Nyquist to miss Belmont Stakes

first_imgNEW YORK (AP):So much for a rematch in the Belmont Stakes.Kentucky Derby winner Nyquist won’t run in the final leg of the Triple Crown after developing a fever and having an elevated white blood cell count, trainer Doug O’Neill said Tuesday.”He’s out because of sickness,” O’Neill said.Any thoughts of a second straight Triple Crown were wiped in the Preakness last Saturday when Exaggerator finally defeated Nyquist after four previous losses.A rematch in the Belmont on June 11 would have been the next best thing to a Triple Crown attempt. Last year, American Pharaoh became the first horse in 37 years to sweep the Derby, Preakness and Belmont.”He’s fine, but he’s got an elevated white blood cell count,” O’Neill’s assistant Jack Sisterson said from Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore, where Nyquist is recovering. “We just want to do right by him and get him 100 percent.”Nyquist came into the Preakness unbeaten in eight races, including a 1 1/4 length win over Exaggerator in the Derby. Exaggerator turned the tables in the Preakness, winning by 3 1/2 lengths over a sloppy track, with Nyquist finishing third.Now, Exaggerator will take on a bunch of rivals he’s already finished ahead of in the Derby and Preakness, including Preakness runner-up Cherry Wine and Lani, fifth in the Preakness and ninth in the Derby.”We’re sorry that Nyquist cannot compete at the 2016 Belmont Stakes and hope for a speedy recovery and return to the racetrack,” said New York Racing Association president Chris Kay in a statement.last_img read more

