Advertising Related News What’s changing in NIA: Wider jurisdiction, more offences, faster trial Meanwhile, Samajwadi Party member Shafiqur Rahman Barq raised the lynching issue in the Lok Sabha. He said Muslims in the country are facing problems, with several incidents of lynching being reported from states like Jharkhand. He was referring to the lynching of Tabrez Ansari, who was assaulted by a mob on the suspicion of theft, on June 24. He succumbed to his injuries five days later.Barq raised the issue during the Zero Hour and said, “We have to decide how Muslims would live in this country”. Speaking in the Lok Sabha, the Krishnanagar MP said Parliament is becoming a forum to raise West Bengal issues and that things are being generalised.Last week, Moitra delivered a fiery maiden speech in Parliament in which she warned that India was moving towards fascism. She pointed out seven signs to prove that the country was sliding down a dangerous path. She began her speech by saying that the “powerful and continuing nationalism that is searing into our national fabric”, “is superficial”, “xenophobic” and “narrow”.“In a country where ministers cannot produce degrees to show they graduated from college, you expect dispossessed poor people to show papers to show that they belong to this country,” Moitra had said. TMC MP Mahua Moitra speaks in the Lok Sabha during the Budget Session of Parliament, in New Delhi. (LSTV/PTI Photo)Trinamool Congress (TMC) MP Mahua Moitra Tuesday said West Bengal is unfairly singled out in Parliament for discussion about violence in the state, while violence in states like Uttar Pradesh goes unnoticed. Advertising Parliament HIGHLIGHTS: Rajya Sabha unanimously passes NIA (Amendment) Bill 2019 By Express Web Desk |New Delhi | Updated: July 2, 2019 5:23:12 pm Current Session of Parliament may be extended to clear pending legislation 0 Comment(s)
Donald Trump blasts ‘foolish’ UK PM May and her ‘wacky’ envoy over leaked memos LiveKarnataka floor test: MLAs have made false allegations in SC, says CM Post World Cup win: England basks in deflected glory By PTI |London | Published: June 7, 2019 1:52:07 pm Related News Advertising Theresa May is resigning as UK premier, and she’s not going quietly The leadership candidates need eight MPs to back them. Conservative Party MPs will then vote for their preferred candidates in a series of secret ballots held on June 13, 18, 19 and 20.Charles Walker of the Conservative backbench 1922 Committee, which sets the rules of the contest, said: “We are aiming to have two people by Thursday 20 June.”The final two will be put to a vote of members of the wider Conservative Party, with a winner expected to be announced in the week of July 22.Contenders have already been conducting their hustings as they lay out their credentials for the top job. How they plan to deal with Britain’s exit from the European Union (EU) will be at the heart of all their bids, with many backing a no-deal exit as others warn against such an extreme step. More Explained Post Comment(s) Advertising Chandrayaan-2 to launch on July 22 at 2.43 pm: ISRO “It will be for my successor to seek a way forward that honours the result of the referendum. To succeed, he or she will have to find consensus in parliament where I have not. Such a consensus can only be reached if those on all sides of the debate are willing to compromise,” she said, indicating the tough road ahead for any new leader who steps into her shoes now.May, who has been Prime Minister for nearly three years since she took over from David Cameron in the wake of the June 2016 Brexit referendum, will formally resign in a letter to the 1922 Committee of Tory Backbench MPs.It will be business as usual for her for some weeks while the influential Committee goes through the leadership contest.There are so far 11 hopefuls, including frontrunner Boris Johnson with other key contenders being seen as UK foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt and UK environment secretary Michael Gove. May, who had stepped down amid mounting pressure over her repeatedly defeated Brexit deal, will continue as acting prime minister until the party has elected her successor, who will then take charge as the premier.The formal Tory voting process will be triggered on Monday morning, with a new leader expected to be in place by next month.“It is, and will always remain, a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” May said in her emotional speech on the steps of Downing Street on May 23. The Tory party decided to change the rules of leadership election to speed things up after criticism at the number of people coming forward for the job. Previously, candidates needed just two nominations to stand, whereas now they need eight. Best Of Express Taking stock of monsoon rain The UK was originally meant to leave the European Union on March 29. That was then pushed back to April 12 and eventually October 31 after Theresa May failed to get MPs to approve her deal. She announced her resignation, saying she had done everything she could to try to persuade MPs to support the withdrawal deal.The deadline for nominations for a new leader is 5pm on June 10, so more names are likely to emerge by next week. The 1922 Committee will then announce the final list of candidates at 5.30pm on Monday. Ayodhya dispute: Mediation to continue till July 31, SC hearing likely from August 2 It will be business as usual for Theresa May for some weeks while the influential Committee goes through the leadership contest. (file)Prime Minister Theresa May will formally resign as the leader of the UK’s ruling Conservative Party on Friday, paving the way for a keen contest to decide a new British premier who will take charge of the Brexit negotiations. Advertising
Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Related News Still, 2019 is on track to be the most violent year on record, and protesters shouted at the president during a news conference in which the plans were unveiled.“There will be all the support and all the funds necessary to address this outcry,” Lopez Obrador said at the event in his presidential office. “This is the worst legacy left to us by past governments.”Thousands of bodies and remains have piled up from the ad hoc burials given victims of the violence, raising public ire over chronic impunity in Mexico.Criminal gangs often bury the bodies of rivals or victims in clandestine graves. Some exhumed bodies appear to have been doused in acid or dismembered before burial. Israeli DJ shot dead in club in central Mexico ‘I told him not to go’: Mother of drowned Salvadoran migrant laments By Reuters |Mexico City | Published: June 25, 2019 8:17:41 am Post Comment(s) The government said it would initially commit 400 million pesos ($21 million) to work through the backlog, including updating forensic databases, establishing five new forensic centers, bringing in experts and using new technologies.More than 200,000 people have been killed in gang-fueled violence, and over 40,000 have disappeared since former President Felipe Calderon sent in the armed forces to tackle Mexico’s powerful drug cartels at the end of 2006.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador, a leftist who took office in December, has vowed to end the lawlessness and bring justice for the families, calling previous governments the violators “par excellence” of human rights in the country. Mexico President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador. (Source: REUTERS/File)Mexico’s government vowed on Monday to identify thousands of human remains that have accumulated in morgues and mass graves during more than a decade of gang violence and stirred anger among bereaved families. Advertising Best Of Express Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach El Chapo’s life sentence ‘pyrrhic victory’ for Mexico as violence soars After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan Advertising “We must find a way forward … that guarantees us dignified treatment and identification of the bodies,” said Alejandro Encinas, the deputy interior minister responsible for human rights.The National Human Rights Commission (CNDH) said that between January 2007 and September 2016, Mexican prosecutors reported the discovery of 855 clandestine graves, from which 1,548 bodies and 35,958 additional body parts were exhumed.Encinas acknowledged that many bodies and body parts across the country had yet to undergo autopsies. Remains often lie in mass graves without ever being identified by relatives or officials. A shortage of experts has exacerbated the problem.“This has led to a profound forensic crisis that we now need to face,” Encinas said.
