Texas School Standards Age of the Universe Erased

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. Heavyweight galaxies puzzle astronomers Explore further Originally in the Texas school standards was this phrase: “concept of an expanding universe that originated about 14 billion years ago.” However, board member Barbara Cargill thought this wasn’t good enough. It was too definite. The standards now read, “current theories of the evolution of the universe including estimates for the age of the universe.” You can bet that the age of the earth is not listed in the Texas curriculum as about 4.5 billion years old — in spite of the fact that most of the people my age and older have known (or rather, estimated) this for years.There certainly are many different theories about the formation of the universe. Whether it was a big bang or a big bounce are two of them. Cosmologists and astronomers wonder about the rate of expansion in the early universe, and they debate the effects of gravity (not to mention its nature) as well as consider questions about the composition of the universe and the kinds of particles that exist. However, despite the questions that do exist about the origination of the universe, there is very little debate about its age. Right now, the latest estimate is that the universe is 13.73 billion years old, plus or minus 120 million years. This information is the latest from results from the Wilkinson Microwave Anistropy Probe (WMAP). While the age of the universe is likely to be fine tuned in coming years, it is extremely likely that it will remain in the neighborhood of 14 billion years. And few scientists see the age of the earth being cast in doubt as well. But it appears that cosmology could now be thrown into the fray of science v. religion. Until now, matters of space have been very little addressed in terms of religion. After all, couldn’t God have created the universe well before putting humans on Earth? But it appears that by working from Earth outward, some are becoming concerned. If God created humans on Earth just a few millennia ago, then Earth can’t be 4.5 billion years old. And if Earth isn’t as old as all that, surely the universe isn’t, either. It’s an interesting train of logic. And one that could result in all we know about space science being brought under attack.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Texas school standards next attack: Removing references to the age of the universe. Image source: NASA Hubble Space Telescope. Citation: Texas School Standards: Age of the Universe Erased (2009, April 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-04-texas-school-standards-age-universe.html (PhysOrg.com) — The fight over the new education and curriculum standards for the public schools in Texas has been long and publicized. Most of the publicity, though, focuses on the school board’s focus on “intelligent design” as it relates to the biological question of evolution. Because evolution has long been contested in public schools, it is no real surprise that this has gotten the most play from the media. But one thing that hasn’t been mentioned as much is the fact that the Texas school standards also remove mention of the age of the universe. Long-standing ideas of cosmology are being challenged as well.last_img read more

Army to test XM25 smart grenade launcher rifle w Video

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — The US Army has recently announced plans to test the high-tech XM25 airburst grenade launcher this summer in Afghanistan, unleashing a weapon that veterans predict could be a game-changing advantage in the war. The XM25 can fire 25mm rounds that explode at any distance set by a soldier, effective at a range of up to 700 m. Because the 14-pound, $25,000 gun can fire rounds in just seconds, it could replace the need to call in fire missions, artillery or airstrikes in some situations, which can take anywhere from several minutes to an hour to arrive. Explore further Army officials say that the XM25 could be ideal in current situations in Afghanistan, where the enemy tends to hide behind barriers such as walls and trees or in underground trenches, often at distances of 300 m or more. Right now, such targets are difficult to hit even for skilled marksmen, since a bullet is only lethal if it hits the head or vital organs. Since the blast radius of the XM25 is equivalent to a hand grenade, it could allow US soldiers to target and kill these hidden snipers. For example, if an enemy is hiding inside a distant building, a soldier can point the gun at the building’s façade, which measures the distance using lasers and sensors. The soldier can then add (or subtract) a smaller distance so that the round explodes at an estimated location close to the enemy. When the soldier fires, the microchip-embedded round tracks the distance it has traveled by the number of times it rotates. Upon exploding, the 25mm round spreads shrapnel in all directions, likely killing anyone nearby. Compared to a typical M4 carbine, the gun doesn’t require extreme precision to kill even at these long ranges, potentially making it one of the deadliest hand weapons in the Army’s arsenal. This live-fire demo shows the XM25 firing rounds through the window of a simulated building. “It brings, right now, organic to the squad, the capability to defeat targets that we’re seeing everyday in Afghanistan — targets that we can’t currently hit,” said Col. Doug Tamilio, project manager for soldier weapons with the Army’s Program Executive Office Soldier. “It will save soldiers’ lives, because now they can take out those targets.”After the weapon is tested by a group of Army Special Forces Soldiers this summer, Army officials may expand the use of the weapon in the future. The Army is currently deciding whether to purchase 12,500 of the weapons, which are made by Heckler and Koch, although a final decision is awaiting a program review by senior Army officials. US Army enlists Facebook, Twitter © 2010 PhysOrg.comcenter_img A soldier aims an XM25 weapon at Aberdeen Test Center, Md. Credit: US Army. 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: Military.com Citation: Army to test XM25 ‘smart’ grenade launcher rifle (w/ Video) (2010, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-army-xm25-smart-grenade-launcher.htmllast_img read more

