Month: December 2019

Probe ordered into Odisha ‘custodial death’

first_imgThe Odisha Human Rights Commission (OHRC) on Wednesday directed additional director general of Human Rights Protection Cell of State Police to probe into an alleged custodial torture of a man leading to his death in Sambalpur district.Hearing a petition filed by human rights activists — Biswapriya Kanungo and Bijay Kumar Panda — OHRC acting chairperson Justice B.K. Mishra also asked superintendent of VSS Medical College Hospital, Burla to produce all documents of treatment extended to the man before his death.Abhay Singh, a 35-year-old man hailing from West Bengal, and two other persons were reportedly picked up by Sambalpur Town Police Station suspecting their involvement in cellphone theft cases on May 30. “During the next seven days, the man was tortured in three different police stations. On June 7, they were produced before the court. At the time of production in the court, he had several wounds on his body. On June 10, when his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to VSS Medical College Hospital in Burla,” alleged Mr. Kanungo. According to doctors, wounds bore marks of tortures, he pointed out.Demands solatiumHuman rights activists demanded compensation to the tune of ₹50 lakh for next of kin of the deceased. “Abhay Singh had come to Sambalpur for flower business. The man has four children. His wife is expecting their fifth child. Apart from compensation, both disciplinary and penal actions should be taken against erring police personnel,” they demanded.last_img read more

A Goa boat that’s set for smooth sailing

first_imgCommander Abhilash Tomy, the only Indian to sail around the world non-stop and solo in the Goa-built yacht INSV Mhadei, was set to launch his new sailing boat Thuriya on Monday at Aquarius Shipyard, Naroa, in North Goa.The 32-foot wooden sailboat is a replica of the iconic Suhaili, which was built in Mumbai and was sailed by the legendary Sir Robin Knox-Johnston in the first solo non-stop circumnavigation of the world in The Sunday Times Golden Globe Race in 1968.Thuriya has been specially built by the Goa-based Aquarius Shipyard as the sole Indian entry in the solo, round-the-world, non-stop Golden Globe Race 2018 to mark the 50th anniversary of Sir Robin Knox-Johnston’s historic feat.Abhilash Tomy will sail Thuriya around the world in this historic race in conditions that were similar to 1968 and without modern navigation aids.Raw challengeAshwin Tombat, Director, Adventure Breaks, Goa said the anniversary edition of the race was “a celebration” of the original event. Competitors will sail simple boats with basic equipment.The challenge is pure and raw and for “those who dare”, just as it was for Sir Robin Knox Johnston. Navigation is with sextant on paper charts, without GPS or other electronic instruments or autopilots; not even pocket calculators.last_img read more

Cong questions lack of flood relief for Rajasthan

first_imgThe Opposition Congress in Rajasthan has questioned the lack of any Central assistance for the State’s flood-affected people, the majority of whom are yet to be rehabilitated, and absence of support to farmers reeling under a heavy debt burden. The people who had high expectations from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Udaipur had been left disappointed, said the party.The Congress also took exception to “relaunching” of the projects which were started by the previous government and said their inauguration by Mr. Modi in Udaipur on Tuesday was an attempt to win “false acclaim”. Former Chief Minister Ashok Gehlot asked why Mr. Modi could not get time to visit the State during the recent floods.Cong bastionThe Congress, which has traditionally been in a strong position in the Udaipur’s Mewar region, reacted to Mr. Modi’s address at a public meeting with scepticism, while pointing out that unlike for six other States, the Prime Minister had refrained from announcing any flood relief for Rajasthan. Mr. Modi only made a reference to the State government’s demand and the visit of a Central team.Suicide by farmersPradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said here on Wednesday that over 70 farmers had committed suicide in Rajasthan after they incurred heavy losses in agriculture. The Bharatiya Janata Party government failed to take up their case with the Centre and convince the Prime Minister for announcing a loan waiver for farmers,” he said.‘BJP has failed’“Mr. Modi has been praising the governments in the BJP-ruled States during his visits, but he did not underline any achievement of the Rajasthan government in his Udaipur speech. This is a clear indication that the BJP here has failed on all fronts and is in fact working against people’s interest,” said Mr. Pilot.Assembly electionMr. Modi also did not make any clear declaration that the 2018 Assembly elections would be fought under Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje’s leadership, he said. “This is also unlike other BJP-ruled States, where the choice for Chief Minister is clear. It goes to prove that Mr. Modi has no confidence in the ability and leadership qualities of Ms. Raje,” said Mr. Pilot.last_img read more

