Bhopal: Bowing to public outcry, Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan on Tuesday said he will request the high court to order a CBI probe into the Vyapam case, including the large number of deaths of people allegedly linked to the scam. Chouhan, who has been under opposition attack over the rising death toll, said people wanted to know the truth and it had become imperative that the case be probed by CBI now to put to rest all doubts. The opposition has alleged that nearly 45 people having links with the Vyapam admission and recruitment scam have died since the investigation into the scandal began in July 2013.
At least five people, including a journalist covering the scam, have died under mysterious circumstances in last one week. Addressing a press conference, Chouhan rejected the Congress charge of his involvement in the scam, terming it as "baseless". "Honouring public sentiments, I will request the high court to order a CBI probe," he said, noting that democracy is run on public acceptability. "The functioning of the government should be beyond any doubt," he said.
Chandigarh: Punjab unit of BJP has decided to start the special training campaign for its newly inducted members from August 1 to October 31, 2015.
Chandigarh: The stretch of Dakshin Marg from Airport light point to roundabout of Sector 25/38 is the most prone area for accidents in Chandigarh, reveal statistics of Road Accident Analysis Cell of Chandigarh Traffic Police.
Chandigarh: Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday reserved its order on plea filed by surplus guest teachers in Haryana challenging the show cause notices issued by the state government for termination of their services, also pleading for their continuation in service till the permanent recruitment does not take place. The Bench of Justice Amit Rawal reserved its order into the matter. Guest teachers who had been sacked by the state government for being surplus, last month moved the High Court seeking their extensions on the posts till the government recruits teachers on regular basis.
The plea was adjourned by a Vacation Bench after over one-hour-long arguments from the petitioners ‘counsel. However, the vacation bench did not grant any immediate relief to the petitioners. The High Court on May 29 this year had directed Haryana government to decide the fate of replies filed by the guest teachers against the show cause notice issued them, within the a month time otherwise more than 4,073 guest teachers who were stated to be surplus, would be considered as terminated. Haryana Advocate General BR Mahajan had informed the High Court that nearly 3,581 candidates out of total 4,073 surplus teachers, had filed their replies so far, 28 candidates had not filed their replies while rest had resigned, relieved or died.
A letter patent appeal (LPA) filed by the guest teachers challenging the decision of a Single Bench ordering removal of 4,073 surplus guest teachers had already been dismissed by a Division Bench of the High Court on May 28. Earlier on May 1, a Single Bench of the High Court had directed Haryana government to terminate the services of 4,073 guest faculty teachers, who were stated to be surplus. The High Court had also warned the initiation of contempt proceedings against the Chief Secretary, if the state government failed to terminate these guest teachers till May 11. On May 11, Haryana Chief Secretary D S Dhesi and Principal Secretary, School Education, T C Gupta appearing in-person before the Bench informing that the state government would remove surplus 4,073 guest faculty within two weeks. The duo also informed the Bench that the government had sent requisition to Haryana Staff Selection Commission (HSSC) for advertisement for regular posts and the posts would be advertised by the month of June.
Following the High Court’s order, Manohar Lal Khattar Led Bharatiya Janata Party government on May 22 issued 24-hour notices to 4,060 guest teachers for their removal. Thereafter, the guest teachers move the High Court filing a civil writ petition filed challenging the Haryana government’s May 22 show cause notices but it was dismissed by the Bench of Justice Amit Rawal on May 25. Nearly 15,000 guest teachers including TGTs and JBTs had been appointed during Bhupinder Singh Hooda led Congress government in the state.
ATR ON JBT TEACHERS SOUGHT
Punjab and Haryana High Court on Monday slammed the state government for not submitting status report explaining about the action taken against the basic training (JBT) teachers who were appointed in 2010 after qualifying written examination through impersonation. The Bench of Justice Amit Rawal pulled up M L Kaushik, Director, Secondary Education, Haryana, for delaying the ‘action taken report.’ Kaushik sought three-month-time to submit the status report. However, the Bench gave three-week-time to the official to come out with the report.
Dharamsala: The Tibetan government-in-exile here on Monday expressed the hope that the Chinese leadership would continue the dialogue process with the envoys of spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama. “It is our hope that the Chinese leadership will soon understand and accept the middle-way approach to a mutually beneficial solution and continue the dialogue process with the envoys of the Dalai Lama as the only way to resolve the issue of Tibet,” the Dharamsala-based Tibetan government-in-exile said in a statement on the occasion of the spiritual leader’s 80th birthday.
