Manchester United are on the trail of Fulham star Moussa Dembele, according to The People.The paper also suggest Bobby Zamora is a shock target for mega-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala.Zamora only joined QPR from the Whites in January but it is claimed that Anzhi boss Guus Hiddink is planning to launch a bid for him in the summer.The People also say Middlesbrough want to sign young centre-back Dan Burn from Fulham.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Look at a natural design. Seek to understand it. Seek to imitate it. Biology advances.Despite all the talk about Darwinism, it’s intelligent design that is really advancing biology. Here are examples.Cell-free protein synthesis is potential lifesaver (Science Daily): Scientists have studied protein synthesis in ribosomes for decades now, and that knowledge of how nature builds proteins could pay off big time. The potential for artificially manufactured proteins is enormous: “Making these miniature factories cell-free, which eliminates the maintenance of a living system, simplifies the process and lowers cost.” An example is helping soldiers on the battlefield with life-saving proteins.Snake robot range-sensing control system avoids tail-end collisions (PhysOrg): Make like a snake and save lives. These robot designers invented a robot that imitates a snake’s slithering crawl, and think it will help in search-and-rescue operations.Snake bellies help scientists get a grip (PhysOrg): Curious about how snakes seem to climb and crawl anywhere, another team is considering the adhesive properties of snake skin. To imitate it, you first have to understand it. “Acquiring a better understanding for how flat-bellied species like the brown tree snakes lodge their keeled ridge against protrusions and secure themselves in place during climbing could help lead Jayne and others toward many practical applications for biology, mechanics and engineering.”Learning immortality from the hydra (Live Science): The hydra, a tiny, simple organism that lives in the water, can regrow its parts when cut off. Made up mostly of stem cells, it seems to be immortal. A researcher at Pomona College is intrigued; could we learn the secrets of aging by studying this little creature? “I do believe that an individual hydra can live forever under the right circumstances,” he said.Antireflective Coating: Sugar-based carbon hollow spheres that mimic moth eyes (Science Daily): The subtitle sums up this discovery: “They are not to eat, but this insect-inspired ordered monolayer of hollow carbon spheres may be a new, green and extremely lightweight antireflective coating that almost perfectly absorbs microwave radiation.”The eyes of moths are covered with a periodic, hexagonal pattern of tiny bumps smaller than the wavelength of the incident light. They act as a continuous refractive index gradient, allowing the moths to see at night and avoid nocturnal predators, like the bat. The physiology also makes the moth eye one of the most effective antireflective coatings in nature. Blue-green algae efficient in ‘harvesting’ light (PhysOrg): Researchers would sure like to imitate this. “Cyanobacteria, also known as blue-green algae, have an ingenious system to prepare themselves for the coming daylight when it is dark by setting up a large ‘antenna’.” The key to application is understanding, which would have “enormous value” for the world:“Enhancing the photosynthesis of our crops is as important as the Green Revolution has been” says Eric Schranz, professor in Biosystematics. “To achieve this improvement we need new and very detailed information about the possibilities which nature provides. This new knowledge is therefore a major breakthrough.”Leaf-mimicking device harnesses light to purify water (Science Daily): Understanding both photosynthesis and transpiration is teaching scientists how to purify water by harnessing solar energy. This could help a billion people who live in areas of water scarcity.Study shows how calcium carbonate forms composites to make strong materials such as in shells and pearls (PhysOrg): Shells are made of the same stuff as chalk. Why are they so hard to break? It’s the composition of calcium carbonate with proteins, this article explains. Both “beautiful and functional,” shells of oysters are giving scientists “pearls of wisdom.” Did you know you have the same material inside your ears?Calcium carbonate is one of the most important materials on earth, crystallizing into chalk, shells, and rocks. Animals from mollusks to people use calcium carbonate to make biominerals such as pearls, seashells, exoskeletons, or the tiny organs in ears that maintain balance. These biominerals include proteins or other organic matter in the crystalline matrix to convert the weak calcium carbonate to hard, durable materials.Biofilter made from peanut shell degrades air pollutants (Science Daily): Last month, we found peanuts being used to make bullet-proof vests (12/14/15). Now, another article talks about peanuts cleaning the air. “In order to clean the air of pollutants such as methanol and solvents used in various industries, a biotechnology expert designed a biofilter that uses microorganisms living in the shell of the peanut.” The researcher plans to teach poor students in Mexico how to use this simple technique. In this way, a waste product can be turned to healthy use.In each of these stories, scientists were inspired by design solutions in plants and animals. They first had to understand how nature does it, then they gained understanding that inspired useful applications. Biomimetics, based on design thinking, is one of the hottest trends in science, despite all the talk about how nothing in biology makes sense except in the light of evolution.Don’t let evolution take credit (8/24/07). This is intelligent design leading biology into a golden age of understanding and practical benefit for people.(Visited 23 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
