Friday, January 27, 2017

Now Hydrogen in metal form

Noarvard University scientists have successfully turned  hydrogen into a metal in a breakthrough, modern-day alchemy study.
The experiment, a collaboration between lead researcher Professor Isaac Silvera and Dr. Ranga Dias, reveals that this breakthrough action – if applicable in real life following additional steps in the study – has the potential to revolutionise various areas such as technology and space transport. The study has been published in research journal Science.
The newly-made metallic hydrogen can be observed via two diamonds, which were used to compress liquid hydrogen at sub-zero temperature. The pressure required to do so was staggering, considering its magnitude was more than that present at the Earth’s centre.
Professor Silvera commented, “It’s the first-ever sample of metallic hydrogen on Earth, so when you’re looking at it, you’re looking at something that’s never existed before,” Independent reported.
However, the next step in this process is to check whether the metallic hydrogen particle can survive normal temperature, which is a key factor in determining its future usage. Critics believe it will rot away once the pressure and temperature are regularised, yet research team hopes for it to retain itself in the current state.
In this regard, Professor Silvera said it needs to be gauged whether it will be “similar to the way diamonds form from graphite under intense heat and pressure, but remains a diamond when that pressure and heat is removed.”
The scientists are all driven to not lend their minds to doubts, but rather focus on actual experimentation to see if this alchemical discovery can be made use of.
Professor Silvera added that 15 percent of the total energy dissipates in “transmission, so if you could make wires from this material and use them in the electrical grid, it could change that story.”
Space exploration could gain a lot from this experiment should it pass the next trial. At the first stage, rockets can be placed in a space orbit with creation “of rocket fuel nearly four times more powerful than the best available today.”
On the other hand, computers can be transformed into ultra-fast machines, alongside “high-speed levitating trains and ultra-efficient vehicles” and processes that involve electric power.
The paper’s abstract mentions, “Producing metallic hydrogen has been a great challenge to condensed matter physics.” Regardless, it is key leap into the future despite uncertainty pertaining to the metallic hydrogen’s next study phase, since it has allowed scientists to confirm that alchemy is possible. Media agencies

Assam Brahmaputra Literary Festival

#Assam #BrahmaputraLiteraryFestival will see the participation of more than 150 authors from India and abroad
Assam joins the growing list of states hosting literary jamborees with the three-day Brahmaputra Literary Festival (BLF), which will see the participation
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‘Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab-Lion Heart 2’

SAINT GURMEET RAM RAHIM SINGH INSAN LAUNCHED THE TRAILER OF HIS UPCOMING FILM IN FRONT OF 2.5 CRORE PEOPLE!
Saint Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan launched the trailer of his upcoming film ‘Hind Ka Napak Ko Jawab-Lion Heart 2’ at a special event organized in Sirsa in front of 2.5 crore people with a  grand entry on a tank.
Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh Insan tied the knot of 250-300 people ‘Kul Ki Shadi’ on the stage and gave his blessings to them. Among them, one couple stands out to be a different with the role reversal where the groom left his family to stay at his bride’s maternal home. He made the whole crowd pledged to ‘say no to drugs and alcohol’ and supported ‘Naari Shakti’ where he even awarded the young girls from Haryana who did well in sports with a Diamond medal.
Censor board passed the film without any major cuts except the one having Narendra Modi’s character which has been chopped off. This time he did 42 spectacular roles in making the movie where as his daughter did 21 roles.
He said “I made a skin bank from the earnings of my last film and will be creating another bank called ‘Bone Bank’ with the profit earned from this movie”
Film is directed by Dr. MSG who is also the lead actor and Co- directed by Honeypreet Insan who also portrays important character in the film. The film will be releasing on 10th February 2017.

