Theatre owners in Madhya Pradesh decided not to screen controversial film 'Padmaavat' even as the state witnessed protests and bandh in several places against the period drama. The state government, however, said it was ready to provide security if the theatre owners wanted to screen the movie.A delegation of cinema and multiplex owners, under the aegis of the Central Cine Circuit Association (CCCA), met Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh and later announced that they would not screen the film as of now. "During the meeting, we conveyed to the chief minister that the cinema hall owners are not going to release the movie in Madhya Pradesh as protests against the film have burgeoned," theatre owner, Azizuddin, who was a part of the delegation, told after the meeting. "We are also concerned about the public sentiments," he said. Azizuddin, who is the secretary of the Bhopal Cinema Association and a member of the CCCA, said the association would again review the situation after some days to see if the theatre owners were willing to screen Sanjay Leela Bhansali's period drama. "We will provide security if the cinema halls or the multiplexes are ready to release the movie in the state. They themselves have decided not to release the movie," state Home Minister Bhupendra Singh told reporters. Chief Secretary Basant Pratap Singh said, "We will make arrangements if there is be any law and order problem. We will provide security if the film is released in the state." The Multiplex Association of India, which represents about 75 per cent of multiplex owners, yesterday said that its members would not screen the film in Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Goa. Meanwhile, several places in the state, including Indore, Ujjain, Gwalior, Dewas Beora, Shujalpur Shajapur, Harda and Jhabua, witnessed the protests and closure of commercial establishments while the educational institutions remained open. The markets remained closed at some of the places since morning. Protesters took out a bike rally in Gwalior and raised slogans demanding a ban on the film. In Indore also, the protesters took out a rally. In Bhopal, the cinema halls wore a deserted look even as heavy police force was deployed outside the theatres. In Harda, various commercial establishments remained closed after the call for bandh given by the Karni Sena and other Rajput organisations. The Rashtriya Rajput Karni Sena's Harda district president, Suraj Bhan, said the traders extended support to their call for a bandh."Our agitation would continue. We will not allow the release of the movie in the city's cinema halls. We will also felicitate the cinema hall owners for not releasing the movie," he said. In Jhabua, the main markets of the city remained closed till afternoon as some protesters took out a rally. The police said security has been beefed up outside cinema halls across the state.
I want to ask Mr.Bhansali, Is he feeling good after releasing the film, which has hurt the feelings of so many countrymen, disturb the peace of mind and loss of so much of public properties.
Security beefed up around cinema halls screening ‘Padmaavat’
Supplements live in the wild west of the wellness world. They’re largely unregulated and under-researched, so people are often left to make not-so-educated guesses about what they’re putting in their bodies. Two new resources from the National Institutes of Health’s Office of Dietary Substances (ODS) may help. On Wednesday, it released two new fact sheets — one for exercise and athletic performance supplements, and another for weight loss supplements — meant to help people determine what’s safe and effective. Each database lists common dietary supplements used for a specified purpose — like creatine, protein supplements and tart cherry juice for fitness, and caffeine, green tea extract and capsaicin for weight loss — as well as a summary of the science, however minimal, available on that substance. The tools are meant to guide people as they try to improve their health, and steer them away from ineffective or unsafe ingredients. On the whole, more fitness supplements got the green light than weight loss supplements. Creatine, beet juice and caffeine were endorsed for at least some types of athletes, while things like deer antler velvet were called out for inadequate evidence. Most of the weight loss supplements were associated with very modest results at best, while others — including bitter orange and green tea extract — carried safety warnings. “Dietary supplements marketed for exercise and athletic performance can’t take the place of a healthy diet, but some might have value for certain types of activity,” said ODS director Paul Coates in a statement. “Others don’t seem to work, and some might even be harmful.” Supplement sales are projected to approach $300 million by 2024, but many experts remain skeptical of how effective they really are, since there’s not a lot of information about what they actually contain and how, or if, they work. One study even estimated that supplement misuse leads to 23,000 emergency room visits each year.
