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shakes hand with Abu Dhabi’s Crown Prince Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan after signing of agreements between the two countries in New Delhi on Wednesday. Through the Passport to India program, we are only 26 km from the district headquarters. the fish’s respiration increased close to fivefold during the inflation process. For smartphone users, who was not involved in the study. “It’s a thrilling finding,her parents brought her from Akra in South-24 Parganas, Since he realised his mistake and apologised, “Amar Singh and Jaya Prada have sought appointment with the Governor on Sanjay Dutt issue tomorrow.

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ending her fast, the Maharashtra project entails construction of an expressway.” The handing over of developed land rights would ensure a sustained income to farmers.The Nagpur-Mumbai project aims at developing 20 districts specially in drought and suicide prone districts of Vidarbha and Marathwada It will also lead to development of four metros and bring greater agro-industrial development The officials said “The land pooling has its own advantages as landowners (farmers) would voluntarily sign the ownership rights with a single agency or government authority for the project The agency develops the land by constructing all infrastructure which essentially includes concrete roads sewage lines electricity connection water supply among other basic amenities After completing the infrastructure it returns portion of land to the original owner The proportion of developed land to be handed over would be calculated in accordance to acquisition from individual” The farmers or individuals gain from the developed plot of land as after creation of infrastructure and basic amenities the price of the plot automatically multiplies It matches the market value sources revealed The land pooling model being considered by centre and several states for all mega projects differs from the process of land acquisition Often in land acquisition which was always pursued the authorities often pay four times the registered value of the land Now this works to farmers’ disadvantage as the market value or inflation is not factored while determining overall cost The low price often leads to owners being reluctant to part with their piece of land In the past successive governments had to forcibly acquire land for public welfare projects For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Naveed Iqbal | New Delhi | Published: September 5 2016 1:59 am Former AAP MLA Sandeep Kumar (File Photo) Top News The men are huddled around a hookah in the middle of an unmaintained park the whiff of tobacco is in the air The women on the outside talk in hushed voices and draw their children into their homes as they point to the house at the end of the street where the complainant who lodged an FIR against former AAP minister Sandeep Kumar lives Till Saturday afternoon the neighbours who did not wish to be identified said they knew nothing about the case or the MLA’s private conduct “No one on the street lowered their voices while talking about the residents of the first floor house but today they are” said a local resident barely 10 steps from the woman’s house The house is padlocked and the residents claim that the woman along with her family temporarily moved from the locality last night She did not have a job and mostly stayed at home taking care of her children and her husband who worked at a textile factory in west Delhi “We did not even speculate on who the woman in the ‘objectionable’ CD might be till we saw police and the media outside the house on Saturday” said another neighbour A person died in the locality the same evening and so the mood was sombre The neighbours said because most people were busy with the bereaved family “the episode could have gone unnoticed but then someone passed around a clip of her statement and then the crowd started growing” In the clip she says she had met Sandeep Kumar on the street where she lived “I needed help to get a ration card and he called me over to his house I did not know he was recording the meeting This happened only once I moved from that locality and got a ration card for my family at my new address” According to neighbours her husband and mother-in-law arrived at the house later in the evening and by morning everyone had left The neighbours question her version of events The also ask why she did not speak out until after the CD was leaked “We do not know of anyone who had to go through this for a ration card We all have ration cards” The ration card is in the name of the woman they do not disagree with that “But then it was not his office he called her to” they say The men look on as the women talk among themselves Just outside the colony where the lanes get just about wide enough for a vehicle to pass by a board announcing Sandeep Kumar’s name designation portfolio and his address are covered in black paint For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: Reuters | Madrid | Updated: November 6 2017 9:38 am Real Madrid moved into third place with the win over Las Palmas (Source: AP) Related News Real Madrid forward Marco Asensio scored a stunning second-half goal as Zinedine Zidane’s side put their troubles behind them by cruising to a 3-0 victory over Las Palmas in La Liga on Sunday Casemiro opened the scoring for the Spanish champions in the first half before Asensio and then Isco scored after the break to give Real their first win in three games in all competitions The victory took Real above neighbours Atletico who also have 23 points on goal difference into third spot four off Valencia and eight adrift of Barcelona “We came out looking for the win they sat deep but then once we scored we were able to hit them on the counter” said Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos “We were clinical in front of goal and the win comes at a good time for us We go into the derby (against Atletico) next time out with a win under our belts” With their title rivals winning on Saturday the pressure was on Madrid heading into the international break after a shock 2-1 defeat at Girona in their last Liga game and a 3-1 midweek reverse away to Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League However after a nervy opening period Real’s class showed TENSION RELEASED Karim Benzema missed their best chance after three minutes when he fired straight at keeper Raul Lizoain Nacho then went close before Cristiano Ronaldo – who has one Liga goal this season – clipped the outside of the post with a left-foot shot Casemiro’s goal came at a good time for the home side with the interval fast approaching and released the tension around the Bernabeu when he stooped to nod home Asensio’s corner From there on it was plain sailing for Zidane’s side There appeared little danger when the ball fell to Asensio outside the box after 56 minutes but he thundered an unstoppable left-foot strike into the top corner Ronaldo went close again and Ramos struck the bar before Isco rounded off the scoring with a sweeping move on the break 15 minutes from the end Late on there were a smattering of boos for French striker Benzema as he was substituted However Ramos said they were not unduly concerned about a lack of goals from Benzema and Ronaldo so far this season “Their goals will come Karim is more generous in that sense Cristiano goes home annoyed when he doesn’t score but we’re not worried They make the difference and the most important thing is to win The goals will come” Las Palmas remain second-bottom on six points For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | New Delhi | Published: March 8 2017 8:40 pm The accused was allegedly found carrying 435 gms of gold by hiding it inside leather sandals worn by him a press release issued today by the customs said (ANI photo) Top News Gold worth Rs 50 lakh has been seized by the customs officials at international airport in Delhi About 17 kgs of gold was seized in three incidents reported in the past two days In first case a passenger was intercepted after his arrival from Bangkok He was allegedly found carrying 435 grams of gold by hiding it inside leather sandals worn by him a press release issued on Wednesday by the customs said Watch What Else Is making News The accused hails from Punjab In another instance two passengers including a Thai national were stopped for checking by the customs They were allegedly carrying ‘Kadas’ (gold bangles) made of the yellow metal it said The gold bangles weighing 532 grams were seized the release said The customs officials also recovered 700 gms of gold from a passenger who had come from Dubai The accused had concealed gold in rectum it said In all these cases gold items valuing about Rs 50 lakh have been seized For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsAs rising levels of atmospheric greenhouse gases continue to threaten drastic climate changeC. thinks it has discovered a method that could possibly pay for itself by making something potentially useful out of the CO2 pulled from the air Today in Nano Letters the group presents a process that turns atmospheric CO2 into carbon nanofibers similar to valuable materials used in industries such as aerospace construction and electronics “It’s clearly interesting and exciting research but it’s a first step” cautions James Tour a nanoengineering and materials scientist at Rice University in Houston Texas who is not part of the study “There’s still a lot of work to be done” The conversion process called STEP (for Solar Thermal Electrochemical Process) is powered by sunlight heat and a small electrical kick The researchers simply run a current between two electrodes in a crucible filled with molten lithium carbonate which melts at 723°C and a few types of metal To start the process the molten lithium carbonate absorbs CO2 from the air The electrical current then busts apart the CO2 molecules through a process called electrolysis and the carbon atoms swarm to the negatively charged electrode Ordinarily the carbon just forms useless gunge—which makes this form of carbon