Rane’s outfit to join NDA

first_imgMaharashtra’s former chief minister Narayan Rane, who recently quit the Congress, today said his political outfit — ‘Maharashtra Swabhiman Paksh’— would join the National Democratic Alliance (NDA).“I have decided to be a part of the NDA for the development of the state and the Konkan region,” Mr. Rane told reporters. Dismissing speculation that he would be accomodated in the Union Cabinet, Mr. Rane said, “I will stay in Maharashtra till 2019.” He was apparently hinting at contesting the Lok Sabha polls to be held that year. Mr. Rane, who resigned from the Congress party about two weeks ago after a long-drawn tussle with its state leadership, had claimed three days back that Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis had invited him to join the NDA. A prominent leader from the influential Maratha community, Mr. Rane hails from Sindhudurg district of the Konkan region. Mr. Rane became the chief minister in 1999 when he was in the Shiv Sena. He quit the Congress, alleging that the party had reneged on its promise to make him the chief minister when he joined it in 2005 after quitting the Shiv Sena. The Sena is a constituent of the NDA and had advised the BJP against inducting him into the party.last_img read more

Farmers will get all mill dues: Yogi

first_imgUttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath promised that every farmer of the State will get “each and every paisa” the sugar mills owe them, while addressing a public rally at Ambehta in Saharanpur on Tuesday afternoon. Mr. Adityanath was launching the campaign for the Kairana by-poll. “Our government will ensure that no injustice is done to our farmer brothers. It is our responsibility to see to it that no farmer is exploited,” he said. “We will make sure that every farmer gets each and every paisa of the cane dues. Those who try to exploit farmers will be sent to jail,” he told the audience. Mr. Adityanath targeted the previous governments and accused them of not working for the welfare of the farmers.last_img read more

Shillong shows signs of recovery

first_imgGUWAHATI: Meghalaya capital Shillong showed signs of recovery on Tuesday with no reports of violence since Monday night and local NGOs convinced that the state government would take steps to relocate the residents of Punjabi Lane from the heart of the city.East Khasi Hills deputy commissioner P.S. Dkhar said curfew continued to remain in force in 14 affected localities while the timing for the rest of the city is for 13 hours from 4 pm to 5 am. “We are not taking any chances,” he said, adding a decision has not been taken yet on restoring internet and messaging services on mobile phones.last_img read more

Open hospital wards for poor: OHRC

first_imgThe Odisha Human Rights Commission has asked the State government to consider opening dedicated wards for destitute people and make all services available to them in all medical college hospitals.During a recent surprise visit to the SCB Medical College and Hospital, Cuttack, OHRC Acting Chairperson Justice B.K. Mishra and Director (Investigation) S.M. Narvane came across destitute patients lying unattended in the verandah.On seeing Justice Mishra and Mr. Narvane on campus, some attendants volunteered to show the “pathetic healthcare facilities for the poor” at the hospital. “During the visit, as many as 15 destitute female patients and eight destitute male patients were found lying in the verandah,” said Justice Mishra.last_img read more

