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Thursday, 23 July 2020

Afghan Teenage killed militants.


   In pic : Afghan woman who murdered taliban militants.

          "Ready to Fight Again": Afghan Woman, 15, Who Murdered Taliban militants.


An Afghan girl who killed two Taliban fighters dead after her parents were gunned down said she was ready to kill any other militants who may want to attack her. 

Qamar Gul, 15, killed the terrorists in a remote village in central Ghor province last week as they invaded her house.

"I don't fear them anymore and I'm ready to fight them again," Gul told AFP by phone from a relative's home, where guards were watching her.

A picture of Gul posing with a gun has been circulating online, with many supporting her actions and calling for her safe escape from the country. It was around midnight when the Taliban came in, Gul said, recalling that night's events.

She slept with her 12-year-old brother in her room when she heard the sound of men attempting to push at their house doorstep.

"My mother rushed to stop them but had already opened the door by then," said Gul. 
"They pulled out my mother and father and shot them many times. I was terrified." 
Moments later, though, "pain took over".

"I picked up the gun that we had at home, went to the door and shot them," said Gul, who was taught how to shoot an AK-47 assault rifle by her father. 

Her brother rushed in when one of the gunmen, who seemed to be the leader of the party, tried to shoot. "My brother took the gun from me and shot him. The man ran off injured, just to return," she said.

At that time several villagers and pro-government militants had reached the building. Following a protracted gun fight the Taliban finally fled.

The New York Times reported on Wednesday that a family feud also involved the killings at Gul 's home — and that one of the assailants was Gul's own husband.

In Taywara district, where Gul 's remote village is situated, its scene of almost daily conflicts between government forces and the Taliban, the insurgents frequently kill villagers they consider to be informers for the government or security forces.

Thousands of people on social media are insisting protection from the government, some calling for her to be sent out of Afghanistan.

"I ask the president to help move her to a safe location, as she and her family are at risk," influential women's rights activist and former lawmaker Fawzia Koofi wrote on Facebook. 

Munera Yousufzada, an official in the defense ministry, said Gul's "brave act" was an Afghan women's message to the Taliban.

President Ashraf Ghani also praised Gul for "defending her family against a vicious enemy," Sediq Sediqqi, his spokesman told AFP. 

A Taliban spokesman has confirmed that there was an operation in the area of the attack, but denied that a woman had killed any of the group's fighters.

Thursday, 16 July 2020

Best car rental service in Goa : Ocean Cabs.





                                                         https://www.oceancabsgoa.com

‘‘Our Success Depends On The Satisfaction Of Our Customers! This core philosophy is why we treat each and every customer as if they were our only customer. We promise you will have the best experience.’’


Ocean Cabs Goa, is a popular taxi service in goa that started its services in 1999. They are leading car rental agency in Goa with their staff located in Goa. They provide the best deals and guarantee an amazing experience to your visit from sightseeing tours, airport transfers and taxi excursions to Goa. Ocean cabs has been working aggressively to expand it’s satisfactory services to its customers. 

They have wide range of taxis available that are only one call away from you. If you're planning a quick trip around Goa or a full day sightseeing tour, they are here to cater all of your taxi hire needs.

Cars ranging from Toyota etios, to SUVs, they charge as low as 15 rs per kilometre for Toyota etios and Suzuki desire, for sightseeing tours they charge as low as RS 1800 per day.They also offer big SUV cars, 4*4 cars such as Toyota Innova , Tempo traveller for a group of 8 plus. They have it all according to their clients need. 

With other amazing deals and offer they provide affordable rates and makes sure that their services are pocket friendly. One thing that ocean cabs customers assure about is reliable and smooth rides and transfers. They also have zero cancellations fee that is rare in other cab services and quality services. 

Other than providing the best, if their clients have any inconvenience, they have 24*7 customer care to listen and fix their clients problems at hand.

So, if you are looking for a reliable source to depend your trip on, then ocean cabs services is the most trustworthy rental services you can find in Goa. 

1000+ bookings and clients, 50+ drivers, 60+ cars, it all shows their tremendous client base and exemplary services. 


