Pinki Pramanik was blackmailed for land, audio tape suggests

first_imgDays after West Bengal Sports Minister Madan Mitra claimed that the rape allegation against Asian Games gold medallist Pinki Pramanik was a result of a land deal gone sour, Headlines Today accessed an audio tape of conversation between the latter’s former live-in partner Anamika Acharya and athlete Avtar Singh that indicates how she was framed. Excerpts from the audio tape: Anamika Acharya: He (Pinki) went to the lawyer whom Shankar had brought here.Avtar Singh: Oh yes.. that one, yes. Anamika: He told Pinki to go to police and that he will send a notice to us saying that we are blackmailing him (Pinki) with his photo. I said if we are blackmailing you then it is okay. If everybody knew you were a male, why should we blackmail you?Avtar: It is not blackmail. Pinki only lied. He (Pinki) has played with everybody, managed a job by lying. He should be charged under Section 420. Anamika has now alleged that she was forced to file rape charges against Pinki by Avtar, who was allegedly eyeing the land allotted to her by the West Bengal government after she won a gold medal at 2006 Doha Asiad. In the audio conversation, Anamika could be heard discussing the land deal with Avtar. Anamika: Pinki called me in the morning asking whether I am going to ask Avtar Singh. I asked him (Pinki) why I should go, I do not have any relation with anybody. Then Pinki said do whatever you want to do. File a case against me but do not talk. Now you tell me. Should I file a case?Avtar: Do whatever you want to do. Anamika: But it should cause you any problem regarding your land.Avtar: What problem? What land? I do not have any land. Anamika: The land you have taken from Pinki.Avtar: No I have no such land. I am not involved in this matter. Anamika: You supported me for so many days. You gave me a jeep and everything. But you said you will solve all this. What solution have you come up with?Avtar: But I told Shankar to pay you Rs 6 lakh. Anamika: But I did not receive any call from anyone.Avtar: You should have waited till Wednesday. Meanwhile, the state government has ordered a probe into the land allotted to Pinki. Avtar, who is the husband of former CPI(M) MP Jyotirmoyee Sikdar, has been asked to be present at the Bidhan Nagar police headquarters for interrogation in connection with the land dispute. Kolkata Police commissioner R.K. Pachnanda said, “This allegation has been brought to our notice and we are investigating the matter. Everything is being looked into.” The sports minister said, “Anamika, who is involved in the Pinki case, has been alleging that she was acting under pressure from Avtar Singh. The sports department will not sit idle on the issue of distributions of plots. The truth must come out.” Pinki was arrested on June 14 after she was accused of being a male by her 30-year-old live-in partner, who is a woman. She had also alleged that she was raped by Pinki. Pinki was granted bail by a Barasat court on July 10.advertisementlast_img read more

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Aadhaar Bill introduced in Lok Sabha

first_imgNew Delhi, Mar 3 (PTI) A legislation to provide statutory backing to Aadhaar for use for transferring government subsidies and benefits was introduced in Lok Sabha today as a money bill amidst protests from Congress and opposition parties. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley introduced The Aadhaar (Target Delivery of Financial and Other Subsidies, Benefits and Services) Bill, 2016 amid protests over the legislation being categorised as a money bill which does not need approval of the Rajya Sabha. Jaitley asserted that the Bill falls within the textbook definition of money bill and went on to remind the Congress of bills like juvenile justice and workman injury compensation it brought as money bill when it was in power. He also said the Bill addresses concerns over privacy of Aadhaar data and has incorporated a clause that restricts its use as proof of citizenship. Clause 9 of the Bill states that the Aadhaar number or the authentication thereof shall not, by itself, confer any right of, or be proof of, citizenship or domicile. The bill will provide for “good governance, efficient, transparent, and targeted delivery of subsidies, benefits and services, the expenditure for which is incurred from the Consolidated Fund of India, to individuals residing in India through assigning of unique identity numbers to such individuals”, a brief summary of the bill said. Giving statutory backing to Aadhaar will enable the use of this identification number for better targeting of subsidies. Parliamentary Affairs Minister M Venkaiah Naidu said this would save Rs 20,000 crore by avoiding subsidies being taken by undeserving.advertisementCongress leader Mallikarjun Kharge said a similar bill was introduced by the UPA government but the NDA has now made it a money bill to “avoid” the Rajya Sabha.”This bill is significantly different from the earlier bill. It confines itself to government expenditure,” Jaitley said, defending the move. The National Identification Authority of India (NIDAI) Bill, 2010 was introduced by the previous UPA government to provide statutory backing to the UIDAI. It was not clear if this has been withdrawn. Money bills can be introduced only in the Lok Sabha and the Upper House, where the ruling NDA lacks majority, can only make recommendations but no amendments. Rajya Sabha has to return money bills to the Lower House within 14 days from the date of receipt, failing which it is considered approved. The Bill introduced today provides for a framework to ensure that the biometric details of citizens it collects are kept discreet and used only to generate Aadhaar numbers or authenticate them. PTI PRS KR ANZ VSC MRlast_img read more

