PBA: Almazan, Camson ejected after trading punches

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Almazan retaliated, gracing Camson with an elbow to the face then punches were thrown before players Ronald Tubid, Don Trollano and the referees helped pacify the situation.Both were ejected after getting slapped with a flagrant foul penalty 2.The two met while being escorted by security on their way to their dugouts on opposite ends of the Cuneta Astrosome hallway and got into a heated verbal exchange.Rain or Shine leads, 44-40, at the half as of posting.ADVERTISEMENT #KicksStalker: Levi’s Jordan IV is classic rock and rap combined Almazan and Camson got tangled near basket while fighting for positioning during a rebound play. Camson appeared to hit first with an elbow that triggered the scuffle. MOST READ LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Asian shares slide on weak Japan data; US markets closed BI on alert for illegally deployed OFWs to Iraqcenter_img 8th Top Leaders Forum assessed the progress of public-private efforts in building climate and disaster resilient communities Do not bring these items in SEA Games venues Read Next View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 City John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding WARNING: This video contains strong language.Heated hallway exchange between Almazan, Camson after getting ejected. #PBA2018 | @MarkGiongcoINQ pic.twitter.com/O3DARcXY6b— INQUIRER Sports (@INQUIRERSports) January 20, 2018FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe game between Rain or Shine and Kia turned ugly after Elasto Painters center Raymond Almazan and Picanto big man Eric Camson traded blows late in the second quarter.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. last_img read more

IPL 2011: Kolkata seek redemption against Hyderabad

first_imgSmarting from their opening round losses, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Deccan Chargers (DC) will hope to bring their campaign back on track when they cross swords at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Monday.For KKR this will be the first match at their home ground without city’s favourite son Sourav Ganguly whose name had been synonymous with the team so far and provided the side the local flavour.Under new captains in Gautam Gambhir and Kumar Sangakkara, both Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers had a similar beginning to the fourth season of the Twenty20 extravaganza – suffering contrasting defeats to Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals respectively.If Knight Riders gifted the match from a winning position to reigning champions Chennai Super Kings, Deccan Chargers, on the other hand, were outplayed by IPL-1 champions Rajasthan Royals. KKR looked determined to come out of the rut this season, rejigging their line-up for a complete overhaul.Roping in Gautam Gambhir and Yusuf Pathan for the two top signings this season beside successfully bidding for South African Jacques Kallis, Aussie strike bowler Brett Lee, Knights have all the ingredients of a champion side. With talented youngsters in Manoj Tiwary, Manvinder Bisla, Sarabjit Ladda – who showed sparkling signs in their performances against Chennai – Gambhir just needs to get his act together.Deccan Chargers, who lost to the Knights on both the occasions in last season, too are licking their wounds after their morale-shattering loss to Rajasthan Royals and are low in confidence.advertisementThe new look Chargers led by former Kings XI skipper Sangakkara did not click in any of their departments against the Shane Warne’s boys.Sangakkara will have a tough task to fill into the shoes of Adam Gilchrist who provided a top and fourth place finish in IPL-2 and 3.On paper, Deccan’s bowling line-up can be considered as one of the best among the 10 teams with the likes of South African top gun Dale Steyn and Indian spinners Pragyan Ojha and Amit Mishra.It remains to be seen if they can pose any threat to an equally low-on-confidence Knight Riders on Monday.last_img read more

