridge in Barpeta, Sankosh at Golokganj in Dhubri, Katakhal at Matizuri in Hailakandi and Kushiyara at Karimganj town are flowing above the danger marks.NF Railway Chief Public Relations Officer Pranav Jyoti Sharma said, a total of 22 trains have been cancelled, while 14 others are stranded at various places as tracks are flooded at many places across the North East. Most of the forest areas in Kaziranga National Park, Pobitora Wildlife Sanctuary and Lawkhua wildlife sanctuary are under flood waters.last_img read more

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Gujarat swine flu toll touches 220

first_imgWith 12 deaths (six from Ahmedabad) and 212 new cases (including 91 from Ahmedabad, 31 from Vadodara, and 15 from Surat) reported on Wednesday, H1N1, commonly known as swine flu, has become an epidemic in Gujarat. As per the State’s health department figures, 2,095 cases were reported this year, with 220 deaths; 746 have been cured and 1129 are under treatment.Increasing mortality and spread of the H1N1 virus has forced the authorities to launch emergency measures including setting up a dedicated helpline and a statewide awareness campaign.Meanwhile, the Gujarat High Court on Wednesday slammed the authorities for “failing to contain the spread” of the virus.After a review meeting, Shanker Chaudhary, Health Minister, said, “More than 15,000 staff members of the health department and civic bodies are working round the clock not only to ensure treatment to patients but also contain the spread of viral flu.” Jayanti Ravi, Health Commissioner, advised anyone with symptoms like cold, sore throat, fever and body ache to immediately go to private or government-run medical centre; all government hospitals are equipped to tackle the illness, she said. The High Court, slammed the authorities, reacting to a Public Interest Litigation petition, which asked for a court-appointed committee to inspect and report on “the sorry state of affairs and callous and negligent attitude on the part of the respondent authorities which has given rise to outbreak of vector and mosquito borne diseases.” Appearing for the petitioner, lawyer K.R. Koshti sought the court’s direction to provide compensation to the victims of swine flu, malaria and other mosquito-borne diseases in the State.last_img read more

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Crimes against women at alarming levels in Bengal

first_imgThe National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data on crimes against women, including trafficking in West Bengal, have shown alarming highs.What happened?The NCRB report for 2016, which was released on November 30, 2017, recorded 283 incidents and 307 victims under Section 326A (acid attack) and Section 326B (attempt to carry out an acid attack) in the country. Of these, West Bengal recorded 76 incidents of such attacks and about 83 victims, accounting for 26% of all incidents and 27% of victims. Uttar Pradesh, the most populous state in the country with almost double the population of West Bengal, recorded 57 incidents and 61 victims.Why can’t it be controlled?Despite guidelines from the Supreme Court on regulating the sale of acid, there is little monitoring on the ground in West Bengal. While the guidelines ban over-the-counter sale of acid without identity proof, no restrictions have been imposed in rural and semi-urban areas where most of the attacks take place. The easy availability of the corrosive substance has resulted in high incidence of acid attacks in the State, according to the police. What about other crimes?Acid attacks are not the only crime directed at women in Bengal. One of the highest contributors of crime against women are cases registered under Section 498A of the IPC (cruelty by husband or his relatives). During 2016, 1,10,434 cases were registered across the country, of which West Bengal recorded 19,305 cases (over 17% of the total cases in the country).When it comes to human trafficking, West Bengal is not only the highest contributor to the crime but it alone accounts for 44% of all cases nationally. Of the 8,132 cases of human trafficking reported in 2016, West Bengal accounted for 3,579 cases. In terms of missing children, which is related to human trafficking, the State recorded 8,335 cases of children gone missing in 2016. As the State shares a border with Bangladesh, Nepal and Bhutan, it has become a transit route in human trafficking. The distress-ridden tea gardens of north Bengal, the remote islands of Sunderbans and the districts of Malda and Murshidabad with poor human development indicators and high density of population serve as ideal source point for traffickers luring young girls on the pretext of jobs or marriage to other States. Some experts say that the number of cases of human trafficking are high as the police are proactive in registering cases of human trafficking and missing children. One of the aims of the Kanyashree Prakalpa launched by the West Bengal government was to curb trafficking by providing conditional cash transfer to school-going girls but the numbers clarify that a lot more needs to be done. Who is to blame?West Bengal has been recording a high crime rate against women over the past several years. In 2016, West Bengal ranked second with 32,513 cases of crime against women, contributing 9.6% to all such crimes in the country. Uttar Pradesh with over 17% of the female population of the country — Bengal has 7.5% — accounted for 14.5% of all crimes against women. But despite the high levels of crimes against women, it has failed to garner adequate attention from the authorities. The State government has not taken note of the numbers, and the Opposition too has not raised the issue. Statutory bodies such as the West Bengal Women’s Commission and the West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights have failed to put any system in place by which crimes against women and child trafficking can be arrested. According to non-governmental organisations working in the field, the commissions need to improve victims’ access to legal services and put in place concrete steps that can act as a safety net for women and children. The overall conviction rate for crime against women in India stands at 18.9 %. For West Bengal, the conviction rate is the lowest in the country at 3.3 %.last_img read more