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Atletico Madrid’s Fernando Torres says he is saving a goal for Champions League final

first_imgCapital football club Atletico Madrid’s forward Fernando Torres on Thursday said he is saving a goal for the UEFA Champions League final, after he failed to score a penalty against Bayern Munich in the semi-finals.In a video posted on Atletico’s official website, the Spanish forward joked with his teammate Saul Niguez, while the team was celebrating its advance to the final for the second time in three years after eliminating the Bavarian heavyweights on Tuesday. (Champions League final: It’s Madrid vs Madrid in Milan) “It’s done, he wanted to make us suffer a little,” Saul, who scored in the first leg of the semi-final, joked with reference to Torres.”The best is yet to come, this was the warm up,” the seasoned Spanish forward replied.”We’re saving the goal for the final,” Torres added.Atletico Madrid advanced to the Champions League final to face Real Madrid, which eliminated Manchester City on Wednesday. The final will take place on May 28 in Milan’s San Siro stadium.last_img read more

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EPL: Middlesbrough move up to joint sixth after goalless draw at West Brom

first_imgWest Bromwich Albion missed a chance to move into the Premier League’s top six when they were held to a 0-0 draw by Middlesbrough on Sunday despite making the better opportunities in a dull game. (EPL Full Coverage)Albion were the more progressive side but visiting goalkeeper Brad Guzan saved comfortably from James McClean and defender Brendan Galloway.The home side might have had a penalty when striker Salomon Rondon clearly had his shirt held by Ben Gibson and Albion’s Craig Dawson headed narrowly wide from a corner in the second half.Middlesbrough, promoted last season under Spaniard Aitor Karanka, took 73 minutes to have a shot on target but held on to maintain their unbeaten record after three games.That took them into joint sixth place with Tottenham. (EPL: Sterling brace hands Man City 3-1 win over West Ham)It was a generally solid performance but one lacking attacking threat, despite the vigorous efforts of Alvaro Negredo, the former Manchester City striker signed on a season’s loan from Valencia.He set up the one shot on goal, by Cristhian Stuani.”It was an important point,” Karanka told Sky Sports.”West Brom is a difficult place so I am pleased with the players. The discipline was good and the second half in particular it was not easy to play the way we wanted.”Albion manager Tony Pulis has said he wants five more players before Wednesday’s transfer deadline.”I thought we played really well the first 25 minutes, we didn’t get a goal and then it petered out,” he said.advertisement”We need that bit of quality, we are working hard and hopefully we can do it. This is a great group of players but we are squeezing everything out of them.”last_img read more

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KL Rahul credits Virat Kohli for his success at international level

first_imgLokesh Rahul has emerged as India’s new batting sensation in all the formats and the Karnataka batsman attributes his success to Virat Kohli. Moreover, Rahul feels the players in the dressing room also look up to Kohli as an inspiration. (Another Virat Kohli in the making: Is Lokesh Rahul the next big thing in Indian batting?)”He (Kohli) is such an inspiration. We feel lucky that we don’t have to look too far. The guy who inspires you is sitting right next to you in the dressing room. The level of commitment that he has shown, the discipline and work ethic, the way he has been so disciplined with his fitness, nutrition and diet – that is something that has inspired all of us,” Rahul told ESPNCricinfo. “Discipline” he feels has been a key component for the current team. “If you come into the dressing room now you can see how all the boys are so disciplined. He has helped me in shaping my career. When I came into Test cricket, I was good but not as good as I am now. Virat has helped me with my preparation, mindset, and he has given me a lot of confidence.”One of the three Indians (others being Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma) to score hundreds in all international formats, Rahul said that he enjoys playing all the formats.”I can’t talk for anybody else, things like this don’t really affect me. Like I said, I like playing all three formats – they all challenge you differently and I am someone who enjoys the challenges. (Team India safe under leadership of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli: KL Rahul)advertisement”Having to play Test matches for a month and then switch to T20s in five days is not easy, but that is the kind of challenge I love to face. I respect Test cricket a lot. Once I got into the Test team I learnt so much about international cricket and realised it’s not so different.”If you keep it simple and play cricketing shots you can be successful. Luckily for me, the IPL helped this year. I realised I could play all three formats, and I feel a lot more confident now,” Rahul added.About the upcoming 13 Test matches at home, Rahul said: “I have been very consistent in domestic cricket and I hope I can continue with the same form in international cricket as well. I look to keep things simple irrespective of the format. I look to play my shots. I will play proper cricketing shots, but if the ball is there to be hit, I will hit it. That is something that wont change with any format,” Rahul said.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more