Bendable battery and LED make up the first functional allflexible electronic system

first_imgTo overcome this limitation, the researchers developed a fabrication technique that allows them to thermo-treat the electrode material, enabling the use of almost any material as an electrode. This technique, called the universal transfer method, involves originally depositing the battery materials onto a brittle mica substrate, similar to that used in standard non-flexible battery fabrication. Then, using sticky tape, the researchers peeled the mica substrate away, layer by layer. After about 10 minutes of peeling, the researchers could remove the entire mica substrate without damaging the thin-film battery. Next, the flexible battery is transferred onto a flexible polymer sheet and capped with another flexible polymer sheet. The result is a flexible Li-ion battery that can be made with almost any electrode material. Here, the researchers used lithium cobalt oxide as the cathode material, which is currently the most widely used cathode in non-flexible Li-ion batteries due to its high performance. For the anode, they used traditional lithium. Journal information: Nano Letters The bendable Li-ion battery in the bent position turning on a blue LED. Image credit: Koo, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society Citation: Bendable battery and LED make up the first functional all-flexible electronic system (2012, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-bendable-battery-functional-all-flexible-electronic.html Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. “We fabricated a high-performance flexible Li-ion battery structured with high-density inorganic thin films using the universal transfer approach, which enables the realization of diverse flexible Li-ion batteries regardless of electrode chemistry,” Lee said. “Moreover, it can form high-temperature annealed electrodes on polymer substrates for high-performance Li-ion batteries.” In tests, the researchers demonstrated that the new flexible Li-ion battery has the highest charging voltage (4.2 V) and charging capacity (106 μAh/cm2) ever achieved for flexible Li-ion batteries. They also demonstrated that the battery could be bent with a high curvature angle. However, after 100 charge-discharge cycles, the battery lost some of its capacity. Depending on the degree of bending deformation, it maintained between 88.2% and 98.4% of its original capacity. The researchers, from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in Daejeon, South Korea, have published their study on the new bendable Li-ion battery in a recent issue of Nano Letters.Although several other flexible Li-ion batteries have been developed already, none has achieved a sufficient performance in operation stability to be applied to commercial products, such as rollable displays and other flexible consumer electronics. The reason is that the electrodes for these batteries can only be made of a few materials due to fabrication difficulties, and these materials don’t have very good performance. As coauthor Keon Jae Lee of KAIST explains, one type of ideal cathode material would be a lithium transition metal oxide, although this is one of the materials that currently cannot be incorporated into bendable Li-ion batteries.“Lithium transition metal oxides used as a cathode electrode have to be treated at high temperature (e.g., about 700 °C for lithium cobalt oxide) for the crystallinity,” Lee told Phys.org. “However, it is not possible to thermo-treat the active material on flexible substrates like polymer materials.” Research team develops high performance flexible solid state batterycenter_img Battery components are located in the mechanical neutral plane, which is generated from the counterbalance between tensile and compressive strains. Image credit: Koo, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society All-in-one flexible LED system integrated with a bendable Li-ion battery on a flexible plastic substrate. Image credit: Koo, et al. ©2012 American Chemical Society More information: Min Koo, et al. “Bendable Inorganic Thin-Film Battery for Fully Flexible Electronic Systems.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl302254v 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. As the researchers explained, one tactic that helped them achieve this high performance even under a high curvature angle was placing the active parts of the battery in a mechanically neutral space within the battery film. When the battery film is bent, a counterbalance develops between the tensile strain on the outer side and the compressive strain on the inner side, which creates a mechanically neutral plane in the middle. Further, the researchers calculated that the point at which the compressive stress changes to tensile stress at a certain degree of bending may have even greater stability than on a brittle substrate. This finding suggests that it may be possible for flexible Li-ion batteries to have higher stability and better performance than non-flexible Li-ion batteries.To fabricate the first fully functional all-flexible electronic system, the researchers connected the flexible Li-ion battery to a flexible organic LED, the latter of which was fabricated on a flexible indium tin oxide substrate. The researchers then wrapped the entire system with flexible polymer sheets to enhance the mechanical stability. They demonstrated that, even when the battery was in the bent position, it could still power the LED. In the future, the researchers plan to improve the battery performance, particularly its energy density, as well as work on mass production through a one-step laser lift-off process instead of using sticky tape. They also note that the novel universal transfer method can be extended to fabricate other flexible devices, such as thin-film nanogenerators, thin-film transistors, and thermoelectric devices.“I am interested in the combination of a flexible energy source and self-powered piezoelectric energy harvesting, called nanogenerators,” Lee said. “The fully flexible electronic system and its expansion with nanogenerators can be expected to change our daily life. Also, to be utilized in consumer electronics, increasing the power capacity is important. Therefore, 3D stacking of this 10-um-thick thin-film battery would be an interesting topic.” Explore further (Phys.org) — By connecting a new flexible, thin-film Li-ion battery to a flexible organic LED, a team of researchers from South Korea has demonstrated the first fully functional all-flexible electronic system. In other words, they have shown the total integration of a flexible display and battery on a single plastic substrate without the help of bulk electronics. The achievement relies on a new fabrication method that enables flexible batteries to work with a variety of electrode materials, overcoming previous electrode limitations.last_img read more