The cabinet, headed by democratically-elected political leader Lobsang Sangay, said the countrymen have long-standing demands for the return of the Dalai Lama to Lhasa and freedom for Tibetans. A total of 140 Tibetans have immolated themselves since 2008 in support of the demands. “By the grace of His Holiness and support and solidarity of Tibetans in and outside Tibet, the 14th Kashag (cabinet) has largely been able to carry out its responsibilities,” the statement said.
“The Central Tibetan Administration celebrated the Dalai Lama’s 80th birthday as per Tibetan calendar on June 21. Despite restrictions, Tibetans inside Tibet also enthusiastically participated in celebrating the 80th birthday of the Dalai Lama through prayers and recitations.” Praying for the long life of the Dalai Lama, the global face of the Tibetan movement in exile, the cabinet said “he is the life and soul of Tibetan people”. A person’s 80th birth anniversary bears special significance and is celebrated as a milestone, according to Tibetan tradition. Born Tenzin Gyatso on July 6, 1935, in Taktser hamlet in north-east Tibet, the Dalai Lama was recognised at the age of two as the reincarnation of the 13th Dalai Lama Thubten Gyatso.
In 1989, the Dalai Lama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of his non-violent struggle for Tibet. In the face of protests by China, he was also presented the US Congressional Gold Medal in October 2007. The Dalai Lama fled Tibet after a failed uprising against the Chinese rule in 1959. India is presently home to around 100,000 Tibetans living here in exile. The middle-path policy, followed by the spiritual leader, seeks greater autonomy for Tibet rather than complete independence. The Chinese, however, view him as a hostile element bent on seceding Tibet from China.The Dalai Lama is currently touring the US.
Patna: The Centre's decision to withhold caste-based census data has created a political row in poll-bound Bihar with Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and RJD supremo Lalu Yadav demanding its immediate publication. Even Hindustani Awam Morcha (HAM), Secular, leader and former Chief Minister Jitan Ram Manjhi, who recently joined the NDA, has also called for release of socio-economic caste census data.
Last week Union ministers - Arun Jaitley and Rao Birender Singh - had released socio-economic caste census, but refrained from making public the number of different castes, minorities and weaker sections. Apparently sniffing conspiracy by the Centre in withholding data about population of different castes and minorities, the RJD supremo has threatened to take out a march to the Raj Bhawan in the state capital on July 13 next.
"Everybody has a right to know population of his or her caste. People should also know the number of population of a particular caste. We keep hearing many claims about caste-related numbers by many persons. The census figures will show the real numbers," Prasad had told reporters on the sidelines of the RJD's 19th foundation day celebrations at the party office two days ago. Echoing identical views, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar too had said that the data of individual castes was carried out under the composite socio-economic caste census on the demand of the people and that should be made public.
"It's beyond my comprehension as to why the Centre is not releasing caste-based census," he had said. Kumar had said that the last caste-based census was carried out in 1931 and since then concerted demands had been made from various quarters for carrying out census of individual castes and once it had been done it must be made public so that schemes could be made for socio-economic progress of the weaker sections.
New Delhi: Citing commercial banks' failure to know about the people in the transactions chain as the root cause of financial frauds, the Reserve Bank of India on Friday said it is making efforts to convince banks to have a policy on tackling fraud.
"Though a whistleblower policy in banks from the vigilance perspective is already there, the RBI is trying to advise the banks that they have such a policy to prevent fraud as well," Deputy Governor R Gandhi said while inaugurating a conference on "Financial Frauds - Risks and Preventions", organised here by the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry.
"If a bank has to prevent fraud, it must follow the three KY Principles. It must know its customer, it must know its employee and it must know its partner," he said. "Each bank should segment its customers based on their risk profile and transaction patterns and develop appropriate response systems for exceptional patterns noticed and fortify systemic level controls," he added. He said that if frauds are to be prevented effectively, banks have to know their partners, agents and vendors and take extra care about continuous vigil on their staff.
"Background checking for antecedents, checks and balances, periodic rotations, vigilance assessments, internal audits etc. techniques will have to be employed to know the employees better and as preventive measures," Gandhi said. He also said that the RBI has provided the banks with a list of wilful defaulters. "We have given certain instructions to the banks, but if it is coming by law then it is well and good because that will be more forceful, more enforceable and it will be more binding on all the parties," said the deputy governor.
"We have been continuously monitoring, we are sitting with them (banks), we are working with them, guiding them to bring in appropriate additional capital, make a provision," he added.
