If you’re one of those people who can only communicate on text using emojis, The Washington Post has you covered for March Madness this year. The publication has designed emojis for all 68 NCAA Tournament teams, along with a number for squads that just missed the cut. And to be honest, they did an incredible job. Here are the emojis for the Kentucky Wildcats and the Duke Blue Devils, two of the favorites to win it all this year. They’re fantastic.Here’s the entire grid – you can click through to see more. You can also save them to your phone if you open the link in a regular browser.College basketball fans – will you be using them this March?
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Freshman goalie Matt Tomkins protects his goal during a game against Michigan State Jan. 11 at the Schottenstein Center. The teams tied, 1-1.Credit: Kelly Roderick / For The LanternFreshman goalie Matt Tomkins returned to the lineup as the Ohio State men’s hockey team took four points from a weekend series against Michigan State.Tomkins, who sustained an injury during a 6-1 victory against Niagara Nov. 9, tallied 59 saves over the two games as OSU (11-6-1, 1-2-1) earned its first-ever points in the Big Ten play.A season-high crowd of more than 8,000 Saturday saw the Spartans ride an early lead all the way into the third period, only for the Buckeyes’ junior forward Darik Angeli to score midway through the final stanza.Neither team could find the winning goal in the final minutes or in the overtime period. The shootout ended 3-2 in favor of Michigan State, as Angeli was stopped by sophomore goalie Jake Hildebrand, giving the Spartans (6-10-3, 0-2-2) the extra point in the Big Ten conference standings.Friday night’s game saw the Buckeyes — who are tied for second in the Big Ten in goals per game with 3.25 — continue their strong attacking in a 5-3 victory. Leading the charge was junior forward Ryan Dzingel, whose three goals, to go along with an assist on a goal by junior forward Nick Oddo, extend his streak of games with at least a point to 10.Dzingel credited the play of his two linemates, Oddo and freshman forward Nick Schilkey, as the key to his recent success.“I feel like our line has been clicking and we know where each other are on the ice,” Dzingel said. “I enjoy playing with these guys and I was just fortunate enough to get a couple goals.”Michigan State coach Tom Anastos said after Friday’s game his team “had to be better” in the defensive zone.“I thought it was a big difference in our game because (defense is) really part of our identity,” Anastos said. “That’s the expectations we have, so that was much more in alignment with how we should be playing all the time.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to play against Big Ten opponents for the rest of the regular season. Coach Steve Rohlik said the competitive nature of the two games against Michigan State is something that will be repeated ad nauseam in the Big Ten.“It’s going to be a broken record every weekend,” Rohlik said. “It’s going to make our players better and it’s going to make us (as) coaches better.”Next up for the Buckeyes is a trip to Minneapolis for two games against No. 1 Minnesota. Their first game against the Gophers is outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium, home of Minnesota’s football team. Puck drop for the game is set for 9 p.m. Friday.
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Share Jesse Costa/WBURMady Ohlman, who lives near Boston and has been sober for more than four years, says many drug users hit a point when the disease and the pursuit of illegal drugs crushes the will to liveMady Ohlman was 22 on the evening some years ago when she stood in a friend’s bathroom looking down at the sink.“I had set up a bunch of needles filled with heroin because I wanted to just do them back-to-back-to-back,” Ohlman recalls. She doesn’t remember how many she injected before collapsing, or how long she lay drugged-out on the floor.“But I remember being pissed because I could still get up, you know?”She wanted to be dead, she says, glancing down. A wisp of straight brown hair slips from behind an ear across her thin face.At that point, says Ohlman, she’d been addicted to opioids — controlled by the drugs, she says — for more than three years.“And doing all these things you don’t want to do that are horrible — you know, selling my body, stealing from my mom, sleeping in my car,” Ohlman says. “How could I not be suicidal?”For this young woman, whose weight had dropped to about 90 pounds, who was shooting heroin just to avoid feeling violently ill, suicide seemed a painless way out.