Wednesday, 15 July 2020

These insects are still incredibly colorful even after 99 million years in Amber




In pic : Using these specimens, which are 99 million years old, scientists have been able to learn the secrets behind the vivid colours of prehistoric insects.


While scientists have been able to extract a lot of prehistory knowledge from fossils, they might not always be able to identify the coloring of an animal.

But a swarm of ancient insects fossilized in amber shows scientists just how vividly colored the earth was 99 million years ago, according to Science Alert.

"We've seen thousands of amber fossils but the preservation of color in these specimens is exceptional," said Huang Diying of the Chinese Academy of Sciences' (NIGPAS) Nanjing Institute of Geology and Paleontology and a co-author of the report.

Such insects have been so well protected in tree resin that NIGPAS researchers are now able to see a diverse range of vibrant colours, including metallic greens, purples, and blues through them. These phenomenal findings were published on 1 July 2020 in Royal Society Proceedings B: Biological Sciences.

In pic : Because of the tree resin that embodies them, the exoskeletons on these colorful insects (left) remain intact.


Researchers examined 35 amber samples from the mid-Cretaceous period some 99 million years ago that date back to the "golden age of dinosaurs." They have been found at a northern Myanmar amber mine.

An investigation found completely intact bugs, cuckoo wasps, and a soldier flying all in different shades of vibrant hues. Their coloration is probably due to their exoskeletons being anatomically or nanostructured.

In the meantime the nanostructures on the colorful amber specimens were completely intact, which clarified why even after 99 million years they stayed so colourful. These findings suggest that the beautiful coloring that has now been seen on these prehistoric bugs was probably how they looked when alive.

Indeed, today some of that vibrant coloration has been passed down to their modern descendants. Scientists have discovered that the colouration was almost identical to the existing species on the ancient cuckoo wasps.

In pic : Modern cuckoo wasps' bold green color (pictured) is very identical to that of their prehistoric ancestors.


The study of fossils contained in amber was an important part of revealing the mysteries of the prehistoric world. Nevertheless, due to the unrest in Myanmar, where amber fossils are mostly harvested, scientists have been struggling with the ethics of this field of study in the last years.

There will certainly be more ways to access prehistory without losing human dignity as science continues to witness advancements in technology.



Google, Facebook, Microsoft, other technology firms are entering the litigation against revised visa regulations for students



More than a hundred top American technology firms, including Google , Facebook and Microsoft, entered a complaint against the new regulation by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology against Immigration and Customs Compliance (ICE) on Monday that prohibits foreign students from remaining in the U.S. unless they attend at least one course in person.

These firms, along with the U.S., are seeking a temporary restraining order and a preliminary injunction The Chamber of Commerce and other IT advocacy groups claimed that the ICE Directive of 6 July would disrupt their recruitment plans, make it impossible to bring in international students that companies had planned to recruit and disrupt the recruitment process on which they relied.

The CPT program allows "alternative work / study, internship, co-operative education or other kind of internship or practice required by supporting employers through collaborative agreements with the school of a student." On the other hand, the OPT program allows for up to one year of part time employment, which is closely applicable to the major study area of an international student.

The firms said that closing off more than half of all international students from participating in the American business recruitment pipeline would harm businesses and the economy as a whole, and disrupt reliance expectations based on prior policies that allow international students to stay in the U.S.

Covid 19 Vaccine Update



Following clinical trials on a group of volunteers, the Russian Defence Ministry today said it had produced a "free" corona virus vaccine. The ministry said that 18 people took part in the research and were released without "significant adverse outcomes, health issues, complications or side effects."

The trial results "allow us to speak confidently about the vaccine's safety and good tolerability," it said in a statement.

The Department of Defence did not know if the vaccine was actually successful, but a doctor working on the trials said the volunteers were safe from corona virus now.

"Their immunity works well, antibodies are made, they are protected from corona virus," researcher Svetlana Volchikhina said in a video released by the ministry of defence.

The volunteers were separated at Moscow's Burdenko Military Hospital on June 18, when the trial vaccine was conducted and daily inspections were carried out.

The Ministry of Defence announced that "the vital signs of volunteers stayed within usual limits for 28 days after vaccination."