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Fresh outreach in J&K to focus on arrested youth

first_imgThe Centre’s fresh outreach in Jammu and Kashmir will be focussed on teenagers who were booked for various offences in 2016. The government is contemplating dropping cases against 41 youths arrested for throwing stones during the 2016 unrest in the Kashmir Valley. Violent protests erupted in the State after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces on July 8, 2016.The 41 youths are the only ones still under detention, a senior government official said. Over 700 teenagers who were 16-years-old or below were booked in 2016 for being involved in such crimes.First-time offendersAround 11,000 youths were booked by police post July 8, 2016 for throwing stones and damaging public property. An official said that more than 20% of these youths were students and 4,732 among them were first-time offenders.In November last year, the Centre advised the Jammu and Kashmir government to withdraw cases against first-time offenders.Gaining confidenceAn official said more than half the population in the State was below 25 years and the government was trying to win their confidence.“The population of J&K as per 2011 census stood at 68 lakh. Half of them are below 25 years. We are planning a series of confidence building measures,” said the official.The Centre had appointed former Intelligence Bureau chief Dineshwar Sharma to carry forward dialogue with all stakeholders. The decision to withdraw cases against first-time offenders was taken on the basis of recommendations given by Mr. Sharma.The Centre also advised the State government to prepare a new surrender and rehabilitation policy for Kashmiri youths who have joined militancy. As many as 117 young Kashmiri men joined various militant outfits in 2017 which saw a spike after Wani was killed.Panel mootedThe Home Ministry has advised the State government to constitute a high-level committee, headed by an officer in the rank of Director General of Police or Additional Director General, to review remaining cases of stone-throwing against students and the youth.Before the 2016 unrest, the State government had initiated process to withdraw cases against first-time offenders who were booked from 2008.A parliamentary panel headed by senior Congress leader P. Chidambaram had asked the Home Ministry to check the disturbing trend of local youths in Jammu and Kashmir joining militancy.The Parliamentary Standing Committee on Home Affairs, headed by Mr. Chidambaram, also observed that there was a “sinister and complex connection” between the simultaneous rise in stone-pelting incidents and ‘fidayeen’ (suicide) attacks on the establishments of security forces.“There has been a rise in the number of law and order incidents, particularly incidents of stone-pelting, which seem to have become a regular feature in some parts of Kashmir. Numerous incidents of picketing of police stations and snatching of rifles from police and paramilitary personnel point towards local sourcing of arms,” it said.The panel said while the law and order incidents had kept the security forces busy, the militants, meanwhile, had found time to reorganise themselves and perpetrate terror attacks on the forces.last_img read more

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SC seeks names of officials posted in Kasauli when illegal constructions came up

first_imgThe Supreme Court on Wednesday sought to know from the Himachal Pradesh government the names and designations of officials who were posted at Kasauli when the unauthorised constructions came up there.The court also asked the State to apprise it about the specific steps taken to ensure that no unauthorised construction was carried out in the entire State and how it proposes to tackle the issue.A Bench of Justices M.B. Lokur and Deepak Gupta also asked the State about the steps it proposes to take to remove the debris of unauthorised constructions that were demolished in several hotels at Kasauli.“Unless you take action and remove four-five people from service, nothing will fall in line,” the Bench told the Advocate General of Himachal Pradesh.Asks State to file status reportThe court asked the State to file a status report on the questions raised by it and posted it for hearing in August first week.The Supreme Court had termed very unfortunate the killing of a woman officer, who was supervising the demolition of an unauthorised construction, allegedly by a Kasauli hotel owner, saying it was due to the “non-implementation” of law.Assistant Town and Country Planner Shail Bala Sharma, on May 1, went to supervise the demolition of unauthorised construction at Kasauli’s Narayani Guest House where its owner Vijay Singh allegedly shot her dead, while another government official accompanying her sustained serious injuries.The court had pulled up the State government and said it cannot “encourage” people who break the law and carry out illegal constructions while asking it to ensure the implementation of the law on illegal constructions.last_img read more