Evolutionists Flaunt Falsifying Fossils

first_img Perhaps most astonishing of the latest evolutionary tales generated from fossil finds is Michael Marshall’s fiction in New Scientist, “Life began with a planetary mega-organism.”  One could not possibly express his account of evolution’s last universal common ancestor (LUCA) in more incredible terms than he does himself in his opening sentences.  He begins in fairy-tale form, ONCE upon a time, 3 billion years ago, there lived a single organism called LUCA. It was enormous: a mega-organism like none seen since, it filled the planet’s oceans before splitting into three and giving birth to the ancestors of all living things on Earth today. This strange picture is emerging from efforts to pin down the last universal common ancestor – not the first life that emerged on Earth but the life form that gave rise to all others. The latest results suggest LUCA was the result of early life’s fight to survive, attempts at which turned the ocean into a global genetic swap shop for hundreds of millions of years. Cells struggling to survive on their own exchanged useful parts with each other without competition – effectively creating a global mega-organism. Lucky LUCA develops organelles without DNA, we are told.  Mother of kingdoms, she divides into archaea, bacteria and eukarya.  We spare our readers all the instances of might have, must have, probably, may have, this-or-that suggests and other fiction words that pepper the mega-tale, let alone the miracle-words emerged, gave rise to, etc.  Does any rational scientist take issue with this evidence-challenged extravaganza?  Only with super-fuzzy kid gloves: “It’s a plausible idea,” agrees Eric Alm of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.  But he says he “honestly can’t tell” if it is true. Honestly.  Who needs that?  Truth?  That’s no fun.  Marshall leaves us with a pure fictional ending fortified with ignorance: “We don’t know why this happened, but it appears to have coincided with the appearance of oxygen in the atmosphere, around 2.9 billion years ago,” he says, echoing the fairy-tale language of his opening sentence.  “Regardless of the cause, life on Earth was never the same again.”  And everyone lived happily ever after. You may now throw up.(Visited 104 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0 If Darwin’s theory were true, would you expect to find fossils that haven’t changed for a billion years?  Would you expect that kind of stasis for organisms that lived in vastly different conditions than today?  Would you expect, furthermore, to find an explosion of diverse forms of life suddenly, without ancestors?  Rather than mourn their fate, evolutionists flaunt these falsifying fossils as trophies of their theory. Mongolian cells unchanged for a billion years:  PhysOrg reported the discovery of fossil planktonic cells called tintinnids that appear virtually identical to those alive today, but are alleged to be as much as 715 million years old.  Notice the contrast between the empirical evidence and the “maybe” language about evolution in this excerpt: Now, geologists at MIT and Harvard University have unearthed rare, flask-shaped microfossils dating back 635 to 715 million years, representing the oldest known ciliates in the fossil record. The remains are more than 100 million years older than any previously identified ciliate fossils, and the researchers say the discovery suggests early life on Earth may have been more complex than previously thought. What’s more, they say such prehistoric microbes may have helped trigger multicellular life, and the evolution of the first animals. “These massive changes in biology and chemistry during this time led to the evolution of animals,” says Tanja Bosak, the Cecil and Ida Green Career Development Assistant Professor in MIT’s Department of Earth, Atmospheric and Planetary Sciences. “We don’t know how fast these changes occurred, and now we are finding evidence of an increase in complexity.” Cilia are extremely complex organelles of cells – so complex that biochemist Michael Behe dubbed them “irreducibly complex” in his books Darwin’s Black Box and The Edge of Evolution.  Yet evolutionists find fossils fully formed, working just fine, in the earliest fossil-bearing rocks.  Wynne Parry at Live Science added that “scientists think these organisms were around much longer… Some believe these types of single-celled creatures have been around for considerably more than 1 billion years,” according to one of the Harvard geologists. Namibian amoebas unchanged under Snowball Earth:  The same Live Science article mentioned amoeba fossils and foraminifera estimated 715 million years old that had to endure the so-called “Snowball Earth” period when the Earth was covered in ice (talk about climate change).  During this time before the mythical “Great Oxidation Event,” conditions on Earth must have been extremely different, yet these cells resemble those found in our warm seas.  These were not dumb, primitive amoebas, either: “They also discovered amoebas that appeared to be building the same sort of shells.”  