Cutting surgical robots down to size

first_img New device gives deep-sea researchers better dexterity for embracing delicate sea life A soft touch Pneumatic digital logic eliminates the last hard components from robots In addition to its efficacy in performing delicate surgical maneuvers, the mini-RCM’s small size provides another important benefit: it is easy to set up and install and, in the case of a complication or electrical outage, the robot can be easily removed from a patient’s body by hand.“The Pop-Up MEMS method is proving to be a valuable approach in a number of areas that require small yet sophisticated machines, and it was very satisfying to know that it has the potential to improve the safety and efficiency of surgeries to make them even less invasive for patients,” said Wood, who is also the Charles River Professor of Engineering and Applied Sciences at Harvard’s John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS).The researchers aim to increase the force of the robot’s actuators to cover the maximum forces experienced during an operation, and improve its positioning precision. They are also investigating using a laser with a shorter pulse during the machining process, to improve the mini-LAs’ sensing resolution.“This unique collaboration between the Wood lab and Sony illustrates the benefits that can arise from combining the real-world focus of industry with the innovative spirit of academia, and we look forward to seeing the impact this work will have on surgical robotics in the near future,” said Wyss Institute Founding Director Don Ingber, who is also the Judah Folkman Professor of Vascular Biology at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital, and professor of bioengineering at SEAS. Related Soft robots for all Soft multifunctional robots get really small In a collaboration between Harvard and Sony, engineers have brought surgical robotics down to the microscale by creating a new, origami-inspired miniature manipulator to improve precision and control.The robotic systems that currently assist surgeons in laparoscopic surgery can often take up an entire room, their tools  larger than the delicate tissues and structures on which they operate.Wyss Associate Faculty member Robert Wood and robotics engineer Hiroyuki Suzuki of Sony Corp. have designed the “mini-RCM,” a robot the size of a tennis ball, weighing about as much as a penny, and  successfully performing a difficult mock surgical task, as described in a recent issue of Nature Machine Intelligence.A mini-robot for micro tasksTo create their miniature surgical robot, Suzuki and Wood turned to the Pop-Up MEMS manufacturing technique developed in Wood’s lab, in which materials are deposited on top of each other in layers that are bonded together, then laser-cut in a specific pattern that allows the desired 3D shape to “pop up,” as in a children’s pop-up picture book. This technique greatly simplifies the mass-production of small, complex structures that would otherwise have to be painstakingly constructed by hand.The team created a parallelogram shape to serve as the main structure of the robot, then fabricated three linear actuators (mini-LAs) to control the robot’s movement: one parallel to the bottom of the parallelogram that raises and lowers it, one perpendicular to the parallelogram that rotates it, and one at the tip of the parallelogram that extends and retracts the tool in use. The result was a robot that is much smaller and lighter than other microsurgical devices previously developed in academia.The mini-LAs are themselves marvels in miniature, built around a piezoelectric ceramic material that changes shape when an electrical field is applied. The shape change pushes the mini-LA’s “runner unit” along its “rail unit” like a train on train tracks, and that linear motion is harnessed to move the robot. Because piezoelectric materials inherently deform as they change shape, the team also integrated LED-based optical sensors into the mini-LA to detect and correct any deviations from the desired movement, such as those caused by hand tremors.,Steadier than a surgeon’s handsTo mimic the conditions of a teleoperated surgery, the team connected the mini-RCM to a Phantom Omni device, which manipulated the mini-RCM in response to the movements of a user’s hand controlling a pen-like tool. Their first test evaluated a human’s ability to trace a tiny square smaller than the tip of a ballpoint pen, looking through a microscope and either tracing it by hand, or tracing it using the mini-RCM. The mini-RCM tests dramatically improved user accuracy, reducing error by 68 percent compared to manual operation — an especially important quality given the precision required to repair small and delicate structures in the human body.Given the mini-RCM’s success on the tracing test, the researchers then created a mock version of a surgical procedure called retinal vein cannulation, in which a surgeon must carefully insert a needle through the eye to inject therapeutics into the tiny veins at the back of the eyeball. They fabricated a silicone tube the same size as the retinal vein (about twice the thickness of a human hair), and successfully punctured it with a needle attached to the end of the mini-RCM without causing local damage or disruption. Soft robotic arm acts as extension of human hand Fabricating soft materials at the millimeter scale paves way for medical and environmental tasks The first soft ring oscillator gets plushy robots to roll, undulate, sort, meter liquids, and swallow last_img read more

