Return of Operation Kamala 2.0

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The Congress-JDS alliance in Karnataka is in trouble. Congress minister DK Shivakumar claimed that BJP was poaching their leaders as a part of Operation Lotus 2.0. The senior Congress leader claimed that three Congress leaders- who were previously approached by BJP – are now lodged in a Mumbai hotel, sparking speculations of horse trading.

Signs of rift between Congress and JDS also emerged after DK Shivakumar slammed the chief minister HD Kumaraswamy. The Congress leader said Kumaraswamy was lenient with BJP despite being aware of the controversy.

On the other CM Kumaraswamy said that the MLAs were in constant touch with him adding that the MLAs were merely on a personal visit to Mumbai.

In a bid to counter Op Lotus, Congress leader DK Shivakumar will be flying into Mumbai to meet with the dissenting leaders to persuade them not to jump ship.

Amidst the on-going crisis in Karnataka, Two independent MLAs from Karnataka are expected to meet the governor of the state. However it is unclear if they will join sides with any party.

Meanwhile BJP has levelled counter charges against the congress-JDS alliance, State party president Yeddyurappa claimed that Congress and JDS are trying to lure their MLAs.

Yeddyurappa also claimed that seveal MLAs were approached by the CM who offered them ministerial berth in the govt .

In a bid to prevent counter poaching by Congress and JDS, BJP has decided to keep its MLAs in a resort in Gurugram.BJP MLA are currently in New Delhi as a part of their tour to attend the National Council meet.

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1069 DAYS LATER, 12000 PAGE CHARGESHEET FILED AGAINST JNU SEDITION CASE

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In February 2016, the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University campus was in the eye of the storm after students Umar Khalid, Anirban Bhattacharya and Student Union President Kanhaiya Kumar along with several others raised slogans of sedition in an event to commemorate the hanging of Afzal Guru and now 3 years later, Delhi police lodged a charge sheet in the case.

10 people including the trio of Khalid, Kumar and Bhattacharya were charged with sedition under sec 124 A of the IPC. Other charges that were leveled against them included forgery, unlawful assembly, rioting and criminal conspiracy.

Delhi police filed a 12,000 page chargesheet which said that all the footage obtained during the investigations were genuine. The document also reveals that no permission was granted for the event and that several anti-India slogans were raised inside JNU.

Reacting to the charge sheet filed against him, former student union president Kanhaiya Kumar called it as a political stunt He said that the charge sheet was filed only because the elections were nearing. others such as Umar Khalid and Anirban issued a statement on social media and vowed to fight the charges legally until they are proved innocent.

Congress slammed the Centre over the JNU chargesheet. Congress claims that chargesheet was filed to distract attention from the issues such as Jobs, agrarian distress & economic mismanagement. Left leader D Raja backed the AISF claiming that the students did not indulge in any anti-national activity and said that they would fight the case in court.

In the meanwhile, ABVP has claimed the charge sheet was a victory for them, adding that this will now rest the claims made by political parties such as Congress and the AAP.

KARNATAKA MINISTER FORCES MAN TO CARRY HIS SHOES

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Just days after he took oath as the Karnataka Minister for education minister, E Tukaram landed into trouble. The leader earned the wrath of social media after his visit to the famous Kanakadurgamma Temple in the district of Ballari.

The minister who was touring the district made a pit-stop at the temple. After paying his obeisance to the deity, the minister stepped into the car. However, he soon realised that he had forgotten his shoes in the Temple complex.

Minister seen at Ballari Temple

The minister did not get down from his car, instead a Congress Worker did this work for him.

Video accessed by Newscaravan shows that the Congress Worker was seen carrying the minister’s brown shoes in his hands and handing it over to the minister who was seated in the car throughout the incident.

Congress worker carries minister’s shoe

The biggest question that arises is, will the Chief Minister of the state and Congress leaders from Karnataka endorse this behaviour on the part of the minister?

‘Gene Editing’ controversy divides medical industry

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The miracle of birth has always fascinated man. Man has successfully recreated several key aspects related to birth. From in-vitro fertilisation to uterus transplantation, science has succeeded in beating nature.

But recently a Chinese Scientist’s quest to become a pioneer in the field of gene editing has met criticism and scepticism. A scientist named He Jiankui claimed that he had successfully edited the genes of twin girls. The girls, who were born earlier this month were the offspring of parent who had contracted HIV.

Jiankui went to claim that his intervention had prevented the twins from contracting the virus. The scientist reportedly used a technology called as CRISPR-Cas9 to alter the genetic make up of the twins.

Thanks to the scientist’s experiment Chinese twins named as ‘Lulu’ and ‘Nana’ now don’t have a gene called as CCR5. The CCR5 gene encodes a protein called as CCR5 protein which is present on the surface of white blood cells and this protein is also the receptor for Chemokines (signalling proteins) helping T cells in identifying specific tissue and organ targets. HIV a virus which causes AIDS uses CCR5 gene to enter and infect the host.

