BJP trains its guns on alliance partner in Bihar

first_imgThe BJP, a ruling coalition partner in Bihar, has accused the State administration of acting in a partisan manner in dealing with the communal clashes that broke out in several districts during the last week’s Ram Navmi celebrations. Recently, the State government had released funds for the repair of mosques, shops and madrassas damaged in the communal clashes — a move questioned by the State BJP leaders.A team of BJP leaders from the State met the police chief K.S. Dwivedi on Friday and submitted a memorandum asking why action was being taken only against members of the majority community for communal flare-ups alleging that members from both communities were involved and had suffered losses.The delegation demanded the “release of all innocent people and a high-level enquiry into the alleged partisan approach adopted by the police.”“This policy of appeasing one community has never paid off for the country,” said senior State BJP leader and former party MP C.P. Thakur. Communal incidents were witnessed in six districts in which several people were injured, shops gutted and mosques damaged. A total of 15 cases were registered by police and 214 people were arrested. The Opposition parties have charged Chief Minister Nitish Kumar of “surrendering before the aggressive BJP”.last_img read more

WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON The Latest News From Moulton Markey  Warren

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is the latest news from the offices of Congressman Seth Moulton, Senator Ed Markey, and Senator Elizabeth Warren.Congressman Seth MoultonRecent Press Releases and Statements from Congressman Moulton’s Office:NoneSenator Ed MarkeyRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Markey’s Office:Senator Markey Asks Homeland Security and HHS If Separated Children and Families Are Being Detained in MassachusettsSenator Markey Decries U.S. Withdrawal From United Nationals Human Rights CouncilSenator Markey Praises Supreme Court Decision Requiring Warrants To Track An Individual’s Mobile Phone LocationSenator Elizabeth WarrenRecent Press Releases and Statements from Senator Warren’s Office:Warren, Brown Call For CFPB Director Nominee To Turn Over Documents On Involvement In Trump Administration’s Separation Of Children From Their FamiliesWarren, Markey Passes FEMA On Providing Stable Housing For Hurricane Maria Victims and Reconsidering Denied ApplicationsSenators Introduce Bill To Strengthen Oversight Of Antibiotic Use In AnimalsLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest from Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”WASHINGTON TO WILMINGTON: The Latest News From Moulton, Markey & WarrenIn “Government”last_img read more

ARREST LOG Wilmington Police Make 2 Arrests Issue 1 Summons

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — According to Wilmington Police Logs, Wilmington Police issued the following arrests and summonses between July 19, 2018 and July 25, 2018:Thursday, July 19NoneFriday, July 20Corey M. Brennan (40, Wilmington) — Warrant. (Arrest)Saturday, July 21NoneSunday, July 22Melecio Castro-Flores (39, Billerica) — OUI Liquor, Negligent Operation Of A Motor Vehicle, and Leaving The Scene Of Property Damage. (Arrest)Monday, July 23NoneTuesday, July 24Michael H. Cooper (59, Somerville) — Littering From A Motor Vehicle. (Summons)Wednesday, July 25None(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issue 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 5 Arrests & Issue 4 SummonsesIn “Police Log”ARREST LOG: Wilmington Police Make 4 Arrests & Issues 3 SummonsesIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Infosys Asks West Bengal Govt to Accord SEZ Status to its Proposed

first_imgFrustrated at the Mamata Banerjee government’s reluctance to accord Special Economic Zone (SEZ) status to its proposed software development centre in the state, Infosys has asked the goverment to either expedite it or return the ₹75 crore advance paid by the company for acquiring the land at Rajarghat.”We have told the state government that it should either give us the SEZ status or pay back the money which was advanced to get the land,” PTI quoted a senior Infosys official as saying. In 2008, the Bengaluru-based IT software services company had paid the money for a 50-acre plot at Rajarhat to build a development centre when the Left Front government was in power. The then government had agreed to give SEZ status to the first Infosys centre in the state, as it was estimated to generate 15,000 jobs.But it could not take off due to opposition from Mamata Banerjee’s Trinamool Congress, which came to power in 2011 and has remained firm in its decision.The Infosys official said that the new government cannot renege on a committment given by a previous government.   “Even if governments change, the continuity in policies should not. We have immense faith in West Bengal”, he added.When asked if his company has decided to withdraw its project in West Bengal, he said, “We hope the government will change its mind.””What the state government would have to do is just forward our proposal to the Centre with a recommendation and nothing else. We have presence in 11 states across the country and all of them have done that,” Infosys spokesperson said.last_img read more