NBA players, coaches appreciate chance to play on MLK Day

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Lacson backs proposal to elect president and vice president in tandem Warriors coach Steve Kerr understands the NBA’s important role on MLK Day.“It’s a great day for the NBA. I think this league is filled with players who are very socially and politically active who want to speak their mind on injustice in general,” Kerr said. “And the fact that our sport really dominates Martin Luther King Day I think is very fitting. It gives the fans a chance to watch great basketball, but it gives everybody some perspective as well, how far we’ve come as a society and how far we have to go. … It’s a great day for the NBA and a great day for our player s in particular.”Around the league beginning last Thursday, players started wearing special warmup shirts by Nike that were designed in collaboration with the MLK Foundation and Martin Luther King III.On the T-shirt, it reads from his historical speech of Aug. 28, 1963: “I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: ‘We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.’”In Memphis, this will mark the Grizzlies’ 17th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration Game when they host New Orleans. Players from both teams toured the National Civil Rights Museum together Sunday.ADVERTISEMENT Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town 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 ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes MOST READ Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations Lakers’ Lonzo Ball to miss 4 to 6 weeks with sprained left ankle Part of the Monday festivities will feature the presentation of the 14th annual National Civil Rights Museum Sports Legacy Award. The honor goes to athletes who, in King’s spirit, have made noteworthy contributions to civil and human rights.Pelicans coach Alvin Gentry said it’s “just a special day.”“Anyone that knows anything about civil rights, or just the rights in general of people, I don’t know how you can’t honor him in every way possible for what he tried to do for individuals, not just the black population, the rights of all people. That’s what makes him special,” said Gentry, who is happy to see a full slate of games as the league honors King. “It does mean a lot to us. If you look at the NBA, they’ve been progressive in that kind of way for a long, long time.“When you look at just civil rights in general and when you look at being inclusive, all of that stuff is something that the NBA has been way ahead of all the other sports.”The rest of the MLK Day lineup includes: Magic at Hawks, Heat at Celtics, Kings at Nets, Bulls at Cavaliers, Mavericks at Bucks, Pistons at Wizards, Rockets at 76ers, Trail Blazers at Jazz.NEW GIGGary Payton and Jason Terry were two of basketball’s biggest talkers as players.Now they have a new platform to keep the comments coming.The former guards will be analysts on “The Bounce,” a built-for-mobile studio show that debuts Monday during the NBA’s MLK Day schedule.The show will air five nights per week — Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Saturday — on Yahoo Sports and the Yahoo Sports App from 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. ET through the end of the regular season.center_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Featuring scores, highlights and analysis, the show will originate from Turner Sports studios in Atlanta, featuring Turner commentators Rosalyn Gold-Onwude, Allie LaForce and Stephanie Ready as hosts. Women’s star Swin Cash joins Payton and Terry as rotating analysts.CEREMONY RESCHEDULEDWhen the Lakers and Warriors play on Feb. 2 in Oakland, there will be a long-awaited ceremony.Former Warriors center JaVale McGee had been set to receive his championship ring from the Warriors on Christmas night at Oracle Arena, but he was too sick to travel at the time.Kerr has been eager to honor McGee’s role during Golden State’s championships the past two seasons. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. There will be another full slate of NBA games with 22 of the league’s 30 teams playing on Monday. Knicks coach David Fizdale appreciates how the NBA gives so many teams the chance to play on MLK Day — unlike the more limited schedule on Christmas.“The NBA is just ahead of everything. Adam Silver and those guys just really have a progressive attitude about being inclusive, they understand our history, representing human and civil rights,” Fizdale said. “It’s something that we can be really proud of as a league. MLK Day is another one of those examples of how we try to pay homage and we’re aware of what set the tone and what’s given us the opportunity to be able to do what we do.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFizdale’s Knicks will host the Oklahoma City Thunder on Monday to tip off the schedule with the Lakers-Warriors capping off the daylong festivities.When Golden State visits Los Angeles to conclude the NBA’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day slate Monday night, Stephen Curry, Durant and the Warriors will try to avenge an embarrassing 127-101 home loss on Christmas night — when the Lakers hung tough even after LeBron James went down with a left groin strain. LATEST STORIES (FILES) In this file photo taken on December 30, 2018 PHOENIX, ARIZONA – DECEMBER 31: Kevin Durant #35 of the Golden State Warriors during NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at Talking Stick Resort Arena on December 31, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. – Golden State Warriors star Kevin Durant insisted on January 8, 2019, he’s just focused on playing and not on a potential free agent departure at the end of this NBA season. “I just focus on playing ball every single day,” Durant said as the Warriors prepared to host the New York Knicks — one of the teams that keeps popping up in rumors as a potential Durant destination. (Photo by Christian Petersen / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / AFP)OAKLAND, Calif. — Kevin Durant cherishes the opportunity to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by playing basketball on the holiday that celebrates the civil rights leader.“What MLK meant to the nation and just his message around the world. Still to this day his message has touched so many people,” Durant said. “It’s a good opportunity to play on that day. For us it just means a lot. We carry so much. Each one of us has different journeys throughout life and for us to meet at this point to come out and play a game so special on such a special day, hopefully it brings more people together.”ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

Thai league acquires 9 PH booters

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Unbeaten Mighty-PH gains QF Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Reigning Thai League champion Buriram United has three Filipino internationals—defender Stephan Palla, Javier Patiño and Luke Woodland.The three were part of the Azkals’ squad that competed in the AFC Asian Cup in the United Arab Emirates last month.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesAnother Asian Cup veteran, goalkeeper Michael Falkesgaard, starts his second season with Bangkok United, which he helped to an AFC Champions League last year.The others are former Ceres-Negros star Manny Ott and Amin Nazari (Ratchaburi Mitr Pohl), Iain Ramsay (Sukhothai), Marco Casambre (Chainat Horbill) and Mark Hartmann (Suphanburi). A record number of Filipino players are seeing action in the Thai League 1 this season, including several national team members signing with clubs vying in what is widely considered as Southeast Asia’s top football league.With the Thai league expanding its quota for Southeast Asian players from one to three for each squad, the Philippines will have nine players in the competition that starts on the third week of February.ADVERTISEMENT PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war 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 MOST READ LATEST STORIES View commentslast_img read more

a month agoBayern Munich midfielder Coutinho hints Barcelona return unlikely

first_imgBayern Munich midfielder Coutinho hints Barcelona return unlikelyby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveBayern Munich midfielder Philippe Coutinho has hinted he’s ready to cut ties with Barcelona.Currently on-loan at Bayern, Coutinho says staying long-term in Munich is an option.He stated: “Stay longer in Bayern? Nobody can predict what will happen next year. It depends on many factors. “All I can say is that this year, I will work hard to achieve all our goals. Personally, I want to play a good season. “And then we’ll see where that leads.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Gov’t Signs US$15-Million Loan for Energy Efficiency Programme