The defence ministry has said it anticipates full completion of clinical trials by the end of July.

In the meantime, promising news about initial trials of the proposed COVID-19 vaccine at the University of Oxford that was approved to AstraZeneca could be revealed as early as Thursday, ITV's political editor Robert Peston said, citing a source. Phase III trials of the candidate for the covid vaccine, that included thousands of human volunteers, began in Brazil last month.

Thursday, 9 July 2020



Photos of rare Black Panther in India goes viral.




In pic : Rare blank panther (pic courtesy - bbc news)


Saya 's photographs, a rare black panther who lives in Kabini forest in Karnataka , India, have gone viral.

Shaaz Jung, the man behind the camera — who spent 12 hours a day chasing the panther for five long years — was more shocked at how these pictures hit the Internet.

In the past five years, the 31-year-old wildlife filmmaker and photographer has only filmed Saya – the melanistic leopard who has made his way into the Kabini forest.

                   In pic : Photographer Saad Jung 

"When people see these images, they assume there are many leopards, but there is really only one black panther where we are – a melanistic leopard in the thick Nagerhole forest. So, it was like finding a needle in a haystack, "Jung said.

Jung has been going into the jungle at 6 a.m. for two-three years straight, spending the whole day out there till 6.30 p.m., all seven days in a week.

But Jung knew this was once in a life time opportunity, till now black panthers have only been studied in Malaysia 's forests using remote camera traps.

Black panthers are typically found in tropical forest, where the dense foliage of trees does not allow the sun to reach the vegetation, but Saya is present in the Kabini deciduous forest. 

The virality started when it was picked up by a Twitter handle called 'Planet' and soon millions of people were sharing the images all over the world. Jung, whose father is the retired Indian cricketer Saad Bin Jung, got a call from his brother, the actor, and also from Saif Ali Khan about the viral images, asking him to share them too.




Monday, 6 July 2020

U.S. military to stand in confrontation with India with China, White House official says


In Pic : During a bilateral meeting next to the ASEAN Summit in Manila , Philippines, November 13, 2017, US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Photo: Reuters)


A top White House official said on Monday after the navy deployed two aircraft carriers to the South China Sea to raise its presence in the region, the U.S. military "must continue to stand firm" in relation to a confrontation between India and China or anywhere else.

Staff chief Mark Meadows of the White House told Fox News, "The message is clear. We're not going to stand by and let China or anyone else take the reins as the most powerful, dominant force, whether it's in that region or over here,"

Meadows quoted saying to another question, "And the message is clear. Our military might stands strong and will continue to stand strong, whether it's in relationship to a conflict between India and China or anywhere else." 

In many areas of eastern Ladakh including Pangong Tso, Galwan Valley and Gogra Hot Spring, India and China's troops are locked in an eight-week standoff. The situation worsened last month following the clashes in the Galwan Valley that left 20 Indian Army personnel dead as both sides significantly improved their deployments in most areas along the LAC.

Two of its aircraft carriers were sent by the United States to the South China Sea. "Our goal is to make sure the world knows that we still have the pre-eminent military force on the face of the globe," said Meadows.

The influential Republican Senator Tom Cotton, appearing on Monday's same Fox News talk show with host Brian Kilmeade, said the U.S. aircraft carriers are heading to the South China Sea to counter any Chinese misadventure against Taiwan or other countries in the region.


Pakistan Health Minister, Dr Zafar Mirza, tests positive for Covid 19



  
  In Pic :Pakistan Health Minister, Dr Zafar Mirza.


Pakistan's  health minister announced on Monday that after testing positive for the novel coronavirus he has isolated himself.

Several leaders, including members of ruling Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), have been diagnosed with Covid-19 infection over the past few months, as the virus continues to spread in Pakistan.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi tested positively last week and announced that he is quarantining at home.

Other political figures who have contracted the virus to date include National Assembly Speaker Asad Qaiser, ex-PMs Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Yusuf Raza Gillani, National Assembly opposition leader, Shehbaz Sharif, Sindh Governor Imran Ismail, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader, Saeed Ghani, and railway minister Sheik Rashid, all recovered from the virus.

