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HPV vaccine has led to a dramatic reduction in cervical cancer rates

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first_imgThirdly, the age at which the vaccine is supposed to be given is an age where the majority of eligible girls are supposed to be in high school. Targeting them would require a combined effort from education ministries, school owners and principals, parents and the girls themselves.‘It is possible to prevent cervical cancer’ through vaccinationNsofor says school outreach should begin with communicating the risks of cervical cancer to these stakeholders; they should be educated about its prevalence, causes, prevention, treatment, and prognosis: “Supplemental vaccination campaigns conducted in schools with the permission of school authorities and the consent of parents is a quick way of immunizing all who are eligible.”Nsofor also thinks cervical cancer screening should be part of the overall approach to disease prevention and that since infected boys can develop cancers of the penis, anus, and pharynx, it is essential that they are also vaccinated to ensure that men who have sex with men are also protected. National health insurance schemes and Health Maintenance Organisations (HMOs) in Africa should add HPV vaccination and cervical cancer screening services as components of health plans that can be purchased by families. In the long run, it is cheaper to provide these preventative services than to treat cervical cancer.”Ifeanyi Nsofor By Sally Robertson, B.Sc.Jul 4 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)In wealthy countries that have vaccination programs, the Human Papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine has significantly reduced the rate of HPV-related infections.Researchers at the Université Laval in Quebec who looked at 66 million young men and women found that the problems caused by the virus have significantly decreased across a number of wealthy countries.The meta-analysis of 65 studies found that, depending on age and diagnosis, rates of HPV infection and genital warts had fallen by between 31% and 83%. The prevalence of precancerous lesions caused by HPV has also decreased since the introduction of the vaccine.CNK02 | ShutterstockUse of the HPV vaccine is now becoming even more widespread in some countries, which will probably mean a significant drop in cervical cancer rates since this type of cancer is nearly always caused by HPV infection. More than 90% of anal cancers, 70% of oral, neck and throat cancers and more than 60% of penile cancers are all caused by HPV.Cervical cancer can take as long as 20 years to develop, so the vaccine, which was first introduced in 2006, has not been available long enough for researchers to reliably tell whether HPV-related cancer incidence has fallen. However, the significant decline in infection rates is expected to result in similar falls in the associated cancer incidence.A number of reviews have shown that the HPV vaccine is one of the safest vaccines available. Receiving the jab can be painful, but the only side effects that tend to be reported are soreness and redness at the injection site and sometimes fainting among adolescents.The most effective way to combat cervical cancer has so far been screening, but this only flags up tissue that could become cancerous, whereas the vaccine stops the infections that cause this abnormal tissue to develop in the first place.Since it is not currently possible to screen for HPV-related cancers, the vaccine remains the only way to prevent them from developing.The vaccine is so effective that it even partially protects unvaccinated people on account of it reducing the prevalence of HPV among the wider population of sexually active people.As reported in The Lancet, the current study found that rates of the two HPV strains that the vaccine protects against had fallen by 83% among teenage girls and by 66% among young women aged between 22 and 24 years, up to eight years after vaccination.The incidence of anogenital warts also fell by nearly 70% among teenage girls and by 54% among women aged under 25. Among unvaccinated males, the authors also observed a 48% drop in teenagers and a 32% drop in men aged 20 to 24 years.The fact that the incidence among unvaccinated men is also dropping shows just how effective the vaccination program is. The incidence of grade 2 cervical neoplasia also fell by half among girls aged between 15 and 19 years and by 31% among women aged 20 to 24 years.The HPV vaccine needs to be made available across AfricaThe vaccine is mainly only administered to women, but in countries where young men were also vaccinated, the protective effects were even greater. However, the vaccine is generally only available in high-income countries, with lower income countries not having yet adopted widespread use among men and women.Study author Marc Brisson says: “Vaccinating girls in these countries would have the greatest impact on the worldwide burden of HPV-related cancers.”In Africa, many women are dying from cervical cancer, even though doctors know what causes it and how to prevent it. At least 68,000 cases of cervical cancer arise every year and 46,000 women die as a result of the disease.In a guest column for AllAfrica, director of Policy and Advocacy for Nigeria Health Watch, Ifeanyi Nsofor, writes that too many women on the African continent die from sexually transmitted diseases where we know the cause and how to prevent it: “This is unconscionable and should not continue.”Nsofor says there are three approaches that could ensure the success of HPV vaccination in wealthy countries is replicated in Africa and that they must involve multiple stakeholders including health ministries, governments, schools and pharmaceutical companies.Firstly, many people in Africa, particularly those in rural areas, do not have access to healthcare. A combination of poverty, lack of healthcare access and out-of-pocket payments mean women who need the vaccine are not given it.If HPV vaccination is going to be made available in Africa, universal health coverage is needed so that people can access healthcare without suffering from financial hardship, writes Nsofor.Secondly, the cost of a single vaccine is $39 in public facilities and $71 in private facilities, which is not affordable for people living in extreme poverty. The United Kingdom has shown that it is possible to prevent cervical cancer by deploying nationwide HPV vaccination. It is inexcusable to allow women (and men) to die from preventable diseases. African governments must show leadership by replicating the UK programme across the continent.” Journal reference:Drolet, M., et al. (2019). Population-level impact and herd effects following the introduction of human papillomavirus vaccination programmes: updated systematic review and meta-analysis. The Lancet. 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New technology advances protection of critical systems from insiderassisted attacks

