A botanist would study the leaves, fruits and flowers and then give the tree an absurd Latin name. Only squirrels know every inch of a tree – the texture of the tree trunk, if the bark is slippery or rough, which tree has the crunchiest berries and which one’s branches have the biggest leaves behind which you can play hide and seek. Then they combined all their knowledge and imagined a tree that has it all — the celestial wish-fulfilling tree that we call kalpavriksha or kalpataru. Vishnu likes the peepul and his ninth avatar Krishna sat under a peepul tree at Prabhas Patan at the end of the Mahabharata. On his final attempt at gaining enlightenment, Gautama sat on a seat of fresh-cut kusha grass in the shade of a peepul tree at Bodh Gaya.
Heart of the matter: Dr K Anji Reddy memorial space, in Hyderabad. Heart of the matter: Dr K Anji Reddy memorial space, in Hyderabad. — Dean D’Cruz,Principal, Mozaic Design Studio, GoaDr K Anji Reddy Memorial, HyderabadFor a memorial in Hyderabad for scientist and entrepreneur Dr K Anji Reddy, we were given the site that was part of his farmhouse. The 1.2-acre location was the path Dr Reddy would take from his residence in the farmhouse to his adjacent laboratory. The memorial is informal in its language and set to human scale, allowing people to feel connected to nature and the man himself.
Malaria in humans, which spreads through the female Anopheles mosquito, is caused by one of the four different species (or types) of the Plasmodium parasite — P. falciparum, P. malariae, P. ovale and P. vivax. Of these, infection with P. falciparum causes a fatal form of malaria while that with P. vivax results in mild infection. Out of the positive malaria infections, 13% were found to be mixed infections due to P. falciparum and P. vivax. Emerging challengeProf. Das has expressed concern over the emerging threat of another species of malaria, P. malariae. “Considerable mixed malaria cases are reported, though not precisely due to technical and methodological challenges.
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(Source: Express Photo by Ranjit Lal) There is more to trees than meets the eye. And yet, we are ever ready to shout, “Off with their heads!”But there is more to trees than meets the eye. But outside our bedroom window stood a grand old neem tree, under which (and, sometimes, on which) we played, nibbling at the yellow-green neem berries. When we shifted, the Nicholson cemetery, which my bedroom overlooks, was like a dense, almost tropical forest, crowded with magnificent mature old trees — neem, peepul and tamarind, to name just a few. Then, in order to clear the undergrowth, they set fire to it that crept insidiously across the ground and licked at the trunk of one of the few surviving neem trees.
Its forest trees became the subject of your study around 1995. Is there a native Indian tree as detrimental to others in its vicinity as the kikar? It’s when trees are brought into new environments that they become invasive and a nuisance. A country like South Africa has an invasive species list that includes over 200 species of trees and shrubs and lianas. Some Indian trees can be more aggressive than others, but it depends on very local factors like moisture regimes and soil conditions.
But Ms. Shah and other bioethicists convened by the NIH concluded in 2017 that the research had “insufficient value” to justify the risks. But scientists in charge of the study say the panel’s concerns are hypothetical and do not take into account the proposed protocol. But we’re on top of all these risks.”Human-challenge studies are only conducted at a small number of institutions in the U.S. The trials have been used to test vaccines or treatments for dengue, malaria, influenza and norovirus, among other diseases. Natural Zika outbreaks are becoming too sporadic to test vaccines, so until the next large outbreak, a human-challenge study may be the only way for vaccine developers to proceed.
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Explosive batsman AB de villiers enthralled the crowd with a whirlwind unbeaten 39-ball 90 to power Royal Challengers Bangalore to a convincing six-wicket win over Delhi Daredevils in their IPL fixture at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here today. The former South African skipper smashed 10 fours and five sixes in his unconquered innings. Earlier, after electing to bowl, RCB tightened the screw on Delhi Daredevils right from the start with Umesh Yadav dismissing skipper Gautam Gambhir (3) in the third over. New man Pant then joined Iyer and he was off the mark with a boundary as Delhi Daredevils reached 28-2, the lowest powerplay score this season. Iyer smashed a four and six off Yadav's last over as DD crossed the 50-mark in 9 overs.
