Pune: A 25-year-old student studying for the Maharashtra Public Service Commission (MPSC) examination reportedly hanged herself in Baramati, said the police.In her suicide note, Kirti Shere has blamed Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) commando Ganesh Raut, and seven others for her death, alleging mental harassment and blackmail among other reasons. The incident occurred around 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, the woman’s relatives said.In the three-page note, Shere said she had known the CRPF commando for one-and-a-half years, and alleged that he had lured her into a physical relationship. She accused the other people named in the note for blackmailing and threatening her for the last three years. “They used to harass me at tuition classes and the academy with the intention of coercing me into sexual relationship. They said they would tarnish my reputation … My loved ones are not aware of these events. I have been traumatised for the past several months … seek justice against those named in my letter,” the note says.An officer from the Baramati police station said, “The woman apparently never confided in her parents about these events. We have lodged an FIR against those named in the suicide note.”The police have lodged an FIR under Sections 306 (abetment of suicide) and 34 of the Indian Penal Code, acting on a complaint lodged by the woman’s father, Dattatrey Shere.
PANAJI: The Goa police will review the security provided to Fisheries Minister Vinod Palyekar, who recently said he was under threat from the drug mafia. Deputy Inspector General of Police Vimal Gupta told The Hindu on Wednesday, “We assess the security needs of various categories of VIPs, and accordingly provide them a particular kind of security. However, if the security concerns seem to have heightened, we review the situation and take appropriate decisions to upgrade security. This review process is on in case of Mr. Palyekar.”Mr. Palyekar, who made drug and narcotics proliferation in his constituency an election plank in the Assembly polls in February, had said on Tuesday, “People are following me. They seem to know exactly where I am going. I have even given up taking my morning walk on beaches. Now I go for a brisk walk on the terrace in my home.” He had said that State Chief Secretary Dharmendra Sharma had assured to look into upgrading his security.‘Loss of confidence’The Opposition, meanwhile, has said the minister’s admission shows the government has failed to contain anti-social elements. Goa Congress president Shantaram Naik told The Hindu on Wednesday, “The Congress feels that this is a situation where there is loss of confidence in the ability of the Home Minister from within the Cabinet.” He said that Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar, who holds the Home portfolio, should hand it over to an independent minister.Threat a perception: CMChief Minister Manohar Parrikar told reporters on Wednesday, “Threat is his perception. Police has to ensure that there is no threat. There is a special branch, a committee, which analyses this. They will take appropriate action,” Mr. Parrikar said. He said that while the threat was “general and not specific”, it would be unfair to call Mr. Palyekar’s apprehension a speculation.
Hours after inducting media baron Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and social entrepreneur Achyuta Samanta into its fold on Wednesday, the Biju Janata Dal announced their names among its three candidates for the upcoming Rajya Sabha polls.The third nominee, announced by the Chief Minister and BJD president Naveen Patnaik, was veteran actor and party general secretary Prasanta Nanda.Earlier in the day, Mr. Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Mr. Samanta joined the BJD at Naveen Nivas, the Chief Minister’s residence, in the presence of many Ministers and senior leaders of the party.Numbers in favourThe election of the three BJD candidates to the Upper House will be a smooth affair since the party has the advantage of having 117 legislators in the 147-member State Assembly. The Rajya Sabha elections are scheduled for March 23.The tenure of three members in the Upper House — A.U. Singh Deo and Dilip Tirkey of the BJD and BJD-supported Independent A.V. Swami — is coming to an end on April 3.Mr. Soumya Ranjan Patnaik, son-in-law of former Chief Minister J.B. Patnaik, heads Eastern Media Limited that runs prominent Odia daily Sambad, Odia news channel Kanak TV, FM radio station Radio Choklate and Eastern Opera with six Jatra troupes.He had unsuccessfully contested against former Chief Minister Biju Patnaik as a BJP nominee in Bhubaneswar Assembly seat in 1995. Later, he quit the BJP and was elected to the Lok Sabha from Bhubaneswar constituency in 1996 on a Congress ticket.Mr. Samanta is the founder of Bhubaneswar-based Kalinga Institute of Industrial Technology, Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences, Kalinga Institute of Medical Sciences and several other institutions. Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences provides free education with accommodation and food to thousands of tribal students.Kalinga TV founderHe is also the founder of Odia news channel Kalinga TV, which is run by Kalinga Media and Entertainment, a unit of KIIT Group of Institutions.The joining of Mr. Soumya Ranjan Patnaik and Mr. Samanta in the BJD assumes significance as it comes close on the heels of suspension of Kendrapara MP Baijayant Panda from the primary membership of the party. Mr. Panda’s wife, Jagi Mangat Panda, is a promoter of Odisha Television Limited which runs Odia news channel OTV.