Helpless people of a hapless city

first_imgPhoto: Prothom AloIt is no other city than the capital of Bangladesh that has virtually come to a halt.Most of the roads in Dhaka city are unfit for commuting due to repair work, digging, new constructions, lack of coordination in development projects and finally the monsoons.Now, the helpless people of this mega-city spend hours on those roads, going to and from work.These sufferings have not been just for a week or a month, but have been carrying on for months on end.Yet, the city authorities or the government have taken no initiative to alleviate these woes. The people have apparently nothing to do. There is no solution to the problems in sight.The concerned authorities are offering no hope.”Weak management and meaningless random projects have brought the city to a standstill,” notes city researcher Nazrul Islam. He told Prothom Alo that the situation has become really bad.And now public health has been added to Dhaka’s problems. If things continue in such a manner, this, as apprehended, will soon become a ‘failed city’.A trip around Dhaka reveals most of the roads are in bad shape. These are being dug up, repaired, and there are ruts and potholes everywhere, with incessant rains making the situation worse. New roads are being constructed in both city corporation areas, footpaths are be demolished and rebuilt, drains are being laid down and there is water-logging all over. Normal commute is just impossible.Stepping out of the house, one is faced with dilapidated roads and chaotic traffic. It takes over two hours to travel a half-hour route.The city corporation, WASA and other authorities have pitched the people into this predicament. There is no one to help the people out of this rut.Sakib Hossain, resident of Bashabo, works for a research institute in Gulshan. On Tuesday, he left the house in the rain. When he reached Malibagh, he found the roads waist-deep in water. He told Prothom Alo, “I waited for inordinately long for a bus. When a bus finally came along, I had to push and scramble to get in. The driver told us to hold on tight because the road was in such a bad shape. This is a common situation during the rains.”At around 11 in the morning Tuesday, a little boy Rakib was going to Willes’ Little Flower School by rickshaw from RK Mission road, along with his father. On the way rickshaw hit a pothole and almost turned over. The father managed to grab his son and jump from the rickshaw. They were drenched in filthy water and the boy could not go to school.The people are now anxious about how to live through the rainy season. The heavy rains are predicted to continue for a couple of more days and it is still in the monsoon season, so the regular rains will not let up any time soon.The city people are worried.Architect Mobassher Hossain has said that the Dhaka residents are suffering due to the uncoordinated work of ignorant policymakers and inexperienced city managers. Speaking to Prothom Alo, he said, it is the responsibility of seven ministries and 54 organisations to ensure the development and civic facilities for the people of the city. There is no coordination among them. Some of them do not even want to coordinate. It is in their own interests to work separately.Photo: Prothom AloDhaka WASA consultant AKM Shahiduddin cited an example of this lack of coordination. He said the WASA had implemented a project to drain out water from Dhanmondi Road 27 and adjacent areas into Kalyanpur canal. But the city corporation made ‘surface drains’ there and ruined the entire project. As a result, Dhanmondi Road 27 and adjacent areas face water-logging whenever it rains, he added.Professor Nazrul Islam gives another example of the lack of coordination. He told Prothom Alo, mass transportation is a vital part of city management. Mass transportation is on the verge of collapse in the city. In this situation, the Dhaka city corporation (north) mayor took initiative for an integrated bus service. It was a good initiative, but this mass transportation is not for Dhaka north alone. It has to be linked with the south too. The government created the Dhaka Transport Coordination Authority few years ago, but what is its function? It has no visible work in the city so far.In 2009 the government approved a long-term plan and project funded by the World Bank, but lax implementation has rendered it one big loss. Had the government adhered to the project, the city would not have been in such a state at present. Now they will have to work as if on war footing.Dhaka north mayor Annisul Huq says, there has been a delay in the project to evict illegal occupants, and now the rains have started. “That is why the people are suffering. We are working as fast as we can to complete the on-going project and relieve the people of their sufferings,” he added.A Tk 600 crore (Tk 6 billion) project has been implemented this year in Dhaka north. And Tk 180 crore (Tk 1.8 billion) has been allocated for regular repairs of roads, drains and footpaths. Even so, the people suffering simply continue to escalate.* This column, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Ayesha Kabir.last_img read more