first_img Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, explained that the sum is the second portion of a joint loan of US$30 million for the roll-out of the EMEP. Story Highlights The Government of Jamaica has signed a US$15-million loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP). “The aim is to bolster the Government’s efforts in the areas of energy efficiency and conservation through the design and implementation of measures targeting key Government facilities, as well as fuel conservation in road transportation to reduce the demand for fuel imports,” Minister Shaw said. The Government of Jamaica has signed a US$15-million loan agreement with the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) for the implementation of the Energy Management and Efficiency Programme (EMEP).Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, explained that the sum is the second portion of a joint loan of US$30 million for the roll-out of the EMEP.He noted that the Government signed an agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) for the first US$15 million on November 10.He informed that the European Union (EU) is providing US$10 million in grant funding towards the programme, which will be executed over eight years.“The aim is to bolster the Government’s efforts in the areas of energy efficiency and conservation through the design and implementation of measures targeting key Government facilities, as well as fuel conservation in road transportation to reduce the demand for fuel imports,” Minister Shaw said.He was speaking at the signing ceremony held on Thursday (November 23) at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle offices in Kingston.Senior Vice President, JICA, Shigeru Maeda, in his remarks, said he is pleased with the partnership.“I am very happy to sign the loan agreement… . I believe that this is a good project for energy conservation, which is important for Jamaica. This programme is in accordance with Vision 2030, which is the national development plan of Jamaica and contributes to achieve the outcome in energy security and efficiency. We expect a great synergy effect with this programme,” Mr. Maeda said.EMEP, which is being executed by the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) consists of three components.Component one involves retrofitting the Health, Education and Public Agency (HEPA) government facilities. Energy efficiency and conservation measures will be undertaken in 73 HEPAs, including comprehensive retrofitting and installing light-emitting diode (LED) bulbs.Under component two, an Urban Traffic Management System (UTMS) will be implemented in Kingston. This involves installation of a central control platform for traffic monitoring, closed-circuit television cameras, and the training of National Works Agency (NWA) staff.Component three will focus on providing the Ministry of Science, Energy and Technology (MSET) with additional expertise.Training will be undertaken to support the implementation of an Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) to guide the development of a modern energy sector in Jamaica; technical experts will be contracted in energy efficiency and demand side management; and technical studies undertaken to support the IRP.last_img read more

Virginia Tech researcher receives 17 million to study herpes simplex virus

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 11 2018The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) of the National Institutes of Health has awarded Andrea Bertke, an assistant professor of infectious diseases in the Department of Population Health Sciences in the Virginia-Maryland College of Veterinary Medicine at Virginia Tech, $1.7 million to study the neuron-specific regulation of herpes simplex viruses 1 and 2 (HSV1 and HSV2).HSV1 and HSV2 are highly contagious and incurable. The viruses establish latency in sensory and autonomic neurons (nerve cells), from which they can reactivate to cause recurrent disease, affecting more than 250 million people in the U.S. alone, according to Bertke.HSV1 is typically associated with cold sores, also known as oral herpes, and HSV2 with genital herpes, although either one can be transmitted to either site. In addition to skin lesions and pain, they can cause blinding ocular infection, meningitis, and encephalitis. In fact, HSV1 is one of the leading causes of infectious corneal blindness in the world and, according to World Health Organization estimates, over half a billion people between the ages of 15-49 years have genital infection caused by either HSV1 or HSV2.Some types of neurons support HSV replication upon entry, while other types naturally inhibit replication, resulting in latency. HSV only reactivates from a portion of the latently infected neurons, causing recurrent disease and viral shedding. In addition, the subtypes of neurons that support these different outcomes of infection are different for HSV1 and HSV2.”The goal of this project is to figure out how some neurons naturally shut down virus replication initially and what intrinsic inhibitory mechanisms in those neurons shut it down,” Bertke said. “If we can find those mechanisms, we can exploit them to prevent replication in all neurons.”Previous studies of HSV regulatory mechanisms have relied on whole tissues, cell lines, or embryonic neuronal cultures, which do not permit analysis of neuron type-specific mechanisms.”How these mechanisms differ between HSV1 and HSV2, leading to different patterns and frequencies of recurrent disease, is grossly understudied,” Bertke said. “Understanding how different types of mature neurons regulate viral infections represents a significant gap in knowledge, one that is of critical importance, since neurons are long-lived terminally differentiated cells not easily replaced in adults.”Related StoriesScientists discover weakness in common cold virusVirus employs powerful strategy to inhibit natural killer cell functionVirus killing protein could be the real antiviral hero finds studyBertke’s research team previously determined that in adult sensory neurons, continuous presence of certain neurotrophic factors maintains HSV in a latent state, and deprivation of these factors selectively induces viral reactivation. With the new five-year grant, the team will build on their work to identify what they call the “latency lock” – the development of a molecule or antiviral that can latch onto the virus and permanently lock it in a latent state incapable of reactivation, in any type of neuron.”In these studies, we will identify specific neuron signaling pathways that allow the virus to reactivate and determine if there are inhibitors that will prevent the reactivation process,” said Bertke. “If we can put those mechanisms together, we may be able to permanently shut down the virus. Then, we’ll never have recurrent disease or viral shedding, and we’ll never have it spreading to other hosts.”Other Virginia Tech scholars on the project team include Telvin Harrell, Ph.D. student in the veterinary college’s biomedical and veterinary sciences program and former Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program mentee in the Bertke lab; Poorna Goswami, Ph.D. student in translational biology, medicine, and health; Lindsey Henry, master’s student in public health; and two undergraduate students, Amber Abbott, junior in microbiology, and Dominique Ngo, senior in biology and Spanish. Jack Thompson, senior in biochemistry, helped to develop preliminary data for the project.Other collaborators on the project include Seth Frietze, assistant professor at the University of Vermont College of Nursing and Health Sciences and co-investigator on the grant, and Anna Cliffe, assistant professor at the University of Virginia School of Medicine.This is Bertke’s second grant from NINDS this year; the first was a two-year grant awarded in April. She and co-investigator David Davido, associate professor at the University of Kansas, are working to identify the role of an HSV1 protein, ICP0, in latency and reactivation in neurons.Source: https://vtnews.vt.edu/articles/2018/10/vetmed-bertke-grant.htmllast_img read more

