Digg Doesnt Suck Anymore and Weans Itself From Microsoft

first_img Explore further DiggBar:The newly released DiggBar is a nimble little navigator that can be accessed on any Web page by simply typing digg.com/ before the url and hitting enter. Readers are given a super short url that can be easily submitted to Facebook, Twitter and other social bookmarking sites. The DiggBar displays not only the comments and number of Diggs, readers can view how many times the story has been viewed world-wide. On the very cool side, DiggBar can access related stories and a random button for a series of surprises. Digg Goes Within for Advertising:Digg cut Microsoft loose as its exclusive advertising partner. Instead, Digg will control its own destiny in on-line advertising and deal direct with advertisers. Digg has built up an in-house sales staff that will have the flexibility to create custom non-Internet Advertising Bureau advertising coupled with standardized banner ads and move Digg to the next level. The between Digg and Microsoft commenced in 2007 and contemplated a three-year time span with wiggle room in the event Digg wanted to go it alone. According to Zachary Rogers at ClickZ, Microsoft will continue selling network reserve through Microsoft Media. However, Digg will take the helm for all advertising. Both parties express a desire to take their advertising strategies for clients beyond standard IAB standard ads and open up Internet advertising to include creative approaches. Mike Maser, Digg’s Chief Financial Officer and Strategy Officer complimented Microsoft by saying, “We’ve had a great relationship with Microsoft over the last year and a half.” Microsoft has just completed a “High-engagement” placement package for the Discovery Channel’s fifth season of “Deadliest Catch”. The campaign includes Web, mobile, games and other channel high visibility placement ads. The endless possibilities of connecting people to people and in turn selling products or services knows no bounds on the Internet. The next leg of the race to capture the attention of billions of multi-cultural/multi-lingual users should be very interesting.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Digg is reasserting itself as the social bookmarking site with pizazz, buzz and connections. Within the past weeks, Digg’s Daniel Burka, formally apologized to users announcing,”Digg has 99.987% less suck, followed with the announcement of a new DiggBar and cut short its exclusive advertising partnership with Microsoft. Digg apparently likes 1,2,3 approaches to problem solving. Study to Test if Fading Sense of Smell Signals Onset of Parkinson’scenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: Digg Doesn’t Suck Anymore and Weans Itself From Microsoft (2009, April 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-digg-doesnt-anymore-weans-microsoft.htmllast_img

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Physicists Detect SingleElectron Tunneling with Quantum Dots

first_img Recently, a team of scientists from the University of Cambridge’s Cavendish Laboratory and the Toshiba Research Europe Limited, both in Cambridge, as well as the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, have designed an experiment that allows for the observation of single-electron tunneling at the picosecond timescale. In their technique, moving quantum dots that contain single electrons travel through a circuit with regions of different confinement, which excites the electrons into a superposition of states and causes them to oscillate. The physicists could detect oscillations in the resulting current, overcoming many of the challenges in single-electron detection. Their study is published in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”For the first time, we have detected the coherent motion of a single electron within a quantum dot,” lead author Masaya Kataoka told PhysOrg.com. Kataoka was previously with the University of Cambridge, and is now with the National Physical Laboratory in London. Previously, most approaches to electron detection have involved the application of short pulses to the electrodes of the experimental device. By arranging their device a bit differently, the UK team could avoid the need for these pulses. In their setup, they work with quantum dots, with each containing just one electron. The quantum dots travel at a velocity of about 2,800 meters per second through a channel past a tunnel barrier, on the other side of which is a parallel channel. “Because of the bandwidth limitation, past observations of coherent motion of single electrons were done using a relatively slow process, such as oscillation between two quantum dots,” Kataoka said. “The motion of an electron within a quantum dot, at a single-electron level, is normally much faster. It is not easy to fabricate a single-electron quantum dot, or a quantum dot suitable for high-frequency measurement. Our idea of moving quantum dots through a circuit, rather than using a static quantum dot, seems to work for this purpose.” Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Detecting the coherent motion of a single electron is a challenge, for the simple reason of scale: the timescale of the coherent motion of a single-electron wave function is in the picosecond regime (one trillionth of a second), which presents significant technical difficulties. However, understanding single-electron dynamics is very important for a wide range of future quantum technologies. 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. Excited-state spectroscopy on a nearly closed quantum dot via charge detectioncenter_img In this simplified experimental layout, quantum dots defined by surface acoustic waves each carry a single electron through the top channel. At the weakest point of the tunnel barrier, electrons can tunnel into the open 1D channel and escape into the bottom-right exit. Image credit: M. Kataoka, et al. ©2009 American Physical Society. Citation: Physicists Detect Single-Electron Tunneling with Quantum Dots (2009, May 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-05-physicists-single-electron-tunneling-quantum-dots.html The new method is based on the fact that the ground state of an electron in a quantum dot is very fragile, and a sudden change in the confinement potential can excite the electron from the ground state to a superposition of eigenstates. A short tunnel barrier provides just such a change in confinement to produce a superposition. If an electron encounters this tunnel barrier, it achieves a superposition of states, oscillating with a period of about 5 picoseconds and at a frequency that depends on the energy gap between the states. In the setup, an electron wave function oscillates from side to side in the channel, periodically hitting the short tunnel barrier. At the weakest point of the tunnel barrier, an electron can tunnel into a parallel channel and escape into a different exit than the exit at which the electrons that don’t tunnel go to. In other words, the electron oscillations lead to oscillations in the tunnel current, and the physicists could detect the tunnel current oscillations by making a weak, repeated measurement of the current at the second exit. Unlike many previous experiments, this technique doesn’t require the application of short pulses, enabling it to overcome bandwidth limitations.“Basically, read more