“You realize getting clean would be a lot of work,” Ohlman says, her voice rising. “And you realize dying would be a lot less painful. You also feel like you’ll be doing everyone else a favor if you die.”Ohlman, who has now been sober for more than four years, says many drug users hit the same point, when the disease and the pursuit of illegal drugs crushes their will to live. Ohlman is among at least 40 percent of active drug users who wrestle with depression, anxiety or another mental health issue that increases the risk of suicide.Measuring suicide among patients addicted to opioidsMassachusetts, where Ohlman lives, began formally recognizing in May 2017 that some opioid overdose deaths are suicides. The state says confirmed suicides are only about 2 percent of all overdose deaths, but Dr. Monica Bharel, head of Massachussett’s department of public health, says it’s very difficult to determine the person’s true intent.“For one thing, medical examiners use different criteria for whether suicide was involved or not,” Bharel says, and the “tremendous amount of stigma surrounding both overdose deaths and suicide sometimes makes it extremely challenging to piece everything together and figure out unintentional and intentional.”Research on drug addiction and suicide suggests much higher numbers.“[Based on the literature that’s available] it looks like it’s anywhere between 25 and 45 percent of deaths by overdose that may be actual suicides,” says Dr. Maria Oquendo, immediate past president of the American Psychiatric Association.Oquendo points to one study of overdoses from prescription opioids that found 54 percent were unintentional. The rest were either suicide attempts or undetermined.Several large studies show an increased risk of suicide among drug users addicted to opioids, especially women. In a study of 5 million veterans, women were eight times as likely as others to be at risk for suicide, while men faced a twofold risk.The opioid epidemic is occurring at the same time suicides have hit a 30-year high, but Oquendo says few doctors look for a connection.“They are not monitoring it,” says Oquendo, who chairs the department of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania. “They are probably not assessing it in the kinds of depths they would need to prevent some of the deaths.”That’s starting to change. A few hospitals in Boston, for example, aim to ask every patient admitted about substance use, as well as about whether they’ve considered hurting themselves.“No one has answered the chicken and egg [question],” says Dr. Kiame Mahaniah, a family physician who runs the Lynn Community Health Center in Lynn, Mass. Is it that patients “have mental health issues that lead to addiction, or did a life of addiction then trigger mental health problems?”With so little data to go on, “it’s so important to provide treatment that covers all those bases,” Mahaniah says.‘Deaths of despair’When doctors do look deeper into the reasons patients addicted to opioids become suicidal, some economists predict they’ll find deep reservoirs of depression and pain.In a seminal paper published in 2015, Princeton economists Angus Deaton and Anne Case tracked falling marriages rates, the loss of stable middle-class jobs and rising rates of self-reported pain. The authors say opioid overdoses, suicides and diseases related to alcoholism are all often “deaths of despair.”“We think of opioids as something that’s thrown petrol on the flames and made things infinitely worse,” Deaton says, “but the underlying deep malaise would be there even without the opioids.”Many economists agree on remedies for that deep malaise. Harvard economics professor David Cutler says solutions include a good education, a steady job that pays a decent wage, secure housing, food and health care.“And also thinking about a sense of purpose in life,” Cutler says. “That is, even if one is doing well financially, is there a sense that one is contributing in a meaningful way?”Tackling despair in the addiction community“I know firsthand the sense of hopelessness that people can feel in the throes of addiction,” says Michael Botticelli, director of the Grayken Center for Addiction at Boston Medical Center; he is in recovery for an addiction to alcohol.Botticelli says recovery programs must help patients come out of isolation and create or recreate bonds with family and friends.“The vast majority of people I know who are in recovery often talk about this profound sense of reestablishing — and sometimes establishing for the first time — a connection to a much larger community,” Botticelli says.Ohlman says she isn’t sure why her attempted suicide, with multiple injections of heroin, didn’t work.“I just got really lucky,” Ohlman says. “I don’t know how.”A big part of her recovery strategy involves building a supportive community, she says.“Meetings; 12-step; sponsorship and networking; being involved with people doing what I’m doing,” says Ohlman, ticking through a list of her priorities.There’s a fatal overdose at least once a week within her Cape Cod community, she says. Some are accidental, others not. Ohlman is convinced that telling her story, of losing and then finding hope, will help bring those numbers down.The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is 800-273-8255. This story is part of NPR’s reporting partnership with NPR, WBUR and Kaiser Health News.Copyright 2018 WBUR. To see more, visit WBUR.