Photoacoustic imaging accurately measures the temperature of deep tissues

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Feb 14 2019Non-invasive imaging technique could greatly enhance cancer therapiesMeasuring a fever is usually pretty simple: place a thermometer under a patient’s tongue and get an accurate temperature reading within 30 seconds. But that simplicity does not translate when it comes to measuring the temperatures of specific tissues deep inside the body.Biomedical engineers at Duke University have demonstrated how photoacoustic imaging can take the temperature of deep tissue more quickly and accurately than current techniques. This discovery is expected to play an important role in advancing thermal-based therapies to treat cancer. The research appears February 12 in the journal Optica.Tracking the temperature of internal tissues is essential for many biomedical studies and thermal therapies of cancers, often affecting a treatment’s efficiency or side effects.”If we use MRI or ultrasound, we’re looking at relative temperature and operating under the assumption that the patient has a baseline temperature of 98 degrees Fahrenheit, which isn’t always the case,” said Junjie Yao, assistant professor of biomedical engineering at Duke. “We found a way to measure absolute temperature by using photoacoustic imaging to probe the thermal memory of the tissue.”As the name implies, photoacoustic imaging allows researchers to combine the properties of light and sound. This technique allows researchers to convert light beamed through tissue into ultrasound waves that can then be analyzed to create high-resolution images.”It’s basically compressing one second’s worth of summer-noon sunlight over a fingernail area in a single nanosecond,” said Yao, who has been working with the technology for nearly a decade. “When the laser hits a cell, the energy causes it to heat up a tiny bit and expand instantaneously, creating an ultrasonic wave. It’s analogous to striking a bell to cause it to ring.”According to Yao, researchers have wanted to use photoacoustic imaging to measure temperature for a long time, but they’ve consistently experienced technical roadblocks.”The conversion efficiency between light and sound is temperature-dependent, so we know it’s possible to measure temperature by listening to soundwaves generated by light,” Yao said. “However, we haven’t previously been able to measure absolute temperature because the process itself needs to know how many photons are reaching the tissue, which is technically challenging.”Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchLight at last: why do more women develop Alzheimer’s disease?’Eye-in-a-dish’ model helps scientists to uncover ‘surprising’ AMD gene variantTo get around this missing information, Yao is working with Pei Zhong, a professor in the department of mechanical engineering and materials science who has generated deep tissue heating using high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU). Their team devised a new approach named thermal-energy-memory-based photoacoustic thermometry, or TEMPT, which uses photoacoustic imaging to measure the tissue’s “thermal memory.”With TEMPT, researchers take a baseline temperature reading before bombarding the tissue with a burst of nanosecond-long laser pulses. The pulses temporarily increase the tissue’s temperature, which is then measured using another photoacoustic pulse.The research team was able to use these measurements and a mathematical model to estimate the absolute temperature without knowing how many photons were delivered.The ability to more precisely measure the temperature of tissues deep in the body has important implications for treating cancer with thermal ablation, which involves heating up tumor cells using HIFU or radio waves until they die. Although thermotherapy is a newcomer in the battle of fighting cancers, researchers are very enthusiastic about this treatment because it doesn’t cause the serious side-effects associated with radiotherapy and chemotherapy.”One of the challenges with thermotherapy is that we need to keep the temperature in the most efficient range,” Yao said. “If the temperature is too high, we can damage the surrounding tissues, and if it’s too low, we’re not causing enough damage to the tumor. The TEMPT technology could be incorporated into the treatments to hone in on the perfect temperature.”Yao said researchers are eager to explore the most precise temperature range for efficiently killing tumor cells. Beyond the therapeutic potential, Yao and his collaborators are also examining how their work can be applied to other fundamental research questions.”We’re already forming new collaborations, both with physicians and engineers, to continue to advance this new technology in the lab and beyond,” Yao said. “This is very exciting because it can potentially be translated to clinical impacts and benefit cancer patients.” Source:http://www.duke.edu/last_img read more

Lowcost OCT scanner promises to bring visionsaving technology to underserved regions