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Brooklyn Gets FXFL Team

first_imgTweetPinShare0 Shares NEW YORK — The FXFL developmental football league will have a team in Brooklyn and will play a six-game season in four cities this year.The Brooklyn Bolts will play at MCU Park, the home of the minor league baseball Cyclones, a Class A farm team of the Mets. They’ll join franchises in Boston, Omaha (TD Ameritrade Park) and Miami (Florida International Stadium).Each team will play the other twice.“In our minds, we needed a presence in the New York metropolitan area,” said Brian Woods, Commissioner of the Fall Experimental Football League, said of placing a team in Coney Island.“We did our due diligence with regards to venues that will accommodate us and partner with us. Having the Cyclones and (owner) Jeff Wilpon and a unique place to play, and their marketing team to help us … it makes great sense.”Wilpon also is the chief operating officer of the Mets, and the Bolts expect to have some cross-promotions with both the major league and minor league baseball clubs.The FXFL currently has no affiliation with the NFL, but hopes to advance the talents of players, coaches, officials and front office executives. It’s something NFL football operations chief Troy Vincent said in April his league is looking into for the future.Players cut by NFL teams in the next two weeks, plus those who have not gotten a look out of college, will make up FXFL rosters.It will begin play Oct. 8 and has several regional TV networks lined up for its games on midweek nights.Woods, an attorney who played at Mississippi and coached as a graduate assistant at Iowa State, also considered Austin, Texas, and Portland, Oregon for franchises. Columbus, Ohio, and Springfield, Missouri, also expressed interest in having a franchise.“Cost containment is our No. 1 priority,” Woods said. “That’s why the number of teams in our first year is four. The priority is to field four teams that will enable us to provide fans with more of an exceptional on-field football product.”(BARRY WILNER, AP Pro Football Writer)last_img read more

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COSL’s New PSV HYSY613 Delivered, China

first_imgzoom Newly purchased platform supply vessel – HYSY613 has been successfully delivered to China Oilfield Services Limited.Equipped with a main-turbine power output of 6,000 horsepower, as well as a DP2 dynamic positioning capability, HYSY613 has an overall length of 75 meters and gross tonnage of 3,300 tonnes.Apart from being able to carry bulk materials and drilling fluids, HYSY613 is also equipped with a 150 cubic-meter tank to supply Methanol/ethylene glycol to the platform it serves.The vessel is expected to commence operations in South China Sea in mid-April. Another platform supply vessel of the same model that was purchased together with HYSY613 is expected to be delivered to the Group by the end of April.COSL, April 10, 2014last_img read more

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Kejriwal fooling people on full statehood Sheila

first_imgNEW DELHI: Congress candidates kicked off a hectic campaign for Lok Sabha polls in Delhi. Congress candidate for North East Delhi Parliamentary constituency Sheila Dikshit claimed that Congress will sweep all the seven seats in Delhi in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections on the strength of the Congress Government’s unmatched achievements during its 15-year rule in Delhi.Addressing large public meetings at Seemapuri A Block Mother Dairy, Subzi Mandi Seelampur Mauzpur, E Block Shastri Park, New Seelampur and Babu Nagar Chanaiwali gali 25-futa road, in the Mustafabad Assembly in the North East Delhi Parliamentary constituency, Dikshit said that during the 15-year Congress rule in Delhi, the national Capital witnessed massive developments as new flyovers, schools, colleges and hospitals were constructed to make the life of the citizens easier without crying for full Statehood in Delhi. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesShe said that the metro project got off the blocks in Delhi only because of the planning and initiative of the Congress Government when developments became a constant feature in Delhi. Dikshit said that Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal was fooling the people on the issue of full Statehood for Delhi. She said that ever since Kejriwal came to politics, he has been mouthing lies and making hollow promises to fool the people, but the intelligent Delhi voters have seen through his game plan, and they would no longer be fooled by his lies and falsehood as his politics have been without any scruples. With the rise in the Lok Sabha 2019 election mercury, the campaign mode is in full swing for every political party. Four-time MP and Congress candidate from Chandni Chowk constituency, JP Agarwal on Monday received support and appraisal from people across various walks of life.last_img read more

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Austrian returning from Lanka found to have C diphtheriae