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Punjab orders CBI probe into firing incident

first_imgThe Punjab government on Monday announced that it would hand over the probe into the Kotkapura and Behbal Kalan police firing incident of 2015, which followed the Bargari sacrilege episode, to the CBI on the recommendation of the Justice (retd.) Ranjit Singh Commission.The Commission was set up by the Congress government in April last year to investigate the incidents of sacrilege of the Guru Granth Sahib and other religious texts. The government had rejected the findings of the Zora Singh Commission set up by the Akali Dal government, saying its findings had been “inconclusive”.Chief Minister Amaridner Singh told reporters that the decision to hand over the case to the CBI to further probe all those implicated by the Commission had been taken to ensure an impartial and objective investigation after registering a case under Section 307 of the IPC.Role of officers“The role of all the police officers named by the Commission will be probed by the CBI and all documents related to the incidents will be handed over to the agency. Very senior officers could be involved so it was felt that the matter was best investigated by the CBI,” he said. “The Commission submitted its first report in June 2018. Though the full report is awaited, the government has decided to accept the recommendations made by the Commission so far,” added Capt. Singh.last_img read more

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Ajit Jogi not to contest elections

first_imgChhattisgarh Janata Congress leader and former Chief Minister Ajit Jogi will not fight the upcoming Assembly election. “He [Ajit Jogi] will concentrate on the whole State and will campaign for all the candidates instead of fighting the election himself. The aim is to strengthen the campaign and form the government in Chhattisgarh,” Ajit Jogi’s son, Amit Jogi, said.The Janata Congress has formed a grand alliance with the Bahujan Samaj Party and the Communist Party of India, creating for the first time a three-corner fight in the State, which has seen only a direct fight between the Congress and the BJP till now. Mr. Jogi was the chief ministerial face of the alliance. The announcement comes as a surprise because Mr. Jogi had earlier said he would fight against Chief Minister Raman Singh from Rajanandgaon. He had started campaigning. The party is yet to decide on a replacement for Mr. Jogi.last_img read more

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Campus polls to return after 25 years

first_imgTwenty-five years after they were banned, Maharashtra’s universities will witness the return of campus polls, as the State government on Tuesday released rules and regulations for student elections. “These elections will be held as per the recommendations of the Lyngdoh committee and directions of the Supreme Court. The election process will be completed by September 30 of the next academic year,” said Education Minister Vinod Tawde. The student election program will be announced before July 31 and a university students council will be set up before September 30, the minister said. The elections for the student councils of university departments and colleges will be held on a single day and will based on a majority vote. University student council office bearers will be elected from college representatives. The process will be time bound and without interference from political parties, as candidates are not allowed to use symbols, photos, logos or images of any party, person or religious organisation.The eligibility criterion for candidates include enrollment in a full-time course either in college or university. The candidate must have cleared all subjects from the previous year and shouldn’t have any academic backlog. The age-limit for the candidate is 25 years, which means only undergraduate or post-graduate students can contest. “University elections are meant to infuse leadership qualities and a democratic process among students. Representatives would also mean that students will be directly involved in solving problems affecting their community,” said Mr. Tawde.last_img read more

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Politics mars Kartarpur corridor event

