first_imgThe government on Thursday hit out at the civil society members, led by anti-corruption crusader Anna Hazare, over the Lokpal bill saying they go to public after every meeting “which is not right”. Law Minister Veerappa Moily said, “I am the convenor of the Lokpal drafting committee. We are keen to bring the bill. It is our genuine intention to bring the bill in Parliament in the monsoon session. But we observe that after every meeting is over, the civil society members go to public attacking us. This is not right.” On Wednesday, the seventh Lokpal drafting committee meeting ended in a deadlock, with Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal saying another meeting would take place on June 20, where the members ‘will try to arrive at a consensus’. RTI activist and panel member Arvind Kejriwal had said on Wednesday the meeting was not good and nothing would come out of it. “Out of forty issues, we had agreement on 34 issues and disagreement on six issues,” Moily said on Thursday.   “They wanted a big Lokpal, we agreed. We agreed to every demand, but are we drafting a legislation or redrafting the Constitution for the Lokpal? They want changes in Constitution. Do they want to rewrite their Constitution? We want to bring a legislative bill, not a constitutional amendment,” Moily added. Attacking the government a day after the breakdown of talks over Lokpal draft bill, Hazare threatened to go on a hunger strike again accusing it of being uninterested in a strong bill. Referring to the government announcements on two drafts in case of disagreements, Hazare stated that he was not optimistic about expecting anything from the government anymore. advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

first_imgVivo is set to launch the V9 Pro in India today. The phone will be launching on Amazon India at 10AM. The V9 Pro is the successor to the Vivo V9, which was launched in India for Rs 22,990 back in March this year. Although being the Pro version the V9 Pro will be much cheaper than the V9. The smartphone is expected to be priced under Rs 20,000 and will compete with some of the similar segment Nokia, Xiaomi and Motorola phones. Soon after the launch, the V9 Pro will seemingly go up for pre-orders, but the sale is expected to begin only in October.The V9 Pro is a brand new smartphone from Vivo and hasn’t been released in any market yet, which means, India is the first market to get the device. Amazon India is already out with the dedicated page for the V9 Pro and has revealed some of the key specs about the phone.The Amazon page reveals that the Vivo V9 Pro will come with a massive screen. The teaser reveals that the V9 Pro will come with a 6.3-inch Fullview display 2.0, which Vivo claims will offer “a perfect view for enhanced experience.” The teaser also reveals that unlike the V11 Pro and the V11, the V9 Pro will come with an iPhone X like notch which will equip the selfie camera, earpiece and some sensors. The V11 and the V11 Pro comes with a waterdrop notch, or what Vivo calls a Halo FullView Display.The Amazon teaser also confirms that the V9 Pro will be powered by Snapdragon 660 AIE (Artificial intelligence engine) chipset paired with 6GB RAM, similar to what we get inside the V11 Pro as well. The yet-to-be-launched Realme 2 Pro is also tipped to come with Snapdragon 660 processor. The teaser also claims that the Vivo V9 Pro will be capable of tackling multitasking with ease.advertisementThe pricing of the V9 Pro is still a mystery, but what we know for sure is that the V9 Pro will be positioned below the Vivo V11 Pro. We expect the phone to be priced under Rs 20,000 to create a buzz in the similar price segment market. An IANS report that leaked last week also revealed that the V9 Pro will be priced under Rs 20,000. By pricing the V9 Pro under RS 20,000, Vivo could aim to take on the likes of phones like Mi A2, Realme 2 Pro, Nokia 6.1 Plus, among others.ALSO READ: Vivo V11 with 6.3-inch Halo FullView Display, AI powered cameras launched in India for Rs 22,990Vivo V9 Pro has been subjected to several leaks and rumours of late. Besides the already confirmed specs, rumours suggest that the V9 Pro will come with dual cameras with a primary sensor of 16MP and secondary sensor of 5MP. On the front, the phone is expected to sport a 24MP selfie shooter. Some rumours also reveal that the V9 Pro will come with a 3260mAh battery with 18W fast charging.last_img read more

first_imgClose Fans celebrate CSK’s victory in IPL 2018 finals File photo of World Cup-winning pacer SreesanthReutersCSK and Rajasthan Royals banned for two yearsChennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were banned after being found guilty in an illegal betting and match-fixing probe. The panel also suspended Royals co-owner Raj Kundra and Gurunath Meiyappan of Super Kings from all cricket-related activities for life. A Supreme Court-appointed three-member panel suspended the two franchises in a bid to protect “the integrity of the game”. CSK and RR did not play the 2016 and 2017 editions of the tournament.center_img The Indian Premier League has been a game-changer for cricket in India since its inception in 2008. The franchise league has brought in glitz, glamour, financial stability to the sport and has given world cricket many star players. But the eleven previous seasons has not been bereft of controversy as right from its inaugural edition, the cash-rich tournament has run into a few roadblocks.Here’s taking a look at some infamous incidents from the IPL.Harbhajan slaps Sreesanth This incident happened in the inaugural edition of the IPL at the PCA Stadium in Mohali in a match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. Mumbai had lost the match and in the aftermath, Harbhajan allegedly slapped his India teammate Sreesanth who was playing for KXIP then. Bhajji was fined his entire match fee and was subsequently suspended for the remainder of the season. The two seemed to have buried the hatchet and was a part of India’s 2011 World Cup winning squad.Ravindra Jadeja banned for a year Ravindra Jadeja.IANSJadeja was banned from the 2010 edition of the IPL after he found himself embroiled in a contract dispute while still an official member of the Rajasthan Royals team. The all-rounder did not sign his contract renewal with the Royals and was instead negotiating a more lucrative deal with other franchises which led to a breach of the players’ guideline leading to his suspension.Lalit Modi banned for life The IPL was the brainchild of Lalit Modi and the sheer novelty factor of the format made it an instant hit in India. Never in the history of the game had it been more glamorous as a successful crossover between Bollywood and cricket resulted in the collaboration of India’s two most loved industries. In 2010, the IPL chairman was sacked from his post by the BCCI after charges of financial wrongdoing and corruption. After finding him guilty of misconduct, the BCCI banned him for life in 2013 from holding administrative posts in cricket. Spot-fixing scandal The fixing controversy reared its ugly head once again in 2013 when Delhi Police arrested three players representing the Rajasthan Royals on the charges of spot-fixing. The three players were Sreesanth, Ajit Chandila and Ankeet Chavan. Following the incident, the three cricketers were banned for life. Sreesanth’s ban has recently been lifted by the Supreme Court.last_img read more