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first_img Is the reactor system smart enough to know it is attacked? The answer: Most experts would tell you if an insider assists attackers, nearly all industrial systems become vulnerable. Worse yet, the system could remain defenseless and sustain physical damage from an attack.”Security defenses against digital attacks are for the most part based on the concept of erecting walls or fences to stop unauthorized access from outsiders,” said Hany Abdel-Khalik, a Purdue University associate professor of nuclear engineering, who is leading the research team.He said it is similar to building a physical wall, a trench or a line of armed warriors to stop enemy advances.”When there is a clear barrier, your job is well defined and you will try everything you know until the wall comes down.” Abdel-Khalik said. “Hackers have proven it is possible in the digital world to take down a barrier without operators being aware. There is a clear need for another line of defense when these types of security walls are compromised.”The Purdue team has developed a new covert defense algorithm that employs evasive tactics to deceive attackers. The idea is to modify all the signals flowing through the network, from and to the sensors and plant components, by small amounts that do not impact system behavior but provide the ability to detect intrusion.Different from a real wall, the attackers do not see their target because the covert signals look like noise normally expected in the system traffic. Operators also can make the covert signals nearly impossible to figure out by continuously changing them.The Purdue team said the new defense has applications for many industrial control systems that uses computers to continuously monitor operations and issue commands to maintain safe and economical system operations. These include nuclear plants, refineries, driverless vehicles, drones and Internet of Things devices. Here’s a scary yet realistic scenario: Attackers sponsored by a rogue organization or radical state gain access to the control system of a nuclear reactor, a chemical reactor or a similar critical system. 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. New technology from Purdue University advances the protection of critical systems from insider-assisted attacks. Credit: Purdue University Explore furthercenter_img Provided by Purdue University Citation: New technology advances protection of critical systems from insider-assisted attacks (2018, October 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-technology-advances-critical-insider-assisted.html Control system simulator helps operators learn to fight hackerslast_img read more

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Driverless hovertaxis to take off in Singapore

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first_imgThe Volocopter electric air taxi takes off and lands vertically and can carry two passengers for around 30 kilometres (19 miles) Citation: Driverless hover-taxis to take off in Singapore (2018, October 24) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-driverless-hover-taxis-singapore.html Millions of commuters in the region’s cities have to contend with chronic gridlock every day, sparking a race to develop new ways to avoid the snarl-ups.While the developed city-state of Singapore does not suffer major congestion, it is seen as a perfect test-bed for new technologies due to its compact size and openness to innovation.German firm Volocopter said Tuesday it will conduct the test flights in Singapore in the second half of next year with the support of the government.Resembling a helicopter, Volocopter’s electric air taxis take off and land vertically. They are based on drone technology and can fly two people for around 30 kilometres (19 miles), the firm said in a statement.The Singapore tests follow a public demonstration in Dubai last year.”The Volocopter is designed specifically for inner city missions,” Volocopter said in a statement, adding it can withstand minor turbulence around skyscrapers, allowing for smooth rides.”It is so quiet that at a flight height of 100 metres (330 feet), it cannot be heard over the typical background noise of a city.”A company spokeswoman said the Volocopter can be controlled by a pilot using a joystick, or remotely from the ground.Apart from the test flights, Volocopter will also set up a product design and engineering centre in Singapore to support its expansion plans.Volocopter said they are getting ready to roll out their first fixed routes in cities.The hover-taxis will complement helicopter-hailing services which are already taking off in some cities to beat traffic jams. Explore further Test flights of a driverless hover-taxi will take place in Singapore next year, a German aviation firm said, the latest innovation to offer an escape from Asia’s monster traffic jams.center_img Dubai dreams of flying taxis darting among its skyscrapers © 2018 AFP 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.last_img read more

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5G a revolution not without risks

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first_imgThe United States has essentially barred use of Huawei equipment in domestic networks, as have Australia and New Zealand, with other countries considering following suit.Deliverance or disappointment?The promises are always hyped, but the delivery is often a disappointment. Early buyers of 4G smartphones were often let down: their handsets could handle nippy speeds but the backbone of networks were often not yet bulked up to handle the higher data flow. Operators have now built up the capacity of their backbone networks, but if 5G is to keep its promise the number of base stations needed is enormous. Otherwise, users will be forced back onto slower networks.Meanwhile operators are having to invest billions to roll out 5G, which is an issue because competition in many countries has hemmed in prices companies can charge consumers. While most analysts believe operators will in the end be able to finance building the new networks, they may not initially be dense enough to handle some of the most anticipated applications.Building a dense network of base stations along highways to handle self-driving vehicles will be a costly endeavour, for example, and operators may find themselves seeking partners from users of new services. ‘No evidence’ of Huawei spying, says German IT watchdog What is 5G, what will it be able to do, and what are the risks?What is 5G?5G stands for the fifth generation of mobile network technology, which should begin to be rolled out in 2020 in Asia and the United States.Each generation has offered improvements in data transmission speed and capacity, and with 5G the networks are really set to make the transition from telephony to other objects.What will it be able to do?The much vaunted internet of things has so far been hobbled by the limitations of mobile networks, both in terms of transmission speeds of handsets and the fact the backbone of networks hadn’t been expanded sufficiently in many cases to handle huge volumes of data. With 5G, transmission speeds should accelerate sufficiently to allow for self-driving cars to take to the roads or for doctors to conduct operations remotely.It will also cut the cord on augmented and virtual reality.The ability to connect more sensors will help make many services “intelligent”, such as helping manage traffic flow and telling the sanitation department when garbage bins need to be emptied. Industry is in particular looking forward to 5G to reinvent manufacturing and allow it to monitor all sorts of processes.Why does 5G pose security risks?The first reason is that more data and more types of data will be travelling across 5G networks. Much of the data transmitted by sensors could be sensitive, such as information about manufacturing processes that business rivals would be interested in acquiring. Or the data from our homes that could be gleaned to determine all sorts of things about us. The treasure chest of data for hackers is getting much, much bigger.A second reason is that an increased reliance on the mobile network means its disruption would have even more serious consequences, both in terms of safety and economic activity. A failure during a remotely guided operation could lead to the death of a patient or a crash of a self-driving car. A longer outage could disrupt an economy. This poses national security risks. 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. © 2018 AFP While the diplomatic spat over the arrest of Huawei’s chief financial officer was based on accusations the firm violated US sanctions on Iran, the United States has longstanding concerns about Chinese telecommunications equipment being a Trojan horse for Beijing’s intelligence and military.Huawei is a major manufacturer of equipment used to build 5G networks, and the US defence establishment fears it could enable it to disrupt American military communications or otherwise wage asymmetrical warfare in a confrontation. The recent diplomatic dust-up over Chinese telecoms company Huawei, one of the leaders in developing equipment for fifth-generation mobile networks, has demonstrated that this technology which promises to enable an internet of things and self-driving vehicles also poses risks. 5G should facilitate the adoption of self-driving cars, like this one being tested in the northern Italian city of Turin in November Explore further Citation: 5G: a revolution not without risks (2018, December 16) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-5g-revolution.html 5G is touted as being able to enable self-driving cars and the internet of things, but greater reliance on communications networks also poses risks The number of base stations needed is enormous for 5G to keep its promise Could they turn off the lights? The more various systems are connected to networks the greater the risk an attack could cripple the economylast_img read more