Deoria SP, former district police chief shunted out

first_imgThe Superintendent of Police of Deoria and the district’s former police chief were both shunted on Wednesday more than a week after two dozen girls were rescued from an illegally-run shelter home following allegations of mistreatment and sexual exploitation of inmates.The government, however, did not provide a reason for the decision.Prima facie, the government had found the local administration responsible for the incident and after removing the District Magistrate and three probation officers, has turned its radar on the police force.SP Deoria Rohan P. Kanay and DIG Basti Range Rakesh Shankar have both been attached to the Director General of Police headquarters.Mr. Kanay had raided the shelter home and recovered the girls after a minor girl, a native of Bettiah in Bihar, escaped from the shelter home and narrated her ordeal to the police. Mr. Shankar was the previous SP of Deoria under whose tenure Girija Tripathi, the supervisor of the shelter home, allegedly had a free hand in functioning even against adverse orders by the State government.Departmental actionThe two IPS officers could also face departmental action.Mr. Shankar also enjoyed proximity to Ms. Tripathi and her family and had appointed her as the main coordinator of a police project under which a compromise programme was held to sort out differences between quarrelling spouses.Ground reports by The Hindu suggest that despite orders by the State government to shut down the shelter home, the local police and administration continued to send inmates there, including minor girls, as recently as mid-July, and engaged the shelter home owner in official functions, including one for a mass marriage programme in February 2018.The shelter home was derecognised in June 2017 after the Central Bureau of Investigation found financial irregularities in a probe.Ashutosh Kumar has been appointed the new DIG of Basti Range while N. Kolanchi, SP Mahoba, is the new police chief of Deoria.While an SIT is probing the entire incident, a probe is also under way under ADG Gorakhpur to investigate the role of the police. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has recommended a CBI probe.last_img read more

Protests unnerve ‘Gaurav Yatra’ organisers

first_imgIncidents of protests against Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje in western Rajasthan’s Marwar region during the second phase of her ‘Gaurav Yatra’, which started on Friday, have unnerved the organisers of the march.Protesters showed black flags and threw stones during the rally at Pipar town, near Jodhpur, on Saturday night. While Ms. Raje and the ruling BJP leaders blamed the Congress for the attacks – Jodhpur is the home turf of AICC general secretary Ashok Gehlot – the Congress refuted the charge and said violence was never a part of the party’s political culture. “The BJP is ignoring the ground reality of widespread resentment because of its anti-people policies,” Pradesh Congress president Sachin Pilot said here on Sunday.Ms. Raje, travelling in the Jodhpur division, faced protests at three locations on Saturday.During a public meeting at Osian, supporters of Independent MLA Hanuman Beniwal showed black flags to the Chief Minister. Outside the town, people from Rajput community blocked roads and tore down Ms. Raje’s posters.At Sekhala, people raised slogans against BJP MLA Babu Singh Rathore and demanded a change of the BJP candidate in the upcoming Assembly polls. A stone hurled at the yatra’s cavalcade broke the window panes of Health Minister Kali Charan Saraf’s car, though he escaped unhurt.Slogans raisedDuring Ms. Raje’s speech at Pipar on Saturday night, protesters raised slogans against the shifting of the Riyan Panchayat Samiti and reportedly threw stones at her bus, which has been modified as a “chariot” for the yatra. Ms. Raje abruptly ended her address, cancelled her night halt at Khejarla and left for Jaipur by a special plane from Jodhpur. The yatra has been suspended for three days and its itinerary has been revised to exclude Luni, Sardarpura, Soorsagar and Jodhpur Assembly constituencies in the district. Mr. Gehlot represents the Sardarpura constituency. Without naming Mr. Gehlot, Ms. Raje said that the protests had been organised to disrupt her yatra “at the behest of a senior Congress leader”. “I will not be cowed down by such acts. The people will teach a lesson to those who have not done anything for development of Rajasthan. The BJP will certainly return to power.” Refuting the charge, Mr. Gehlot said the protesters could have been the BJP’s own workers agitated over local issues. “Ms. Raje gets disturbed at the sight of black flags, which are a part of public life. Her Gaurav Yatra this time will turn out to be her ‘Vidai Yatra’ (farewell march),” he said.last_img read more