Swabs taken on the day of admission in hospital and on day 7 in another hospital, yielded toxigenic Corynebacterium diphtheriae. On 30 Dec 2016, the World Health Organization (WHO) Global Reference Centre for Diphtheria and Streptococcal Infections at Public Health England (PHE), London, United Kingdom, confirmed the isolate as toxigenic C. diphtheriae (positive also by Elek test). A 60-year old Austrian has been admitted to hospital in Austria with cutaneous diphtheria, after returning from a one-month-vacation in Sri Lanka, promedmail.org reported.The patient showed signs and symptoms of infection of the tissues near a fingernail (panaritium). It has long been recognized that C. diphtheriae can cause clinical skin infections. Skin carriage of C. diphtheriae can act as a silent reservoir for the organism, and it has been found that person-to-person spread from infected skin sites is even more efficient than from the respiratory tract in causing classical respiratory diphtheria.The carriage of tox-positive lysogenic C. diphtheriae also poses a risk that non-toxigenic strains, which are regularly found in Austrian residents, could become lysogenized by introduction of a beta-phage-bearing strain. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Smith says he is no troublemaker prepared to run in 2016 Elections

first_img STATEMENT ISSUED BY THE OFFICE OF THE ATTORNEY GENERAL 1ST JUNE 2016 CSA confirms four nominees for public workers elections Recommended for you Related Items:dr. edward smith, election, People Progressive Party PDM gets 22 potential candidate applications; public meeting tomorrow Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 18 jan 2016 – The People Progressive Party, the orange party will not be a contender in the 2016 General Elections. While many are not surprised by the confirmation to Magnetic Media over the weekend by former leader, Dr. Edward Smith… what is surprising is that Smith has not given up on the idea of offering as a candidate. “From the very onset, I believe in choice. At that time they were saying both parties were not doing what they’re supposed to, they were calling them failed engines. It stands at that position right now, they are saying they have failed and that is why out came another party. It shows you that the PPP, they wanted an option, they want an alternative and therefore I believe in giving those persons that opportunity and if I can represent, that’s what I will do.”Smith said he is being courted by two political parties; that he will go with the one which most closely aligns with his dreams for a better Turks and Caicos. Dr. Smith, and his major mistake in properly denouncing US citizenship once he became a candidate in the 2012 General Elections forced an expensive by-election for the Cheshire Hall district. The Rufus Ewing led PNP still held on to election victory after the re-run. last_img read more

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First primary results Atkins Gardner lead sheriffs race

first_imgClark County voters today advanced Chuck Atkins and Shane Gardner to be the next sheriff and gave an endorsement to two-term Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Camas, who will face Democrat Bob Dingethal in November.First results showed Atkins, a retired sheriff’s commander, with 41 percent of the vote and Gardner, a sheriff’s sergeant, with a 32 percent share.Herrera Beutler captured 47 percent of first ballots, while Dingethal has 41 percent. In legislative races,two incumbents trailed. Former county Republican chairwoman Lynda Wilson outpolled first-term Democrat Monica Stonier in the 17th District. In the 18th, first-term Republican Brandon Vick trailed Democrat Mike Briggs. All four candidates will advance to the general election.Under Washington’s law, the top two candidates in each race advance to the general election, regardless of party.Vick appeared to split the vote with conservative Republican John Ley, who gained 26 percent of the votes compared with 34 percent for Vick and 40 percent for Briggs.In the 49th Legislative District, voters preferred Republican Lisa Ross over Carolyn Crain to challenge Democrat Jim Moeller for the Position 2 House seat. Moeller had defeated Crain, a regular on the public meetings circuit, two years ago. For the other seat, Incumbent Sharon Wylie and Republican Anson Service advanced.last_img read more

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Android creator Andy Rubin allegedly concealed Google payments from wife

first_img Tech Industry Comments Tags Android Q beta: What’s new? 12 The 56 best Android games of 2019 Andy Rubin has been accused by his estranged wife of setting up a separate account to conceal income from Google before he left the company in 2014. Kim Kulish/Corbis Andy Rubin, a former Google executive and the inventor of the Android operating system, left the search giant after having an “inappropriate relationship” with a subordinate and then concealed secret payments related to his departure from his wife for several years, according to a court filing made public Tuesday.The civil complaint, filed in San Mateo Superior Court by Rubin’s estranged wife, Rie Hirabaru Rubin, alleges Rubin and a former attorney conspired to convince her to sign a premarital agreement a few days before they were married, defrauding her of money that should have been due her as part of community property. The New York Times reported in October that Google paid Rubin $90 million after company co-founder Larry Page asked for his resignation following an allegation that Rubin coerced a female employee into performing oral sex in a hotel room in 2013. Rubin left the company in 2014.The Times report arose during a period of prominent figures in industries ranging from politics to entertainment being toppled by revelations of sexual harassment or sexual assault. In the tech industry, companies such as Uber have wrestled with accounts of work environments fraught with varying degrees of sexual harassment.The lawsuit, reported earlier by BuzzFeed, doesn’t specifically mention the hefty severance package Google allegedly paid Rubin, but it does allege he “concealed his income” from her and kept her “in the dark as to his sources of income, the amount of money the family had, and what it was being spent on.” Share your voice The redacted complaint goes on to allege that before he left Google, Rubin stopped making deposits into their joint account and set up a separate bank account in just his name, where he deposited his earnings and made selected payments. “These included hundreds of thousands of dollars in payments to other women,” the complaint reads.Andy Rubin also ran “what appeared to be a sex ring,” according to the complaint, which notes the premarital agreement protected Rubin from financial consequences of a divorce due to extramarital affairs. The complaint alleges Rubin had affairs with at least five other women.The “sex ring” allegations contained in the complaint mirror those made by a Google shareholder in a lawsuit. Shareholder James Martin sued the company in January, saying that “Rubin was allowed to quietly resign” after an internal investigation found the sexual harassment allegation to be credible. “While at Google, Rubin is also alleged to have engaged in human sex trafficking — paying hundreds of thousands of dollars to women to be, in Rubin’s own words, ‘owned’ by him,” Martin’s complaint said.Rubin’s attorney in the divorce case disputed the veracity of the claims lodged by Rie Rubin.”This is a family law dispute involving a wife who regrets her decision to execute a prenuptial agreement,” Ellen Stross said in a statement. “It is full of false claims, and we look forward to telling our side of the story.”Google didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. A former attorney who’s named as a defendant in this lawsuit couldn’t be reached for comment. 4:54 56 Photos Now playing: Watch this: Googlelast_img read more