Yemens warring parties agree port ceasefire

first_imgYemen`s foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani (L) skakes hands with UN secretary general António Guterres as they attend the Yemen peace talks closing press conference at Johannesberg castle in Rimbo north of Stockholm on 13 December. Photo: AFPYemen’s warring parties on Thursday agreed to a ceasefire on a vital port in a series of breakthroughs in UN-brokered peace talks that could mark a major turning point after four years of devastating conflict.If implemented, the deal on the Hodeida port, a key gateway for aid and food imports, could bring relief to a country where 14 million people stand on the brink of famine.In a highly symbolic gesture on the seventh and final day of the peace talks in Sweden, Yemeni foreign minister Khaled al-Yamani and rebel negotiator Mohammed Abdelsalam shook hands to loud applause — although both later voiced scepticism.The two leaders gave contradictory readings of the Hodeida deal shortly after the announcement by UN chief Antonio Guterres.The week-long talks left a number of key issues unresolved. A new round of talks is scheduled for the end of January, with analysts predicting the US will continue to up the pressure on ally Saudi Arabia, a key backer of the Yemeni government, to end the conflict.Impoverished Yemen has been mired in fighting between Iran-backed Huthi rebels and troops loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi since 2014. But the war escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition stepped in on the government’s side.Withdrawal ‘within days’Under the Hodeida agreement, released on Thursday evening, an “immediate ceasefire” should come into effect in Hodeida and its three ports upon signing, followed by a “mutual redeployment of forces… to agreed upon locations outside the city and the ports”.The UN will play a “leading role” in management and inspections at the ports, for four years under rebel control. The port will eventually be under the control of “local security forces” — a term the rival parties disagree on.Yemeni Foreign Minister Khaled al-Yamani, who agreed to the deal in Sweden, declined to specify whether the forces would be solely state security forces but told AFP they would report to the “central authority” — the government.But the head rebel negotiator told AFP the phrase referred to the “security forces currently present in Hodeida” — the rebels.Saudi Arabia and its allies accuse the rebels of arms smuggling from Iran through Hodeida and the capital Sanaa, charges Iran has denied. The Saudi led-military coalition currently controls Yemen’s maritime borders and airspace.UN chief Guterres said the rivals had also reached a “mutual understanding” on Yemen’s third city of Taiz, the scene of some of the most intense battles in the conflict, to facilitate the delivery of aid. No further details were given.’More than expected’No deal has been reached on the future of the airport in the capital Sanaa or on economic measures needed to spare the population from further hunger.Sanaa airport has been closed to commercial flights for nearly three years. The airport will be discussed at the next round of talks, UN Special Envoy Martin Griffiths said.Foreign minister Yamani said the deal was the biggest step forward since the outbreak of the war but remained “hypothetical”. “We will wait and see,” he told AFP.The rebels’ Abdelsalam told AFP his group was “bound by an agreement”.US secretary of state Mike Pompeo was upbeat, saying “peace is possible”.”The work ahead will not be easy, but we have seen what many considered improbable begin to take shape,” he said in a statement.”The end of these consultations can be the beginning of a new chapter for Yemen.”Analysts said the Rimbo talks progressed better than anticipated, two years after the last negotiations hosted by Kuwait in 2016 collapsed with no breakthrough after three months.”The Sweden talks have achieved more than anyone expected,” the International Crisis Group told AFP.”We have heard a different tone from the government of Yemen in these talks, and US pressure has clearly focused minds in the Gulf.”US Senate voteThe case of murdered Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi, along with the humanitarian crisis in Yemen, were the turning point for the US.The US, Britain and France are still the biggest arms suppliers to Saudi Arabia.Both the rebels and government alliance are accused of failing to protect civilians. The UN last year blacklisted the Saudi-led coalition for the killing and maiming of children in air raids.The US Senate on Thursday approved a resolution to end American backing for the Saudi-led intervention.The largely symbolic resolution cannot be debated in the House of Representatives before January, and would likely be vetoed in any case by US President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly signalled his backing for the Saudi regime.Saudi Arabia and its Arab coalition partners “strongly support” the agreement, Riyadh’s US ambassador Khalid bin Salman said, while Iran hailed the breakthroughs as “promising”.last_img