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Space tech poised to make air travel greener and more efficient

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first_imgIris: programme for satellite communications for air traffic management. Credit: European Space Agency Preparing for air traffic control via satellite Provided by European Space Agency Credit: European Space Agency PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen 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. The Iris system demonstrates how ESA can support a European industrial consortium to deliver innovative solutions of global importance. Together they have developed Iris into an enabling tool for the aviation sector and for ESA’s European Commission partners in the Single European Sky Air-Traffic-Management Research (SESAR) modernisation programme.Peter Hotham, Deputy Director of the SESAR Joint Undertaking, said: “Satellite communications is an important enabler for the digital transformation of Europe’s aviation and air navigation system. With our ongoing cooperation with ESA, we have the means to align towards an integrated roadmap for satellite communications under the overarching Air Traffic Management architecture further elaborated in the European Air Traffic Management Master Plan.”John Broughton, Vice President of Operational and Safety Services at Inmarsat Aviation, said: “The progress of the Iris programme to date has been phenomenal. With the system design and flight tests now complete, industry-wide interest and commitment to the programme has led to several important agreements with major European air navigation service providers, original equipment manufacturers and a leading commercial European airline. These partnerships have brought us one step closer to commercial service for Iris, and enabling the SESAR objective of modernising air traffic management across Europe.” The Iris programme seeks to equip aircraft with satellite-based data communication links to help pilots and air traffic controllers to use the shortest and fastest routes, boosting productivity, saving fuel and reducing environmental pollution.Funded by the European Space Agency in collaboration with Inmarsat, a global satellite communications company based in London, the system will be piloted on selected flights over the coming months and is scheduled to begin commercial service in 2021.Several national air traffic control organisations have agreed to trial the commercial system, including those of Belgium, France, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Switzerland and the UK.Aircraft manufacturers are now developing and certifying commercial avionics to support the technology, and Inmarsat has entered into an agreement with the European Satellite Services Provider (a group of seven national air traffic management organisations) to identify future markets and business opportunities for the service. Explore further Play Iris will provide a safe and secure text-based data link between pilots and air traffic control (ATC) networks using satellite technology. The programme is developed under a public-private partnership between ESA and Inmarsat, and will help relieve pressure on the aviation sector’s congested radio frequency communication channels. It will so as part of the European Commission’s Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) masterplan to modernise Europe’s air traffic management. Credit: European Space Agency Magali Vaissiere, Director of Telecommunications and Integrated Applications at ESA, said: “The Iris technology is ready for implementation. We are extremely pleased to have passed this very significant milestone on the road to safer, greener and more efficient air travel.”The space-based technology will complement the existing terrestrial system. At present, air traffic controllers use radar to detect the location of aircraft and their direction of travel. They then speak to the pilots, advising them on their route. However, this approach is labour intensive and requires large safety buffer zones around planes, which can restrict air traffic capacity and lead to delays. Moreover, it requires line-of-sight between the planes and the land-based radar stations, which is impossible when aircraft are flying over oceans, leading to the use of even bigger buffer zones.Inmarsat has been working with ESA to develop a way to digitise the system. Fitting each aircraft with Iris satellite data communication terminals enables air traffic controllers to manage the world’s increasingly crowded skies without having to speak to each pilot individually. Flight plans can be continually updated during the flight to maintain an optimal trajectory towards the destination. This allows air traffic controllers to schedule landings well in advance, maximising airspace and airport capacity, while minimising the fuel burned and the carbon dioxide emitted. Ultimately the Iris system will enable air traffic controllers to cope with predicted increases in the number of flights, while simultaneously ensuring the safety of the skies. Citation: Space tech poised to make air travel greener and more efficient (2019, March 14) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-space-tech-poised-air-greener.html Passengers travelling through busy airports should soon face fewer delays and have a lower environmental impact, thanks to efforts to use airspace more efficiently.last_img read more

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Man Goes Blind After Wearing Contact Lenses in the Shower

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first_img 8 Awful Parasite Infections That Will Make Your Skin Crawl 27 Devastating Infectious Diseases Acanthamoeba is a single-celled amoeba that’s commonly found in water, soil and air, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Contact lens wearers face a risk of contracting this infection if they engage in certain practices, such as disinfecting lenses with tap water or swimming or showering while wearing lenses, the CDC said. This amoeba has a particular affinity for the surfaces of contact lenses, meaning the lenses can be “a vehicle for the harboring, transmission and delivery of microorganisms to the eye,” according to a 2010 review paper on the topic published in the Journal of Optometry. But when Humphreys started wearing contact lenses in 2013 so he could play sports without glasses, he wasn’t aware of this showering risk. He would often hop in the shower with his contact lenses in after a morning workout. “I thought nothing of it at the time. I was never told not to wear contact lenses in the shower. There’s no warning on the packaging, and my opticians never mentioned a risk,” Humphreys said. After he was diagnosed with Acanthamoeba keratitis in early 2018, he was given eyedrops for his infection, but a few months later, he suddenly went blind in his right eye, according to PA Media. Humphreys was then prescribed a stronger medication, which needed to be applied to his eyes every hour, even at night. Humphreys became housebound and experienced severe pain in his right eye. “The pain in my eye was too much, and the only time I would leave was to visit the hospital,” Humphreys told PA Media. He would later undergo two operations in his right eye, the first to strengthen the tissue in his cornea and the second to protect the cornea with a graft of tissue from a fetal placenta. That procedure is known as an amniotic membrane transplant. Although his infection cleared up, Humphreys remains blind in his right eye. He is scheduled to undergo a corneal transplant in August. This operation replaces damaged corneal tissue with healthy corneal tissue from a deceased donor. Humphreys now works with the charity Fight for Sight to raise awareness about the risks of showering or swimming with contact lenses. “It’s crucial that people out there know this is a reality and it can happen because of something as simple as getting in the shower,” Humphreys said. Our fantastic Fight for Sight supporter, Nick Humphreys, is raising awareness of the need for correct contact lens care and clearer information on contact lens packaging, after losing his sight in one eye to Acanthamoeba keratitis: https://t.co/ooUYXWlyYF #ContactLenses #AKby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndoNucificTop Dr. Reveals The 1 Nutrient Your Gut Must HaveNucificUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndo — Fight for Sight (@fightforsightUK) July 9, 2019 Your daily shower isn’t usually a health risk, but for one man in England, it may have led to a serious eye infection that left him blind in one eye, according to news reports. The man, 29-year-old Nick Humphreys of Shropshire, England, typically left his contact lenses in while showering, without knowing that this practice can increase the risk of eye infections, according to PA Media, a U.K.-based media agency. In 2018, he contracted Acanthamoeba keratitis, a rare parasitic infection of the cornea, or the eye’s transparent outer covering. “If I’d have known how dangerous it was to wear contacts in the shower, I would never have got them in the first place,” Humphreys told PA Media. [‘Eye’ Can’t Look: 9 Eyeball Injuries That Will Make You Squirm] AdvertisementDon’t Flush Your Contact Lenses! Here’s WhyHere’s what happens when you flush contact lenses down the toilet or drain. Hint: It’s not good for the environment.Volume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Better Bug Sprays?01:33关闭选项Automated Captions – en-US facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65916-parasitic-eye-infection-showering-with-contact-lenses.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0001:0001:00Your Recommended Playlist01:33Better Bug Sprays?01:08Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They’re Cold?04:24Sperm Whale Befriends Underwater Robot00:29Robot Jumps Like a Grasshopper, Rolls Like a Ball00:29Video – Giggly Robot02:31Surgical Robotics关闭 center_img 27 Oddest Medical Case Reports Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more