Researchers show how historical contingencies constrained evolution of a yeast regulatory network

first_img More information: Intersecting transcription networks constrain gene regulatory evolution, Nature (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nature14613AbstractEpistasis—the non-additive interactions between different genetic loci—constrains evolutionary pathways, blocking some and permitting others. For biological networks such as transcription circuits, the nature of these constraints and their consequences are largely unknown. Here we describe the evolutionary pathways of a transcription network that controls the response to mating pheromone in yeast. A component of this network, the transcription regulator Ste, has evolved two different modes of binding to a set of its target genes. In one group of species, Ste binds to specific DNA binding sites, while in another lineage it occupies DNA indirectly, relying on a second transcription regulator to recognize DNA. We show, through the construction of various possible evolutionary intermediates, that evolution of the direct mode of DNA binding was not directly accessible to the ancestor. Instead, it was contingent on a lineage-specific change to an overlapping transcription network with a different function, the specification of cell type. These results show that analysing and predicting the evolution of cis-regulatory regions requires an understanding of their positions in overlapping networks, as this placement constrains the available evolutionary pathways. Sacharomyces cerevisiae cells in DIC microscopy. Credit: Wikipedia. © 2015 Phys.org Explore further Citation: Researchers show how historical contingencies constrained evolution of a yeast regulatory network (2015, July 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-07-historical-contingencies-constrained-evolution-yeast.html A team of researchers with the University of California has found a way to show how historical contingencies constrained the evolution of a gene regulatory network. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they conducted a genetic analysis of brewer’s yeast in a way that allowed them to gain a new perspective on the regulatory network that led to the current genome of the group of fungi. Aaron New and Ben Lehner of Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Spain, offer a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue.center_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. Evolution of a natural gene network explored by Yale researchers Journal information: Nature In this research effort, the team looked at historical contingency—where a sequence of events led to a present state in a biological context. In ordinary life, historical contingencies occur all the time, looking over the life a person has lived, for example, would reveal many such instances, where decisions were made that led to a new state, and where another decision was eventually made based on what had occurred thus far, and on and on—mapping historical contingencies over time leads to what is known as a regulatory network—a depiction that illustrates the impact of all the contingencies that have occurred. In the biological sciences historical contingencies apply to evolutionary changes that occur over a certain period of time, and the regulatory network allows researchers to see which changes were contingent on which prior changes. Such work is challenging, which is why the researchers chose brewer’s yeast to study—not only does it have a reasonably simple genome, as New and Lehner, point out, but there are also genetic engineering tools that have been developed for its study that can be adapted for use across more than one species.Studying historical contingency in organisms works because of the way genetics works—as a trait evolves, the genome changes. Also, sometimes, changes that occur are lost due to changes in the environment, but the genome retains some of the DNA that came about due to the original change, and that too can be used in creating a regulatory network. In this new work, the researches reconstructed the evolutionary path of two mating types in brewer’s yeast, dubbed “a” and “α”—both cause genes to be switched on when exposed to pheromones. As part of their analysis they were able to show the evolutionary path that the types took as each was impacted by events, leading to contingencies and thus were able to construct a regularity network. They were also able to show, as New and Lehner, note that understanding the evolution of individual genes must involve the evolution of regulatory networks.last_img read more

