Metrovaartha http://www.metrovaartha.com/ en-us Mon, 23 Apr 2018 00:00:00 +0530 BJP-RSS trying to communalise Kathua rape for 'political gains': Congress MLAs http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/997/BJP-RSS-trying-to-communalise-Kathua-rape-for--political-gains---Congress-MLAs http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/997/BJP-RSS-trying-to-communalise-Kathua-rape-for--political-gains---Congress-MLAs Mon, 23 Apr 2018 17:17:25 +0530 ]]>The Congress accused the BJP-RSS combine of trying to "communalise" the rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir for "political gains", and cautioned the people against designs of the divisive forces. Jammu | The Congress accused the BJP-RSS combine of trying to "communalise" the rape-and-murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua in Jammu and Kashmir for "political gains", and cautioned the people against designs of the divisive forces."It is utterly shameful and disgusting that the BJP-RSS combine is trying to communalise the inhuman Kathua incident for political gains," Jammu and Kashmir Pradesh Congress Committee (JKPCC) leaders and party legislators said in a joint statement.The legislators and leaders include Sopore MLA Haji Rasheed Dar, Bandipora MLA Usman Majeed, Devsar MLA Mohammad Amin Bhat and MLC G N Monga. 

"The Congress party will not allow any individual, group or party to politicise and communalise the recent gruesome rape and brutal murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kathua. Communal elements in any party who are trying to communalise or politicise the Kathua incident must be dealt sternly," it said.They said that the sinister agenda of communal forces is to tear apart social cohesiveness, communalise the situation, inflame passions and give anti-social elements a free hand to destroy properties and human lives.The Congress, with the support of the people of the country, will thwart these nefarious attempts, the joint statement said.The body of the girl from Muslim nomadic community was recovered from Rasana forest on January 17, a week after she went missing while grazing horses in the forest area.

On January 23, the government handed over the case to the crime branch of the state police which formed a Special Investigation Team and arrested eight people including two Special Police Officers (SPOs) and a head constable, who were charged with destruction of evidence.Jammu has been tense since the incident.The Congress legislators and leaders said that with assembly elections in some states round the corner and with an eye on next year's Lok Sabha polls, the BJP is desperate to communalise the situation."We caution the people against designs of communal, divisive forces and appeal to them to maintain communal harmony at all costs," it said.

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JK Rowling 'not interested' in 'Harry Potter and the Cursed Child' stage sequel http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/995/JK-Rowling--not-interested--in--Harry-Potter-and-the-Cursed-Child--stage-sequel- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/995/JK-Rowling--not-interested--in--Harry-Potter-and-the-Cursed-Child--stage-sequel- Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:39:35 +0530 ]]> Los Angeles | After seven books, eight films and one Broadway play, author JK Rowling says she is content with the way the story of "Harry Potter" has turned out and she would not want to stretch the plot any further.The 52-year-old writer, who co-created "Harry Potter and the Cursed Child" along with director John Tiffany and playwright Jack Thorne, said the audience should not expect a sequel to the play as everything related to 'The Boy Who Lived' has been said and done, Variety reported."I think we really have now told, in terms of moving the story forward, the story that I, in the back of my mind, wanted to tell," Rowling said before the day-long, multi-part "Cursed Child" opened.

The plot focuses on the relationship Harry shares with his son, Albus Severus Potter.The bestselling novelist added, "I think it's quite obvious, in the seventh book, in the epilogue, that Albus is the character I'm more interested in. And I think we've done the story justice."So I think pushing it on to Harry's grandchildren really would be quite a cynical move, and I'm not interested in doing that." 

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Vice president only statutory authority to reject impeachment notice: F S Nariman http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/994/Vice-president-only-statutory-authority-to-reject-impeachment-notice--F-S-Nariman http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/994/Vice-president-only-statutory-authority-to-reject-impeachment-notice--F-S-Nariman Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:28:55 +0530 ]]>Eminent jurist Fali S Nariman said the issues raised in the impeachment notice against CJI Dipak Misra were not of "sufficient gravity and rightly rejected" by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu. Nariman New Delhi | Eminent jurist Fali S Nariman said the issues raised in the impeachment notice against CJI Dipak Misra were not of "sufficient gravity and rightly rejected" by Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu.Nariman said Naidu, the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, was the only statutory authority to take the decision on the notice.The notice was moved by the Congress and seven other opposition parties against the Chief Justice of India (CJI) last week."He (Naidu) was the only statutory authority to take that decision and in my view he has rightly taken the decision.