Complaint against Goa Raj Bhavan for delay in reply to RTI application

first_imgRight to Information (RTI) activist Advocate Aires Rodrigues on Wednesday filed a complaint with the Goa State Information Commission (GSIC) against Goa Raj Bhavan for not furnishing information sought by him.The Public Information Officer (PIO) and the Secretary to the Goa Governor have been named respondents in the complaint.In his October 19 application to the PIO at Raj Bhavan, Mr. Rodrigues had sought information on details of official and unofficial tours and trips within India and overseas by the Governor and her family from the day she assumed office on August 31, 2014, and the total expenditure incurred on each visit.Mr. Rodrigues had further sought details of guests including VIPs, VVIPs and others who stayed at Raj Bhavan since August 31, 2014 and the expenditure incurred on each guest. He also sought details of vehicles purchased for Raj Bhavan since August 31, 2014. In his complaint filed on Wednesday, Mr. Rodrigues has pointed out that though the mandated time of 30 days, as specified in the RTI Act, has elapsed Raj Bhavan has not furnished the information sought by him nor has responded to his application.He has sought that Raj Bhavan be directed to furnish the information immediately and penalty be imposed on Raj Bhavan under Section 20 of the RTI Act. Earlier, while disposing another petition filed by Mr. Rodrigues, The Goa Chief Information Commissioner had on October 15 upheld the orders of the Commission that the Governor’s secretariat of Goa Raj Bhavan is a public authority and comes within the purview of the RTI Act.last_img read more

Dushyant Chautala floats new party

first_imgAfter being expelled from the Indian National Lok Dal, Dushyant Chautala on Sunday floated a new political outfit – the Jannayak Janata Party (JJP).Nearly a month after Ajay Chautala announced that he would launch a new party, after he and his sons, Dushyant and Digvijay, were expelled from the party, Dushyant Chautala addressed a rally in Jind’s Pandu Pindra to announce the launch of the new party.Devi Lal principlesMr. Chautala said the new political party will take forward the principles of Chaudhary Devi Lal and would provide an alternative to the INLD-BSP, the Congress and the BJP in State politics.Ajay Chautala and his younger brother Abhay Singh Chautala, who is currently Leader of the Opposition in the Haryana Assembly had been at loggerheads amid a fight for supremacy within the INLD.Sacked for ‘indiscipline’ Dushyant Chautala and Digvijay Singh were expelled from the primary membership of the party for indulging in “indiscipline” during the birthday celebrations of Chaudhary Devi Lal on October 7 at a rally in Gohana. Later, Ajay Chautala was also expelled from the party. INLD meetMeanwhile in Chandigarh, INLD held its State working committee meeting. Addressing the party, Leader of the Opposition Abhay Singh Chautala accused the Congress of running away from the upcoming elections for the municipal corporations and municipal committees by deciding not to contest on the party symbol.“The ruling BJP on the other hand is finding it difficult to get its candidates from within the party and hence eyeing candidates form other parties,” alleged Mr. Abhay.last_img read more