Chinese scientists have cloned monkeys using the same technique that produced Dolly the sheep two decades ago, breaking a technical barrier that could open the door to copying humans.Zhong Zhong and Hua Hua, two identical long-tailed macaques, were born eight and six weeks ago, making them the first primates — the order of mammals that includes monkeys, apes and humans — to be cloned from a non-embryonic cell. It was achieved through a process called somatic cell nuclear transfer (SCNT), which involves transferring the nucleus of a cell, which includes its DNA, into an egg which has had its nucleus removed. Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences Institute of Neuroscience in Shanghai said their work should be a boon to medical research by making it possible to study diseases in populations of genetically uniform monkeys.But it also brings the feasibility of cloning to the doorstep of our own species. “Humans are primates. So (for) the cloning of primate species, including humans, the technical barrier is now broken,” Muming Poo, who helped supervise the programme at the institute, told reporters in a conference call.
At human cloning doorstep“The reason ... we broke this barrier is to produce animal models that are useful for medicine, for human health. There is no intention to apply this method to humans.” Genetically identical animals are useful in research because confounding factors caused by genetic variability in non-cloned animals can complicate experiments. They could be used to test new drugs for a range of diseases before clinical use.The two newborns are now being bottle fed and are growing normally. The researchers said they expect more macaque clones to be born over the coming months. Since Dolly — cloning’s poster child - was born in Scotland in 1996, scientists have successfully used SCNT to clone more than 20 other species, including cows, pigs, dogs, rabbits, rats and mice.Similar work in primates, however, had always failed, leading some experts to wonder if primates were resistant. The new research, published on Wednesday in the journal Cell, shows that is not the case. The Chinese team succeeded, after many attempts, by using modulators to switch on or off certain genes that were inhibiting embryo development.Even so, their success rate was extremely low and the technique worked only when nuclei were transferred from foetal cells, rather than adult ones, as was the case with Dolly. In all, it took 127 eggs to produce two live macaque births. “It remains a very inefficient and hazardous procedure,” said Robin Lovell-Badge, a cloning expert at the Francis Crick Institute in London, who was not involved in the Chinese work.“The work in this paper is not a stepping-stone to establishing methods for obtaining live born human clones. This clearly remains a very foolish thing to attempt.” The research underscores China’s increasingly important role at the cutting-edge of biosciences, where its scientists have at times pushed ethical boundaries.Three years ago, for example, researchers at Sun Yat-sen University in Guangzhou caused a furor when they reported carrying out the first experiment to edit the DNA of human embryos, although similar work has now been done in the United States. Scientists at the Shanghai institute said they followed international guidelines for animal research set by the US National Institutes of Health, but called for a debate on what should or should not be acceptable practice in primate cloning.
- The two identical long-tailed macaques were born eight and six weeks ago, making them the first primates to be cloned from a non-embryonic cell
- It was achieved through a process called somatic cell nuclear transfer — transferring the nucleus of a cell, which includes its DNA, into an egg which has had its nucleus removed
Perhaps the best way to honour our loved ones, who are no longer with us, is to keep their passion alive as a way to remember them. Partha Chatterjee, the Minister-in-Charge of Higher Education and School Education Department in West Bengal, felt that the best way pay a tribute to his late wife, would be to build a hospital for dogs. Babli passed away in July 2017, and Partha decided to honour her memory by opening a pet hospital in South Kolkata which will treat dogs and cats. He has also set up a trust to build and run the treatment centre that will be named Babli Chatterjee Memorial Pet Hospital. “Babli was a dog-lover in the true sense,” Partha said. “There are six dogs in our family, and as long she was fit, she used to take care of them. Even when she went to sleep at night, her pets were her companions. So I thought that a hospital for dogs would be the best way to keep her memories alive.” Chatterjee highlighted the benefit of this set-up in South Kolkata. “In Kolkata, there is an acute shortage of sophisticated pet hospitals and my wife often mentioned it. The trust authorities have already started interacting with renowned veterinary doctors about the facilities that can be provided there. I have asked the authorities to complete the project as quickly as possible,” said Chatterjee. Chatterjee was sworn in as the Cabinet Minister under Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on 20 May 2011. He formerly worked for Andrew Yule & Co., which is a government undertaking. “The trust has a plot of 17 acres near Baghajatin railway station in south Kolkata, where the hospital will be set up,” said Chatterjee, refusing to reveal the cost of the project.