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Resident bats use pitcher plant as toilet

first_img More information: A novel resource–service mutualism between bats and pitcher plants, Biol. Lett. Published online before print January 26, 2011, doi:10.1098/rsbl.2010.1141 © 2010 PhysOrg.com Explore further Secret of the carnivorous pitcher plant’s slurp — solved at last (PhysOrg.com) — The pitcher plants are carnivorous species that usually feed on insects and small vertebrates, but one species has been found that prefers to dine on the feces of bats. Citation: Resident bats use pitcher plant as toilet (2011, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-resident-pitcher-toilet.html 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. Scientists from the University Brunei Darussalam and from Germany have been studying the aerial pitcher plant Nepenthes rafflesiana variety elongata, from Borneo. The plants live in peat bogs and heaths and are notable for their extremely large aerial pitchers.Pitcher plants grow on nutrient-poor soils and supplement their nitrogen source by feeding on insects and small animals. The victims are attracted to the pitcher by its colors and smells, but once inside they are trapped on the slippery sides and are drawn into the fluid at the bottom where they drown. The fluid contains digestive enzymes to extract nitrogen and other needed nutrients as the bodies are digested.N. r. elongata differs from other pitchers in having a much larger (around 4 x) pitcher than related species, but it traps only around one seventh of the insects consumed by other pitcher species. The researchers found Elongata had low volumes of digestive fluids and enzymes and low amounts of the insect-attracting volatile compounds usually found in pitchers, which makes them less attractive to insects.Instead of insects in the large pitchers, the researchers, led by tropical ecologist Dr. Ulmar Grafe, sometimes found roosting bats. Dr. Grafe spent a year inspecting 400 Elongata plants and found 32 bats in that time, among them a whole family of offspring and young nestled in a single pitcher. Some of the tiny (4 g) bats, all Hardwicke’s woolly bats (Kerivoula hardwickii hardwickii), were fitted with radio-trackers, and the results of tracking indicated they roosted only in the pitchers.The Elongata pitchers are perfectly suited to their residents, with a girdle half-way up to ensure they do not slip down the sides, and there is little fluid and so no chance of being drowned if they did slip.The researchers found that about 33.8 percent of the foliar nitrogen in the pitcher plants originated in the feces of the bats, and the level of nitrogen was much higher than in pitchers of the same species that did not have a resident bat.The association between the pitcher and bat is only the second case of a mutualistic association between a pitcher plant and a mammal (the other being a tree shrew), and is the first case of a pitcher that attracts bats to roost in its aerial pitchers and use their droppings as a source of food. The bat also benefits from the association because it is sheltered and hidden from predators when it is nestled within the pitcher. Dr. Grafe said the environment within the pitcher is also free of the parasites that often live in bat roosts.The paper is available online at the Biology Letters journal. Nepenthes rafflesiana. Photo: Wikipedia.last_img