Criticism:
While removal of the gene seems ‘path breaking’ to say the least, the problem is this method is unnecessary while treating HIV in newborn. Anti-Retroviral Therapy a simple technique can also be used to prevent AIDS from infecting the child.

Secondary deletion of a gene can lead to change in genetic make up and this case can impact the immune system of the child. Long term impacts are unknown. Also the scientist in question has been accused of breaking several ethical laws.

Not only is this experiment banned in China, but the scientist himself took the consent of the parents instead of approaching a third party. He also kept this study under closed wraps and reportedly did not inform anyone about what he aimed from his experiments.

Gene editing is allowed by scientific community on degenerated embryos but these embryos are then discarded after studies.

China for now has temporarily halted this program and several scientists have lashed out at the scientist. Scientific Summit in Hong Kong issued a statement saying that gene editing was irresponsible with risks too great to allow.

Others feel that such experiments could lead to ‘designer babies’ with parents or wealthy clients seeking traits or features that they seek. But many are expressing optimism as well, this could probably open doors to curing genetic disorders.

Opinion:

NewsCaravan contacted several doctors in India over this controversy and this is what they had to say.

Dr Sanidhya Sreenivasa, an Oral Surgeon from Bengaluru welcomed Gene Editing, but is against the idea of commercialisation, she says ‘Gene editing is great provided it should be used only in the rarest of the cases and should be well controlled. Because if you commercialize and people start using it rampantly it might go both ways. That would be toying with the nature especially in a subject which we don’t understand completely.’

Others want Gene editing to be monitored, Dr Ieshan Bali adds, ‘I think it is acceptable provided it is regulated by strong systems and processes to make sure it is not mis-utilised. . What can cure HIV today can also cause a havoc tomorrow.’

We also spoke to those from non-medical background, Sowmya Mani, a journalist from Mumbai added, ‘It’s not been done so we can’t weigh its pros and cons. Obviously it seems wrong to alter something you’re born with. But maybe if it can help someone it’s good. But it can and will be used for wrong purposes’

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RAHUL GANDHI AIDE DIVYA SPANDANA SLAMMED FOR ATTACKING PM MODI

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On Thursday, Congress Social Media Cell Head Divya Spandana set the Twitter buzzing, but for all the wrong reasons. she tweeted a picture of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Sardar Vallabh Bhai Patel and captioned it ‘is it bird dropping’

Almost immediately the tweet sparked off a political war, but more importantly it received widespread condemnation from all quarters.

While BJP said that Ramya’s insult at directed at the PM, Ramya said she was merely hinting at the bird droppings at the statue.

Several journalists asked Ramya to apologise but the former Sandalwood actress remained adamant.

Ramya also known as Divya Spandana brazened it out and refused to apologise over the issue.

This however isn’t the first time Ramya has raked up controvery, she has repeatedly poked fun at Prime Minister Narendra Modi. from feku to chor she has used every instance to insult Modi.

While Rahul professes to follow the politics of love. his team does otherwise the real question is will Ramya apologise and above all will Rahul reprimand his team?

Cook Easy: Muffins

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Blog by Deepshikha Ganjoo

Are your looking for a quick desert to satisfy your sweet tooth? Well then the answer to your question is Muffin!

One can prepare these delicious warm little cakes in no time, which can be gorged up in the morning especially if it is a lazy Sunday brunch or an evening compliment to your coffee.

The following is a recipe for vanilla chocochip muffin. The ingredients are as following:

Flour 1/2 cup

Vegetable Oil 1/6 cup

Baking powder 1/2 tbsp

Vanilla essence 1/2 tbsp

Eggs 2 room temperature

Salted butter 60 gms

Castor Sugar 1/4 cup

Milk 1/2 cup

Chocochips 1 cup

Method:

Preheat the oven to 180°C & grease the mould

Beat butter and sugar in a bowl for a minute

Add eggs to the mixture and beat for another minute

Add vanilla essence & vegetable oil to the mixture & mix

Now sift in flour & baking powder into the mixture

Fold the mixture in with a spatula

Add milk to the mixture & adjust the consistency

Add half the chocochips into the batter.

Pour the batter into the mould

Don’t fill the mould, only pour in half to ensure the muffin can rise

Sprinkle chocochips over the mixture

Bake the mixture for 15 mins at 180°C

2018 Nobel Prize for Medicine is a game changer, here is why

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The 2018 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine has been awarded to James P. Allison and Tasuku Honjo. The two men where jointly given this prize for their pathbreaking discovery of cancer therapy. The two men have discovered a treatment where in cancer can be regulated by inhibition of negative immune regulation.