Advertising Virat Kohli won’t have a say in choosing new coach Karnataka Trust Vote today: Supreme Court verdict not in our way, says Congress, will issue whip Best Of Express The four-time MLA is one of the four Jharkiholi brothers who have exercised political control over a large part of Belagavi region over the past 15 to 20 years. Hailing from the ST Valmiki Nayak community, Ramesh and his brothers own sugar factories and other businesses in Belagavi worth hundreds of crores. One of the Jharkiholi brothers has inevitably featured in every government in the state over the past decade. One of the four, Satish, is a minister in the current Congress-JDS coalition. Ramesh and Satish are considered to be firm followers of Siddaramaiah with whom they have been associated since his Janata Dal days. Ramesh JharkiholiRamesh was a minister in the Siddaramaiah government and was made a minister in the coalition government as well for a few months before he was dropped for raising a mutiny and leading a group of rebels. Last year, he was involved in a bitter dispute with Congress leader D K Shivakumar over the latter’s attempts to gain control over the Belagavi region in association with Lakshmi Hebbalkar, an MLA and former associate of Ramesh. The Congress leader from Belagavi has been associated with five rebellions in the last year against the coalition and has been identified as a leader of a group of seven to eight rebels. He travelled to Mumbai with six other MLAs soon after resigning on July 6. Ramesh declared wealth of Rs 57 crore in 2013 and Rs 122 crore in 2018.Anand Singh, 53Congress, Vijaynagara, BallariA three-time MLA from Ballari region, Singh hopped from the BJP to the Congress ahead of the 2018 assembly elections. A Rajput and a businessman with interests in iron ore mining, he was arrested by the CBI in 2013 for alleged involvement in an illegal mining racket allegedly operated by former BJP minister G Janardhan Reddy. He is still under trial.Despite lacking a caste base in Ballari, Singh has won elections through popularity gained through philanthropic work. A seven-time MLA, Reddy has been a minister in every Congress government in the state since the 1990s. He has been sulking ever since he was overlooked for a minister’s post in the Congress-JDS government despite having served as a home minister in the previous Siddaramaiah-led Congress government. Reddy has blamed Siddaramaiah for keeping him out to please his own loyalists. Hailing from the Telugu-speaking Reddy community, he does not have a deep caste base in Karnataka to achieve the status of a mass leader. He is, however, a dominant figure in Bengaluru politics and is known to enjoy the support of hundreds of civil contractors in the city on account of being a former councillor.He is known to wield control over various kinds of city contracts, from garbage to construction. After being kept out of the ministry, Reddy has also been upset over the gradual loss of political ground in Bengaluru to new entrants like Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara and the chief minister’s brother H D Revanna through diversion of contracts to their coteries. Reddy declared wealth to the tune of Rs 35 crore in 2013 and to the tune of Rs 66 crore in 2018.He is tipped to be a deputy chief minister in the event of the coalition surviving this crisis. In the 2018 polls, Reddy’s daughter Soumya Reddy was fielded from Jayanagar constituency he earlier held and the Congress reportedly denied him a ministerial berth since his daughter had been fielded in the polls. Reddy is not part of the group of 10 MLAs holed up in Mumbai and is expected to return to the coalition if it survives.H Vishwanath, 69Jds, Hunsur, Mysuru Advertising K SudhakarHis resignation on Wednesday was marked by high drama with Congress leaders nabbing him as he attempted to leave a government building after submitting his resignation. The MLA who runs an NGO declared wealth of Rs 2 crore in 2013 and Rs 15 crore in 2018. More Explained After Masood Azhar blacklisting, more isolation for Pakistan A four-time MLA and a former MP, Vishwanath belongs to the backward class Kuruba community. He was the state president of the JDS till a few days before his move to resign from the Assembly. Vishwanath earlier resigned as state party president, citing the party’s defeat in Lok Sabha polls, the failure of the coalition and the Congress’s “indifference”. He has been engaged in a tussle with fellow Kuruba leader Siddaramaiah ever since he helped the latter join the Congress around 12 years ago. Soon, Siddaramaiah assumed the mantle of the foremost leader of the Kuruba community and Vishwanath was sidelined.He joined the JDS in 2017 and was elected to the Assembly in 2018. In recent months, Vishwanath had grown disgruntled with the Vokkaliga-dominated section of the JDS over the way he was ignored in decision-making even in his own constituency. Vishwanath was seen with senior BJP leaders in Karnataka and Delhi ahead of his resignation. Although he was expected to quit, the veteran was not expected to be part of a group trying to topple the government. In the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, Vishwanath, who is also a writer, declared wealth to the tune of Rs 3 crore. Ahead of the 2018 state polls, he declared the same amount of wealth. He is one of three JDS MLAs parked in hotels in Mumbai along with seven Congress MLAs.R Roshan Baig, 65Congress, Shivajinagar, Bengaluru The eight-time MLA has been a minister on six occasions. He has served as home minister in the past and was the minister for urban development in the previous Siddaramaiah-led Congress government. Baig has been upset after being denied a position in the coalition ministry and has blamed Siddaramaiah for this. R Roshan Baig.He was suspended by the Congress after the Lok Sabha polls for blaming Congress leaders, including Siddaramaiah, for the party’s defeat. Baig was tipped to join the BJP when he was linked to the multi-crore ponzi scheme scam propagated by the IMA Group and its founder Mansoor Khan. In a video message before he fled the country, Khan alleged that he suffered losses because Baig borrowed over Rs 400 crore and did not return it. An SIT probing the matter has called Baig for questioning on July 11. The Congress leader had declared wealth to the tune of Rs 19 crore in 2013 and Rs 36 crore in 2018. Baig is not among the MLAs in Mumbai. He is overseeing Haj arrangements in Bengaluru after being appointed state head of the Haj Committee by the Union Ministry for Minority Affairs.Ramesh Jharkiholi, 59Congress, Gokak, Belagavi Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield The rebel MLAs leave for Bengaluru from the Mumbai hotel Thursday. (Express photo by Prashant Nadkar)From interference in work to resentment over denial of minister seat, the rebel Cong and JDS MLAs have their own reasons. Johnson T A takes a look at the legislators who have put the state government on edgeR Ramalinga Reddy, 66Congress, BTM Layout, Bengaluru Related News 23 Comment(s) Karnataka trust vote today: Speaker’s call on resignations, says SC, but gives rebel MLAs a shield Anand SinghHe was associated with a rebel group in the Congress on several occasions and was involved in a brawl with a fellow rebel from Ballari at a resort near Bengaluru last year after he was allegedly accused of leaking information about the rebels to some Congress leaders. He was the first MLA to resign in the ongoing rebellion. Singh has cited a decision by the Congress-JDS