Mathematician suggests extra dimensions are timelike

first_imgSpace-Time is SpinorialSparling’s spinorial theory is based on Einstein’s general relativity and Elie Cartan’s triality concept, which can link space-time with two twistor spaces. Twistor spaces are mathematical spaces used to understand geometrical objects in space-time landscapes. Sparling explains spinors in the following way:“In physics, the idea of a spinor stems from the finding that spectral lines of atoms seem to behave as if the angular momentum of the particles radiating photons was in half-integral units of the quantized spin (whose size is determined by Planck’s constant). This was fully explained by Dirac’s famous theory of the electron, which led him to successfully predict the existence of the positron.” Some spinorial particles include the electron, muon, tau, proton, neutron, quarks, neutrinos, and all their anti-particles, which are called fermions and have half-integer spins. There are also non-spinorial particles, called bosons, such as the photon, graviton, pion, mesons, the W and Z bosons, the Higgs, (if it exists) and so on, which have an integer spin, Sparling explains. “The key difference between spinors and non-spinors is their behavior under rotations: typically, non-spinorial (integer-spin) particles return to their initial value under a 360-degree (or 2π-radian) rotation; however, the spinorial (half-integer-spin) fermions actually change sign under a 360-degree rotation, requiring a full 720-degree rotation to get back to their initial values. This is completely foreign to our naive idea of how rotations work, and yet it is a basic part of reality. “Consider this analogy: if you take a plate and hold it in one hand horizontally whilst twisting it under your arm backwards through 360 degrees, your arm ends up in the air after one rotation, and it needs another 360 degree rotation to get it back to the beginning,” he said. Twistors, then, are a special kind of spinor first introduced by Penrose (Sparling was a PhD student of Penrose). In Sparling’s theory, the two twistor spaces are each six-dimensional, forcing space-time to also have six dimensions, in accordance with Cartan’s unifying triality. Because the twistor spaces’ geometry is ultra-hyperbolic, the extra dimensions are time-like.“My work has three six-dimensional spaces which at one level are on an equal footing and which are bound together by a new transform, which I call the Xi-transform,” Sparling said. “Two of these spaces can be understood at the space-time level as twisters. Then the third space can be given a space-time interpretation, but only if we have two extra dimensions: so it is the requirement of symmetry between the spinor spaces and the space-time that dictates that the extra dimensions be there.”A Harmonious ConcinnityWhile the concepts of twistor theory and spinors have been previously investigated as an alternative to space-time, Sparling explains how his new proposal is slightly different because it’s not a complete replacement of space-time. Rather, the guiding principle of his idea is that of a harmonious combination of three entities, or a “trinity.” Each part of the theory reinforces the other parts. “If one accepts that there are these three spaces [space-time and two twistor spaces] that are central to my theory, one looks for a theory which unifies them; this would be the ‘concinnity’,” he explained. “An indicator that there might be such a theory comes from the theory of Jordan algebras, which naturally unifies the three spaces into a twenty-seven dimensional whole, called an exceptional Jordan algebra.” Sparling’s student Philip Tillman and ex-students Dana Mihai, Devendra Kapadia and Suresh Maran also played a significant role related to this work. “A second indicator is that there are two radically different descriptions of massless particles, such as the photon: the standard one uses Fourier analysis in space-time and another uses twistor theory and sheaf cohomology,” he added. “The mathematical formalisms used in these two different descriptions are so different that it is simply amazing that they are describing the same basic physics. The concinnity would provide an explanation for this. This would then unify twistor theory, space-time theory and string theory—this is very tentative, however.“A very interesting aspect is that Newton fought strongly against the idea of the trinity (in a religious context),” Sparling noted. “It is ironic that I am invoking that very same idea in the context of gravity: perhaps Newton saw that the concept could be used in physics, but because he could not think of such a use he rebelled strongly against it (of course, I have no evidence for this!).”Although the theory is not definitive, Sparling explains that several major ideas in current physics would likely play a role (such as condensed matter physics, category theory, non-commutative geometry, string theory, and the structure of superfluids). Such connections might also point the direction to a unified theory, though currently speculative.