Apparently, the geologists believe that a little warming and oxygen works wonders: “The discovery of these organisms reveals a possible mechanism by which the oxygen levels in the atmosphere increased, allowing life to become more complex,” a team member said. Under the Snow, Fireworks:  Commenting on these fossil discoveries, Charles Choi on Live Science made the astonishing claim that during the “Snowball Earth,” evolution was at work lighting the fuse for the Cambrian Explosion.  His headline reads, “Diversity of Life Snowballed When Ancient Earth Was Frozen Solid,” believe it or not.  Yes, “Ancient animals may have started their drive toward explosive diversity back when the Earth was a giant snowball, new research suggests.”  He sets up the problem for the reader: A startling expansion in the diversity of life forms began about 540 million years ago, early in the Cambrian period. During this apparently sudden outburst, known as the Cambrian explosion, all the major groups of animals seemed to materialize rapidly. Scientists have debated the causes of this great flowering of life for centuries. Now researchers have new evidence that major groups of animals actually may have existed many tens of millions of years before this seeming flurry of diversity. This early activity helped light the fuse of the later Cambrian explosion. The conflict in place, storyteller Choi works some Cat-in-the-Hat miracles: “Earth’s early organisms developed the genetic programs for their body plans,” he said, not explaining how a blind, undirected evolutionary process “develops” anything, let alone “genetic programs” for things as complicated as some forty different types of body plans with symmetry, guts, organs, eyes, and limbs, like this foot-long, 50-legged wonder described by Stephanie Pappas in Live Science.  Indeed, we are told on Science Daily, “Half-Billion-Year-Old Predator Tracked: Multi-Legged Creature Ruled the Seas.”  News flash: microbes don’t have legs (cilia don’t count). What were the microbes developing?  “Developmental toolkits,” according to Douglas Erwin of the Smithsonian.  Masters of disaster, the evolutionists turn a Snowball Earth into a veritable robotics factory: “Researchers have suggested the deep freeze could have spurred the evolution of animals by pumping a surge of nutrients into the oceans.”    The only data referenced are molecular studies that, given evolution is true, put the evolution of these complex microbes further back in time than earlier believed.  Once that is assumed, they might as well use “might have” to further the tale: The burst in diversity later seen in the Cambrian might then be due to how traits of animals evolved and interacted with each other while Earth was a frozen orb. This interaction spurred the development of more features, and thus greater diversity. For instance, the advent of multicellular predators might have triggered arms races between hunters and prey, and sponges and burrowing worms around at the time might have altered the landscape in ways that helped other life flourish, just as earthworms do now by churning up soil. Erwin added a little personification fallacy to his story to ease into the miraculous Cambrian explosion: “The explanation for what happened in the Cambrian lay in how organisms modified their environment,” he said.  It’s not clear that microbes give a hoot about modifying their environment.  Erwin’s story is elaborated in Science (25 November 2011: Vol. 334 no. 6059 pp. 1091-1097, doi: 10.1126/science.1206375), where the authors explain that Mr. Snowball Earth gave them permission to go forth and multiply: “We argue that this diversification involved new forms of developmental regulation, as well as innovations in networks of ecological interaction within the context of permissive environmental circumstances.” If Mr. Darwin’s workshop can survive a frozen Earth, delivering a world of animal toys in the dead of winter to hopeful environments, then the rest of the calendar must be a piece of cake.  And it is.  Downstream in evolution, the miracles keep coming, emerging quickly and fully formed. Of the foot-long fifty-legger mentioned above, Science Daily adds, “Such lifestyles would have been important in shaping early marine communities and evolution during the Cambrian explosion.” PLoS ONE:  “Fossilized Biophotonic Nanostructures Reveal the Original Colors of 47-Million-Year-Old Moths.”  The authors note that “The preserved ultrastructure is therefore considered to be extremely similar, if not identical, to that originally present in vivo” (like living ones), even though they confess, “the evolution of such colors and their functions in this group of organisms is poorly understood.” National Geographic: “Oldest Antarctic Whale Found; Shows Fast Evolution.  Ancient jawbone suggests whales evolved more rapidly than thought.” PhysOrg:  “Johns Hopkins researchers have identified the first ankle and toe bone fossils from the earliest North American true primate, which they say suggests that our earliest forerunners may have dwelled or moved primarily in trees, like modern day lemurs and similar mammals.”last_img read more