UN Young Changemakers Conclave

Ravi Shankar Prasad, Piyush Pandey and BYJU Ravindran to address the UN Young Changemakers Conclave
The United Nations Young Changemakers Conclave organized in collaboration with the UN Information Centre for India and Bhutan, is a platform for selected young leaders, entrepreneurs, students and professionals to engage with eminent experts from the field of politics, media, business, governance and the arts. Founded in 2011, over 6000 young Indians have attended from over 18000 applicants. We have had eminent speakers such as Mr. Suresh Prabhu, Railway Minister of India, Dr. Raghuram Rajan, Former Governor, Reserve Bank of India, Dr Shashi Tharoor,Member of Parliament and Mr. Leander Paes, world renowned tennis player in our earlier conclaves. For a complete list and more information, please visit www.youngchangemakersconclave.in.
The theme for the 2017 Conclave is The Business of Change: Agenda 2030” and is scheduled for Saturday, 28th January 2017 at the Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg, New Delhi. Through this dialogue, we would like to explore the collaborative role of business organizations, social enterprises and the government in enabling positive social impact with reference to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) set by the United Nations. Other confirmed speakers include Speakers include KT Rama Rao (Minister of IT, Government of Telangana), BYJU Ravindran (Founder BYJUs), Piyush Pandey (Chairman, Ogilvy), Gaurav Gogoi (Member of Parliament), Sanvardeep Oberoi (The Bombay Hemp Company), Reema Nanavaty (Founder, Self Employed Womens Association), Facebook’s Ankhi Das, Indigo’s Aditya Ghosh, Quintillion Media’s Raghav Bahl, Muthoot’s Thomas John Muthoot and other 30+ leaders/thinkers/creators. A complete list can be found on www.youngchangemakersconclave.in
Date: January 28th 2017
Time: 2:00pm to 8:00pm (late entrants will be strictly refused admission due to security protocols)
Venue: The Siri Fort Auditorium
The Conclave will be attended by 2000 young changemakers, entrepreneurs, diplomats, students and leaders from the development sector.
For more information contact outreach@youngchangemakersconclave.in

Justice Karnan lists 20 Corrupt Judges in open letter to PM

Written by: bhimanisulaiman Posted on:January 27, 2017Leave a reply
Facebook5TwitterGoogle+Mumbai, 27th January, 2017: Justice Chinnasamy Swaminathan Karnan of Culcutta High Court and formerly of Madras High Court, wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi urging him to take action against “high corruption at the judiciary”. In his letter dated 23rdJanuary, 2017, Justice CS Karnan furnished the prime minister with “an initial list of corrupt judges”, and in addition, three other officers of Madras High Court, who he implied had detailed knowledge and proof of the corrupt acts of the 20 judges. Justice Karnan asked for all these persons to be “interrogated by the officers of the Central Agencies” – probably referring to Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
Justice CS Karnan’s recent writings and actions have confronted India with huge questions and challenges, namely:

  1. a) Is Justice CS Karnan a judge a nutcase – a man with impaired mental functioning? If so, what constitutional safeguards does the nation have to remove him, to prevent him from damaging the reputation and function of the higher judiciary?

  1. b) Alternatively, is Justice CS Karnan a whistleblower revealing rampant corruption in Madras High Court and Supreme Court? If so, what constitutional mechanisms does India have to conduct proper investigation of his allegations?

Read Justice CS Karnan’s letter to the Prime Minister below:

The judges named in this letter are mostly Justice Karnan’s former colleagues, namely:

  1. Justice Sanjay Kishan Kaul, Chief Justice of Madras High Court and earlier, Punjab and Haryana High Court
  2. Justice S Manikumar of Madras High Court
  3. Justice V Ramasubramanian of Madras High Court
  4. Justice (Retd) Chitra Venkataraman of Madras High Court
  5. Justice (Retd) RS Ramanathan of Madras High Court\
  6. Justice RK Agrawal of Supreme Court
  7. Justice TS Thakur, who recently retired as Chief Justice of India
  8. Justice MY Eqbal (Retd), former Chief Justice of Madras High Court and Supreme Court judge
  9. Justice (Retd) FM Ibrahim Kalifulla of Supreme Court
  10. Justice (Retd) Satish Agnihotri of Madras High Court
  11. Justice (Retd) Elipe Dharma Rao of Madras High Court
  12. Justice (Retd) KN Basha of Madras High Court
  13. Justice (Retd) G M Akbar Ali of Madras High Court
  14. Justice (Retd) Aruna Jagadeesan of Madras High Court
  15. Justice V Dhanapalan of Madras High Court, with whom CS Karnan had a public quarrel.
  16. Justice MM Sundresh of Madras High Court
  17. Justice N Kirubakaran of Madras High Court
  18. Justice S Nagamuthu of Madras High Court
  19. Justice T Raja of Madras High Court
  20. Justice M Sathyanarayan of Madras High Court
So, in the light of this letter, let us consider whether Karnan is a raving nutcase that the judiciary is unable to rid itself of. Is justice Karnan a living proof of the fact that there is almost no way of getting rid of a bad or incompetent judge?
Or is Karnan a whistleblower exposing the corruption of Indian judiciary, and deserving of the respect and gratitude of all Indian citizens? And therefore, is he a living proof of the fact that even a High Court judge cannot bring corrupt judges to justice?

