31 Aug
2019

NY Times is the new sponsor of a rockpaperscissors supercomputer

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Evolutionary game of rock-paper-scissors may lead to new species 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. So simple that you need a supercomputer to win it. The New York Times has created a “You vs. The Computer” game of Rock-Paper-Scissors that pits your ability to play the game versus the supercomputer.The computer has two different modes: The novice mode and the veteran mode. On the novice mode the system has no access to the data about previously stored games. It simply adapts to your style of game play and it makes a set of educated guesses about what you are going to do next. Then it takes its best guess and declares what it thinks will be the winning move. When you play on the the veteran mode, the system has not only your own play style data to work from, but it also has access to data from thousands of games that it has played against other real people. That data is used in a process of recall and comparison to determine what its next move should be. If you want to get an idea of how the system makes these determinations just click on the “See what the computer is thinking” and you will be able to see what the common responses are.For the record, this reporter beat it first time out, in a set of 20, on the veteran level, and I’ll tell you how to do it too. Since the system makes its prediction based on your past moves, and data on other strategy, the best way to beat it is to be unpredictable. Throw strategy out the window and indulge your random side for a while. Citation: NY Times is the new sponsor of a rock-paper-scissors supercomputer (2011, March 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-ny-sponsor-rock-paper-scissors-super.html Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — You probably played at least a few games of Rock-Paper-Scissors as a kid. In this game you pretty much have three options, and each of them has both an item to beat, and an item lose to lose to. Rock beats scissors, scissors cut paper and paper covers rock. All you have to due is choose and see how it falls out. It all seems so simple.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Entanglement can help in classical communication

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — When most of us think of entanglement, our minds jump immediately to quantum communication. “Entanglement has become very well known and useful in quantum communication,” Robert Prevedel tells PhysOrg.com. Prevedel, a scientist at the Institute for Quantum Computing at the University of Waterloo in Ontario, Canada, believes that entanglement can be used in classical communication as well. Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: R. Prevedel, Y. Lu, W. Matthews, R. Kaltenbaek, and K.J. Resch, “Entanglement-Enhanced Classical Communication Over a Noisy Classical Channel,” Physical Review Letters (2011). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.110505 Citation: Entanglement can help in classical communication (2011, March 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-entanglement-classical.html 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.center_img “We have found that in certain situations you can use entanglement to transmit classical information with higher success when using classical channels that are noisy than you could do without.” says Prevedel. “This is a novel use for entanglement which seems to have been overlooked until recently.”A team of scientists at Waterloo, including Prevedel, Lu, Matthews, Kaltenbaek and Resch, demonstrated that that it is possible to benefit from entanglement in some classical communication channels. Their work can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Entanglement-Enhanced Classical Communication Over a Noisy Classical Channel.”“One of the reasons that entanglement hasn’t been thought to be useful for classical communication is that it has been shown to not increase the capacity of a classical channel, which is the ultimate maximum rate of reliable communication” Prevedel explains. “What entanglement can do, though, is reduce the error probability when sending a message with a fixed number of uses of a noisy classical channel.”Prevedel says that the protocol used is fairly simple. “Our demonstration included only two entangled particles and a straightforward classical channel. Entangled photons show nonclassical correlations,. Whenever I do a measurement on one of the photons, I will get a similar result for the same measurement performed on the other photon.”“Sometimes a classical communication channel gets jumbled,” Prevedel explains. “We wanted to see if entanglement could be used to more successfully send information across such a noisy channel. With our simple protocol, and by using entanglement, we found that you can improve the success probability from 83% to 90%. That’s fairly significant.”For now, the protocol only works on a very particular type of channel. “The situation we started with is very specific,” Prevedel points out. “We looked for the channel that would offer us the largest increase in success probability possible. Also, we knew that using entanglement in this manner won’t work with every type of classical communication channel.”So far, the work done by the Waterloo team doesn’t offer immediate applications for communications. “Our results are more important from a fundamental point of view,” Prevedel says. “From a fundamental point of view, this is big news.”Going forward, Prevedel hopes that he and his colleagues can learn more about the benefits that entanglement can have for classical communication. “We want to figure out which classical channels will benefit from it [entanglement], and which will not. We also want to see if there is a way to generalize our findings.” Additionally, the group is hoping that they can adapt what they learned to multi-party conversations. “It might be possible to find scenarios in which entanglement could help in three party or four party conversations – moving beyond two party communication.”Overall, though, Prevedel and his colleagues are excited about the new prospects for combining classical communication with entanglement. “We have shown that entanglement can help in classical communication, a situation where people thought it was useless. Hopefully, our work will spark interest in this research direction, and we can begin to see some applications in the future.” Explore further Too much entanglement can render quantum computers uselesslast_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Stanford group creates miniature selfcontained fluorescence microscope