05May Rep. Sheppard schedules May in-district coffee hours Categories: Sheppard News State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, will hold coffee hours this month at three local establishments to connect with residents of the 56th District. He encourages people to share their thoughts and concerns about state and local issues.“It’s always a pleasure to hear from residents in our communities,” Rep. Sheppard said. “Coffee hours are a great opportunity to meet with people in a comfortable setting and answer their questions regarding state government.”The times and locations are as follows:7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 13, at DaCapo Coffee, 7370 Lewis Ave. in Temperance.7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 16, at Gander’s Family Restaurant, 4219 Luna Pier Road in Luna Pier.7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, at Tim Horton’s, 107 Cabelas Blvd E in Dundee.For those unable to attend, Rep. Sheppard’s legislative office can be reached at any time by phone at (517) 373-2617, by email at JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov and online at RepJasonSheppard.com.###
Zynga, the 7-year-old social gaming company behind the ubiquitous Words with Friends and Farmville, announced the layoffs of 314 employees this week, which amounts to about 15 percent of its staff. The company hopes the cuts will save them up to $35 million this year. Zynga currently employs 2,100 people, down from 3,300 in 2012.Related: Zynga Layoffs: What Happens When Startups Grow Too Fast CEO Don Mattrick also announced the $527 million purchase (in both cash and equity) of interactive company NaturalMotion, Zynga’s largest acquisition to date. The company bought OMGPOP, the company behind the once-viral app Draw Something, for $200 million in 2012.NaturalMotion was founded in 2001 and is based out of Oxford, England. Zynga will be gaining 260 new employees from the acquisition. It’s the maker of mobile games such as Clumsy Ninja and My Horse. The company has also developed animation technologies called Euphoria and Morpheme that have been used in popular games like Grand Theft Auto IV and BioShock Infinite, respectively.Related: No Games: Zynga’s New CEO Shakes Up ManagementZynga has been navigating choppy waters for some time. Last summer, the company axed 500 jobs and founder Mark Pincus was replaced as CEO by Mattrick, the former head of Microsoft’s Xbox division.While there was a time when it seemed almost impossible to scroll through Facebook without seeing someone’s purchase of virtual livestock, King.com, the creator of Candy Crush Saga is currently the No. 1 maker of games for the site. With the purchase of NaturalMotion, Zynga is aiming to be major player in the mobile market. Related: The Keys to Candy Crush’s Success 2 min read Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Nina Zipkin Apply Now » Entrepreneur Staff Zynga Makes Its Biggest Buy Yet, Announces Fresh Round of Layoffs The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares Technology Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article January 31, 2014
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This should be good news for patients because the endovascular procedure is less painful and has a much shorter recovery period than the open procedure, though it is more expensive.Earlier studies conducted more than a decade ago in Europe had indicated long-term problems with the endograft used in the less invasive procedure. As a result, it isn’t readily available for everyone in Europe and other parts of the world. Hopefully our study will dispel some of the concerns from the earlier studies and provide the scientific evidence to warrant a second look by the medical community.”Study’s principal investigator, Julie Ann Freischlag, M.D., chief executive officer of Wake Forest Baptist Health, dean of Wake Forest School of Medicine and professor of vascular and endovascular surgery Source:Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center An endograft is a tiny tube or stent that is surrounded by mesh-impregnated fabric to reinforce the weak spots in the abdominal aorta. It is inserted through small groin incisions using imaging to guide the graft into place. When permanently placed inside the aorta, it alleviates blood pressure by allowing blood to flow without pushing on the weakened, bulging artery.In open surgery, the physician makes a large incision in the belly or side of the abdomen and uses a man-made, tube-like graft that is sewn into place to replace the weak and bulging section of the aorta in the belly.In the study that began in 2002, 881 patients with asymptomatic abdominal aortic aneurysms were randomized to either endovascular repair or open repair groups. All of the participants were patients at 42 Veterans Health Administration hospitals in the United States and candidates for either procedure. Following the respective procedures, patients were followed for 14 years.Related StoriesBordeaux University Hospital uses 3D printing to improve kidney tumor removal surgeryBariatric surgery should be offered to all patients who would benefitFight for Sight poll: Brits put their eyesight at risk through unsafe contact lens habitsDuring the first four years of follow-up, overall survival appeared to be higher in the endovascular-repair group than in the open-repair group. But in years four through eight, overall survival was slightly higher in the open-repair group. After eight years, overall survival was once again higher in the endovascular group. According to the study authors, none of those trends were statistically significant.The principal finding was that no significant difference was observed between the endovascular and the open-repair groups in the primary outcome of long-term all-cause mortality. Among younger patients, endovascular repair resulted in somewhat higher long-term survival than open repair, but among older patients, endovascular repair resulted in somewhat lower long-term overall survival than open repair. More deaths from chronic obstructive lung disease occurred in the open-repair group than in the endovascular group, but the research team could not determine a reason.”So for younger patients or for those who had extensive heart disease, the endovascular procedure was somewhat better,” Freischlag said. “Open surgery was a better option for older patients, which was just the opposite of what we expected.”Support for the trial was provided by the Cooperative Studies Program of the Department of Veterans Affairs Office of Research and Development.Freischlag said the entire study team is grateful to all the veterans who chose to volunteer to participate in the study. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 30 2019A minimally invasive procedure to repair abdominal aneurysms thought to be less effective than traditional open surgery has been shown to perform as well as the open repair and be as long-lasting.Findings published in the May 30 issue of the New England Journal of Medicine showed that long-term overall survival was similar among patients who underwent endovascular repair and those who underwent open repair.
By Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNJun 20 2019It is well established that vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for the development of heart disease. Now, scientists have confirmed that taking vitamin D supplements does not reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease.Antonio Guillem | ShutterstockFor many years, scientists have suggested that vitamin D deficiency is a key driver for a broad range of health problems, including heart disease, diabetes, depression, and brittle bones. Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) have been linked to low levels of vitamin D in the body, and doctors recommended supplementation to prevent heart disease.Vitamin D has no effect on CVD riskDespite several studies looking for the link between vitamin D deficiency and poor heart health, there isn’t much evidence to prove that low levels of vitamin D can cause heart disease or that getting enough of the vitamin can prevent this condition.Researchers at Michigan State University recently analyzed 21 clinical trials into vitamin D. They found that taking vitamin D supplements does not prevent heart attack, heart disease, stroke, or death from cardiovascular disease. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. This means that more people die each year from CVD than from any other cause. In 2016, 17.9 million people died from CVDs, accounting for 31 percent of all deaths worldwide.The American Heart Association (AHA) reports that CVD accounted for 840,678 deaths in the United States in 2016. Approximately 121.5 million people in the country had some form of CVD between 2013 and 2016, alone.No difference in risk between two experimental groupsFor the current study, which was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Cardiology, the researchers recruited 83,291 patients, of whom, more than 41,669 received vitamin D supplements and 41,622 received placebos.The researchers wanted to determine the link between vitamin D and the reduction of CVD risk among patients. The results of the study show that as many people in the Vitamin D group suffered strokes, heart attacks, and died of cardiovascular problems as did those who are in the placebo group.”We thought it would show some benefit. It didn’t show even a small benefit. This was surprising,” Mahmoud Barbarawi, the chief resident physician at the Hurley Medical Center in Michigan, and a clinical instructor in the MSU College of Human Medicine said in a statement.The findings were consistent even when gender was taken into consideration. There is no difference in the risk between women and men. There are a lot of things people can do to lower cardiovascular risk – doing regular exercise, healthy eating, stopping smoking, and controlling hypertension and diabetes. But giving vitamin D supplements for the sake of lowering cardiovascular risk is not recommended.”Mahmoud Barbarawi The researchers suggest that doctors and patients should think twice about taking vitamin D supplements to lessen the chances of having a hard attack or other cardiovascular diseases.Though the study showed no risk reduction in heart diseases, patients who are being treated for bone problems such as osteoporosis, still might benefit from vitamin D supplementation.What is vitamin D and why do we need it?Vitamin D, also known as the sunshine vitamin, is a fat-soluble vitamin is produced by the body when the skin is exposed to the sun. Vitamin D is important for maintaining healthy bones. It has been also shown to protect against many illnesses, including type 1 diabetes, multiple, sclerosis, and cancer.The human skin produces vitamin D when exposed to the sun. People living farthest from the equator tend to have lower vitamin D levels in the blood. Though supplementation is recommended, it mostly targets making the bones healthy and strong. This vitamin plays a pivotal role in the calcium and phosphorus maintenance in the blood. It also aids in the absorption of calcium in the intestines.The recommended daily intake of vitamin D is 400 to 800 IU, or 10 to 20 micrograms. Major sources of vitamin D include sun exposure and food sources, such as cod liver oil, herring fish, swordfish, salmon, tuna, egg, chicken, maitake mushrooms, fortified skim milk, beef liver, and cheese.Vitamin D deficiency may result in obesity, hypertension, fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue syndrome, diabetes hypertension, depression, and osteoporosis. The common signs and symptoms include fatigue, painful bones, back pain, depressed mood, hair loss, muscle pain, hair loss, and getting sick more often than usual. Sources: World Health Organization (WHO). (2015). https://www.who.int/news-room/fact-sheets/detail/cardiovascular-diseases-(cvds) American Heart Association (AHA). Heart Disease and Stroke Statistics-2019 At-a-Glance.Journal reference:Barbarawi, M., Kheiri, B., and Zayed, Y. (2019). Vitamin D Supplementation and Cardiovascular Disease Risks in More Than 83 000 Individuals in 21 Randomized Clinical Trials. JAMA Network. https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamacardiology/article-abstract/2735646