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BJP and Jagan are handinglove Naidu tells farmers

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first_img COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE Published on The BJP, which had ‘betrayed’ Andhra Pradesh by going back on its promises, is hand-in-glove with YS Jaganmohan Reddy, President of the YSR Congress, Chief Minister and TDP supremo N Chandrababu Naidu alleged here on Monday. The Telugu Desam Pary will thwart the designs of the duo, he added.He was addressing farmers and others at S Kota village in Vizianagaram district on Monday, as part of the ‘Nava Nirmana Deeksha’ programme taken up by the State government.Naidu said that Jagan’s silence against the BJP, whose responsibility it is to grant the Special Category Status to the State, was proof that the two parties were in an alliance. Instead Jagan had been targeting him, Naidu said.“Pawan Kalyan, of the Jana Sena Party, is also doing the same. Therefore, their intentions are clear and they are apparently in league with the BJP. People will defeat the designs of the BJP,” he said.The TDP President told farmers that his government was encouraging organic, natural farming in the State and taking steps to keep the prices of agricultural inputs in check. All efforts were being made to bring down the cost of cultivation, the major problem plaguing agriculture.Regardless of the uncooperative attitude of the Centre, Naidu said the State Government would go ahead with all ongoing welfare and development activities, including the the construction of the Polavaram project and that of Amaravati, the new Capital.Naidu’s slinging muck: BJPThe BJP accused Naidu of indulging in “spit-and-run politics” and carrying out “organised propaganda” against the saffron party’s government at the Centre for political gains.“He (Naidu) is trying not only to hoodwink people but also provoke them for political gains. This is opportunistic and cynical politics.” Naidu was adopting “spit-and run-politics” and trying to sling muck at the BJP and the Narendra Modi government, which was unbecoming of a chief minister, he said.Rao alleged that Naidu had no stability of thought and was spreading “falsehood” on different issues such as the financial assistance to capital city Amaravati and the special economic grant to backward districts.“How can the State government expect funds without submitting proper utilisation certificates for the money already granted?” politicscenter_img COMMENTS Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu interacts with villagers during his Grama Darshini programme, at JD Peta in Vizianagaram district, on Monday   –  PTI Andhra Pradesh June 04, 2018last_img read more

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Ajay Bhushan takes over as Revenue Secretary

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first_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL UIDAI COMMENT November 30, 2018 GST Published on Ajay Bhushan Pandey, a 1984 batch Indian Administrative Officer of Maharashtra cadre, has taken over as the Revenue Secretary on the superannuation of Hasmukh Adhia on Friday.Adhia bid goodbye to the Finance Ministry after 37 years of service and 38-months stint as the Revenue Secretary.Pandey, who is the Chairman of GSTN (Goods and Services Network) and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Unique Identification authority of India (UIDAI), will continue to hold these posts.Speaking to media after taking charge, Pandey said his priorities, among others, will be to help the government improve tax-GDP ratio, enhance tax compliance through integration of technology, stabilise the implementation of GST, bring transparency and simplification of laws and procedures for better tax administration and ease of business.He said he would welcome any suggestions from the public regarding direct and indirect tax reforms as this will help pave the way for providing better incentives and services to tax payers.During his stint of more than 8 years in the UIDAI, he played a key role in establishing and steering Aadhaar across the country and drafting the Aadhaar legislation for providing statutory basis to it.He was also instrumental in scaling up Aadhaar in delivery of government subsidies and benefits which led to savings of more than ₹90,000 crore during the last three years by eliminating ghosts and duplicates and ensuring that the benefits reached the real and deserving beneficiaries.An Electrical Engineering graduate from IIT Kanpur, Pandey also holds MS and PhD degrees in Computer Science. He has taken over as the Revenue Secretary on the superannuation of Hasmukh Adhia. Ajay Bhushan Pandey   –  File photo SHARE COMMENTSlast_img read more

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PM Modi inaugurates Chennai Metro Rails final leg