first_img Researcher Mark Schnitzer demonstrates the microscope’s tiny size and weight. 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 Microscope could ‘solve the cause of viruses’ More information: Miniaturized integration of a fluorescence microscope, Nature Methods (2011) doi:10.1038/nmeth.1694AbstractThe light microscope is traditionally an instrument of substantial size and expense. Its miniaturized integration would enable many new applications based on mass-producible, tiny microscopes. Key prospective usages include brain imaging in behaving animals for relating cellular dynamics to animal behavior. Here we introduce a miniature (1.9 g) integrated fluorescence microscope made from mass-producible parts, including a semiconductor light source and sensor. This device enables high-speed cellular imaging across ~0.5 mm2 areas in active mice. This capability allowed concurrent tracking of Ca2+ spiking in >200 Purkinje neurons across nine cerebellar microzones. During mouse locomotion, individual microzones exhibited large-scale, synchronized Ca2+ spiking. This is a mesoscopic neural dynamic missed by prior techniques for studying the brain at other length scales. Overall, the integrated microscope is a potentially transformative technology that permits distribution to many animals and enables diverse usages, such as portable diagnostics or microscope arrays for large-scale screens. Citation: Stanford group creates miniature self-contained fluorescence microscope (2011, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-stanford-group-miniature-self-contained-fluorescence.html (PhysOrg.com) — A team of researchers working at Stanford University have devised a means for building the smallest self-contained fluorescence microscope ever. Weighing just under 2 grams and slightly larger than the end of a pencil, the new microscope is small enough to attach to a mouse head, which means researchers can watch the mouse brain in a natural setting. Led by Mark Schnitzer and Abbas El Gamal, the team describes its findings in Nature Methods. One downside to the new microscope is that its resolution isn’t quite as good as standard bench models; 2.5 microns as opposed to 0.5. But it does have a larger field of view, which means that most serious labs would likely want to have both types of microscopes, depending on what is being studied.While it’s difficult to say what new discoveries might be made with a microscope that allows researchers to watch a mouse brain in action (on a computer screen) as the mouse goes about its normal activities, it’s probably safe to say, that many of them are likely to be quite illuminating.Schnitzer and some of his colleagues have founded a company they call Inscopix to develop the new microscope and bring it to market, thought they can’t say yet, when that might be. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Till now, most brain researchers have had to use so-called bench-top microscopes, which are what they sound like; microscopes that sit on a bench. This requires that specimens be brought to the microscope (and held still) for examination. This new microscope turns that whole process around in that it allows the microscope to be brought to the specimen, allowing researchers to study the brain in ways that have not been possible before. The team reports that they have already discovered new capillary dilation properties in mouse brains.The fluorescence microscope differs from traditional microscopes in that it looks at material that has a fluorescence property, i.e. is fluorescent (the emission of light by a material when exposed to radiation). To take advantage of this property specimens must be either naturally fluorescent (such as certain proteins) or stained with a fluorescent material. The approach is similar to that seen when a black-light is used to illuminate semen or blood samples at crime scenes. The light sources used in a fluorescence microscope are typically xenon arc or mercury-vapor lamps.The miniaturized microscope developed by the team is comprised of mass produced parts, which the team says will allow for it to be mass produced at a much lower cost than standard bench-microscopes, opening the door to research at places that have up till now lacked the funds to purchase the more expensive equipment. Design and fabrication of an integrated fluorescence microscope. Image: NPG, Nature Methods (2011) doi:10.1038/nmeth.1694last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Researchers find a way to close both loopholes in testing entanglement with

first_img More information: Experimental loophole-free violation of a Bell inequality using entangled electron spins separated by 1.3 km, arXiv:1508.05949 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1508.05949AbstractFor more than 80 years, the counterintuitive predictions of quantum theory have stimulated debate about the nature of reality. In his seminal work, John Bell proved that no theory of nature that obeys locality and realism can reproduce all the predictions of quantum theory. Bell showed that in any local realist theory the correlations between distant measurements satisfy an inequality and, moreover, that this inequality can be violated according to quantum theory. This provided a recipe for experimental tests of the fundamental principles underlying the laws of nature. In the past decades, numerous ingenious Bell inequality tests have been reported. However, because of experimental limitations, all experiments to date required additional assumptions to obtain a contradiction with local realism, resulting in loopholes. Here we report on a Bell experiment that is free of any such additional assumption and thus directly tests the principles underlying Bell’s inequality. We employ an event-ready scheme that enables the generation of high-fidelity entanglement between distant electron spins. Efficient spin readout avoids the fair sampling assumption (detection loophole), while the use of fast random basis selection and readout combined with a spatial separation of 1.3 km ensure the required locality conditions. We perform 245 trials testing the CHSH-Bell inequality S≤2 and find S=2.42±0.20. A null hypothesis test yields a probability of p=0.039 that a local-realist model for space-like separated sites produces data with a violation at least as large as observed, even when allowing for memory in the devices. This result rules out large classes of local realist theories, and paves the way for implementing device-independent quantum-secure communication and randomness certification. 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. © 2015 Phys.org Aerial photograph of the campus of Delft University of Technology. Credit: arXiv:1508.05949 [quant-ph] A way has been found to interconnect quantum devices including preserving entanglement (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at Delft University in The Netherlands, has perhaps succeeded in closing the two loopholes that have prevented proving that local realism does not hold at the quantum level. They have written a paper detailing their work and have uploaded it to the preprint server arXiv so that others may see it while it undergoes peer review prior to being published in a yet to be announced journal.center_img Explore further Journal information: arXiv Citation: Researchers find a way to close both loopholes in testing entanglement with Bell’s inequality (2015, August 31) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-08-loopholes-entanglement-bell-inequality.html At issue is proving that quantum entanglement does not occur due to some strange unexplainable communication factor, or variable as Einstein suggested—a task that has proved exceptionally challenging—so much so that despite nearly a century of trying, no one, until now apparently, has been able to do it.One of the ways to “prove” that entanglement does not occur due to some unknown factor that allows for communication to move between two entanglement particles, is to cause entanglement to come about between two particles that are far enough apart that any unknown force allowing them to communicate, would have to travel faster than light, which everyone agrees cannot happen. That was one of the loopholes described by John Bell, who famously came up with a way to prove mathematically that it should be possible to distinguish between quantum mechanics and so-called hidden variables. If such variables existed, he noted, measurements of certain results would have to be less than a critical value. If an experiment could be run that violated that inequality, that would “prove” that quantum mechanics has at least some non-local characteristics. Another loophole, it has been noted, occurs because single photons are difficult to measure—some get lost during transmission, particularly if sending them at a great enough distance to overcome the first loophole, making experimental results difficult to verify. In this new experiment, led by Ronald Hanson, the researchers set about closing both loopholes, which would theoretically shut the door on local realism. They set up two stations for creating photons entangled with an electron spin, far enough apart to close the first loophole. The entangled photons were all sent to a common third location via fiber cable where they were entangled under just the right conditions and measured (and tested for measurement with their entangled mate back at the original site). Knowing that the process would be highly inefficient, they arranged for the whole experiment to be repeated, over and over—at the end of nine days they had just 245 successes, but that was enough to meet Bell’s inequality rule, showing that there was no hidden variable allowing for communication between entangled pairs—”proving” that local realism does not always apply in the quantum world.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Phase transitions of rice farmers may offer insight into managing natural resources