A statement issued by the Nobel Academy reads ‘Cancer kills millions of people every year and is one of humanity’s greatest health challenges. By stimulating the ability of our immune system to attack tumour cells, this year’s Nobel Prize laureates have established an entirely new principle for cancer’

It also says, ‘Until the discoveries made by the 2018 Medicine Laureates, progress into clinical development was modest. “Immune checkpoint therapy” has revolutionised cancer treatment and has fundamentally changed the way we view how cancer can be managed.’

With this pathbreaking discovery, scientific community is sure to benefit as it could revolutionise cancer treatment.

ACCOUNTS OF 50 MILLION FACEBOOK USERS COMPROMISED IN A MASSIVE DATA BREACH

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Just months after he faced the US Senate over the Cambridge Analytical Crisis, Mark Zuckerberg found himself in the midst of yet another storm. Facebook admitted that its company was affected by yet another data breach this time affecting at least 50 million of its users.

The company issued a statement that said,’ our engineering team discovered a security issue affecting almost 50 million accounts. Attackers exploited a vulnerability in Facebook’s code that impacted “View As”, a feature that lets people see what their own profile looks like to someone else. This allowed them to steal Facebook access tokens which they could then use to take over people’s accounts.’

So what is access token? Facebook explained, ‘Access tokens are the equivalent of digital keys that keep people logged in to Facebook so they don’t need to re-enter their password every time they use the app.’

Facebook has reset the access tokens of the almost 50 million accounts and as a precautionary step they have also reset access tokens for another 40 million accounts that have been subject to a “View As” look-up in the last year. As a result, around 90 million people will now have to log back in to Facebook, or any of their apps that use Facebook Login.

Facebook has also turned off their “View As” feature for the time being . Facebook believes this comes after they reset video uploading feature in July last years.

Reacting to the controversy, Founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg said, ‘We do not yet know whether these accounts were misused. We patched the security vulnerability to prevent this attacker or any other from being able to steal additional access tokens. And we invalidated the access tokens for the accounts of the 50 million people who were affected – causing them to be logged out. We do not currently have any evidence that suggests these accounts have been compromised, but we’re taking this step as a precautionary measure.’

Reports suggest that FBI and Irish agencies may have been roped in to investigate this hack.

LEPTOSPIROSIS THREAT IN KERALA

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Blog by Dr Deepshikha Ganjoo

Beginning in the month of July 2018, the South Indian state of Kerala was affected by severe floods.

This was the worst in over a century Kerala has seen. Displacing millions of people, leaving hundreds dead or missing.

Multiple factors like low pressure area creation , heavy rains, large discharge from dams are being held responsible for such a severe calamity. The floods have raised multiple concerns in the state, from providing clean water, to safe shelter, food etc.

Another fresh concern is the spread of diseases such as ‘Leptospirosis’ commonly known as Rat Fever. This disease is caused by a bacterium called as Leptospira. The sign and symptoms of the disease range from
*Headache
*muscle pain
*fever
*severe bleeding
*Vomiting
*Diarrhoea
*Yellowing of skin and eyes
*Skin Rashes
The most common carriers of this disease are the rodents, dogs, cattle and rabbits and it is transmitted by animal urine, by water or soil.

So with the current scenario where the entire state was flooded, the disease has spread like an epidemic and requires an effective strategy for prevention, diagnosis and treatment of the same

UNCERTAINITY OF AERO INDIA VENUE ENDS, BENGALURU WINS OVER LUCKNOW

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The Ministry of Defence has put an end to questions over the venue of Aero India 2019. The Ministry of Defence in a press release said that the Aero Show 2019 will be held in Bengaluru between February 20 and 24. This event is said to combine a trade exhibition for the aerospace and defence industries alongside public air shows.

Remember, the upcoming Aero India had recently sparked a row after U.P CM Yogi Adityanath had appealed to Defence Minister Nirmala Sitharaman to host the show in Lucknow. His request had irked several leaders in Karnataka.

PTI quoted sources from Defence Ministry saying that they had received requests from other states including Gujarat, Tamil Nadu, Rajasthan and Odisha to host the next Aero India Show. Experts feel that moving the venue would prove to be detrimental as Bengaluru is a home to Indian Aviation and Space with both HAL and ISRO being headquartered in the city.

There was a speculation that the Aero show 2019 would give a boost to the Defence Corridor which is coming up in Lucknow. Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister had asked the Defence Minister and urged her to hold the event in his state. This irked the Karnataka State congress and they hit out at they hit out at the Defence Minister telling her that being a Rajya Sabha member from Karnataka, she had to protect the interest of the state and retain the show in Bengaluru. Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy also wrote to PM Narendra Modi about the show and urged him to retain the show in the city. BJP Karnataka on the other hand remained tight-lipped over the issue and were accused of remaining mute spectators to the injustice meted out to the people of Karnataka.

The Ministry of Defence has now put an end to all speculations regarding the venue of the show and has announced officially that Aero India 2019 will be held in the city of Bengaluru.

ARTICLE WRITTEN BY APOORVA SHANKAR