Fifty-four years before Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 went missing another airliner vanished over the ocean. It just evaporated. To this day, just what happened to it is unknown, but speculation is rife – speculation fueled by the eyewitness report of those aboard a tanker who witnessed the craft’s destruction.March 15, 1962 a Flying Tiger Line L1049H Super Constellation, bound from Agana Naval Air Station in Guam to Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines simply ceased to exist. N 6921C, Flying Tiger Flight 739/14, disappeared at 13º13’ North Latitude, 140º00’ East Longitude – over an all but bottomless patch of the Pacific, an abyss called the Mariana Trench. This deepest of all depressions in the Earth’s crust is an astonishing 6.78 miles deep – this compared to the relatively shallow 300-feet or so along MH370’s original projected flight path.In all probability it’s the virtually bottomless depths of the Pacific that entomb the remains of “21 Charlie,” the call sign of the Flying Tiger Connie.21 Charlie, operating as a charter flight for the Military Air Transport Service, was ferrying American Army personnel from Travis Air Force Base, California to Saigon, to a country we once called South Vietnam. There were 107 people on board that airplane. One of them was my stepfather. He was the co-pilot.Bob Gazzaway was a pugnacious, plucky sort of guy who’d survived all that life could dish out – and that included being a Naval aviator during World War 11. In command of the Connie (the nickname of the Super Constellation), was Captain Gregory P. Thomas, one of Flying Tigers’ most experienced pilots.21 Charlie’s path across the Pacific was placid. An Aircraft Accident Report obtained by this reporter from the U.S. Civil Aeronautics Board (the predecessor of the National Transportation Safety Board) says the weather that night was good – broken cumulus clouds, no turbulence, and moonlit visibility of 15 miles – the kind of night airmen relish.At 22 minutes after midnight, 21 Charlie radioed its position. It was the last the outside world would hear from the crew. About an hour later the crew of the S/S T L Lenzen, a Standard Oil tanker, spotted an explosion in the sky. According to the CAB report, the crew spotted “a vapor trail, or some phenomenon resembling a vapor trail overhead…As this vapor trail passed behind a cloud, there occurred an explosion which was described by the witnesses as intensely luminous, with a white nucleus surrounded by a reddish-orange periphery with radial lines of identically colored lights.”What happened? The CAB couldn’t determine a probable cause.In the absence of hard physical evidence, rumors ran rampant, just as they have with Malaysia Flight 370. At the time people speculated about engine problems, sabotage, even the accidental shoot down of the Connie by an American missile, an inadvertent act that scuttlebutt said was covered up by an embarrassed Pentagon at the beginning of what would mutate into the most unpopular war in American history.Lending at least anecdotal credence to the shootdown and sabotage theories is a statement by Captain Duilio Bona. The late award-winning investigative reporter David Morrissey and I obtained a copy of his declaration after filing a Freedom of Information request with the United States government. In his declaration, Captain Bona said some fascinating things. Among the more intriguing: the witnesses aboard the Lenzen were “convinced [that the craft they saw explode was “a U.S. Airplane…on [military] exercise flights.”One of Bona’s crewmembers, a lookout named Scarfi said, “he saw a jet vapor track,” according to the captain. 21Charlie was a piston-engine airliner. Shortly after the vapor trial, Bona said Scarfi recalled, “a bright light illuminated, as a lightning, the bridge [of the ship].”Lenzen’s radio operator said there were no distress signals from the aircraft, a statement that led the CAB to conclude in its Accident Report “It can be reasonably assumed” that whatever befell 21 Charlie “happened suddenly and without warning.”Captain Bona said the radio operator of Lenzen tried “repeatedly” to contact Naval radio stations in Guam, Manila, Okinawa, and Iwo Jima – all to no avail. And that led to Bona’s conclusion “that what we saw was a troubled secret operation.”Troubled by what, or by whom, Bona never said. A missile? Sabotage perhaps? Remember, this was the Cold War, and Vietnam was just beginning to heat up. In its report, the CAB said when 21 Charlie was parked at Honolulu, Wake Island, and Guam just about anyone could access the aircraft “without challenge…the aircraft was left unattended in a dimly lighted area for a period of time while at Guam.”In a letter on the disaster the Federal Bureau of Investigation concluded the Bureau “did not anticipate [launching an investigation] unless substantial evidence of willful destruction is developed.”Then there’s a more mundane theory: engine problems. Three days before it disappeared, 21 Charlie had to return to Honolulu when number four engine developed “a significant power loss.”Shootdown, sabotage or something else? The odds are we’ll never know. 21 Charlie carried no flight data recorder, no cockpit voice recorder. The United States government says evidence of “willful destruction” was never recovered – this despite one of the most massive sea searches in history, a quest covering 144,000 square miles of ocean that employed 1,300 people, 48 aircraft, and 8 surface vessels. “Despite the thoroughness of the search,” concluded the Civil Aeronautics Board, “nothing was found which could conceivably be linked to the missing aircraft or its occupants.”And so it is, 54 years after the fact, that the fate of the Flying Tiger Connie and 107 souls on board remains a mystery – a mystery the answers to which are shrouded by seven miles of water.Now, we have a new mystery on our hands. Odds are it will be solved far before the passing of a half-century.
