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Amateurs boxers in international fights at Olympia Crown on Saturday

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first_imgJamaica’s amateur boxers will go up against a six-man contingent from the British Virgin Islands (BVI) on Saturday in a show that has been arranged by the Jamaica Boxing Board, in association with the Olympia Crown Hotel, Molynes Road.There will be six international and two local bouts on the card, and fight time is 8 p.m.The team of six boxers from the BVI is coached by Jamaican Julan Brown, who heads the boxing programme there. The full team is Andrew Lettsome 20, heavyweight (195); Elton Leonard, 21, light heavyweight (175); Elton King Leonard, 20, middleweight (160); Tyriq Isles, 23, welterweight (155); Romario Morgan, 19, light welterweight (139) and Dmoi Martin, 17, flyweight (115).Lettsome and Isles arrived in the island yesterday, accompanied by team manager David Penn. The other boxers will arrive tomorrow. The Boxing Board stated yesterday that this card is part of its development programme and is designed to give Jamaica’s amateurs competition involving other teams from the region.The plan is that over the next several months, Jamaica will engage in team tournaments, so as to keep the young amateurs busy.last_img read more

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Thalamus controls development of normal sleep and waking states study finds

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first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Oct 12 2018Consciousness requires continuous, internally generated activity in the brain. The modulation of this activity is the basis of the electroencephalogram (EEG) and of generation of sleep, dreams, and perception. Achieving such activity is thus an important milestone in normal brain maturation, which occurs around birth. Successful transition to this activity indicates a good prognosis for babies born prematurely and/or suffering from damage to the brain.To be functional as a dreaming, seeing, and thinking entity the brain need to achieve two milestones: continuity, which means that the brain is always active and state dependence, meaning brain activity is modulated by sleep, waking, and attention. The circuit mechanisms behind the development of continuity and state dependence in the brain have remained unknown, but have been widely assumed to be located in the cerebral cortex, the convoluted brain structure responsible for thought and perception.A team from the George Washington University (GW) has published a study in the Journal of Neuroscience suggesting instead that the thalamus, a tiny nucleus deep in the brain, actually controls the development of state dependence and continuity.”Our results indicate that cellular changes in the thalamus relay function may be critical drivers for the maturation of background activity,” Matthew Colonnese, PhD, associate professor of pharmacology and physiology at the GW School of Medicine and Health Sciences, said. “Humans undergo developmental transitions in brain activity before and near birth.”Related StoriesResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionMercy Medical Center adds O-arm imaging system to improve spinal surgery resultsStudy provides new insight into longitudinal decline in brain network integrity associated with agingDrawing on previous work by Colonnese, his team used advanced techniques to record simultaneously from multiple brain regions to pinpoint the circuit change responsible for the acquisition of continuity and state dependence measured in the sensory cortex. They were surprised to learn that activity changes in the thalamus, rather than the local cortical circuitry or the interconnectivity of two structures, can explain most of these critical developmental milestones.”From a clinical perspective, certain things can go wrong in birth, like hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy, brain injury caused by lack of oxygen to the brain, and the brain can revert to a state of discontinuity or never develop continuity,” said Colonnese. “These findings could help us understand the circuit basis of human EEG development to improve diagnosis and treatment of infants in vulnerable situations. By putting the development of the EEG on a mechanistic basis we hope to increase its utility in the clinic.”Colonnese and his team, which includes Yasunobu Murata, PhD, a research scientist in Colonnese’s lab at GW and co-author of the study, are working to develop a comprehensive atlas of EEG patterns and brain lesions that cause them to aid in this process.Now that they have established the thalamus is in control, he said, the next step is to further define what circuit changes occur in brain development so clinicians can pinpoint from an EEG what’s gone wrong in cases like hypoxic-ischemic encephalopathy.Source: https://smhs.gwu.edu/news/new-study-finds-thalamus-wakes-brain-during-developmentlast_img read more

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Alzheimers disease protection from exercise hormone irisin