first_img © 2017 Phys.org More information: H. S. Sugiarto et al. “Social Cooperation and Disharmony in Communities Mediated through Common Pool Resource Exploitation.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.208301 Citation: Phase transitions of rice farmers may offer insight into managing natural resources (2017, May 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-phase-transitions-rice-farmers-insight.html Study finds mutual reinforcement of phenotypic diversity and cooperation (Phys.org)—The Balinese subak is a self-organized agrarian society on the island of Bali in Indonesia, whose members must share a limited amount of water for irrigation and rice production. Some of the farmers share the water fairly, and some don’t. As in many societies, the members of the Balinese subak are segregated into different communities. , Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further The researchers mapped three clusters of subaks to three phases indicated by the analytical curves: cooperation (circles); disharmony (diamonds); and defection (squares). Credit: H. S. Sugiarto et al. ©2017 American Physical Society Journal information: Physical Review Letters 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. Now in a new study, scientists have found that this segregation changes a society’s cooperation dynamics and may help to promote cooperation and fair resource utilization at the societal level. The results have implications for managing natural resources, which is of particular relevance for addressing environmental issues such as curbing pollution, reducing deforestation, and saving endangered species—problems that require widespread cooperation.The researchers, H. S. Sugiarto et al., from Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, the National University of Singapore, and other institutions, have published their results in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.In their study, the researchers developed a model of social cooperation in self-organized societies that lack central governance, in which individuals are free to choose whether to abide by the rules or not. Their model shows that, as a shared resource becomes more abundant, more individuals may shift from being cooperators (who follow the rules) to being defectors (who violate the rules). At some point, the resource becomes so abundant that all individuals become defectors and social cooperation vanishes.Then the researchers looked at the same scenario, but this time they allowed the society to self-segregate into smaller communities. They found that the downside of the segregation is that it increases the social disharmony throughout the society as a whole. The upside, however, is that the social disharmony within each community becomes very low. In some communities, individuals are more likely to keep cooperating with each other—using the shared resource fairly—compared to the situation without segregation. These results were very similar to what the researchers observed in the segregated society of the Balinese subak.As the researchers explained, the results can be understood in terms of phase transitions. While phase transitions are common in many areas of physics, their role in complex systems, such as human societies, is a newer area of research. In the current study, the shift from cooperators to defectors in a society without segregation as the resource becomes more abundant represents an abrupt phase transition. The researchers explain that segregation “softens” this transition by replacing it with multiple intermediate phases, which arise because some communities are full of cooperators while others are full of defectors. “The greatest significance of our work is in the revelation that stable phases of social and ecological regimes do exist in real-world systems,” coauthor Lock Yue Chew, an associate professor at Nanyang Technological University, told Phys.org. “Our work has also developed mechanistic insights that address a vital question in social science through a more fine-grained and realistic application of ideas from physics.”In the future, the researchers plan to investigate how these results can help improve cooperative behavior in the real world, in order to better manage natural resources.”Our results are relevant to applications where the induction of cooperative social behavior is the primary approach to managing the sustainable use of limited natural resources in the context of coupled human-natural systems,” Chew said. “Potential systems of interest include the forest system, fisheries system, and many others, in addition to the rice production system of Bali in our paper.”Building on these results, in an upcoming paper the researchers report on how stress from pest infestation can affect rice growth, and how it can lead to an optimality in the farmers’ payoff. This work is scheduled to appear in the June 2017 issue of PNAS.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

The LifeChanging Magic of Being Messy

first_imgAs a stereotypically “messy” person myself, I’ve received my own share of scorn. Living in a boarding school, I’m obligated to keep my room nice and tidy, ready for visitors and as a model to underclassmen. Monday room inspections are the norm, and faculty members have sometimes passively, sometimes aggressively, urged my roommate and me to clean up. For these purposes, I used to harbor a 24 x 24 x 24 cardboard box in which I’d stuff everything on Monday mornings and empty it out later that evening. Now, I just throw everything downstairs into the communal storage. Out of sight, out of mind. You might have a “messy” friend or family member. You can’t help but sigh at the chaos of their room — clean and dirty laundry mixed together. Odds are it’ll be difficult to walk two feet without encountering an empty chip bag. Gross? Yes. Bad? Not necessarily. As much judgment as we get for our clutter, research has shown that messiness can be a sign of creativity and openness. In the NYT article “It’s Not ‘Mess.’ It’s Creativity,” Kathleen D. Vohs’ study of messiness serves as a rare champion for us less-than-neat people. In her study, she gathered a group of subjects in a tidy room and another in a messy room. When each subject had to choose between a “classic” or “new” smoothie on a fake menu, the subjects in the tidy room chose “classic” while subjects in the messy room chose the “new” smoothies. This shows that “people greatly preferred convention in the tidy room and novelty in the messy room.” In addition, Vohs revealed that messy people were more creative. So, what does this mean? Read the whole story: The New York Timeslast_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Dont forget fitness on holidays