government to hand over 3,667 acres at a cheap price to steel major JSW Steel Ltd in Ballari as the trigger for his decision to quit the assembly. Singh declared a wealth of Rs 104 crore in 2013 and Rs 117 crore in 2018. Singh did not travel to Mumbai with seven other Congress MLAs.S T Somashekhar, 61Congress, Yeshwanthpura, BengaluruThe two-term MLA is from the dominant Vokkaliga community in south Karnataka and a follower of Siddaramaiah. He has nursed ambitions of becoming a minister since 2013 when Siddaramaiah was chief minister. He was made chairman of the Bangalore Development Authority through his intervention. Somashekhar, who has interests in real estate, construction, civil contracts and travel business, is a close associate of two other Congress MLAs from north Bangalore — Byrathi Basavaraj and N Munirathna — who are among the seven Congress MLAs holed up in Mumbai. S T SomashekharSomashekhar on Wednesday refused to meet Shivakumar. He and his two associates were expected to be among those the coalition will particularly reach out to. This is because they have been associated with the rebels for the first time and due to their personal ambitions. Somashekhar declared wealth to the tune of Rs 7 crore in 2013 and Rs 14 crore in 2018.Byrathi Basavaraj, 54Congress, K R Pura, BengaluruA close associate of Siddaramaiah, the Congress MLA is a wealthy landholder from north Bengaluru involved in real estate business. Basavaraj and his brother Byrathi Suresh, also a Congress MLA, are considered to be key financial backers of Siddaramaiah. The brothers belong to the OBC Kuruba community to which Siddaramaiah belongs. They have a reputation of controlling a lot of land deals in north Bangalore. Byrathi BasavarajThe presence of Basavaraj in the group of rebels who resigned on July 6 was a major surprise for political observers and suggested a possible tacit role of their political benefactor in the rebellion.The main grouse of Basavaraj and three other north Bangalore MLAs against the coalition government is the alleged interference of JDS leaders in the affairs in their constituencies. The two-term MLA declared a wealth of Rs 46 crore in 2013 and Rs 90 crore in 2018.N Munirathna, 55Congress, RR Nagar, BengaluruMunirathna is a former contractor-turned-councillor-turned-legislator. The two-time MLA is now also a film producer. He has links with contractors in Bengaluru city who control various city projects and is closely associated with Congress leaders like Ramalinga Reddy and Shivakumar. He is also associated with Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and was the producer of a recent film featuring the chief minister’s actor son Nikhil Kumaraswamy. N MunirathnaThe 2018 election to RR Nagar constituency was postponed after an aide of Munirathna was accused of involvement in illegal practices. In 2014, Munirathna was linked to a fake bills scam in the city corporation. He managed to avoid an arrest by Karnataka Lokayukta due to political connections. Munirathna has cited Deputy Chief Minister G Parameshwara’s “failure” to protect interests of Congress MLAs as a reason behind his quitting as a legislator. He declared wealth of Rs 28 crore in 2013 and Rs 43 crore in 2018.B C Patil, 62Congress, Hirekerur, HaveriA three-time MLA, Patil is a former police sub-inspector-turned-actor-turned politician. A member of the dominant Lingayat community, Patil has been trying to become a minister for long. After the 2018 assembly polls, he recorded negotiations conducted by BJP leaders to lure him to the BJP and provided it to Congress leaders to prove charges of poaching. B C PatilPatil has been linked to Congress rebels in the past. He is among the seven Congress MLAs in Mumbai, but is seen as likely to return if he is guaranteed a ministerial post and the survival of the government. He declared wealth of Rs 5 crore in 2013 and 2018.Prathapgouda Patil, 64Congress, Maski, RaichurA former BJP MLA who was also associated with B S Yeddyurappa’s Karnataka Janata Party, the three-time MLA is from the dominant Lingayat community and an aspirant to a ministerial position. He has been one of the Congress MLAs constantly wooed by the BJP since the 2018 polls threw up a hung verdict. Prathapgouda PatilAn agriculturist, he is among the Congress MLAs in Mumbai. He declared wealth to the tune of Rs 94 lakh in 2008 and Rs 4 crore in 2018.Shivaram Hebbar, 62Congress, Yellapur, Uttara KannadaThe areca nut farmer was among the Congress MLAs wooed by the BJP soon after the 2018 polls. The Congress released an audio tape where BJP leaders were purportedly speaking to members of Hebbar’s family and offering funds and positions if the MLA votes for the BJP in a trust vote. Shivaram HebbarThe two-term MLA has rejected the recordings as fake. He is known to be aspiring to a ministerial post. In 2013, he declared wealth to the tune of Rs 9 crore and in 2018, he declared wealth to the tune of Rs 6 crore.Mahesh Kumatahalli, 57Congress, Athani, BelagaviA close associate of Congress leader Ramesh Jharkiholi, the MLA from Belagavi region is known to follow Jharkiholi’s decisions. He has been associated with all five rebellions against the coalition government since September 2018. Mahesh KumatahalliHe is a member of Lingayat community. Kumaraswamy and deputy CM Parameshwara spoke to Kumatahalli a few weeks ago to get him to convince Ramesh against leaving the coalition. The businessman declared wealth to the tune of Rs 9 crore in 2018.Narayana Gowda, 56JDS, Krishnarajpet, HassanThe JD(S) MLA who is one of three party MLAs who resigned and went to Mumbai on July 6 has blamed interference by members of Kumaraswamy’s family in his constituency as the reason for his joining rebels. Narayana GowdaHe has alleged that a sister of the CM was controlling affairs in the constituency. Gowda, a businessman, belongs to Vokkaliga community. He declared wealth to the tune of Rs 9 crore in 2013 and Rs 11 crore in 2018.K Gopalaiah, 58JDS, Mahalakshmi Layout, BengaluruAnother north Bengaluru MLA with connections to land deals and contracts in the city corporation, Gopalaiah is a two-term MLA. He was suspended by the JDS in 2017 after he cross-voted with a few JDS rebels during a Rajya Sabha election. K GopalaiahHe was re-instated after he apologised. A former councillor in Bengaluru city corporation, Gopalaiah’s wife is a former deputy mayor. He declared wealth of Rs 7 crore in 2013 and Rs 10 crore in 2018.M T B Nagaraj, 67Congress, Hoskote, Bangalore RuralNagaraj is a wealthy landholder in real-estate businessman and one of the richest MLAs in Karnataka. A member of OBC Kuruba community, he is considered a close aide of Siddaramaiah. In the 2018 polls, he declared worth Rs 1,015 crore. M T B NagarajHe had earlier threatened to rebel against the coalition last year and was inducted into the state cabinet in December 2018 at the instance of Siddaramaiah. Nagaraj has now accused Kumaraswamy and his brother Revanna of interference in administration.K Sudhakar, 45Congress, ChikkaballapurA social worker, Sudhakar is a second-term MLA who has been associated with a rebel group since January this year. He was made the chairman of the state pollution control board two weeks ago at the instance of Siddaramaiah to prevent him from joining dissidents. His appointment was earlier opposed by Kumaraswamy. Taking stock of monsoon rain Written by Johnson T A | Bengaluru | Updated: July 12, 2019 12:40:37 pm Advertising Karnataka crisis: What was SC’s Kihoto Hollohan order of 1992, what is the role of Speaker?