“My work can be seen as a strong antidote to the present air of pessimism surrounding modern fundamental physics,” Sparling said. “As is well-known, string theory has been roundly criticized for its lack of predictive power. String theorists have been reduced to an absurd reliance on the anthropic principle, for example. Here I have a clear-cut prediction, which goes against the common wisdom, which gives experimenters a target to go for: first find the extra dimensions, then decide their signature (a very tough homework assignment!). Of course I could be proved wrong, but the effort to decide is surely worthwhile.“Actually, in the area of philosophy, I am in opposition to string theory,” he said. “It is a top down theory: dream up something that works in some high dimension and then try to finagle some way of reducing to fit in with the lower-dimensional theory. My approach is bottom up: take the existing four-dimensional theory seriously and try to build up from it. This is very tough to do. Hopefully my ideas work. Note that my work only constitutes a possible beginning at a more inclusive theory.”Sparling continues to explore the ideas of this 6-D time-like spinorial theory of space-time, with support from a workshop at the BIRS Institute in Banff, Canada, and ideas from philosophers including Alexander Afriat, Steve Awodey, Jonathan Bain and Rita Marija Malikonyte-Mockus. He predicts that experimental investigations in the near future—such as the Large Hadron Collider—might uncover the extra dimensions. Citation: Sparling, George A. J. “Germ of a synthesis: space-time is spinorial, extra dimensions are time-like.” Proc. R. Soc. A. doi:10.1098/rspa.2007.1839.Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Proposed Spacetime Structure Could Provide Hints for Quantum Gravity Theory The analytical structure underlying the spinorial theory can be represented visually. The structure is a Xi-transform, which moves between the three spaces in the directions given by the bendings of the upper case Greek letter Xi. The distorted squares represent the wave operator. The product of a wave operator and a Xi transform, taken in any order, is zero. Image credit: Erin Sparling. 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. Cartan’s triality symbol links two twistor space and space-time. Image credit: Erin Sparling Explore furthercenter_img Sparling’s paper, which was published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, lays the groundwork for his theory. He explains how spatial dimensions contain positive signs (e.g., Pythagoras’ 3D space is expressed as the sum of the squares of the intervals in three directions, x, y, and z). Minkowski’s time-like dimension, on the other hand, combines these three dimensions with the square of time displacement, which contains an overall negative sign. “In three dimensions, the formula reads s2 = x2 + y2 + z2,” Sparling explained to “Our standard spacetime has four dimensions, but the formula has a critical minus sign: s2 = x2 + y2 + z2 – t2. The Lithuanian Hermann Minkowski invented this idea, which was published just six weeks before he died. Indeed, [Sir Roger] Penrose, for one, says that special relativity was not a finished theory until Minkowski’s famous Raum und Zeit [‘Space and Time’] paper.”Up until now, Sparling explains, most theories concerning extra dimensions have dealt with space-like rather than time-like dimensions, which results in a “hyperbolic” rather than an “ultra-hyperbolic” geometry. However, Sparling notes that there are no a priori arguments for a hyperbolic geometry, and he looks into the possibility of a “spinorial” theory of physics, where six dimensions of space-time arise naturally. “In general dimensions, we say that the space-time is hyperbolic if there is only one minus sign in the formula for s2,” he said. “So, for example, in the ten dimensions of superstring theory, there are nine spatial dimensions with plus signs and one minus sign. Only in that situation is there a clear-cut distinction between the future and the past.” “In my case, I am led to the conclusion that the ordinary four dimensional space-time extends naturally into six dimensions: the four dimensional space is hyperbolic as usual, but in the surrounding space there are equal numbers (3 each) of space and time dimensions, so the formula for s2 reads something like s2 = x2 + y2 + z2 – t2 – u2 – v2, where u and v represent the new time variables. I call this structure a (3, 3)-structure (mathematicians call it ultra-hyperbolic).” In a recent study, mathematician George Sparling of the University of Pittsburgh examines a fundamental question pondered since the time of Pythagoras, and still vexing scientists today: what is the nature of space and time? After analyzing different perspectives, Sparling offers an alternative idea: space-time may have six dimensions, with the extra two being time-like. 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