first_imgReviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 29 2019Biomedical engineers at Duke University have developed a low-cost, portable optical coherence tomography (OCT) scanner that promises to bring the vision-saving technology to underserved regions throughout the United States and abroad.Thanks to a redesigned, 3D-printed spectrometer, the scanner is 15 times lighter and smaller than current commercial systems and is made from parts costing less than a tenth the retail price of commercial systems — all without sacrificing imaging quality.In its first clinical trial, the new OCT scanner produced images of 120 retinas that were 95 percent as sharp as those taken by current commercial systems, which was sufficient for accurate clinical diagnosis.The results appear online on June 28 in Translational Vision Science & Technology, an ARVO journal.In use since the 1990s, OCT imaging has become the standard of care for the diagnosis of many retinal diseases including macular degeneration and diabetic retinopathy, as well as for glaucoma. However, OCT is rarely included as part of a standard screening exam since machines can cost more than $100,000 — meaning that usually only larger eye centers have them. OCT is the optical analog of ultrasound, which works by sending sound waves into tissues and measuring how long they take to come back. But because light is so much faster than sound, measuring time is more difficult. To time the light waves bouncing back from the tissue being scanned, OCT devices use a spectrometer to determine how much their phase has shifted compared to identical light waves that have traveled the same distance but have not interacted with tissue.The primary technology enabling the smaller, less expensive OCT device is a new type of spectrometer designed by Wax and his former graduate student Sanghoon Kim. Traditional spectrometers are made mostly of precisely cut metal components and direct light through a series of lenses, mirrors and diffraction slits shaped like a W. While this setup provides a high degree of accuracy, slight mechanical shifts caused by bumps or even temperature changes can create misalignments.Wax’s design, however, takes the light on a circular path within a housing made mostly from 3D-printed plastic. Because the spectrometer light path is circular, any expansions or contractions due to temperature changes occur symmetrically, balancing themselves out to keep the optical elements aligned. The device also uses a larger detector at the end of the light’s journey to make misalignments less likely.Related StoriesResearch identifies new approach to staving off the detrimental effects of agingRetina can restructure itself following gene therapyResearchers conclude that EnChroma’s glasses do not improve results of color-blind participantsTraditional OCT machines weigh more than 60 pounds, take up an entire desk and cost anywhere between $50,000 and $120,000. The new OCT device weighs four pounds, is about the size of a lunch box and, Wax expects, will be sold for less than $15,000.”Right now OCT devices sit in their own room and require a PhD scientist to tweak them to get everything working just right,” said Wax. “Ours can just sit on a shelf in the office and be taken down, used and put back without problems. We’ve scanned people in a Starbucks with it.”In the new study, J. Niklas Ulrich, retina surgeon and associate professor of ophthalmology at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, put the new OCT scanner to the test against a commercial instrument produced by Heidelberg Engineering. He performed clinical imaging on both eyes of 60 patients, half from healthy volunteers and half with some sort of retinal disease.To compare the images produced by both machines, the researchers used contrast-to-noise ratio — a measure often used to determine image quality in medical imaging. The results showed that, by this metric, the low-cost, portable OCT scanner provided useful contrast that was only 5.6 percent less than that of the commercial machine, which is still good enough to allow for clinical diagnostics.”I have been very impressed by the quality of images from the low-cost device — it is absolutely comparable to our standard commercial machines,” said Ulrich. “It obviously lacks some bells and whistles of our $100k+ OCT scanners, but allows for accurate diagnosis of structural retinal disease as well as monitoring of treatment success. The setup is quick and easy with a small footprint, allowing the device to perform well in smaller satellite offices. I hope that the development of this low-cost OCT will improve patients’ access to OCT technology and contribute to saving sight in North Carolina as well as nationally and worldwide.”Wax is commercializing the device through a startup company called Lumedica, which is already producing and selling first-generation instruments for research applications. The company hopes to secure venture backing in the near future and is also negotiating potential licensing deals with outside companies.”There’s a lot of interest from people who want to take OCT to new parts of the globe as well as to underserved populations right here in the U.S.,” said Wax. “With the growing number of cases of diabetic retinopathy in places like the United States, India and China, we hope we can save a lot of people’s sight by drastically increasing access to this technology.” Source:Duke UniversityJournal reference:Song, G. et al. (2019) First Clinical Application of Low-cost OCT. Translational Vision Science &Technology. doi.org/10.1167/tvst.8.3.61. Once you have lost vision, it’s very difficult to get it back, so the key to preventing blindness is early detection. Our goal is to make OCT drastically less expensive so more clinics can afford the devices, especially in global health settings.”Adam Wax, professor of biomedical engineering at Dukelast_img read more

New discovery may help predict recurrence of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors

first_imgThe researchers used molecular analytical methods to describe new subtypes of pNETS that differ in the expression of specific regulatory proteins and found that the differences correlated with the risk of recurrence following surgical treatment. The regulatory proteins, ARX and PDX1, are epigenetic modifiers that are involved in development of the pancreas. The scientists found that tumors whose cells exclusively expressed the protein ARX had more than a 35 percent risk of recurrence following surgery, compared to less than a 5 percent risk if the tumor lacked ARX but expressed another regulatory protein, PDX1. Among study participants whose tumors showed high ARX levels, cancers recurred in the liver within one to four years, compared to the rare recurrence of tumors that expressed PDX1.Related StoriesLiving with advanced breast cancerWhy Mattresses Could be a Health Threat to Sleeping ChildrenResearchers identify gene mutations linked to leukemia in children with Down’s syndromePancreatic neuroendocrine tumors develop from cells of the same hormonal system within the pancreas that controls blood sugar levels. They are relatively rare, making up only one to two percent of all pancreatic tumors. Many pNETs are benign, while some are malignant. Some pNETs secrete hormones and are termed functional, but the majority are considered non-functional.Shivdasani and his colleagues studied molecular findings first in about a dozen pNETs and then analyzed the molecular profiles of another 142 pNET specimens. They found that about half of the pNETs expressed the regulatory protein ARX and resembled normal alpha cells in the pancreas, while the other half expressed the PDX1 regulatory protein and resembled normal beta pancreatic cells. The presence or absence of those proteins was strongly correlated with outcomes: among 103 cases the researchers studied, distant metastatic relapses occurred almost exclusively in patients whose tumors expressed the ARX protein but not the PDX1 protein.”This robust molecular stratification provides insight into cell lineage correlates of non-functional pNETs, accurately predicts disease course, and can inform postoperative clinical decisions,” the authors wrote.On the basis of these findings, said Shivdasani, pathologists could easily test specimens of pNET tumors to classify them as type A (expressing ARX) or type B (expressing PDX1). “Now you can tell patients with type B that your recurrence risk after surgery is very small – you’re practically home free,” Shivdasani said. “Knowing that is very comforting.” For patients whose tumors are type A, with a higher risk of recurrence, close follow-up could be undertaken to detect new metastases, which may be able to be treated with chemotherapy or other methods. “And even with metastatic disease,” he added, “people can live more than five years, in some cases even 10 years or longer,” he said. Source:Dana-Farber Cancer InstituteJournal reference:Shivdasani, R et al. (2019) Enhancer signatures stratify and predict outcomes of non-functional pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Nature Medicine. doi.org/10.1038/s41591-019-0493-4. This finding moves us closer to being able to identify patients with a high risk for metastasis at diagnosis and initial treatment. These patients can be monitored vigilantly for recurrent cancers, which may be treatable if detected early, while patients with the less aggressive kind of pNET can be advised that their prognosis is excellent – we can say, ‘you are probably cured.”Ramesh Shivdasani, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 4 2019Researchers have discovered two distinct subtypes of pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors – known as pNETs – that have dramatically different risks of recurrence following surgical treatment [or surgery]. The finding could yield predictive tests, ease anxiety in patients whose tumors are found to be unlikely to recur, while focusing vigilant follow-up monitoring on patients with pNETs having a higher rate of recurrence.Until now, these pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors were viewed as relatively identical from a clinical point of view. While some pNETs never develop recurrent metastases following removal of the primary tumor, other patients experience recurrence within a few years, and there has been no specific way to predict these outcomes. Physicians use tumor size as a guideline, with non-functional pNETs larger than 2 centimeters considered the most likely to metastasize following surgery.Reporting in Nature Medicine, scientists led by Ramesh Shivdasani, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Bradley Bernstein, MD, PhD, of Massachusetts General Hospital identified molecular information that may help predict the likelihood of recurrence of non-functional pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors. Non-functional pNETs do not secrete hormones and are often discovered incidentally.last_img read more