The Advisory Board on Bank, Commercial and Financial Frauds (ABBCFF), reconstituted by the Central Vigilance Commission last September forms part of the organisational infrastructure of the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The Reserve Bank of India provides the needed investigative and secretarial services along with necessary funds, said the order reconstituting the board.
The ABBCFF's jurisdiction is confined to those cases where the probe agency wants to register an enquiry against an alleged fraud disagreeing with the views of the bank/public sector undertaking/financial institution. According to Gandhi, public sector banks in India are adequately capitalised and are meeting their requirement but going forward, they will require additional capital to meet future growth needs and possible problems. IANS
Chandigarh: Punjabi films industry is said to be in the hands of singers. Many artistes complain that they do not get the deserving chance to prove their potential in films. The team of upcoming Punjabi film Jugaadi Dot Com has a different viewpoint. In Chandigarh on Monday as the star cast of the film including Nachhatar Gill, Firoz Khan, Sarab Chawla and Megha Sharma, launches the music of their upcoming film, we interact with them to know about the film.
From singing to acting
As both the lead actors of the film, Nachhatar and Firoz, come from singing background, we ask them the idea of getting into the world of acting. Firoz says, “Every person is an actor in his life and when somebody shows the courage to showcase it through films, he gets recognition as an actor. Acting was never on Firoz’s mind. He just grabbed the opportunity when it came his way. “Life doesn’t give many chances, hence I am making the most of what is coming my way,” he adds.
Nachhatar chips in to say, “Be it singing or acting, an artist should be passionate about his art. People say that establish singers are getting the chances to act in films, but they often overlook the decades of struggle which singers have to do to get recognition.” Both the singers cum actors agree that acting is a completely different task from singing. However, they are learning and enjoying the new leap in their careers.
About the film
While sharing about the concept of the film, Nachhatar says, “Jugaadi Dot Com is a story of those people who find the alternate way outs to earn money, and their overall journey has been shown in a funny manner. We are all jugaadies in the film but there is no negative character in the film and the story depicts homour and comedy of everyday life.” Also, Firoz says, “I’m playing a computer hacker for whom hacking is the cut short to earn money. All the dialogues have humourous punches and in the climax, the film delivers a beautiful message on the cut short ways of making money.”
Actresses Megha Sharma and Sarab Chawla are making their debuts with this film. About his role, Sarab states, “I’m playing film director who plays tricks with people and dupes them in order to sign them for his films”. Megha adds that she is playing a girl Mona from Canada, who gets hooked up in the trap of that fake director. The film will hit the cinema screens on August 7.
Dhaka: A 95-run opening stand between Quinton de Kock and AB de Villiers helped South Africa to post 169-4 in the second Twenty20 international against Bangladesh in Dhaka on Tuesday. De Kock topscored with 44 runs and de Villiers added 40 as the visitors looked for a 2-0 sweep in the two-match series after winning the Sunday's opening game by 52 runs. Left-arm spinner Arafat Sunny forced de Kock into chipping a catch to Sabbir Rahman at midwicket to earn Bangladesh's first breakthrough in the 11th over. Left-handed de Kock faced 31 balls and hit four fours and two sixes in his innings. Bangladesh were immediately back into the contest as Nasir Hossain made a double strike in the next over to put a brake on the run flow.
JP Duminy got a leading edge off the second ball of the over to hoist a catch which Shakib Al Hasan gleefully accepted at short midwicket to remove him for six. AB de Villiers gloved the next ball to wicketkeeper Mushfiqur Rahim to end his 34-ball innings which included six sixes. David Miller survived a strong caught behind appeal in the same over to put on 34 runs for the fourth wicket with skipper Faf du Plessis (16). Miller (30 not out) and Rilee Rossouw (19 not out) then took 32 runs in the last two overs to give South Africa a respectable total. Nasir finished with 2-26 for Bangladesh. South Africa handed leg-spinner Eddie Leie a Twenty20 international debut for Kagiso Rabada. Bangladesh also made one change as batsman Rony Talukdar replaced off-spinner Sohag Gazi to make his debut.
When people think of the country of Greece, images of what was once a great civilisation come to mind. This is, after all, largely the same ancient land that once ruled much of the world, ripe with both historic and philosophical figures.
