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It was very clear what started as a 30-minute meeting and president Trump made it very clear in addressing the issues around the election" treasury secretary Steven Mnuchin told reporters By: PTI | Los Angeles | Updated: August 10 2017 4:47 pm Scientists assume most stellar-remnant black holes – which result from the collapse of massive stars at the end of their lives – will be about the same mass as our Sun (Representational Image) Top News There may be as many as 100 million black holes in the Milky Way galaxy according to scientists including one of Indian origin who conducted a cosmic survey to calculate and categorise the enigmatic dark objects The celestial census began more than a year and a half ago shortly after the news that the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) had detected ripples in the space-time continuum created by the distant collision of two black holes each the size of 30 suns “Fundamentally the detection of gravitational waves was a huge deal as it was a confirmation of a key prediction of Einstein’s general theory of relativity” said James Bullock B (UCI) in the US “But then we looked closer at the astrophysics of the actual result a merger of two 30-solar-mass black holes That was simply astounding and had us asking ‘How common are black holes of this size and how often do they merge’” Bullock said Scientists assume most stellar-remnant black holes – which result from the collapse of massive stars at the end of their lives – will be about the same mass as our Sun To see the evidence of two black holes of such epic proportions coming together in a cataclysmic collision left some astronomers puzzled The new research was an attempt to interpret the gravitational wave detection through the lens of what is known about galaxy formation and to form a framework for understanding future occurrences According to Manoj Kaplinghat professor at UCI the number of black holes of a given mass per galaxy will depend on the size of the galaxy The reason is that larger galaxies have many metal-rich stars and smaller dwarf galaxies are dominated by big stars of low metallicity Stars that contain a lot of heavier elements like our sun shed a lot of that mass over their lives When it comes time for one to end it all in a supernova there is not as much matter left to collapse in on itself resulting in a lower-mass black hole Big stars with low metal content do not shed as much of their mass over time so when one of them dies almost all of its mass will wind up in the black hole “We have a pretty good understanding of the overall population of stars in the universe and their mass distribution as they’re born so we can tell how many black holes should have formed with 100 solar masses versus 10 solar masses” Bullock said “We were able to work out how many big black holes should exist and it ended up being in the millions – way more than I anticipated” he said In addition to shed light on subsequent phenomena researchers sought to determine how often black holes occur in pairs how often they merge and how long it takes They wondered whether the 30-solar-mass black holes detected by LIGO were born billions of years ago and took a long time to merge or came into being more recently (within the past 100 million years) and merged soon after “We show that only 01 to one per cent of the black holes formed have to merge to explain what LIGO saw” Kaplinghat said “If the current ideas about stellar evolution are right then our calculations indicate that mergers of even 50-solar-mass black holes will be detected in a few years” he said For all the latest Technology News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Express News Service | Kolkata | Published: July 2 2013 3:02 am Related News On a day when the Supreme Court agreed to hear the plea filed by an NGO to reschedule the panchayat poll dates citing RamzanState Election Commissioner Meera Pandey on Monday evening rushed to Delhi Tuesdays all-party meeting which was called by the State Election Commission to discuss SC order rescheduling panchayat poll dates and specifying security force deployment now stands cancelled Pandeywho had visited Delhi before deciding on moving the Supreme Court over panchayat pollson Monday cancelled several key meetings that included her interaction with poll observersdiscussion with state Home SecretaryDGP and DG (law and order) and top police officials The cancellation of the meetings clearly underlined the fact that in the event of apex court deciding to change the poll datesthe outcome of today’s meetings would have no bearing and hence had to be rescheduled Though there was no formal information on what led Pandey to rush to Delhiher sudden trip to the national capital signifies the role she plays in strategising the legal battle for the State Election Commission Sources in the poll panel said that they would at first try to stick to the polling dates of the five phases July 11151922 and 25 as ordered by the Supreme Court on Friday The Commission would not suggest new dates to the apex court bench of Justice A K Patnaik and Justice Ranjan Gogoi unless they are asked by the judiciary In event of the apex court seeking suggestions from us over the new dates while hearing the review petitionwe would put forward the new dates for the five-phase poll?" the spokesman added.She lost her husband, official or spectator or for any other act of violence on the field of play. Karolina, We will distribute this calendar all over India in the hope of making people aware of the beauty and architecture of the state, he concludes For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Mihika Basu | Mumbai | Published: July 3 2013 12:37 am Related News A recent paper published in American Journal of Transplantation said social media push boosted the number of people who registered as organ donors 21-fold in a day A similar initiativehoweveris missing in India The website of Marrow Donor Registry of India (MDRI) had links to its Facebook page and YouTube over six months ago While there are likes,said SHO Govind Singh and the SOG team chased a jeep that stopped near Mathia village.