The grounds raised in the impeachment notice are not of sufficient gravity."When you have a man like the chief justice of the Supreme Court, it (impeachment notice) has to have something that is far more important than just saying he did not do this or that. The vice president has the statutory authority and he has rightly rejected the notice," Nariman told a TV channel.On whether the gravity of charges should have been decided by an enquiry committee of three Supreme Court judges, Nariman said, "The CJI is as it is demitting office in October-November this year. Most unlikely that this matter will continue till then." "I can understand if there are 4-5 years remaining for him in office then you can argue. It doesn't make sense to do it now," he said.He said this move by the opposition led by the Congress was only to demean the institution of the Supreme Court and it was not about Justice Misra.

"It only demeans the institution which he is heading. This is the problem, they are all thinking of justice Misra, but I am not thinking of Mr Misra, I am thinking of the Supreme Court. It is the institution, which is now being denigrated. I am very sorry that it happened in my lifetime. I never expected this to happen," the senior lawyer said.The reaction came soon after Naidu today rejected the impeachment notice issued against the CJI saying it lacked merit.

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Supreme Court dismisses Agnivesh's plea seeking deletion of scenes from Padmaavat http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/993/Supreme-Court-dismisses-Agnivesh-s-plea-seeking-deletion-of-scenes-from-Padmaavat- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/993/Supreme-Court-dismisses-Agnivesh-s-plea-seeking-deletion-of-scenes-from-Padmaavat- Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:19:30 +0530 ]]>Dipak Misra rejected the plea of Angivesh which also sought lodging of FIR against the producer and director of the film for glorifying the social evil of jauhar New Delhi | The Supreme Court dismissed the plea of social activist Swami Agnivesh seeking deletion of scenes from the film 'Padmaavat' on the ground that it glorified the practice of 'Jauhar'.The apex court bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra rejected the plea of Angivesh which also sought lodging of FIR against the producer and director of the film for glorifying the social evil of jauhar (self immolation by widows on their husband's funeral pyre)."Once CBFC clears the movie, deletion of scenes cannot be directed," the bench, also comprising Justices A M Khanwilkar and D Y Chandrachud, said.The apex court had trashed several petitions against 'Padmaavat's' release on various grounds.

Then the producers had moved the court after some states banned the movie.The court, on January 18, had set aside the ban and restrained other states from banning the film, paving way for its all-India release on January 25.Rajasthan and Madhya Pradesh had moved the apex court seeking recall of the SC order, which was dismissed on January 23.The Deepika Padukone-starrer 'Padmaavat', based on the saga of a historic 13th century battle between Maharaja Ratan Singh and his army of Mewar and Sultan Alauddin Khilji of Delhi, has Shahid Kapoor and Ranveer Singh in lead roles.

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Ramesh Chennithala launches hunger strike for CBI probe into custodial death http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/992/Ramesh-Chennithala-launches-hunger-strike-for-CBI-probe-into-custodial-death http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/992/Ramesh-Chennithala-launches-hunger-strike-for-CBI-probe-into-custodial-death Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:05:30 +0530 ]]>Chennithala began the fast at the Marine drive ground in the presence of Former chief minister Oommen chandy. Kochi | Stepping up pressure on the CPI(M)-led LDF government over the alleged custodial death of a 26-year-old youth at Varapuzha here, Congress leader Ramesh Chennithala today launched a 24-hour hunger strike demanding CBI probe into the incident.Chennithala began the fast at the Marine drive ground here this morning in the presence of Former chief minister Oommen chandy.Addressing party workers, the leader of Opposition said, "our demand is an independent probe into the custodial death.That is a just demand."He also demanded that Chief Minister, Pinarayi Vijayan, should give up the home portfolio taking responsibility for Sreejith's death.

The youth, S R Sreejith, had died after allegedly being tortured in police custody on April 9.Sreejith, who was taken into custody in connection with the death of a person early this month, had died in a private hospital.His relatives alleged that he died due to torture.Police have rejected the allegation saying Sreejith was suspected to have suffered injuries during a clash allegedly before he was taken into custody."" A Special Investigation Team (SIT) was constituted to probe the incidents leading to Sreejith's death.Aluva (Rural) SP AV George was transferred to Thrissur Police Academy.Besides, four police personnel, including Varapuzha Sub Inspector Deepak, have been arrested so far in connection with the case.