Forcing a metal to be a superconductor via rapid chilling

first_imgScheme for thermodynamic and kinetic approaches to realizing superconductivity in certain strongly correlated electron systems. The conceptual electronic phase diagram considered in this study is displayed with pressure/carrier doping as a control parameter. The double well and ball represent temperature-dependent schematic free-energy landscapes and realized electronic states in each cooling process, respectively. The thermodynamic approach, which can be advanced by increasing pressure or carrier doping, results in a change in the lowest free-energy state, from a certain competing order to a superconducting (SC) state. By contrast, the kinetic approach, which can be advanced by rapid cooling, allows the system to kinetically avoid the first-order phase transition to the competing order and thus to remain in a metastable supercooled state, which is expected to eventually turn into superconducting at low temperatures. Credit: Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau3489 Discovery of bismuth superconductivity at extremely low temperature jeopardizes theory A team of researchers with the RIKEN Center for Emergent Matter Science and The University of Tokyo, both in Japan, has found a way to force a metal to be a superconductor by cooling it very quickly. In their paper published on the open access site, Science Advances, the group describes their process and how well it worked. Scientists around the world continue to seek a material that behaves as a superconductor at room temperature—such a material would be extremely valuable because it would have zero electrical resistance. Because of that, it would not increase in heat as electricity passed through it, nor lose energy. Scientists have known that cooling some materials to very cold temperatures causes them to be superconductive. They have also known that some metals fail to do so because they enter a “competing state.” In this new effort, the researchers in Japan have found a way to get one such non-cooperative metal to enter a superconductive state anyway—and to stay that way for over a week. Noting that there is a very small delay between the moment when a metal reaches a temperature cold enough to enter a superconductive state and the onset of the competing state, the researchers came up with an idea—if the metal was cooled rapidly, it might not have a chance to enter a competing state. They liken the idea to metal forgers plunging their work into cold water after fashioning to prevent it from weakening. To find out if their idea worked, they made a metal sample out of iridium and tellurium. They connected electrodes and gave it a jolt of electricity. The jolt initially caused the metal to heat to over 27°C, but then it cooled very rapidly to -269°C, in under ten microseconds. The researchers found that via quick-freeze technique, the metal changed into a superconducting state for over a week. Journal information: Science Advances More information: Hiroshi Oike et al. Kinetic approach to superconductivity hidden behind a competing order, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau3489center_img © 2018 Phys.org Explore further 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. Citation: Forcing a metal to be a superconductor via rapid chilling (2018, October 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-metal-superconductor-rapid-chilling.htmllast_img read more