In a shocking incident, medical tests of female and male candidates during the ongoing recruitment drive in the Madhya Pradesh Police were conducted in the same room at Bhind district hospital on Tuesday.The matter came to light when a video footage of young male applicants stripped to their undergarments in front of a female candidate surfaced in social media. “We have learnt orthopaedic surgeon Dr. R.K. Agrawal, surgeon Vinod Bajpai, ophthalmologist Dr. R.S. Kushwaha, ENT specialist Dr. R.N. Rajoria and gynaecologist Dr. Ranu Sharma examined 21 men and 18 women recruits together in the same room ahead of their formal induction in the police on Tuesday,” District Hospital Superintendent Dr. Ajit Mishra said. Dr. Agrawal and a hospital clerk, Devendra Sharma, were suspended for alleged dereliction of duty. Dr. Mishra said Sharma was suspended because he had sent the recruits together to the room instead of calling them in one after the other.Probe ordered He said an inquiry has been ordered into the incident and show-cause notices have been issued to the five doctors. Senior doctor B.C. Jain will conduct the inquiry. Dr. Mishra said some more constable recruits — men and women — were medically examined separately on Wednesday in the district hospital. A controversy erupted last week in the State’s Dhar district when photos appeared in the media, showing aspirants for the post of police constables with caste categories inked on their bare chests. The photographs carried in various newspapers showed aspirants with the terms “SC” (Scheduled Caste), “ST” (Scheduled Tribe) and “G” (General) marked with sketch pens on their chests as they queued up for their medical examination. Dhar Superintendent of Police Virendra Singh has ordered an inquiry into the incident. (With PTI inputs)
Stressing that a values-based education helped promote ethics in society, President Ram Nath Kovind on Wednesday said there was need to promote a culture of discussion rather than dispute to address issues of caste, gender and other forms of discrimination.The President was in the city to inaugurate the Sadhu Vaswani International School, which is coming up in the Pradhikaran area. Remarking that Pune has long been a centre of education, Mr. Kovind said, “The story of modern India owes much to the educational, reformist and progressive ideas that have flowed from this city and for which our nation is truly appreciative.”Instrument for changeReferring to the work of reformers like Mahatma Jyotiba Phule, Savitribai Phule, Bal Gangadhar Tilak and Gopal Krishna Gokhale, the President said, “Each of these great men and women placed an emphasis on a culture of discussion rather than of dispute, and of addressing disagreements while being mindful of the other person’s dignity.”He noted that the chief architect of the Constitution, Dr. B.R. Ambedkar, too, had a long relationship with Pune. “[Dr. Ambedkar], too, had stressed on the importance of education as an instrument for social change and for building a just and egalitarian society,” the President said.He said children should imbibe values of “culture, character, compassion and courage” that are perhaps not formally tested in a board examination. “But a child who internalises these [values] will always be sensitive to the world outside, to the underprivileged … these values will help in coping with change in a world evolving more rapidly than perhaps ever before,” he said.The function took place at the Sadhu Vaswani Mission in the presence of spiritual leader Dada J.P. Vaswani. “Sadhu Vaswani’s disciple Dada J.P. Vaswani has dedicated every moment to the cause of humanity. He has been an ambassador of Indian tradition and culture on countless platforms … including at the United Nations,” said the President. Also present on the occasion were BJP leader Lal Krishna Advani, Union Minister Prakash Javdekar and Governor Ch. Vidyasagar Rao.
The Tourism Ministry has approached the Union Home Ministry to ease travel restrictions in some States in the Northeast to promote tourism. States such as Sikkim, which do not have such restrictions, have been witnessing a steady flow of foreign and domestic travellers.“Yes, we are in talks with the Home Ministry and suggesting that restrictions in some States of the Northeast be eased. We are spending a lot to develop tourism prospects in the region,” Tourism Secretary Rashmi Verma said in Agartala on Friday.Ms. Verma was here to attend the three-day-long 7th International Tourism Mart which got under way in Agartala on Thursday with over a hundred domestic and international delegates and tour operators participating. Union Tourism Minister K.J. Alphons, Tripura Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki and Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb graced the inaugural session.The Tripura government is the co-sponsor of the seventh edition of the tourism mart, an annual event held in one of the State capitals of the region to highlight and promote the tourism potential of the Northeast in domestic and international markets, officials said. Tripura’s capital has been chosen as the venue for the mega event for the first time.Promotion schemesMs. Verma said the Tourism Ministry is spending more than 10% of the funds earmarked for the region on tourism infrastructure and comprehensive promotion schemes.She cited the case of Sikkim as a case in point. Free from regulations such as the Restricted Area Permit, the Himalayan State notched up 13 lakh domestic and international tourists last year alone, said Ms. Verma.