Related News The federal government said in papers filed Wednesday the court should sentence Joaquin Guzman to the statutory mandatory minimum of life imprisonment plus an additional 30 years.Prosecutors also asked the judge to order restitution for the victims in an amount to be later determined.Guzman’s lawyer, Jeffrey Lichtman, called the sentencing request “superfluous.” He also said the restitution was “money in theory and not reality” and that the “government has yet to locate a penny” of Guzman’s purported $12.6 billion in drug proceeds prosecutors want to be forfeited.Guzman was convicted in February of murder conspiracy and drug trafficking.He’s scheduled to be sentenced on July 17. Advertising El Chapo earned USD 12,666,181,704, prosecutors say. They want him to pay it back. Star witness against ‘El Chapo’ to be sentenced in Chicago US demands $12.7 billion in judgment against ‘El Chapo’ By AP |New York | Published: July 11, 2019 11:39:38 am Recaptured drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman is scheduled to be sentenced on July 17. REUTERS/File PhotoUS prosecutors want the convicted Mexican drug lord known as “El Chapo” to spend his life in prison. Post Comment(s)
It’s incredibly difficult to get an inkling of what is going on inside gas giants Saturn and Jupiter. But with data deliveries from the Cassini and Juno spacecraft, researchers are starting to learn more. Science Staff Writer Paul Voosen talks with host Sarah Crespi about new gravity measurements from Cassini’s last passes around Saturn. Using these data, researchers were able to compare wind patterns on Saturn and Jupiter and measure the mass and age of Saturn’s rings. It turns out the rings are young, relatively speaking—they may have formed as recently as 10 million years ago, after dinosaurs went extinct.Megan Cantwell then talks to science writer Laura Spinney about how researchers are fighting conspiracy theories and political manipulation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo during the country’s ongoing Ebola outbreak. In a first, the government, nongovernmental organizations, and scientists are working with community leaders to fight misinformation—and they might actually be winning.This week’s episode was edited by Podigy.Download the transcript (PDF)Listen to previous podcasts.About the Science Podcast[Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Stuart Rankin; Music: Jeffrey Cook] NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Stuart Rankin
BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district, Surendra Singh.BJP MLA from Uttar Pradesh’s Ballia district, Surendra Singh, has triggered a controversy with his reported remarks that Muslim men keep “50 women” and father “1,050 children”, calling this an “animalistic tendency.” Advertising By Express News Service |Lucknow | Updated: July 16, 2019 6:47:23 am Advertising BJP will make Maharashtra Congress-mukt, says party state chief Chandrakant Patil Uttarakhand legislator Pranav Singh expelled from BJP for six years over video with guns Was duped into joining BJP-backed film outfit, says actor Madhabi Mukhopadhyay The MLA from Bairiya constituency reportedly said this on Sunday, when reporters asked him to comment on the marriage of Bareilly BJP MLA Rajesh Mishra’s daughter Sakshi and Ajitesh Kumar.READ | BJP MLA’s daughter, her husband roughed up outside Allahabad High Court“Sawal yeh hai ke Muslim dharm me jo hai aap jaante hai ke 50 aurat rakhiye aur 1,050 bachha paida kijiye. Yeh koi parampara nahi hai. Yeh to ek jo hai jaanwari pravitti hai. Theek hai, prakriti paddhati jo bhi santaan aa raha hai, do aa jaye, teen aa jaaye, chaar aa jaaye, usme koi baat nahi hai (The question is that in Muslim religion, a man can keep 50 women and father 1,050 children. This is no tradition but an animalistic tendency. Naturally, if you have two, three or four children, that is not an issue),” said Singh. A video of his remarks is being circulated on social media, drawing criticism. When asked about his statement, Singh said: “On Sunday, mediapersons asked me why I am bothered about the marriage between Sakshi and Ajitesh. I said the Dalit man she claimed to have married was not a good person and he has left women in the past, too. When someone asked me that a lot of people marry more than one woman, I told him that this happens only with Muslims”.BJP spokesperson Chandramohan denied having any information on Singh’s statement and said the party has not issued any response in this regard yet. 362 Comment(s) Related News
Distributed denial of service attacks long have functioned as a cyberweapon against websites, but their use reached a new level in 2016, when they disrupted Internet service in parts of North America and Europe by choking an important piece of Net infrastructure: the domain name system.The DNS converts domain names into corresponding IP addresses. If a domain name can’t be paired with its IP address, then a browser becomes lost on the Net.More “upstream” attacks on the Internet will take place in 2017, said Chase Cunningham, director of cyberoperations at A10 Networks.”If you’re an enemy of someone who depends on the Internet for business or commerce, last year it was shown that if you upstream a little bit and launch a crafted Denial of Service attack, you can bring down large provider websites and infrastructure,” he told TechNewsWorld.”In 2017, we’re going to see more upstream attacks, and DDoS is going to make a comeback as a cyberweapon,” Cunningham said. “We’re going to see a powerful denial of service attack on something that will cause problems for a national infrastructure.” Dec. 20. Insiders Are the New Malware. 1 p.m. ET. Webinar by Presidio. Free with registration. Dec. 22. Part 2: How Is This Yahoo! Breach Different from Their Other Breach? 1 p.m. ET. Webinar by Fidelis Cybersecurity. Free with registration. Jan. 6. The 2017 Threatscape. 10 a.m. Webinar by Cyber Management Alliance. Free with registration. Jan. 9. 2017 Predictions: Authentication, Identity & Biometrics in a Connected World. 11 a.m. ET. Webinar by BioConnect. Jan. 12. 2017 Trends in Information Security. 11 a.m. ET. Webinar by 451 Research. Free with registration. Jan. 12. The Rise of Malware-Less Attacks: How Can Endpoint Security Keep Up? 1 p.m. ET. Webinar by Carbon Black. Free with registration. John Mello is a freelance technology writer and contributor to Chief Security Officer magazine. You can connect with him on Google+. More security vulnerabilities will appear in the software of Adobe and Apple than in Microsoft’s, more attacks on the Internet’s infrastructure will occur, and cybersecurity events will stoke international tensions. Those are a few of the predictions for 2017 that security experts shared with TechNewsWorld.Users of Apple desktops and laptops for years have been relatively insulated from the kinds of malicious activity that has besieged those in the Windows world, but that’s going to change next year, warned Trend Micro.More software flaws will affect Adobe and Apple in 2017, compared to Microsoft, the company noted in a security predictions report.Declining PC sales and an exodus to mobile platforms have dampened interest in targeting devices running Windows, Trend Micro explained. Microsoft also has upped its security game in recent times, which has made it more difficult for attackers to find vulnerabilities in Windows. Signs of hackers’ increased interest in Adobe and Apple started appearing in 2016, Trend Micro noted. Zero day vulnerabilities — flaws unknown to researchers until malicious actors exploit them — numbered 135 for Adobe compared to 76 for Microsoft.Meanwhile, Apple’s vulnerability count during the same period increased to 50, shooting up from 25 in 2015.The increased attention Apple has drawn from criminals can be associated with its growing success in the desktop and laptop market.”There’s a much broader use of Apple products now,” said Ed Cabrera, vice president of cybersecurity strategy at Trend Micro.”The criminals go where consumers and enterprises are,” he told TechNewsWorld. “If consumers and enterprises are utilizing more Apple products, then that’s where they’re going to focus their activity, because that’s where the money is going to be.” Election Hangover A cyberhangover from a divisive and inconclusive presidential election also can be expected in 2017.”Disillusioned American voters will become more inclined toward hacktivism,” Kellermann predicted.That hacktivism will be more destructive than it has been in the past, he said. For example, ransomware will be used to encrypt data solely for denying access to that data and not for ransom. Malicious software delivering “wiper” payloads, which destroy data, also will increase.Voter disillusionment could give old line hactivist groups, like Anonymous, a new reason for being.”Anonymous has been fractured for some time,” Kellermann noted. “On Jan. 20, you could see a consolidation of Anonymous once again, for the cause of acting out against the incoming administration.” Geopolitics Feeding Cyberattacks Breach Diary Follow the Money Upstream Attacks Upcoming Security Events Dec. 12. Quest Diagnoistics, a medical lab operator based in New Jersey, says it’s investigating data breach in November that placed at risk the personal health information of some 34,000 people. Dec. 13. KFC in the UK advises some 1.2 million members of its Colonel’s Club loyalty program to reset their passwords because of an intrusion at program’s website. Dec. 13. Data for more than 200 million people allegedly from credit agency Experian is being offered on sale on the Dark Web for US$600, CSO Online reports. Dec. 13. A 17-year-old youth who previously admitted to cyberattack costing UK telecom company TalkTalk $75 million is sentenced to 12-month rehabilitation order in British court. Dec. 13. October data breach at Peachtree Orthopedics in Atlanta put 531,000 