The Indian Navy on Monday filed a Special Leave Petition in the Supreme Court challenging a recent order of the Delhi High Court asking it to grant permanent commission to 17 women officers who had retired after their Short Service Commission ended in 2006.The petition was filed hours after Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar said that the Navy would challenge the order.The Delhi High Court had on September 4 allowed a batch of petitions seeking permanent commission for them in the force, saying “sexist bias and service bias” would not be allowed to block progress of women. The court, while granting their plea, said the “women are here to stay” and since they “work shoulder-to-shoulder” with their male counterparts, it would “frown upon any endeavour to restrain the progress of women”. Parrikar said that in 2008, the Navy had opened its doors in Short Service Commission for granting permanent commission to women along with men.He said that permanent commission for SSC was not an option for men also prior to 2008. “There is no gender bias. In 2008, the Navy granted SSC to be changed to permanent commission to women in three streams – education, law and naval constructions.
Kolkata: A Bangladeshi national was arrested by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport police station on Monday for allegedly carrying 36 rounds of ammunition inside his luggage. During the baggage scanning, it got identified and he was immediately detained by Central Industrial Security Force (CISF). Later, he was handed over to the police.According to the police, on Monday at around 6:30 am, Md Golam Haider, a resident of Sirajgunj, went through necessary scanning at the airport. While scanning his luggage, metal items that looks like bullets were identified. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeImmediately, CISF personnel took Haider, along with the luggage, to a separate room where the bag was opened.It was found there were 36 rounds of .32 bore bullets inside it. Following the process, he was questioned about the bullets found inside his luggage.As per Haider, he has a licenced revolver in Bangladesh for which he was carrying those bullets.He also stated his arms licence number but failed to produce any document to corroborate his version. As he did not declare these bullets before the check-in process, he was handed over to the police. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMeanwhile, police is trying to figure as to how he passed his luggage checking procedure in Dhaka before boarding the flight to India?At around 2:45 pm, the duty manager, security of Air India, submitted a written complaint to the NSCBI airport police station following which Haider was arrested.Sources informed that Haider came to Kolkata on September 5 for the treatment of his wife along with an attendant.His wife and her attendant were given no objection to board the flight on medical grounds. They flew to Dhaka leaving Haider here. Haider has been booked under section 25 (1)(A) of Arms Act for possessing illegal ammunition and was arrested.He will be produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate, Barrackpore, on Tuesday.The police have informed the Bangladesh High Commission accordingly regarding Haider’s arrest. The Intelligence Branch (IB) and Detective Department (DD) of Kolkata Police has been informed through an all concern message about the incident.
‘Naayika’, an art exhibition was inaugurated by Kala Drishti on the occasion of the Women’s Day in collaboration with the Airport Authority of India to highlight the contribution of Indian women to society through visual art like painting, sculpture, installation and photographs.The five-day event includes art exhibition, art competition, cultural programme and workshop lecture on art. The closing ceremony is on March 12 when the prominent and upcoming Indian women artists, social workers and winners of the art competition will be felicitated in the presence of a prominent guests and VIPs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Being a woman myself, I think women of India take a lot of load on them. We sacrifice and compromise so much for our families, but not too often women get that credit. So we are exhibiting the artworks of upcoming and promising artists who do not get the right atmosphere for promoting their art. We have given awards to Renuka for her sculpture, Sangeeta Singh and Nivedita Pandey and a special prize to Neelam Mansharamani, who has a special child. The aim is to provide the tools and platform for the artists to help them come up. There is much more liberal to visual art around the world, but India is still lagging behind in Art, since our education system has become lopsided.” Saluting the woman of today, the ‘nari shakti’ and ‘naayika’ of today’s India the event was coordinated mostly with women.Kala Drishti is an artist run trust for the promotion of Visual Art. They have conducted a number of art exhibitions where the works of the upcoming Indian artists have been showcased. Also, workshops, on art highlighting the various aspect of art, symposiums and conferences to attract special groups in the corporate world and other professionals to take interest in visual art, have been conducted.
Looking to shed those extra kilos through dieting? You may be at a loss, as human bodies tend to compensate by sparing energy, limiting the number of calories that we burn and hence affect our weight loss regimen, researchers say. According to the study, a group of neurons – ‘agouti-related neuropeptide’ (AGRP) – in a brain region hypothalamus contributes to the caloric thermostat that regulates our weight, regulating how many calories we burn. When activated, these neurons make us hungry and drive us to eat, but when there is no food available, they tend to compensate for the reduction in calories. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Our findings suggest that AGRP in the brain coordinate appetite and energy expenditure, and can turn a switch on and off to burn or spare calories depending on what’s available in the environment,” said Clemence Blouet from the University of Cambridge in Britain. “When we eat less, our body compensates and burns fewer calories, which makes losing weight harder,” Blouet added. However, as soon as food becomes available and we start eating, the action of the AGRP neurons is interrupted and our energy expenditure goes back up again to normal levels.In the study, published in the journal eLife, the researchers identified a new mechanism through which the body adapts to low caloric intake and limits weight loss in mice. Using a genetic trick to switch the AGRP neurons ‘on’ and ‘off,’ they rapidly and reversibly manipulated the neurons’ activity in mice, a finding that could help in the design of improved therapies to help reduce overeating and obesity.