The Darwin Fail Comedy Show

first_imgDarwinian evolution is supposed to innovate new things, not remove them or conserve them. Here are the latest examples of “Darwin Fail” embarrassments.You can’t get bacteria to evolve into humans by losing things and breaking things, any more than you can lose money on every sale but make it up in volume. Do evolutionists really believe that any of the following discoveries are helping their theory?Losing teeth. A weird dinosaur lost its teeth during development, Fox News reports. It kept its teeth only in youth. Even worse, the evolutionists resort to the theory-rescue device of convergence, claiming that “toothlessness evolved several times in different species.” Even if that makes sense, it represents loss, not gain.Hold ‘er steady, mate. “Stabilizing selection” is not what Darwin had in mind. It only maintains what exists, “stabilizing” things against change. But evolutionists at Hokkaido University try to make a case that “Stabilizing evolutionary forces keep ants strong.” The subtitle says, “Hokkaido University researchers are finding evidence of natural selection that maintains the status quo among ant populations.” Wonderful, but how are ants going to evolve into humans by keeping the status quo? It’s like your financial advisor boasting that he has kept your portfolio from growing.Pipefish sexual roles: it’s complicated. This story from NIMBios (the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis) tries to find a Darwinian explanation for the reversed sexual roles of seahorses and pipefish, where the males carry the young before they hatch. Apparently in evolutionary theory, rules are reversible (see the Stuff Happens Law). The evolutionists don’t seem to mind that a reversible law of nature can explain anything.“From a research standpoint, pipefish are interesting because of the unique opportunity they provide to study sexual selection in reverse, which can tell us a lot about how variation works in mating and reproductive success,” said lead author Sarah Flanagan, a postdoctoral fellow at the National Institute for Mathematical and Biological Synthesis.“This study shows that there are many factors at play in this system, more than perhaps we ever realized, but it’s that variation in traits and fitness which allows for sexual selection to work,” Flanagan said.Farewell, latitudinal diversity gradient. Jon Tennant is a science writer with a comedy act. In his PLoS Blog entry, “Terrestrial Mesozoic ninja turtles,” he calls turtles and tortoises evolutionary successes:Turtles are an incredible evolutionary success story, with about 350 extant species that inhabit all major oceans and landmasses and from tropical to temperate climates. The fossil record of turtles is incredibly rich, and documents the adaptation of various sub-lineages to a broad range of habitat preferences, including several marine radiations. They’re also ridiculously cute, although whether their evolutionary accomplishment is down to this remains to be studied.Cute writing. But diversity and a good match-to-environment do not prove Darwin’s theory; turtles could have been designed that way. Unfortunately for Darwinians hankering for empirical support, Tennant spends the bulk of his time undercutting an evolutionary notion called the ‘latitudinal biodiversity gradient,’ that supposedly accounts for “the pattern of increasing biodiversity as you go from the poles towards the equator, and is generally considered [by evolutionists] to be one of the first-order controls on much of modern life.” Climate, in other words, should affect the evolution of diversity. Tennant points to a study that shows it’s not that simple. The gradients change over time, and are influenced by other factors such as “continental shifts, dispersal events and vicariance, or environmentally-mediated changes such as major climatic disruption (sound familiar?).” So which factor isolates Darwinian theory from the Stuff Happens Law? Now read his last sentences and ask if they help arouse confidence in evolutionary theory:This discovery also challenges the commonly held assumption [by evolutionists] that latitudinal diversity gradients are both static and widespread among all living groups. This is probably due to at least a partial failure to appreciate the patterns that the fossil record reveal to us among researchers who focus exclusively on extant taxa. Naughty naughty.. (not that we’re biased at all as palaeontologists).Complex shark appears abruptly. What this has to do with medicine is not clear, but evolutionists at University of Chicago Medicine examined a rare bone of a “chimaera,” a shark-like marine vertebrate said to be 280 million Darwin Years old. It may not be a shark, but it looks pretty sharky from the illustration, complete with a cartilaginous skeleton, complex anatomy and specializations. The discoverers of the fossil skull even thought it was a shark at first. The article shields its ignorance in passive voice: “A large extinction of vertebrates at the end of the Devonian period, about 360 million years ago, gave rise to an explosion of cartilaginous fishes.” Gave rise to? Destruction doesn’t explain innovation. Explosion? That’s not Darwin’s slow-and-gradual theory. The guy in the video clip provides no clue on how such a complex creature evolved. In fact, what he does say should humiliate Darwinians, “The earliest fossil chimaeras that we know about are about 340 million years old, and they look pretty much like modern chimaeras.” So they appear without ancestors, and stay virtually the same for hundreds of millions of years? Where is the evolution? Not only that, after it appeared explosively, it shows a “slowly evolving genome,” he says.No ginkgo evolution here, mate. The ginkgo tree is a classic “living fossil” that was long thought extinct until found doing just fine in China (5/16/13). The ginkgo genome was recently decoded. What was found in the genome? Nothing to help Darwin. The BBC News reports that it has 10.6 billion DNA letters, over three times the size of the human genome! This hardy tree (one of the few organisms that survived the 1945 Hiroshima A-bomb) has some tricks up its sleeve:Its anti-insect arsenal is particularly smart. The Ginkgo will synthesise one set of chemicals to directly fight a pest, but also release another set of compounds that specifically attract the insect’s enemies.Readers will look in vain for any hint this tree evolved from something else, or continued to evolve after it appeared in the fossil record. “The tree is famed for being a ‘living fossil’ – a term used to describe those organisms that have experienced very little change over millions of years.” Yet the article boasts that “The Chinese-led research team says the new information should help to explain the tree’s evolutionary success.” Go figure!Hoarding inherited stock. The phrases “negative selection” and “strong conservation” take prominence in a Nature Communications paper about “microsporidian iron–sulfur cluster biosynthesis.” Sorry, that’s not going to help Darwin. He needs positive selection of innovations arising by mutation. Those are never mentioned. All these scientists find is negative selection, which can only conserve what is already there. The trait in question was already present in bacteria, the paper says.We found one paper that claims to provide evidence for “positive selection.” We’ll take a look at that tomorrow and let the evolutionists give us their best shot.If Darwinism did not have the status of “accepted truth” that must be taken for granted, it would be laughed off the stage. David Berlinski shares his personal experience in this ID the Future podcast that some prominent evolutionists he knows (particularly mathematicians) have said under their breath that Darwinian evolution is kind of “nutty.” (Visited 91 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Snailboy races up the global charts