people at risk of identity theft, WSB-TV reports. Dec. 13. Frederick County Public Schools in Maryland says some 1,000 students who attended public schools between November 2005 and November 2006 are affected by data breach discovered in September. Dec. 14. Owner of adultery website Ashley Madison agrees to pay $1.65 million to settle state and federal cases stemming from 2015 data theft of personal information of 37 million users. Dec. 14. Yahoo says it’s discovered data breach from August 2013 exposing accounts of more than 1 billion users. Dec. 14. Joshua Samuel Aaron, 32, arrested in New York City by federal authorities and charged with stealing contact information for more than 100 million customers of American financial institutions, brokerage firms and financial news publishers. Dec. 15. Threat intelligence firm Recordfed Future says it’s discovered evidence that Russian-speaking hacker may have compromised more than 100 access credentials at U.S. Election Assistance Commission. Dec. 15. Protenus reports that the number of healthcare data breaches in November reached an annual high of 57 but records exposed during the month declined from October to 458,639 from 776,533. Dec. 15. Prosecutors in Los Angeles issue arrest warrant for Austin Kelvin Onaghinor, 37, for launching cyberattack on county that placed at risk confidential information of 750,000 people. Dec. 16. President Barack Obama vows to retaliate against Russia for interfering with U.S. elections by stealing information from computer systems of the Democratic Party. Dec. 16. Bleacher Report alerts its online and mobile users it is resetting their passwords in 72 hours due to a data breach of its systems. Simmering tensions over nations hacking nations will come to a boil in 2017, predicted Tom Kellermann, CEO of Strategic Cyber Ventures.”Geopolitics will be the harbinger for cyberattacks in 2017,” he told TechNewsWorld.Those cyberattacks will be fostered by both old and new presidents of the United States.”Due to the president elect’s rhetoric against China, Chinese hacking will begin again with increased vigor,” Kellermann said. “North Korea will leverage IoT for more denial of service attacks against the West.”In addition, he continued, Trump’s anti-Muslim statements during the presidential campaign have increased the membership of cyberterrorist organizations — like al-Qaida and the Cyber Caliphate — that will use their new resources to dismantle and destroy U.S. infrastructure in the coming year.Russian cyberattacks also will increase.”Once President Obama takes revenge upon Putin for the hacking of the election and other things, you will see increased cybermilitia activity via Russian proxies in Eastern Europe against the U.S.,” Kellermann said. 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Source:https://www.mdanderson.org/newsroom/2018/11/more-than-half-of-patients-alive-two-years-after-receiving-car-t-therapy-for-diffuse-large-b-cell-lymphoma-in-zuma-1-trial.html Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 3 2018A follow-up analysis of patients enrolled in a Phase I/II multi-center trial for diffuse large B-cell lymphoma (DLBCL) reported 51 percent of patients receiving an anti-CD19 chimeric antigen receptor (CAR T) called axi-cel were still alive two years post-treatment. Axi-cel was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for treatment of DLBCL in October 2017 and by the European Commission in August 2018.The study, co-led by Sattva Neelapu, M.D., professor of Lymphoma & Myeloma at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, reported its findings in the Dec. 2 online issue of The Lancet Oncology and during a presentation at the 60th American Society of Hematology Annual Meeting & Exposition in San Diego.”This two-year assessment demonstrates that axi-cel can induce durable remissions in a substantial proportion of patients with an acceptable long-term safety profile,” said Neelapu. “There also is evidence of gradual B-cell recovery in most patients with refractory large B-cell lymphoma who otherwise have limited treatment options.”With a median follow-up of 27.1 months for 101 patients enrolled in Phase II, the study found that 83 percent of patients achieved a reduction in cancer activity tied to treatment, known as an objective response; 58 percent had no detectable cancer or a complete response, and 39 percent reported ongoing responses. Median overall survival was not reached, and no axi-cel related adverse effects were reported after the 12-month period.The results mirrored findings of a previously reported median follow up of 15.4 months at which time objective response rate was 82 percent, complete response rate was 58 percent, with 42 percent of patients reporting ongoing responses.Related StoriesMathematical model helps quantify metastatic cell behaviorRetina can restructure itself following gene therapyNANOLIVE‘s novel CX-A defines a new standard for live cell imaging in 96 well plates for continuous organelle monitoring in cell populationsIn addition, exploratory analyses were performed to assess CAR T-cell persistence and B-cell recovery in patients with ongoing remission, and at 24 months, persisting CAR gene-marked cells were observed in 66 percent of patients with evaluable biomarker samples. Peripheral blood B-cells were measurable in 75 percent of patients.’Real-world’ outcomes support ZUMA-1 findingsA subsequent “real-world” assessment of 274 patients who received axi-cel, post FDA-approval of the therapy revealed similar results to the overall ZUMA-1 study. The real-world retrospective study included 17 centers that contributed data independent from the manufacturer-funded trial.Findings from the study, led by Loretta Nastoupil, M.D., assistant professor of Lymphoma & Myeloma, were presented Dec. 1 at the ASH Annual Meeting & Exposition. By day 90, the real-world assessment reported 81 percent of patients had an objective response and 57 percent had a complete response.”Although limited by a relatively short follow up, 90-day responses in the real-world setting are comparable to the best responses observed in the pivotal ZUMA-1 clinical trial,” said Nastoupil. “Importantly, safety appears comparable to the ZUMA-1 trial despite nearly half of patients failing to meet ZUMA-1 eligibility criteria.”
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jan 17 2019Solar cells, quantum computing and photodynamic cancer therapy. These all involve molecules switching between magnetic and nonmagnetic forms. Previously this process, called a “spin flip,” was thought to occur slowly in most cases. Now, researchers at the University of Missouri have discovered spin flips happen in one half of one trillionth of a second, or half a picosecond in the course of a chemical reaction. To understand how fast it is — watches count in seconds, sporting games are timed in 10ths of a second, and light travels just under 12 inches in one-billionth of a second. Spin flips are faster.Related StoriesStudy: Nearly a quarter of low-risk thyroid cancer patients receive more treatment than necessarySugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancer”A typical molecule can have two modes, either magnetic or non-magnetic,” said Arthur Suits, a professor of chemistry in the MU Department of Chemistry. “They can switch from one mode to another if they are ‘excited’ such as by absorbing light. Most molecules begin as non-magnetic, but if you excite it with light, it can switch and become a magnetic molecule, or vice versa.”It is well known that the spin flip for molecules excited by light is usually inefficient so it happens very slowly. Spin flips in chemical reactions are possible but few examples are known. Suits and his team at the University of Missouri tested whether spin flips could occur during a reaction by conducting a scattering experiment where beams of molecules collided into one another, creating a chemical reaction inside a vacuum chamber. They were surprised by what they discovered and partnered with Spiridoula Matsika, a professor of computational theory in the Department of Chemistry at Temple University to understand why the spin flip occurs in half of a trillionth of a second, much faster than previously thought.”We discovered this transition from magnetic to non-magnetic happens after the chemical reaction, as the molecules are coming apart and products are forming,” Suits said. “With this theory, we can understand and explain why this is happening very efficiently in the course of this chemical reaction.”The researchers say understanding this behavior is fundamental for many areas in science such as making more efficient solar cells, quantum computing and photodynamic cancer therapy. Source:http://research.missouri.edu/news/story.php?741&_ga=2.210055570.689902235.1547702015-644247624.1547702015