The jury is still out on that one.

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Ashok Amritraj appointed UN in India Goodwill Ambassador for SDG

Ashok Amritraj appointed UN in India Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals:
New Delhi, 27 January 2017: Award-winning Hollywood film producer and Wimbledon tennis player, Ashok Amritraj has been appointed the United Nations in India Goodwill Ambassador for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Chairman and CEO of the Hyde Park Entertainment Group, Mr. Amritraj is the first Ambassador for the UN in India.
An internationally-renowned iconic filmmaker, Ashok Amritraj has made over 100 films during the span of his 30-year extraordinary career garnering global acclaim as well as worldwide revenues in excess of $2 billion. He has been a pioneering force in bridging India and Hollywood through film and media.
Accepting the honour, Mr. Amritraj said, “I look forward to working with the United Nations in India to amplify awareness about the SDGs. It is a tremendous opportunity that brings together my personal desire to serve the country of my birth, and my passion to leverage the power of the media for the creation of diverse, socially-relevant content”.
Welcoming Mr. Amritraj to the UN Family, Yuri Afanasiev, UN Resident Coordinator said, “We look forward to working with Mr. Amritraj as a powerful advocate for the SDGs, and to his support in showcasing innovations and cutting-edge solutions to development challenges that are being generated in India”.
In September 2015, at the UN General Assembly, 193 countries adopted arguably the most ambitious global agenda of our times, The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – a plan of action for people, planet, prosperity and peace. India played an important role in shaping the global agenda and is critical to its success.
Communications and advocacy which engage governments, organizations and rights holders in a constructive dialogue to advance the SDGs is important. UN Goodwill Ambassadors aim to generate momentum and commitment to achieve the SDGs by 2030 and to foster engagement of new stakeholders in the implementation of these Goals.
A passionate believer in the power of the media to effect social change, Mr. Amritraj produced and hosted the acclaimed series, ‘Chance of a Lifetime’ in partnership with the UNHQ in which young filmmakers from Asia competed to create original, short stories highlighting issues related to water, HIV/AIDS, gender equality, migration and education. The winners were feted at the Cannes Film Festival.
Mr. Ashok Amritraj will be in conversation with Mr. Yuri Afanasiev, United Nations Resident Coordinator at the UN Young Changemakers Conclave on Saturday, 28 January, details of which are available athttp://www.youngchangemakersco nclave.in/
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The second batch of its 2017 Budget Brief series through CPR