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Report Rural Governance Remains Unfinished in Alaska

first_imgBruce Botelho leads a discussion on rural self-governance in Anchorage. (Photo by Josh Edge, APRN – Anchorage)Formalizing a government to government relationship between tribes and the state was the message and mission today of former members of a commission tasked with addressing tribal self governance. Their report says rural governance “remains unfinished business in Alaska.”Download AudioThe Alaska Commission on Rural Governance and Empowerment first reported on the need for tribal recognition 15 years ago.Veronica Slajer, the president of the North Star Group and member of the original commission, says Thursday’s report outlines the need for the state to recognize a Native Way of Life Priority, allow for tribal jurisdiction and develop natural resources for the benefit of local people.Slajer says these priorities all allude to one thing.“The number one recommendation is the state at some level, whether it’s legislative initiative or administrative initiative or both, needs to once and for all recognize tribes,” she said.Though little progress has been made at a state level on the issue, Slajer says the state’s social and political climates have changed over the last 15 years.“Everybody sees that there’s an issue. And also, there’s fewer people who are fearing this issue,” she said. “There’s more people who recognize tribes, work with them and are in fact seeing the constructive role and see how everybody needs to work together.”Despite those changes, Slajer says the state’s inconsistent message when it comes to working with tribes has made progress slow.“Until we get that consistent message, whether it be from the administrative arm, the legislative arm, or the judicial arm, being comprehensive recognition of tribes and working with tribes universally, we have a lot of work to do,” she said.With a new state administration, Slajer is hopeful progress can be made.Incoming Lieutenant Governor Byron Mallott also served on both commissions and is a Tlingit from Yakutat. He says he will work with Governor elect Bill Walker to strengthen the state’s relationship with tribal entities.“We will try to make progress at the level of the policies and programs and the administration of state government to maximum extent possible,” Mallott said.The commission is no longer active, but former commission members and others met last December to streamline the report, which they presented to the public Thursday.last_img read more

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Submit Aritree suicide probe report by 12 May HC

first_imgAritree AdhikariThe High Court on Sunday asked the probe committee formed to look into the suicide of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College girl Aritree Adhikari to submit its report by 12 May, reports UNB.The HC bench of justice FRM Nazmul Ahasan and justice KM Kamrul Kader also directed the probe panel to inform it what steps have been taken to appoint psychologists or take their opinions to formulate a national guideline to prevent the reoccurrence of suicide.Deputy attorney general ABM Abdullah Al Mahmud Bashar who represented the state expressed the hope that they will be able to submit the progress report by the deadline.Aritree Adhikari, 15, daughter of Dilip Adhikari, and a class-IX student of Viqarunnisa Noon School and College, committed suicide at their Shantinagar residence in the city on 3 December last year after teachers rebuked her and her parents for using mobile phone during examination.On 4 December, the High Court ordered the formation of a five-member committee, headed by the additional education secretary, to look into the suicide and formulate a national guideline to prevent the recurrence of such incidents.There were a lawyer, a psychologist, a former judge and a social welfare ministry official of deputy secretary rank in the committee. The committee had been asked to submit two reports within a month.last_img read more