7 civilians killed in Pulwama

first_imgSeven people, including a Class VIII student, died and around 37 were injured on Saturday during intense clashes with security forces in Pulwama following the killing of three militants in an encounter. One soldier was also killed and another injured in the operation.The death of seven civilians in protests, “mostly due to bullet injuries in the upper body” as per hospital records from Pulwama and Srinagar, is the highest so far this year. Earlier in October, six civilians died in a blast at an encounter site in Kulgam.Director-General of Police Dilbagh Singh said an FIR had been lodged.According to the police, the security forces encircled a group of Hizbul Mujahideen in the Monghama area of Sirnoo.The slain militants were identified as Zahoor Ahmad Thoker, Adnan alias Tahir Hizbi and Bilal Ahmad alias Hashim, all from Pulwama. “Thokar had deserted the Army’s 173 Territorial Army along with service rifle in 2017 and joined the Hizbul Mujahiden as a commander. He was involved in a series of attacks on security forces,” said the police.Locals alleged that “security forces opened indiscriminate fire at a group of protesters after the encounter was over at Sirnoo village”, away from the encounter site. However, the police said the operation was on when the protesters attacked security personnel with stones.Hospitals overwhelmedDoctors at the Pulwama District Hospital said they “worked under chaotic conditions with a stream of injured people admitted within an hour”.“Six were declared brought dead. All the victims had died of bullet injuries. It was a chaotic situation. We attended to 32 injured, with both bullet and pellet injuries,” Medical Superintendent of Pulwama district hospital, Dr. Abdul Rashid Parra told The Hindu.Dr. Saleem Tak, medical superintendent at Srinagar’s SMHS hospital, told The Hindu, the hospital admitted five grievously injured persons. “Three had bullet wounds and two bore pellet injuries. One was declared dead on arrival. Others are stable now,” he said.Governor Satya Pal Malik reviewed the security situaion and directed the Divisional Commissioner, Kashmir “to inquire the Pulwama incident and suggest precautions to minimise civilian casualties in anti-militancy operations”.last_img read more

In potato belt of western U.P., basic concerns on voters’ minds

first_imgEven as the battle shifts from the sugarcane bowl to the potato belt in western Uttar Pradesh in the second phase of Lok Sabha polls, the concerns of the voters remain the same. Ät the Dariyapur polling booth in Bulandshahr, a group of women allege that they had to pay 2,000 rupees to get a cylinder under the Ujjwala scheme. “What is the use of opening bank accounts under Jan-Dhan scheme when there is no money in it?” complained Noor Bano.At Ahmedgarh, Bhola Ram said izzat ghar (toilets), under the government’s campaign for making the region open defecation-free, were being made in homes of those who are government servants or close to the ruling party.Same billAt the Daulatpur booth, Shamshad, a barber, was livid with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Of course, the electricity meters have been installed but the bill always reads ₹800, irrespective of the usage. At the ration shop, often our thumb impressions don’t match or we are told that towers (Internet connection) are not there. This is the reality of digital India.”“Where is the alternative,” asked Kushal Pal Singh in Bhakri village of Hathras (reserved) constituency. “I agree potato farmers are suffering and the promise of doubling the farmer’s income seems like a dream but if the gathbandhan (Opposition alliance) comes to power, we will have Prime Ministers on a weekly basis.”GST woes In Aligarh, on Subhash Road that connects the Muslim-dominated Upper Fort area to the rest of the city, Vivek Varshney, who runs a pharmacy shop, said after casting his vote, “the GST has harmed our business but the important thing is during the Modi rule Muslims don’t show their muscle on the street like they used to during the SP or BSP rule.”In the Jama Masjid area, locals complain that the unorganised lock industry is suffering because of demonetisation and GST. “Plus, the administration sides with the majority community on every issue,” alleged Mohd. Tahir, who runs a hardware business. “Dange nahin huye (There were no riots) but what to expect when chor ke haath main tarazu hai (when the balance of justice lies in the hands of the culprit),” remarked Babbu Khan, waiting for his turn at the Lutfiya Junior High School.Interestingly, Aligarh Muslim University Students’ Union President Salman Imtiaz could be seen in queue to vote at the booth.Last year, after the protest over the Jinnah portrait, AMU Students’ Union, for the first time, elected Salman Imitiaz, a non-residential candidate, as its president, arguably to create a connection between the campus and the city. Mr. Imitaz said it was a coincidence but it did give the community “the confidence to resist the fascist forces”. All quiet in AMUMeanwhile it was all quiet on the AMU campus. Asmer Baig, Professor of Political Science at the university, said AMU was not a vote bank for any party. “It was just used by the BJP for political gain like they did with JNU. The BJP had managed to create a sense of victimhood in the majority community.”last_img read more