Court to consider CBIs final report on Jan 30

first_img“Certain clarifications have been sought qua the supplementary final report. Accordingly, matter be put up for consideration now on January 30,” Special CBI Judge Bharat Parashar said.The court was hearing the case in which CBI had earlier chargesheeted Congress MP Vijay Darda, his son Devendra Darda, Director of AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, Manoj Jayaswal, and the firm, as accused for offences punishable under sections 120-B (criminal conspiracy) read with 420 (cheating) of IPC and under the provisions of Prevention of Corruption Act. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIDuring the hearing, the court allowed Vijay Darda’s plea seeking modification of conditions which were imposed on him while he was granted bail last year.Darda’s counsel Vijay Aggarwal told the court that while his client was granted bail, the court had directed him not to leave the country without its prior permission but he has to travel abroad for business purposes and also in connection with his official duties as an MP.Aggarwal said that Vijay Darda would ensure his presence on each and every date of hearing and that the trial was not hampered on account of his foreign trips. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindSenior public prosecutor A P Singh expressed apprehension that the trial could get hampered on account of his frequent foreign visits.It is accordingly directed that henceforth before leaving the country accused (Vijay Darda) shall intimate the court not later than a week before the actual date of journey about his travel plan, itinerary and his contact addresses during the said travel,” the judge said.“However, it is made clear that accused shall remain present on each date of hearing unless ordered otherwise, be it the stage of recording evidence or any proceeding before or after,” the court said. The CBI had earlier informed the court about the current status of public servants, who were allegedly involved in the allocation of a coal block to AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd.The court had earlier granted bail to Vijay Darda, Devendra and Jayaswal after they had appeared before it in pursuance to the summons issued against them.Vijay Darda, Devendra, Jayaswal and the firm were named as accused in the charge sheet filed by CBI on March 27 last year in which it had alleged that they had fraudulently acquired the coal blocks. Darda has denied the allegations against him. Regarding AMR Iron and Steel Pvt Ltd, CBI had claimed in its FIR that the firm, in its application form for allocation of coal blocks, had “fraudulently” concealed the fact that its group firms had previously been allocated five coal blocks.CBI examines Kumar Mangalam  CBI examines Kumar Mangalam  New Delhi: CBI has examined Aditya Birla group Chairman Kumar Mangalam Birla in connection with alleged irregularities in the allocation of Talabira-II coal block to his company Hindalco in 2005.The CBI’s questioning of Birla, named as an accused in the FIR, came after a special court raised questions over the closure report filed by the agency which has not been accepted. Birla was said to have been examined over his meetings with the then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who was also holding charge of coal portfolio, and the then Coal Secretary P C Parakh, another accused in the case. When contacted, Birla group declined to comment on the development. CBI Joint Director (Policy), who is in-charge of media relations, R S Bhatti did not answer phone calls and sms in this regard.last_img read more

Corporate executives paid handsome amount for stolen docs

first_imgA “handsome monthly amount” was paid by the arrested corporate executives to those “hired” for obtaining the “stolen documents” from Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas (MoPNG), Delhi Police said in its charge sheet submitted to a court here in the documents leak case.The money to the tune of Rs 2.5 lakh per month was being paid to the two accused, Lalta Prasad and Rakesh Kumar, who were first to be arrested outside the Shastri Bhavan, it said.Shailesh Saxena from RIL, Vinay Kumar from Essar, K K Naik from Cairns India, Subhash Chandra from Jubilant Energy and Rishi Anand from Reliance ADAG, energy consultant Prayas Jain and journalist Shantanu Saikia used to pay the amount to them, the charge sheet said. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 crore“On sustained interrogation, they all admitted that they had hired the services of Rakesh Kumar and Lalta Prasad for obtaining the stolen documents of MoPNG for their business gains,” it said. The Crime Branch of Delhi Police also did not rule out the possibility of slapping the charges under the Officials Secret Act (OSA) saying that reports pertaining to all the documents have not been received yet from the MoPNG and they have sought further clarifications from the ministry about it. “The reports received on April 10, April 15 and April 16, 2015 from MoPNG have been analyzed and it has been observed that reports pertaining to all the documents have not been received. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrested“Further, it has also not been specified as to the documents marked as secret/confidential are covered under OSA or not. Further clarification in this regard is being sought from MoPNG,” police said in its charge sheet filed against 13 arrested accused. Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Sanjay Khanagwal today took cognizance of the charge sheet and fixed the matter for further hearing on May 18. Police said according to ministry reports, documents recovered from the accused were not in public domain and some of them were marked as “secret/confidential in nature.”last_img read more