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Soft robotic hand can hold on as CSAIL demonstrates

first_img Soft robots matter. If we are to enjoy potential applications for robots that can grasp, hold, and manipulate objects without dropping or crushing them, then the engineers at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) potentially have much to contribute. At MIT, they are looking into, well, robots that can turn to the more delicate responsibility of handling eggs without dropping and smashing them.Engineers at MIT’s CSAIL have built a new robot that has a hand with three fingers, made out of silicone rubber. This is a robotic gripper with special sensors and it can estimate the size and shape of an object accurately enough to identify it from a set of multiple items.Adam Conner-Simons reported in MIT News on Wednesday that researchers have demonstrated the 3-D-printed robotic hand made out of silicone rubber, which can lift and handle objects as delicate as an egg and as thin as a compact disc. “Just as impressively,” he said, “its three fingers have special sensors that can estimate the size and shape of an object accurately enough to identify it from a set of multiple items.” A video shows the gripper holding items such as disk, cube, coffee cup, little soft, stuffed animal toy, and other objects. One can see success in holding various shapes, sizes and textures. Robots are often limited in what they can do because of how hard it is to interact with objects of different sizes and materials,” CSAIL Director Daniela Rus said. “Grasping is an important step in being able to do useful tasks; with this work we set out to develop both the soft hands and the supporting control and planning systems that make dynamic grasping possible.”At the core of their technology are their “bend sensors,” said Conner-Simons. “When the gripper hones in an object, the fingers send back location data based on their curvature. Using this data, the robot can pick up an unknown object and compare it to the existing clusters of data points that represent past objects.” With just three data points from a single grasp, algorithms distinguish between objects.Bianca S. Homberg, Robert K. Katzschmann, Mehmet R. Dogar, and Daniela Rus, team members for the soft robotic hand, authored the paper, “Haptic Identification of Objects using a Modular Soft Robotic Gripper,” where they discuss the hand and how it works.The authors wrote that “With the integrated bend sensors – one data point from each of the three fingers– our robot is able to identify a set of canonical objects of different shape, size and compliance by grasping them. We do this by building a relation between objects and the configurations the soft hand takes while grasping them. Then, given an unidentified object from our training set, our robot grasps it and uses proprioception to identify it. Through experiments we show that our hand can successfully distinguish between objects up to the resolution limit of the proprioceptive sensors.”Researchers control the gripper via pistons, pushing pressurized air through the fingers. The pistons cause bubbles to expand in the fingers, spurring them to stretch and bend. The robotic hand can hold objects using “enveloping grasps,” where the object is entirely contained within the gripper, and “pinch grasps,” where the object is held by the tips of the fingers.As for materials used, silicone rubber was chosen, and the MIT News report spelled out why. The fingers were made of silicone rubber because of it being “relatively stiff, but also flexible enough to expand with the pressure from the pistons. Meanwhile, the gripper’s interface and exterior finger-molds are 3-D-printed, which means the system will work on virtually any robotic platform.”CSAIL is the largest research laboratory at MIT. 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. Explore further Soft robotic hand can pick up and identify a wide array of objects © 2015 Phys.org More information: groups.csail.mit.edu/drl/wiki/ … _Robotic_Gripper.pdf Three fingers on a new soft robotic gripper each have special sensors that can estimate the size and shape of an object accurately enough to identify it from a set of multiple items. Credit: Jason Dorfman/CSAIL Citation: Soft robotic hand can hold on as CSAIL demonstrates (2015, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-soft-robotic-csail.html Soft robots are in focus at MIT. They are built from non-traditional materials like paper and synthetic fiber. Brooks Hays reported on their work for UPI on Wednesday.last_img read more

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A matter of mind

first_imgThis month, they came up with some very fine projects. Some of them being, a photo composition on Kailash Temple at Ellora by Christel Pilz.Pandit Laxman Krishnarao Pandit launched a DVD of Hindustani Classical Music, Sanskrit theatre from Kerala, by Natana Kairali- ‘Toranayuddham’ from Abhisheka Nataka (Act III) of Bhasa was performed while people enjoyed in awe! You shouldn’t be sad if you’ve missed these, there are so many more lined up! PUBLIC LECTURES ON BUDDHISM Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Indian art is an expression of Indian life and thought attuned to its vast natural background and its socio-religious traditions.  It is not exclusive or sectarian in the narrow sense of the term.  Its style, technique or general tenor has nothing to do with any particular religious outlook.  It is fed and fostered upon a vast store-house of Indian traditions, symbols and designs.Buddhist art is meant popularly those monuments and paintings which have for the main purpose the edification or popularization of Buddhism.  Fortunately enough, in India and outside where Buddhism did exist, or still exists, there are innumerable monuments representing different phases of Buddhism and these help visualise the trend of Buddhist art through the ages. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA short-term course on Buddhist Studies, its art and Philosophy was conducted every Wednesday and Friday of this month by IGNCA. The enrolment being free of cost and on a first come first served basis also provided students with a certificate. The course was headed by Radha Banerjee SarkarDate: 30 July Venue:  Auditorium, C.V. Mess, Janpath Time: 3.30 to 5.30 pm. PUPPET SHOW ON THE LIFE OF SWAMI VIVEKANANDAOn the occasion of 150th birth anniversary of Swami Vivekananda, Indira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA) in collaboration with Ramakrishna Mission, Delhi is producing a puppet show on the life of Swami Vivekananda. This show, created by Bharatiya Lok Kala Mandal, Udaipur, has already travelled to around 200 centres in the north, north-east and western India. It has been received very well in each city. An English version of the puppet show is ready to be performed in the Capital too.  Minister of Culture, Yesso Naik will inaugurate the English version of the puppet show at Ramakrishna Mission Auditorium. Venue:  Vivekananda Auditorium, Ramakrishna Mission, DelhiTime: 6.30 p.m.  to 7.30 p. m.Date: Thursday, 31 July PROJECT MAUSAM MONTHLY LECTURE SERIESProject Mausam Monthly Lecture series  in association with NMA, IGNCA and IIC is coming up with a talk on Great Stupa at Amaravati in coastal Andhra and the Indian Ocean World. It is a talk by Akira Shimada, State University of New York, New Paltz. Project Mausam is an interdisciplinary project initiated by the Ministry of Culture that aims to explore the cultural heritage of coastal settlements along the Indian Ocean, along with various cultural dimensions of the monsoon winds that shaped communications and interactions across the seas. Collating archaeological and historical data, the project will research and celebrate the diversity of cultural, commercial and religious interactions in the Indian Ocean world -extending from East Africa, the Arabian Peninsula, the Indian subcontinent and Sri Lanka to the Southeast Asian archipelago.Venue: Conference Room I, India International Centre, 40, Max Muller Marg Time: 6.30 p.m.last_img read more