Leaner, faster MessengerSeparately, Facebook unveiled a Messenger app overhaul that makes the mobile software leaner, faster and more of an energy miser.”We rewrote practically all of the code from scratch,” head of Messenger Stan Chudnovsky told AFP.”We made Messenger the fastest private communication hub on the planet.”Features built into the new Messenger app, used by some 1.3 billion people, build on the social network’s broader vision of small-group-sharing in “virtual living rooms,” according to Chudnovsky.Facebook also announced its Portal video call device would be available internationally—starting with Canada in June, and Europe later this year—and would allow calls over the WhatsApp messaging platform.Meanwhile, the Oculus Rift S and Oculus Quest headsets, starting at $399, will begin shipping on May 21, expanding Facebook’s move into virtual reality and gaming, the company said.LucasFilm and Oculus Studios will have a “Star Wars” themed “Vader Immortal” virtual reality game ready when the Quest launches, putting players face to face with the master of the dark side of the Force. © 2019 AFP A “Meet New Friends” feature being gradually rolled out will let users opt in to getting acquainted with others interested in fresh connections within shared communities.An “Events” tab will expedite making real world, local plans with online friends.Hidden crushesFacebook also announced it is expanding a dating feature to 14 more countries including the Philippines, Singapore, Brazil and Chile.A new feature called “Secret Crush” will let people signal which friends they are interested in romantically on a private crush list—only letting the object of their fancy know if the feeling is mutual.”We think there is a lot of potential in developing these relationships,” Simo said.”It’s all built with privacy in mind, and with the goal of building meaningfully long-term relationships and not just hookups.”The ability for people in small groups to be able to communicate securely and privately is seen as essential to making the social network more intimate.There are tens of millions of active groups on Facebook, and more than 400 million people belong to groups at the social network. Facebook’s F8 conference, a key gathering for developers working with the social network, is being held this week in San Jose, California The new features were introduced in a revamped Facebook app as the embattled social network embarks on a new strategy emphasizing private communications and small groups.”As the world gets bigger and more connected, we need that sense of intimacy more than ever,” Zuckerberg said as he opened the F8 developer conference for the social networking giant.”That’s why I believe the future is private.”The new app made available to US users Tuesday aims for a new direction for Facebook: it eliminates the blue background and offers a range of new ways to connect, in line with Zuckerberg’s vision to move away from the “digital town square” to a “digital living room.”Facebook’s shift comes response to criticism over failing to curb misinformation and manipulation of the platform used by 2.3 billion people, and missteps on its handling of private user data.”It can be hard to find your sense of purpose when you are connected to billions of people at the same time,” Zuckerberg told the developers gathered in San Jose, California.”Privacy gives us the freedom to be ourselves.”The redesigned application, to be followed by a new Facebook website, symbolizes changes in how Facebook runs its business, Zuckerberg said. Got a crush on another Facebook user? The social network will help you connect, as part of a revamp unveiled Tuesday that aims to foster real-world relationships and make the platform a more intimate place for groups of friends. Zuckerberg to explain how Facebook gets ‘privacy focused’ The newly designed Facebook app will give prominence to groups, private communications and even dating as part of an effort to shift the social network from a digital “town square” to digital “living room” Explore further After being battered by controversies on its handling of private user data and failing to curb manipulation, Facebook is seeking to shift its emphasis to private communications Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, seen at the 2018 F8 developers conference, is seeking to shift the emphasis of the social network to smaller-scale communications This document is subject to copyright. 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The content is provided for information purposes only. “We are seeing that groups can bridge people across dividing lines,” Simo said.”If you are a dog lover, you will find people who are dog lovers across all divides, political or otherwise,” she added. “I know we don’t exactly have the strongest reputation on privacy right now, to put it lightly,” he said. “But I am committed to starting a new chapter for our product.”Dogs and politicsChanges announced Tuesday put groups at the center of the experience and add dating, friend-making and events features intended to promote people getting together in real life, Facebook’s new app head Fidji Simo told AFP ahead of F8.The redesign is meant to make it easier for users to take part in communities, whether based on friendships, family ties or common interests, according to Simo.”It’s definitely part of Mark’s bigger vision,” she said.The new design gives users more options for private and group connections.While counterintuitive, Facebook sees the change as potentially bringing people with opposing political viewpoints together rather than separating them in “filter bubbles.” Citation: In revamp, Facebook bets on small-scale connections, romance (2019, April 30) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-revamp-facebook-small-scale-romance.html