first_imgHealth is wealth, and that doesn’t change even when you’re on a holiday. Experts suggest eating healthy and being conscious of one’s body. About one hour of exercise a day can help you stay in shape even while you have fun.Delhi-based fitness expert and trainer Santosh Sharma shares a few tips to stay fit during a holiday: Avoid visiting a restaurant empty stomach. In such cases people end up eating much more. If you’re starving, eat a piece of fruit or have a glass of juice or water in the hotel itself. Later, while having lunch, fill your plate with lightly dressed salads, fish, seafood and lean meats. Fish and meats are high in proteins and iron. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Don’t eat unhealthy snacks or junk food while travelling. Otherwise, you will end up gaining extra kilos. Pack healthy items like fruits, juices and low-fat yoghurts. Don’t overeat. Order a nice salad as a starter and then either share the main course with your partner or go for selected delicacies. Also, eat slowly and chew the food properly. If there’s a mini bar in your hotel room, then lock it and hide the key. Look for healthier alternatives like local fresh fruits or salads. If you are abroad, then try out some local fruits which you don’t get here. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixA glass of wine or a bottle of beer with dinner is fine, but avoid too many drinks after the dinner as it may result in weight gain.Keep a bottle of water and some fruits in your bag so you don’t get tempted when you friends or family ask if you want any ice cream. Take out time and exercise for at least an hour daily even when you are out on a holiday. Nowadays hotels and resorts do have gymnasiums. You don’t need to get up early morning to exercise. Do it when you feel like.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

No Summer without mango

first_imgIf it is not mango, then it is not summer. Anyone and everyone in the country drool when it comes to mangoes. Even Katrina Kaif does. From Sindoori, Dussheri, Safeda to the country’s priced possession Alfonso, we love it all. Let’s say  Jaypee Vasant Continental just got it right this summer. They’ve come up with this scrumptious mango filled menu for all the mango lovers. ‘Go Mangolicious’ is a one month event organised by the group to tickle your taste buds. Wondering what could be made out of a simple and succulent mango? Here you go. Italian Mango Cheese Cake, Fresh  Mango  Tarte Tatin, Aam Ki Rasbhari, Mango Kulfi Mango Split, Mango   Brulee, Mango  Meringue  Tart and  Mango Jubilee. Yes, they all await you.last_img

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31 Aug
2019

Man held with fake currency in West Bengal

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested after fake Indian currency notes (FICN) with a face value of more than one lakh was recovered from his possession, police said today. The man was arrested yesterday from Akhra Fatak area under the jurisdiction of Nadial police station in the city’s port area, the police said.The fake notes recovered from his possession were in denominations of Rs 2,000 and Rs 500, a police officer said.The accused is a resident of Manasipalli in Nadia district, he added.”We are investigating the matter and trying to find out whether any gang was involved in it,” the officer said.last_img

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31 Aug
2019

Pak lifts moratorium on death penalty after attack

first_imgPrime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Wednesday lifted a self-imposed moratorium on death penalty in terror related cases, a day after ruthless Taliban militants massacred at least 132 students and nine staffers at an army-run school in Peshawar.Prime Minister Sharif told an All Parties Conference here that the moratorium on death penalty has been lifted. “Yesterday’s incident is extremely tragic,” he told the political leaders. “These sacrifices will not go wasted and we all want complete elimination of terrorism from Pakistan.” Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenAn official from the PM office in Islamabad said that the Prime Minister abolished the moratorium on death penalty in terrorism-related cases. A de facto moratorium on civilian executions has been in place in Pakistan since 2008.Sharif had decided to resume moratorium soon after his government took office in June last year but suspended the plan under international pressure.Pakistan is feared to lose a concessionary trade deal with the European Union after resuming hangings. Some 150 countries have abolished the death penalty or no longer carry out executions. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanAccording to the interior ministry estimates more than 8,000 death row prisoners are in Pakistan who have already exhausted all options and would be hanged within weeks if the government allowed the executions. Terrorism has a very broad definition under Pakistani law. About 17,000 cases of “terrorism” are pending in special courts.Justice Project Pakistan released a report saying Wednesday that those convicted of terrorism were often tortured into confessions or denied lawyers, and that recent crackdowns had not stopped militant attacks.A moratorium on the death penalty was imposed in 2008 and only one execution has taken place since then. Taliban attackers shot most students point blank in headMost of the students at the army-run school in Peshawar were shot in the head from point blank range by the ruthless Taliban suicide attackers, in one of the most gruesome attacks against children in recent years. At least 132 students and nine staffers were killed when the attackers wearing para-military Frontier Corps uniforms stormed the Army Public School on Warsak Road and started indiscriminate firing on them on Tuesday. Quoting students, Dawn reported that the attackers scaled the boundary wall from the adjacent graveyard and started firing while moving towards the classrooms and auditorium. “Most of the students have received bullets in the head,” Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa information minister Mushtaq Ahmed Ghani said, giving out chilling account of the attack.The parents, who usually wait outside the school to pick their children at the closing time, were seen crying outside hospitals.Besides the parents and relatives, the people visiting the hospitals were also seen mourning on seeing the bodies and injured students in their blood-stained school uniform. “I saw 17 bodies at the CMH (Combined Military Hospital) and all of them had received bullets in the head,” said an eyewitness. He said that some of the bodies were mutilated. Mohammad Zeeshan, a student of grade-7, said that he and many others were getting first aid training in the school hall when they heard the gunfire. “Our trainer told us to lie down on the floor,” he said, adding that in the meantime the terrorists entered the hall. Zeeshan said the terrorists started shooting the students in their heads at a close range. “They killed our class-fellows and then left us in the main hall. I received a bullet in my foot,” the boy said. Paki begins three-day mourning and mass burials for its childrenPakistan on Wednesday began three days of mourning for the 132 children and nine school staff massacred by the Taliban in the country’s deadliest ever terror attack, as the world united in revulsion. Across the country many schools closed as a mark of respect, while those that opened held special prayers for the 141 killed in Tuesday’s assault on an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar.Schools, colleges, offices and markets were closed across Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, the northwestern province of which Peshawar is the capital.Funerals for the victims, many of whose bodies were pulled from the school still wearing their smart green uniforms drenched in blood, began late on Tuesday and the rest will be carried out on Wednesday.Eyewitnesses said the six attackers came in a white van and torched their vehicle before opening fire to scare away onlookers and clambering over a wall to enter the school.“One of them poured petrol over the vehicle and then set it alight. Then they opened fire in the streets and me along with another person ran away to save our life,” said witness Zabihullah, 12. Two Blasts Outside Girls College Near PeshawarTwo blasts have been heard near a girls college in Pakistan, where 132 children were killed in a massive terror attack by the Taliban at a Peshawar school yesterday. The explosions were reported in Dera Ismail Khan, another city in the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province. he security forces rushed to the spot of the incident and cordoned off the area.According to some reports, no militant group has claimed the responsibility of the blasts as of now and no casualty has been reported. The nature of the blasts yet to be established.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Irate CM lashes out at Manekas comment on death of Lalgarh tiger