Complex Eyes of ‘Simple’ Clams Confound Darwin

first_img‘Simple’ Clams Have Eyes that Confound Darwinby Jerry Bergman, PhDDarwin is famous for admitting that the origin of complex structures made him sick: In The Origin of Species, we read:“To suppose that the eye with all its inimitable contrivances for adjusting the focus to different distances, for admitting different amounts of light, and for the correction of spherical and chromatic aberration, could have been formed by natural selection, seems, I freely confess, absurd in the highest degree.”[1]Darwin then speculated a thought experiment to imagine a plausible set of events if one thought backward from a vertebrate eye to a simple eye:Reason tells me, that if numerous gradations from a simple and imperfect eye to one complex and perfect can be shown to exist, each grade being useful to its possessor, as is certainly the case; if further, the eye ever varies and the variations be inherited, as is likewise certainly the case; and if such variations should be useful to any animal under changing conditions of life, then the difficulty of believing that a perfect and complex eye could be formed by natural selection, though insuperable by our imagination, should not be considered as subversive of the theory.[2]The problem is, to reason backward to the past is subjective and easy. What is difficult is to reason forward into the future. ‘Thought scenarios’ as Darwin gave are neither proof nor evidence. Darwin assumed that normal “variations” would provide the material required to evolve eye spots into vertebrae eyes. From our modern experimental knowledge, mutations are the only possible source of variations that could do what Darwin proposed; namely, to produce “a perfect and complex eye.” We know today that mutations do not produce, but damage, and damage moves organisms away from Darwin’s imaginative scenario of upward evolutionary progress.No doubt this concern of Darwin issued from his reading of William Paley which he was required to study in Cambridge as a student, and which he admitted he enjoyed reading. As a youth, Darwin was a nominal Christian and accepted much of Paley’s Natural Theology that argued for the existence of God from the evidence of design all around us. In a letter to John Lubbock dated November 22, 1859, Darwin wrote, “I do not think I hardly ever admired a book more than Paley’s Natural Theology. I could almost formerly have said it by heart.”[3] All this soon changed: His Origin of Species book was largely an attempt to refute Paley’s ‘Watchmaker’ analogy. Professor Williams makes it clear thatDarwin attempted to exterminate natural theology by refuting William Paley’s book by that name, which argued from apparent design in nature to a Designer. Darwin built On the Origin of Species based on Paley’s structure and content, but stood his argument on its head. Current biologists aim to complete the slaughter, calling religion a meme that infects us, an epiphenomenal superstition, and a Darwinian adaptation—but religion cannot be all of these things without contradiction.[4]New Research on Clam EyesAside for the problems noted above falsifying Darwin’s rationalization, we now know that so-called simple eyes are not at all simple, but in some ways are more complex than the so-called highest, most evolved, eye type. One review of a new article on scallop eyes concluded their eyes “function similar to telescopes, are even more complex than scientists previously knew.”[5] Scallop is the common name of any one of numerous species of saltwater clams or marine bivalve mollusks, also commonly called clams. The scientist added scallops “have up to 200 tiny eyes along the edge of the mantle lining their shells, although scientists still don’t know exactly how they all work together to help the mollusks.” Another researcher added “For over half a century, the multitudinous mirror eyes of the lowly scallop have continuously amazed us with their visual eccentricities. The latest surprise is the mirror itself, which turns out to be an extraordinary optical wonder.”[6]Only three design solutions exist to focus the light entering the eye onto the retina.[7] The most common is a lens, such as used in human eyes, and another very rare solution is a tiny aperture called a pin hole “lens” in which the pin-sized opening bends the light, serving as a crude lens which works the same way as a pinhole camera. An example is the deep-sea cephalopods of the genus Nautilus. The third solution, using mirrors that work like a reflecting telescope, is used in some deep-sea fish and crustaceans, plus the scallop Pecten.Credit: Rachael Norris and Marina Freudzon / Mayscallop (Wikimedia)In scallops, “the remarkable eyes of which have been a continuous source of surprise for decades, this mirror is concave and focuses an image onto an overlying retina by reflection” like a reflecting telescope.[8] A new study, published in Current Biology, showed that the pupils of scallop eyes dilate and contract in response to light levels, just like human eyes.[9] Specifically, their pupils “constrict to ∼60% of their fully dilated areas within several minutes of light exposure.”[10] University of California, Santa Barbara biologist Todd Oakley acknowledged it is  “surprising how much we’re finding out about how complex and how functional these scallop eyes are.”[11] In short, when light enters the scallop eye it firstpasses through the pupil, a lens, two retinas (distal and proximal), and then reaches a mirror made of crystals of guanine at the back of the eye. The curved mirror reflects the light onto the interior surface of the retinas, where neural signals are generated and sent to a small visceral ganglion, or a cluster of nerve cells, whose main job is to control the scallop’s gut and adductor muscle. The structure of a scallop’s eye is similar to the optics systems found in advanced telescopes.[12]The problem is images on the proximal retina are out of focus, which at first appears to be very poor design. A new study found this arrangement was not poor design, but rather ingenious design. The scallop pupils can dilate and contract, changing the size of the pupil opening by about 50 percent. Their eyes lack irises like human eyes. Instead, the cornea cells change shape from thin and flat to tall and long. These contractions also change the cornea’s curvature, indicating the scallop eye changes shape to respond to light to form more crisper images on the proximal retina.Credit: retina is located between the lens and the mirror, suspended a short distance above the mirror. The retina is separated into two layers, a distal layer lying closer to the lens, and a proximal layer, lying closer to the mirror, and “Incredibly, the light-sensitive portions of the photoreceptors in each of these two layers are of two fundamentally different types.”