Adoption of mobile payment shifts consumer spending patterns habits

first_img 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. Paying for a cup of coffee with a smartphone instead of a credit card is gaining prominence among consumers—and is disrupting their spending patterns and consumption habits, according to new research co-written by a University of Illinois expert who studies operations management. Although paying for purchases in-person with plastic or online through a personal computer still dominates among consumers, the rapid adoption of paying for consumer goods with a smartphone affects the overall transaction amount and frequency of purchases, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at Illinois.By studying data from Alipay, China’s most popular mobile payment platform, the research explores the mechanisms behind mobile payment adoption and how the mobile payment channel affects other traditional payment channels.Using a unique data set from one of the largest banks in China—which contained the transaction data from personal computer, offline and mobile payment channels—Xu and co-authors found that, on average, the total transaction amount increased by 2.4 percent after the adoption of the mobile payment channel, and that the total transaction frequency increased by more than 23 percent.”Alipay is now the largest mobile payment system in the world, and it’s very representative of what direction the mobile payment trend is moving in,” Xu said.The results of the study indicate that the mobile channel acts as a substitute for the offline channel—that is, paying with a physical credit card—and as a complement to paying online on a personal computer. For the physical card channel, the total transaction amount decreased by 3.9 percent after the adoption of Alipay. By contrast, for the personal computer payment channel, the total transaction amount increased by 0.3 percent after the Alipay adoption.”Once consumers adopt mobile payment and integrate it into their daily lives, it effectively replaces the credit cards in their wallets,” Xu said. “It’s the future of how consumers will pay for small-ticket items, which means you will see fewer and fewer people carrying actual, physical credit cards in the coming years. They’ll just carry their phones, so they may not even need their wallet. It’s more convenient and it merges payment channels.”The researchers also found that the adoption of the mobile payment channel is associated with increased hedonic shopping motivations.”Switching to the mobile channel leads to more shopping overall, and it particularly affects more hedonistic shopping such as food, entertainment and travel,” Xu said. “But it doesn’t affect purchases like education or health care. So it’s changing consumer behavior.”The greatest impact came on less costly items that are purchased frequently, such as beverages and movie tickets.”Most of the retailers that produce low-cost items that are sold with great frequency—those retailers are really embracing mobile payment channel and are at the vanguard of the movement,” Xu said. “You tend not to buy coffee through your desktop work station, nor would you use the mobile channel on your smartphone to purchase a car. People purchase those lower value items more frequently, so the volume of those goods sold increases.”For retailers, it means that, depending on the sector, “you will want to offer customers multiple channels to pay for their goods,” Xu said.”If you’re in an industry with a high number of transactions or transaction frequency, it’s really in your best interest to get ahead of the curve and embrace the mobile channel,” she said. Provided by University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Explore further Paying for goods with a smartphone not only increases the overall transaction amount and frequency of purchases by consumers, it also effectively replaces the actual, physical credit cards in their wallets, said Yuqian Xu, a professor of business administration at the Gies College of Business at Illinois. Credit: L. Brian Stauffer With mobile pay, you can go without a wallet at checkout Citation: Adoption of mobile payment shifts consumer spending patterns, habits (2018, November 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-mobile-payment-shifts-consumer-patterns.html More information: Yuqian Xu et al. The Impact of Mobile Payment Channel on Consumer Consumption: Evidence from Alipay, SSRN Electronic Journal (2018). DOI: 10.2139/ssrn.3270523last_img read more