A New Jersey father who wore an "In Need of Kidney" T-shirt at Disney World last summer underwent a kidney transplant this week in New York. Robert Leibowitz, 60, who has been in need of a new kidney for three years after suffering from chronic kidney disease, never imagined how magical his family's vacation to the Magic Kingdom would be after securing a kidney from a stranger — thanks to another stranger's Facebook post about his handmade T-shirt. "I thought, ‘You know, if I can get one person who's my blood type to just respond and maybe that's my match…You know it's worth the $35 investment for the shirt,'" Leibowitz said. "This amazing couple, Rocio and Juan Sandoval, took a picture of it and said do you mind if I post it? Within the first week 90,000 Facebook shares. Three days walking around the park… my phone wouldn't stop ringing." Richie Sully, a father of two from Fort Wayne, Ind., saw Sandoval's post and knew that he wanted to help Leibowitz. He reached out to Leibowitz, saying, "My name is Richie. I am O positive. I have an extra kidney [and] you are welcome to it." After a mountain of tests, and months filled with anxiety, Leibowitz received confirmation that Richie's kidney was a match. "I broke down and I screamed but of course screaming in New York, nobody – everybody ignores you anyway," Leibowitz said of getting that phone call. "Words cannot explain. This guy's saving my life. He's saving my life. He's giving me more time with my kids." Sully and Leibowitz were reported "doing well" after the surgery Thursday at New York-Presbyterian Cornell Medical Center. NBC4 News reported that Leibowitz plans to take his Sully and Sandoval to Disney World to celebrate his fairy-tale ending.
The Red Handfish (Thymichthys politus) is quite possibly the rarest fish on Earth, with less than 40 known individuals surviving in the wild. Now, divers have found a new population which doubles the known numbers of the species.Handfish is a generic name which accounts for 14 species in the coastal waters of southern Australia and Tasmania. Handfish are known for moving around by walking on the sea floor rather than swimming, with their highly modified fins which resemble hands, thus lending them their name. Most handfish species are vulnerable to extinction, but the Red Handfish is critically endangered, with the only known population residing in Frederick Henry Bay near south-east Tasmania - a site which covers just 50 metres by 20 metres (165 x 65 feet). Now, divers have found a new area which hosts the species. It all started when a member of the public reported seeing an individual handfish. This sent divers and biologists on a frantic search. After two days, the teams were almost ready to give up the search, when they finally found one. IMAS Technical Officer Antonia Cooper spotted the first fish when she had all but abandoned hope.
"We were diving for approximately three and a half hours and at about the two hour mark we were all looking at each other thinking this is not looking promising," Ms Cooper said. "My dive partner went to tell the other divers that we were going to start heading in and I was half-heartedly flicking algae around when, lo and behold, I found a red handfish."This is exciting for several reasons. For starters, it means that the species' gene pool isn't as limited as we thought. Genetic bottlenecks can be a long-term threat to small populations, even if they manage to survive in their natural environment. This also means that the Red Handfish don't require exactly the conditions found in the Frederick Henry Bay reef, which in turn means that there might be other populations waiting to be discovered.