[13] Warrant adds the cellsof the distal layer resemble those found in vertebrates, being constructed of cilia and hyperpolarizing in response to light; those of the proximal layer are instead constructed of microvilli and depolarize in response to light, characteristics typical of invertebrate photoreceptors. The mirror, which is very nearly hemispherical, reflects the light back towards the retina, there focusing an inverted and minified image of the outside world. [14]Thus, the mirror serves as a lens in a system that otherwise looks like the ancient invertebrate borrowed from a modern vertebrate that was not scheduled to evolve until far into the future according to evolutionists. Adaptive mirrors are not the scallop eye’s only wonder. The researchers also determined that scallop eyes have three times as many light-sensitive proteins called opsins in the photoreceptor cells as humans.[15] Some opsins may be expressed in the proximal retina, others in the distal retina. The paper concluded thatwhat remains undisputed is that with their spectrally-tuned concave mirror of tiny guanine crystals and their double-layered retina containing both ciliary and rhabdomeric photoreceptors, the eye of the scallop is one of nature’s most extraordinary — and curious — optical inventions.[16]The paper then detailed why the visual system was designed this way, producing an eye in so-called primitive lowly clams which evolutionists claim were among the first organisms to have evolved on Earth an estimated 2.3+ billion Darwin years ago, yet are every bit as complex as that in modern humans. (For more on scallop eyes, see Evolution News 5 Dec 2017).More Big Problems for EvolutionOpsins in the retina mediate the conversion of light into electrochemical signals which are sent to the brain for processing. The molecular proteins that translate light into electrical signals vary considerably. Clams, mollusks that live inside two matching cupped shells connected by a hinge, use several eye types, including compound eyes, eyes with multiple visual units, though they differ from the well-known compound eyes used by insects. All of this seemingly unnecessary variety baffles evolutionists. They do not see it as necessary, but as an unnecessary luxury that they assume evolution could not create from survival of-the-fittest mechanisms.Another question, actually, “The big evolutionary question … is, how do these [visual] proteins evolve to sample light? And then, how does it become specified to the different types of light environments that the animals can occur in?”[17] Evolutionists have no idea of the answer, and resort to co-option, the claim that the opsins are being repurposed from some other function within the animal to be used in the eyes. One theory is evolution evolved opsin in response to light-induced stress. Ultraviolet damage causes specific molecular changes that an organism must protect against and the co-option theory speculates, was the beginning of eye evolution!This claim is a pure just-so-story, often a desperate attempt to explain something that is not only unexplainable by evolution, but argues against evolution. Not only does the diversity of eye morphologies and of photoreceptors across animals baffle evolutionists, but the fact that the genes that control eye development are remarkably similar across all life forms with eyes, does as well. The classic example is the Pax6 gene which is critical for both scallop eye as well as mammal eye development. In short, according to Darwinian theory, fifty million years of evolution has, in this case, produced virtually no changes in the gene and its function, and in other cases has produced designs unthought of by evolution until eons later after clams evolved.Humpty Darwin sits on a wall of foam bricks held together by decayed mortar. Cartoon by Brett Miller commissioned for CEH. All rights reserved.References[1][1] Darwin, Charles. 1859. The Origin of Species By Means of Natural Selection or The Preservation of Favored Races in the Struggle For Life. London, UK: John Murray, p. 159.[2] Williams, Patricia. 2005. “Darwinian Heresies.” The Quarterly Review of Biology, 80:225-226, p. 226..[3] Burkhardt, F. The Correspondence of Charles Darwin,Vol 7. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, p. 388.This is not the first time Darwinians have blundered about what natural selection can do.[4] Williams, 2005, p. 226.[5] Callier, Viviane. 2019. “What Scallops’ Many Eyes Can Teach Us About the Evolution of Vision.” Smithsonian Magazine.[6] Warrant, Eric. J.  2018. “Visual Optics: Remarkable Image-Forming Mirrors in Scallop Eyes.” Current Biology, 28:R254–R277, March 19.[7] Land, M.F. 1965. Image formation by a concave reflector in the eye of the scallop, Pecten maximus. Journal of Physiology, 179: 138-153.[8] Warrant, Eric. J.  2018, p. R262.[9] Miller, Hayley V. Alexandra C.N. Kingston, Yakir L. Gagnon, and Daniel I. Speiser. 2019. The mirror-based eyes of scallops demonstrate a light-evoked pupillary response. Current Biology, 29(9):R313-R314, May 06.[10] Miller, et al. 1919.[11] Callier, 2019.[12] Callier, 2019.[13] Warrant, 2018, p. R262.[14] Warrant, 2018, p. R262.[15] Palmer, B.A., et al. 2017. The image forming mirror in the eye of the scallop. Science, 358: 1172-1175.[16] Warrant, 2018, p. R264.[17] Callier, 2019. Dr. Jerry Bergman has taught biology, genetics, chemistry, biochemistry, anthropology, geology, and microbiology at several colleges and universities including for over 40 years at Bowling Green State University, Medical College of Ohio where he was a research associate in experimental pathology, and The University of Toledo. He is a graduate of the Medical College of Ohio, Wayne State University in Detroit, the University of Toledo, and Bowling Green State University. He has over 1,300 publications in 12 languages and 40 books and monographs. His books and textbooks that include chapters that he authored, are in over 1,500 college libraries in 27 countries. So far over 80,000 copies of the 40 books and monographs that he has authored or co-authored are in print. For more articles by Dr Bergman, see his Author Profile.(Visited 1,231 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