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PAX introduces Session Control to let novice users control their intake

first_imgPAX Labs, makers of the popular PAX 3 and PAX Era vaporizers, have today updated their app to offer a new feature called Session Control.The idea here is based around the fact that people can sometimes overindulge when using a vaporizer for the first time, as the effects of cannabis oil can take a minute or two to kick in, leading people to continue puffing.With Session Control, users can control their intake by selecting micro, small or medium puffs. Once the user has maxed out their session by puffing, the PAX Era will lock for 30 seconds, stopping users from overdoing it.PAX launched an app called PAX Mobile in 2017 to give vape users even more control over their experience. From temperature control to different color schemes, the PAX Mobile app lets users fiddle with the PAX 3 or PAX Era on the fly.While temperature control makes sense for more experienced users, Session Control lets newer users control their intake without making the process overly complicated.“We want the tech to get out of the way,” said PAX Labs CEO Bharat Vassan. “A big part of what we want to do is to not have people staring at their phone. That’s why we use firmware so that the device updates itself. This way, users can set it and forget it.”Session Control is available for the PAX Era, which vaporizes oil, and Vassan said they’re thinking of ways to introduce something similar with the PAX 3, which is a floral vaporizer.last_img read more

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Lloyds Banks online services which were down due to DNSSEC issues have

first_imgYesterday, many customers of the British commercial Bank, Lloyds, faced a lot of problems leaving them unable to login into their accounts on the bank’s website. According to Lloyds, it only affected Lloyd’s customers and not the group’s Halifax and Bank of Scotland brands, and has also not affected app logins. Unhappy with the glitch, the customers started complaining on social media on Sunday evening, “Is your banking app/website down for maintenance? My internet is fine but I cannot access my bank on any device.” Addressing to one of the user issues on Twitter, a Lloyds Banking Group spokesperson said, “We are currently aware that some customers may be experiencing intermittent issues when trying to access their online banking service this morning.” According to the Lloyds website, its internet banking platform was undergoing maintenance between midnight and 6 am on Sunday but a spokeswoman was unable to confirm whether there was any link to the later outage. Kevin Beaumont, a cybersecurity writer, tweeted that “the Lloyd’s Bank have invalid DNSSEC setup and invalid serials. Also, Google’s DNS servers (8.8.8.8 etc), widely used by people, reject the lookups as a result.” The bank replied to Beaumont neither confirming nor denying his views by saying, “We’re aware that some of our customers are experiencing problems accessing our online services. We’re working to resolve the issue as quickly as possible, and apologise for any inconvenience caused.” The bank has been replying to other customers on Twitter and apologizing for the inconvenience. They have also assured the customers that the issue will be resolved soon. According to the latest update, Lloyds bank tweeted that “the intermittent issues some customers experienced yesterday with our Internet Banking service has been resolved.” To know more about this news, visit Lloyds Bank’s Twitter thread. Read Next Wells Fargo’s online and mobile banking operations suffer a major outage Mandrill email API outage unresolved; leaving users frustrated Microsoft Cloud services’ DNS outage results in deleting several Microsoft Azure database recordslast_img read more