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Idols of Hindu gods desecrated, pictures burnt in UP village http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/991/Idols-of-Hindu-gods-desecrated--pictures-burnt-in-UP-village http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/991/Idols-of-Hindu-gods-desecrated--pictures-burnt-in-UP-village Mon, 23 Apr 2018 15:10:18 +0530 ]]>Hindu religious idols were desecrated and pictures set ablaze at a village here, following which four persons were arrested Ballia/UP | Hindu religious idols were desecrated and pictures set ablaze at a village here, following which four persons were arrested, police said today.The incident took place a few days ago and a case was registered on Saturday evening after a video was shared on a messaging application, they said.Superintendent of Police (SP) Vijay Pal Singh said the idols and pictures of the gods were taken out from some houses in the Harijan Basti, Dalit Tola, and set ablaze amid sloganeering.Police have registered an FIR in this connection against three named and 20 to 25 unnamed persons on a complaint lodged by the district secretary of the Hindu Yuva Vahini, Avinash Soni, he said, adding that four people have been arrested.

The video of the incident at Nagpur village was shared on a Whatsapp group, police said.The miscreants also defaced the pictures and idols, according to the FIR.

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Gowtham knock was a life-time experience: Sanju Samson http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/989/Gowtham-knock-was-a-life-time-experience--Sanju-Samson http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/989/Gowtham-knock-was-a-life-time-experience--Sanju-Samson Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:14:32 +0530 ]]>Young Rajasthan Royals batsman Sanju Samson has heaped praise on Krishnappa Gowtham for his blinder of a knock but described their side's thrilling last-over win over Mumbai Indians in their IPL match as a team effort. Jaipur | Young Rajasthan Royals batsman Sanju Samson has heaped praise on Krishnappa Gowtham for his blinder of a knock but described their side's thrilling last-over win over Mumbai Indians in their IPL match as a team effort.Gowtham struck an unbeaten 33 from just 11 balls under pressure, hitting two sixes and four fours to seal a three-wicket win for his side after Samson (52) himself and Ben Stokes (40 off 27) had added 72 runs for the third wicket to lay the foundation for the victory last night."Gowtham was amazing. It is a life time experience for him and also for us," Samson said at the post-match press conference.Rajasthan Royals' West Indian Jofra Archer was adjudged the man-of-the-match for his impressive bowling show of 3/22 which helped his side restrict Mumbai Indians to 167/7.

Samson refused to comment on Archer being declared as man-of-the-match."I also feel K Gowtham was man of the match but every one's contribution is important. Archer too had contributed by taking three wickets and also hitting a few boundaries. I cannot comment on selection of man of the match," he said.Samson regretted at not being able to finish off the match by himself as Jasprit Bumrah dismissed him and Jos Buttler in successive balls in the 17th over.Asked if the match was stretched too long, Samson said, "It was not delayed but I knew when we chase, bowling team is always under pressure. So I just wanted to take it to last overs but unfortunately I got out."I think I should have finished it off. They also bowled well but these matches are finished like that only and it was Gowtham who did it for us." Talking about the opening slots which still looked unsettled, Sanju said it was a matter of concern.

"Yes, good opening partnerships have not been there but we are trying different combinations as the tournament progresses. As far as fielding is concerned we need to pull up our socks and improve in that area." There were a few misfieldings, half-hearted efforts and a couple of dropped catches too in the match.Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper batsman Ishan Kishan also praised Gowtham for his unbeaten cameo."He (Gowtham) really batted well. He waited for the ball before going for his strokes," said Kishan.He was, however, unfazed by the defeat and said his side will bounce back."We have been in such conditions in the past also but Mumbai Indians are known to bounce back.

So we are not going to lose hope. We would be bouncing back playing our best cricket," said Kishan who also played a solid innings of 58.Asked if his team was heading towards a big total at one point of time and whether poor batting cost them the match, Ishant said his side were 15 runs short."I think we were 15 runs short but this happens in any T20 match. They (RR) bowled well and the wicket was also not easy to bat later on," he said.On Jofra Archer's spell of 3 for 22, Kishan said, "He bowled well but still we could have scored more when he was bowling. He gave a few loose deliveries like full tosses and we could have scored more."But this is the beauty of the game, sometimes you are able to score big runs and sometimes you are not." Kishan thanked his physio for getting him fit after he had sustained an injury off Hardik Pandya's throw in an earlier match.

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Books open up our minds: Mamata http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/988/Books-open-up-our-minds--Mamata http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/988/Books-open-up-our-minds--Mamata Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:09:16 +0530 ]]>We must work together to preserve the reading habit," Banerjee tweets. Kolkata | Describing books as a person"s best friend, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today urged people to cultivate a reading habit as it is good for the mind."Today is World Book and Copyright Day. Books are a person's best friend. They open up our minds.

We must work together to preserve the reading habit," Banerjee tweeted this morning.World Book Day or World Book and Copyright Day is an annual event to promote reading, publishing and copyright.It is organised by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation.

