Early treatment of patients with severe aortic stenosis may be better than

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 27 2019Patients with severe aortic stenosis who have no symptoms may benefit more from an aggressive strategy of early valve replacement than from a conservative watch-and-wait approach, according to new research published today online in The Annals of Thoracic Surgery.”We know that surgery carries a small risk and that has been one of the reasons to wait until a patient is experiencing symptoms,” said S. Chris Malaisrie, MD, of Northwestern Medicine in Chicago. “However, our data support the role of early valve replacement for asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis.”Dr. Malaisrie and colleagues evaluated data from echocardiograms performed at Northwestern Medicine from January 2005 to December 2013. The researchers identified 265 patients who had severe aortic stenosis and were asymptomatic. Of these patients, aortic valve replacement (AVR) was recommended in 104 (39 percent), while watchful waiting (WW) was suggested for 161 (61 percent).The researchers found that two years after the recommended approach, survival in the AVR group was 92.5 percent compared to 83.9 percent in the WW group. In addition, the probability of the patients in the WW groups either dying or undergoing surgery was 43.9 percent by two years. While this study demonstrated a “safe” period for WW (for up to one year), the data at two years suggests there is a benefit to early AVR.”For both the AVR and WW groups, undergoing AVR was associated with significantly higher overall survival,” said Dr. Malaisrie. “It is important for patients to know that severe aortic stenosis, even when there are no symptoms, carries a poor outcome, if left untreated.”Aortic stenosis—one of the more serious and most common valve diseases in the United States—occurs when the heart’s aortic valve narrows, preventing the valve from opening fully. Blood flow into the main artery of the body (aorta) is blocked or reduced and the heart is forced to work harder as it pumps blood to the body. Symptoms associated with severe aortic stenosis include shortness of breath, chest pain or tightness, fainting, dizziness, and palpitations or heart pounding.”If confirmed, these findings would reflect a dramatic potential difference in survival affecting tens of thousands of Americans,” said Todd K. Rosengart, MD, of Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, who was not directly involved with this study. “The results of this study suggest a fundamental change is needed in how we care for patients with narrowing of the aortic valve.Related StoriesTen-fold rise in tongue-tie surgery for newborns ‘without any real strong data’Transobturator sling surgery shows promise for stress urinary incontinenceStroke should be treated 15 minutes earlier to save lives, study suggests”This advance would mirror what we already know and practice in caring for disease of the other major heart valve-the mitral valve-that you don’t need to and probably shouldn’t wait until symptoms develop to correct significant dysfunction of the heart valves,” Dr. Rosengart added.Clinical guidelines from the American Heart Association and the American College of Cardiology recommend “active surveillance” in asymptomatic patients, unless stress testing can expose symptoms.In this study, less than 30 percent of patients were referred for stress testing. Dr. Malaisrie agrees that stress testing can be a key differentiator when considering early surgery for asymptomatic patients and he encourages clinicians to continue utilizing it when determining treatment strategies.Historically, the management for asymptomatic patients includes the accepted practice of WW and delaying AVR until the development of symptoms. However, the WW strategy requires that patients recognize and promptly report any symptoms and that they return to the hospital for a follow-up echocardiogram.”The onset of symptoms often can be subtle, and patients may attribute important changes to old age without notifying their doctors,” said Dr. Malaisrie. “They need to know the symptoms and report them to the heart team right away. Also, if patients fail to follow-up with recommended imaging, progression of stenosis and features of heart failure can be missed.”For patients with severe aortic stenosis who have symptoms, the traditional treatment is minimally-invasive AVR—either surgical or transcatheter—which reduces the risks associated with open heart surgery and decreases the recuperation time, explained Dr. Malaisrie, making it a viable option for earlier treatment of patients who have no symptoms.”Patients with asymptomatic severe aortic stenosis need to maintain close follow-up with their heart team and have a discussion about all of the available treatment options,” said Dr. Malaisrie. “We hope that our study will influence guidelines and discussions about the earlier treatment of severe aortic stenosis, especially in asymptomatic patients. 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Energy recovery of urban waste