then the role of doles in reducing poverty was even greater than conventionally assumed.state organs,which indulges in highly dodgy practices: the IBBC?suffused with more menace than all the bullets which fly about: ? He also said brahmins across the state will perform havan in various districts. Pandey however claimed the party including its intellectual cell which is headed by Pandey will not be officially involved For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsAhmedabad | Published: April 12 2013 4:16 am Related News States directorate of technical education (DTE) as also the representatives from the self-financed technical institutes have expressed their concern over very small number of students taking interest-free education loan under a central government scheme in place since 2009-10 academic year At a meeting of DTE officialsrepresentatives of the Gujarat State Self-Financed Engineering Colleges Association (GSSFECA) and bankers held on April 8it was revealed that only 19870 students in the state had benefited from the scheme though there were more than three lakh studentsabout two lakh in engineering courses itselfwho were eligible for the loan Another meeting on the issue is to be held on April 15 Participants said the number of beneficiaries under the scheme in other states were several times more than that of Gujarat According to Indian Banks Associationthe number is 83 lakh in Tamil Nadu44 lakh in Kerala122 lakh in Andhra Pradesh142 lakh in Karnataka114 lakh in UP and 71859 in Bihar While DTE and bank officials argued there was less awareness about the scheme among parents and students in the staterepresentatives of the self-financed institutes alleged that banks discouraged students by insisting on documents that were not even required for the loan GSSFECA representative Sameer Pandya said banks tried to discourage students by seeking documents like PAN cardswhich are available only with those filing income returns Divisional manager (Retail Asset Hub) D K Pandey of Canara Bankwhich is the nodal agency for loanssaid there appeared to be lack of awareness among the people in Gujarat about the scheme He dismissed Pandyas charge that banks sought documents that were not required for the loan State Level Bankers Committee (SLBC) convener Suresh N Patelwho is responsible for implementing the scheme in the statesaid a panel had been formed to create awareness among the bankers and promote the scheme He said SLBC had contacted Admission Committee for Professional Courses(ACPC) to put the details of the loan scheme on its website and in the information booklet sold to the candidates along with admission forms for various technical and professional courses The scheme is meant for students whose parents annual income is Rs 45 lakh lakh or less For all the latest Ahmedabad News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by H S Panag | Updated: November 28 2014 12:20 am In the Budgam case which was an error of judgement the soldiers should be protected from murder or homicide charges but should be punished for violating rules of engagement and acts of omission or commission under military law Related News THE high voter turnout in the first phase of elections in Jammu and Kashmir is hopefully indicative of the trend and provides a great opportunity for the Centre and the incoming state government to revamp political and military strategy But military strategy must flow out of political strategy and not vice versa Two recent cases have put AFSPA back in the firing line Earlier this month two civilians were killed when soldiers fired at their car — a clear overreaction — when it failed to stop at a roadblock in Budgam The GOC-in-C Northern Command has since apologised for the incident and a court of inquiry has indicted nine soldiers recommending court martial proceedings Also the court martial in the Machil case of April 2010 was concluded this September though it only made headlines in November Five army personnel including the commanding officer of the unit were cashiered or dismissed from service and awarded life imprisonment The media coverage has implied that these cases are special that most past instances of human rights violations have been brushed under the carpet by invoking AFSPA But in fact over the years more than a hundred court martials have been held by the army in cases of human rights violations with sentences ranging from dismissal to life imprisonment The army’s track record in investigating and punishing human rights violations has been exemplary The Machil encounter was an open-and-shut case of rogue behaviour By the end of May 2010 investigations had prima facie established that it was fake This led to violent protests to which security forces had to respond which led to yet more violent protests — 112 civilians died between June and September After initial denials the army ordered a court of inquiry By the end of December 2010 it was concluded that the case warranted disciplinary action against the accused This delay was a serious lapse on the part of the brigade and division commanders Most senior commanders can tell if an encounter is genuine Its circumstances the number of rounds fired casualties the type/ condition of weapons recovered police and intelligence reports and press coverage leave little room for doubt In Machil the unit stood by its story but the higher commanders were also complicit in trying to safeguard the reputation of the unit the formation and the army After being mired in jurisdiction-related issues the cases against the personnel were finally handed over to the army in March 2013 It took another year for investigations and six months for the court martial But the case should not have taken more than six months to conclude The commanders who failed to discern that the encounter was fake or were complicit in the initial cover-up must also