AGP dissatisfied

first_imgGuwahati: Asom Gana Parishad (AGP), a member of the ruling alliance in Assam, on Saturday expressed dissastisfaction over the final NRC in the state and said there is scope for its review in the Supreme Court, which supervised the updation process.The number of exclusions appear to be “ridiculuously small”, AGP president ang state Agriculture Minister Atul Bora said. The National Register of Citizens, which validates the Indian citizens of Assam, has been updated on the basis of Assam Accord’s clause of detecting, deleting and deporting foreigners but very few suspected illegal immigrants have been left out, he told newsmen here. “We (AGP) are not at all happy about it (the exclusions). The figure of 19,06,657 exclusions in the final NRC is too less and we just cannot accept it … There is scope for its review in the Supreme Court,” the AGP leader said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Bora said, “The people of Assam had hoped for a free and fair NRC but it now seems that the very existence of the Assamese will be further threatened”. Several central and state leaders had over time asserted in Parliament and various state Assemblies that the number of foreigners in Assam could range from 30000 to 50000. he claimed adding “Against this backdrop it is difficult to accept the figures published in the final NRC.” The AGP was formed by All Assam Students Union which had spearheaded the six-year long Assam agitation from 1979 to drive out illegal foreigners from the state. AASU was a signatory to the Assam Accord. AASU too has expressed unhappiness over the final NRC and has said it will appeal to the Supreme Court to remove all the faults and descrepancies in final NRC. “We were involved in the whole process since the beginning. The signing of the Assam Accord was possible only after 855 people were martyred”, he added. AGP will hold discussions and chalk out its future course of action regarding a review of the NRC in Supreme Court, he added.last_img read more

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Fort St John RCMP looking for ATV riders driving on local roads

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John RCMP are asking for the public’s help to find local ATV drivers that have been racing on local streets late a night and early in the morning.Over the past week, the Fort St. John RCMP have received a number of noise complaints about drivers who are racing up and down streets, disrupting the peace late at night and during the early morning hours.Numerous reports have also been received from the public highlighting safety because at the same time as creating a lot of noise, ATV, quad and dirt bike drivers are ignoring the rules of the road throughout various areas of the city. Information has been received that some of the drivers have not been wearing any safety equipment raising the RCMP’s level of concern for their wellbeing.“The Fort St. John RCMP want the roads to be safe for everyone in the community, as it belongs to all of us”, said Cst Chad Newstater. “There is a huge concern that someone is going to get hurt, in the name of having fun.”The Fort St John RCMP take these complaints very seriously because of the safety implications for both the public and the ATV riders. The Fort St John RCMP has increased patrols in the areas where disruptive ATVers have been reported.The Fort St John RCMP is asking anyone with information about:who the drivers are,the descriptions of the drivers or ATV’s,where the drivers and ATV’s reside,possible video surveillance of the riders,or any other helpful information about these incidents.If you have any useful information, please call the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100 or attend the detachment during office hours at 10648 100th St, Fort St John, BC.  If you wish to remain anonymous, you can call Crime Stoppers at 1(800)222-8477 or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca.last_img read more

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Abhishek urges youths to vote in favour of Bengal