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first_imgBy Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDFeb 11 2019Exercising is good for health and there is yet another reason for it. Exercise is known to release certain endogenous hormones called “feel good” hormones or endorphins. Yet another hormone may be released from the body when a person exercises – this is called irisin. Irisin is found to be protective against Alzheimer’s disease finds a new study. The results of the new study were published in the journal Nature Medicine. Irisin – Image Credit: Ibreakstock / Shutterstock The study led by researchers at the Columbia University’s Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, co-authored by Dr. Ottavio Arancio, a Professor of pathology and cell biology and of medicine at the institute, finds evidence of the positive role exercise could play in brain health. According to the researchers, there was evidence that exercise can reduce the risk of getting Alzheimer’s disease. The reason for this was not known.The hormone irisin was found a few years ago. It was noted that irisin was released in blood during exercise and physical activity. It was hypothesized that irisin could play a role in energy metabolism of the body. This new research has shown that irisin is capable of promoting new neuron growth in the brain. It is especially beneficial at the hippocampus region of the brain which is necessary for memory and learning. Arancio said, “This raised the possibility that irisin may help explain why physical activity improves memory and seems to play a protective role in brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease.”The team including those from Federal University of Rio de Janeiro in Brazil and Queens University in Canada extensively studied the connection between irisin and A;zheimer’s disease. They gathered brain tissue samples from brain banks and noted that irisin is normally present in the hippocampus region of the brain and among those suffering from Alzheimer’s disease, there us a reduction in levels of this hormone in the hippocampus.Related StoriesHealthy lifestyle lowers dementia risk despite genetic predispositionExercise during pregnancy can promote bone health of both mother and childStudy highlights the need for larger Alzheimer’s drug trials that intervene much earlierThe team used laboratory mice to assess the benefits provided by irisin to the brain. They noted that presence of irisin in the brain of mice can protect their memory and preserve the nerve connections called the synapses. They then disabled irisin in the hippocampi of the mice brains. Thereafter there was a decline in memory and damage to the synapses was noted. When irisin levels were raised, there was an improvement in brain health, the researchers noted.As a next step the researchers assessed the type of exercise that could raise irisin in the brain and benefit brain health. It is known that beta amyloid protein causes formation of clumps within the brain that leads to symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease. The mice were made to swim daily for five weeks and were administered infusions of beta amyloid protein. Despite the infusions, these mice did not develop memory impairment akin to Alzheimer’s disease, they noted. This means that despite the pathology, irisin has the capacity to stop the progressive memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s disease say the researchers. Now if irisin was blocked in the swimming animals using a specific drug, these mice developed memory impairments due to infusions of the beta amyloid.The researchers hope that this study can extrapolate into new therapies for Alzheimer’s disease based on irisin. Arancio in a statement said, “In the meantime, I would certainly encourage everyone to exercise, to promote brain function and overall health. But that’s not possible for many people, especially those with age-related conditions like heart disease, arthritis, or dementia. For those individuals, there’s a particular need for drugs that can mimic the effects of irisin and protect synapses and prevent cognitive decline.”Source: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41591-018-0275-4last_img read more

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Biologists analyze available methods of targeted drug delivery to malignant tumors

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first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Apr 9 2019A team of biologists from Sechenov First Moscow State Medical University and Lobachevsky University (Nizhny Novgorod) analyzed available methods of targeted drug delivery to malignant tumors. Individual approaches to cancer therapy limit the influence of drugs on healthy tissues and reduce side effects. The results of the study were published in the Cancers journal. The research was supported by a grant issued by the Ministry of Science and Higher Education .The difference between healthy tissue and a tumor lies in the structure of its vasculature and changes in metabolism. In tumors blood vessels are formed chaotically, have different shapes and diameters, and exhibit closed ends and protrusions. The structure of lymphatic vessels also changes. A tumor and its vasculature grow at different speed causing oxygen and nutrients deficiency. The structure of the tissue and its metabolism changes, as well as the profile of molecules on the surface of tumor cells, and the cancer progresses. Taking these facts into consideration, one can develop methods of target antitumor drugs delivery without affecting healthy cells and causing unnecessary side effects.Currently, there are three main ways of targeted drug-to-tumor delivery: passive targeting that takes into account the structure of the vessels; active targeting in which an antitumor drug binds with a molecular target; and cell-mediated targeting.Due to the peculiarities of tumor vessels, large molecules can enter them relatively easily and accumulate in the tumor tissue. This phenomenon is known as enhanced permeability and retention effect, and passive drug targeting is based on it. However, this delivery method doesn’t always guarantee a desired effect. To increase its efficiency, individual therapies are developed on the basis of tumor characteristics. For example, the size of an agent may be optimized accordingly.Related StoriesDon’t Miss the Blood-Brain Barrier Drug Delivery (B3DD) Summit this AugustNew class of cancer-killing agents shows promise in destroying cancer stem cellsCommon cold virus strain could be a breakthrough in bladder cancer treatmentActive targeting complements the passive method. It increases the accumulation of a drug in tumor and the time of its retention. In their earlier work the team presented a multifunctional complex that leads to a synergistic effect of combined chemo- and radiotherapy agents. The base of the complex is a luminescent nanoparticle that contains a radioactive isotope 90Y used in radionuclide therapy. On the surface there is a bound highly active fragment of exotoxin A obtained from Pseudomonas aeruginosa (PE40). The complex binds with a marker protein of cancer cells, and its toxic agents affect the tumor. This treatment method works because tumor cells have different metabolism and molecular profiles than the cells of healthy tissues.Certain types of cells are able to penetrate tumor tissues and therefore can also be used to deliver drugs. Cell-mediated targeting extends the washout period, controls the release of the drug, and reduces general toxicity and side effects. This method has its limitations, but it is also very promising.”Having a choice between various treatment methods that take into account molecular and structural characteristics of a tumor and being able to adjust drug administration regime means approaching the goals of personalized medicine,” said Irina Balalayeva, a Candidate of Biological Sciences, Dean of the Department of Biophysics of the Institute of Biology and Biomedicine at Lobachevsky University, and a senior research associate of the laboratory of nanotheranostics at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Sechenov Moscow State Medical University.Understanding the processes of nutrients and metabolic products transportation within a tumor, the peculiarities of its structure, and its interaction with immune system cells can help increase the efficiency of antitumor drug delivery and cancer treatment.Source: https://www.sechenov.ru/eng/news/141366/last_img read more