You’ve Got Mail: How To Internet Enable Your Mailbox

first_imgTags:#How To#Internet of Things#web Internet of Things (IoT) is a term for when everyday ordinary objects are connected to the Internet via microchips. It’s a simple concept with big implications for how we interact with the world, deal with the resulting mass of data, live our lives and…get the mail? IoT can be something as complex as smart power grids or something as simple as – as evidenced by the object-hacking folks over at Make Magazine – getting push notifications every time a letter arrives. That’s right, it’s “You’ve Got Mail” for the real world, via push notifications for your iPhone.The project uses a switch in the mailbox to sense whenever the door is opened using a switch connected to an Arduino, which is an open-source platform that makes it easy to connect hardware to a software solution, and vice versa. As Matt Richardson, the project’s creator, points out, “it’s very easy to adapt this project to whatever suits your needs.” If you’re the code hacker type like I am, you can take Richardson’s entire project, which is available on Google Code or in a Zip file, and go from there. The Arduino is connected to a PHP-enabled Web server, which handles the software side of sending out the push notification using an iPhone app called Prowl. Richardson explores just a couple of the possibilities:There are a lot of great uses for this project. You could have push alerts delivered to your iPhone when you leave your garage door open, when someone opens your front gate, when the temperature drops below freezing, or when your home power usage exceeds a certain level. Whatever kind of switch or sensor you can hook up to your microprocessor can trigger a push alert. I’m eager to see how you decide to implement iPhone push alerts into your projects.Not ones to hide behind the mystery of how to make something, the folks at Make Magazine also provided a nifty how-to video that we’ll include here. Why leave the Internet of Things up to automakers and corporations, right? A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hostingcenter_img 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… mike melansonlast_img read more