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first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi (centre) flagging off the final stretch of the phase-I of Chennai Metro Rail from Washermanpet to Teynampet DMS in Chennai over video conference facility from Tirupur on Sunday. With him are (from left) Union Minister Pon Radhakrishnan, Tamil Nadu Governor Banwarilal Purohit, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami and Deputy Chief Minister O Pannerselvam Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) COMMENT CMRL Chennai Metro SHARE railway SHARE SHARE EMAIL R Sriram, a resident of Pallavaram, has been waiting to take the Metro to his office in Broadway, and put an end to his stressful  commute by car.  His wish has finally come true with the inauguration of the final 10-km stretch between AG-DMS and Washermanpet on Sunday by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, via a video conference from Tiruppur, in the presence of Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edapaddi K Palaniswami.Now, the entire 45-km first phase of the Chennai Metro rail network is up and running.A passenger can now take a ride from Washermanpet to Chennai airport (21 km) in about 45 minutes and for ₹60 as against twice the time and more than triple the cost it would take to go by road. The final 10-km stretch is entirely underground with stations at AG-DMS, Thousand Lights, LIC, Government Estate, Chennai Central, Madras High Court, Mannady and Washermenpet.Long waitIt has been a decade-long wait for Chennaites to see the first phase completed after construction began in June 2009, covering seven stations from Koyambedu to Alandur over a distance of 10 km with operations starting in June 2015.Following this was the opening of the section from Little Mount to Chennai airport (September 2016), Alandur to St. Thomas Mount (October 2016), Koyambedu to Nehru Park (May 2017), Nehru Park to Chennai Central (May 2018) and Little Mount to AG-DMS (May 2018). Sunday’s inauguration marks the end of the first phase of construction. It has been a bumpy ride for the ₹14,600-crore  project, which  witnessed many hurdles, such as delays in land acquisition, roads caving in in many areas and cost escalation, with the per km cost soaring to around ₹400 crore against the estimated ₹324 crore.There was also a major embarrassment when a Russian vendor — Mosmetrostroy — engaged in a tunnelling project left abruptly seeking higher remuneration.But in the end, Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL) pulled off one of the most challenging infrastructure projects in the State. The network now has two corridors — from Airport to Washermenpet and from St Thomas Mount to Chennai Central via Koyambedu and Egmore. More importantly, the metro will now connect South Chennai with the North,  a region neglected for decades. It will  also connect with major transport hubs, including Chennai Central, Chennai Egmore and Chennai Mofussil Bus Terminus (CMBT) — allowing passengers to seamlessly switch over to other modes of transport  such as bus, sub-urban or MRTS. Every day, around 50,000 passengers use the metro, and this number is expected to increase substantially, according to an official of the CMRL, which has also taken care of last-mile connectivity till the major stations by providing feeder auto services and also bicycles for hire. He expects those travelling by car and two-wheelers to migrate to the metro.Soil testing for phase-IIThe stage is now set for phase II of the Chennai Metro, covering 52 km (two corridors) for which soil testing is going on across the city. CMRL has already signed a loan agreement with Japan International Cooperation Agency. It has in-principle approval from Asian Development Bank, New Development Bank, European Infrastructure Bank and the World bank. Phase II covers 119 km over three corridors: Madhavaram to Sholinganallur, Madhavaram to CMBT and Light House to Meenakshi College, with work to  commence on the first two corridors, covering 52 km. Modi also laid the foundation stone for the ₹2,467 crore modernisation of the Chennai International Airport (phase-II) and for a new Integrated Terminal Building at Tiruchirapalli International airport, costing ₹951.28 crore. He also dedicated the BPCL Ennore Coastal Installation and a new crude oil pipeline from Chennai port to CPCL Manali Refinery to the nation. Published on February 10, 2019 PM Modi inaugurates final 10-km stretch of Phase I of the Chennai Metro COMMENTSlast_img read more

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NDA announces candidates for 39 out of 40 seats in BiharNDA announces

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first_imgPublished on political candidates The NDA in Bihar, comprising the BJP, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar’s JD(U) and Ram Vilas Paswan’s LJP, on Saturday announced its candidates for all but one of the 40 Lok Sabha seats in the state.As per the list announced at a press meet here by BJP national general secretary in-charge for the state, Bhupendra Yadav, Union minister Ravi Shankar Prasad will be contesting from Patna Sahib seat – a party stronghold represented by Shatrughan Sinha in the outgoing Lok Sabha. According to media reports, Sinha is expected to join the Congress soon and seek re-election on the grand old party’s ticket.While Union minister Giriraj Singh, whose Nawada seat has gone to the LJP, has been shifted to Begusarai, his colleagues in the council of ministers Radha Mohan Singh, R K Singh, Ashwini Kumar Choubey and Ram Kripal Yadav will be fielded from their respective sitting seats of Motihari, Ara, Buxar and Pataliputra.Begusarai, won by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in 2014, fell vacant upon the death of MP Bhola Singh a few months ago. The Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) has fielded Chandan Kumar from Nawada where he will be taking on Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) Vibha Devi – wife of Raj Vallabh Yadav who lost his membership of the Assembly recently upon conviction in a rape case.State BJP president Nityanand Rai will be seeking re- election from his Ujiyarpur seat. The saffron party’s national spokesperson Rajiv Pratap Rudy will be seeking re-election from Saran, where he had defeated former Chief Minister Rabri Devi five years ago. Speculations were rife that he might be dropped this time.Another BJP national spokesperson Syed Shahnawaz Husain was hopeful of a ticket from Bhagalpur, which he had represented in the past but lost the seat to RJD in 2014. The seat has gone to the ruling Janata Dal (United) this time, which fielded Ajay Kumar Mandal as its candidate.A surprise inclusion in the BJP’s list was Chhedi Paswan, who will be seeking re-election from Sasaram, which he had won defeating Congress veteran and former Lok Sabha Speaker Meera Kumar.Earlier, there were reports that Paswan, who had often been critical of the National Democratic Alliance (NDA) government in Bihar, might not be reconsidered for the 2019 polls. The BJP has also reposed its faith in Pradeep Kumar Singh for Araria, which he had won in 2009 but failed to wrest it back five years later and also during the by-poll last year, necessitated by the death of sitting RJD MP Mohd Taslimuddin.LJP state president Pashupati Kumar Paras will be replacing his brother and party chief Ram Vilas Paswan in Hajipur as the Union minister is likely to get a Rajya Sabha ticket. Chirag Paswan, the son of the LJP chief, will be seeking re-election from Jamui. Yadav said that the candidate for Khagaria Lok Sabha seat, which would also be contested by the LJP, would be announced shortly. He was accompanied by Bihar BJP president Nityanand Rai, state JD(U) chief Vashishth Narayan Singh, and LJP’s Paras at the press meet. Currently, the Khagaria seat is held by the LJP, but it is not clear whether sitting MP Mehboob Ali Kaiser will be fielded again.The BJP, which had won 22 constituencies in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls, conceded five of the seats to the JD(U), which returned to the NDA in 2017. Other notable changes in the saffron party’s list, with respect to the previous parliamentary elections, include former MLA Gopalji Thakur, who has been fielded from Darbhanga — a seat the party had won five years ago with Kirti Azad as its candidate. Azad had recently joined the Congress.In Madhubani, Ashok Yadav replaces his father and sitting MP Hukum Dev Narayan Yadav– a Padma awardee who has retired from active politics. The LJP has given its ticket from Vaishali to Veena Devi– a former BJP MLA and wife of JD(U) MLC Dinesh Prasad Singh, who joined Paswan’s party after the announcement.Her namesake Veena Devi, the wife of mafia don turned politician Suraj Bhan Singh, who is the MP from Munger, has been dropped from the list. Munger is being contested by JD(U) leader and state minister Rajiv Ranjan Singh alias Lalan. Vaishali is currently represented by another don turned politician Rama Singh, who has been dropped by the LJP this time. All three constituents of the NDA have fielded one woman each.While BJP’s Rama Devi will be seeking re-election from Sheohar, the JD(U) has fielded MLA Kavita Singh from Siwan Lok Sabha seat. The ruling party in Bihar has retained its candidates for its two sitting seats – Kaushalendra Kumar (Nalanda) and Santosh Kumar Kushwaha (Purnea). Another JD(U) candidate is Vijay Manjhi from Gaya, whose mother Bhagwati Devi– a former stone-cutter– had represented the seat in 1990s. Besides, the party has fielded state minister for disaster management Dinesh Chandra Yadav from Madhepura, currently represented by controversial MP Pappu Yadav.Interestingly, six of the three LJP candidates – Chirag, Paras and Ramchandra Paswan (Samastipur) are members of the same family. Bihar RELATED COMMENTS Elections 2019center_img POLLSCAPEIndia votes: Lok Sabha elections 2019 SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL March 23, 2019 COMMENTlast_img read more