James OConnor wanted behavioural clauses in Rugby Australia deal

first_img O’Connor last played for the Wallabies in September 2013.”It’s a clean skin from him to say ‘I just want to talk about rugby, if I play up you’ve got the right [to release me] – it’s not going to be an arduous process’,” Johnson said.”We’re not even talking about [the clauses]. He wanted them in. He wanted complete transparency to protect everyone because he was sincere of his wishes.”So it’s really good to have a lad forcing it to say, ‘Just believe me ’cause this is what I’m about’ and I go back to [the fact] that he’s a young bloke coming back who just wants to talk about rugby and be seen as a rugby player and we’re there to support him.”It’s a good statement for players accepting their responsibility for their career so he’s determined this and we’ve supported him on it.”O’Connor said of his decision to return to Australia: “The last time I returned (in 2015) I thought I was ready to repair some of the mistakes I made but also to I guess reach my rugby potential, but yeah, it was too rushed.”I didn’t recognise how much pain I was still in sort of mentally but in saying that I wouldn’t change it because that led me to meet some of the mentors I have in my life now and also the start of my journey of I guess understanding what my true self is and just what a privelege it is to play rugby.”I understand now that rugby is a gift and all I want to do now is use my journey back to inspire possibly other young men out there who are a bit lost in the world like I was.”Johnson added of discussions with O’Connor: “There were a lot of conversations and I needed to understand why he wanted to do this. It certainly wasn’t the money.”We saw the best of him as a young player. We’re hoping the sport allows us to really showcase what we’ve missed the last five or six years. O’Connor has been a controversial figure in the past and was released by the Reds in 2015 due to “personal issues”.He was later briefly suspended by Toulon for a drug offence, before signing for Sale Sharks.MORE: Christian Lealiifano, Scott Sio ruled out of Rugby Championship opener against SpringboksHowever, O’Connor has walked away from a lucrative Premiership deal to return to Queensland and, according to Rugby Australia director of rugby Scott Johnson, he has agreed to a contract that will ensure good behaviour. James O’Connor insisted on including behavioural clauses in his Rugby Australia contract in a bid to prove his new-found maturity. The 29-year-old has rejoined the Reds in Super Rugby, boosting his hopes of an Australia recall for the Rugby World Cup, and linked up with the Wallabies in South Africa for their Rugby Championship opener. “I genuinely believe in his sincerity about what he’s trying to achieve. I think it’s good for our sport if he comes back and plays well and is the man he really aspires to be.”The Wallabies team to face South Africa is set to be announced on Wednesday and O’Connor could yet feature.”He’ll certainly come into discussions,” Johnson said. “Whether this is the right time for him, we’ll wait and see.”last_img read more

Bakery brand Monginis set to reenter Kolkata

first_img COMMENT baking and confectionery COMMENTS Published on April 19, 2019 SHAREcenter_img Four years after Monginis cakes vanished from shop counters in Kolkata, the bakery brand is now making a comeback in the city.Monginis, owned by Khorakiwalas of Mumbai, exited Kolkata, one of its leading markets, in 2015, after 24 years of operations here, following differences with the then franchisee partner. The journey comes a full cycle with the 100-year-old brand re-entering the city market this month.“We plan to open 60 shops, under the franchise model over the next two months here in the city. The target will be to have 100 by the end of this fiscal,” Zoher Khorakiwala, Chairman and Managing Director (MD), Monginis Food Pvt Ltd, told BusinessLine.While the first phase will see expansion within the city, the second phase will see it enter the suburbs and non-metros of West Bengal.The company has already set up a centralised unit in the eastern fringes, Kasba Industrial Estate, and will look to ramp up its portfolio with chocolates and other savouries. Bakery products, cakes, and quick snacking items will continue.Huseni Khorakiwala and family bought Monginis in the late 1950s and started expanding it through franchisees. It entered Kolkata in 1991 with Switz Foods as the partner here. However, in 2015 differences cropped up over the latter “cross-selling” some competing products, through Monginis shops.The Khorakiwalas decided to move Monginis out for the timebeing. There was also a three-year non-compete agreement (beginning May 2015), which meant that the bakery brand would not set up shop here for the stipulated time period.Challenges for Monginis are high. At the time of its exit, the region (West Bengal) accounted for nearly ₹70-80 crore of its revenue, a substantial part of its turnover then. Today, Monginis’ topline is around ₹450 crore (with nearly 25 per cent of it coming from operations in Egypt) and it has 850-odd stores across the country; but the Kolkata-market has seen competition grow. First, Switz Foods — its erstwhile franchisee partner — set up their own brand, Mio Amore. All of Monginis’ stores were re-branded as Mio Amore. Secondly, there are a host of popular and local players that have found acceptance.“The brand still has a good recall here, despite not being present for years. We do find some dedicated customers . We hope to create a buzz with the re-launch,” Zoher said.Compared with Mumbai, where the average sale per store varies between ₹10,000 and ₹50,000 daily, Kolkata should, in the initial days, give the company average sales of ₹10,000 to ₹20,000 a day. “The challenge is to ensure a 5 per cent year-on-year growth in sales for the same store, as competition heats up. This is something we are working on,” he said. For FY20, the company has targeted a 15-20 per cent growth in turnover.Monginis remains a debt-free company and Zoher intends to keep it that way. He has no listing or fund-raising plans. SHARE SHARE EMAIL Zoher Khorakiwala   –  Debasish Bhaduri Kolkatalast_img read more

US mum arrested after sharing clip of daughter licking clinic tongue depressor

first_img Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Snapchat , Ice Cream Challenge , Viral Video , Social media Another day, another ‘licking items and putting it back where it came from’ video menace. This time, a US mum landed herself in trouble after uploading a video to Snapchat showing her daughter licking a tongue depressor and putting it back at the doctor’s office. — Screengrab from News4Jax video Related News Tech News 08 Jul 2019 US police issue warning on ‘ice cream challenge’ after making another arrestcenter_img Nation 10 Jul 2019 Man in viral paedophile video did not surrender, was nabbed near Gopeng A 30-year-old US mum has been arrested for recording and sharing a clip showing her daughter licking a tongue depressor and putting it back into a container at the doctor’s office. According to US news website News4Jax, the video was recorded on Tuesday (July 9) at the All About Kids & Families Medical Centre in Jacksonville, Florida.The woman identified as Cori Ward had originally uploaded the video onto Snapchat and her account was set to private. She claimed to have only 20 followers, but that did not stop the video from being copied and then shared onto other social media platforms.A police investigation was then initiated after the medical centre discovered the clip. AdChoices广告In an interview with News4Jax, Ward said she was “just being silly” with her children after waiting for a long time at the clinic. Her daughter who was recorded in the video is underage. The incriminating video also included an on-screen caption that said “Don’t tell me how to live my life”. “It’s ruined my life right now. That’s how I feel at least. I just care about my kids and how this is going to affect them,” she told News4Jax.Ward will be looking at a possible felony charge of tampering with a consumer product without regard for possible death or bodily injury. If convicted, she could end up spending up to 30 years in prison and paying a US$10,000 (RM41,130) fine. A crime and safety expert, Ken Jefferson, told News4Jax believes that US police are looking to make a serious statement with Ward’s arrest.”Simply because of all of the communicable diseases that can be floating around by virtue of this kind of act. I think the message is loud and clear, if this sort of thing continues to go on, they’re going to continue to make arrests.”The medical centre involved said it taken important measures to remove and resanitise all material in the exam room. “This type of behaviour is not tolerated at All About Kids and Families Medical Center. Each year, we serve thousands of patients, and providing quality care and ensuring their safety is our top priority,” it said in a statement.Recently, a string of videos depicting the act of tampering with products such as licking ice cream and putting it back on the supermarket shelves have gone viral on social media. US police have warned others against taking part in the so-called ‘ice cream challenge’.  Tags / Keywords: Nation 08 Jul 2019 ‘Sex video probe still ongoing’last_img read more