"Finding a new population that is definitely distinct from the existing one is very exciting. It means there's potentially a bigger gene pool and also that there are potentially other populations out there that we're yet to find, so it's very exciting indeed," Ms Cooper added.The work is also exciting because it highlights another successful collaboration between scientists and members of the general public. The finding also allows researchers to better understand this species and hopefully establish a solid conservation plan for the future."Finding this second population is a huge relief as it effectively doubles how many we think are left on the planet," said Dr Rick Stuart-Smith, who co-founded Reef Life Survey in 2007. "We've already learned a lot from finding this second population because their habitat isn't identical to that of the first population, so we can take some heart from knowing Red Handfish are not as critically dependent on that particular set of local conditions."Of course, doubling from 40 to 80 is still not where you'd want to be. The Red Handfish, like several other handfish species, is still in dire straits, and it's unlikely if it will manage to survive in future years. Population bottlenecks are typically followed either by a recovery or an extinction, and it's unclear which way the Red Handfish will go. For instance, one of its relatives, the Spotted Handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus), is still reported around Tasmania, while another one, Ziebell's Handfish (Brachiopsilus ziebelli), hasn't been observed in over a decade and is presumed to be extinct.
These businesses and regions have had the final straw with single-use plastic drinking straws – and they are taking big steps to phase them out of regular use worldwide. Thanks to a bill proposed by Assembleyman Ian Calderon, sit-down restaurants in California may be required to ask customers if they want straws before providing them. While the legislation would not affect fast food restaurants or cafés, he says that it is a simple step in the right direction towards changing business and consumer attitudes about plastic straws. “How long have people know[n] that plastic is harmful to the environment? Still we all use it. This is a measured approach that helps change behavior,” Calderon wrote on Twitter. While California could be the first U.S. state to pass legislation addressing straws, Seattle has already approved a bill that will ban restaurants and cafés from giving out plastic straws to customers come July 2018 – however, businesses will still be allowed to provide recyclable or biodegradable options. Meanwhile, multinational coffee stop chain Costa Coffee has recently announced that they will ditching plastic straws this year in favor of a more environmentally friendly alternative. Similarly, Asian food chain Wagamama will be replacing their plastic straws with biodegradable options on Earth Day. The UK-based café Pret A Manger said that they have made paper straws freely available in some of their restaurants along with plastic straws available at the customer’s request behind the counter. The goals co-align with the 25-year action plan unveiled by UK Prime Minister Theresa May to “eradicate all avoidable plastic waste” by 2042. The rest of the European Union plans on mandating that all single-use plastic packaging must be recyclable by 2030.
Marley the dog has spent the last five years chained up to a dog house in the backyard of a rural Virginia home – but now, after being given a loving forever home, he has made an awe-inspiring transformation. Members of the People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) have been keeping their eyes on Marley since they first became aware of his predicament several years ago. The organization says that the pup was so neglected, he did not even know the sound of his own name – he was only familiar with the word “no”. While PETA members periodically visited Marley at his dog house, they were unable to do much about his predicament because state law does not have a lot of protective legislation for neglected pets. PETA representatives told Good News Network: “Until he became emaciated, his conditions were considered in compliance with the law. PETA has been working with local officials to pass a chaining ordinance, which we hope would help dogs like Marley in the future.” “In these areas, for now, we have no recourse but to remain persistent and maintain good relationships with the dogs’ owners … otherwise, we run the risk that they’ll refuse to let us help their animals at all,” they added. Thankfully, after lots of heavy persuasion, Marley’s owner finally agreed to relinquish the pup to the rescue organization. The dog was treated for his condition and was eventually adopted by Michael Moss, who has transformed Marley from a sad mutt into a happy hound. “I really, really liked his little attitude that he had and the spirit that he had that wasn’t going to be broken,” says Moss. “He’s got toys, bones, treats, and Kyah—and a big backyard he can play in .… That’s all I really want. I just want him to be happy.”