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday reacted sharply to Union Women and Child Development minister Maneka Gandhi’s comment on the killing of the Royal Bengal tiger in Lalgarh.Calling the incident a deliberate attempt to malign the state government, Banerjee said that Gandhi should apologise to the tribal people for her derogatory remarks. The Union minister has insulted the Adivasis, Banerjee said.”I am saddened that a Union minister has made unwarranted comments about a community. She said that Adivasis are poachers and they torture animals. I feel she should apologise to the Adivasi community,” an irate Chief Minister maintained. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsShe further went on to say: “I completely condemn the statements made by the Union minister. Adivasi brothers and sisters are our assets. Is she aware how many forests and deep forests are there in Bengal?” Banerjee also raised a question on how Gandhi knew that the tiger was killed by Adivasis. “Common people were living in fear for over a month. Police and Forest department officials took all measures to capture the tiger. Drones were used by the Forest department to catch the animal. Villagers who went to collect kendu leaves in the forest were also injured by the animal. Two persons are still undergoing treatment at the hospital. One should know about Bengal’s culture and its people before commenting on an issue,” the Chief Minister reminded. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedLaunching a scathing attack on the BJP, she said: “During elections they use Adivasis armed with bows and arrows. They hold Ram Navami rallies with arms. Don’t they feel ashamed then? A few days ago, they had brought Adivasis from Jharkhand, armed with bows and arrows.” At a time when Dalits are being persecuted across the country, her comments reflect BJP’s stand on SC/STs, Dalits, Adivasis and common people of the country, Banerjee added.”She must apologise to the nation. Bengal has a rich culture and heritage. She has no right to insult Bengal and Adivasis. We will not tolerate it. People of Bengal will give a fitting reply,” Banerjee stated.”Did she use a telescope? A tiger died and curious people came to see it. Even when people die, relatives and others come to pay their respects. How can she compare this with Shikar Utsav? She cannot ridicule a tradition of the Adivasi community,” the Chief Minister said.It may be mentioned that Gandhi had said earlier in the day that Bengal is the only place in the country where illegal killing of wild animals is “allowed and encouraged”.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Of self and the other

first_imgIn describing the arts, the ancient Indian canonical text Chitrasutra encompassing the theory related to visual art i.e. paintings and sculpture describes their disciplines to be one of the noblest offerings to the almighty. Intertwine this thought with the expression of the age of miniature, give it the garb of watercolour and tempera, playing with sufism and women who are distinctly Nayikas blended in with sentiment of Sringar Rasa — you get the works of Satish Chauhan in the show titled Inner Universe.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With an artistic vocabulary culled over more than two decades, Chauhan has been experimenting with the ethos of expressionism, the medley of miniature techniques and the subject of men and women with a subliminal perception of the art works being an offering to the god, transporting the viewer to another realm almost seeking communion with the almighty.“I started blending the elements of Mughal and Kangra art with details of contemporary reality” says Chauhan. “For me a painter is like a yogi, lost, in his art. Like a sufi disconnected from the immediate but active in a state of consciousness which is different from the normal state of waking.” adds Chauhan. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHis recent works depict Nayikas romancing the clouds celestial dancers and musicians with long flowing lehengas like skirts, ablaze with elements and mythic symbols born of romance, eroticism, mystery, nobility and exoticism, submerged in invigorating romance of birds and beauties in the clouds of gods perhaps deep in meditation.Despite moonlit romanticism and the perfume of Ottoman Empire legends, works produced by those under the spell of the miniatures can best be characterised as academic art- scrupulous in historical and pragmatic detail, and strongly narrative- resonant with photgraphic immediacy. These paintings go beyond, they gleam like little jewels, they are notable for painstakingly accurate realism of character and setting, particularly natural elements and materials in service of mood and figurative representation of anatomical excellence and emotional poignancy. These works are small, delicate and often luminous. They use progressively fewer colours, and most share one quality: they are composed of very specialised shapes and have a kinetic buzz.Where: Shridharini Art Gallery, Triveni kala sangamWhen: March 31 till April 9 Timings: 11 am till 7 pmlast_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Indians believe in resolutions to enrich relationships