Child within

first_imgThe Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre will be hosting a sculpture exhibition, titled Being a Child by French artist Christine Margotin.In this exhibition, Christine Margotin will take the viewers back to childhood, a crucial period of life that one should never completely leave, she states. What can be learned from observing children? What can adults gain in reconnecting with their childhood? The artist explores the dialectics between childhood and adulthood through three series of artworks: sculptures of life-size children playing simple games, sculptures of joyful children , their various moods and 3D-canvases displaying messages about childhood. Margoti makes art in 3D, mostly by making bronze sculptures of people engaged in actions that inspire joy or compassion in her. Her inspiration generally expresses itself through themes like childhood, waterside, Indian roads, love and spirituality.When: May 10 – 15Where: HICClast_img read more

Isolation ends

first_imgThe dilapidating Gadaffi stadium in Lahore city of Pakistan has managed to break the six-year-long silence when it echoed with 27,000 die-hard cricketing fans on May 22, 2015. The crowd started entering the stadium two hours before the first ball and the place was a full house when Shahid Afridi and Elton Chigumbura strode out for the toss. Afridi gave one last pep talk before the hosts raced to the turf. The country’s largest stadium, brimmed with fans, resuscitated to life when the first ball of the match got unleashed from the firm right hand of bowler Anwar Ali and crashed into Zimababwean opener Hamilton Masakadza’s pad. It seemed as if the whole country had a sense of relief with the return of international cricket to the nation after an unannounced pause of six years, two months and 19 days (2,271 days) since Sri Lankan cricket team came under attack near Lahore’s Gaddafi  Also Read – Mahavir Phogat plans sports complex in native villageStadium on March 3, 2009.Wait ends at lastAs the cricketing action was on in the country, ordinary Pakistanis, officials, former players, singers – everyone was excited and #CricketComesHome became a worldwide trend on Twitter. All the tickets for the T20 matches and three ODIs were sold within hours. People from various cities thronged Lahore to get a glimpse of their favourite players in action on home ground after so many years. For many, this series was an important one for paving way for more cricketing action and it might show the world that Pakistan, despite its ongoing struggles with violent militant groups, is safe enough to host cricket. While some are still not convinced with the security arrangements in the country and other teams are not likely to visit Pakistan soon. Also Read – Ballon d’Or: A trophy that evaded legends of the gameGaddafi stadium has a seating capacity of more than 60,000 and the place was overflowing with crowd. The first T20 was held on 22 May and the very same day the captain of the Pakistani team, Shahid Afridi, hit the winning shot and the crowd went crazy. Many observers are skeptical if International Cricket will return to Pakistan for good after this series. It is notable that the International Cricket Council (ICC) did not send its officials to Pakistan due to the security concerns, even while saying that this series will hold an international status. But it has been a happy day for the cricket-starved nation and the icing on the cake was a Tweet from the famous Bollywood movie star Rishi Kapoor. The 2-0 series win in the first two matches of the series, followed by three match ODI series, doubled the joy for thousands of Pakistani cricket fans. A large number of people also flocked the stadium with posters and placards in support of Pakistani cricket, thanking the Zimbabwean team for their support as well. Fans painted their faces and bodies in national colours with some holding posters of “six years of torture. Thanks for revival of cricket in Pakistan”. Another fan held up a poster saying, “Welcome Zimbabwe. Peace we love.” Pakistan’s most famous fan – Chacha Cricket – was also present in the stadium. Thousands battled the 42 degree celsius heat and stifling security checks in long queues for hours to catch a glimpse of the matches.More to follow?With the cricket’s return to the nation, albeit with minnows Zimbabwe, many suspect the longevity of the peaceful conduct of the game. The terror-hit country is already facing serious security threat from several militant groups. A couple of days ahead of the tour following the attack in Karachi, Zimbabwe first cancelled their plan to visit Pakistan but then retracted their decision within 16 minutes in a bizarre turnaround. The tour, with its watertight security, has been a success and on questions like whether this has given the PCB hopes of hosting other major teams as well in the near future. PCB Chief Operating Officer (COO) Subhan Ahmed responded, “It’s going to be a major achievement as this tour is concluding successfully. What we were waiting for the last four-five years was to demonstrate to the world that we are capable of organising international cricket in a befitting manner and this is our chance to prove that we have that capability.” The official said that they would emphasise on the positive outcome of the current series while trying to convince other nations to start sending their teams to Pakistan on a regular basis to maintain the momentum gained from Zimbabwe’s visit.