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more-inOver 70,000 people attending the Kerala State Literacy Mission Authority’s (KSLMA) Class 10 and higher secondary equivalency courses will be on a new mission now. From May 2 they will scour various parts of the State to gather data for a survey, a joint initiative of the KSLMA and the Archives Department. Even the Archives Department lacks proper information regarding such documents. “We plan to identify these records and remnants through this survey, which is part of the KSLMA’s social literacy programme,” said Director P.S. The KSLMA will hand over the State-level report of the survey to the Archives Department on June 10.
A total of 12 MKU staff and two people from Aruppukottai, where the college is located, met the commission and made their representations on Saturday. Earlier on Saturday, though Mr. Santhanam and his team waited at the Circuit House in Madurai for over three hours, no one turned up. In the afternoon, when the team visited the MKU, 10 teaching and two non-teaching staff of the varsity and two persons from Aruppukottai met with the commission. ‘No info on audiotape’Sources said that almost all the MKU staff, which included assistant professors G. Jayachandran, J. Shunmugaraja, B. Ashok Kumar, P. Jeyabharathy, E.V. “However, it is not preferred since there will be difficulties in substantiating such information,” he said.
more-inTwo persons have been arrested for allegedly snatching a woman’s purse in south east Delhi’s Govindpuri, the police said on Saturday. The two accused identified as Rohan Gill alias Sunny (21) and Manish alias Haria (22) were arrested on Friday for allegedly snatching the woman’s purse on April 18, Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-East) Chinmoy Biswal said. “The two were then identified and raids were conducted in Govindpuri after which the accused were arrested,” Mr. Biswal said. Drug addictionDuring interrogation, the accused told the police that they are addicted to alcohol and drugs and resorted to snatching to meet their daily needs. The police claim to have recovered the purse, a mobile phone, a metro card, cash and a motorcycle.
Does it cause that irresistible itch to shop till you drop online? The mean age of the respondents during a door-to-door survey was 36.6 years and included people across low and high socio-economic groups. Excessive in someOf those surveyed, 4% were found to have excessive online shopping behaviour, which the authors identified as “problematic”. In the paper, the authors said there was a need to develop awareness programmes that sensitise people to the risk of excessive shopping behaviour. Dr. Sharma, however, noted that while people addicted to online shopping show certain behavioural changes, it is not a psychiatric disorder like other addictions such as gaming and gambling.
more-inThirty persons belonging to different media groups in the city were booked by the police for rioting and hurling stones on the residence of actor-politician S.Ve. Shekher drew flak from the city journalists after he shared a Facebook post containing derogatory remarks about women journalists. However, on Friday, a section of media persons comprising news readers, reporters and technicians of television channels and some publications trooped towards the house of Mr. Shekher in Mylapore. The protest took a violent turn after media persons who were initially raising slogans against him began pelting stones and chappals on his house. Meanwhile, the Central Crime Branch on Saturday booked a case against Mr. Shekher based on a complaint given by Tamilnadu Pathirikaialargal Padhukappu Nala Sangam.
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more-inIn February 2018, 30 Indian scientists on an expedition to one of India’s base stations in Antarctica had to be evacuated after their ship collided with an iceberg. The hired Russian ship, m.v. Ivan Papanin, was on its way to Maitri, India’s inland research base, from Bharati, another India station. “It struck an iceberg or some other underground structure and the scientists had to be evacuated by helicopter. Inspite of regular expeditions to Antarctica, India doesn’t yet have an ice-breaker ship of its own.
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2If you thought CNN was the first to televise a war — the Gulf War of 1990 — think again. Tripura’s new BJP Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb claimed this week that “internet and satellite communication had existed in the days of the Mahabharata”. How else could Sanjaya give a detailed account and description of the Kurukshetra war to the blind king Dhritarashtra, far from the battle ground? “It means internet was there, satellites and that technology was there in this country at that time,” Deb went on. That is cow dung squared.Union Agriculture Minister Radha Mohan Singh’s aim: double farmers’ income by 2022.
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