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New sensor for measuring electric field strength

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Schematics of the sensor: the moveable and the fixed grid. Credit: TU Wien Accurately measuring electric fields is important in a variety of applications, such as weather forecasting, process control on industrial machinery, or ensuring the safety of people working on high-voltage power lines. Yet from a technological perspective, this is no easy task. A moveable grid made of silicon is displaced in an electric field, relative to another grid, which is fixed. Credit: Vienna University of Technology Journal information: Nature Electronics Tiny new sensor — compared to a one-cent-coin. Credit: TU Wien Team develops new semiconductor processing technology Explore further More information: Vittorio Ferrari, Distortion-free probes of electric field, Nature Electronics (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41928-017-0013-9 Provided by Vienna University of Technology 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. The sensor developed by the team at TU Wien is made from silicon and is based on small, grid-shaped silicon structures measuring just a few micrometres in size fixed to a small spring. When the silicon is exposed to an electric field, a force is exerted on the silicon crystals, causing the spring to compress or extend slightly.These tiny movements are made visible via an optical solution—an additional grid located above the movable silicon grid is lined up so precisely that the grid openings on one grid are concealed by the other. When an electric field is present, the structure moves slightly out of perfect alignment with the fixed grid, allowing light to pass through the openings. This light is measured, from which the strength of the electric field can be calculated by an appropriately calibrated device.Prototype achieves impressive levels of precisionThe new silicon sensor does not measure the direction of the electric field, but its strength. It can be used for fields of a relatively low frequency of up to one kilohertz. “Using our prototype, we have been able to reliably measure weak fields of less than 200 volts per metre,” says Andreas Kainz. “This means our system is already performing at roughly the same level as existing products, even though it is significantly smaller and much simpler. Other methods of measurement are already mature approaches—we are just starting out. In the future, it will certainly be possible to achieve significantly better results with our microelectromechanical sensor.” Citation: New sensor for measuring electric field strength (2018, January 25) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-sensor-electric-field-strength.html In a break from the design principle employed by all other measuring devices to date, a research team at TU Wien has now developed a silicon-based microelectromechanical (MEMS) sensor. Devised in conjunction with the Department for Integrated Sensor Systems at Danube University Krems, this sensor has the major advantage that it does not distort the very electric field it is currently measuring. An introduction to the new sensor has also been published in the electronics journal Nature Electronics.Distorting measuring devices”The equipment currently used to measure electric field strength has some significant downsides,” explains Andreas Kainz at TU Wien. “These devices contain parts that become electrically charged. Conductive metallic components can significantly alter the field being measured, an effect that becomes even more pronounced if the device also has to be grounded to provide a reference point for the measurement.” Such equipment also tends to be relatively impractical and difficult to transport. read more

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YouTube adds student plans in latest attempt to challenge Hulu Spotify and