Explore further According to data from the European agency EUROSTAT, 13 of the 28 countries in the EU are still dumping more than 50 percent of their solid urban waste. These are mainly the member states situated in the south and east of the continent. Spain is seventh last in this list, with a dumping level of 251 kg per person per year.Researchers from the Higher Technical School of Engineering (Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería—ETSI) of the University of Seville have proposed a system capable of converting waste in a more controlled manner in two stages: First, the solid is converted to gas in reducing conditions (that is, in the presence of little oxygen), and then the generated gas is burned very efficiently in specifically optimised equipment. “The great environmental advantage of this method as opposed to incineration is that in reducing conditions the generation of toxic substances is minimised. The energetic efficiency of the process is, on the other hand, similar to incineration.”The environmental advantage of gasification, therefore, would be to avoid the emission of the equivalent of up to 300 kg of CO2 per ton of solid urban waste treated, while the economic impact would be to increase the rate of management of solid urban waste. The transformation of the current system of solid urban waste management would mean the fomenting, also, of the sustainable industrial activity necessary for complying with the objectives of the struggle against climate change to which Europe has committed.Today, Finland has continually experienced this type of industrial activity since 1998, and there have been pilot programmes in Germany, Norway and, above all, the United Kingdom, where the rate of solid urban waste management is significantly higher than in the other countries, “which clearly indicates the interest in promoting energy recovery as a method for managing the fraction of solid urban waste which cannot be recycled.” Africa’s urban waste, a valuable source of electricity The use of urban waste for energy creation, especially the use of technologies based in gasification, is presented as a more sustainable alternative than controlled dumping at a tip. 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. More information: Cristina Aracil et al. Implementation of waste-to-energy options in landfill-dominated countries: Economic evaluation and GHG impact, Waste Management (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.wasman.2018.03.039 Provided by University of Seville Citation: Energy recovery of urban waste (2018, May 2) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-energy-recovery-urban.html read more

Energyintensive Bitcoin transactions pose a growing environmental threat

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. “Bitcoin is here to stay, and so, future models must be designed without reliance on energy consumption so disproportionate on their economic or social benefits.”The study evaluates various Blockchain technologies by their carbon footprints and recommends how to tax or restrict Blockchain types at different phases of production and use to discourage polluting versions and encourage cleaner alternatives. It also analyzes the legal measures that can be introduced to encourage technology innovators to develop low-emissions Blockchain designs. The specific recommendations include imposing levies to prevent path-dependent inertia from constraining innovation:Registration fees collected by brokers from digital coin buyers.”Bitcoin Sin Tax” surcharge on digital currency ownership.Green taxes and restrictions on machinery purchases/imports (e.g. Bitcoin mining machines).Smart contract transaction charges.According to Dr. Truby, these findings may lead to new taxes, charges or restrictions, but could also lead to financial rewards for innovators developing carbon-neutral Blockchain. Putting this into perspective, Dr. Truby said, “the processes involved in a single Bitcoin transaction could provide electricity to a British home for a month—with the environmental costs socialized for private benefit. Citation: Energy-intensive Bitcoin transactions pose a growing environmental threat (2018, July 31) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-energy-intensive-bitcoin-transactions-pose-environmental.html Bitcoin’s peer-to-peer transaction verification is a polluting process, requiring machine hardware around the world to run at a high rate, 24 hours a day, producing vast amounts of heat and emissions. Credit: Elsevier, Energy Research & Social Science More information: Jon Truby, Decarbonizing Bitcoin: Law and policy choices for reducing the energy consumption of Blockchain technologies and digital currencies, Energy Research & Social Science (2018). DOI: 10.1016/j.erss.2018.06.009 Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_img Explore further Provided by Elsevier A study published in Energy Research & Social Science warns that failure to lower the energy use by Bitcoin and similar Blockchain designs may prevent nations from reaching their climate change mitigation obligations under the Paris Agreement. Bitcoin and cryptocurrency for n00bs The study, authored by Jon Truby, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Director of the Centre for Law & Development, College of Law, Qatar University, Doha, Qatar, evaluates the financial and legal options available to lawmakers to moderate blockchain-related energy consumption and foster a sustainable and innovative technology sector. Based on this rigorous review and analysis of the technologies, ownership models, and jurisdictional case law and practices, the article recommends an approach that imposes new taxes, charges, or restrictions to reduce demand by users, miners, and miner manufacturers who employ polluting technologies, and offers incentives that encourage developers to create less energy-intensive/carbon-neutral Blockchain.”Digital currency mining is the first major industry developed from Blockchain, because its transactions alone consume more electricity than entire nations,” said Dr. Truby. “It needs to be directed towards sustainability if it is to realize its potential advantages.”Many developers have taken no account of the environmental impact of their designs, so we must encourage them to adopt consensus protocols that do not result in high emissions. Taking no action means we are subsidizing high energy-consuming technology and causing future Blockchain developers to follow the same harmful path. We need to de-socialize the environmental costs involved while continuing to encourage progress of this important technology to unlock its potential economic, environmental, and social benefits,” explained Dr. Truby.As a digital ledger that is accessible to, and trusted by all participants, Blockchain technology decentralizes and transforms the exchange of assets through peer-to-peer verification and payments. Blockchain technology has been advocated as being capable of delivering environmental and social benefits under the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. However, Bitcoin’s system has been built in a way that is reminiscent of physical mining of natural resources—costs and efforts rise as the system reaches the ultimate resource limit and the mining of new resources requires increasing hardware resources, which consume huge amounts of electricity.last_img read more