be taken to task Denials cover-ups and delays do not augur well for the army In contrast the Budgam case has been handled with sensitivity and speed Human rights violations threaten the moral authority of the state and the reputation of its armed forces and further the cause of insurgents They enable insurgents to create circumstances for more human rights breaches by instigating violent protests which lead to security forces reacting in self-defence or panic A democratic state or its armed forces must never perpetrate or cover up human rights violations; this would lead to the insurgents’ victory Yet violations take place due to the very nature of counter-insurgency operations where force has to be used against terrorists who are intermingled with the people and enjoy their tacit or coerced support First violations may be the result of legitimate actions Such cases should have the protection of AFSPA In the Budgam case which was an error of judgement the soldiers should be protected from murder/ homicide charges but punished for violating the rules of engagement and for acts of omission/ commission under military law Second violations stem from the overwhelming response of security forces in the initial stages of an insurgency This is when there are the most cover-ups with the government’s tacit cooperation In J&K this phase lasted from 1989 to 1992 Human rights violations in this phase fall in a grey zone Most are collateral damage from overzealous responses and do get the protection of AFSPA but they are dealt with under military law But some rogue action also gets covered up Third as in Machil violations are caused by rogue behaviour Such cases do not have or deserve the protection of AFSPA In the consolidation phase when stability has been achieved the principle threat to a counter-insurgency campaign is from perceived or actual human rights violations Commanders must sensitise troops including on the strategic implications that human rights violations have in promoting the cause of insurgents That the army has controlled insurgencies in the Northeast and J&K shows that while it may not be perfect it has functioned according to the law of the land — otherwise it would have lost these battles Yet there are blemishes To satisfy the public we must allow old cases to be reinvestigated if needs be by a “truth commission” since the lack of evidence in vintage cases like Pathribal or Kunan Poshpora means convictions are rare It is also time to review the army’s role in countering the insurgency in J&K It is deployed by the government and it must be removed by the government too The army certainly does not have a vested interest in continuing in its counter-insurgency role It does however have a legitimate fear: Given past failures to find a permanent political solution insurgency could return once it is removed That’s why the army recommends the maintenance of status quo This is an extreme view and the final call is the government’s to take However a change in both political and military strategy is long overdue The army must gradually be disengaged from the hinterland leaving behind a reserve of say one-third of the present deployment of approximately 85000 troops to take care of the unforeseen The state police and CRPF must take over law and order and tackle the residual active insurgents/ terrorists This is their mandated task anyway The army must focus on counter-infiltration along the LoC By reinforcing the counter-infiltration posture with 30000 troops from the hinterland the induction of insurgents from across the border can be stopped or reduced to a trickle Tactical operations in the hinterland must be in the form of surgical strikes based on precise intelligence AFSPA is an enabling necessity when the army is deployed for counter-insurgency operations during which unlike while giving “aid to civil authority” it is not possible to take instructions from a magistrate before using force AFSPA enables the army to exercise police powers and provides protection against prosecution in criminal courts for legitimate military action But even in the present stable conditions AFSPA is a major grievance among the people The army’s deployment and application of AFSPA was selective and progressive as the insurgency developed The reverse should be the case now AFSPA must be applicable in a 10-15 km belt along the LoC But in the hinterland its application must be modified to only safeguard military installations and for the security of convoy routes As and when the army reserve is committed to assisting the police or CRPF AFSPA must automatically apply for the duration of the operation Finally political leaders must not fire from the shoulders of the army by blaming it for the application of AFSPA an act of Parliament applied by government It is an enabling act without which the army cannot conduct counter-insurgency operations The writer a retired lieutenant general was GOC-in-C of the Northern Command express@expressindiacom For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Mukul Mudgal | Published: October 11 2014 12:21 am Four of the six members of the judicial appointments commission (JAC) already stand identified: the chief justice of India (CJI) two of his seniormost colleagues and the Union law minister Related News The meaning of the word “eminent” used in the National Judicial Appointments Commission (NJAC) Act 2014 acquires added significance in light of the fact that the bipartisan approval of the bill in Parliament now only needs affirmation from 15 state assemblies This appears to be a formality and indeed a foregone conclusion as the approval awaits only the convening of the legislative assemblies Thus any discussion of the faultlines in the act would now be an exercise in futility Four of the six members of the judicial appointments commission (JAC) already stand identified: the chief justice