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Keeping an eye on the “uncertainties” of the upcoming Lok Sabha election, the opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) in Nagaland has sought to form a “regional coalition” to keep the Bharatiya Janata Party out of governance.The BJP is the minor partner in the People’s Democratic Alliance government headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio’s Nationalist Democratic Progressive Party (NDPP), which had broken away from the NPF prior to the State election in February 2018.In a letter to former Chief Minister and NPF Legislature Party leader T.R. Zeliang on Thursday, 19 legislators of NPF proposed to form a stable coalition of regional parties indicating they favoured tying up with NDPP and showing the BJP the door.The NPF is the single largest party with 26 MLAs in the House of 60 with an effective strength of 59 after the death of an NDPP legislator. The NDPP has 17 legislators and the BJP 12 with smaller parties and an independent making up 33 for the ruling coalition.Speculation gained currency after the 19 MLAs went into a huddle in a resort on Thursday. Such a move had often led to a change of leadership in Nagaland in the past.NDPP president Chingwang Konyak said his party has not received any feelers from any of the NPF leaders.Mr. Rio denied any differences with the BJP or any pressure from the party’s central leadership. “Our government is stable and we are happy with our alliance partners,” he said.The State’s BJP leaders sniffed a ‘futile’ NPF conspiracy to ‘destabilise’ the government.The sudden move has also raised doubts about the NPF’s ability to keep its house in order. Mr. Zeliang could not be contacted but former minister and NPF legislator Imkong L. Imchen ruled out the possibility of his party MLAs defecting to the NDPP.“Whatever is happening we will deal at the party level,” he said.
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Flexible batteries a highlight for smart dental aids In its development of batteries for wearables, Fraunhofer IZM combines new approaches and years of experience with a customer-tailored development process: “We work with companies to develop the right battery for them,” explains the graduate electrical engineer. The team consults closely with customers to draw up the energy requirements. They carefully adapt parameters such as shape, size, voltage, capacity and power and combined them to form a power supply concept. The team also carries out customer-specific tests.Smart plaster to measure sweatIn 2018, the institute began work on a new wearable technology, the smart plaster. Together with Swiss sensor manufacturer Xsensio, this EU-sponsored project aims to develop a plaster that can directly measure and analyze the patient’s sweat. This can then be used to draw conclusions about the patient’s general state of health. In any case, having a convenient, real-time analysis tool is the ideal way to better track and monitor healing processes. Fraunhofer IZM is responsible for developing the design concept and energy supply system for the sweat measurement sensors. The plan is to integrate sensors that are extremely flat, light and flexible. This will require the development of various new concepts. One idea, for instance, would be an encapsulation system made out of aluminum composite foil. The researchers also need to ensure they select materials that are inexpensive and easy to dispose of. After all, a plaster is a disposable product. Fabrication of micro batteries with side-by side electrodes on silicon wafer. Credit: Fraunhofer IZM Explore further Success through segmentationRobert Hahn, a researcher in Fraunhofer IZM’s department for RF & Smart Sensor Systems, explains why segmentation is the recipe for success: “If you make a battery extremely pliable, it will have very poor energy density – so it’s much better to adopt a segmented approach.”Instead of making the batteries extremely pliable at the cost of energy density and reliability, the institute turned its focus to designing very small and powerful batteries and optimized mounting technology. The batteries are pliable in between segments. In other words, the smart band is flexible while retaining a lot more power than other smart wristbands available on the market. Citation: Pliable micro-batteries for wearables (2018, October 1) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-10-pliable-micro-batteries-wearables.html In medicine, wearables are used to collect data without disturbing patients as they go about their daily business – to record long-term ECGs, for instance. Since the sensors are light, flexible and concealed in clothing, this is a convenient way to monitor a patient’s heartbeat. The technology also has more everyday applications – fitness bands, for instance, that measure joggers’ pulses while out running. There is huge growth potential in the wearables sector, which is expected to reach a market value of 72 billion euros by 2020.How to power these smart accessories poses a significant technical challenge. There are the technical considerations – durability and energy density – but also material requirements such as weight, flexibility and size, and these must be successfully combined. This is where Fraunhofer IZM comes in: experts at the institute have developed a prototype for a smart wristband that, quite literally, collects data first hand. The silicone band’s technical piece de resistance is its three gleaming green batteries. Boasting a capacity of 300 milliampere hours, these batteries are what supply the wristband with power. They can store energy of 1.1 watt hours and lose less than three percent of their charging capacity per year. With these parameters the new prototype has a much higher capacity than smart bands available at the market so far, enabling it to supply even demanding portable electronics with energy. The available capacity is actually sufficient to empower a conventional smart watch at no runtime loss. With these sorts of stats, the prototype beats established products such as smart watches, in which the battery is only built into the watch casing and not in the strap. 