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New evidence suggests some birds gave up flight to become better swimmers

first_img More information: High flight costs, but low dive costs, in auks support the biomechanical hypothesis for flightlessness in penguins, PNAS, Published online before print May 20, 2013, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1304838110 AbstractFlight is a key adaptive trait. Despite its advantages, flight has been lost in several groups of birds, notably among seabirds, where flightlessness has evolved independently in at least five lineages. One hypothesis for the loss of flight among seabirds is that animals moving between different media face tradeoffs between maximizing function in one medium relative to the other. In particular, biomechanical models of energy costs during flying and diving suggest that a wing designed for optimal diving performance should lead to enormous energy costs when flying in air. Costs of flying and diving have been measured in free-living animals that use their wings to fly or to propel their dives, but not both. Animals that both fly and dive might approach the functional boundary between flight and nonflight. We show that flight costs for thick-billed murres (Uria lomvia), which are wing-propelled divers, and pelagic cormorants (Phalacrocorax pelagicus) (foot-propelled divers), are the highest recorded for vertebrates. Dive costs are high for cormorants and low for murres, but the latter are still higher than for flightless wing-propelled diving birds (penguins). For murres, flight costs were higher than predicted from biomechanical modeling, and the oxygen consumption rate during dives decreased with depth at a faster rate than estimated biomechanical costs. These results strongly support the hypothesis that function constrains form in diving birds, and that optimizing wing shape and form for wing-propelled diving leads to such high flight costs that flying ceases to be an option in larger wing-propelled diving seabirds, including penguins. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org) —An international team of wildlife researchers has found evidence to support the theory that some birds, such as penguins, lost the ability to fly because of adaptations that allowed for better swimming. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team describes the results of testing energy efficiency levels of birds that both fly and dive as compared to birds that have lost the ability to fly. Explore further To gain a better understanding of the factors that led to flightlessness in some birds, the team traveled to two remote locations: Nanavuk, Canada and Middleton Island in Alaska. By attaching sensors to captured cormorants and murres, the team was able to measure energy efficiency in both species. Both kinds of birds are able to fly and both find prey by diving underwater and swimming. Cormorants use their webbed feet to maneuver underwater, while the murres use their wings.In analyzing the data from the sensors, the researchers found that murres are relatively efficient swimmers—the amount of energy they burn is just 30 percent lower than that of similar sized penguins. In the air, however, things were quite different. The birds set a new record for inefficiency—they burned 31 times more energy when flying than when sitting still—the highest ever seen in a bird. Studying murres is particularly important when looking to find why penguins lost the ability to fly because they are so similar to their non-flying cousins. Because of their coloring and body shape, they actually look like flying penguins.The data shows, the researchers claim, that penguins and other flightless birds almost certainly lost the ability to fly as their swimming abilities grew stronger. You can’t have both, they note—becoming better at swimming causes wings to slowly morph into flippers, which of course won’t allow for flight. They suggest that murres are at a crossroads—just good enough to get by in both the air and water. If the need arises to dive deeper, the team notes, the murres could also lose the ability to fly. On the other hand, if the need to avoid predators by flying away remains critical, they could become bet 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.center_img Researchers find emperor penguins outer feathers colder than surrounding air © 2013 Phys.org Citation: New evidence suggests some birds gave up flight read more

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Microsoft launches prerelease Kinect for Windows developer kit program