Missing Odisha woman found dead in Pune, one held

first_imgA young married woman missing from Odisha’s Ganjam district since March 11 was found murdered in Pune in Maharasthtra.A police team from Pune with the support of the local police arrested a youth named Sindhu Pradhan from the Jarada police station area of Ganjam district on Monday. The Pune police took him on remand for further investigation, said Jarada police station inspector in-charge Mrutyunjay Swain.According to police sources, the body of Pinky Pradhan (23) was recovered from a locked rented house in the Koregaon area of Pune on April 20. She was a final year student of +3 degree course at Bharatpati college in Samantiapalli of Ganjam district.Missing since March 11 In February 2019, she had got married to a youth from the Mandasa area in Srikakulam district of adjoining Andhra Pradesh. In March, she had returned home to appear for her examinations. But she went missing on March 11 and her family members registered a complaint with the police.Initial investigation hinted that she had known Sindhu Pradhan and both fled to Pune, where they started staying in a rented house. During a fight between the two, the accused allegedly beat her to death and returned to his home at Deshari village in Ganjam district. The Pune police came to know about the murder only when owner of the house complained of foul stench emanating from the house.According to the Pune police, the post-mortem has revealed that the deceased had undergone an abortion and had been physically tortured.last_img read more

How much did your university pay for your journals?

first_imgWhat is your university paying for academic journal subscriptions? The answer can be surprisingly hard to find. Universities buy access to most of their subscription journals through large bundled packages, much like home cable subscriptions that include hundreds of TV stations. But whereas cable TV providers largely stick to advertised prices, universities negotiate with academic publishing companies behind closed doors, and those deals usually come with nondisclosure agreements that keep the bundled prices secret. After several years of digging, and even legal action, a team of economists has pried out some of those numbers, revealing the bundle prices charged by Elsevier, Springer, and Wiley. Some universities are paying nearly twice what universities of seemingly similar size and research output pay for access to the very same journals. (2009 payment data for each university or university consortia is available here.)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)For more, see the full story in this week’s issue of Science.*Update, 17 June, 5:41 p.m.: We have replaced the original graph, in which circle size reflected relative payments among each publisher, with one where the size is relative to all the payments together.last_img read more

Google’s plot to overthrow scientific publishers (not!)

first_imgScience journalists around the world received an anonymous e-mail tip yesterday, describing a meeting in Berlin between some academics and Google’s staff there. An attached slideshow presentation, provided at the meeting, described a secret project called “Google Science,” a new scientific publishing platform that combines Google Docs, Google Scholar, and YouTube. Scientists will be able to not only publish their research for free, but then the papers and data would also be open access forever. Sound too good to be true? It is, Wired.co.uk reports (in great detail). Or as one Google software engineer succinctly told Science, “Um … no. That’s a prank.”last_img read more

Sorry Trump, despite higher taxes Harley needs India

first_imgWhen US President Donald Trump hosted Harley-Davidson executives at White House in February last year, he waxed eloquent: “Harley-Davidson is a true American icon, one of the greats… Whenever I go, whenever there’s a motorcycle group, oftentimes it’s a Harley.And the sound of that Harley is a little different.” Later, in his first joint address to the Congress, Trump hinted at a “country” that was slapping 100% import duty on Harley-Davidson bikes.  Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img read more

Account removal requests jump from India: Twitter

first_imgBetween July and December 2017, the Indian government made 315 Twitter account information requests, up from 261 made during the January-June period, and asked the micro-blogging website to remove 144 accounts, up from 102 from the previous period. Read it at Economic Times Related Itemslast_img

Scientific Shock: Sweet Potato Originated in India, Not The Americas

first_imgThe sweet potato isn’t a potato, and now we know it isn’t from the Americas either, as had been thought, after a 57-million-year-old fossil looking very much like an ancestor of the tuber was found in India.The fossil leaves found in Meghalaya, northeast India, have the hallmarks of morning glory – a vast family of flowering plants that includes sweet potatoes.Read it at Related Itemslast_img