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BJP blames Digvijaya Singh for closing Sehore sugar factoryBJP blames Digvijaya Singh

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first_imgSehore sugar factory The premises of Sehore’s Bhopal Sugar Industry’s factory wears a deserted look now. Other than a few security guards employed by the present owner, no one dares to enter into the factory, started in 1937 by the then Nawab of Bhopal. The factory has suddenly become a hot subject for political discussion as the BJP, which governed Madhya Pradesh for three terms in a row, has decided to hold former Chief Minister and Congress’ candidate from Bhopal constituency to Lok Sabha Digvijaya Singh as the person responsible for closing the factory down. The BJP workers and leaders have been accusing Singh of putting “thousands of factory workers” in distress by closing the factory when he was Chief Minister and shifting it to Raghogarh, his home constituency. The workers and people associated with the factory, despite their political differences, counter this and say that unavailability of water in the area was the main reason for the closure as farmers stopped sugarcane farming because of this. “Neither Digvijaya Singh nor (former Chief Minister and BJP leader) Shivraj Singh Chauhan suffered by closing down the factory. “We suffered. Our children suffered,” said Pintu, who lost his job in 2001 when the factory closed down. “Singh was Chief Minister at that time. In 2003, BJP came to power. But no one considered our demand for reopening the factory,” Pintu, a firm BJP supporter, said. Pintu is now doing farming in the factory land. He does not have any approval to do so. “Half of the land is with goons. I started farming in some land so that we at least get some wheat to make rotis. How do we live otherwise?” he asked. Zahiruddin, who was a raw material supplier for the factory, also rubbishes the BJP theory. “The first layoff was in 1994. Farmers had faced problem in cultivation of sugarcane due to lack of water. There were 398 employees and most of them shifted from Sehore searching other jobs,” he said. The BJP, however, has made it a big election issue. “Singh could have saved the factory. There were good cooperatives in the area. He instead decided to shift it to his home town,” said Praveen Napit, a BJP spokesman. The Congress counters this. “First, the factory was not shifted. Raghogarh factory is a cooperative mill. Here, it was a private owned factory. Singh had no role in closing it down,” said Nand Gopal Biyani, a local Congress leader. Mukesh Mewada, who was a daily wage employee in the factory agreed. “I don’t think it’s fair to hold one person responsible for this. Why didn’t the BJP open the factory when they were in power,” asked Mewada. SHARE sugar (commodity) COMMENT politics Workers and people said unavailability of water in the area was the main reason for the closure as farmers stopped sugarcane farming.center_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Bhopal May 11, 2019 Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

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New Prime Minister should ease land acquisition rules CEA Krishnamurthy Subramanian

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first_imgeconomy (general) politics SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor India’s economic growth slowed to a six-quarter low of 6.6 per cent in the three months ended December India’s new government should make it easier for companies to acquire land and scrap archaic laws around hiring workers as part of its first reform measures, the Finance Ministry’s top adviser said.A new Prime Minister, expected to be sworn in after results are announced May 23, should bring down the cost of land, labour and capital for Indian companies and enhance their ability to compete globally, Krishnamurthy Subramanian, Chief Economic Advisor, said in an interview.A 2013 law has made acquiring land very expensive and difficult, he added.These are areas where we need reforms, Subramanian said at his office in the sandstone British-era buildings that sit at the centre of power in New Delhi. The 2013 Act on land had made it very costly to acquire land.Reforming labourThe Labour Ministry has been working on rationalizing provisions of existing 44 federal labour laws into four codes — on wages, industrial relations, social security and welfare, and occupational safety, health and working conditions, Subramanian said.We need to be streamlining some of these labour regulations, Subramanian said. The four codes we are working on should be getting traction. Minimum wages can be streamlined.India’s economic growth slowed to a six-quarter low of 6.6 per cent in the three months ended December. The latest pulse check for the economy is due on May 31, when the Government will release gross domestic product data for the quarter ended March.While uncertainty over the outcome of the elections cast a shadow on investments, consumer demand has been hit by relatively tight financial conditions. High interest rates and stress among India’s state-run and shadow banks have added to the pain.Shadow banking crisisReferring to the funding crisis in shadow lending sector that first surfaced last year, Subramanian said the liquidity issue was actually one of an asset-liability mismatch, because non-bank lenders have long-dated assets and short term debt.Defaults by the IL&FS group, a systemically important non-bank lender, sparked concern among households holding mutual funds invested in such debt, and forced banks, mutual and pension fund managers to brace for further losses. IL&FS funds infrastructure projects across the worlds fastest-growing major economy and is crucial for expansion of ports, roads and airports.Information available to investors for short term debt is not granular enough, Subramanian said. Asset-liability mismatch has to be monitored regularly, the short term ratings have to be more informative.The new government will also have to continue to clamp down on wilful defaulters, money laundering, and tax evasion in order to cut down on cronyism to restore confidence in the corporate sector, Subramanian said. Elections 2019 COMMENT Published on May 22, 2019 COMMENTSlast_img read more