first_img 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. (Phys.org) —Microsoft has announced at its Build Development Event and via its website a new initiative the company is calling the Kinect for Windows developer kit program. The idea is to entice developers of Kinect applications to apply by offering them special perks. The catch is that only a select few of those who apply will be accepted into the program. Citation: Microsoft launches prerelease ‘Kinect for Windows developer kit program’ (2013, June 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-06-microsoft-prerelease-kinect-windows-kit.html As part of its announcement, Microsoft has made it clear the company is looking for either innovative ideas for project development or established players who will make a big splash when the next generation of the Kinect gaming device makes its debut next year.Entering the program doesn’t come cheap—those who are accepted will have to pay a $399 program fee. For their money, accepted developers will get special access to the Kinect development team at Microsoft (via video chat), access to the new and expanded Software Development Kit (SDK), sample documentation and API information, a prerelease Kinect device, and a final release Kinect device.Early access to the device and SDK should give those who enter the program a leg up on the competition. Though, developers won’t actually get early access until November.Microsoft hasn’t disclosed how many applicants will be accepted into the program, but has set a final cutoff date for those that wish to apply: July 31, 2013, at 9:00 a.m. Pacific Time. The application process consists of completing and submitting a form on Microsoft’s website (Windows Live account required). Microsoft says it will let applicants know if they’ve been accepted into the program sometime in August.Microsoft will likely get a lot of people and companies applying for acceptance into the program. The Kinect device has been wildly successful for Microsoft as both a game console and experimental device used in a wide variety of feedback systems.The next iteration of the Kinect device is expected to have more and/or better functionality than its predecessor. Examples include likely faster sensor scanning for quicker reaction times, better color capture to allow for differentiation of recognized objects, the ability to remove background movement data, and of course more tools for controlling the device via JAVA or HTML5. Explore further Microsoft to add Kinect Fusion to Kinect for Windows SDK © 2013 Phys.orglast_img

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Study may explain counterintuitive effect of why hotter systems can cool more

first_img In the last few decades, the Mpemba effect has been studied and observed in several physical systems besides water, including carbon nanotube resonators and ice-like water cages called clathrate hydrates. Despite these findings, the causes of the effect are not well-understood. Proposed explanations include the presence of impurities, hydrogen bonding, and supercooling. Even the mere existence of the Mpemba effect remains controversial, as one recent study found insufficient evidence to replicate a meaningful effect.Now, their interest rekindled by a recent paper proposing a generic mechanism for similar effects, scientists Antonio Lasanta and coauthors from universities in Spain have returned to the question in a new study published in Physical Review Letters. In their work, the researchers theoretically demonstrate and investigate the Mpemba effect in granular fluids, such as those made of sand or other small particles. Using simulations of granular systems and a simple kinetic theory approach, the researchers were able to determine that the initial conditions in which the system is prepared play a critical role in determining whether or not the system exhibits the Mpemba effect. Their analysis also enabled them to identify the initial conditions required in order for a granular system to exhibit the Mpemba effect. “Our work shows that the existence of the Mpemba effect is very sensitive to the initial preparation of the fluid or, in other words, to its previous history,” coauthor Andrés Santos at the University of Extremadura in Badajoz, Spain, told Phys.org. “In our opinion, this may explain the elusiveness and controversy of the Mpemba effect in water, as a consequence of the lack of control on the detailed initial preparation of the sample.”As the researchers showed, if a system is not prepared under certain initial conditions, then the colder system cools down more quickly than the warmer one, as expected, and there is no Mpemba effect.”We theoretically showed, at least in the case of a gas, that a system’s temperature evolution and thus its cooling and/or heating rate do not depend on initial temperature alone, but also on the previous history of the system that control the initial value of the additional variables,” Santos said. “Therefore, it is perfectly possible that an initially heated system cools down quicker than a colder one with a different history.” © 2017 Phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain Mpemba effect: Why hot water can freeze faster than cold Citation: Study may explain counterintuitive effect of why hotter systems can cool more quickly (2017, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-counterintuitive-effect-hotter-cool-quickly.html As the researchers explained further, the simplicity of the Mpemba effect in granular fluids compared to water and other systems enabled them to reach this conclusion. “Our results show that the Mpemba effect is a generic non-equilibrium phenomenon that appears if the evolution of temperature depends on other physical quantities that characterize the initial state of the system,” Santos said. “In practice, such an initial state can be experimentally achieved if the system is taken by some physical procedure very far away from equilibrium (for instance, by a sudden heating impulse prior to cooling down). Our theoretical and computational work shows that the Mpemba effect is particularly simple in a granular gas, since, in practice, there is one single extra parameter controlling the Mpemba effect. This parameter is the kurtosis, which measures the deviation of the velocity distribution function from a Gaussian distribution.”With this new understanding, the researchers could estimate a range of initial temperatures for which the effect emerges and determine how different the initial values of this parameter must be in order for the Mpemba effect to appear. The results also support predictions of the existence of an inverse Mpemba effect: when heated, a colder sample may reach a hot target temperature sooner than a warmer sample. The researchers plan to investigate this area and others in the future.”On the theoretical side, we plan to carry out a similar study in the case of a molecular solute (where collisions are fully elastic) suspended in a solvent that produces a nonlinear drag force on the solute particles,” Santos said. “Going back to granular fluids, we also want to analyze the impact of particle roughness and spin on the Mpemba effect. In the latter system, read more