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 8 2019A new study has found that cystic fibrosis patients who have a common virus may experience faster disease progression than patients who do not have the virus. Signs of faster cystic fibrosis disease progression included earlier times to lung transplant referral and reaching the final stages of the disease.The study looked at the cytomegalovirus, a typically harmless type of herpes virus that is often contracted during late adolescence and early adulthood. It is estimated that over 90% of people aged 80 years have the virus, and it does not usually cause symptoms.The researchers say their findings, which are published in the European Respiratory Journal, suggest the virus may be an unrecognized contributor to cystic fibrosis, but more research is needed to confirm whether the virus causes the disease to progress more quickly.Cystic fibrosis is a genetic condition that affects the body’s ability to control the movement of salt and water between cells. This can cause a build-up of thick mucus in the lungs, making it more difficult to breathe and causing patients to be more likely to develop lung infections. The average life span of cystic fibrosis patients is 37 years, and around 0.6% of patients have an organ transplant each year as it has the potential to extend their lives.Michael Parkins is Associate Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases at the University of Calgary, Canada, and was one of the lead researchers. He explained: “We already know that the cytomegalovirus can harm the health of cystic fibrosis patients who have had a lung transplant, as it can increase the risk of organ rejection, but we know very little about how this virus affects pre-transplant cystic fibrosis patients.”An increasing body of evidence has demonstrated a link between cytomegalovirus and a number of chronic conditions such as Alzheimer’s, heart disease and several cancers, but to date no studies have looked at the link between the virus and deterioration in chronic respiratory disease.”The study included 56 cystic fibrosis patients who were referred for lung transplant at the Calgary Adult Cystic Fibrosis Clinic. Of those patients, 30 (54.6%) tested positive for cytomegalovirus. Researchers also recorded patients’ sex, BMI, education and presence of other infections and genetic traits, to assess if these factors affected when patients were referred for transplant or reached the final stages of cystic fibrosis disease.The analyses showed that infection with the virus was the most important factor linked to disease progression. Patients with the virus were referred for lung transplants at a much younger age than patients who did not have cytomegalovirus, eight years earlier on average. Patients with the virus also died ten years earlier on average, compared to patients who did not have the virus.Related StoriesCommon cold virus strain could be a breakthrough in bladder cancer treatmentResearchers compare American, Pacific and Southeast Asian subtypes of Zika virusResearch sheds light on how hepatitis B virus establishes chronic infectionProfessor Parkins explained the findings: “Cytomegalovirus is normally dormant in people who have it, but it can become active again and spread more quickly after infection with other bacteria. We know that cystic fibrosis patients are more likely to develop lung infections, so it’s possible that repeated cycles of activation of the virus exaggerates the damage to patients’ lungs, contributing to faster disease progression.”The association we found does not necessarily mean that cytomegalovirus directly causes more rapid disease progression – further studies are needed before such a bold statement could be made. However, our findings provide the first indication that this virus may have an impact on progression of cystic fibrosis, potentially leading to earlier transplant referral and even death.”The researchers say that a number of cytomegalovirus vaccines are currently being investigated in other areas of medicine, and that these could be trialed among cystic fibrosis patients to prevent possible infection.The research team say there are also several interventions that could be trialled to manage cytomegalovirus among cystic fibrosis patients. Professor Parkins said: “Treatment might involve regular medication to slow the spread of the virus. Alternatively, treatment could be given only during times of reactivation, for example following infection or symptom flare-ups.”The researchers caution that the study is limited by the small number of patients included who all came from just one clinic, and by the lack of information about the direct cause of death or transplantation among patients.Professor Tobias Welte, from Hannover University, Germany, is President of the European Respiratory Society and was not involved in the study. He said: “With improved diagnosis and medical treatment, cystic fibrosis is changing from a disease of childhood into a disease of adults, as patients are living for longer. The average life span for people with the disease is now around 37 years of age, but just 5% of cystic fibrosis patients across Europe are aged over 40 years.”This is an exploratory study that raises an interesting hypothesis, however, due to the limitations of the study, it does not confirm a role of the cytomegalovirus in cystic fibrosis. Further observational studies are necessary to be able to confirm the value of these findings.”The researchers say that they are now conducting further research in this area using larger international registries and multiple patient centers. Source:https://www.europeanlung.org/en/
Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 15 2019Professional baseball players with a low-grade elbow injury that occurs on the humeral side of the elbow have a better chance of returning to throw and returning to play, and a lower risk of ulnar collateral ligament surgery than players who suffered more severe injuries on the ulnar side of the elbow. The research was presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Orthopedic Society of Sports Medicine.Led by Dr. AaKash Chauhan from DuPage Medical Group, Downers Grove, Ill., the team of researchers conducted a study of 544 professional baseball players, average age 22.5 years with 90 percent playing in the Major League Baseball level and 84 percent identified as pitchers.Chauhan and his team of researchers sought to evaluate the relationship of MRI tear grade and injury location with outcomes for nonoperatively treated elbow ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) injuries in professional baseball players.Related StoriesOlympus Europe and Cytosurge join hands to accelerate drug development, single cell researchAMSBIO offers new, best-in-class CAR-T cell range for research and immunotherapyBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitThere were no statistically significant differences in return to throw, return to pitch and ulnar collateral ligament repair by grade or tear location. However, objectively, ulnar-sided tears had the lowest return to throw rate at 81 percent and return to pitch rate at 42 percent, respectively. Players with ulnar and both-sided tears also had a higher rate of elbow repair surgery compared to players with humeral-side tears.Chauhan’s analysis found that older players were less likely to return to play compared with younger players, and major league players were more likely to suffer re-injury or ulnar collateral ligament surgery than minor league players.The researchers found that lower MRI grade and humeral location were objectively associated with a higher return to throw, higher return to pitch, lower rate of elbow surgery, and higher survival rates compared to higher grade, and ulnar or both-sided tears. Players who were older than 25 had a significantly higher likelihood of not returning to play after non-operative treatment. Competing at the Major League Baseball level had a higher likelihood of re-injury or having ulnar surgery.”Based on this study, non-operative treatment of ulnar collateral ligament injuries will likely be more successful in younger players, lower grade tears, and humeral-sided injuries,” Chauhan said.The American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine (AOSSM) is the premier global, sports medicine organization representing the interests of orthopedic surgeons and other professionals who provide comprehensive health services for the care of athletes and active people of all ages and levels. We cultivate evidence-based knowledge, provide extensive educational programming, and promote emerging research that advances the science and practice of sports medicine. AOSSM is also a founding partner of the STOP Sports Injuries campaign to prevent overuse and traumatic injuries in kids. Source:American Orthopaedic Society for Sports Medicine
By Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNJul 14 2019Higher cumulative lifetime cognitive reserve decreased the risk of dementia, a new study found.A team of researchers at the Tianjin Medical University in China wanted to explore whether accumulation over a lifetime of cognitive and social activities are linked to a slower rate of memory loss, hence, a lower risk of developing dementia, despite brain pathologies.The study, which was published in the JAMA Neurology, shows that older individuals who have the highest lifespan cognitive reserve had a 39 percent reduced risk of dementia, compared to those with the lowest scores. Despite having vascular pathology or Alzheimer’s disease (AD), there was less dementia risk if the senior had high scores in lifespan cognitive reserve.The cognitive reserve (CR) hypothesis is a compensatory mechanism to cope with age-related brain damage. It has been proposed to explain why some individuals maintain better cognitive function even with brain changes brought by aging or any disease process. Alzheimer’s disease on MRI. Image Credit: Atthapon Raksthaput / Shutterstock The lifespan cognitive reserve scoreTo land to their findings and make a cumulative cognitive reserve measurement in the lifetime, the researchers enrolled a total of 2,022 participants in the Rush Memory and Aging Project, which is a current community-based cohort study.The participants had an annual follow up between 1997 and 2018. After excluding patients who were not qualified in the study criteria, they were left with 1,602 patients without dementia, the majority are women and had a mean age of 80.Upon follow-up, a total of 747 had died and of these, 611 underwent autopsies. The researchers then examined the reports and data between May and September 2018. The lifespan cognitive reserve score incorporated education, social activities in late life, a social network in late life, and early-life, midlife, and late-life cognitive activities. The team measured the lifespan CR score and divided them into tertiles, ranked lowest, middle, and highest.The study findingsRelated