first_imgTata Sons is reportedly stepping up efforts to ensure that its group companies successfully bid for GE Capital’s stake in SBI Cards worth Rs 2,000 crore. Tata Capital and Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) are jointly bidding to buy the stake.Bombay House, headquarters of India’s largest business house Tata Group, is “working on a bid” that integrates the potential of its non-banking finance company (NBFC) Tata Capital and software unit TCS.”Tata Sons has put its weight behind this move because it has identified financial services as a key growth area,” a source familiar with the Tata Group’s plans, told Business Standard.In April, the New York-based GE decided to sell most of GE Capital assets, as a part of its plans to exit financial services completely.”GE Capital wants to exit the business completely, so the bidder has to acquire not only its stakes in the front-end business but also in the back-end company,” the source added.For its credit card business, the State Bank of India (SBI) had announced a tie-up with GE Capital in 1998. The business is run through two joint ventures, SBI Cards & Payment Services and GE Capital Business Process Management Services Ltd. GE holds 40% stake in the former and 60% in the latter.While SBI Cards & Payment Services is responsible for marketing and distribution of credit cards, GE Capital Business Process Management Services Ltd handles technology and processing through its captive BPO unit.Acquiring GE’s stake in SBI will give a major boost to Tata Capital , as its card business operates on the SBI Cards platform. Also, TCS is the technology services provider for SBI’s core banking platform and other value-added services.”The combined strength of Tata Capital and TCS has made the Tata Group a front runner for the stake,” said an investment banker.SBI Cards posted a net profit of Rs 300 crore for the fiscal year ending March 2015.last_img read more

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. Citation: Best of Last Week –A radiationless revolution, progress towards a fusion reactor and neuroticism’s link to over-thinking (2015, August 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-week-radiationless-revolution-fusion-reactor.html © 2015 Phys.org Explore further Tri Alpha Energy reportedly makes important breakthrough in developing fusion reactorcenter_img (Phys.org)—It has been another good week for physics as a team working at the CERN complex found evidence that suggests subatomic particles could defy the standard model—they found tau leptons and muons decaying at different rates. Also, another team at the Australian National University announced a new theory that could lead to a radiationless revolution—it describes a way to confine electromagnetic energy without leakage. And Matthew Fisher with the University of California proposed the idea of quantum cognition based on synaptic nuclear spins, i.e. neural qubits. His idea is that quantum processing with nuclear spins might be happening in the brain. Also, a company called Tri Alpha Energy reportedly made an important breakthrough in developing a fusion reactor—they found a way to hold a ball of superheated hydrogen plasma for five milliseconds. The news from space was good as well, as NASA announced that the New Horizons mission exceeded expectations—sending back images of Pluto and its moons along with a host of other valuable scientific data. Also, another team of astrophysicists found supermassive black holes in the quasar nearest Earth—within Galaxy Markarian 231, they discovered has two black holes spinning around each other.In other news, researchers working at Los Alamos National Laboratory announced that they had created quantum dot solar windows that go non-toxic and colorless, all with record efficiency—the windows capture some of the light that passes through the glass and divert it to solar cells at the edges. And a team of researchers at the University of Toronto announced that they had developed a new “tissue Velcro” that could help repair damaged hearts—it is a scaffolding upon which new heart muscle can grow. Also, another team working at MIT created a new printer called “Multifab” that 3D-prints a record 10 materials at once with no assembly required. It has a resolution of 40 microns and is the first 3D printer to use 3D scanning techniques from machine vision.And finally, if you have ever been accused of being neurotic, a small team of psychologists with King’s College in London and Columbia University in the U.S. asked the question: Is neuroticism fueled by overthinking? And they think they have found why creativity and neurosis-related unhappiness and go hand-in-hand—the same parts of the brain appear to be involved in both. In this event display from the LHCb experiment at CERN’s Large Hadron Collider, proton-proton collisions at the interaction point (far left) result in a shower of leptons and other charged particles. The yellow and green lines are computer-generated reconstructions of the particles’ trajectories through the layers of the LHCb detector. Credit: CERN/LHCb Collaborationlast_img read more