first_imgSpending time with partners has topped New Year’s resolutions list, reveals a survey. A survey was conducted by matchmaking portal shaadi.com to understand the mindset of unmarried Indians and their views involving relationships and marriage. The online poll received over 16,500 responses from unmarried men and women, aged between 25 and 34 years.When men and women were asked if they believe in making New Year’s resolutions, 42.5 per cent said “Yes, if it involves spending more time with your partner”, 33.9 per cent said “No, resolutions never work out”. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While 23.6 per cent said “Maybe, if it’s about getting rid of bad habits”. When 7,547 women were asked if they would support their partner’s New Year’s resolution, 59.4 per cent said “Yes”, 13.1 per cent said “No” and 27.5 per cent said “It depends”. When the participating women were asked about their own resolutions, 38.1 per cent said: “Would try to spend less time on social media and more time with their partner”, while 28.5 per cent said: “Would plan to travel more often with their partner”, followed by 33.4 per cent who said: “Would try to exercise regularly and follow a healthy lifestyle”. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen 9,025 Indian men were asked if they would support their partner’s New Year’s resolution, 64.1 percent said: “Yes”, 17.3 per cent said: “No” and 18.6 per cent said “It depends”.When these men were asked about their own resolutions, 42.7 per cent said: “Would try to maintain a balance between their partner and favourite sports”, followed by 36.4 per cent who said: “Would try not to binge sleep on holidays and actively make plans with their partner”. While 20.9 per cent said: “Would learn to cook new dishes”. “This is an interesting insight into how there is a shift in the way people are thinking. The latest trend shows that people are not taking decisions on their own, but as a couple,” said  Shaadi.com CEO Gourav Rakshit.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Govt to introduce stricter laws to check spitting littering in public places

first_imgKolkata: The state government is set to introduce stricter laws by amending the existing ones to check spitting and littering in public places, to ensure a “clean and green” Bengal.A high level committee headed by Chief Secretary Malay De has been set up, to prepare a plan of action to ensure the same. The other members of the committee are Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharya, Director General of Police Virendra, Additional Chief Secretary of the Health and Family Welfare department Rajiva Sinha, Additional Chief Secretary of the state Environment department Indevar Pandey, Commissioner of Kolkata Police Rajeev Kumar, Principal Secretary of the Public Works Department Arnab Roy, Principal Secretary of the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department Subrata Gupta, Secretary of the Housing department Onkar Singh Meena and Commissioner of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) Khalil Ahmed. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAt the same time, the state government will carry out a massive campaign to create awareness among people. Moreover, police will also be keeping a watch and inform if beautification of any waterbody needs to be carried out at any place. On Tuesday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee held a high level meeting at Nabanna in this connection. Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister and Aroop Biswas, the state Public Works Department minister, held a Press conference after the meeting. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhile addressing a programme outside Nabanna, the Chief Minister urged local clubs to take steps to keep their respective areas clean. Hakim said: “Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said in the meeting that we have to take this (checking spitting and littering at public places) as our next challenge. Massive infrastructure development including projects like setting up of skywalk and floating market is taking place in the city. But there is a section of people who spit at and litter public places. We have to keep in mind that it is our state and it is our duty to keep it clean.” “We will carry out a massive statewide campaign to ensure a green and clean Bengal. At the same time, policemen will be informing if beatification of any waterbody under the jurisdiction of respective police station areas is needed,” Hakim said, adding that steps would also be taken for better solid waste management. The modern technology available for the same will also be looked into. Hakim further said that Biswas has been given the responsibility to check the same in state-run hospitals. It may be mentioned that a person was slapped with a Rs 1,001 fine for spitting inside the recently inaugurated skywalk at Dakshineswar.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Health information on internet may reduce trust in doctors

first_imgLooking up health-related information on the internet can cause parents to not trust the diagnosis made by their child’s doctor, potentially leading to delayed treatment, a new study warns.Researchers from Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine in the US recruited 1,374 parent participants who were presented with a profile of a child who “has had a rash and worsening fever for 3 days.” The participants, who averaged 34 years of age and had at least one child under age 18, were then divided into groups. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the first group, participants received screen shots of internet information describing some symptoms of scarlet fever, an infectious disease linked to strep throat that causes rash and fever.Unless treated with antibiotics, scarlet fever can develop into rheumatic fever and, in some cases, lead to heart damage.The second group of participants received screen shots listing select symptoms of Kawasaki disease, a condition in which blood vessels throughout the body become inflamed. It also is accompanied by fever and rash. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePrompt treatment with anti-inflammatory drugs is needed to help prevent life-threatening complications such as aneurisms.A third set of parents, the control group, received no internet screen shots. All participants then read that the doctor had diagnosed the child with scarlet fever.Compared to the control group, in which 81.0 per cent of parents reported trusting the physician, 90.5 per cent of parents who had received scarlet fever symptom screen shots reported trusting the physician. Furthermore, fewer parents in the scarlet fever cohort answered that they were likely to seek a second opinion (21.4 per cent), compared to the control group (42.0 per cent).Conversely, only 61.3 per cent of participants who had viewed the screen shots listing rash and fever as symptoms of Kawasaki disease reported trusting the doctors’ diagnosis, and 64.2 per cent reported that they were likely to seek a second opinion.Although there are many advantages of having easily accessible medical information available on the internet, the findings show that “internet-driven interpretation of symptoms” can compromise trust between a doctor and patient, researchers said.”The internet is a powerful information tool, but it is limited by its inability to reason and think,” said Ruth Milanaik, an associate professor at the Hofstra Northwell School of Medicine.”Simply entering a collection of symptoms in a search engine may not reflect the actual medical situation at hand,” Milanaik said. “These computer-generated diagnoses may mislead patients or parents and cause them to question their doctors’ medical abilities and seek a second opinion, thereby delaying treatment,” she added.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Redesign interiors with interesting colours

