3 Dec
2019

Pansare murder: Maharashtra SIT to interrogate Sri Ram Sene activist Waghmore

first_imgUnravelling the Gauri Lankesh murder case The Maharashtra SIT is planning to interrogate the arrested Sri Ram Sene activist Parashuram Waghmore, prime accused in the murder of journalist Gauri Lankesh, in connection with the killing of veteran communist leader Govind Pansare, said police sources.“A team of the State SIT will be going to Karnataka soon to interrogate Waghmore,” said Sanjay Kumar, additional director general (ADG), Criminal Investigation Department (CID), who is heading the SIT in the Pansare murder case.Speaking to The Hindu, Mr. Kumar, however, said that the Maharashtra SIT would not be seeking Waghmore’s custody as the suspects in both crimes [Lankesh and Pansare] were affiliated to different fringe outfits.“The suspects in our [Pansare] case and the Gauri Lankesh case belong to different groups. In the Pansare case, the suspects belong to the Sanatan Sanstha while in the latter they are associated with the Sri Ram Sene and the Hindu Yuva Sene,” he said, adding that there were two weapons used in the Pansare murder case.Also Read  Mr. Kumar further said that the Maharashtra and the Karnataka SITs had been coordinating and that the former team had even visited the neighbouring State once last month.The Karnataka SIT have yet to recover the murder weapon – a 7.65 mm bore country-made pistol – reportedly used to kill Pansare, scholar M.M. Kalburgi and Lankesh.“Since the Karnataka SIT have spoken of a connection between the two [Lankesh and Pansare] cases, the Maharashtra SIT ought to seek Waghmore’s custody. Especially, as the ballistic report says that the same weapon was used,” Megha Pansare, Pansare’s daughter-in-law, told The Hindu.Not a smooth investigationPansare, along with his wife Uma, were repeatedly shot at by motorcycle-borne assailants while returning from a morning stroll in Kolhapur’s Sagar Mal locality on February 16, 2015. While Ms. Pansare survived, the communist leader succumbed to his wounds in Mumbai’s Breach Candy Hospital on February 20.Since then, investigation into Pansare’s murder has been marred by the tardy pace of probe agencies, leading to the prime accused, Sanatan Sanstha activist Sameer Gaikwad, being granted bail.In June last year, the court, after three rejections, had accorded conditional bail to Gaikwad, who was picked up from Sangli district in western Maharashtra in September 2015 – the first arrest in the Pansare case.In January this year, the Kolhapur sessions court granted conditional bail to radical Hindutva activist Virendra Tawde in connection with his suspected role in the killing of the veteran leader.According to probe agencies, Tawde is a crucial link to the murders of both Pansare and rationalist Dr. Narendra Dabholkar. The SIT’s supplementary charge sheet even names Tawde as ‘mastermind’ in the Pansare murder, suspecting him of conducting the reconnaissance before the murder.last_img read more

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28 Nov
2019

Tennis set for Chinese boom

first_imgFirst came the Russians. Now, women’s tennis is preparing for a Chinese boom after Li Na’s historic win at the French Open.Anna Kournikova’s success in the late 1990s inspired a succession of Russians to follow in her footsteps, and according to the WTA tour’s chief marketing officer Andrew Walker, Li Na’s win could have a similar effect in China.Li Na became the first Chinese to win a Grand Slam title at the French Open. AP”It’s the tip of the iceberg in terms of the potential of the China market for women’s tennis,” Walker said.”No question, it will inspire in China many young girls to pick up a racquet who might not otherwise have done so.I think we’re all very optimistic that it’ll have a domino effect in terms of continuing the growth of the women’s game in China at a much faster speed.”There are two Chinese players in the top 50 of the women’s game compared to 11 Russians, but the rankings could have a very different look in 10 years’ time.The 29-year-old Li became the first player from China to win a Grand Slam singles title when she beat Francesca Schiavone in the French Open earlier this month.The match was watched by 116 million people in her home country, making it the mostwatched sporting event in China this year and the most-watched tennis match ever in the country.Li is already one of the biggest sports stars in China, on a level with basketball player Yao Ming, and the WTA knows her success could have a wide-reaching impact on the game globally.advertisement”No question, it’s great news in terms of growing the game not only at the grassroot level, but in terms of attracting investment from Chinese brands as well as multinational brands into women’s tennis,” Walker said.The WTA already has two tournaments based in China. More could follow, according to Walker.Li hasn’t yet experienced the impact of her win in person.She stayed in Europe after winning Roland Garros, and said she turned off her phone and didn’t look at the Internet because “people (were) a little bit crazy about the winner”.Following her firstround win at Eastbourne on Tuesday, she joked that she might never go back if she wins Wimbledon, which begins on Monday.”For me, when I think about Wimbledon, it’s bigger than the other three Grand Slams. I really want to do well,” she said.”I hope I can do that (win Wimbledon).If I win at Wimbledon, I will stay in Europe rather than go back to Shanghai!”last_img read more