first_imgKolkata: The Trinamool Congress on Saturday released a new song titled Prothom Vote targeted towards first-time voters, on all its social media platforms. The song comes on the heels of the phenomenal response to the party’s first theme song Maa Mati Manush that was released a few days ago for the Lok Sabha elections.The catchline of the new song Tomar Prothom Vote Banglar Pokkhe Na Bipokkhe, Decision Nao (Take a decision whether your first vote will Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Pujabe in favour of Bengal or not) has been penned by Trina-mool Youth Congress president and party MP Abhishek Banerjee. The rest of the lyrics has been written by Bengali rock singer Rupam Islam, who has also composed the music. Interestingly, the video follows the international lyric format, in which animated words appear on screen. The song carries the message that the Lok Sabha elections 2019 will be a significant event in the history of India. It reiterates that when the entire country is in turmoil because of hate and violence, an atmosphere of peace and harmony thrives in Bengal. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayAs depicted through the song, development and not divisive politics gets an upper hand in the state. It states that 60 lakh girls have been empowered by Kanyashree. The scheme, along with Utkarsh Bangla and Sabuj Sathi, has received international recognition. It presents a picture of contrast regarding the employment scenario in Bengal and the country. While unemployment is on the rise across the country, in Bengal youths are being empowered to become self-dependent through schemes likes Gatidhara. The Silicon Valley Hub which is coming up at Rajarhat, is also set to open new avenues of employment generation. “We have urged the first-time voters to ‘take a decision’. Will their vote be in favour of or against Bengal? It is entirely their own discretion. This song makes it easier for them by putting things in perspective. Let their first-vote (prothom vote) be in favour of peace and progress. Let it be in Bengal and India’s favour,” a Trinamool youth leader said. The song assumes special significance as Bengal, with over 20 lakh voters, has the highest number of electors in the 18-19 age group in terms of names registered in the 2019 electoral rolls of the Election Commission of India before the Lok Sabha polls. Murshidabad, with more than 2 lakh names, records the highest registration of teen voters in the state, followed by South and North 24-Parganas and Nadia. The young voters are expected to play a pivotal role in the electoral process. TMC is confident that the song will be able to strike a chord with the young voters, who will cast their first vote (prothom vote). Abhishek Banerjee has appealed to the young generation to popularise the song over the course of the next month, through dance, videos, flash mobs, or any other way they want.last_img read more

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Former Buckeye Holmes traded suspended

Former Ohio State receiver Santonio Holmes was traded to the New York Jets on Sunday, but won’t see time on the field in the first four games of the 2010 season because of a violation of the substance abuse policy set forth by the league, the NFL announced Monday.The Pittsburgh Steelers traded Holmes for a fifth-round draft pick. ESPN 1050 in New York first reported the trade late Sunday, and Jets owner Woody Johnson confirmed the trade Monday morning. The league has suspended Holmes without pay, but he will be eligible to take part in offseason training and preseason games.The trade will be officially announced after Holmes undergoes a physical in New York and meets with Jets officials. Holmes signed autographs at the Ohio Union last Tuesday. read more

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Ohio State womens basketball hoping to slow down Illinois

Sophomore guard Ameryst Alston (14) takes a shot during a game against Michigan State Jan. 26 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU lost, 82-68.Credit: Kaily Cunningham / Multimedia editorIn a competitive year for the Big Ten conference, there is no room for a letdown.That is exactly what the Ohio State women’s basketball (13-10, 3-4) team look to avoid Thursday when it takes on a reeling Illinois (9-11, 2-5) squad that has lost six of its last eight games.Despite the poor record of Illinois, OSU coach Kevin McGuff said Illinois is a more than capable team.“Illinois is really talented. They have played really well at times,” McGuff said. “Quite frankly, I am a little surprised at their record because I know they are very well-coached and have some talent.”McGuff said he is worried about the threat coach Matt Bollant and the Illini can pose with their speed.“They are not big, but they are fast,” McGuff said. “Hopefully some of our size around the basket can bother them.”That size, of course, comes from 6-foot-5-inch Ashley Adams and 6-foot-2-inch Darryce Moore, the senior Buckeye centers who could be poised for a big game despite struggling in the team’s last game against Michigan State, with Moore scoring eight and Adams failing to score.“We have a pretty big team, as far as our post players,” sophomore guard Ameryst Alston said. “Our post players should have a field day.”Illinois leads the Big Ten in steals (225) and turnover margin per game (+6.05), something which Alston said the Buckeyes have to notice.“They do play this funky zone,” Alston said. “They do a good job of turning other teams over. Limiting our turnovers will be a difference in the game.”Figuring out the defense of Illinois has been the focus this week for the Buckeyes as Alston and junior guard Raven Ferguson were the first two into the locker room for film study, something Alston said is common.“We spend a lot of time with each other off the court,” Alston said with a grin. “We have so much chemistry and I think us being close off the court helps on the court.”Alston and Ferguson have led the Buckeyes for most of the season in the scoring column, but sophomore guard Cait Craft ended her scoring struggles Sunday against Michigan State with 12 points on 50 percent shooting from the field. It was Craft’s first game notching double digits in points since a victory over Purdue Jan. 2.“I struggled the last couple of games after our Big Ten opener,” Craft said. “With the constant support of my teammates and constant encouragement, it is easy to get back in the flow.”Craft is tied for third on the team with both Moore and senior forward Martina Ellerbe with an average of 8.8 points per game.The Buckeyes know the matchup with Illinois will not be easy, Craft said.“Their style is a lot different, but they are still a very good team,” Craft said. “Any given night, anybody can beat anybody.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Illini Thursday at the Schottenstein Center at 7 p.m. read more