StoriesPosterior parietal cortex plays crucial role in making decisions, research showsNew app created to help people reduce exposure to anticholinergic medicationsResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionOf the 1,602 participants, 389 participants developed dementia, including 357 who developed Alzheimer’s disease.Compared to those with high brain pathologies but with lowest CR score tertile, the dementia rate was about 38 to 55 percent lower in individuals both in the highest CT score tertile and high brain pathologies.The researchers found that the highest cognitive reserve score was linked to a reduced risk of dementia, even among those with high Alzheimer’s disease pathology.This means that cognitive reserve, which included education, cognitive activities, social networks, and social activities may reduce the risk of developing dementia. “In this community-based prospective study of dementia-free older adults, we found that high lifespan CR indicator accumulated through education, early-life cognitive activities, midlife cognitive activities, late-life cognitive activities, and social activities in late life was associated with a reduction in risk of dementia in a dose-dependent manner,” the researchers explained. They also stated that cognitive reserve was not linked to most brain pathologies and the link of CR with dementia remained significant even after adjustments with these brain pathologies. Lastly, they found that CR may be linked to a reduced risk of dementia even with high Alzheimer’s disease and vascular pathologies such as infarcts.“Our findings suggest that accumulative educational and mentally stimulating activities enhancing CR throughout life might be a feasible strategy to prevent dementia, even in people with high AD or vascular pathologies. Further large population-based longitudinal studies are warranted to establish the strategies of engagement in CR-related activities for the prevention of dementia,” the study authors concluded.What is dementia?Dementia is a syndrome and an umbrella term for many diseases that affect memory, cognitive abilities, and behavior. These alternations in brain functions significantly interfere with a person’s ability to maintain their activities of daily living (ADLs).Even though age is the strongest known risk for dementia, it’s not a normal part of aging. In fact, it’s the loss of cognitive functioning, which includes the ability to remember, solve problems, think, and reason. The functions affected by dementia include memory, problem-solving, visual perception, language skills, ability to focus or pay attention and self-management.Worldwide, an estimated 50 million people are living with dementia, costing a total of $818 billion in terms of care provided by family carers. The number is expected to triple in 2050. Today, dementia is the 5th leading cause of death across the globe. Journal reference:Xu H, Yang R, Qi X, et al. Association of Lifespan Cognitive Reserve Indicator With Dementia Risk in the Presence of Brain Pathologies. JAMA Neurol. Published online July 14, 2019. doi:10.1001/jamaneurol.2019.2455, https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamaneurology/fullarticle/2738336
The online battle for the truth Pro-EU demonstrators outside a June 12 British parliamentary hearing on fake news and the Brexit vote Major media organizations, often in partnership with big technology and social media firms, have stepped up fact-checking and other steps to support fact-based journalism.But these efforts have been complicated by unrelenting attacks on the media by US President Donald Trump and others who tend to label any unfavorable coverage “fake news.”The ‘gatekeeper’ roleFake news is as old as journalism itself, and reputable media organizations have often played a role of “gatekeeper” to reliable information.This role has been fundamentally challenged in the fast-moving internet age when rumors and false information can become viral, sometimes with tragic results. In one chilling example in India, a WhatsApp rumor warning that 300 people had descended on Gujarat looking to abduct and sell children has triggered deadly mob attacks.Social media “has made things much worse,” because it “offers an easy route for non-journalists to bypass journalism’s gatekeepers, so that anyone can ‘publish’ anything, however biased, inaccurate or fabricated,” says John Huxford, an Illinois State University journalism professor.”Journalism’s role as the ‘gatekeeper’ of what is and isn’t news has always been controversial, of course. But we’re now seeing just how bad things can get when that function breaks down.”Internet firms, after initial reluctance to define themselves as “media,” have stepped up efforts to identify false news and to “curate” stories from “trusted” news sources.”Technology companies including Apple, Google, Snapchat, Twitter, and, above all, Facebook have taken on most of the functions of news organizations, becoming key players in the news ecosystem, whether they wanted that role or not,” said a March 2018 report by Columbia University’s Tow Center for Digital Journalism. “False political news traveled deeper and more broadly, reached more people, and was more viral than any other category of false information,” said a report this year from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.The MIT researchers examined 126,000 rumors spread by three million people, and found that false news reached more people than the truth.”Analysis found that it took the truth approximately six times as long as falsehood to reach 1,500 people,” the researchers said.Oxford Internet Institute scholars came to a similar conclusion, pointing out that on many online platforms, news is “prioritized by complex algorithms that have been coded to sort, filter, and deliver content in a manner that is designed to maximize users’ engagement,” according to a study.”The speed and scale at which content ‘goes viral’ grows exponentially, regardless of whether or not the information it contains is true,” wrote Oxford researchers Samantha Bradshaw and Philip Howard.Huxford said many internet users are not adept at telling fake news from the real thing, making the role of major news organizations critical.”This is why Trump falsely labelling the mainstream media as ‘fake news’ is so toxic,” he said.”It means that, at a time when there is a lot of fabrication and falsehoods swirling through the system, the credibility of the most reliable sources of news is being undermined.”There have been some hopeful signs for news media, such as increased digital subscriptions for the New York Times and Washington Post. But many legacy organizations such as local newspapers are struggling with a shift to digital platforms. Posters in Kuala Lumpur for a Malaysian government bill calling for criminal penalties for spreading fake news, a law which has sparked global concern about freedom of expression The viral spread of hoaxes and misinformation ahead of the US election and Brexit referendum two years ago was a wake-up call for many established news media, who have gone on the offensive to shore up their credibility and help filter out fake news. Critics of President Donald Trump say his habit of denouncing “fake news” has led to a climate that encourages attacks on journalists New dangers for journalists?Journalists may face new dangers in the current environment, in some cases subject to attacks by political leaders even when trying to debunk false information.In Brazil, the fact-checking organizations Lupa and Aos Fatos, which have partnered with Facebook to curb fake news, have faced threats and harassment, with some groups accusing them of ideological bias.The Philippine government meanwhile revoked the license of website Rappler, which has also joined fact-checking efforts against President Rodrigo Duterte.The United States has broad constitutional protection for the press, but some say Trump’s attacks are having an impact.After the deadly attack on a newsroom in Annapolis, Maryland, one prominent writer suggested Trump’s posture laid the groundwork for violence against journalists.”He calls us the enemy of the people, he says that we are unpatriotic, that we do not love our country, and we’re surprised when someone picks up a gun to kill us?” said Washington Post columnist Jennifer Rubin in an HBO interview.The value of fact-checkingAs fake news has extended its global reach, so has fact-checking—with some 149 initiatives now running in 53 countries, according to the Duke University Reporters Lab.Facebook has established fact-checking partnerships with 25 organizations, including AFP, in 14 countries, to stem the spread of misinformation.Yet even fact-checking has its limits, and some people will remain committed to believing false information regardless of verification efforts, studies show.In late 2016, a gunman fired shots in a Washington pizza restaurant based on the erroneous belief it was the location of a child sex ring involving Hillary Clinton. And 51 percent of Republican voters said in a recent survey they believed former president Barack Obama was born in Kenya—another widely-shared fallacy.A Pew Research Center survey released last year found two-thirds of US adults say fabricated news stories cause a great deal of confusion about the basic facts of current issues and events.The survey also found 23 percent said they had shared a fake news story, with nearly half of those saying they knew it was false at the time. Explore further 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. Citation: Fake news: the media industry strikes back (2018, July 13) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-fake-news-media-industry.html © 2018 AFP Fake news spreads fasterNumerous studies have shown that fake news—often more sensational than genuine information—spreads faster online because of how social media has prioritized “virality.”