Playing the Long Game with an RFP

first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now A request for proposal is an indication that your prospective client is already deep into their buying process.They’ve identified their need. They’ve spent time determining what they believe will help them produce better results. They’ve weighed the trade-offs. Now they are evaluating their options. If you received the request for proposal, you are being invited into your prospect’s buying process very late in the game.Little Room for Value CreationIt is difficult to create value, but not impossible, this late in the buying process, especially when that process is “arm’s-length.”You are deprived of the opportunity to help them understand their needs and to potentially frame it in a more complete and more empowering way.Because you’ve been invited in so late, your insight as to the trade-offs your prospective client may need to make and the likelihood of their being able to execute their choice isn’t likely to be given enough attention; the fact that they have put together a request for proposal means they know what they want (it is not impossible to change their minds, just difficult).The request for proposal process eliminates your ability to develop deep relationships, expand needs and collaborate on solutions, or build consensus.Statistics suggest you have less than a one in five chance of winning a blind RFP. Yet still there is an opportunity here, if you are willing to play the long game.The Opportunity Hidden in the RFPA lot of presidential candidates’ first campaign for that office is a training run. They learn how the game is played, and they have a chance to build relationships and teams for their future run – their real attempt to win. That same play can work for you.You want to challenge the content of the request for proposal, demonstrating that you have the business acumen and situational knowledge to create value outside of the questions on paper. Your questions can do that. There are other ways, too.Write a great executive summary and an exceptional response with the goal of making it to the short list of companies who get a chance to present. The reason you want to present is so that you get a chance to meet with all of the decision-makers and influencers attending your presentation. You can shake their hands, look them in the eyes, and collect their business cards.Maybe you will present well enough to make the final round, and maybe you won’t. The point is, once you’ve presented and met the players, you now have enough of a relationship to begin nurturing them and developing the future opportunity. You now know the players. If you made a good impression, they know you.Play the Long GameYou’ve called on a lot of accounts that you did not win the first time you competed for their business when there wasn’t an RFP.If you are going to go through the trouble of completing an RFP, then you are obligated to continue to pursue that prospective client throughout the two or three years they have a contract with your competitor. If the prospect is worth competing for when there is an RFP, they are worth competing for when there isn’t one.last_img read more

Canadian Normandy veteran awarded Frances highest decoration for service

first_imgHALIFAX – Fred Turnbull was only 19 when his landing craft approached the beaches of Normandy as part of the greatest amphibious assault in military history.Now 92, Turnbull, who was a Royal Canadian Navy bowman-gunner, said he still vividly remembers the confusion of the D-Day landings on June 6, 1944.“From the air it must have looked like a mix-up of landing craft going in all directions,” the retired banker said, moments after receiving France’s highest decoration, the Legion of Honour, at a ceremony Friday at Canadian Forces Base Halifax.“And I think probably the worst thing was the noise. The noise was terrible because we had our own battleships firing in and the Germans firing out.”Born in Montreal, Turnbull was just 17 when he joined the navy in the summer of 1942. Serving aboard landing craft, he took part in several Allied operations including landings in Sicily, Normandy, southern France and Greece.His job was to drop the ramp of the landing craft and then jump over the bow to help steady it with a rope as the soldiers it carried disembarked and headed ashore.It was a dangerous job with little protection from enemy snipers, mortars, aircraft and minefields. Turnbull said there was little time to be afraid.“You just have a job to do and you do it,” he said. “That’s where the training comes in. You train so much, everything’s automatic.”Turnbull was presented with his medal by Laurence Monmayrant, France’s consul general for the Atlantic provinces. He is one of over 600 Canadian veterans who have been awarded the five-armed cross created by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1802.“You are a living page of the history of my home country,” said Monmayrant. “Your contribution to its liberation needed to be recognized.”Monmayrant later said that meeting Turnbull and bestowing him with the award was a special honour for her.“I come from Normandy and from a very early age we are told of the role of the soldiers who came from the U.S., from Canada … who came to the rescue of France and Europe,” she said.Turnbull said he was proud to receive the honour, which he dedicated to his comrades in arms.“I never thought that this would happen,” he told a gathering of family, friends and military dignitaries.“But I’d like to say this is on behalf of all the landing craft crews.”Turnbull recorded his wartime memories in a diary, which at the time was forbidden by Allied authorities. The diaries eventually formed the basis of a book that was published in 2007 entitled “The Invasion Diaries.”He said he hid the diary in his hammock and recorded his thoughts often a week to 10 days after certain events had unfolded.“But then in the early 80s the government said all those who have diaries can deposit them in the national archives and get a tax benefit, so everything changed,” Turnbull chuckled.After the war, Turnbull studied history and economics at McGill University and eventually worked for Montreal Trust, retiring as an assistant vice president in 1989.“I got into business and you sort of forget day-to-day what went on,” he said. “Life goes on.”last_img read more