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest New regulations for manure and fertilizer application started on July 3, 2015 when Senate Bill Number 1 came into effect. The legislation affects nitrogen and phosphorus application whether applied as manure or granular fertilizers. Parts of the regulations are targeted specifically to define watersheds that encompass the Western Basin of Lake Erie while one provision is effective statewide. The text below summarizes important provisions but does not substitute for the legislative text which is found in Ohio revised code sections 6109.10, 903.40, 905.326, 905.327, 1511.10, 1511.11, 3745.50 and 6111.32 plus subsequent rule making by the state agencies. These rules are in addition to the Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification program, which began in September, 2014. Fertilizer application restrictions (in the western basin watershed only)(Administered through Ohio Department of Agriculture)For applications of fertilizer in the western basin, a person may not apply fertilizer, defined as nitrogen or phosphorous, under these conditions:1. On snow-covered or frozen soil, or2. When the top two inches of soil are saturated from precipitation, or3. In a granular form when the local weather forecast for the application area contains greater than a 50% chance of precipitation exceeding one inch in a twelve-hour period, unless the fertilizer is injected into the ground, incorporated within 24 hours of surface application or applied onto a growing crop. Manure application restrictions (in the western basin only)(Administered through Ohio Department of Natural Resources through 2015 and then ODA)A person may not surface apply manure in the western basin under any of the following circumstances:1. On snow-covered or frozen soil;2. When the top two inches of soil are saturated from precipitation;3. When the local weather forecast for the application area contains greater than a 50% chance of precipitation exceeding one-half inch in a 24-hour period, unless the manure is injected into the ground, incorporated within 24 hours of surface application, applied onto a growing crop, or if in the event of an emergency, the chief of the division of soil and water resources or the chief’s designee provides written consent and the manure application is made in accordance with procedures established in the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service Practice Standard Code 590 prepared for this state.Facilities currently permitted as Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFO) and Certified Livestock Managers (CLM) must continue to follow more restrictive criteria based on soil hydrologic classification noted in the facility permit.Exemption request process for small and medium operationsSmall and medium agricultural operations may apply for a temporary exemption from the law’s restrictions on manure applications. Size of operation is defined in Ohio Revised Code (ORC) and is summarized in Table 2. The chief of the division of soil and water resources may grant an exemption of up to one year for a medium agricultural operation and up to two years for a small operation, if the operation is working toward compliance. An exempted operation may request technical assistance to reach compliance, and will not be subject to civil penalties for violations. The law defines small and medium agricultural operations in the same way as the Livestock Environmental Permitting program, based on the number of livestock according to species. Complaints and penaltiesThe trigger for an investigation is a complaint by any person or information received by the state authority that a violation has occurred. Both the Fertilizer and Manure rules give the appropriate state authority the ability to assess civil penalties that shall not exceed $10,000 per violation. The right to a hearing and other administrative procedures are defined. Certification requirements for persons using manure from Confined Animal Feeding Operations (CAFFs) (Applies statewide) To use manure from a concentrated animal feeding facility that is regulated under ODA’s Division of Livestock Environmental Permitting, a person must either hold a Certified Livestock Manager license or be certified under Ohio’s Agricultural Fertilizer Applicator Certification program. The provision pertains only if applying the manure for agricultural production on more than 50 acres. Obtaining precipitation information to meet 12- and 24-hour forecast criteriaNew Ohio regulations in targeted watersheds in the Western Lake Erie Basin require considering ground conditions and predicted rainfall prior to granular fertilizer and manure applications started on July 3. For granular fertilizer, applications should not occur when the local forecast contains greater than a 50% chance of precipitation exceeding one inch in a 12-hour period. For manure, application should not occur when the local forecast contains greater than a 50% chance of precipitation exceeding one-half inch in a 24-hour period. It is recommended that forecast information be printed off prior to planned applications. This provides the applicator proof of reviewing the forecast if actual rainfall exceeds the predicted rainfall.A good source of a printable local forecast can be obtained from NOAA through the website http://weather.gov. A zip code location close to the application site can be entered on the website. Rainfall can be totaled to obtain the needed 12- or 24-hour predicated rainfall. A short video presentation showing how to obtain the forecast can be found on the OSU Agronomic Crops Team You Tube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z7Ip8hsL4bA