“We’ve looked at the Future Tours Programme (FTP) commitments and are trying to find a slot where we could invite another international team in the next 12 months. Pakistan fans have demonstrated to the world how keen they are for international cricket to be revived on home soil on a regular basis,” the COO was quoted as saying. The PCB has reportedly given $5,00,000 to Zimbabwe for the tour, but the board’s top brass feels that despite the expenses, they were going to profit from reviving international cricket in the country. “Investing as much as possible in this tour for the future of the game in our country was vital. Hopefully we’ll reap its benefits in the coming years,” stated the official.Indo-Pak action on cards?Pakistan is scheduled to play India this year in December, but there have been doubts regarding the series’ materialisation after the war of words between top government officials of both countries. However, the PCB is still hopeful.“We’re quite confident about the Pakistan-India series in December. Our confidence comes from the MoU signed with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) last year in which they have clearly indicated that even if they don’t come to Pakistan, they will make sure the series takes place in the UAE or some other neutral venue.” Subhan was also reported saying that during previous tours between the two countries, the strained situation was quite similar and a confirmation was received closer to the scheduled date of the series. “We’re anticipating the same situation this time around as well and although there are certain issues projected in the media, we are almost confident that a confirmation will be given in coming October or November.”“India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh all need to give us more support to help us bring back regular international cricket to Pakistan,” Shaharyar Khan, chief of the Pakistan Cricket Board had said during his India tour in early May.Lessons learnt?Following the tragedy, all cricket playing nations refused to send their teams to play in Pakistan and as a result the country had to play all of its home series in Dubai for six long years where many of the scheduled tours were cancelled.Henceforth, PCB convinced Sri Lankan Cricket Board and Bangladesh Cricket to send their teams but the tours mostly remained on paper. As a result many of the players, currently playing in Pakistan cricket team, have not played a single match on the home ground. Misbah-ul-Haq happened to be the most unfortunate Pakistani skipper, who never led his team at home. And all this continued until Zimbabwe landed in Pakistan on 19 May. All five matches were played at the Gaddafi stadium, the home base of Pakistan’s national cricket team. Taking a tough lesson, “extraordinary” security arrangements were made by the government. Over 3,000 security personnels were deployed around the stadium. The sports complex, where the stadium is located usually open to the public and traffic, was sealed by police, with several checkpoints set up on the roads surrounding it. Policemen were seen shooing away curious pedestrians from one of the entrances to the complex, where a row of metal detectors and a ring of barbed wire was set up.last_img read more

WB education minister inaugurates MAKAUTs placement portal

first_imgKolkata: The Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (MAKAUT) today launched a placement portal for graduates of the affiliated colleges under it to help the students get proper placement offers. The state university’s portal, which contains information about students of 196 affiliated colleges under the university – MAKAUT, was launched by West Bengal Education Minister Partha Chatterjee. “The portal will cater to procuring placement assistance to all the students of the MAKAUT-affiliated colleges in engineering, technology, pharmacy, management, architecture and various other professional courses,” Chatterjee said after launching the portal. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights It is a pioneering step and the first such initiative by any institution in the country, he said. The minister said he wanted students to avail this opportunity and asked all the MAKAUT-affiliated colleges to make the best use of the portal. “The talented students will be able to showcase themselves to the national and global job market through the portal,” the Vice-Chancellor of MAKAUT, Professor Saikat Mitra, said. “The resume of the students will be extensively visible to potential employers. The portal will be a database of all students from MAKAUT colleges along with their academic and experience backgrounds,” Mitra said. The portal will also enable companies to post placement or internship opportunities, he said.last_img read more