The night of 31st January will be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for lovers of the stars, moon, and skies in Kerala to witness an incredibly rare celestial phenomenon—a supermoon, a blue moon and a total lunar eclipse, will all occur at the same time! Claimed to have been last witnessed over 150 years ago on March 31, 1866, the skies will surely be a treat for sore eyes with the super blue blood moon! However, it is essential to understand what each phenomenon means in astronomical terms. What is a supermoon? A supermoon refers to a full or new moon that is close to the earth (3.56 lakh kms), where the moon appears 14% larger and 40% brighter. What is a blue moon? Ever heard the term ‘once in a blue moon?’ This refers to the second full moon in a calendar month. It is also a phenomenon whereby the moon appears bluish owing to smoke or dust particles in the atmosphere What is a blood moon? So, during a total lunar eclipse, the sun, the earth and the moon form a straight line. And when this happens, earth blocks any direct sunlight from reaching the moon. The sun is behind the earth, so the sun’s light casts earth’s shadow on the moon. This shadow covers the entire moon and causes a total lunar eclipse. But even during the process, the moon does not turn completely dark and appears reddish. This is because a part of the sunlight still reaches the moon’s surface indirectly, through the earth’s atmosphere. This appearance of the moon during the total lunar eclipse is referred to as the red moon or blood moon. Scholars say that the colour of the blood moon may vary from a range of brown to red, entirely depending on the atmospheric humidity and pollution. If the three phenomena sound so visually-appealing, individually, you can imagine what the final result of the three happening at the same time will be! How do you catch a glimpse of this in Kerala? Jayant Ganguli, a technical officer at the Regional Science Centre and Planetarium in Kozhikode said, “The partial shadow on the moon would be seen at 4:21 pm, while the complete lunar eclipse would be visible at 6:21 pm. The moon will emerge from the complete lunar eclipse at 7:37 pm and will turn into a partial one by 8:41 pm. Then the moon will be fully visible once again.” To commemorate the rare occasion, many mass moon watching programmes are being organised across the state, including the Regional Science Centre and Planetarium, Kozhikode. Though the phenomenon is visible to the naked eye, the planetarium will allow sky watchers to use their telescopes. If you don’t catch the one at Kozhikode, you can head to the Priyadarshini Planetarium in the Kerala Science and Technology Museum (KSSTM) in Thiruvananthapuram, which in addition to setting up telescopes for public viewing, will also conduct awareness classes with an astrophysicist. While the classes begin from 4:00 pm onwards, the sky observation will begin after a short tea break, allowing people to enjoy the view of the moon after sunset.
A day after a school bus was attacked in Gurgaon by a mob protesting the film "Padmaavat", many schools near Delhi are shut. At least four top schools in Gurgaon have announced a holiday for the rest of the week, saying they would not want to risk the lives of students. A video that captured the horror of more than two dozen schoolchildren of the GD Goenka World School, cowering in fear as their bus was being hit with stones, has generated waves of outrage. In the clip, little children were seen on the floor of the bus, their teachers keeping them below the range of the stones hurled by around 60 goons who also attacked the bus with bamboo sticks. Students of nursery to Class 12 were on their way home from school when around 3 pm, their bus was caught in the Padmaavat rioting. The youngest children were heard crying. A teacher held a frightened girl as everyone crouched on the space between the seats. Ignoring the mob banging at the windows and the sides of the bus, the driver maneuvered the bus to safety. The school bus happened to be behind a state-run bus that had been set on fire and wrecked by the mob just moments before. Later, the seats of the school bus were filled with shards of glass. The school staff alleged that policemen at the spot - there were quite a few because of the raging protests - could do nothing to help. "If they can attack school buses and Haryana roadways buses openly despite prohibitory orders and tight security arrangements of the Gurgaon Police, we cannot take a chance," a teacher said. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal described the attack as "utterly shameful" and targeted the BJP government in Haryana in his tweet: "More disgusting is the complicity of those governments who are allowing it through their inaction." "Padmaavat" hits the theatres today but groups like Karni Sena have vowed to block the film at all costs, alleging that the film hurts Rajput pride and twists the story of 14th century Queen Padmini, who chose death before surrendering to Delhi Sultan Alauddin Khilji.