Greek was home to such greats such as Alexander the Great, Homer, Plato, Sophocles, Aristotle; the famous mythologies of Apollo, Zeus, Aphrodite and of course, the very idea of Democracy itself, which is a Greek word.Yet if you look at Greece today, especially its old-and-storied capital, Athens, one would never know that it once had the glorious past that it indeed does. If anything, today’s modern Greek leaders, seem not only tone deaf and in outright denial of reality; arguably, they haven’t learned a thing from their deep and rich history, you would never know that they once led the world in the arts, philosophy, deep thinking and liberalism.
As with much of Greece’s history, today its problems are wholly self-inflicted, the country has not been victimised except by itself. How did this happen? How could it happen? Isn’t the European Union (EU), of which it is a full-fledged member, supposed to be the greatest example of economic and social prosperity? If the only things were this simple. They aren’t. Even if they were, there is plenty of objective evidence that somehow, some way, Greece would still find a way to implode, they indeed have such ‘special’ talent and a long, undeniable historic record of doing so.
As far back as 594 BC, Athens (like today) was a financial, social and chaotic mess. Things were so horrible, people actually sold themselves to try to clear their debts. This ‘solution’ didn’t save the city nor solve their self-inflicted problem. Athens was bankrupt because of gross mismanagement and corruption - the same problems that plague it today.
Centuries later, in 377 BC, Athens’ ‘special talent’ for imploding essentially destroyed what was then the Delian League (DL), which had been founded earlier in 478 BC. The purpose of the DL was to try to stay united in a common defensive alliance (led by Athens) for the purpose of fending off invaders such as the Persians, who were determined to conquer Greece and its then nation-state cities, since this region was not united as a whole country back then. At its peak, the DL had nearly 200 member cities.
Predictably, Athens did everything it could to destroy this well-intentioned alliance. Arguably responsible for starting another civil war due to its incompetence, corruption and self-righteous ways, the alliance ended miserably shortly after 400 BC. Athens’ leader, Pericles, moved the treasury (which was bankrupt) from the island of Delos to Athens; it was yet another default, the details of which are preserved today in ancient archeological records.
While revisionist apologists for Greece and its latest implosion will falsely argue that the past is the past, that Greece was not unified for thousands of years until it finally declared its independence from the Ottoman Empire, this point is irrelevant, since in the middle of this war, which lasted from 1821-1832, the new ‘united Greece’ promptly defaulted yet again in 1826.
To make matters worse, Greece, as a single country, has been in existence now for 194 years as of this reporting, if one does the math starting from 1821, when it first declared independence. Inexcusably, 46 per cent of this time, which is 90 years total, it has either restructured its financials or outright defaulted on them, as it has done so yet again today.
Fast forward now to late last century when, in 1981, Greece joined the European Union with much overhyped fanfare. To become a member of the EU, like every nation, Greece was required to meet specific standards of governorship, transparency, accountability and economic stability, specifically controlling the levels of its deficit. This also meant that it had to reform itself so that it would conform to EU laws.
In reality, Greece never truly did. Until recently, government workers could ‘retire’ by the age of just 50, which was unprecedented for the rest of Europe. Such illogical perks, while nice when one can get them, are hugely expensive. Greece’s government lacked the means to pay for such social generosities, too many of its policies were not grounded in economic reality and more important, viability.
By 2001, Greece abandoned its own currency, the Drachma, and became a Eurozone nation, meaning it started using Euros for its money. In theory, this could only happen because the country was truly reforming itself and finally managing its economic, government and social services responsibly. In reality, this was pure fantasy. Instead, especially in Athens, gross incompetence and widespread corruption continued to reign supreme, prompting the European Union’s Central Bank to issue repeated warnings in 2001 that Greece was doomed if it did not change.
Despite this inconvenient truth, Greece’s then Prime Minister Costas Simitis effectively lied to the world when he gloated that, “We all know that our inclusion in EMU (European Monetary Union) ensures for us greater stability and opens up new horizons.”
Knowing that the country was in severe financial straits and could not really pay its debts nor meet its ballooning financial obligations, Big Money on Wall Street jumped in to ‘help’ Greece much in the same ways that it ‘helped’ financially over-burdened home owners with their mortgages, causing the housing economic crisis that destabilised much of the world’s economy by 2008 by the end of American President George W Bush’s second term in office. It was a global mess that his successor Barack Obama inherited, an arguably criminal debacle the United State’s economy still has not fully recovered from.
