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God particle: ‘India is like a historic father of the project’
Report dated 05/07/2012 @ 8:58 PM
The discovery of a new sub-atomic particle that is crucial to understanding how the universe is built, was announced in Geneva and has an intrinsic Indian connection, as a number of Indian scientists representing the Saha Institute of Nuclear Physics, Kolkata, the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research, Mumbai, the Harishchandra Research Institute, Allahabad, and the Institute of Physics in Bhubaneswar were involved in the project over the years.
India's link was also reflected in comments ahead of the announcement by CERN scientists that a sub-atomic particle consistent with the Higgs boson or 'God particle' has been spotted.
The spokesperson of the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, famously known as CERN, said India is like a historic father of the project. The long sought particle known as Higgs boson, is partly named after Indian scientists Satyendra Nath Bose, who worked with Albert Einstein in the 1920s. The phrase God particle was coined by Nobel Prize winning physicist Leon Lederman and is used by laymen as an easy way of explaining how the sub-atomic universe works and got started.
Gang arrested for tricking ATM cash machines
Report dated 03/07/2012 @ 1:41 PM
A gang of fraudsters would request withdrawal of large amounts from cash machines, but would take only a portion of the cash, the remaining would then be taken back by the machine. The gang would then claim the amount again, using the failed transaction notice as evidence of not receiving the cash and make a claim for the money to be put back into their account.
The Federal Bank of India eventually detected considerable losses and asked police to investigate.
Police believe a gang of five tricksters they arrested is just one of several profiting from the same scam. They are said to have stolen some Rs.10 million from banks in Kerala.
Court orders filing case against inspector threatening publisher
Report dated 01/07/2012 @ 0:04 AM
The Bombay High Court heard a petition filed by Vijay Chandwadkar, publisher of the Mumbai Lakshadeep newspaper, and directed police to register an FIR against senior police inspector Avinash Dharmadhikari, as the complaint prima facie, disclosed commission of a cognizable offence. The Judges have also issued a notice to the police officer concerned and to the police commissioner.
Chandwadkar, in his complaint, said he is the publisher of the newspaper for the last ten years and recently the officer came to his office and threatened him and his staff to implicate them in serious offences and register cases against them, he also threatened to shoot the editor in a fake encounter and invoke the Maharashtra Control of Organised Crime Act.
Petitioner Chandwadkar also alleged that his staff were assaulted by the officer. He had in April submitted a complaint to the Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan and Home Minister R R Patil, but received no response or reaction.
Aligarh Muslim Varsity students in Guinness World Records
Report dated 29/06/2012 @ 1:01 PM
Students of the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) made it into the Guinness Book of World Records for making the world's largest paper envelope.
It took ten days for 24 students of the faculties of Fine Arts, Engineering, Architecture and Law, to make the 39ft x 27ft envelope, that is addressed to the United Nations Peacekeeping Operation and carries a message for world peace and human brotherhood, and signatures of over ten thousand youth.
According to the Guinness Book, the record for the largest envelope thus far was held by UK organisation Stanley Gibbons Co.
India to introduce 10 second blood sugar test for Rs.2
Report dated 29/06/2012 @ 1:00 PM
The Indian Council of Medical Research is all set to introduce a new digital finger-pricking blood sugar machine that will cost less than Rs.2 per blood sample and require 1000 times less blood than glucose meters use now. The new meter will take just 10 seconds to produce a blood glucose count.
Developed by Dr Suman Kapur, professor of biological sciences at BITS-Pilani, the test will be finally evaluated by July 15 and is expected to be ready for mass production by December.
India plans to screen all adult males above 30 years of age and pregnant women of all age groups in 100 districts across 21 states.
Currently India has over 61 million diabetics and by 2030 its diabetes burden is expected to cross the 100 million mark. The country had 983,000 deaths attributable to the disease last year. India also accounts for most of the 112,000 children in the region with Type-1 diabetes.