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first_img (c)2018 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. Credit: CC0 Public Domain On Tuesday, YouTube announced it would be adding new student options for its YouTube Music service as well as YouTube Premium, its commercial-free version of YouTube.YouTube Music, a rival to Spotify and Apple Music (both of which already offer student plans), will be available to college students for $4.99 a month, down from its regular rate of $9.99 a month. Users of YouTube Music can download songs and albums for offline listening, listen to music even if you leave the YouTube app and can stream music ad-free.YouTube Premium, a Netflix and Hulu rival, includes YouTube Music’s benefits and adds the ability to watch regular, nonmusic YouTube videos without ads plus includes access to YouTube Originals such as “Cobra Kai,” a spinoff of “The Karate Kid” films.YouTube Premium runs $6.99 a month with the discount, down from its normal rate of $11.99 a month. Those who sign up for YouTube Premium by Jan. 31 will be able to get it for $5.99 a month.While the new discounts are sure to please YouTube lovers, for many Spotify’s student deal may still be the better video and music streaming option. That deal is not only cheaper at $4.99 a month but includes Spotify’s commercial-free Premium service, a subscription to Hulu (with limited commercials) and bundles in Showtime.Apple Music, which includes access to Apple’s original series as well as commercial-free music downloading and streaming, is also $4.99 a month for college students.YouTube’s new student offerings are available today to U.S. students at an accredited college or university. Hoping for a student plan for YouTube? You now can have one. YouTube revamps streaming music servicecenter_img Explore further Citation: YouTube adds student plans in latest attempt to challenge Hulu, Spotify and Apple Music (2018, November 28) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-youtube-student-latest-hulu-spotify.html 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.last_img read more

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A week after Ethiopia crash questions swirl around Boeing

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first_imgWhat other US authorities sayThe Justice Department, as well as the inspector general’s office at the Department of Transportation, have both opened investigations into how the 737 MAX was certified, according to media reports.The Justice Department investigation is reportedly a criminal matter.The House of Representatives Committee on Transportation is also considering an investigation and calling on FAA officials to testify in public.When will MAX fly again?Three months is the best-case scenario, according to Richard Aboulafia, an aviation analyst at Teal Group.United Airlines is banking on this scenario after canceling flights that were scheduled to use 737 MAX 9 planes at the end of May.In 2013, the 787 Dreamliner was grounded for four months following battery problems.What is Boeing’s financial hit?The cost will depend on what the accidents’ cause turns out to be. If it is only an MCAS modification, the repair bill will be less than $1 billion, according to Ken Herbert of Cannaccord Genuity.This would be peanuts for Boeing, which is aiming for $15 billion in cash flow this year after record revenues of more than $100 billion last year.The company may still have to pay damages demanded by clients or victims’ families.In the meantime, Boeing has already lost roughly $30 billion in market capitalization on Wall Street.The company is also facing a logistical dilemma: where to store the 737 MAX aircraft it continues to produce?If the grounding and air space bans continue, can it keep building the jets, knowing it will be unable to deliver them? Mourners in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia carry portraits of victims from the Ethiopian Airlines crash Preliminary results in the Lion Air crash have pointed to a possible malfunction on the aircraft’s stabilization system intended to prevent stalling, known as MCAS, or the Maneuvering Characteristics Augmentation System.American pilots have also reported encountering problems using MCAS.What does Boeing say?The manufacturer has expressed its condolences to the victims’ families, sent staff to the crash sites and says it is cooperating with investigators.Boeing’s CEO Dennis Muilenburg said the company was finalizing a software update to the MCAS and an update for onboard manuals and pilot training.The US Federal Aviation Administration has given the company until April to carry out these changes.Sources familiar with the matter told AFP that the fix should be ready by March 25 and that it should take around two hours to perform. © 2019 AFP Explore further Citation: A week after Ethiopia crash, questions swirl around Boeing (2019, March 19) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-week-ethiopia-swirl-boeing.html Boeing 737 MAX airplanes are seen at the company’s factory in Renton, Washington Boeing has also suspended deliveries of 737 MAX aircraft but has continued to manufacture them.Why such controversy?Since the Ethiopian Airlines crash, questions have arisen about Boeing’s ties to the FAA, which has offices within the company’s plants.For a decade, the FAA has allowed manufacturers themselves to certify their aircraft.FAA-accredited Boeing employees notably certified the MCAS system, sources say.Critics say the aviation regulator has been too soft on Boeing, a major player in the American export economy whose planes are also at issue in the current US-China trade talks. Boeing’s 737 MAX aircraft are grounded across the world following the crash of Ethiopian Airlines Flight ET302, casting a harsh spotlight on the plane’s safety certification and the close relationship between Boeing and American authorities. Boeing ‘finalizing’ anti-stall update after Ethiopia crash Nearly 10 days later, what do we know?What happened?On March 10, a Boeing 737 MAX 8 operated by Ethiopian Airlines crashed southeast of Addis Ababa, killing the 157 people on board.It was the second accident in five months for a 737 MAX aircraft, a product line meant to replace the 737 NG.The first crash, involving a MAX 8 operated by Lion Air, occurred October 29 in Indonesia’s Java Sea and left 189 people dead.The aircraft have been temporarily grounded or banned from airspace around the world.Are the two crashes related?Both aircraft crashed shortly after takeoff.Ethiopian Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges said Sunday that a study of the flight data recorder retrieved from the Ethiopian plane had shown “clear similarities” to that of the Lion Air flight in Indonesia.She said the parallels would be the “subject of further study.”What have investigators found?In both cases, investigations are still underway, with the outcomes not expected for several months.The flight recorders retrieved from the Ethiopian crash have been sent to France for analysis. 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Four ways blockchain could make the internet safer fairer and more creative