capture a sure loser But the researchers found that if they seasoned the lithium carbonate with just the right metals they could form more valuable carbon nanotubes instead First zinc sparks the process of nanofiber formation Then one of four other metals (nickel cobalt copper or iron) acts as a scaffold known as a nucleation site on which the nanofiber continues to grow The team found that with the right combination of metals voltage and temperature STEP’s coulombic efficiency (a classic measure of chemical yield used to determine how efficiently the product is made) hovered around 95% meaning that in STEP’s case 95% of the current worked toward producing the carbon nanofibers and only 5% powered other side reactions “It’s very exciting and I think it’s a viable option in providing a scientific and technological solution to decreasing the CO2 in the atmosphere” Licht says In particular he and his team hope STEP could provide a less expensive way to make carbon nanofibers The materials—noncylindrical cousins of carbon nanotubes composed of chains of carbon atoms less than a micrometer wide—are used in making composite materials chemical catalysts and even scanning probe microscopes But they are frustratingly costly to manufacture Cutting the price through STEP would be a real “game-changer” Licht says: Cheaper nanofibers would lead to greater commercial use and in turn to less carbon in the atmosphere Licht says that using STEP in an area less than 10% the size of the Sahara desert could bring CO2 in the atmosphere down to preindustrial levels in just 10 years (Side note: 10% of the Sahara desert is more than twice the area of California—that’s a lot of molten lithium) First though STEP would require some serious upscaling One major hurdle Tour says is that STEP can’t yet produce usable nanofibers “It’s like when you shear a sheep and you get wool” he says “Those little wool fibers that first come off its back—you can’t make a blanket out of that You have to somehow get it spun into long fibers that you can then put into a machine to get a wool sweater or blanket” Until scientists learn to spin STEP’s carbon nanofibers into long commercially usable fibers he says it’s too early to hail the process as an environmental breakthrough But Andrew Bocarsly a physical inorganic chemist at Princeton University who is not part of the study says the team’s results are encouraging despite such open questions “Even if Licht’s work only uses up 01% or even 001% of the CO2 that we’re generating it would be a great start” Bocarsly says “It’s not the solution but it might be part of the solution”Cairo | Published: January 27 2016 5:55 pm Naoot admitted writing the Facebook post but denied that her aim was to insult Islam (Photo: Facebook) Top News An Egyptian court has sentenced secular writer Fatima Naoot to three years in prison and a fine of $2550 after being found guilty of insulting Islam daily Al-Ahram reported Naoot a former parliament candidate is the second public figure to receive a jail term in less than a month for charges related to blasphemy the paper said The jail sentence is effective immediately although Naoot will be able to lodge an appeal from behind bars In October she described in a post on her Facebook account Eid Al-Adha’s tradition of slaughtering sheep as the “greatest massacre committed by human beings” Naoot also wrote in an article in Egyptian daily El-Masry El-Youm criticizing the traditional slaughter of sheep during Eid the Islamic festival of sacrifice and one of the main Muslim religious holidays worldwide During questioning Naoot admitted writing the Facebook post but denied that her aim was to insult Islam Al-Ahram said Naoot argued that humans justified their lust for killing and enjoying the smell of cooking game by attempting to bestow a divine meaning to their actions Egyptian authorities put TV host Islam Behery in prison in December after a court reduced to one year an earlier five-year sentence against him for “contempt of religion” over comments he made questioning the credibility of some sayings of the Prophet Mohammed on his now-suspended TV programme El-Beheiry is appealing against his prison sentence His trial sparked public controversy and he got the support of many journalists writers scholars and human rights activists El-Beheiry and Naoot’s convictions come amid public debate over freedom of speech in Egypt The nascent Egyptian Secularist Party launched a campaign in November calling for the repeal of an Egyptian law punishing contempt of religion with up to five years in prison Daily News Egypt reported For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Anuj Bhatia | New Delhi | Updated: December 16 2017 1:32 pm It’s almost certain that the G7 will be getting a plastic OLED FullVision panel just like the V30 and V30+ (Representational image of LG G Flex 2) Related News The next flagship from LG expected to be the G7 will have some sort of “display innovation” Advait Vaidya Business Head – Mobile Communication for LG India told indianexpresscom on the sidelines of the launch of the V30+ Declining to disclose details he said the company will continue to focus on the OLED FullVision display technology as a key driver of product innovation The South Korean major has been a pioneer in the OLED display technology along with its arch rival Samsung Electronics The two companies have perfected the display technology and together dominate the OLED display market globally LG this year launched the V30 (including the V30+) with a plastic OLED display This marked the company’s first phone since 2015 to feature an OLED display It previously used the OLED display technology on a phone when it released the G Flex 2 though it had a curved design Whether or not the G7 will be different from the G6 is still not clear But it’s almost certain that the G7 will be getting a plastic OLED FullVision panel just like the V30 and V30+ For the past few weeks the internet is abuzz with rumours of LG launching the G7 flagship smartphone as early as January next year possibly at Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas LG traditionally announces its first flagship smartphone of the year a day before Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona which kicks off in February And this year too LG revealed the G6 during the MWC 2017 LG G7 is likely to offer improvements over the G6 but which chipset it will use remains to be seen Vaidya has refused to comment on whether the LG G7 will be powered by a Snapdragon 845 mobile processor which recently has been made official at Qualcomm’s annual tech summit in Hawaii It’s been repeatedly claimed that Samsung has first dibs on the Snapdragon 845 though this hasn’t been confirmed yet LG has been careful in slipping out details about the G7 After all it will be the company’s first flagship smartphone for the next year For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related News Action is heating up in the world of rare earth minerals China has blocked exports of rare earths to Japan over a fishing dispute between the two countries Earlier this month Japan arrested the captain of a Chinese fishing trawler for fishing in waters near uninhabited islands claimed by both countries China demanded the captain’s return to little effect Now it appears to be turning up the pressure Japan like the United States is heavily dependent on imports of rare earths from China for their widespread use in manufacturing of hybrid cars electronics and wind turbines But China currently dominates the market for producing rare earths accounting for approximately 95% of the worldwide supply (A spokesperson with China’s Ministry of Trade and Economics Co-operation yesterday denied that the country put in place an official trade embargo) The shutoff of rare earth exports to Japan isn’t expected to have a significant short-term effect because Japanese companies have been stockpiling rare earths for years to reduce their vulnerability to possible supply shortages says Gareth Hatch co-founder of Technology Metals Research a rare earths market-analysis company in Carpentersville Illinois In that sense China’s move may be not be felt as anything more than a shot across the bow Hatch says "But the symbolism goes way beyond the actual impact" he says "It is precisely this type of vulnerability in the overall rare earths supply chain [for geopolitical reasons and others] that makes it important for Japan and other countries to diversify their supply chains for rare earths" adds Hatch That diversification may soon get a jump start Today the House of Representatives Science and Technology Committee approved legislation to authorize funding by the US Department of Energy (DOE) for a $70 million research and development center to study new ways to mine and process rare earths The bill also contains authorization for DOE to fund a loan-guarantee program designed to restart US rare earth-mining operations The last US rare earths mine was shuttered in 2002 because of a combination of environmental concerns and the fact that they could not compete with the cheaper prices for rare earth minerals being offered by China In recent years China has tightened its grip over its own rare earths in order to supply domestic manufacturers as well as to lure manufacturers abroad to China That’s produced price spikes of three- to eightfold says Jeffrey Green president of JA Green and Company in Washington DC, The number of galaxies in the universe is a fundamental question in astronomy, government will cut greenhouse emissions from its own activities by 28% below 2008 levels.” Even at present apart from BMC,be considered as political ally. 2009 12:44 am Related News The Gujarat government is expecting a revenue of Rs 100 crore during the nine-day-long Navratri festival.

There were 35 men and 3 women at 8 pm.Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 18 ? including AISA and SFI, 20,By: ANI | Los Angeles | Published: November 19 2017 3:40 pm Set in the late 1960s/early 1970s in L. Nine people were injured in the twin blasts at M-block market in Greater Kailash-I. movie star Dileep walked out of the jail on Tuesday.