first_imgSnailboy, created by Cape Town developer Thoopid, has become one of the world’s most popular mobile titles and one of South Africa’s most successful video games ever produced. (Image: Thoopid) • RW Liebenberg Managing partner Thoopid +27 83 380 0256 getting@thoopid.com • Durban developer’s app scores in Nokia competition • Triggerfish takes on the big boys • SA in Fifa Interactie World Cup • Learning through gaming • Mobile internet booms in SABy Shamin ChibbaA sign that the South African video gaming industry is on the up comes from a digital mollusc that scampers around a garden collecting slimeys and jumping off mossy trees, all in the quest to find his missing shell pack. His name is Snailboy, developed by Cape Town company Thoopid, and he is taking over the mobile gaming world.Released in September 2013 on Samsung’s Apps Store, iTunes and Amazon’s AppStore, Snailboy caught the attention of gamers worldwide because of its easy playability, catchy storyline and cute lead character. The game has been downloaded in China and the US more than any in other nation, and it has been listed as the best new game in 123 countries.Snailboy is a collector of precious shells, which he keeps in his shell pack. While searching for the perfect shell, he is ambushed and robbed of his pack by the Shadow Gang. The gamer has to help Snailboy retrieve it.According to Thoopid’s managing partner and co-founder, RW Liebenberg, the team wanted to create an unconventional hero. Since snails were not regarded as cute creatures, Thoopid set out to change the way we looked at them. “Snails are the underdogs and we are portraying him as the hero.”The team spent six months designing the game and, Liebenberg said, they pushed the game’s graphics, gameplay and story to the limit. Though keeping mum on the exact figure it cost to make Snailboy, Liebenberg said such a game would set his company back between R1-million and R5-million.When the game was initially released, it was a paid app. But the company recently turned it into a freemium app, meaning it is free to download but certain features of the game must be bought to be used. Liebenberg said there was a rise in the number of freemium games published and purchased towards the end of 2013. This payment method was ideal for Thoopid.Initially, the game was available on all major app stores except for Google Play. South African developers struggle to monetise their games on that particular store because they are unable to register as a Google Wallet merchant. However, Liebenberg said Thoopid overcame that problem and the game became available on Google Play in April. Stupid with a lispBefore starting Thoopid, Liebenberg and his fellow designers had been building games for 10 years, but for various clients. They established the company in 2013 with the intention of creating games specifically for mobile phones. “We always wanted to build games for ourselves and for others like us.”The company name sounded like the word “stupid” when said by someone with a lisp, he explained, adding that the tagline, “A State of Play”, was the mind-set one adopted when holding a gamepad or mobile phone and about to play a game.He said the company decided to focus on mobile gaming as it was the fastest growing gaming platform. “Mobile is taking over from console gaming worldwide. People waiting in queues or in boardrooms will play on their phones. There are more people doing that.”After the success of Snailboy, the company released Tap the Coin, a simple and addictive tapping game in which players must juggle a coin without letting it drop. It was made within an hour as part of a challenge. “It was created in our off time to freshen our minds,” said Liebenberg. “We sat down and wanted to build a game in an hour. One of the girls here said it couldn’t be done.”Snailboy and Tap the Coin were successful because they could be replayed without becoming boring. For Liebenberg, this was the mark of a successful game. “A game has to look fantastic and it has to entice people to return and keep playing.” Gaming potentialSouth African gaming’s roots lie with another anthropomorphic character, a coffee drinking, gun-slinging bunny named Toxic. Designed by computer programmer Travis Bulford, Toxic Bunny was released in 1996 as a platform game. It was well received and led to the formation of development company Celestial. In 2012, Bulford re-released Toxic Bunny in high definition.But his success did not filter through the industry. I-Imagine, a company based in Johannesburg, got a poor reaction for Chase: Hollywood Stunt Driver in 2002 and Final Armada in 2007. As a result, it retrenched its staff and went into hibernation. Even Bulford had to shut down Celestial after his strategy game, ZuluWar, failed to make an impression on gamers.Luma Arcade, the gaming arm of South African animation studio Luma, has been the most successful thus far, with titles such as Harvest, Core and Bladeslinger all coming out on mobile platforms.In a 2009 feature for Animation SA, writer Oliver Snyders said the stuttering performance of the local gaming industry was down to loss of creative and technical talents to companies abroad. In the same article, developer Danny Day said the exodus was tied to poor internet infrastructure, little online payment support and the lack of understanding of the games industry by businesses and other support circles.However, Liebenberg said that today programming and design talent was available in South Africa and was being fed to the gaming industry by tertiary institutions. “We’ve got the tools and the resources. Time and creativity are the only limits,” said Liebenberg.South African video game development might not be as mature as its Japanese and American counterparts, but Liebenberg said it was increasingly becoming a place where games were being built. There were a number of independent development companies in South Africa and a significant number of international developers used South African resources to create games.last_img read more