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first_img The lowdown on Libra: what consumers need to know about Facebook’s new cryptocurrency Explore further Provided by The Conversation Citation: Four ways blockchain could make the internet safer, fairer and more creative (2019, July 12) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-ways-blockchain-internet-safer-fairer.html The internet is unique in that it has no central control, administration or authority. It has given everyone with access to it a platform to express their views and exchange ideas with others instantaneously. But in recent years, internet services such as search engines and social media platforms have increasingly been provided by a small number of very large tech firms. On the face of it, companies such as Google and Facebook claim to provide a free service to all their users. But in practice, they harvest huge amounts of personal data and sell it on to others for profit. They’re able to do this every time you log into social media, ask a question on a search engine or store files on a cloud service. The internet is slowly turning into something like the current financial system, which centrally monitors all transactions and uses that data to predict what people will buy in future.This type of monitoring has huge implications for the privacy of ordinary people around the world. The digital currency Bitcoin, which surfaced on the internet in 2008, sought to break the influence that large, private bodies have over what we do online. The researchers had finally solved one of the biggest concerns with digital currencies—that they need central control by the companies that operate them, in the same way traditional currencies are controlled by a bank. The core idea behind the Bitcoin system is to make all the participants in the system, collectively, the bank. To do this, blockchains are used. Blockchains are distributed, tamper-proof ledgers, which can record every transaction made within a network. The ledger is distributed in the sense that a synchronised copy of the blockchain is maintained by each of the participants in the network, and tamper-proof in the sense that each of the transactions in the ledger is locked into place using a strong encrypting technique called hashing.More than a decade since this technology emerged, we’re still only beginning to scratch the surface of its potential. People researching it may have overlooked one of its most useful applications—making the internet better for everyone who uses it.Help stamp out hateIn order to use services on the internet such as social media, email and cloud data storage, people need to authenticate themselves to the service provider. The way to do this at the moment is to come up with a username and password and register an account with the provider. But at the moment, there’s no way to verify the user’s identity. Anyone can create an account on platforms like Facebook and use it to spread fake news and hatred, without fear of ever being identified and caught.center_img Our idea is to issue each citizen with a digital certificate by first verifying their identity. An organisation like your workplace, university or school knows your identity and is in a position to issue you with a certificate. If other organisations do the same for their members, we could put these certificates on a publicly accessible blockchain and create a global protected record of every internet user’s identity.Since there’d be a means for identifying users with their digital certificate, social media accounts could be linked to real people. A school could create social media groups which could only be accessed if a student had a certificate issued to them by the school, preventing the group being infiltrated by outsiders.Never forget a password againA user could ask for a one-time password (OTP) for Facebook by clicking an icon on their mobile phone. Facebook would then look up the user’s digital certificate on the blockchain and return an OPT to their phone. The OTP will be encrypted so that it cannot be seen by anyone else apart from the intended recipient. The user would then login to the service using their username and the OTP, thereby eliminating the need to remember passwords. The OTP changes with each login and is delivered encrypted to your phone, so it’s much more difficult to guess or steal a password.Vote with your phonePeople are often too busy or reluctant to go to a polling station on voting days. An internet voting system could change that. Digital currencies like Zerocash are fully anonymous and can be traced on the blockchain, giving it the basic ingredients for a voting system. Anyone can examine the blockchain and confirm that a particular token has been transferred between two parties without revealing their identities.Each candidate could be given a digital wallet and each eligible voter given a token. Voters cast their token into the wallet of their preferred candidate using their mobile phone. If the total number of tokens in the wallets is less than or equal to the number issued, then you have a valid poll and the candidate with the most tokens is declared the winner. No more tech companies selling your dataPeople use search engines everyday, but this allows companies like Google to gather trends, create profiles and sell this valuable information to marketing companies. If internet users were to use a digital currency to make a micropayment—perhaps one-hundredth of a cent—for each search query that they perform, there would be less incentive for a search company to sell their personal data. Even if someone performed a hundred search queries per day they would end up paying only one cent—a small price to pay for one’s privacy.Blockchain technology started as a means for making online transactions anonymous, but it would be shame for it to stop there. The more researchers like me think about its potential, the more exciting possibilities emerge. This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Blockchain could ensure more people are able to vote. Credit: TarikVision/Shutterstock 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. 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Exodus of MLAs keeps Karnataka ruling coalition on tenterhooks