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27 Nov
2019

Tiger Woods shoots 73, 5 over for 36 holes, misses cut at PGA

first_imgTiger Woods reacts as he walks off the 7th green during the second round of the PGA Championship golf tournament, Friday, May 17, 2019, at Bethpage Black in Farmingdale, N.Y. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)FARMINGDALE, N.Y. — Tiger Woods gave a hop with his left leg and prepared to pump his fist as his birdie putt rolled toward the 17th hole in the PGA Championship on Friday.Then the ball kept on rolling.ADVERTISEMENT “It’s a nice problem to have,” Woods said. “I’ve enjoyed being the Masters champion again, and the PGA was a quick turnaround, and unfortunately I just didn’t play well. As I said, I didn’t do all the little things I need to do correctly to post good scores and put myself in position to shoot good scores.”Asked if he might have benefited from playing more between the majors, Woods alluded to an illness that kept him from competing.“Just don’t feel well and just not able to do it,” he said. “Thought resting would be better, so I would have energy to play.”But he needed more than energy to make it to the weekend on the punishing par-70, 7,459-yard course. After shooting a 72 in the opening round — already nine strokes off the lead — he hit just three fairways on Friday, his fewest at a PGA since the final round in 2010.It started on his very first hole, when he sent his drive into the gallery far to the left of the fairway, causing fans to part and clear a path for his approach to the green. He went into the greenside bunker but got up-and-down from about 5 feet to save par.ADVERTISEMENT Down came his leg. A groan rose from the crowd. And Woods was all but done for the week.The Masters champion shot a 3-over 73 at Bethpage Black in the second round to finish at 5 over for 36 holes and miss the cut by one stroke. It’s the first time Woods has missed the cut at a major in the same year he won a major since 2006.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“You know,” he told reporters afterward, “I’m the Masters champion and 43 years old and that’s a pretty good accomplishment.” PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Warriors remain optimistic Kevin Durant will return in postseason He wasn’t so lucky on the second, when he went into the rough on the right and took the safe way out by chipping onto the fairway. The bogey put him at 3 over and flirting with the cut line for the first time.He found some safety with an 18-foot putt for birdie on the sixth hole, then gave it right back with a three-putt from 6 feet on the seventh. A birdie on No. 9 — thanks to a 39-foot putt — gave him another chance to make the weekend. Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Then came three straight bogeys to start the back nine, followed by a birdie that left him at 4 over. The projected cut line moved to 4 over while he was standing on the 14th green, but he missed a 12-foot par putt and fell to 5 under, then failed to make up any ground on the way in.After putting out on No. 18, he shook hands with playing partner Brooks Koepka, who was 5 under on Friday and 12 under for 36 holes. The defending champion will take a seven-stroke lead into the weekend as he tries to win his fourth major in two years, but the fans below chanted “Tiger!” as the players walked across the bridge to the clubhouse.Those with tickets to the third and fourth round won’t get a chance to cheer for him.Woods will try again for his 16th major victory at the U.S. Open at Pebble Beach in June. The British Open is a month later at Royal Portrush.He turns 44 in December.“There’s no reason why I can’t get up to speed again and crank it back up,” Woods said. “I’ve got to start feeling a little bit better first before that happens. We’ll do that first and then start cranking it back up again.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport MOST READ Woods said he had not been feeling well since winning at Augusta National last month — his 15th major tournament victory, but his first since 2008. So he decided to rest to get ready for the PGA, which moved up on the calendar to May this year for the first time since 1949. LATEST STORIES View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messlast_img read more