Highly economical LED street lights tested in practice

first_imgThe new street lights tested in Maxdorf consume less power and are much brighter. Credit: Tanja Meißner/KIT Researchers of Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT) have developed a novel, even more economical LED street light. They replaced conventional high-performance diodes by a special array of weaker LEDs and, thus, succeeded in reducing power consumption by another 20%. As a result, CO2 emission is decreased and municipalities might save millions of power costs. Pfalzwerke Netz AG, the local utility company, for the first time equipped street lights with the new light heads in the municipality of Maxdorf, Rhineland Palatinate. Novel LED street lights reduce costs “We have succeeded again in significantly increasing the efficiency and service life of our lamps compared to conventional LEDs,” says Michael Heidinger of KIT’s Light Technology Institute (LTI). He designed a smart circuit that compensates aging and failure of individual light-emitting diodes. Parallel connection of a large number of LEDs is difficult, as failure of a single diode will cause failure of the complete system or section – a phenomenon known from Christmas light chains. The alternative of connecting LEDs in series also has drawbacks, as the voltage required increases with the number of diodes used. As the legally permissible contact voltage is limited to 120 volts, only up to 40 LEDs have been connected in series so far. Now, it is possible to install a large number of LEDs – 48 in the light modules used here – on a single board at low cost. Moreover, the LEDs increase safety, because the new switching concept of Heidinger is operated at voltages of 20 volts compared to the usual 120 volts.In future, cities and municipalities might profit from reduced power consumption of the novel type of LED. At many places, the old, conventional, and highly power-consuming illumination is being replaced by LED technology at the moment. According to the utility company of Karlsruhe, illumination of this medium-sized city with about 320,000 inhabitants requires about 55.000 lamps (35% of which are LEDs). Their power consumption totaled about 10,800 megawatt hours in 2018, resulting in annual power and maintenance costs of EUR 3 million. And additional reduction potentials are high. “If all street lights will be equipped with novel LEDs, cost reductions of up to 30% will be possible,” says Stefan Lang, who is responsible for technology and innovation at the Pfalzwerke utility company.In addition, the first lamps of this kind have luminous characteristics that are more comfortable for the human eye. “Many small LEDs are perceived as panel radiators from a certain distance. Their glaring effect is smaller than that of high-performance LEDs that are perceived as spot-like light sources,” says Klaus Müller, Managing Director of Gratz Luminance GmbH, the company producing the new outdoor lights in Weinberg, Baden-Württemberg. And they are cheaper to purchase. Low-power LEDs are cheaper than high-power LEDs, as a result of which the new system can be produced and offered at reduced costs, although more light-emitting diodes are required. Last but not least, change to the new lamp technology is uncomplicated and inexpensive. “Our light head can be installed onto existing poles,” Müller says.Now, the street lights will be tested in Maxdorf. Also other municipalities are interested in the technology. Series production is being prepared. “We hope that we can offer the lamp to selected pilot customers in the second half of 2019,” Müller adds. 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.center_img Explore further Citation: Highly economical LED street lights tested in practice (2019, April 3) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-highly-economical-street.html Provided by Karlsruhe Institute of Technologylast_img read more