Budget Briefs | Volume 9 | 2017
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Accountability Initiative | Budget Briefs | Volume 9 | 2017
Accountability Initiative, Centre for Policy Research is delighted to share the second batch of its 2017 Budget Brief series in the run up to the Government of India’s budget to be presented on February 1, 2017.
In this batch we are circulating briefs for the following: Swachh Bharat Mission – Urban, the Direct Benefit Transfer, Jan Dhan, Aadhaar and Mobile, and the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana.
Like every year, the budget brief series focus on analysing trends in allocations, expenditures and government reported outputs and outcomes for key social sector schemes run by the Government of India. This year’s briefs cover the following schemes: Direct Benefit Transfers, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme, National Health Mission, Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Swacch Bharat Mission (Gramin and Urban) and the Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojna.
In the previous batch we circulated briefs for the following: Swachh Bharat Mission (Gramin), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme and National Health Mission.
Additionally, in the run up to the budget, we have published several opinion pieces in the mainstream mediaClick here to readAlso watch a short animation video on how the government spends its money.
The links to the Budget Briefs can be found below.
Look forward to your comments.
Regards,
Yamini Aiyar
Director, Accountability Initiative
The Swachh Bharat Mission-Urban (SBM-U) is Government of India’s nationwide flagship programme targeting universal sanitation coverage in urban areas.
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The Pradhan Mantri Gram Sadak Yojana (PMGSY) was launched by the Government of India on 25 December, 2000 to provide all-weather road connectivity in rural areas. 
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Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) is Government of India’s initiative to transfer cash benefits for government schemes directly into bank accounts of beneficiaries through electronic systems
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Batch 1 –  Swacch Bharat Mission (Gramin), Sarva Shiksha Abhiyan, Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Scheme and National Health Mission.
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PAYTM is the next SARADA SCAM-40 Crores already pocketed
January 27, 2017
Media Personnel & Reserve Bank of India, Cyber Compalints redressal cell – Agra, Uttar pradesh & Paytm customer care
Dear friends
Paytm emerged as the solution to the common man for making daily payments when the currency had gone out of circulation. The company used this opportunity to not just expand and proliferate, but to also make con schemes against the common man. They have breached the trust of the common man and I am exposing this SCAM.
The company is discreetly deducting money from the accounts of unsuspecting customers and pocketing it.
Not just this, they are even erasing the passbook statement in their app so that the customers can not reconcile or notice any change in balance. I would not have believed this until I became a victim of this SCAM myself
I loaded my Paytm wallet through my credit card on 14th jan 2017 with Rs 17000/-. The money disappeared from the wallet along with the passbook history of the wallet on the 22nd Jan 2017. Since then I have been calling their customer care number and their local office/ corporate office numbers but the issue is not not being resolved, rather, it is not even being looked at. I have made 3 complaints at their call center number (09643979797). The company commits to resolve the issue in 48 hours but just does not respond back. Their customer care only has an IVR (automated voice recorder), so any person facing any issue is not able to speak to any company representative.
After having such a harrowing experience with PAYTM, I started looking online to see if there are other people facing similar issues and what I found left me aghast. I found that there are over ONE LAKH complaints and similar issues of money disappearing from PayTM wallets across the country. I have listed a few websites below which have hundreds and thousands of complaints listed on them and surprisingly, our regulator, RBI (reserve Bank of India) is sleeping and waiting for another fraud to rock the country.
If you read through the complaints, you will notice that the amount in most complaints ranges from Rs 500 to Rs 8000/-. Considering an average complaint amount of Rs 4000/- the total fraud claims by customers on PAYTM as on date would be approximately 40 crores.
Following are just indicative websites where consumers are registering their compaklins because the company is not resolving these complaints… Why the regulator is not looking at these mass compalints is questionable.
https://www.consumercomplaints.in/paytm-mobile-solutions-mo… – The link shows that PAYTM has over 10,000/- registered compalints from users on this one website
http://mostusefultricks.com/paytm-customer-care – 100’s of complaints on this site
http://www.complaintboard.in/…/cyber-crime-cell-l358777.html – 100’s of complaints on this site
http://www.consumercourt.in/online-…/126030-paytm-fraud.html – 100’s of complaints on this site
http://www.grahakseva.com/topic/paytmcom – 100’s of complaints lying open on this site
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/…/pa…/article9432298.ece – The Hindu reported that company has not been addressing customer complaints and money is disappearing from wallets and no resolution is beng offered. Being backed by a Chinese company, the service provider is working like Chinese products.
Considering that there are numerous sites hosting consumer complaints and that PAYTM is being used by small and marginal vendors like cobblers, roadside hawkers, who would not even know where to complain in case of similar problems, It would be fair to assume that the company has over 1 lac compaints pending against it.
There are websites after websites listing complaints of PAYTM ,,, seriously why has RBI turned a blind eye towards it? I am listing several sites which are listing thousands of unresolved complaints of PAYTM. The company does not have any revenue model except discreetly deducting money from customer accounts and putting it in its own pocket. The company is working with bottom of the pyramid approach and deducting small sums of money from the wallets of lacs and crores of customers in the country. Such a company can only continue to operate and thrive in India because the regulators are sleeping.
Clearly its a fraud that company is running on millions of unsuspecting indians.
This is the next big scam.
RBI should cancel or atleast postpone its Payments Bank License.
Date of incidence in my wallet: 22nd jan 2017
Location : Hira Sweets, Indirapuram habitat center, Indirapuram, Ghaziabad 201010
The company should add back the amount to the wallet. My credit card has already been charged with Rs 17000/-
The regulators (RBI) and cyber cell of UP police is requested to take action against the company on such mass number of complaints
I have attached the copy of my credit card statement, the sms received from PAYTM showing that money has been transferred to the Wallet and also the passbook and present balance copy of Paytm wallet which reflect that the money was never transferred to the PAYtm account.
Siddharth Gupta
Consumer complaints and reviews about Paytm Mobile Solutions - Money disappeared from Paytm wallet. Paytm Mobile Solutions contact information…
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