In the case of Greece, the guilty financial behemoths (as true with much of the mortgage crisis) were Goldman-Sachs, J P Morgan Chase and others. Predictably, they engaged in what are called debt swaps. Athens was so strapped for cash, they were offering up their airports and other national assets in exchange for larger credit lines. In short, a financial shell game was going on, billions were ‘borrowed’ in ways that the money trail was not always either transparent nor accountable. Wall Street financial institutions not only facilitated this, they earned countless sums via equally countless commissions and services.
By 2013, Germany’s Chancellor Angela Merkel told the blunt truth about Greece. She declared that, “One should not have accepted Greece into the Eurozone. Chancellor Schroeder (her predecessor) accepted Greece and weakened the stability pact. Both were fundamentally wrong and are the reasons for our problems today.” This is a gross understatement, to put it mildly. Schroeder, along with former French President Jacques Chirac were infamous for always being tied to issues of corruption. Chirac was later convicted on corruption charges, but while he was Mayor of Paris, France, not for any dealings with Greece.
Today, Greece’s ‘leaders’ are not helping matters. When they’re not busy being unconvincing drama queens that would make Greece’s greatest playwrights cringe, they’re holding special elections because they deliberately refuse to govern things properly. To make matters worse, members of it ‘government’ are now shouting down or ‘bitching’ about the very foreign financial institutions such as the International Monetary Fund, that have stepped in over these past years and have saved the country from being even in worse financial shape than it already is.
In stupid remarks that are typical of what passes for Greece’s ‘government’ today, its Financial Minister Yanis Varoufakis has claimed that the IMF has engaged in ‘terrorism’ by daring to ask that Greece repay the $1.7 billion loan it received and originally agreed to, and for its refusal to allow it extra years to pay everything back. Varoufakis outrightly lies when he says that the actions by the IMF and the EU are designed to ‘humiliate’ them. Nonsense.
Economic experts now predict that Greece will leave the Eurozone. If it does, most EU member countries will likely not hold any pity parties for the country. Greece was warned years ago that it had to fundamentally change. Greece ignored these warnings, opportunists exploited it, some officials of the E‘ ‘looked the other w’y’ while it cooked its financial books. Caught up in all of this morass are ordinary people from the middle-class and the poor, whom, as usual, always pay the greatest price for what can only be called government stupidity.
Washington: The White House has urged Greece and EU leaders to find a compromise to keep the cash-strapped country in the eurozone, after Greeks voted resoundingly to reject an austerity-based bailout. "The referendum is over, but our view here at the White House remains the same," said spokesman Josh Earnest. EU and Greek officials need "to agree to a package of reforms and financing that would allow Greece to be on a path toward debt sustainability but also economic growth," Earnest told reporters.
They should do so "in a way that would allow Greece to remain part of the eurozone," he said. "This is a European challenge to solve." It was the first official US comment on Sunday's referendum, in which Greeks voted by a 61 per cent majority to reject a bailout deal from the European Union that required more austerity and reform, handing a victory to the ruling radical Syriza party. President Barack Obama spoke by phone with French President Francois Hollande about keeping Greece in the eurozone.
"The two leaders agreed on the importance of finding a path forward that will allow Greece to resume reforms and return to growth and debt sustainability within the Eurozone," the White House said. Obama and Hollande also noted the effort will "require difficult compromises from all sides." Meanwhile, US Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew spoke by telephone with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and with new Finance Minister Euclid Tsakalotos. He called for multiparty talks and a "constructive outcome that will allow Greece to make difficult but necessary fiscal and structural reforms, return to growth, and achieve debt sustainability within the eurozone," a statement said.
Panaji: Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar on Saturday said several key defence ministry projects linked to infrastructure creation like building family housing for soldiers away on posting and constructing border roads were delayed by the erstwhile UPA regime for years.
Speaking at a government function at Mandur village, 15 km from Panaji, Parrikar said he had tried to expedite pending projects ever since he assumed office. But, he said, for the pace to match up to his satisfaction would take at least another six months. Criticising the previous government for the delay in achieving the target of the Married Accommodation Project (MAP), Parrikar said the second phase of the project, involving 70,000 flats, would be completed by 2018.
"The first phase of 50,000 to 60,000 flats was over at that time (during the earlier National Democratic Alliance regime). From the second phase only 5,000 of the 70,000 were completed in last 10 years," Parrikar said. "In the last one year, the 5,000 figure has reached 16,000. And in the next year it will cross 30,000. By 2018, our target is to complete construction of 70,000 (flats)," Parrikar said.