Shirdi Trust to loan Rs 500 cr to Maharashtra for building dam

first_imgwater (natural resource) December 02, 2018 Maharashtra Published on SHARE The funding is expected to benefit 182 villages in Ahmednagar district and Sinnar in Nashik COMMENTcenter_img SHARE SHARE EMAIL Shirdi Sai Baba temple   –  Wikipedia religion The Shri Saibaba Sansthan Trust in Shirdi will provide the “interest-free” loan worth Rs 500 crore to the Maharashtra government for constructing a canal network for a dam.The Nilwande Dam is located on Pravara River and is expected to benefit 182 villages in Sangamner, Akole, Rahata, Rahuri and Kopargaon talukas in Ahmednagar district and Sinnar in Nashik.A senior official of the Trust said a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) had been signed with the state government’s Godawari-Marathwada Irrigation Development Corporation (GMIDC) in this regard.“The trust will give Rs 500 crore for the project but will not charge any interest on it,” he said while refusing to divulge the details of tenure of repayment.The official said the temple trust provides money for social work regularly but the amount it had allocated for the Nilwande Dam was “huge” and a “rare thing“.A state Water Resources department official said the Nilwande Dam had begun storing water but the right and left bank canals needed to be built for it to be used for irrigation and drinking water purposes.The Nilwande Dam, this June, received Rs 2,232 crore under the Pradhan Mantri Krishi Sanjivani Yojana.Funding for airportThe Shirdi-based temple trust had earlier provided Rs 50 crore to the Maharashtra Airport Development Company for the construction of the Rs 350-crore airport there. The airport, located at Kakadi village, is now operational.Opposition to moveMeanwhile, Kopargaon-based activist Sanjay Kale has opposed the move saying the outgo of funds will affect the development works undertaken by the Trust for devotees.He said the Trust’s decision will be challenged in the high court.“It is wrong to take funds from the Trust’s coffers.Due to this outgo of funds, the Trust will not be able to pay salaries of its 6,000 contractual employees, as Income Tax department had issued a notice to the Trust in the fiscal 2016 demanding Rs 183 crore,” he claimed.Kale said this dispute is currently pending in a court.“If the court rules against the Trust then it will have to pay Rs 1,300 crore towards income tax. In such a scenario, paying Rs 500 crore to the state government towards developing Nilwande dam would empty out the coffers of the Trust,” he said.Kale said the state government had sanctioned Rs 3,000 crore for the development of the Saibaba temple and Shirdi town during the centenary celebrations of the shrine, but has not released any money for the said purposes so far.“The government has not yet paid even a single rupee for the purposes, but instead took Rs 70 crore from the Trust for carrying out development works in Nagpur and the Vidarbha region,” he claimed.Kale alleged a lot of funds from the Trust’s coffer were “taken” by the government.“Construction of a dam and its canal network is supposed to be done by the government which should make necessary provision for funds. It is wrong to utilise funds of the Trust which is a donation given by devotees of Saibaba,” he said.Kale claimed even the high court had not given its sanction to utilise Rs 500 crore of the Trust for the Nilwande dam works. “We will go to high court”, he said. Kale further said he would file a criminal complaint against the state government and the trust for “giving a false information” on the number of devotees visiting the Saibaba shrine for the sake of securing the loan for the canal network.“The government had said that 60,000-70,000 devotees visit the famous temple per day while the number goes up during festivals to 3-3.5 lakh per day.“However, the Trust as well as the government are giving a false information and cheating devotees of Saibaba.Not more than one lakh devotees had visited the temple during a festival time. We will file a criminal complaint against the government and the Trust”, he said. It is known that the Trust has undertaken multi-crore projects which include construction of an educational complex, a medical college and a modern hospital.State funding for dam Advocate Sandeep Kulkarni, who had approached the Bombay High Court earlier for appointment of an IAS officer as the chairman of the Trust, said the Central government had sanctioned Rs 2,350 crore for the works related to the dam.“Despite this, the state government is demanding Rs 500 crore from the Trust as a non-interest loan. This will result into the Trust incurring heavy losses,” he said. Kulkarni said the welfare activities for devotees will get affected.“The daily expenses of the Trust is Rs 90 lakh. If the Trust realises its fixed deposit of Rs 2,200 crore, it will also lose the interest to the tune of Rs 130 crore. How could then they be able to pay salaries of the staff?” he questioned.The Trust chairman Suresh Haware said the decision to provide the “interest-free” loan to the state government had been taken by its members unanimously.“The construction of the canal network will ensure that 13 parched talukas in Ahmednagar district would get water for drinking. The move will also benefit thousands of farmers,” he said. COMMENTSlast_img read more