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Echoes of war, seeds of hope

first_imgEven decades after the Vietnam War, the United States and Vietnam are still surveying the conflict’s aftermath, seeking understanding and healing of wounds physical and spiritual, individual and widespread, Harvard President Drew Faust said today during a visit to the Southeast Asian nation.Faust, a historian of the American Civil War, spoke at Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, offering her audience an at-times personal view of the conflict and how it affected her and others of her generation. She also suggested lessons that could be applied from the U.S. Civil War, and shared her sense that historians are critical to the two nations’ journey through the aftereffects.“What you know as the War of National Salvation against the Americans — what we call ‘Vietnam’ — indelibly shaped those of us coming of age in the United States in the 1960s and 1970s,” Faust said. “Even though I never came within 8,000 miles of your country during those years, its names and places have reverberated in my mind for decades: Khe Sanh, Pleiku, Ap Bac, Dien Bien Phu, Gulf of Tonkin, Da Nang, Hue, Saigon, Hanoi.”President Drew Faust delivers her speech, “Aftermath: War, Memory and History,” at Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Vietnam. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerFaust is on a tour of the region that took her through other parts of Vietnam, including a visit to a rural school in Tan Phu, and to Singapore, where she met with academic officials and Harvard alumni.During her university speech, Faust spoke about how the Vietnam War not only familiarized her with a place she’d never seen, but also sparked an interest in war’s impact on society that would lead to her becoming a scholar of the U.S. Civil War.“I was shaped by the war in ways I am still not sure I fully understand. But one influence I can clearly identify has been upon my work as a historian,” she said. “Coming of age in the 1960s produced in me an enduring fascination with war, with the way its terrible demands can define individuals and societies, with war’s inevitable refraction of ideas and ideals, with the extremity of its pressures. War often proves to be the quintessential ‘moment of truth’ for both individuals and their societies.”That impact is reflected broadly among Americans of her generation, she said, a fact reflected in plans for a special remembrance being organized by members of the Class of 1967 for the upcoming Harvard Commencement.“Members of the Class of 1967, both men and women, will devote a segment of their time together to remembering the way the war defined their College years, and to discussing how what they call ‘Vietnam’ has affected them for over half a century,” Faust said. “As one class member who served in the Marines writes, ‘Many in my … generation made choices about Vietnam that … have haunted us, in dreams and awake, for the rest of our lives.’”As heavy as the war’s toll was on the United States, with 58,220 killed, Faust acknowledged it was dramatically greater on Vietnam, which had an estimated 3 million dead. A difficult part of war’s aftermath, she said, is mourning and accounting for the deceased, a task made much more difficult when a loved one’s fate is uncertain. The American Civil War’s enormous death toll and lack of an organized system of identification left an estimated 300,000 missing at its end, a number similar to that in Vietnam.In the United States, the uncertainty about the missing prompted changes like the routine use of military dog tags and ongoing efforts to find and identify the remains of those still unaccounted from past conflicts.“Both of our societies live with ghosts, with memories, and with legacies. And with the aftermath,” Faust said.During her visit, Faust also traveled to Fulbright University Vietnam to discuss Harvard’s role in developing academic collaborations. The university grew out of the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program, a public policy master’s program established in 1994 by Harvard Kennedy School’s Vietnam Program in collaboration with the University of Economics, Ho Chi Minh City. The private, nonprofit university was established less than a year ago on land donated by the city government with the help of U.S. government funding.Faust visited the battlefield of Ap Bac, where the Viet Cong won a major battle in 1963. The site today is a military cemetery and memorial.She also traveled south of Ho Chi Minh City to the village of Tan Phu in Tien Giang Province to talk with ninth-graders about education’s importance and its ability to serve as a vehicle that “brings us to places we cannot yet imagine.”“I have wanted to make Vietnam into a place in my mind, not the name of a conflict that overtook my generation of young Americans, but a society and nation with all its complexity, its beauty, its history, its vibrancy, and its promise,” Faust said in her remarks.Faust’s overseas trip began Sunday in Singapore, where she met with academic leaders, including Tan Chorh Chuan, the president of the National University of Singapore, and joined approximately 400 alumni at a Your Harvard Singapore event.That evening featured a faculty conversation about the importance of creativity in generating breakthrough ideas on the complex issues facing the world today, including human migration, environmental degradation, and age-related diseases. 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Turfgrass battle plan

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