Many well-known figures have lost their fight against Covid-19 including a former governor, a provincial minister, and lawmakers.

According to the most recent official estimates, after the first case was registered in February 2,33,530 people have been testing positive for coronavirus across Pakistan.

However, the death toll has risen to 4,808 whereas 1,31,650 people have recovered, leaving 1,01,880 active cases in the country.



Wuhan increases the level of flood warning as rains pound China.




Wuhan, the central Chinese capital, epicenter of the latest coronavirus pandemic, lifted its flood warning level on Monday as torrential rain and thunderstorms battered the country's swaths, including the river Yangtze on which it sits.

Wuhan updated his emergency level II flood response from Level III, the second highest on its four-tier scale, after days of heavy rainfalls overflowing many of its roads.

In March, authorities warned that Wuhan and other flood-prone cities on the middle reaches of the Yangtze faced extreme rainfall rates this year than average.

From Chongqing in the southwest to Shanghai on the east coast, heavy rains continued to pound China on Monday. The Zhejiang, Anhui and Jiangsu provinces have all declared "yellow alerts"

According to data from the Ministry of Water Resources on Monday, water surpassed the alert rate at over 50 locations along China's rivers.

Chen Tao, a senior forecaster with the China Meteorological Administration (CMA), said in the next three days regions along the Yangtze could see as much as 400 mm of rainfall.

On Friday, CMA officials told a briefing that June rainfall was 13.5 per cent higher than the seasonal norm. Heavy rain and thunderstorm events were 43 per cent higher than the average for 2017-2019, they said.



Sunday, 5 July 2020

Donald Trump accuses China of 'secrecy, cover-up' for Covid-19 spreading





China must be kept completely responsible for its "secrecy, deceit and cover-up" that has helped it to spread coronavirus around the world, U.S. President Donald Trump said, trying to up Beijing's tempo over its management of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Speaking to the nation for the second time on Saturday's 244th Independence Day, President Trump celebrated the country's "success" toward the Covid-19 disease following a national increase in the number of cases of coronavirus.

He said in his speech from the White House lawns,
"We have the record of manufacturing ventilators. We have the most and the finest tests anywhere in the world. We produce gowns, masks, and surgical equipment in our country. It was made almost exclusively in foreign countries , in particular in China, where this virus and others came from ironically."

Trump has voiced concern in the past about China's treatment of the Covid-19 pandemic. He said in May that it was Beijing's "incompetence" that led to mass murder all over the globe.

China refuted US attempts to "cover up" the severity of its coronavirus outbreak and informed the US of seeking to distract public attention by asserting that the virus spread from a Wuhan virology lab.

The novel coronavirus that emerged in Wuhan in December of last year took more than five lakh lives and infected more than 11 million people worldwide. The US is the worst affected country with more than 1.2 lakh deaths and more than 2.8 million infections, according to data from Johns Hopkins University






Rapper Kanye West Gets Elon Musk 's Support Announces the US Presidential Bid



      In pic : Kanye West with wife Kim Kardashian

US rapper Kanye West, US President Donald Trump's outspoken supporter, declared on Saturday that he will run for president in 2020 in an open challenge to Trump and his expected Democratic opponent, former vice president Joe Biden.

"We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States," West wrote in a Twitter post.

This was not clear exactly whether West was serious about battling four months before the November 3 election for the presidency or whether he had submitted any official paperwork to be on the ballots for state elections.

Elon Musk, the Tesla electric car maker's chief executive and another celebrity known for unconventional temper tantrums, supported West's Twitter post: "You have my full support!" he wrote.

Saturday, 4 July 2020

Cute and new ways of cafes and restaurants for ensuring social distancing.



Pic Source :
Telangana today.

A host of public facilities such as restaurants and malls have started to open around the world, regardless of the fact that coronavirus is still a possible option. They were also asked, however, to observe strict regulations to ensure people's safety.

The restaurants are trying their best to get the business on track, from the glass cabins to permitting only takeaways. A café in Paris came up with an adorable idea in a similar incident to get itself new customers.