Govt looks to introduce Motor Bill in upcoming Parliament session after Cabinet

first_imgNitin Gadkari (file photo). SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE RELATED Amendments to Motor Vehicle Act, Chit Fund Act, among 38 Bills set to lapse parliament The government will try to introduce the Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill in the forthcoming session of Parliament, Union Minister Nitin Gadkari has said. The bill, pending approval from the Rajya Sabha, lapsed after the 16th Lok Sabha was adjourned sine die in February. “The cabinet note is ready for the Motor Bill and once it is approved we will try to introduce it in the upcoming session of Parliament,” Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari said. Gadkari, who took charge of the Ministry on Tuesday, told reporters that radical reforms are expected in the transport sector once the bill gets Parliament nod. The Motor Vehicles (Amendment) Bill, which had been passed by the Lok Sabha, was introduced in the Upper House in April 2017 but was referred to a select panel. After taking into account the panel’s recommendation, the bill was re-introduced in the Rajya Sabha but the debate on the bill remained inconclusive. The bill proposes hefty penalties for various offences pertaining to the road transport sector. Published on New MV Act can help cut accidents by 20%: Gadkari Taxi permits to two-wheelers by states legal: Govt June 05, 2019 road transport COMMENT The bill proposes hefty penalties for various offences pertaining to the road transport sector. COMMENTSlast_img read more

Doctors stir Venue for open talks with Mamata Banerjee yet to be

first_imgDoctors wear bandages on their heads as they participate in a rally to show solidarity to protest against an attack on intern junior doctor in West Bengal, at AIIMS in New Delhi.   –  PTI West Bengal Published on strike Doctors at hospitals in Delhi protest over WB violence SHARE The impasse at the state-run medical colleges and hospitals in West Bengal entered the sixth day on Sunday, even as the agitating doctors asserted that they were open to talks with the government, the venue for which would be decided by a governing body of medical practitioners.Earlier, the agitators had insisted that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visit the city’s NRS Medical College and Hospital, the epicentre of the agitation. After an internal meeting late on Saturday, the doctors, who had turned down an invite for a closed-door meeting with Banerjee at the state secretariat, mellowed down and stated that they were ready to hold a dialogue in any form, but the venue of the meeting would be decided later.“We will be deciding on our next step during a governing body meeting today. We are open to any dialogue as always. The venue for the meeting will be decided soon,” a spokesperson of a joint forum of junior doctors told reporters here.During a press conference at the state secretariat on Saturday, Banerjee urged the agitators to resume work and said her government had accepted all of their demands. She also stressed that a group of doctors had met her and expressed their willingness to join duty, a claim vehemently refuted by the striking doctors.During the meet, the chief minister emphasised that her government had not invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to get the doctors to resume work. “We have laws, but we do not want to use them…. We are not going to take any stringent action against any of the agitating junior doctors and hamper their career,” she said after the agitators did not turn up for a meeting at 5 pm.The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued an advisory, seeking a report on the ongoing stir and stating that it had received a number of representations from the medical fraternity from different parts of the country for their safety and security in view of the strike in West Bengal.Bengal Governor K N Tripathi has written to Banerjee, advising her to take immediate steps to provide security to the medicos and find out a solution to the impasse. The chief minister said she had spoken to the governor and apprised him of the steps taken by her government to resolve the matter.Doctors across the state called for a strike after two of their colleagues were brutally assaulted at the NRS Medical College and Hospital by the family members of a patient, who died on Monday night. The services continue to remain affected in the emergency wards, outdoor facilities and pathological units of many state-run hospitals and private medical facilities in the state, leaving several patients in the lurch.The Calcutta High Court had, on Friday, refused to pass any interim order on the strike by the junior doctors. It had also asked the state government to persuade the doctors to resume work.Also read: Calcutta High Court refuses to pass interim order on doctors’ strike 0 Doctors’ protest gets pan-India supportcenter_img COMMENT June 16, 2019 Protesting doctors turn down Mamata’s invite for talks, say CM has to apologise first COMMENTS RELATED SHARE SHARE EMAIL The agitation in West Bengal enters sixth daylast_img read more