Friday Podcast Parade! The Wonderful World of Augmented Reality

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Podcasts#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Once again, the weekend is upon us – time to unplug, unwind and relax!But lest your brains turn to jelly during your time offline and away from work, load up your iPod with our weekly selection of podcasts sure to entertain and inform. The topic of this week’s parade is augmented reality (AR), the technology used to add a layer of data and visualizations over the real world in which we live. Download these discussions of a hot new area of tech, and give them a listen at your leisure!This week, we owe a huge hat-tip to our own Marshall Kirkpatrick, who is passionate and informed about the state of AR and has curated these podcasts at his Huffduffer page. We also owe a huge hat-tip to Huffduffer creator Jeremy Keith for making such a nifty tool for all us podcast lovers. First up, here’s Daniel Klotz and Ryan Mast, two Lancaster, PA-based technologists, discuss the social web and how our online activities increasingly “augment” our lives in the physical world. What does the future hold for us as users of technology and as human beings? How do we remain civilized in a heavily augmented reality? This is a great podcast to start thinking about how AR works and what it does in general terms.Download here or listen here. Running time: 32:43 Next, we have critical commentary from BusinessWeek’s tech editor Peter Coy and Steve Wildstrom, who feels that mobile AR isn’t real enough yet. Wildstrom makes the point that mobile devices don’t have accurate enough data to make AR work – not yet, at least. While he praises some apps, such as a subway finder, but still finds that most of the AR applications he’s tested haven’t been particularly helpful. Of course, Wildstrom does have a few ideas on how to improve the state of mobile AR – listen on for an idea of how developers and manufacturers should be raising the bar.Download here or listen here. Running time: 8:36 Here’s an interesting conversation between the editors of All Points, a location technology blog. They discuss how AR works and how it relates to geospatial technology. And they get to the point of many end users’ concerns by questioning whether AR is simply a set of cool but essentially useless gimmicks or whether there are, in fact, real-world applications for these tools and – more importantly – money to be made in the AR market.Download here or listen here. Running time: 23:03 Finally, check out mobile developers Roger Brinkley and Terrence Barr talk to Kenneth Andersson and Erik Hellman of Sony Ericsson about how to build non-visual AR apps, focusing on API access.Download here or listen here. Running time: 22:44To subscribe to the Podcast Parade, check out our Huffduffer page and feed, or just use this link to subscribe through iTunes. Thanks for listening, and we hope you enjoy!center_img Related Posts jolie odell Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…last_img read more