In a major setback to the Congress in Maharashtra, Dr. Sujay Vikhe-Patil, son of senior Congressman and Leader of Opposition Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil on Tuesday joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in the presence of Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis who announced that his name was being recommended to the central Parliamentary Board as candidate from Ahmednagar South Lok Sabha seat.“Joining BJP is my personal choice. I have taken this decision against the wishes of my father. I do not know what my mother and father think about this decision. But I consider this as a huge responsibility and promise to work tirelessly to ensure both the seats in my districts come to BJP,” Dr. Vikhe-Patil said.Mr. Fadnavis said he knows that Sujay had to rebel in the family to take this decision. “But in due course of time, the decision will prove to be right,” he said.“Youngsters of this country know that development and country’s security can be taken care of Narendra Modiji. Sujay is a representative of that youth. His entry in our party will make us stronger in Ahmednagar,” said Mr. Fadnavis. ‘Can’t fulfil demands’Commenting on statements that Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) is responsible for Dr. Sujay Vikhe-Patil joining the BJP, party president Sharad Pawar said he is not entitled to fulfil demands of children from other families.“I can look after my house. How can I fulfil demands of children from other families? If anyone is changing the route and think that the journey will be smooth, then I have nothing but well-wishes,” Mr. Pawar told reporters on Tuesday evening. The Ahmednagar seat is currently held by BJP’s Dilip Gandhi. However party surveys had recommended change in candidate as he was facing anti-incumbency. Seat-sharing talks between Congress and NCP were disrupted several times in the past over the Ahmednagar south seat as Dr Vikhe-Patil was keen to contest. As per the seat sharing formula, the seat is with the NCP and it was unwilling to part it. A senior NCP leader told The Hindu that Dr. Vikhe-Patil was offered to contest the polls from the NCP. “He was to take the decision. We were open to take him in,” the leader said.Last week, Dr. Vikhe-Patil held a meeting with Mr. Fadnavis’ blue-eyed-boy and Water Resources Minister Girish Mahajan which led to speculations of him joining the BJP.However, on Monday afternoon, NCP chief Sharad Pawar in a press conference clarified that there was no question of NCP giving the seat to Congress. Mr. Pawar even recounted the old days of his rivalry with Dr. Vikhe-Patil’s grandfather Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil. “That was an indication for us that Sujay is not going to get ticket even from the NCP,” said a person close to Dr. Vikhe-Patil.In a last ditch effort to pursue Congress leadership to pressurise the NCP and in a bid to stop his son joining the BJP, LoP Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil on Monday night held meetings with Congress president Rahul Gandhi and then with UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi. The last-minute effort did not materialise as he wanted and Sujay joined the BJP on Tuesday morning.The Vikhe-Patil family is known to change sides gauging the turning tide. The late Balasaheb Vikhe-Patil, an arch-rival of NCP chief Sharad Pawar, had won the Lok Sabha in 1998 on Shiv Sena’s ticket and even became Minister of state for Finance and later Union Minister for Heavy Industries in the NDA government, before returning to Congress in 2004. Radhakrishna Vikhe-Patil too was a minister in the Sena government and in the BJP from 1995 to 1999.
Delhi saw a dip in voter turnout for the Lok Sabha poll on Sunday with the Election Commission putting the polling percentage at a tentative 60.5.In 2014 the turnout was 65.07%, about 5% more than this year’s average.The lowest turnout was recorded in New Delhi constituency at 56.9% and the highest in North East Delhi at 63.41%.The Delhi police said the polling process was overall peaceful and they received 337 calls related to missing voter names from the rolls.The Aam Aadmi Party alleged “rigging” by the BJP at a polling station in South Delhi and also claimed large-scale deletion of voter names, an issue they had raised before the election too. The BJP dismissed the allegations.Model booths a hitModel polling booths were an attraction with the voters as they distributed chocolates and flowers, provided wheelchair facility to senior citizens and even offered pick-up and drop service to those above 100 years of age. Several voters said they were happy with the introduction of the Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail machines. The decision of AAP and Congress to go it alone in the polls left many voters, who did not want to vote for the BJP, in a fix as they felt their votes were getting split between the two parties.