Most opaque Budget in history says Opposition

first_imgCongress leader P Chidambaram   –  Prashant Waydande CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury   –  PTI  “The Budget and the speech were full of several promises and commitments that would help big corporate capital and the wealthy to strengthen their grip on the economy and foster greater integration of the economy with international financial markets. Nothing, however, was there for the working people — kisans and workers — who would be left to fend for themselves” he added. Opposition parties termed the Budget as the “most opaque” and alleged that it was a “payback gift” from the BJP to big corporate houses after the elections. Some parties said that the Budget neglected farmers, workers and common people, and announced protests for neglecting the agriculture sector.Former Finance Minister and senior Congress leader P Chidambaram said the Budget speech was an “unusually opaque” exercise. “Has there ever been a Budget speech that does not disclose the total revenue, the total expenditure, the fiscal deficit, the revenue deficit, the additional revenue mobilisation or the financial concessions?”he said.The Rajya Sabha member said, “Has there ever been a Budget speech that does not disclose the allocations to important programmes like MGNREGA, Mid-day Meal Scheme, Healthcare and to vulnerable sections like SC, ST, Minorities, and Women? We are shocked by this departure from the usual practice.”‘Bereft of reforms’Talking to reporters at the AICC headquarters on Friday, he said the Finance Minister has given no meaningful relief to any section of the people. “On the contrary, the FM has increased Customs duties on a large number of goods (protectionist), raised taxes on petrol and diesel (exploitative) and proposed extensive amendments to the Income Tax Act that will increase the tax and compliance burdens on the taxpayer.” He said that Part A of the Budget speech was totally bereft of any reform, not to speak of structural reforms. “The CEA had set the goal for India to become a $5-trillion economy and premised his entire argument on boosting private investment. There was no indication in the Budget speech of any measures to attract greater private investment,” he said.Chidambaram said the Modi government treats India as one big State government and has taken upon itself the responsibility to do things that are the right and duty of State governments. “This is not cooperative federalism, it is an unequal partnership imposed by the Centre upon State governments,” he added.CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury said, “The FM has used February 2019 interim Budget’s revised estimates as the revised estimates for the whole year 2018-19. Expenditure cuts in the last quarter in the run up to polls are not accounted for.” he said.  SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL July 05, 2019 CPI(M) General Secretary Sitaram Yechury   –  PTI COMMENT political development Published on COMMENTSlast_img read more