first_imgAs the ruling Congress and the Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) jostled to take credit for the Kartarpur corridor project, unruly scenes marred the foundation-laying event at Dera Baba Nanak in Gurdaspur on Monday.An unseemly spat broke out over a plaque that included the name of former Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal, former Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Badal and Union Minister Harsimrat Badal. Punjab’s Prisons Minister and local MLA Sukhjinder Singh Randhawa objected to the names of the SAD leaders, saying “Badals made no contribution in getting clearance for the Kartarpur Corridor”.Puts black tapeAnnoyed over the inclusion of SAD leaders’ names, hours before the ceremony, Mr. Randhawa put a black tape over his own name, besides the names of Chief Minister Amarinder Singh and Punjab PWD Minister Vijay Singla as a mark of ‘protest.’ Later, the plaque was replaced by a digital display.“Akali Dal had been in power in the State for many years. All these years they never took up the Kartarpur issue seriously. Now they are making attempts to take credit for it as they are an alliance partner with the BJP in the Centre,” said Mr. Randhawa. Vice-President M. Venkaiah Naidu and the Punjab Chief Minister laid the digital foundation stone of a road project that will link the Kartarpur corridor in Pakistan by pressing a button. An animated Mr. Randhawa even went up to Mr. Venkaiah Naidu to complain about the ‘Badals’ claiming credit.As tension was palpable on stage throughout between leaders of all the parties, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari went behind the stage to persuade Mr. Sukhbir Badal to come on the dais. Then Capt. Amarinder stopped proceedings to bring Punjab Congress president and Member of Parliament from Gurdaspur Sunil Jakhar on stage.Shiromani Akali Dal accused the Congress party and Mr. Randhawa of indulging in cheap politics by defacing the Kartarpur corridor foundation stone even before start of the foundation stone laying ceremony.SAD leader Bikram Singh Majithia said “Mr. Randhawa’s action was shocking and shameful and totally unbecoming of a Sikh and a Punjab government minister. No Sikh would try to politicise and spoil such a solemn occasion associated with Sri Guru Nanak Dev ji by performing such an abominable act,” he alleged in a statement, after the event.The Congress and SAD leaders, who jostled for space on stage, also took the opportunity to hit out at each other. When Harsimrat Badal launched a veiled attack on the Congress by raising the 1984 anti-Sikh riots issue, the Congress leaders and workers resorted to sloganeering. Congress MP Sunil Jakhar accused the SAD of making Punjab a drug hub. Akali leaders shouted slogans throughout the ceremony before walking out.Separately, Mrs. Harsimrat went on to twitter to claim credit for the corridor, saying ”@AkaliDal got the Kartarpur corridor resolution passed in Punjab Assembly. in 2010. But, Cong govt at the Centre then & in 2017 Shashi Tharoor-led committee tried to deny the corridor. Now, our efforts fructified with the Cabinet decision to open up the corridor.”last_img read more

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Five killed as boulder falls on minibus

first_imgFive persons, including three women, were killed and nine others injured, when a minibus came under a boulder after a landslide hit a stretch of road in Jammu and Kashmir’s Doda district on Wednesday, officials said. The minibus was on its way to Gandoh from Thathri, when the boulder hit it at Piyakul on Wednesday, they said. Sub-Divisional Police Officer Gandoh Bhallesa Nawaz Khanday said five persons were killed and nine others injured in the incident. Mohd. Banday, SDM Thathri, said preliminary reports suggest that the minibus, which was crossing the muddy patch, came under debris and rocks after a sudden landslide. Locals and policemen immediately reached the spot and after rescuing the passengers, shifted them to Primary Health Centre in Kahara.last_img

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ScienceShot: Deciphering a Dog’s Yawn

first_imgObservant dog owners know that if they yawn, their dog is likely to do the same. It’s called contagious yawning, and it’s something that we do with one another, too. Evolutionary biologists say that we yawn when we see someone else doing so because of our capacity for empathy. But some studies have suggested that dogs yawn not because they’re feeling empathetic, but because they’re mildly stressed. Now, a team of scientists in Japan has tackled the question again. In a study reported online today in PLOS ONE, the scientists filmed 25 dogs of various breeds as they observed their owners and strangers either yawning or making other mouth movements; they also monitored the dogs’ heart rates throughout the experiment. All the canines responded more to their owners’ genuine yawns than to those of strangers, as the poodle, Kikumaru, is doing above. And none of them had a change in their heartbeats, making it unlikely that their yawns are due to stress. The team concludes that contagious yawning in dogs is emotionally similar to that in humans. And that means, as most dog owners would surely attest, that Fido has some form of rudimentary empathy. Perhaps the next question is, how empathetic are we with other species: Do we yawn when our dog yawns?last_img read more