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first_imgRELATED Cong-JD(S) combine mulls options to placate rebels, including change of CM The ruling Janata Dal Secular (JD-S)-Congress coalition government in Karnataka is making a last-ditch effort to save itself after 12 Congress legislators submitted their resignation to the Assembly Speaker on Saturday. The Congress, in an effort to sort out differences in the party, has called its Legislature Party meeting on Tuesday at Vidhana Soudha in Bengaluru, while the JD(S) held a series of meetings under its party supremo and former prime minister HD Deve Gowda. The JD(S)-Congress coalition government faces a crisis, as disgruntled MLAs – three from JD(S) and nine from the Congress – tendered their resignation letters to the Assembly Speaker’s office on Saturday. This sudden development comes just days ahead of the Monsoon Session of the Karnataka Legislature (July 12).The JD(S) and Congress leaders on Sunday were seen persuading the rebel legislators to take back their resignation letters. AICC General Secretary in-charge of Karnataka, K C Venugopal, rushed to Bengaluru to save the government. He was disappointed as a meeting with the rebel MLAs which was slated for Sunday was cancelled as most of them were away in Mumbai.“The BJP is doing it. It’s their money and power that is responsible for the present turmoil. The BJP is luring the MLAs to join their fold. They are offering money to the MLAs and are exploiting their displeasure over denial of ministerial post,” said former chief minister and Congress Legislative Party leader Siddaramaiah.Former Union minister Mallikarjun Kharge too blamed the BJP. “The Centre is directly involved in the turmoil. BJP is trying to kill the democracy. The Congress will not tolerate it.”BJP denies involvementThe BJP, which has been accused of trying to destabilise the Karnataka government by triggering ‘Operation Lotus’, has denied the allegations. BJP General Secretary P Muralidhar Rao dubbed the allegations levelled by Congress and JD(S) leaders as baseless. “This is nonsense. It’s a baseless allegation. By making allegations against another party that has nothing to do with the internal affairs of Congress, they’re not going to gain anything,” he said.State BJP chief B S Yeddyurappa said, “The BJP is in no way involved in the rebellion being faced by the coalition government. We are watching from the sidelines, as the collapse of this government is imminent.”He further said the BJP would stake a claim for forming the next government if the JD(S)-Congress government falls due to its ‘own contradictions’. Yeddyurappa said: “ People are not ready for the elections. Elections are a burden on State exchequer. Being a team of 105 members in the Assembly and as a responsible national political party, we have responsibility to find a solution to present political problems.” For its survival, JD(S)-Congress coalition is contemplating making former chief minister Siddaramaiah as the Chief Minister for the second time and PWD Minister H D Revanna (brother of Kumaraswamy) as the Deputy Chief Minister. It is also considering making Mallikarjuna Kharge the next Chief Minister. Karnataka politics COMMENT Karnataka: Resort politics returns to haunt Congress-JD(S) coalition as 10 dissident MLAs leave for Mumbai Published on Karnataka: JD(S)-Congress govt in crisis as 13 MLAs submit resignationcenter_img July 07, 2019 0 Karnataka CM H D Kumaraswamy talks with party MLA’s and Ministers at the HAL airport, Bengaluru   –  PTI SHARE COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAILlast_img read more

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