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Chris ClaytonDTN Ag Policy EditorKANSAS CITY, Mo. (DTN) — The waiting continues for the biofuels industry after meetings on the Renewable Fuels Standard continued last week at the White House, but no new details have emerged.Steve Censky, deputy secretary for USDA, said at an agribusiness conference Monday in Kansas City that the Trump administration at the moment was not ready to release any new details on what might come from changes in volume obligations for ethanol and biodiesel to offset lost demand due to EPA’s approval of small-refinery exemptions. Censky did indicate the administration is looking to ensure that policy changes would meet the blend levels spelled out in the RFS law.“If we did have a deal, it probably wouldn’t be me announcing it,” Censky said. “It would probably be something that the president himself might like to announce.”Censky spoke at the Ag Outlook Forum, hosted by the Agricultural Business Council of Kansas City and AgriPulse.Censky said the next steps for any plan coming from the White House would be taken by the White House Economic Council and Director Larry Kudlow. Censky said he does not have a timeframe for any kind of announcement.“I would love to have it sooner rather than later,” he said. “I think the farmers as well as the biofuel community would love to have that kind of certainty announced soon, and certainly that’s what we’re advocating.”Brett Frevert of CFO Systems, which provides financial support for the ethanol industry, told Censky he was at the event in June at the Southwest Iowa Renewable Energy (SIRE) ethanol plant when President Donald Trump announced year-round E15. But Frevert said the small-refinery exemptions can eliminate roughly 15% of the demand for corn, which is forcing ethanol plants to idle. Frevert said the ethanol industry cannot wait for a solution that would not kick in until possibly next summer.“Putting something in place next summer will be awfully late,” Frevert said.Speaking to DTN, Frevert said he is “Very concerned the government will come out with something that they think feels pretty good and addresses the issue, but it’s going to be very late.”The 31 small-refinery exemptions granted by EPA in August took about 1.6 billion gallons away from ethanol and biodiesel use. Farmers and biofuel advocates have been calling on President Trump since then to reverse the EPA policy or reallocate the lost gallons to other petroleum refiners.Ken McCauley, a Kansas farmer and former president of the National Corn Growers Association, said farmers have not gotten a lot of satisfaction out of the meetings other than the fact the oil companies are upset that there are any talks at all.“We think the oil company guys with the exemptions just need to do the right thing and the president just tell them this is the way it’s going to be,” McCauley said. “That hasn’t happened yet.”McCauley added, “Reallocate is the word and I’ve stressed that from the beginning. I was involved in writing that bill (the RFS), and reallocation is in the bill. They just haven’t used it yet.”Censky did suggest the administration’s plan will be looking at building on E15 with investment incentives for infrastructure at service stations.“We also need to make sure we are meeting the RFS levels and they are not being diminished, and one of the things we are doing and taking a look at is how can we partner with the industry and build out some of that infrastructure that is needed to switch retail stations that are just offering E10 to offer E15,” Censky said.Censky said USDA is looking at some of its resources, such as Rural Development funds, to boost E15 pumps and other related infrastructure.A bipartisan group of 25 congressmen from 11 states sent a letter to EPA expressing concern about the agency’s “continued abuse of small-refinery exemption authority, the uncertainty involved in a possible reset of statutory volumes and the negative economic implications these realities are having on our rural communities.”The lawmaker stated the last round of 31 small-refinery exemptions (SRE) announced by EPA “continues to cast serious doubt on the agency’s ability to administer the RFS consistent with congressional intent,” the lawmakers wrote. They cited at least three ethanol facilities have permanently closed and 14 others have idled, “affecting nearly 3,000 jobs and hundreds of millions of bushels of corn on an annual basis.”The lawmakers asked EPA to account for the SREs by reallocating waived gallons when approving RFS volume obligations. “Our farmers and rural communities are hurting, and we need the EPA to stop undermining the RFS,” the congressmen wrote.A full copy of the letter to EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler from members of Congress can be viewed here: https://www.scribd.com/…Chris Clayton can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @ChrisClaytonDTN(AG/CZ)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.