Does a midday nap make young children better learners? Can we thwart antibiotic-resistant bacteria without developing new drugs? And what are the forces behind the gravity-defying phenomenon of water bridges? Science’s News Intern Kelly Servick chats about these stories and more with Science’s Sarah Crespi.Listen to the full Science podcast.Read the transcript.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Hear more podcasts.
It would have been a personal triumph for Marthe Gautier, an 88-year-old pediatric cardiologist and scientist living in Paris. On 31 January, during a meeting in Bordeaux, Gautier was to receive a medal for her role in the discovery of the cause of Down syndrome in the late 1950s. In a speech, she planned to tell an audience of younger French geneticists her story about the discovery—and how she felt the credit she deserved went to a male colleague, Jérôme Lejeune.But Gautier’s talk was canceled just hours in advance, and she received the medal a day later in a small, private ceremony. The French Federation of Human Genetics (FFGH), which organized the meeting, decided to scrap the event after two bailiffs showed up with a court order granting them permission to tape Gautier’s speech. They were sent by the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation, which wanted to have a record of the talk. The foundation, which supports research and care for patients with genetic intellectual disabilities and campaigns against abortion, said it had reason to believe Gautier would “tarnish” the memory of Lejeune, who died in 1994.A brilliant cytogeneticist with a storied career, Lejeune has become widely known as the scientist who discovered that Down syndrome is caused by an extra copy of chromosome 21. He received many awards, including one from former U.S. President John F. Kennedy. But in recent years, Gautier has claimed that she did most of the experimental work for the discovery. In the French newspaper Le Monde, Alain Bernheim, the president of the French Society of Human Genetics, last week compared her case to that of Rosalind Franklin, whose contribution to the discovery of the double helix structure of DNA in the early 1950s was long overlooked.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In an e-mail to Science, Gautier referred to an interview published on the Web for her version of events more than half a century ago. In it, she explained that she worked on Down syndrome in the pediatric unit led by Raymond Turpin at the Armand-Trousseau Hospital in Paris, which she joined in 1956 after a year at Harvard Medical School in Boston.Human cytogenetics was just coming of age. In 1956, a Swedish team showed that humans have 46 chromosomes in every cell, not 48, as was widely believed. In the United States, Gautier had learned to grow heart cell cultures, so she proposed to set up an advanced cell culture lab and study Down syndrome. She says she received her first patient sample in May 1958; examining slides, she soon noticed an extra chromosome, but she was unable to identify it or take pictures with her low-power microscope. In June 1958, she “naively” accepted an offer from Lejeune, who Gautier says was studying Down syndrome using other techniques, to take her slides and get them photographed.Gautier claims she was “shocked” when, after more than 6 months of silence, she learned that the discovery was about to be published in the journal of the French Academy of Sciences, with Lejeune as the first author and Turpin the last; Gautier was in the middle, her last name misspelled as Gauthier. Gautier doesn’t dispute that Lejeune identified the 47th chromosome as an extra copy of chromosome 21, but she maintains that she was the first to notice the abnormal count.While acknowledging that Gautier played a role, the Jérôme Lejeune Foundation claims that Lejeune himself made the discovery. “In July 1958, during a study of chromosomes of a so-called ‘mongoloid’ child, [Lejeune] discovered the existence of an extra chromosome on the 21st pair,” according to the foundation’s website. The foundation has denied that Lejeune appropriated Gautier’s discovery; in a press statement, it says a letter Turpin sent in October 1958 suggests Gautier still hadn’t seen the 47 chromosomes. Things came to a head at the meeting in Bordeaux. After calling off Gautier’s talk and the award ceremony, FFGH issued a statement saying it would have been “unacceptable” to hold the ceremony under the threat of a legal suit. But the federation also said it “bitterly regretted” the cancellation and condemned the use of legal power to put pressure on a scientific meeting.Simone Gilgenkrantz, a professor emeritus of human genetics at the University of Lorraine in France and a friend of Gautier’s, says the presentation, which she has seen, was “completely innocuous.” Gautier writes in an e-mail to Science that she accepted the decision and that she felt unprepared to deal with what she calls “an aggression.” “To talk under the pressure of justice is not tolerable for me or anyone else,” she writes.Ideology is fueling some of the rancor. Lejeune, a staunch Catholic, was horrified by the advent of prenatal diagnostics, which made it possible to screen fetuses for Down syndrome and other abnormalities, and abort those afflicted. He set out to find a therapy for genetic intellectual disabilities like Down syndrome, but also campaigned tirelessly against abortion—which made him a lightning rod among the left wing in France. (Lejeune was friends with Pope John Paul II and the Vatican is now considering a request to beatify him.) In its statement, the foundation lashed out at Gautier’s supporters for trying to discredit an ideological opponent. It said Gautier, at her age, can’t be blamed for her “confusion,” but called stories backing her version of events in Le Monde and Libération—both left-wing papers—“ideological terrorism.”Gilgenkrantz, who convinced Gautier to tell her story in 2009, says it should be told regardless of the politics involved. To her, it’s one more tale of a female scientist wronged at a time when French science was still very sexist. “This is a story that must be known,” she says, “in the name of women.”But Bernard Dutrillaux, who worked in Lejeune’s lab from the mid-1960s until the early 1980s, believes that some score-settling may be going on. “Lejeune made a lot of enemies” among his peers, he says. Still, he condemns the foundation’s legal maneuvers. Both sides, Dutrillaux says, should know better than to fight such “petty rear-guard battles.”