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28 Jul
2019

Flat boron is a superconductor

first_imgShareEditor’s note: Links to images for download appear at the end of this release.David Ruth713-348-6327david@rice.eduMike Williams713-348-6728mikewilliams@rice.eduFlat boron is a superconductorRice University scientists predict 2-D material – no longer theoretical – has unique properties HOUSTON – (March 30, 2016) – Rice University scientists have determined that two-dimensional boron is a natural low-temperature superconductor. In fact, it may be the only 2-D material with such potential.Rice theoretical physicist Boris Yakobson and his co-workers published their calculations that show atomically flat boron is metallic and will transmit electrons with no resistance. The work appears this month in the American Chemical Society journal Nano Letters.The hitch, as with most superconducting materials, is that it loses its resistivity only when very cold, in this case between 10 and 20 kelvins (roughly, minus-430 degrees Fahrenheit). But for making very small superconducting circuits, it might be the only game in town.The basic phenomenon of superconductivity has been known for more than 100 years, said Evgeni Penev, a research scientist in the Yakobson group, but had not been tested for its presence in atomically flat boron.“It’s well-known that the material is pretty light because the atomic mass is small,” Penev said. “If it’s metallic too, these are two major prerequisites for superconductivity. That means at low temperatures, electrons can pair up in a kind of dance in the crystal.”“Lower dimensionality is also helpful,” Yakobson said. “It may be the only, or one of very few, two-dimensional metals. So there are three factors that gave the initial motivation for us to pursue the research. Then we just got more and more excited as we got into it.”Electrons with opposite momenta and spins effectively become Cooper pairs; they attract each other at low temperatures with the help of lattice vibrations, the so-called “phonons,” and give the material its superconducting properties, Penev said. “Superconductivity becomes a manifestation of the macroscopic wave function that describes the whole sample. It’s an amazing phenomenon,” he said.It wasn’t entirely by chance that the first theoretical paper establishing conductivity in a 2-D material appeared at roughly the same time the first samples of the material were made by laboratories in the United States and China. In fact, an earlier paper by the Yakobson group had offered a road map for doing so.That 2-D boron has now been produced is a good thing, according to Yakobson and lead authors Penev and Alex Kutana, a postdoctoral researcher at Rice. “We’ve been working to characterize boron for years, from cage clusters to nanotubes to planer sheets, but the fact that these papers appeared so close together means these labs can now test our theories,” Yakobson said.“In principle, this work could have been done three years ago as well,” he said. “So why didn’t we? Because the material remained hypothetical; okay, theoretically possible, but we didn’t have a good reason to carry it too far.“But then last fall it became clear from professional meetings and interactions that it can be made. Now those papers are published. When you think it’s coming for real, the next level of exploration becomes more justifiable,” Yakobson said.Boron atoms can make more than one pattern when coming together as a 2-D material, another characteristic predicted by Yakobson and his team that has now come to fruition. These patterns, known as polymorphs, may allow researchers to tune the material’s conductivity “just by picking a selective arrangement of the hexagonal holes,” Penev said.He also noted boron’s qualities were hinted at when researchers discovered more than a decade ago that magnesium diborite is a high-temperature electron-phonon superconductor. “People realized a long time ago the superconductivity is due to the boron layer,” Penev said. “The magnesium acts to dope the material by spilling some electrons into the boron layer. In this case, we don’t need them because the 2-D boron is already metallic.”Penev suggested that isolating 2-D boron between layers of inert hexagonal boron nitride (aka “white graphene”) might help stabilize its superconducting nature.Without the availability of a block of time on several large government supercomputers, the study would have taken a lot longer, Yakobson said. “Alex did the heavy lifting on the computational work,” he said. “To turn it from a lunchtime discussion into a real quantitative research result took a very big effort.”The paper is the first by Yakobson’s group on the topic of superconductivity, though Penev is a published author on the subject. “I started working on superconductivity in 1993, but it was always kind of a hobby, and I hadn’t done anything on the topic in 10 years,” Penev said. “So this paper brings it full circle.”The work was supported by the Office of Naval Research and by the Department of Energy Office of Basic Energy Sciences. The researchers utilized the National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center supported by the Department of Energy Office of Science, and the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Supercomputing Resource Center supported by the Department of Defense.-30-Read the abstract at http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b00070Follow Rice News and Media Relations via Twitter @RiceUNews.Related Materials:Yakobson Research Group: http://biygroup.blogs.rice.eduGeorge R. Brown School of Engineering: http://engr.rice.eduImages for download: http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/03/0402_SUPER-2-web-1sjicvt.jpgRice University scientists have determined that two-dimensional boron is a natural low-temperature superconductor. It may be the only 2-D material with such potential. From left: Evgeni Penev, Alex Kutana and Boris Yakobson. (Credit: Jeff Fitlow/Rice University)Located on a 300-acre forested campus in Houston, Rice University is consistently ranked among the nation’s top 20 universities by U.S. News & World Report. Rice has highly respected schools of Architecture, Business, Continuing Studies, Engineering, Humanities, Music, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences and is home to the Baker Institute for Public Policy. With 3,910 undergraduates and 2,809 graduate students, Rice’s undergraduate student-to-faculty ratio is 6-to-1. Its residential college system builds close-knit communities and lifelong friendships, just one reason why Rice is ranked No. 1 for best quality of life and for lots of race/class interaction by the Princeton Review. Rice is also rated as a best value among private universities by Kiplinger’s Personal Finance. To read “What they’re saying about Rice,” go to http://tinyurl.com/AboutRiceUniversity. AddThiscenter_img http://news.rice.edu/files/2016/03/0402_SUPER-1-web-1ysmuqe.jpgElectrons with opposite momenta and spins pair up via lattice vibrations at low temperatures in two-dimensional boron and give it superconducting properties, according to new research by theoretical physicists at Rice University. (Credit: Evgeni Penev/Rice University)last_img read more

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