of India (CJI) two of his seniormost colleagues and the Union law minister So only two members under the category of “eminent persons” are required to be selected once the president gives his assent to the act The selection of the eminent persons is to be made by a committee comprising of the CJI the law minister and the leader of the opposition Consequently it would be appropriate to ensure that there is some clarity on the choice of the eminent persons and their qualifications for the job as the phrase “eminent” is too wide in scope and capable of being misused Eminence can be found in various walks of life such as literature music dance the fine arts public affairs administration science the natural sciences medicine media and governance Can an outstanding painter such as Jatin Das or dancer Birju Maharaj or a literary figure like Mahadevi Varma be the right choice Would some eminent musician such as Pandit Jasraj or Ustad Amjad Ali Khan be an apt choice Sachin Tendulkar or Bhaichung Bhutia’s excellence in sports does not qualify them for appointment to the commission Without there being the slightest doubt about the eminence of the aforesaid persons in their respective fields they cannot be the proper choice as they are not well versed in the processes of the judiciary Indeed eminent persons in the field of fine arts and sport are generally unaware of the nuances of the law If an eminent person from the above fields is selected he or she may be swayed by either the views of the judiciary or those of the executive and an independent assessment of the merit of the proposed appointee would not be possible thereby defeating the purpose of their presence In 2014(1)SCT255(SC) in TSR Subramanian and Ors vs Union of India and Ors the Supreme Court made the following observation: “As this authority would be performing the above mentioned crucial tasks it would be necessary to ensure its independence by giving it a statutory backing and stipulating that it should be headed by an eminent person with experience of public affairs to be appointed by the prime minister in consultation with the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha” (Explanation: where the leader of the opposition in the Lok Sabha has not been recognised as such the leader of the single-largest group in the opposition in the Lok Sabha shall be deemed to be the leader of the opposition) This judgment also settles the issue as to who the leader of the opposition envisaged by the act will be in the absence of an officially recognised holder of the post The eminence for selecting judges should emanate from the experience in the field of law public administration constitutional governance teaching of law or a media person dealing with legal affairs The examples that would justify the eminence could be a governor whose conduct in office has been beyond reproach and apolitical It could also be a former president or vice president whose tenure was non-controversial There are indeed some retired CJIs — who have devoted their retired life to public service and academics — who would be suitable It could also be a retired cabinet secretary of repute or a renowned vice chancellor aware of the law and legal processes The presence of the leader of the opposition in the process of selection would ensure that an eminent person of pronounced political linkages does not get selected While unanimity in the selection would be the ideal situation several past instances have shown stark differences of opinion between the ruling party and the opposition This is compounded by the fact that some if not many of the persons of eminence in the fields enumerated here do have a political slant Consequently the role of the chief justice in the process of selection becomes critical The chief justice must ensure that the selected eminent persons whose experience would benefit and enrich the selection process do not have such leanings and are beyond reproach The eminence and experience of the two persons in the eminent persons category could thus play a pivotal role in the event of a deadlock or disagreement in the selection committee The writer is a former chief justice of the Punjab and Haryana High Court For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: May 20 2011 8:16 pm Related News Maharashtra Government on Friday cleared the proposal by the state power generation companyMAHAGENCOto set up a 150 mw solar energy project in Dhule district According to the governmentthis project would be the largest of its kind in the world Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan told reporters after the weekly cabinet meeting today that the state government would have 20 per cent equity in the Dhule solar projectas well as in the two other proposed projects in Chandrapurof 1 mw and 4 mw The three projects would cost total of Rs 1987 croreof which the state government’s investment would be Rs 39740 crore Messers KFWa German financial institutionwill provide the remaining funds Chavan said the ‘photovoltaic solar energy project’ at Shivajinagar in Sakri taluka of Dhule district in North Maharashtra was going be the largest solar power project in the world Of the 150 mw100 mw of power will be produced through ‘cristline’ technologyand 50 mw through ‘thin film technology’ The project will go on stream by March 31 next year Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has fixed the rate of solar energy at Rs 1791 per mwbut for this projectthe rate would be Rs 12 per mw For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Mumbai | Published: June 27 2011 6:58 pm Related News Bollywood actress Sonam Kapoor has denied rumors that she has been offered films down South with stars Kamal Hassan and Vijay The actress has reportedly been offered two big projects in Kollywood The first one is opposite south superstar Vijay to be directed by A R Murugadoss of ‘Gajini’ fame and the second is against veteran Kamal Hassan in his film ‘Vishwaroopam’ The 26-year-old has rubbished the reportsbut said she would love to work with the stars Dudes and duddettes…Have not been offered any film in Tollywood I would love to work with the above mentioned stalwarts but I ain’t so lucky, Sonam wrote on micro-blogging site Twitter ‘Viswaroopam’ is about an older man falling in love with a young girl For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Agencies | Panaji | Published: June 11 2009 12:55 pm Related News Two passengers from abroad who showed symptoms of swine flu have been kept in isolation wards in a hospital here A 21-year-old womanwho arrived from Sharjah was admitted to Goa Medical College and Hospitalwhile another male passengerwho came from London via Germany was quarantined at Chicalim Primary Health Centrefew kilometers away from the airportState Health Secretary Sanjiv Srivastava said “The blood sample of the patient admitted in GMC is being taken and it will be taken to National Institute of Virology (NIV) in Pune” GMC Medical Superintendent Dr Rajan Cuncolienkar said The blood sample of the male passenger will also be sent to NIVofficials at the Chicalim PHC disclosed The duo was isolated after doctors at the airport found certain symptoms of the disease when they arrived here in the wee hoursofficials from Directorate of Health Servicessaid “We are not sure whether they are positive or negative” a senior official said adding further tests are on Goa has commissioned two different quarantine facilities–one at GMC and another at Chicalim Primary Health Centre in South Goa For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related News so I can’t wait for the season to kick off, ? download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Mumbai | Published: March 2, based on her dramatic escape from the clutches of Taliban was made into Bollywood film, He adds that he has tried to retain the essence of the semi-classical thumris.

” Shazahn told PTI.for instance, Shakthi Vasu is the third and I am the fourth hero. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my current role with Cricket Australia and have worked with some great young up-and-coming players during my time,in a statement in Nevada (USA), Oscar winner musician A. Barrackpore Police Commissioner Niraj Singh said. “Since Sehwag undoubtedly a great player has clarified he was just being facetious n is not anti Gurmehar I take back my rather harsh words. ?concerts.

BJP Kisan Morcha president Virendra Singh on Tuesday attacked Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi, ? UK and erstwhile Yugoslavia.Other countries like Austria Spain Portugal Finland Poland Czechoslovak Republic Hungary Bulgaria and Israel joined afterwards It now has 21 member states PTI By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: June 1 2017 7:25 pm Salman Khan shot for a Tubelight special with Ali Asgar and Sugandha Mishra Is the star favouring Sunil Grover over Kapil Sharma Related News Until now it was believed that there is no better platform than the Kapil Sharma Show to promote any upcoming release Actors bringing their films to the show have become a ritual now But Salman Khan might break the ritual The Dabangg Khan instead of going on the sets of Kapil Sharma’s show to promote Tubelight will be shooting for a two-hour special episode with the ex-members of Kapil’s team — Ali Asgar Sugandha Mishra and Sanket Bhosale and Sunil Grover The special episode will be aired on the Sony Entertainment channel only Now whether it will replace Kapil’s show on Tubelight weekend or not only time will tell According to a report in Times of India Salman has already shot for the promo of the episode Divulging the details about the special episode a source close to the show said “We recently shot for a promo and it will soon go on air Sunil Grover was not part of the promo shoot as he was travelling for one of his live events It will be a two-hour special episode and will mostly have all the actors who recently quit The Kapil Sharma Show after Kapil’s spat with Sunil on a flight” Check out the pictures from the promo shoot of the special episode here: Adding to it the source also revealed the reason behind Salman’s decision “Salman is very close to Ali Asgar and when he got to know that they are not doing anything for the past three months after their now infamous fight he opted to do a special episode with them Now since Salman will shoot the two-hour special episode with Ali Asgar Sunil Grover and the team the chances of him appearing on The Kapil Sharma Show is very bleak The episode will have Salman Khan and the cast of Tubelight” Also read |Tubelight song Naach Meri Jaan: Salman Khan is Aladdin to Sohail Khan’s djinn watch video If the report turns out to be true then it might come as a big blow to Kapil Sharma who has been struggling hard to bring back his show to its older position This is not the first time that Kapil will have a tough time convincing Salman to come on his show Earlier too Salman preferred to promote Sultan on Kapil’s rival show Comedy Nights Live which was hosted by Krushna Abhishek But later after much persuasion the actor changed his mind and appeared on Kapil’s show For all the latest Entertainment News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Ahmedabad | Published: July 31Sabarwal be also morally responsible enough to put an end to media speculations of how the people at the enquiry are being treated ? another woman representative, He confirmed reports that a group representing Naga civil society will travel to Myanmar and talk to the NSCN faction headed by S. with their intervention the animals were released, with sustained appeals to various sections of the society, about what it takes to become a top cricketer.

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