I was not aware of Wan Jis sedition case until High Courts

first_img Related News Related News PETALING JAYA: Attorney General Tommy Thomas says he was not aware of the case against Muslim preacher Wan Ji Wan Hussin for making seditious remarks against the Selangor Sultan until the High Court upheld the decision to convict him and enhanced his sentence on July 9.Thomas provided a sequence of events for the case, which showed that Wan Ji was charged and convicted prior to the 14th General Election.The timeline showed that Wan ji was charged in September 2014, convicted in April 2018, and a subsequent appeal and cross-appeal were filed in April 2018 before the High Court’s decision on July 9, 2019.”No written representations were ever made by the accused or his lawyer to me, and I was not personally aware of this matter until after the decisions of the High Court on July 9 became publicly known. AdChoices广告”This is hardly surprising because on any given working day, the Federal and 13 state governments are involved, literally, in hundreds of criminal and civil cases in all the courts of the land.”It is therefore impossible for any one person to be personally acquainted with even a tiny fraction of these cases. Hence, delegation and decentralisation of authority are essential,” he said in a statement on Friday (July 12).The High Court had granted a stay of execution on Wan Ji’s one-year jail sentence until the appeal process was completed.Thomas said the AGC was studying the options open to it with respect to Wan Ji’s appeal, but noted that in view of his conviction by two courts, “the margin of discretion in his office is substantially limited”.Thomas also explained the continued use of the Sedition Act 1948.He said the Act is among those that the Pakatan Harapan manifesto had stated it would repeal, but said that the Cabinet had not informed the AGC of any decision to repeal or amend it.”Under our system of government, it is the Cabinet that decides on behalf of the executive branch to enact, repeal or amend laws for presentation to Parliament, with chambers assisting in the drafting of new laws,” he said.He also said Cabinet had not sent any instructions to stop relying on the Sedition Act.”Such an instruction would not, in any event, be lawful because it would offend the discretionary power under the Constitution vested solely in the office of the Attorney General to decide on prosecutorial matters on behalf of the state,” he said.Thomas added that upon assuming office in June 2018, he decided to only turn to the Sedition Act as a measure of last resort.”Because the Sedition Act is still a law, it cannot be totally disregarded. That can only occur if Parliament repeals it.”Since GE14, however, not a single person has been charged under the Sedition Act,” he said.Hence, Thomas said for cases under the Sedition Act pending in the Courts in May 2018, its policy is to review each case on an individual basis depending on its circumstances.”We only act on written representations from an accused or his lawyer. This promotes transparency and accountability,” he said.Thomas added that if a prosecution has to occur, it will rely on the Penal Code, but if there where there no alternatives under the laws, then in appropriate cases, it “cannot rule out applying the Sedition Act, until it is repealed”. Nation 10 Jul 2019 Pakatan Youth: Release Wan Ji, AG told to explain appeal for heavier sentence Nation 10 Jul 2019 Human rights organisations slam heavier sedition sentence for Wan Ji Nation 11 Jul 2019 Dr M: National Security Council (Amendment) Bill to be tweaked, re-tabled {{category}} {{time}} {{title}}last_img read more

Jammu and Kashmir IED module busted in Shopian 2 arrested

first_img Asian News International ShopianJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 18:54 IST A case under relevant sections of law has been registered. (File Photo)Jammu and Kashmir Police busted an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) module in Shopian on Saturday and arrested two persons in connection with the case.Police claimed to have recovered incriminating materials.A case under relevant sections of law has been registered.Further investigation is underway.ALSO READ | Jammu and Kashmir: Couple injured in Pakistani firing along LoC in RajouriALSO WATCH | Pakistan violates ceasefire along LoC in J&K’s PoonchFor 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 bySnigdha Choudhury Next Jammu and Kashmir: IED module busted in Shopian, 2 arrestedPolice claimed to have recovered incriminating materials.advertisementlast_img read more

Repair work on Taj Mahal minaret to be completed by September 15

first_img Next Press Trust of India AgraJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 19:27 IST HIGHLIGHTSThe repair work began a few days ago on one of the four minarets of the iconic Taj MahalSome stones are to be replaced and the black stone linings fixedThe repair work that began a few days ago on one of the four minarets of the iconic Taj Mahal will be completed by September 15, ahead of the World Tourism Day, officials said.Amar Nath Gupta, conservation assistant, supervising the repairs told PTI that speedy completion of the minaret with perfection will be ensured.Some stones are to be replaced and the black stone linings fixed, he said, adding there was no tilt or danger to the minaret.Nam Dev, in-charge of the Taj Mahal, the 17th century monument to love, said work at the minaret has started and the scaffolding was being erected.Earlier, ASI chief of Northern circle Vasant Swarnkar had said it was “not a routine repair work but a specialised one”.Reports had said that the stone slabs of the stairs were damaged and needed replacement. The iron clamps too had rusted.Meanwhile, tourist guides at the Taj Mahal expressed concern over the return of the green bacteria that had proliferated in the polluted waters of the river Yamuna, which remains mostly dry.Patches of green were discernible on the surface of the mausoleum at the rear side facing Yamuna.The World Tourism Day is celebrated on September 27.ALSO READ: Green moss patches grow back on Taj Mahal as rains lash Uttar PradeshALSO WATCH: Is the Taj Mahal doomed?For 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 bySanjay Nirala Repair work on Taj Mahal minaret to be completed by September 15: OfficialsThe repair work that began a few days ago on one of the four minarets of the iconic Taj Mahal will be completed by September 15, ahead of the World Tourism Day, officials said.advertisementlast_img read more

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