first_imgTo create a calm and peaceful area where you can relax in is about more than just comfortable furniture. If the walls of your living space are loud and vibrant, then it’s going to do nothing for your stress level. At the same time you don’t have to resign yourself to boring white so make sure you redesign your interiors with interesting colours. Designers list down tips to redesign the interiors with colours: Coral colour: You can go for coral shades with cooler undertones. The coral colour is a combination of hues like orange, pink and red. Coral enhances the room and brings a touch of warmth to it. Even though it’s a soothing colour, yet it can also be the perfect bold statement. This colour signifies peace and it keeps negative feelings at bay. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMauve colour: If you want your dining area a little sophisticated, then go for Mauve. It’s not too gray, not too violent. It is completely soothing and a graceful colour. This slightly subdued tint is bright enough for a fun-filled environment,but just calm enough to work in an adult’s bedroom when it is mixed with a palette of gray, black, blue, or cream. This is somehow related to spirituality and inspires reflection and self-awareness. Beige colour: Beige is also known as tan or buff, cream. It diverges from nearly brown to very pale cream. Beige will fade into the background as the elegant accessories pop into the foreground. To give a cozy vibe to your living area, Beige is the perfect colour tone. You can add plush pillows and a soft throw and lounge in the space all day. This colour is neutral, calm, and relaxing and signifies happiness, peace and purity. For best results, apply this color to the walls in the west direction. It is also a good color for the library. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShades of green: The green colour has healing properties. It is the colour of vitality and renewal that can be re-imagined in every room of your home. Green is a shade that springs with effervescence, and perhaps because of its roots in nature, it’s also extremely versatile. Since, it is a restful colour that signifies growth and renewal, the green colour is also inspired, brings comfort and equilibrium. It is beneficial health relating to heart, lungs and circulatory system.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Forensic experts inspect Park Street Metro station

first_imgKolkata: Experts from state Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) visited the Park Street metro station on Wednesday afternoon. According to sources, FSL scientists went to Shakespeare Sarani police station and met the investigating officer regarding the case lodged against Metro Railway. Later, they went to the Park Street metro station to inquire the case.After reaching Park Street metro station FSL team members met the staff of metro who was on duty at the time of the incident. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater, the distance was measured using a measuring equipment. FSL experts observed that on Saturday, Sajal Kanjilal travelled almost 50 metres from the boarding point to the falling point. Also, several other information were noted down by the FSL experts. The CCTV camera footage of the Saturday incident will also be scrutinised. After measurements and gathering information, FSL team went to Noapara metro car shed and inspected the ‘medha’ rake, which the deceased Sajal Kanjilal tried to board on Saturday. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSources informed that the inquiry on Wednesday was just preliminary. Elaborate investigation would be conducted soon. FSL team may visit Noapara metro car shed and Park Street metro station again. Metro Railway has decided to fine commuters if they try to stop the door from closing to board the train at the last moment. According to Metro Railway officials, though the law was there in the books, but it was never implemented till date. After the Saturday incident, which claimed the life of a senior citizen, metro authority decided to implement the law stringently. According to the provisions in the law, if any passenger is found trying to obstruct the metro rake door while closing, he or she will be detained and prosecuted. The maximum fine amount may go up to Rs 1,000 while the minimum amount is Rs 500. Also, there is provision of imprisonment for such cases. If the rule violator fails to pay the fine amount then he or she may get imprisoned for six months. There are also provisions of both fine and imprisonment. To create awareness about the prosecution, Metro Railway will display the information in all metro stations and circulate messages through television channel, which runs in the metro stations.last_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Driven by passion

first_imgConsistently working in different web shows like Zoya Akhtar’s ‘Inside Edge’, Ashima Chibber’s ‘Untag’, and the recently launched ALTBalaji’s ‘Bekaaboo’, Ananditaa Singh seems to have become the digital queen by now. The actress says that acting has always been her passion.Not only this, she has also featured in the song ‘6 Pack Band 2.0’ by Mika Singh, starring Tiger Shroff. Ananditaa Singh, who became a known face of the industry in quite a less time, talks to Millennium Post about ‘Bekaaboo’, her character in the show, her journey in the industry and future plans. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Tell us something about your character in the show? How is it different from the other roles you have done in the past? I am playing a character named ‘Tina’, who initially is shown as a weak woman taking a lot of abuse from novelist Kiyan (Rajeev Siddhartha), but later gets to show her confident self. Yes, indeed this role is very different. This character has got so many layers to it, so many shades. I have always got different characters, crazy, glamorous, etc. But this is the first time I have played a demure girl. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSince the time you entered the industry, you have been doing one or the other project. How does it feel to be accepted by the audience and the industry in such a way? To be honest, I really feel blessed. This kind of acceptance by the audience has given me many platforms on which I have been constantly working and growing as an actor. Also, I believe that it has even given me a reason to believe that I have the potential to do better. What’s more important to you the role, the medium, or the project? As an actor, you can’t choose just one factor when you sign a project. Every project has a different priority. For me, it is an amalgamation of a lot of factors that lead me to do the project. The character, the plot, the plausible results, and so many other things come to mind when I am deciding whether to take the project or not. Do you feel that sometimes a project does well only because of the actor or director who is involved in it? No, absolutely not. I feel that it is a teamwork. A project is made well only when the entire team…the cast and crew… is in sync to deliver the best product. There needs to be coordination from the nascent stage of writing to the last stage of post-production. And that’s how you get the desired outcome. With so much popularity and stardom coming your way, how do you balance the personal and professional life? Being a star has changed a lot of things, but my basic life remains the same. I wake up around 6 am, wrap up my meditation, workout and do other chores. And then head for the day’s work – auditions, meetings. Also, my friends in Mumbai play a big role in balancing my life. With the pace you have been moving, where do you see yourself in next 5 years? Acting has always been my biggest passion. I just hope that everything moves in the right direction as it has ever been – since I started modelling in the initial phase of my career.Candid talks A web show you wanted to be part of Sacred Games Three things you can’t live without My diary, a book to read, music An emotion you feel almost 365 days I think there’s a constant feeling of gratitude that prevails Weirdest nickname you have ever had Andy, Dita, Andu, Doodoo You have saved your best friend’s number as…. Ignore (hahaha) Dream destination Prague Favourite film ‘Sleepless in Seattle’ Favourite actor Johnny Depp A song that describes your current life U2 – every breaking wave The world will always remember you as Humanlast_img read more