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At least six people were killed and 43 others injured when a bus fell into a gorge on Tuesday at Anuraj Ghati in Garhwa district, police said.The accident took place around 3.30 am, they said.The bodies of the deceased passengers were retrieved and those injured were rescued by jawans of the Central Reserve Police Personnel (CRPF), Superintendent of Police Shivani Tiwari said.While three of the injured were referred to the Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences in Ranchi, the rest were admitted to a local hospital, the SP said.The bus was heading to Garhwa, about 140 km from state capital Ranchi, from Ambikapur in Chhattisgarh, she said.
NCP leader Ajit Pawar’s decision to join hands with the BJP bears a striking resemblance to his uncle Sharad Pawar’s coup against a government formed by two Congress factions 41 years ago. In 1978, Mr. Pawar ran the rainbow coalition comprising the Janata Party and the Peasants Workers Party, which lasted less than two years. Incidentally, this time he is trying to forge a similar alliance in the State by joining hands with the Congress and the Shiv Sena. Mr. Ajit Pawar was sworn-in as Deputy Chief Minister on November 23, only to be snubbed by Mr. Sharad Pawar who said the decision to support the BJP was his nephew’s personal one. Mr. Sharad Pawar’s decision in 1978 to establish his own party and run it for a decade earned him the unofficial title of “strongman” in political circles. Mr. Pawar wrote in his book, On My Terms, that the poll reverses in the 1977 post-Emergency anti-Indira wave shocked many in the State and the country. V.N. Gadgil lost on a Congress ticket in Baramati, the home turf of the Pawars.In January 1978, Indira Gandhi split the Congress, forming Congress (Indira) to take on the parent organisation Congress (S), headed by Sardar Swarn Singh, in the State elections. Mr. Sharad Pawar stayed with the Congress(S), and in the Assembly polls held a month later, the party won 69 seats against 65 of the Congress (I). The Janata Party won 99 seats. However, no party got a full majority.The two Congress factions got together to form a government headed by Vasantdada Patil from the Congress(S) and with Nashikrao Tirpude from Congress (I) as the Deputy Chief Minister. However, the bickering between them continued, and Mr. Sharad Pawar decided to quit. His relations with Janata Party president Chandrashekar helped him a great deal. “You will have to play a key role in this,” Mr. Chandrashekar told Mr. Pawar. He then started seeking support of the MLAs. Sushilkumar Shinde and others sent their resignations to the Chief Minister. Mr. Sharad Pawar walked out with 38 MLAs to form a new government and became the youngest Chief Minister of the State at the age of 38.The new government was a rainbow coalition of the Janta Party, Peasants Workers Party (PWP) and other smaller parties, senior journalist Anant Bagaitkar said.When Mr. Sharad Pawar resigned, the Assembly session was on. “Even while the House was discussing supplementary demands, the government was reduced to a minority, following which Chief Minister Vasantdada Patil submitted his resignation,” Mr. Sharad Pawar writes in his book. However, with the return of Gandhi to power in 1980, his government was dismissed.Political analyst Suhas Palshikar said, in a profile on the Maratha strongman titled A chapter named Pawar in a Marathi magazine, writes that Mr. Sharad Pawar led the party for over a decade and returned to the parent party under the leadership of Rajiv Gandhi. “Because he decided to establish his own party and ran it a for decade, (it) helped him earn the image of a strongman.”