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Decor for the damp season

first_imgOur homes are the expressions of who we are. This reflects in the walls, soft furnishings like cushions, bed spreads, and everything else related to our home. These are to our home, what clothing, make-up and jewelry are to us. With the passage of time, change of seasons, our moods change and so does the requirement of our homes. Summer 2013 moved forward from the safe colors of winter 2012 to liberating textures, naturals and brights. There has been a focus on transparency, use of plastics and synthetic materials to give shine and sheen to summer designs. Besides, a focus on interaction between naturals and synthetic techniques, juxtaposing light and washed out bright colors with dark undertones and intriguing contrasts. Floral and jungle themes came to the fore this summer. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As we move further into the summer, the monsoon brings relief from the sweltering heat and increased levels of humidity. At this time of the year, its best to go for lighter – flatter textures and natural yarns like linen, suggests www.bandhinihome.com, to brighten up your homes this monsoon. Avoid velvet and thicker materials as they tend to absorb humidity. Linen can make you feel comfortable and creates a harmonious environment with its organic feel. One can also use soft pure cottons for a natural feel. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixGiven that the monsoon season lasts for a few months in India, there are many aspects that need to be looked into while considering home care needs, recommends Zynna, a leading furnishing brand. In fact, it is a good idea to get a professional to do an inspection of your home, old or new, prior to the monsoon and ensure that you find and fix the problems that keep recurring.Avoid humidity- It’s better to keep the humidity in control and keep the windows and doors open for a free movement of air. This must be done daily as damp interiors will certainly have the wall papers ripping off from the joints. Get the walls ready- In any case, before applying the wall paper, one must ensure that the walls are well treated and that the seepage and rain water does not affect the beautiful decorative paper after installation.Special Drainage System- When it comes to monsoon resistance, it may be better to ensure special drainage system in your windows and doors, which would take care of the rain water and would not allow it to seep inside your home.Regular Check- Summers in India tend to be humid with many thunderstorms, and about half of rainfall for the year falls between June and August. Hence, one must ensure that the wall paper is checked regularly for any damage in these rainy and humid months.Water Resistant- In many homes today, the kitchen is now, no more a small nook, but a beautiful open space with fancy wall papers. Now our oily food and cooking patterns fill up the air with sticky particles which mixed with moisture from the air, harm the wall. Hence the kitchen needs special water resistant wall treatments and must be open to circulation.Check on Joints- It’s best to have a check for any peel off. It’s the joints which are the worst hit, hence, if one detects a small rip in the wall papers joints, corrective action of re-application must be taken.immediately.last_img

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Art all around you

first_imgJMN group is a humanitarian Delhi based organisation which consists of young, dynamic and passionate artists who are sincerely working towards giving art a more accessible platform for everyone. With the aim of providing art an approachable platform, JMN group has been regularly organising art fairs and exhibitions in the past.This year, JMN group is coming up with the Alla Prima International Art Fair. A number of art galleries will be participating in the fair, which is to held from 11 to 15 December at the Talkatora Stadium in the Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This will be a modern and contemporary international art fair. Around 1000 artists and art institute all over the world will participate in this event. Esteemed art galleries and art organisations from India and abroad will also be participating. The event will be graced by eminent artists and prominent people from the field of art. This Fair is the brainchild of Rajiv Chakraborty, Managing Director of JMN Group. The idea behind Alla Prima is to provide an affordable platform for art. The vision is to make it an affordable yet successful Art Fair. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Fair will include exhibition of visual art works, installations, body art, video art, film screening, cultural programmes, art workshops, panel discussions, debates and talks about art and aesthetics.  Works of eminent artists such as MF Hussain, F N Souza, S H Raza, Paresh Maity, A Ramachandran, Shuvaprasanna Bhattacharjee, Jogen Chowdhury, Ganesh Pyne, Ram Kumar, Satish Gujral, Arpita Singh, Jayashri Burman, Chintan Upadhyay, Vijender Sharma would be displayed by various art galleries in the Fair.Galleries from Korea, Russia, USA, Spain, France, Greece, Romania, Bangladesh, Nepal and many other countries would be participating in the Fair, along with many indian galleries as well.last_img