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Higuain set Milan medical

first_imgJuventus pair of Gonzalo Higuain and Mattia Caldara are expected to have their medicals with AC Milan tomorrow ahead of their transfer to the club, according to Calciomercato.Higuain is expected to arrive at the Casa Milan later today with a host of the club’s supporters already waiting for him at the club’s headquarters. Caldara is expected to arrive in Italy tomorrow for his medicals with the Rossoneri after leaving Juventus’ training base in the United States.The former Atalanta defender will join Milan without making any competitive appearances for Juventus. The 24-year-old made two unofficial appearances for the Bianconeri who have now swapped him for their former defender Leonardo Bonucci.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.The Italy international returns to Turin after signing for Milan last summer for a deal believed to have cost the Rossoneri around €40million. Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso revealed earlier this week that Bonucci had informed the club that he wanted to return to Juventus.Higuain is expected to join Milan on an initial loan deal of €18million with an option to make permanent for €36million.last_img read more

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Runway Overhaul at NAS Jacksonville Remains on Course

first_imgA $52 million project to rebuild the two main runways at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, widen taxiways and improve the airfield is halfway completed and remains on target to be completed in June.The last major overhaul of the runways at the installation, Florida’s oldest naval air station, occurred in 1967, reported the Florida Times-Union. The base opened in 1940.The work also includes demolition of three obsolete hangars from World War II, which will free up space to park the base’s new Boeing P-8A Poseidon aircraft as well as those arriving from other Navy bases for training at NAS Jacksonville. The P-8A reconnaissance aircraft are replacing the Navy’s aging Lockheed P-3 Orions.During the year-long project, the base’s 38 fixed-wing aircraft and 2,000 crews and civilian employees are operating out of Cecil airport, a general aviation airport run by the Jacksonville Aviation Authority.In 2010, officials envisioned a much smaller project to repair the runways. “But when the new engineers came out and looked at it again with more tests, we found it was not suitable for the new aircraft that were coming and we knew we had to make modifications,” airfield manager Doug Chaney told the Times-Union. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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Measurements induce a phase transition in entangled systems