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ScienceShot: An X-ray of Earth’s Interior

first_imgFor the first few million years of our planet’s history, the ocean of molten material that surrounded Earth’s core had two distinct layers, with the deepest one being almost twice as dense as the one nearest the planet’s surface, a new study suggests. Researchers gathered data by squeezing samples of the volcanic rock basalt (dark blob in center of image) between small bits of diamond at pressures approaching 600,000 times that exerted by Earth’s atmosphere at sea level—or about the same as that found within rocks about 1400 kilometers below Earth’s surface. (The tiny diamond anvils are one of the few materials strong enough to exert such pressures without shattering.) While squeezing the samples, the team also heated them to about 3000°C by zapping the materials with pulses of high-energy x-rays—a first-of-its-kind combination. At the relatively low pressures found near Earth’s surface, basaltic magma would have had a density of about 2.7 grams per cubic centimeter, the tests suggest. But at the hellish temperatures and pressures found at a depth of 1400 kilometers, its density probably would have been about 5 grams per cubic centimeter, the researchers report online today in Nature. The increase in density, and a corresponding increase in stiffness of the molten material, results because the high pressure found deep within the planet would have forced each silicon atom to have six oxygen neighbors, not the four neighbors typically found at lower pressures. These magma layers probably lasted no more than 100 million years, but they strongly affected the rate at which our planet cooled, as well as how various elements were distributed within Earth’s crust and the underlying layer known as the mantle, the researchers say. Although scientists have theorized that Earth’s early oceans of magma were two-layered, the new results are the first solid evidence to bolster that notion.See more ScienceShots.last_img read more

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Top stories: The origin of life, the galaxy’s oldest solar system, and interspecies interbreeding

first_imgHow Earth’s earliest life overcame a genetic paradoxThe earliest life on Earth encountered a paradox: Why would RNA chains get longer and longer, setting the stage for the evolution of complex life forms like amoebas, worms, and eventually humans, if shorter RNA molecules reproduced faster? Now, new research suggests that longer RNA chains could have hidden out near hydrothermal ocean vents, where unique temperature conditions might have helped these complex organisms evolve.Childhood neglect erodes the brainSign 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(*)New analysis reveals that children who were neglected as infants have less white matter in their brains. The finding suggests that sensory deprivation early in life can dramatically impact the brain’s anatomy and may help explain long-term negative effects on behavior.What’s your digital privacy IQ?In an age of big data, ever more capable personal devices, and ubiquitous Internet connections, it’s hard to hide from a determined sleuth. Have we reached the end of privacy? Take our quiz to find out your digital privacy IQ!Humans and Neandertals likely interbred in Middle EastOur human ancestors probably had sex with Neandertals, but when and where did these encounters take place? Thanks to the discovery of a skull in Israel, scientists believe Neandertals and modern humans mated in the Middle East between 50,000 and 60,000 years ago.Telescope detects galaxy’s oldest known solar systemAstronomers have spotted the oldest known set of planets in the Milky Way: five hot and rocky worlds that are more than twice as old as our solar system. The ancient system may shed light on the early days of planetary formation in the galaxy.White House fleshes out Obama’s $215 million plan for precision medicineThis week, the White House revealed a price tag and other details of the precision medicine initiative announced in President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address last week. As expected, much of the $215 million proposed to launch the multiagency initiative in the 2016 fiscal year will support building a cohort of 1 million American volunteers for genomics and other biomedical research.last_img read more

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Marriott puts its flag on 100th property in India

first_imgUSA-based Marriott International put its flag on its 100th property in India. By opening the doors of its newest hotel – Sheraton Grand – in the southern city of Bengaluru on Tuesday, Arne Sorenson, President and CEO of Marriott International, stated that India is the third country, after the USA and China, to have achieved this milestone.Read it at ETN Related Itemslast_img

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Amazon India to Increase Focus on Sales of Groceries and Fresh Produce

first_imgAmazon plans to increase its focus on grocery sales and fresh produce in India through its online portal, according to a report by Reuters. The report suggests that Amazon India could have half of its business generated by sales of groceries and fresh produce over the next five years, as buyers look to make everyday purchases online.Read it at BGR Related Itemslast_img

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India Seen Escaping Argentina’s Fate As Remittances Curb Deficit

first_imgIndia’s vast army of overseas workers should cap the country’s current-account deficit and keep it from joining emerging-market counterparts that have struggled with currency crashes this year, according to Capital Economics.“Remittances from abroad are a vital — yet often under-appreciated — source of funding for India,” Shilan Shah, senior India economist in Singapore at Capital Economics wrote in a note Tuesday. Without that support, the nation’s deficit “would have placed it alongside the likes of Turkey and Argentina — two countries that have suffered a currency crisis.” Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

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