Let there be no doubt No act of terror will go unpunished

first_img Next Let there be no doubt: No act of terror will go unpunished, says Army chief General RawatArmy chief General Bipin Rawat has said the Indian armed forces are ready to defend the territorial integrity. “Let there be no doubt that misadventures will be repelled with a punitive response,” he said.advertisement Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 14:48 IST Army chief General Bipin Rawat was speaking at an event on 20 Years after Kargil Conflict. (Photo:Pankaj Nangia/India Today)HIGHLIGHTSAny misadventure by Pakistan Army will be repelled with punitive response: Army chiefArmy chief says armed forces stand resolute and ready to defend territorial integrityRise of non-state actors and readiness to use terror and other irregular methods of fighting have become a new norm: Army chiefAny misadventure by Pakistan Army will be repelled with punitive response and no act of terror will go unpunished, Army chief General Bipin Rawat said Saturday.Speaking at an event on ’20 Years after Kargil Conflict’, General Bipin Rawat said Pakistan Army, time and again, resorts to misadventure, either through state-sponsored terrorism or intrusions in India.”The Indian armed forces stand resolute and ready to defend our territorial integrity. Let there be no doubt that misadventures will be repelled with a punitive response,” he said.The rise of non-state actors and the readiness to use terror and other irregular methods of fighting have become a new norm, he said.Addition of cyber and space domain has changed the battlefield scenario, the Army chief noted.Rawat also asserted that no act of terror will go unpunished. “Surgical strikes post-Uri and Balakot (terror attacks) have amply demonstrated our political and military resolve against terror. Any act of terror will not go unpunished,” Rawat added.The army chief also said there has been no intrusion by the Chinese in Ladakh’s Demchok sector. “There is no intrusion,” Rawat said on the sidelines of an event.His statement came amidst reports of Chinese soldiers crossing the Line of Actual Control (LAC) last week after some Tibetans hoisted Tibetan flags on the occasion of Dalai Lama’s birthday on July 6.”Chinese come and patrol to their perceived Line of Actual Control…we try and prevent them. But at times there are celebrations that take place at the local levels. Celebrations were going on our side by our Tibetans in the Demchok sector. Based on that, some Chinese also came to see what was happening. But there has been no intrusions. Everything is normal,” the Army chief had said.READ | No intrusion by Chinese in Ladakh’s Demchok, says Army chief Bipin RawatWATCH | Army general exposes Pakistan’s lie on terrorFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySumeda Tags :Follow India Pakistanlast_img read more

2 held for swindling money from people on pretext of depositing cash

first_img2 held for swindling money from people on pretext of depositing cash into bank accountsThe accused, identified as Jitender Mehto (32) and Baccha Lal Kumar (19), are residents of the same village in Bihar’s West Champaran district.advertisement Next Press Trust of India New DelhiJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 19:16 IST The accused used to dupe people of their money on the pretext of helping out the customers during the rush hours. (Reuters photo used for representation)Two men have been arrested here for allegedly swindling people out of their cash on the pretext of helping them make deposits into their bank accounts using machines, police said Friday.The accused, identified as Jitender Mehto (32) and Baccha Lal Kumar (19), are residents of the same village in Bihar’s West Champaran district, they said.”They were arrested on July 4 at around 2 pm when they again came to target people at a bank branch in Bhogal,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (Southeast) Chinmoy Biswal said.The complaint was filed on June 7, police said.They said the complainant alleged that on May 27, while he was depositing Rs 45,000 into his account using the machine installed at the bank branch in Bhogal, two persons came there and on the pretext of helping him, swindled him out of his cash.The duo was arrested after police scanned CCTV footage of the premises where the incident took place, they said.The interrogation revealed that the accused used to work as labours in West Bengal and few months back, they met one Babu, who was also from their village and used to work in Delhi, police said.Babu used to dupe people using same modus operandi. He allured Mehto and Kumar to work with him, Biswal said, adding that they used to pay 20 per cent commission to Babu and he had assured them to provide support in case they get arrested.On the pretext of helping out the customers during the rush hours, the accused used to dupe people of their money, he said.While helping out the targets in depositing their cash, the accused secretly used to press the “add transaction” button on the machine and then would tell them that the deposit was successful, the DCP said.However, as soon as the target left the premises, the accused pressed the “cancel” button, resulting in a failed transaction due to which the cash would come out of the machine, police said.Also Read | Class 7 dropout from Hissar spirits away Rs 3,000 crore by cheating 20 lakh peopleAlso Read | Banker wife dupes husband of Rs 45 lakh in PuneFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more