regional elections COMMENTS Rahul attacks PM on economic policies Press Trust of India Repeating his ‘suit-boot’ jibe at Narendra Modi, Congress chief Rahul Gandhi on Monday alleged that there is no place for the poor in the Prime Minister’s heart, and said , “If you are not in suit-boot, you are not PM’s bhai”.Rahul also accused Modi of remaining silent when Dalits, women, minorities, tribals and the poor are attacked and alleged that he and Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath were attempting to save a rape accused BJP MLA in the northern State. On a campaign trail in poll-bound Madhya Pradesh, the Congress President took on Modi over the controversial Rafale jet deal and alleged that he had close proximity with businessmen like Nirav Modi, Mehul Choksi and Anil Ambani. He also said that loans of farmers will be waived in 10 days if the Congress comes to power in the State.Rahul earlier began his two-day tour of the State by offering prayers at the Maa Peetambara Peeth temple complex in Datia, in Gwalior division. Taking a swipe at BJP’s assurance on women’s safety, Gandhi said that there is a “need to save our daughters from BJP MLAs”. “Prime Minister addresses Mehul Choksi as Mehul bhai (brother), Nirav Modi as Nirav bhai and Anil Ambani as Anil bhai; but he never addresses a labourer, a poor and a farmer as bhai or hugs them. There is no place for them in his heart. If you are not in suit-boot you are not PM’s bhai,” Gandhi said addressing a public gathering in Datia.“The Prime Minister let jeweller Nirav Modi escape with ₹35,000 crore, which is equal to the entire budget of the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA),” said Rahul, referring to the PNB banking fraud allegedly involving Nirav Modi, his uncle Mehul Choksi and others.Taking a dig at the ruling party over the issue of women’s safety, Rahul said, “The BJP gave a good slogan ‘Beti Bachao-Beti Padhao’ (save and educate daughters).“But in Uttar Pradesh, Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were trying to save a rape accused BJP MLA. The PM didn’t speak a word,” he alleged. “There is a need now to save our daughters from BJP MLAs.” On the multi-billion dollar Rafale jet deal with France, Rahul alleged that Modi ensured the offset contract for Anil Ambani, “who owes ₹45,000 crore to public sector banks“. October 15, 2018 COMMENT Congress president Rahul Gandhi with party leaders Jyotiraditya Scindia and Kamal Nath at Pitambara Shakti Peeth, in MP on Monday – PTI RELATED Voters list of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan: Supreme Court dismisses Congress pleas Published on Madhya Pradesh SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL
SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT January 19, 2019 IRCTC scam: Delhi court grants interim bail to RJD chief Lalu Prasad Published on SHARE RELATED RJD chief Lalu Prasad COMMENTS fraud politics IRCTC scam: Court grants bail to Lalu Prasad’s wife, son A Delhi court on Saturday extended till January 28 the interim bail granted to RJD chief Lalu Prasad in two Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation scam cases. Special Judge Arun Bhardwaj also extended the interim bail granted to Prasad’s wife Rabri Devi and son Tejashwi Yadav in the cases till January 28. On the said date, the court will pronounce order on the regular bail application of Prasad and others in the ED case. The cases relate to alleged irregularities in granting the operational contract of two IRCTC hotels to a private firm. Seeking regular bail, Prasad, through his counsel, told the court he was not arrested during trial. “I appeared on summons and now there is no need of my custody because my custody was not sought when the probe was on. All documents are already seized and there is no vulnerable witness cited by ED,” he said. He also said he was 69 years old and unwell. Yadav told the court he was in his teens when the alleged conspiracy started and he has no knowledge of what was going on. “ED is opposing for the sake of opposing. (There is) no allegation that we tried to hamper or influence the probe or tamper the evidence,” the accused said. ED opposed Prasad’s bail application, saying offence affecting the economy of the country as a whole and posing a serious threat to financial health of the country. “Just because we did not arrest the accused during the probe, it can’t be a ground for bail after he was summoned and appeared before the court. Bail is not automatic. Laundering was done through various persons and lawyers,” ED said, opposing the bail applications. It added that names of employees were misused in laundering money that they are not even aware of. “They may try to tamper the evidence or influence the witnesses as some of them are their employees. They are still being examined,” ED said. All the accused are currently on interim bail in the money laundering case. The court reserved its order for 4pm on Prasad’s application for regular bail in the CBI case. He is currently on interim bail in the case.