In a cafe in Paris, giant teddy bears have been put on dining tables to impose strict distance and dinner safety. The teddy bears are placed on either customer's side to make them feel safe.

                           In pic : Cafe in Paris.

Over the months we've seen a variety of innovative forms restaurants have taken to ensure social distance.

In Thailand, to ensure social distance, you are expected to sit with toy pandas while dinning. Thailand had eased some of its restrictions on lockdowns beginning May 3, including restaurants and cafes.

                        In pic : Cafe in Thailand.

For another incident in Germany, people dining at a cafe are required to wear 'pool noodles' as helmets to maintain social isolation.

                             In pic : Cafe in Germany. 

Certainly, if nothing else the pandemic has improved people's creativity.

The first coronavirus vaccine in India could be released by 15 August


                     Pic Courtesy: Reuters


With the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) fast-tracking efforts to develop "Covaxin" in collaboration with Bharat Biotech International Limited, the first made-in-India coronavirus vaccine may be launched by August 15. For drug testing of the aboriginal COVID-19 vaccine (BBV152 COVID vaccine), a couple extra institutes have been selected, the top government medical research body has said.

The ICMR has asked the institutes to step up clinical trials as it is a "priority project," which is regulated at the top government level.

The ICMR said in a letter to the Institutes, "The vaccine is produced from a mutation of SARS-CoV-2 isolated by ICMR-National Institute of Virology, Pune. ICMR and BBIL are working together to grow this vaccine both pre-clinically and clinically."

The ICMR discussed plans to launch the vaccine for use in public health by Independence Day, August 15. Experts challenged the deadline, as the clinical trial has yet to start.

The end result will depend on the participation of all clinical trial sites involved in this initiative, the ICMR told the institutes, urging them to speed up clinical trial-related approvals and make sure subjects are enrolled beginning this week.

Scientists worldwide are rushing to develop a deadly virus vaccine that has infected more than 10 million people, including 600,000 in India, and caused more than 500,000 deaths.

No vaccine against COVID-19 has so far been approved for commercial use. More than a hundred potential vaccines are being clinically tested from over 100 emerging globally. Some have demonstrated potential in early phase trials.




Coronil Drug : Uttarakhand High Court issues notice to Baba Ramdev.




The Uttarakhand High Court issued notices to Patanjali, Union and state governments of yoga guru Ramdev, seeking a response on Coronil drug from the company within a week.

Hearing a Petition challenging the arguments of Ramdev concerning medicine, the notices were released by a division bench of Chief Justice Ramesh Ranganathan and Justice R C Khulbe.

The Petition filed by lawyer Mani Kumar has requested a ban on the drug, criticizing the yoga guru of spreading misinformation by launching Coronil as a coronavirus cure medicine.

The drug does not have Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) approval, nor does Patanjali Ayurved have the license to develop it, the PIL has argued.

Although Patanjali claims NIMS University had tested the substance, the Rajasthan Institute rejected it, the PIL said.

In the meantime, the Union AYUSH Ministry has said that Patanjali will sell Coronil but only as an immunity booster, days after it was introduced as a COVID-19 drug by the yoga guru Ramdev company and is now naming it a medication to "manage" the disease.

Ramdev stated he had been asked by the Ministry to use the term "covid management" instead of "covid treatment" and he is following the instruction.

Lion cub 's legs are fractured by captors to stop him from running and hiding from pictures taken by tourists.


                         Representational Pic.


A lion cub is learning to walk again in Russia after its hind legs have been broken to keep it from running away from people taking pictures. In a case of animal cruelty that shocked even country president Vladimir Putin, the lion cube was beaten up to allow visitors to take pictures of it. The president himself had heard of the violence and requested an investigation on the case.

The cub named Simba was a couple of weeks old when it got separated from its mother, according to the Daily Mail. The cub was then forced by his captors to take pictures, who beat it and broke its hind legs to prevent it from escaping as it grew bigger and older.

The seriously abused cub, who also suffered significant injuries on his spine as a result of their captor 's relentless violence, was then abandoned by them in a freezing barn in Dagestan. The website quoted Yulia Ageeva, who led a rescue effort to save the cub, saying the lion was seriously malnourished when found. "He was practically unfed and was continuously dumped in the frost water for some purpose’’, she said.