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31 Aug
2019

Vice President to award diploma at NSDs Convocation

first_imgVice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu will attend the convocation ceremony of the National School of Drama (NSD) on August 5, 2019, to be held at Abhimanch auditorium at 5:00 pm. More than 200 students who completed their 3-year course at NSD between 2010 and 2019 will be awarded the diploma at the convocation.Vice President will be the Chief Guest at the convocation in which other key dignitaries including Minister of State Culture & Tourism (I/C), Prahlad Singh Patel will be the Guest of Honour and Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Arun Goel will be present. Former Chairman of the National School of Drama Chandrashekhara Kambara, eminent theatre personality and former director of National School of Drama, Ratan Thiyam, the Special Guests, will also grace the occasion where Acting Chairman, NSD Society, Dr Arjun Deo Charan, and Director In-charge, National School of Drama, Suresh Sharma will be present. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA total of 237 students will receive their diploma after completing the course of dramatic arts from the National School of Drama (NSD). NSD is foremost theatre training institution in the world which has been recently ranked 14th among the best film schools in the world by CEOWORLD Magazine of the USA. “We are extremely happy to be able to confer the diploma to their rightful owners in the gracious presence of Vice President. The continuous support that we received from the Ministry of Culture was crucial in providing a world-class education to the students year after year. My best wishes are with the outgoing students, who I am sure will excel in all fields of theatre,” says Suresh Sharma, Director In-chargee, National School of Drama (NSD). “The convocation is a heartening development and some students who have endured a gap to get their diploma will finally meet a revered culmination. I am extremely thankful to Vice President who has agreed to take out time from his tight schedule,” says Dr Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman, NSD Society.last_img read more

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30 Aug
2019

Southborough police log Aug 30 edition

first_imgSouthboroughSunday, Aug. 1112:22 a.m. Acres Bridge Rd. Suspicious activity.Monday, Aug. 1212:22 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.12:25 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Disturbance.1:13 a.m. White Bagley/Partridge Hill Rds. Suspicious activity.1:42 a.m. Central St. Suspicious activity.7:17 p.m. Boston Rd. Suspicious activity.7:53 p.m. Woodland/Turnpike Rds. Suspicious activity.9:06 p.m. Cordaville Rd. Suspicious activity.11:58 p.m. Marlboro/Framingham Rds. Suspicious vehicle.Tuesday, Aug. 138:07 a.m. Boston Rd. Disabled MV.8:17 a.m. Fisher Rd. Erratic operator.8:56 a.m. Pine Hill Rd. MVA property damage only.11:39 a.m. Clemmons St. Suspicious activity.11:45 a.m. Boston Rd./Central St. Suspicious activity.2:48 p.m. Boston Rd. Suspicious activity.3:44 p.m. Main St. Suspicious activity.Wednesday, Aug. 1412:01 a.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.8:42 a.m. Presidential Dr. Suspicious activity.7:45 p.m. High St. Suspicious activity.Thursday, Aug. 1512:29 a.m. Turnpike/Parkerville Rds. Erratic operator.8:24 a.m. Glenwood Rd./Presidential Dr. Suspicious activity.10:45 a.m. Turnpike/Oak Hill Rds. Erratic operator.5:31 p.m. Cordaville/Richard Rds. MVA property damage only.Friday, Aug. 167:10 a.m. Deerfoot Rd. Disturbance.8:50 a.m. Turnpike/Crystal Pond Rds. MVA no PI.11:31 a.m. Turnpike/Crystal Pond Rds. MVA no PI.3:22 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Erratic operator.6:15 p.m. Southville Rd. Animal complaint.Saturday, Aug. 1712:12 a.m. Cordaville Rd. Suspicious activity.1:15 a.m. Arrested, Regina M. Raymond, of Spring Circle, Shrewsbury, for OUI-liquor or .08%, negligent operation of motor vehicle, marked lanes violation.3:20 p.m. Cordaville Rd. Suspicious activity.7:17 p.m. Fisher Rd. Suspicious activity.7:53 p.m. Cordaville Rd. Animal complaint.11:45 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.Sunday, Aug. 1811:37 a.m. Clemmons St. Animal complaint.6:24 p.m. Turnpike/Cordaville Rds. Erratic operator.7:44 p.m. Turnpike Rd. Suspicious activity.9:55 p.m. Blueberry Ln. Suspicious activity.The information from the police log is obtained directly from the official records maintained at each police station in our circulation area. It contains arrests and samplings of police activity. Those arrested are innocent until proven guilty. The Community Advocate will publish news of acquittals upon notification and a copy of court-issued documentation.last_img read more

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