Google announced today some changes to its service level agreement (SLA). First, the SLA will no longer have an “out” for planned downtime. Customers will receive SLA credits for any downtime – planned or unplanned. Google claims to be the first major cloud provider to eliminate maintenance windows from its service level agreement.Previously, Google did not count periods shorter than 10 minutes as downtime. That meant that even though short outages could add up to hours over a long enough period of time, the company had no obligation to compensate users. Google is ending that policy and will now credit users for any amount downtime, no matter how brief.Source: The Radicati Group, 2010. “Corporate IT Survey – Messaging & Collaboration, 2010-2011.Google claims its uptime in 2010 was 99.984%, even accounting for very short periods of downtime. That works out to seven minutes of downtime per month per user. Google cites a research by The Radicati Group finding that on-premise downtime is approximately 32 times more reliable than the average on-premise e-mail system.Planned outages are a major loophole in most SLA agreements. Presumably, Google’s redundant servers make it feasible for the company to conduct upgrades and migrations without taking systems offline. 3 Areas of Your Business that Need Tech Now Tags:#enterprise#saas Cognitive Automation is the Immediate Future of… Massive Non-Desk Workforce is an Opportunity fo… klint finley IT + Project Management: A Love Affair Related Posts
What ‘missteps’? FILE – Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netDe La Salle averted disaster and survived Lyceum of the Philippines, 100-99, to enter the finals of the Filoil Flying V Preseason Premier Cup Friday at the tournament’s namesake arena in San Juan.Santi Santillan converted on a three-point play in the final 10 seconds give the Green Archers a narrow lead before Lyceum botched its final play as Reymar Caduyac’s inside pass to Harry Nzeusseu went erratic.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage Lonzo Ball ‘blessed’ to play for Lakers, Johnson Aljun Melecio led the Green Archers with a game-high 30 points while coming away with four steals.Ricci Rivero was not far behind for La Salle as he put up 27 points while Ben Mbala had a 26-point, 16-rebound double-double.CJ Perez filled up the stat sheets for the Pirates with 24 points, 11 rebounds, seven assists, and six steals while Wilson Baltazar added 19 points.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire La Salle set up a finals dance against San Beda on Sunday.Green Archers head coach Aldin Ayo said the team has to learn from close games where their composure will be tested.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“I told the team to learn from this ball game because we’re going to learn a lot from this,” said Ayo. “The composure, the decision-making when under duress, the decision-making when the odds are not with us, because there are things that we cannot control.”La Salle held a 97-94 lead in the final 1:15 but the Pirates managed to score five unanswered to take the, 99-97, lead with 35.7 seconds remaining. MOST READ Cayetano to unmask people behind ‘smear campaign’ vs him, SEA Games Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken View comments Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity.