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Abhishek Singhvi – THE HINDU SHARE SHARE EMAIL national politics COMMENT The winter session of Parliament is all set to be stormy over retired judge of the Supreme Court Kurian Joseph’s statement that former Chief Justice Dipak Misra was “remote-controlled by an external source”. The Congress has demanded a Parliamentary probe into the affairs of the Supreme Court, particularly on the issues raised by Justices J Chelameswar, Ranjan Gogoi, Madan Lokur and Kurian Joseph at a press conference in January this year. The issue is likely to come up in a meeting of all Opposition parties scheduled for December 10.The Congress said the matter should be probed by a Joint Parliamentary Committee. “The Centre, the Prime Minister and the BJP president must tell the people who was remote controlling the Chief Justice,” Congress spokesperson Abhishek Singhvi said. “Every citizen has the right to condemn the unconstitutional ways,” he said and added that Justice Joseph’s comments proved the Congress’s stand on the crisis in Supreme Court was correct. The party had initiated an impeachment motion against Mishra, but it was rejected by Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu. “This also proves that the BJP government does not have any respect for the Constitutional structures of our country,” Singhvi said.“Justice Joseph has in clear and unequivocal terms talked of the arbitrary Bench selection, external influences, by implication remote controls, and political biases injected into the system by the Government of India, by the ruling party,” he alleged.The Congress has been trying to mobilise Opposition parties over the issues in the Supreme Court. The party has also been alleging that the Narendra Modi government is destroying institutions of the country such as the Parliament, the Supreme Court and the Election Commission.The meeting on December 10 is organised by Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. A review of the Assembly elections and a discussion on the floor strategy for the winter session is expected to be taken up in the meeting. Similar meeting is likely to take place during the session too, after the announcement of the Assembly election results. COMMENTS December 03, 2018 courts and legal Published on SHARE He said that former CJI Dipak Misra was ‘remote-controlled by an external source’
#MeToo: Union Minster MJ Akbar sues journalist Court takes cognisance of Akbar’s defamation case against Ramani A Delhi court on Monday granted bail to journalist Priya Ramani, who was summoned as an accused in a defamation case filed by former Union minister M J Akbar after she levelled allegations of sexual misconduct against him.Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal granted the bail on a bond of Rs 10,000.The court had earlier directed Ramani to appear before it after noting that the allegations made against Akbar were “prima facie defamatory” and he denied all the accusations as “false and imaginary”.Ramani accused Akbar of sexual misconduct around 20 years ago when he was a journalist. He has denied the accusations. His name cropped up on social media as the #MeToo campaign raged on in India last year. Akbar, who resigned from the Union Council of Ministers on October 17, was in Nigeria when his name came up. Multiple women came out with accounts of alleged sexual harassment by him when he was a journalist. Published on MJ Akbar (file photo) SHARE COMMENT MJ Akbar wilts in the face of #Metoo crescendo, resigns COMMENTS February 25, 2019 SHARE SHARE EMAIL RELATED crime, law and justice inquiry
March 13, 2019 Priyanka Gandhi Vadra COMMENT COMMENTS Amid reports that Bhim Army leader Chandrashekhar Azad will contest against Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Varanasi, Congress general secretary in-charge of Eastern Uttar Pradesh Priyanka Gandhi Vadra met him at a Meerut Hospital on Wednesday. Azad was admitted in hospital after the UP Police arrested him allegedly for violating model code of conduct.Talking to reporters after the meeting, Vadra said no political matters were discussed. When asked whether Azad will be a Congress candidate, she said she did not want to politicise the meeting. “A young man is struggling, he is raising his voice and wants society to hear his problems. This government is so audacious that it tries to repress his voice. It doesn’t want to hear the problems of youth. They have not given any jobs to youth. When they raise their voices, they are repressing it,’ she said and added that she came to express solidarity with Azad.The meeting is significant, particularly after the BSP’s decision to not have any truck with the Congress in the upcoming elections. The Congress, on the other hand, is trying to reach out to other Dalit mobilisations such as the Bhim Army. Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra visits Bhim Army chief Chandrashekhar Azad at a hospital, in Meerut – PTI Indian National Congress SHARE SHARE EMAIL Published on SHARE All India Congress Committee (AICC)