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Azmin with Mukhriz on PM not being rushed into power transition

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first_imgMukhriz was quoted in Nikkei Asian Review as saying that the timeframe for leadership transition was not fixed at two years as claimed by certain parties.Mukhriz also insisted that there were no written or verbal agreement on the alleged timeframe for leadership transition. Related News KUALA LUMPUR: Economic Affairs Minister Datuk Seri Mohamed Azmin Ali agrees that Prime Minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad should not be rushed into handing over the premiership to his successor.Azmin says he agrees with the stand taken by Parti Pribumi Bersatu Malaysia deputy president Datuk Seri Mukhriz Mahathir that the sitting premier should be given enough time to rectify national economic woes.”Agree,” he said when asked to comment on Mukhriz’s comment.Azmin said this after opening the Aspire 500 graduate job fair at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Saturday (July 13). {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Nation 07 Jul 2019 Dr M sincere in call for Malay political parties to join Bersatu, says Muhyiddincenter_img Nation 07 Jul 2019 Dr M: Combine Felda settlements for greater wealth Related News Nation 07 Jul 2019 Muhyiddin, Zahid deny signing SDs in support of Dr M-Anwar power transitionlast_img read more

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Amarnath Yatra suspended after separatist called for strike on Martyrs Day

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first_imgAmarnath Yatra suspended from Jammu to Srinagar after separatists call for strike on Martyrs DayJuly 13 is observed as Martyrs Day in Jammu and Kashmir to remember those killed in the firing outside the Srinagar Central Jail by forces of the Dogra Maharaja in 1931.advertisement Next Sunil Bhat Shuja-ul-Haq JammuJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 10:58 IST The Amarnath Yatra was suspended on Saturday with no pilgrim allowed to move towards the Kashmir Valley from Jammu due to a separatist-called protest shutdown.”Taking stock of the law and order situation because the protest shutdown called by the separatists today, movement of the pilgrims from Jammu to Srinagar will remain suspended today,” police sources said.July 13 is observed as Martyrs Day in Jammu and Kashmir to remember those killed in the firing outside the Srinagar Central Jail by forces of the Dogra Maharaja in 1931.The state government observes the day to honour those who fought for Independence in 1947.Former J&K CM Farooq Abdullah also reached the graveyard with his supporters and paid homage to the 1931 martyrs.”The governor is a BJP man and won’t come here to pay the tribute,” said Farooq AbdullahWhen asked about assembly election in the state, Farooq said,”Today or tomorrow the government should conduct state assembly election as the popular government is the only is the way to peace.”Since the annual pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine started on July 1, over 1.50 lakh pilgrims have performed the ongoing Amarnath Yatra so far.The cave shrine houses an ice stalagmite structure that symbolises the mythical powers of Lord Shiva, according to the devotees.The structure waxes and wanes with the phases of the moon.Pilgrims approach the shrine either from the shorter 14 km-long Baltal trek or through the longer 45 km Pahalgam trek.Helicopter services are also available for pilgrims at both base camps.The Cave shrine was discovered in 1850 by a Muslim Shepherd, Buta Malik.Legend says a Sufi saint rewarded the shepherd with a bag of charcoal that turned out to be gold.Descendants of the shepherd have received a portion of the offerings from the cave shrine for over 150 years.This year’s Amarnath Yatra will end on August 15 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.(With inputs from IANS)Also read: 13,004 pilgrims pay obeisance at Amarnath cave shrineALSO WATCH| First batch of Amarnath pilgrims reaches shrineFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byIram Ara Ibrahimlast_img read more

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Karnataka crisis Why resignation by CongressJDS MLAs not so easy

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first_img Prabhash K Dutta New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 13:19 IST Rebel Karnataka MLAs outside Raj Bhavan on July 6 after meeting with Governor Vajubhai Vala following their resignation as legislators. (Photo: PTI)HIGHLIGHTSRebel MLAs from Congress, JDS want to resign but Karnataka Speaker keeps them waitingSpeaker says he is not yet satisfied with voluntary nature of resignation by rebel MLAsLaw empowers Speaker to reject resignation if it is not voluntary or genuine in natureFifteen MLAs, including suspended legislator Roshan Baig, have resigned in Karnataka since July 1. All of them belong to the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) coalition that is in power in the state for over 13 months. But the resignations by the MLAs have not been accepted by Speaker and they technically remain members of the Karnataka assembly.The stalemate in Karnataka has led to a question can an MLA resign if she/he wishes to?The answer to this question is not simple. A member of the legislative assembly is elected by the people and carries their mandate in assembly. Considering this, safeguards were placed in the Constitution to check resignation by the elected members on whimsical ground or with ulterior motive.Article 190 of the Constitution provides for resignation by an MLA or MP but gives the Speaker or any other presiding officer the power to reject it. It says the Speaker may conduct an inquiry to determine the reason for submitting the resignation.If the Speaker “is satisfied that such resignation is not voluntary or genuine, he shall not accept such resignation”, states Article 190 of the Constitution.There are other ways for an MLA or MP to give up their position — by abstaining from house proceedings for 60 consecutive days without permission, and by defection. In the first case, the house decides whether to declare the member’s seat vacant or not.In the case of defection, a separate law is applicable. It says, “A legislator is deemed to have defected if he either voluntarily gives up the membership of his party or disobeys the directives of the party leadership on a vote.”This law was passed by Parliament in 1985 in the backdrop of increased frequency of party hopping. One instance stood out in particular in which a Haryana legislator named Gaya Ram switched sides three times in nine hours. The law was inserted in the Constitution as Tenth Schedule and is generally referred to as the anti-defection law.This is the law that Karnataka Speaker Ramesh Kumar has invoked in delaying decision on resignations submitted by the rebel MLAs of the Congress and the JD (S). Speaker Kumar has said he is yet to ascertain if the resignations submitted to him by the rebel MLAs are “voluntary” and “genuine”, i.e. tendered on self-volition.The phrase “voluntarily gives up his membership” has been given wider connotation by the Supreme Court in various cases beginning from Ravi Naik vs Union of India case of 1994. It stated that “voluntary” can be inferred by his conduct.This could also mean that if the concerned MLAs have not expressed their opposition to the policy or programmes of their party or coalition at an internal forum, their conduct may be interpreted by the Speaker as “not voluntary” and their resignations may be rejected. This is the implied nature of Speaker Kumar’s argument when he said he can’t work at lightning speed.The rebel MLAs have listed “fed up with the maladministration” as their reason for resigning from the membership of the assembly. Meanwhile, the Congress party has issued a whip asking all its MLAs to be present and vote in accordance with party’s decisions in Karnataka assembly session that began today. Now, if the MLAs abstain from assembly session, they will be liable for defection under the law for violating the party whip.Read | SC asks Speaker not to take decision on rebels resignation till TuesdayAlso Read | BJP hand behind Congress-JDS trouble in Karnataka?You may like it | Karnataka: Why Congress-JDS MLAs are jumping shipWatch | Will Congress lose Karnataka?Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byPrabhash Kumar Dutta Karnataka crisis: Why resignation by Congress-JDS MLAs not so easyCan elected members of legislatures resign whenever they wish to do so? Here’s what the Constitution saysadvertisement Nextlast_img read more