New Delhi: Home Minister Amit Shah on Tuesday asserted in Lok Sabha that Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) and Aksai Chin are part of Jammu and Kashmir and said “we are ready to give our lives for it”.Moving a resolution for revoking provisions of Article 370 and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Bill 2019, Shah also said that there has been a long-standing demand for giving Union Territory status to Ladakh which was fulfilled by the Narendra Modi government. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”Kashmir is an integral part of India, there is no doubt about it. When I say Jammu and Kashmir, I include Pakistan Occupied Kashmir and Aksai Chin, both are included in the territorial boundaries of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Home Minister said. “Ladakh including Aksai Chin will be a Union Territory, Both Hill Councils will continue to be active,” he said. Responding to a query whether the new provisions would also include PoK, Shah said, “We will give our lives for it.” Aksai Chin is a vast area in Ladakh which is currently under Chinese occupation. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KShah said the “President has signed a Constitution Order 2019 yesterday, ordering application of all provisions of the Indian Constitution to Jammu and Kashmir, this means Article 35A is removed”. The House also witnessed uproar, with Congress members and Shah involved in a war of words. Congress Leader of the House Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury questioned the legality behind introducing these bills. “You say it is an internal matter. The UN has been monitoring the situation since 1948. Then there is Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration. Whether this is a bilateral matter or an internal matter….” Chowdhury asked, triggering opposition from treasury benches. Chowdhury later said he needed clarification on the issue. Shah said, “These (legislations on JK) are not only legally right but also constitutionally right”. When some members from opposition benches asked why was the home minister appearing so aggressive, Shah replied, “I am aggressive because you think PoK is not a part of India.” Tewari said if Jammu and Kashmir, Junagadh and Hyderabad are part of India, then it is because of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru. To this, Shah said this was an example of discrediting the contribution of Sardar Vallabbhai Patel. “This House has seen very historical decisions, this bill will be written in golden letters,” Shah added. Dismissing opposition charge that introduction of the bill and the resolution were violation of the rights of the people, Shah said nobody can stop us from introducing a resolution on Kashmir in Parliament. The home minister also said the UT of Jammu and Kashmir will have an assembly with a chief minister and MLAs. The government on Monday revoked some provisions of the Article 370 and proposed bifurcation of the state into two union territories, Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, a bold and far-reaching decision that seeks to redraw the map and future of a region at the centre of a protracted militancy movement. Fulfilling an electoral promise of the BJP less than 90 days after the Modi 2.0 government took power, Shah had announced the decision in the Rajya Sabha, which approved both the resolution and the Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation bill. Trying to pick holes in the bills to do away with special provisions given to Jammu and Kashmir, Congress member Manish Tewari said the move is a “constitutional travesty”. He said changing the boundaries of any state without approval of its state legislature is not in the spirit of Parliament. “Without the approval of the Constituent Assembly, you cannot do this. This is a wrong interpretation of the Constitution,” he said, adding that it was perhaps for the first time that a status of a state has been watered down and made into a UT. DMK members T R Baalu and Dayanidhi Maran also questioned the absence of National Conference member and former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister Farooq Abdullah from the House.
Kolkata: Train services in Howrah division was affected for more than five hours, after the engine and a coach of an empty Howrah-Titlagarh Ispat Express derailed while entering Howrah Station on Thursday morning.According to sources, the Ispat Express was entering platform number 23 of Howrah Station from the car-shed, when the train engine and an adjacent coach derailed at around 6.00 am. Entry and departure of trains from platform numbers 21, 22 & 23 of Howrah Station new complex was hit. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”No one was injured in the accident as the empty train was coming to the station from the car-shed for commencing its journey to Titlagarh,” a South Eastern Railway (SER) spokesperson said.A number of trains under the SER were rescheduled and short terminated and a handful of local trains were cancelled as a result of the mishap.The Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express that was scheduled to leave Howrah at 6.00 am, was rescheduled to 9.30 am, while the Howrah-Titlagarh Ispat Express that was scheduled to depart at 6.55 am, was rescheduled to 10.00 am. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe trains that were short terminated were LTT-Howrah Jnaneswari Express, Mumbai-Howrah Mail, Puri-Howrah Sri Jagannath Express, Jagdalpur-Howrah Express, Purulia-Howrah Rupasi Bangla Express and Digha-Howrah Kandari Express.Two local trains were also short terminated at Santragachi, while three up and down Panskura local trains were cancelled.Santragachi-Jabalpur Special was rescheduled to leave Santragachi at 10.40 pm instead of 8.40 pm, due to late running of link train.”The work for rerailment and restoration that begun soon after the incident, was completed at 11.35 am in the morning,” a spokesperson of Eastern Railway said. Normal train service started from Howrah New Complex after 12 noon.