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11 airlines in cargo cartel fined millions

first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: G.A British Airways, Air France-KLM, Cathay Pacific and Qantas are among 11 carriers fined a total of almost €800 million for their roles in a global air cargo cartel during 1999 and 2006.The European Commission claimed the carriers colluded to fix surcharges for fuel and security, the Commission putting a halt to the “illegal behaviour” in 2006 following advice from cartel member Lufthansa, which received full immunity from fines, “as it was the first to provide information about the cartel”.  Air France-KLM was fined the most from the group at over €310 million, British Airways was next at over €104 million. Qantas and LAN Chile were fined the least at over €8 million each.”It is deplorable that so many major airlines coordinated their pricing to the detriment of European businesses and European consumers,” European Commission competition vice president Joaquin Almunia said. “With today’s decision the Commission is sending a clear message that it will not tolerate cartel behaviour”.According to Mr Almunia, the carriers stopped competing against each other, instead conspiring “to ensure that worldwide airfreight carriers imposed a flat rate surcharge per kilo for all shipments” and then by introducing a security surcharge of which they refused to pay commissions.”The fact that fuel prices were increasing, or that security costs rose after the 2001 terrorist attacks, is not an acceptable reason to stop competing against each other,” Mr Almunia said.”If companies’ costs increase, it’s normal that their prices also increase. “But companies cannot collude to fix the price for customers.”Mr Almunia said the Commission supports unions within the airline industry, but on the condition that monopolies or “excessive market power” were not a result.In fact, Mr Almunia was quick to shoot down “the alliance excuse”, saying that, “whenever contacts between carriers were held within the terms of an alliance the Commission ignored them for the purpose of this decision.”However, there were also pricing discussions that were clearly illegal.”[T]he existence of an alliance agreement cannot give a blank cheque for naked price coordination among the members of this alliance.”Qantas has advised it will release a statement in regards to the fines it has received. e-Travel Blackboard will keep you abreast of news as it comes to hand.last_img read more

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Drop in Rates Pushes Borrowing Costs to Historic Low

first_img in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing, Technology Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Company News Investors Lenders & Servicers Mortgage Rates Processing Service Providers 2011-11-23 Abby Gregory Drop in Rates Pushes Borrowing Costs to Historic Low November 23, 2011 374 Views center_img Mortgage rates continue to drop and recent statistics show that the price of long-term lending is approaching historically low numbers. Results of this week’s “”survey””:http://www.freddiemac.com/pmms/data.html?type=popup&heig0ht=600&width=700&week=47&year=2011 from “”Freddie Mac””:http://www.freddiemac.com/ show that an unexpected rise in home sales coupled with low rates have brought the cost of borrowing to its second-lowest level ever recorded. [IMAGE]Percentages for a 30-year fixed rate mortgage loan fell to 3.98 percent off of 4 percent from the previous week, and the averages for 15-year fixed rate mortgages hit 3.3 percent, representing a decline from 3.31 percent last week. Rates for adjustable rate mortgages dropped between weeks as well, with 5/1-year rates going to 2.91 percent off of 2.97 and 1-year ARMS falling to 2.79 from 2.98. However, the 3.98 percent total for 30-year fixed-rate mortgages isn’t the lowest the country has seen this season; Freddie Mac recorded a rate of 3.94 percent last month, demonstrating the lowest average rate for the product since 1971. The unanticipated uptick in home sales can also likely be attributed to the low cost of lending, and the pace of sales of[COLUMN_BREAK]previously owned homes jumped to 4.97 million last month, rising from September’s pace of 4.9 million. The increase in sales bucked the trend that were forecast by _Bloomberg’s_ economists’ survey, which called for a decline between September and October to 4.8 million. Speaking to _Bloomberg_, U.S. economist at Toronto-based “”Capital Economics Ltd.””:http://www.capitaleconomics.com/ said of the findings, “”Low interest rates have some effects. Housing is incredibly affordable at the moment due to the low interest rates and good valuations to be had as well.””As of October, the median pricing for American homes was down by 4.7 percent year-over-year, landing at $162,500 for the month. Additionally, the most recent application data from the Mortgage Bankers Association showed a rise of 8.2 percent as of November 18, which represents the most elevated total since May of this year. “”Bankrate.com””:http://www.bankrate.com/ tallied the predictions of those in the mortgage field as to what mortgage rates will do in the week ahead, and the majority, 53 percent, forecast an unchanged rate for the next seven days. Twenty-seven percent noted that they felt rates would rise, and the remaining 20 percent said they expect to see a decline during the period. Meanwhile, “”LendingTree’s””:http://www.lendingtree.com/ look at this week’s rates indicates that many mortgages were sold at rates below the national average reported by Freddie Mac. The company went on to state that the variance observed in mortgage rates fluctuated by as much as 1.2 percent, or 120-basis points. The LendingTree Weekly Mortgage Rate Pulse, which concluded its newest data report on November 21, showed that the lowest rate among those surveyed rang in at 3.75 percent for a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage. Sharelast_img read more

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