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District TMC leader found dead body recovered from septic tank

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of a district Trinamool Congress leader whose body was found inside the septic tank of a factory with several injuries on his body.So far three persons have been arrested in connection with the incident. Police suspect that he might have been murdered.The incident took place in Madhyamgram in North 24-Parganas on Sunday morning. The incident triggered tension among the locals. The victim has been identified as Sudhir Das (52), who had been the president for Trinamool Congress at ward number 1 under Madhyamgram municipality. The factory is situated in Digberia area of Madhyamgram. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt was learnt that the victim used to work as a security guard at the local factory. He had been missing since Saturday afternoon. The family members of the victim told the police that he went to work on Saturday morning. Unlike other days, he did not come home to have his lunch in the afternoon.The family members thought he might have been busy at his work and hence unable to come home. As he did not return home after his work hours, the family members started a search operation in the nearby area and informed the relatives. After failing to get any trace of the victim, his family members registered a missing dairy at the local police station. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn the basis of the complaint, police started a search.They carried out a search inside the factory and finally spotted his body inside the septic tank.Police found several deep injury marks on his body as well as his head, which suggest that he might have been hit with a heavy substance before being pushed into the septic tank, police suspect.The body was recovered at around 5 am on Sunday. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that he might have been murdered following rivalry.They are yet to ascertain the real motive behind the murder. The investigators are looking into the CCTV footages of the factory.The district police have started a detailed probe into the incident. After examining the CCTV footages, police have found out that the victim was sitting near the septic tank on Sunday afternoon when an unidentified man entered the factory with his face covered with a cloth.The suspected accused came out of the factory after 50 minutes.According to a senior police officer in the district, the victim had deep head injuries, suggesting that someone had hit him with a heavy substance.Four persons including another security guard of the factory have been arrested in this connection so far.Rathin Ghosh, Chairman of Madyamgram municipality and also the local MLA called the incident unfortunate and assured that the assailants would be arrested soon. Stringent action would be taken against those who have committed the crime, he said.last_img

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Dadri lynching SP BJP continue sparring match

first_imgFuelling the ongoing controversy over the Dadri murder, controversial BJP MLA Sangeet Som on Sunday attacked Samajwadi Party (SP)-led UP government, alleging it was appeasing the minority community, and that innocent people were being framed for lynching a man over a beef-eating rumour. Som, accused of making inflammatory speeches during the 2013 Muzaffarnagar riots, alleged that state government was acting in a biased manner like it did during violence in western UP two years ago and was shielding those who were involved in cow slaughter. He said, “Like they had taken the accused in Muzaffarnagar riots in a plane, they have taken those who have slaughtered cow in a plane. Even when a person is killed, they have a different set of rules. Sanjay Rahul Yadav was shot in the incident, but is anyone aware. Did the government help him?”Also on Sunday, UP Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav met the victim Mohammad Akhlaq’s family in Lucknow saying that justice will be delivered, also announcing an assistance of `45 lakh for the family. Yadav also asserted that his party will “never do politics” over such matters even as his government came under intense attack from political opponents following the incident. After a two-hour meeting with family members of Akhlaq, who was lynched and his son seriously injured, Yadav announced raising of the financial assistance to 30 lakh from 20 lakh besides five lakh each to his three brothers. “The government is with the family in its time of grief. No one can imagine what they have gone through. I have assured the family that justice will be done and legal action will be taken against the accused,”  he told reporters in Lucknow after meeting Akhlaq’s mother Asgari Begum, brother Mohammed Afzal, and daughter Shaista. Meanwhile, the Police have arrested eight persons and have detained a Home Guard for questioning. Police said the constable was detained after the local temple priest stated that the home guard allegedly forced him to make the announcement about a Muslim family allegedly consuming beef. Meanwhile, Congress attacked the BJP and its government at the Centre over the incident and said all progressive-thinking people should stand up against it.“This is a politico-ideological murder. There are some people who are trying to change the narrative of the country. They want that the minority should be second-grade citizens. The Government wants to dictate what people should eat, wear, how people should talk,” said Congress leader Manish Tewari.last_img
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