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Need for Indians and Chinese to learn each other's language: Sushma Swaraj http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/987/Need-for-Indians-and-Chinese-to-learn-each-other-s-language--Sushma-Swaraj- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/987/Need-for-Indians-and-Chinese-to-learn-each-other-s-language--Sushma-Swaraj- Mon, 23 Apr 2018 12:04:21 +0530 ]]>External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked Indian and Chinese to learn each other's language as it will help them overcome communication barriers, resulting in further strengthening the relationship between the two nations. Beijing | External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj asked Indian and Chinese to learn each other's language as it will help them overcome communication barriers, resulting in further strengthening the relationship between the two nations.Swaraj, who is on a visit here, made the remarks during a programme, titled 'Contribution of Hindi in India-China Friendship', organised by the India Embassy."When two friends sit together, what do they want? They want to talk their hearts out to each other, share what they feel. And for that we need a language. I should be able to understand Chinese when you speak, and you should be able to understand Hindi when I talk," Swaraj said.

"If there is an interpreter sitting between two friends, he may be able to translate the words but not the feelings with which I say something. So, it is essential that we learn a language, and understand it," she said, a day after it was announced that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping would hold an informal summit from April 27 to 28."I want to say that the way India and China's relation are strengthening, trade is increasing, we are working together on international forums, it has become increasingly important that you learn Hindi and we learn Chinese. So that when Indians visit China they don't face difficulty, and when Chinese visit India, you don't require an interpreter," Swaraj said.Swaraj said during her meeting with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi yesterday, she had told him that people are the biggest strength for any foreign minister and when people of two countries love each other, it only strengthens the governments."And this, your love for Hindi... You may not be aware that two foreign ministers can't strengthen the relations between Indian and China as much as these students learning Hindi can. You (students) all are doing great service (to the two countries)," she said.

The minister invoked "Dangal", "Secret Superstar" and "Hindi Medium" to stress that Hindi films are gaining popularity in China, but said an understanding of the language instead of subtitles could improve their experiences of watching such films.Noting that during the programme, a Chinese student learning Hindi had expressed that her dream was to visit India, Swaraj instructed the Ambassador to make arrangements for a visit of such students to India "I want to tell her, that your dream would come true right here, right now. I am telling our Ambassador here to send a delegation of 25 Hindi students from here on India visit."We will entertain you there and gift you Indian traditional clothes - Saree for girls and kurta pyjama for boys. I entrust our Ambassador here with the responsibility of sending a delegation of students learning Hindi here," she said.

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170 potential lung cancer drug targets identified http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/986/170-potential-lung-cancer-drug-targets-identified- http://www.english.metrovaartha.com/news/986/170-potential-lung-cancer-drug-targets-identified- Mon, 23 Apr 2018 11:57:01 +0530 ]]>The five-year project set out to identify new therapeutic targets for non-small cell lung cancer as well as potential drugs for these targets - a significant step forward towards personalising cancer care. Houston | Scientists, who tested over 200,000 chemical compounds, have identified 170 candidates that can be potentially used for developing new drug therapies for lung cancer.The five-year project set out to identify new therapeutic targets for non-small cell lung cancer as well as potential drugs for these targets - a significant step forward towards personalising cancer care, researchers said.“For the large majority of compounds, we identified a predictive biomarker - a feature that allows the development of 'precision medicine,' or individualised treatment for each patient," said John Minna, from University of Texas in the US.

For the study, published in the journal Cell, the researchers searched for compounds that would kill cancer cells but not harm normal lung cells."We began an ambitious project with the goal of identifying 'therapeutic triads': chemicals that kill cancer cells, biomarkers that predict who would respond, and the therapeutic targets on which those active chemicals work," said Minna.Continuing to uncover the mechanism of action for the majority of the 170 chemicals will be a key focus of future research. Follow-up work will also include testing the chemicals on other types of cancer.Preliminary work shows some of the compounds are likely effective against certain breast and ovarian cancers as well.The researchers have carefully developed and curated a collection of lung cancer cell lines since the 1970s that is now recognised as the world's largest.The team of scientists began by testing 200,000 chemicals against 12 lung cancer cell lines."The initial screen gave us 15,000 chemical 'hits,' way too many to work with in detail, but with repeat testing we eventually narrowed the number down to 170," said Bruce Posner, Professor of Biochemistry and Director of the High-Throughput Center at University of Texas.

The set of 170 chemical compounds was then tested across 100 lung cancer lines.At the same time, researchers conducted in-depth molecular analyses of the lung cancer lines, including identification of genome mutations and protein expression.This information, paired with whether or not an individual cancer cell line was sensitive to a particular chemical, allowed the researchers to develop a set of biomarkers - indicators that could be used to determine if a particular cancer will respond to one of the 170 chemical compounds.The final step of the study was determining how the drugs acts on the cancer. 

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