first_img Citation: Measurements induce a phase transition in entangled systems (2019, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-phase-transition-entangled.html More information: Brian Skinner, Jonathan Ruhman, and Adam Nahum. “Measurement-Induced Phase Transitions in the Dynamics of Entanglement.” Physical Review X. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevX.9.031009 In the minimal cut problem, the goal is to cut a path through a network by breaking the fewest bonds (here, only the red bond needs to be broken). The problem is identical for an electric circuit (left) and a lattice (right) representing an entangled quantum system. Credit: Skinner, et al. ©2019 American Physical Society The researchers developed a model of this measurement-induced phase transition based on a famous problem from percolation theory called the “vandalized resistor grid.” In this problem, a vandal tries to find the smallest number of bonds (call the “shortest path” or “minimal cut”) to slice through an electric grid in order to completely disconnect the network. The researchers showed that the problem of calculating the entropy of entanglement in a quantum system is equivalent to this optimization problem, in which the goal is to find a minimal cut through a disordered network that separates the network into two parts. In an entangled system, the network represents the quantum system, and each measurement represents breaking one of the bonds. The degree of entanglement in the system is determined by the size of the minimal cut in this network, i.e., the total number of unbroken bonds that must be broken in order to separate the system from the rest of the network. In a sense, this number tells how frequently measurements can be made before an entangled system transitions into the disentangled phase. As different networks have different numbers and arrangements of bonds, the critical measurement rate differs for different systems. The physicists expect that an understanding of this measurement-induced phase transition in entanglement dynamics may have useful implications for developing simulations of quantum systems. Entanglement plays an important role in determining the difficulty of simulating quantum dynamics on a classical computer. As a result, the entangled-to-disentangled phase transition implies the existence of an easy-to-hard transition for simulations. This may allow researchers to better predict the difficulty of simulations and look for easier alternatives.”Our finding has an immediate implication for the question of how hard it is to simulate quantum systems using classical computers,” Skinner said. “It may also be important for quantum computing schemes, which often rely on maintaining long-range entanglement.”In the future, the researchers plan to investigate how universal their model is.”There are different ways of describing quantum entanglement mathematically,” Skinner said. “What we showed was that one of these descriptions is perfectly analogous to a classical percolation problem. But right now it’s unclear how generic this analogy is, and whether other ways of describing entanglement belong to the same ‘universality class.’ The first priority right now is to establish whether the analogy is only an approximate one that works in some contrived situations, or whether it is completely generic across a wide range of descriptions and experimental setups.”See Dr. Skinner’s Twitter posts on the paper. Explore further Many famous experiments have shown that the simple act of observing a quantum system can change the properties of the system. This phenomenon, called the “observer effect,” appears, for example, when Schrödinger’s cat becomes either dead or alive (but no longer both) after someone peeks into its box. The observation destroys the superposition of the cat’s state, or in other words, collapses the wave function that describes the probabilities of the cat being in each of the two states. © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Physical Review X In a new paper, physicists have further investigated exactly how measurements affect quantum entanglement, which in this context is equivalent to the extent to which a system is in a superposition. Previous studies have shown that, when a quantum system is left alone to evolve without any outside interference, its degree of entanglement tends to increase. That is, quantum systems tend to drift over time into states with a large degree of quantum superposition. On the other hand, making a measurement on an entangled state tends to decrease its entanglement. This happens because a measurement on a spin state (for example) collapses that spin into a definite state, which causes that spin to become disentangled from the other spins, whose states remain in a superposition. This reduces the amount of entanglement in the system overall.In the new paper, the physicists have demonstrated via computer simulations and theoretical arguments that, when measurements are made at a rate that exceeds a critical value, a measurement-induced phase transition occurs. This causes the system to sharply transition from an “entangling” phase, in which the amount of entanglement grows continuously over time, to a “disentangling” phase, in which some entanglement still exists, but its growth rate drops to zero.The physicists, Brian Skinner at MIT, Jonathan Ruhman at MIT and Bar-Ilan University, and Adam Nahum at Oxford University, have published their paper on the phase transition for entanglement in a recent issue of Physical Review X.”One of the great successes of physics is its ability to describe phase transitions—the abrupt change of material properties when some external parameter is varied, like water suddenly freezing into ice when it drops below 32 degrees Fahrenheit,” Skinner told Phys.org. “What we have shown is that this same language can be applied to a dynamical process involving quantum entanglement. That is, the dynamical properties of entanglement growth also have a phase transition as a function of an external parameter, which is the rate at which measurements occur. For us, this is a beautiful and surprising connection!” 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. Physicists develop new method to prove quantum entanglementlast_img read more

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Funds crunch lack of teachers training affect Bengals govtrun schools Report

first_imgKolkata: Shortage of funds, lack of teachers’ training, feeble academic planning and inadequate functioning are the key challenges faced by the primary education system in West Bengal, says a report of the Pratichi Institute associated with Nobel laureate Amartya Sen. The report points out that while a few state-run primary schools have made a significant progress in terms of pupil-teacher ratio (PTR), many schools continue to lack funds and required efforts. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed “According to 2015-16 data, the average PTR in Bengal’s primary schools is much favourable — 23 to one — as compared to 49 to one a decade ago. But some schools still have an unacceptably high PTR of 40 to one. An irrational distribution of existing teachers makes the situation more complex,” says the report. The fund shortage, the report says, averages Rs 69,000 per school per year. The deficit includes day-to-day expenses (Rs 33,000), as well as additional instructors and equipment needed for extra-curricular activities. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP “There have been important improvements in the implementation of mid-day meal programme in the state. However, a decent meal would require Rs 7.14 per child per day while the current allocation is Rs 4.13,” the report says. It points to a survey that says the deficit in mid-day meal fund is currently met by teachers and other staff members. But the report stresses that such an urgent issue cannot be left to “voluntary generosity”. The report says four percent of the schools are still being run by just one teacher. Highlighting the lack of proper curriculum in schools as another problem, the report says the schools that have performed well, show proper implementation of “continuous and comprehensive evaluation (CCE).” It stresses improvement in quality of teaching, syllabus and textbooks and augmenting financial resources for the state-run primary education system.last_img read more

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