He said border road projects too had lagged behind and that the rate construction in some projects was as slow as one foot per day. The minister said sometimes the reasons for the delay was the non-availability of automatic drills to cut through rock. "Some border road projects were such that they would move at the rate of only one foot per day. One foot per day. Really there are difficulties there. The rocks there are difficult to break," he said.
"Blasting cannot be done, because the Himalayas are a very fragile mountain, the whole thing may come down." "We have to do localised blasting and you have to stick to drilling. They did not have automatic drill machines. We provided those and as a result from one foot we have progressed to 10 to 12 feet per day. "Minimum, it should be 50 feet per day, only then will some projects finish in time," Parrikar said.
"When I became defence minister, many infrastructure projects were stuck. Over the last six-seven months I tried to speed them up. It is not up to my satisfaction yet, for that it may take six months more," he added. IANS
Singapore: If you are not sure about how to curb excess drinking, then download this app that will warn you the moment you exceed your daily alcohol limit. The app "The Alcohol Tracker," enables users to log the number of beers, shots or glasses of wine they are either prescribed or can handle daily or weekly. When the recommended daily or weekly limits exceeds, the app will send a notification, warning that the recommended limit has been reached. Since different beverages contain varying amounts of alcohol, the app converts every drink into a certain number of alcohol "units".
"Many smartphone apps available in the market to manage drinking are not well-informed by clinical evidence and are largely for entertainment," said the app developer Melvyn Zhang from the Institute of Mental Health in Singapore. "Some apps even seem to promote rather than curb drinking," he added. The new app provides built-in psychological therapies and helpline links for users to help steer them away from hazardous drinking. A validated questionnaire enables users to find out if their drinking puts them at risk.
"The limits are defined by the recommended safe intake for men and women, stipulated by national guidance in the UK (NICE) and Canada," Zhang said. The new app has been developed by doctors and based on the clinical evidence of what works best to help people better manage their alcohol intake said a commentary published in the online journal BMJ Innovations.
Gurgaon: Newly-married couple Shahid Kapoor and Mira Rajput, who tied the knot on Tuesday, came hand-in-hand for a less-than-a-minute appearance for the paparazzi here and the couple looked much in love. A crowd of sorts including locals and mediapersons -- had gathered outside Hotel Trident here, where the duo was slated to make an appearance after their wedding, which took place at a Delhi farmhouse. But it was only after a wait of over two hours that media persons got a glimpse of the newly weds in the hotel's lobby.
"Thank you," the 34-year-old actor said to the media after the shutterbugs went clickety-click to capture the couple's beaming smiles. While Shahid was wearing a sherwani designed by Kunal Rawal, Mira looked elegant and resplendent in a light pink and silver embroidered lehenga with a veil over her head. She sported an elaborate Navratna neckpiece and earrings set, and teamed her look with a 'maang-tika' and a 'jhoomar' on the side of her head.
Shahid and Mira's wedding ceremony was attended by close family members and only a few friends. The 'ladkawalas', as described on Twitter by Shahid's friend and designer Masaba Gupta, who attended the nuptials, wore bright blue 'safas' (headgear for men). The actor wanted his marriage celebrations to be a close-knit affair and so, only about 50 people are reported to have been present to witness his union with 21-year-old Mira, a graduate from Delhi university's Lady Shri Ram College. They got engaged earlier this year, and reportedly met at a 'satsang' as both their families are followers of the religious group Radha Soami Satsang Beas.
London: Astronomers have found evidence of hidden supermassive black holes in the universe. Using NASA's Nuclear Spectroscopic Telescope Array (NuSTAR) satellite observatory, the team detected the high-energy x-rays from five supermassive black holes previously clouded from direct view by dust and gas. The research, led by astronomers at Durham University in Britain, supports that potentially millions more supermassive black holes exist in the Universe, but are hidden from view. "We have been able to clearly see these hidden monsters that were predicted to be there but had been elusive because of their 'buried' state," said lead author George Lansbury, post-graduate student in the centre for extragalactic astronomy.
Although only five of these hidden supermassive black holes have been detected, "when we extrapolate our results across the whole universe, then the predicted numbers are huge and in agreement with what we would expect to see", Lansbury said.The scientists pointed NuSTAR at nine candidate hidden supermassive black holes that were thought to be extremely active at the centre of the galaxies. High-energy x-rays found five of the black holes, and confirmed that they had been hidden by dust and gas.The five were much brighter and more active than previously thought as they rapidly feasted on surrounding material and emitted large amounts of radiation.The results were presented at the Royal Astronomical Society's national astronomy meeting in Llandudno, Wales on July 6.
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