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SHARE COMMENT Published on December 21, 2018 COMMENTS RELATED The Opposition termed the Home Ministry’s circular, authorising security and investigating agencies to intercept information on computers and data banks as anti-Constitutional here on Friday. Despite a clarification by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley in Rajya Sabha that the Opposition is crying foul about a set of Rules that were framed in 2009, the Opposition said the Centre has let loose all federal agencies through the order.Both the Houses witnessed protests by Opposition members on the order. Dismissing the charge of snooping, Jaitley said the Opposition is making a mountain where even a molehill doesn’t exist and added that the Rules that gave powers to the agencies were framed by the erstwhile UPA government in 2009. Responding to Congress’ Deputy leader in the Upper House Anand Sharma, he said: “You must know this and, as a leader of Opposition, your word is sacrosanct, so don’t cry foul over a power that you created — which is to be used in national security cases .”Opposition leader Ghulam Nabi Azad said the fact, however, is different. “The BJP seems to think it has ownership rights over national security and it means nothing to us,” he said. “These are elementary things. It is an authorisation order. The provisions of national security are written in Article 69…. You are playing with the security of the country. That is what you have done just now,” Jaitley retorted. “When senior members from the Opposition raise an issue, every word spoken by them has precious value and therefore they must know facts,” Jaitley added.’‘Insecure dictator’Congress President Rahul Gandhi said Prime Minister Narendra Modi is an “insecure dictator”. “Converting India into a police state isn’t going to solve your problems, Modi Ji. It’s only going to prove to over one billion Indians what an insecure dictator you really are,” he said in Twitter.“Right to privacy of every citizen on which the Supreme Court has also given its decision is a fundamental right. Nine agencies and the Delhi Police have been given a sweeping power to intercept through an executive order. India will become a police state, this is not acceptable,” Sharma added.The Left parties said the order is a brazen attack on the fundamental right to privacy. “This order goes against the spirit of Supreme Court judgments on telephone tapping guidelines, the right to privacy judgment and the Aadhar judgment,” CPI(M) Polit Bureau said in a statement. It’s official! Central agencies can now snoop into your computer 1 SHARE SHARE EMAIL Congress, Left crying foul over a set of Rules framed in 2009, says Arun Jaitley privacy (computers) personal data collection Senior Congress leader Anand Sharma – PTI
RELATED National Herald case: Delhi HC rejects Associated Journals’ plea against Centre’s order A file photo of the Delhi High Court. COMMENTS CBI names Hooda in AJL-National Herald Panchkula land grab scam chargesheet Published on National Herald case: Subramanian Swamy records his statement in Delhi court National Herald case: HC dismisses pleas of Sonia, Rahul challenging reopening of tax assessment COMMENT The Delhi High Court on Thursday dismissed National Herald publisher AJL’s plea challenging a single judge order to vacate its premises at ITO here.A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao rejected the appeal of Associated Journals Ltd (AJL) in which it had challenged the Centre’s decision asking it to vacate the ITO premises. “We have dismissed the appeal,” the bench said.It also rejected the oral request of AJL’s counsel that they be granted two week’s time to vacate the premises. AJL had appealed against the single judge’s December 21, 2018 order that directed it to vacate the premises at ITO within two weeks, after which eviction proceedings under the Public Premises (Eviction of Unauthorised Occupants) Act, 1971, would be initiated.The single judge had also said that by transfer of AJL’s 99 per cent shares to Young India (YI), the beneficial interest of AJL’s property worth Rs 413.40 crore stands “clandestinely” transferred to YI. In its order, the single judge had said that AJL has been “hijacked” by YI, in which the Gandhis are shareholders.The December order had come on AJL’s plea challenging the Centre’s order to vacate the building.The Centre had ended its 56-year-old lease and asked AJL to vacate the premises, saying no printing or publishing activity was going on and the building was being used only for commercial purposes.During the arguments earlier, AJL, represented by senior advocate Abhishek M Singhvi, had said transfer of the company’s majority shares to YI would not make Congress President Rahul Gandhi and his mother Sonia Gandhi the owners of the Herald building here. He also contended that the Centre never raised the issue of lack of printing activity at the Herald building prior to June 2018, by when publishing of some of its online editions had already commenced.The Centre, represented by Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, had argued that the manner the shares were transferred, the court needs to “pierce the corporate veil” of AJL to see who owns the premises — Herald House — leased to it for running a printing press. The government had contended that the land in question was allocated to AJL on lease for printing press and this “dominant purpose” was stopped several years ago. The Centre had contended before the court that transfer of 99 per cent stake in AJL to YI, which bought over the Rs 90 crore debt for a consideration of Rs 50 lakh, led to a “virtual” sale of the Herald building at ITO.The L&DO had ended the lease — entered into with AJL on August 2, 1962 and made perpetual on January 10, 1967 — asking the company to hand over the possession by November 15, 2018. In its plea, AJL had also said the digital versions of English newspaper National Herald, Hindi Navjivan and Urdu Qaumi Awaz have commenced from 2016-17. The weekly newspaper National Herald on Sunday resumed on September 24, 2017, and the place of publication was the ITO premises, AJL said, adding the Hindi weekly newspaper Sunday Navjivan was being published since October last year from the same premises. National Herald case: I-T says assessment order passed on taxes of Rahul, Sonia but not being given effect SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL judiciary (system of justice) crime, law and justice February 28, 2019
Published on Karnataka minister and independent MLA Nagesh resigns, withdraws support to govt SHARE SHARE EMAIL July 08, 2019 Karnataka COMMENT SHARE state politics All the Cabinet colleagues of Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy have submitted their resignations, giving him a way out to save the coalition government from an imminent collapse.On a day of hectic political activity, Kumaraswamy, who returned from a private visit to the US on Sunday, held several rounds of meetings with legislators from both the Congress and the JD(S) to take stock of the developments. It remains to be seen whether the Monsoon Session of the Assembly, expected to start on July 12, will be postponed because of the crisis in the government.All the 21 Congress ministers tendered their resignation to KPCC President, Dinesh Gundu Rao, in the presence of AICC Karnataka in-charge KC Venugopal. Similarly, the 11 JDS ministers also put in their papers to give the chief minister a free hand to salvage the government.Former chief minister and JDS-Congress co-ordination panel chief, Siddaramaiah, said that the Congress high command would take a final decision on the next course of action, and the grievances of the disgruntled MLAs would be looked into before recasting the State cabinet. Both Siddaramaiah and Venugopal blamed the BJP’s central leadership for the political crisis in the State.Amid these developments, the coalition government received a further setback when two independent MLAs resigned from the ministry, announcing their support for the BJP. With their inclusion, the strength of the BJP in the Assembly has gone up to 107.Meanwhile, BJP State unit president BS Yeddyurappa said he would launch a protest rally on Tuesday against the government as the coalition had lost majority in the Assembly and had no moral right to continue in office. On Saturday, 12 MLAs had tendered their resignation to the Speaker, leaving the JDS-Congress coalition government in deep crisis. The Speaker is expected to take a call on their resignations on Tuesday.If the resignations of all 13 legislators in the 224-strong house are accepted, the strength of the Assembly will drop to 211. This will allow the BJP, which has the support of 106 legislators, including two independents, to stake a claim to form the government for the second time after last year’s Assembly polls. RELATED COMMENTS Independent MLA H Nagesh submits his resignation as a minister to the Karnataka Governor Vajubhai Vala at Rajbhavan in Bengaluru, on Monday, July 8, 2019. – PTI Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy – THE HINDU