Rajasthan to get full share of Yamuna waters

first_imgRajasthan will get its full share of 1.119 billion cusec metres of water from the Yamuna, with the Upper Yamuna Review Committee deciding over the weekend that 1,917 cusecs water will be released from the Tajewala headworks to Jhunjhunu, Churu and Sikar districts for drinking and irrigation. With this decision, the dispute between Rajasthan and Haryana over the sharing of Yamuna waters, as per an agreement signed between the Chief Ministers of five States in 1994, has been resolved.Allocated 9% shareThough Rajasthan was allocated 9% share in the Yamuna waters, the desert State was not getting it even when excess water was available in the river between July and October every year.The State will get its full share of water from Tajewala and Okhla headworks.A detailed project report will be prepared shortly for bringing water from Tajewala to Rajasthan at an estimated expenditure of ₹20,000 crore. Rajasthan Water Resources Minister Ram Pratap, who attended the meeting, said the State’s share in Yamuna waters would be reserved even after the construction of Lakhwar, Kishau and Renuka dams. “This will be very important for Rajasthan which is always facing water shortage,” he said.last_img read more

Death sentence in Assam teacher’s rape case

first_imgA court in central Assam’s Hojai on Wednesday awarded death sentence to the prime accused in the rape and murder of a 58-year-old school teacher more than a year ago.The court of additional district and session judge pronounced death sentence for Moinul Haque while co-accused Salimuddin was given life sentence.The two were caught on June 1 last year, a day after the body of the teacher of Changjurai Ilashi Deuri Primary School near Jamunamukh was found near river Kopili. The teacher used to routinely cross the river by boat to commute to and from the school.“Post-mortem report revealed the teacher was raped. We collected clinching evidence that the duo was involved,” a police officer investigating the case had said.The two confessed to have followed the teacher for some time before waylaying her as she was returning from school on May 31. Data with Assam police show there were more than 10,000 cases of crimes against women, including rape, between 2007 and 2017.last_img read more

Govt. to take into account Assam’s interests while signing Naga pact: Modi, Shah assure Sonowal

first_img  The Union Home Ministry had said it has come to the government’s notice that lot of rumours and misinformation is being spread in the media and social media that the final Naga settlement has been arrived at and will be announced soon.“This is creating anxiety and concern in some parts of the country. It is clarified that before any settlement is arrived at with Naga groups, all stakeholders including states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh will be duly consulted and their concerns will be taken into consideration. No credence needs to be given to such rumours and incorrect information,” it said. The central government has already rejected the NSCN-IM’s demand for unification of Naga inhabited areas — located in Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Assam. The three northeastern states have also vehemently opposed it. With the Prime Minister, Mr. Sonowal also discussed about on the revival plan on the Hindustan Paper Corporation’s Nagaon paper mill at Jagiroad and Cachar paper mill at Panchgram and requested Mr. Modi to take steps for their revival. The Chief Minister also sought Mr. Modi’s help for the on-going expansion of Numaligarh Refinery Limited and maintaining its present status as a PSU.Mr. Sonowal also drew the Home Minister’s attention to the popular public demand regarding Numaligarh Refinery Limited and sought his cooperation to maintain its status quo as public sector undertaking. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Thursday assured Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal that the Centre will take into consideration Assam and its people while signing any accord with the Naga rebel groups to end insurgency in Nagaland.Mr. Modi and Mr. Shah gave the assurance when Mr. Sonowal called on them here separately, two releases issued by the Assam government said. During the meeting, Mr. Sonowal apprised the Prime Minister of the prevailing mood of the people in Assam in the wake of the proposed Naga peace accord and discussed with him a number of other issues concerning the state.The Prime Minister assured Sonowal that the Centre would keep in mind the interests and aspirations of the people of Assam before taking any decision, the release said. The Centre on October 31 had said it is yet to conclude talks with Naga insurgent groups and will consult all stakeholders, including the states of Assam, Manipur and Arunachal Pradesh, before finalisation of any settlement. During a “lengthy discussion” with the Home Minister, the Chief Minister urged Mr. Shah to take into consideration the interests of the people of Assam while going for any accord, according to a separate release said.Mr. Shah has assured Mr. Sonowal that nothing would be done that goes against the interests of the State and its people, the release said.Also Read After Manipur, Arunachal wants to be unaffected by Naga peace deallast_img read more