In pic : A still from Dr. Karen Dallakyan, instagram video, he posted of the lion cub recovery.


Simba was then moved to Karen Dallakyan, a specialist vet who performed an operation on him, to allow him to walk again. The vet posted a couple of videos on his Instagram page where Simba learns to reuse his legs and learn to walk after the surgery again.

During a video conference with ecologists, the vet also briefed Vladimir Putin on the lion cub, during which he also said that he 'did not see criminal case opened.' Putin also told the vet that he marked the point down and ordered a investigation on the incident.

Kerala man spends more than 4 hours with 60,000 bees covered in face, set world record.





In Pic : New World record for keeping the bees on head for the longest duration. Nature MS.


Nature MS, a beekeeper, spent four hours ten minutes and five seconds with his head immersed in a swarm of bees to set the world record. 

Only thinking of seeing a swarm of bees can bring chills down one's spine, but this Keralan man won a Guinness World Record for spending four hours with his head covered with bees. Nature MS, a beekeeper, recorded four hours ten minutes and five seconds with his head buried in a swarm of bees to set a new record, according to the world record website.


As reported by the Daily Mail, Nature MS said he considered bees his 'best friends' and wished people could love the insect just as much as he did.

The 24-year-old man praises his beekeeper and honey maker father Sajayakumar for introducing him to bees at a young age and training him how to act around them. 






Nature MS was 7 when he began to keep the bees on his face. Talking from his first journey, Nature MS said he put a queen bee on his hand, after which his arm was covered with a whole swarm. He said, "They were in my hand looking for the queen and defending her. I attempted a similar trick on my head the next day with the queen and in a few moments my entire head and face got covered with bees."

He made a real effort to set a new world record to spread awareness of apiculture and the significance of bees as "honeybees are the main insects in society, it is our responsibility to protect them.




Wednesday, 1 July 2020

Diamond Rain Inside Planet Uranus and Neptune, new study suggests.


In Pic : Sketch of the x-ray scattering technique used to research how within Neptune and Uranus diamonds could shape.


Neptune and Uranus, being the two outer planets in our solar system, have sometimes been forced to the wayside — at least when the latter is not mentioned as the butt of a joke.

Yet a recent scientific research has put a luxurious spin on these underestimated blue giants: diamond predictions under their planetary surfaces. A laboratory experiment designed off conditions on the two planets showed the underground high pressure probably produces diamonds falling into the core of the planets.

Based on information collected about these planets, experts believe that Neptune and Uranus both exhibit extreme environmental conditions tens of kilometers below their surfaces, where they can reach a heat of thousands of degrees centigrade and serious pressure levels, given their frigid atmospheres which have earned them the label "ice giants."

A multinational team of scientists including U.S. researchers The SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory of the Department of Energy performed an experiment to closely simulate planetary interior conditions and determine what is going on within them.

The group's working theory, despite the incredibly high pressure inside both planets, was that the pressure was intense enough to break the hydrocarbon compounds within the planets into their smallest shapes, which would then harden the carbon into diamonds.

             In pic : Planet Uranus and Neptune.


So, they wanted to test the diamond rain hypothesis using an advanced method never used before. Previously , researchers used the Linac Coherent Light Source (LCLS) X-ray laser from SLAC to achieve an precise measurement of the formation of "solid dense matter," a high-pressure , high-temperature combination that scientists believed to be at the heart of ice giants like Neptune and Uranus.

However, scientists used a different technique called "X-ray Thomson scattering" in the new study, which helped scientists to accurately replicate diffraction findings while also observing how the non-cristal sample elements blended together.

By using scattering method , researchers were able to replicate the same hydrocarbon diffractions that had been separated into carbon and hydrogen between Neptune and Uranus. The effect was the crystallization of the carbon by the intense pressure and heat from the atmosphere. It will potentially turn into a 6,200-mile underground shower of diamonds slowly descending into the planets.

The positive laboratory experiment using the new method would also be useful in the study of other planets' ecosystems.