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to go into effect the tax will need the approval of two-thirds of voters Proponents point to polls like one released by Field Research on Thursday finding roughly 67% of California voters would support a sugary drink tax if proceeds are earmarked for healthy initiatives as they are in San Francisco This week the City Chamber of Commerce released another poll showing that just 51% of voters would support the tax though the bill backers take issue with the wording of their question “We’re not saying you can’t drink soda” Wiener says “We’re saying there are health effects directly related to it—just like we did with cigarettes—and we need to address those effects” The American Beverage Association emphasizes that other factors contribute to obesity like high-calorie foods and Americans lack of exercise Gindlesperger argues that soda taxes are "discriminatory policies against common grocery items" that unfairly "single out" products made by their member companies like Coca-Cola and PepsiCo rather than looking at the bigger picture When asked whether limiting the intake of full-calorie sodas would help fight obesity even if it wouldnt solve the problem Gindlesperger deflects the question saying that soft drinks "are not any more the cause of obesity than any other caloric food" When it comes to soda taxes the points of contention are both economic and philosophical Last week the first major study on how a soda tax would affect the labor market was released Funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation the study published in the American Journal of Public Health found that a 20% tax levied on soda in Illinois or California would yield a net increase in jobsas truck drivers who used to haul sodas hauled other beverages and as the revenue generated by the tax was used to create other jobs "People are still going to spend money" says San Francisco Supervisor Scott Wiener one of the bill’s primary sponsors "They’re just going to spend it on something else" The ABA maintains that soda taxes mean job losses at least among their member companies In San Francisco advocates at a recent street festival handed out fliers opposing the proposed tax; one bullet point was that such a tax limits consumer choice Critics of the energy drink bill in Maryland have made similar arguments saying that banning anyone under the age of 18 from buying a Monster Energy drink is government overreach "We’re not saying you can’t drink soda" Wiener says "We’re saying there are health effects directly related to itjust like we did with cigarettesand we need to address those effects" A state lawmaker in California recently proposed that all sugary drinks come with warning labels The Golden State looks poised to be a battleground over sugar this year In 2012 two sugary-beverage taxes on the ballot in the cities of El Monte and Richmond failed by wide margins A related state bill died in committee San Francisco has a proud reputation of making progressive sacrificesbeing the first in the nation to ban plastic bags for examplethat may help yield a different result for health advocates here "We have a history of supporting these kinds of public health measures" says Wiener "Policy trends often start in San Francisco and then spread elsewhere We’re proud of that as a city" The ABA says they’ll be spearheading the effort to oppose the measure here as they have elsewhere running ads courting local businesses and likely spending tens of millions Write to Katy Steinmetz at katysteinmetz@timecomI’m comfortable enough in my own skin to tell you that I’ve been playing Flappy Bird over the last few days and enjoying it The suddenly bizarrely popular smartphone game may be both crude and near-impossible to play but it’s also fun At least as a brief diversion So when word came down that Flappy creator Dong Nguyen — in an act of defiance with no parallel that I can remember — was snuffing out his golden goose by removing it from the Apple App Store and Google Play I did check my iPhone to make sure that my copy still worked It did I played a few games then got back to my weekend GEARS Studios But what if you’re a tad behind on your Internet fads and never got around to installing Flappy Bird when you could Are you doomed to go through the rest of your existence wondering what what you missed Nope Over at the hotbed of offbeat entrepreneurialism known as eBay lots of merchants have put up iPhones and Android phones with Flappy Bird pre-installed The market is so new that nobody seems to agree on how much to charge but the listing shown above is for a Flappy-ready used 16GB space gray Verizon iPhone 5s that’s $1499 as a Buy It Now A comparable second-hand iPhone without Flappy Bird can be easily be had on eBay for $500 to $600 so in this instance the game — which was an ad-supported freebie — commands a premium of $900 or more Or doesn’t Doing an eBay search for items which have actually sold I can’t find any evidence that anybody has bought any of these Flappy-Bird phones Maybe it’s a category without a customer But I wonder if sales would heat up if the sellers charged say $50 over the cost of a phone sans Flappy Naw let’s make that $25 In any event I don’t see myself playing the game for all that much longer I’ve resolved to call it quits as soon as I score a 5 But just in case I’m going to leave Flappy Bird on my iPhone 5 There may be McCrackens yet unborn who’ll want to play it someday MORE: The History of Video Game Consoles – Full Contact us at editors@timecom Like San Francisco,娱乐地图DX,its ambitious national health protection scheme.

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