Last Greyhound Bus leaves Dawson Creek

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – A mix of public transportation services have already started to fill the gap as Greyhound Canada ends service in Western Canada.Greyhound Service to Fort St. John and Fort Nelson ended June 1, but service was maintained into Dawson Creek from Edmonton until Tuesday.The national motor coach operator is being replaced by a mix of provincial government-subsidized services, Indigenous-owned bus lines, locally owned startups, flexible fleets of shuttle buses and a scattering of formal and informal ride-sharing services. In our region, the Province created the BC Bus to serve parts of Northern B.C. after Greyhound pulled out, but as of today service between our area of the Province of Alberta will be non-existent.Red Arrow in Alberta has already started to operate on the route between Grande Prairie and Edmonton but at this point hasn’t announced any plans to extend service into northeast B.C.last_img read more

Charges laid in Prince George Child Pornography Investigation

first_imgAdminister a Stupifying Drug – 246(b) CCVoyeurism – 162(1)(c) CC“This is a disturbing case of child sexual abuse.  Our front line members did a great job in gathering evidence and ensuring this child was saved from the situation and further harm wasn’t brought to this child”. Says Cpl. Carmen Kiener of the Prince George RCMP.No other information will be released by police at this time due to a Court ordered Publication Ban. The following charges have been laid against him;Sexual Assault – Sec. 271 CCSexual Interference – Sec. 151 CCMaking Child Pornography – 163.1(2) CCPossession of Child Pornography – 163.1(4) CCDistributing Child Pornography – 163.1(3) CC PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – RCMP received a report of child pornography that had been located in a Prince George residence on July 5, 2019.An investigation was conducted by the Front Line Officers and the Serious Crime Unit which identified the female child victim and the male offender. Police also discovered that this male offender was making and distributing child pornography of the female child.The male accused is Shawn Robert Dick, 52 years old, a Prince George resident.center_img Dick is a travelling salesman and travels throughout BC.  Due to these factors, police have not ruled out the possibility of more victims and are reaching out to the public.If you have any information about these Criminal offences or believe you or someone you know may be a victim, please contact the Prince George RCMP at (250)561-3300.last_img read more

Phase I polls pass peacefully in Bengal

first_imgKOLKATA: The first phase of elections in Bengal passed peacefully in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar on Thursday, with above 80 percent voter turnout in both the Lok Sabha seats. However, there were a few stray incidents of clashes reported from the two constituencies.Bengal Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) Ariz Aftab, state ADG (Law and Order) Siddh Nath Gupta and Special Police Observer Vivek Dubey were of the opinion that the polls were peaceful and that prompt action was taken whenever a complaint was reported. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaThe police have arrested seven people from Cooch Behar and one from Alipurduar for trying to create disturbance during the voting process. Three FIRs have been filed for alleged vandalising of the vehicle of the All India Forward Bloc candidate at Mathabhanga in Cooch Behar, damaging an EVM at Dinhata and alleged violation of the Model Code of Conduct in Cooch Behar. During the day, a Left Front delegation led by senior CPI(M) leader Rabin Deb met the CEO and demanded a repoll in 170 polling booths, while BJP candidate from Cooch Behar Nisith Pramanik sat on a dharna in front of the DM’s office, demanding repoll in all 837 booths where there was no deployment of Central Forces. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayMeanwhile, Trinamool Congress Cooch Behar district president Rabindra Nath Ghosh alleged that BSF jawans had entered a booth which they are not entitled to as per the Commission’s rule. The Election Commission has sought a report from the IG, BSF regarding the complaint. Some EVMs were reported going defunct at Dinhata, whereas polling had to be called off at Sitalkuchi due to isolated skirmishes. The matter would be taken up during the scrutiny on Friday. The vehicle of Forward Bloc candidate Govinda Roy was vandalised at Mathabhanga and a case has been started against five accused persons regarding the incident.last_img read more

5 killed 15 hurt in separate road accidents in JK

first_imgBanihal/Jammu: Five people, including a policeman, were killed and 15 others injured when three private passenger vehicles skidded off mountainous roads and rolled down hills in separate incidents in Ramban and Poonch districts of Jammu and Kashmir, police said Tuesday.Two people, identified as policeman Bittu Ram and a youth named Neik Ram, were killed and six others injured when a passenger cab fell into a deep gorge at Kanga near Ramban Tuesday, an official said. The vehicle was on its way from Sumber to Ramban, the busy town along Jammu-Srinagar National Highway, he said, adding that all the injured were rescued and two of them, Darshan Singh and his wife Deepa Devi, were referred to the Government Medical College Hospital in Jammu for specialised treatment.last_img read more

BJP trying to spread communal hatred for votes says Raj Babbar

first_imgGorakhpur (UP): Uttar Pradesh Congress chief Raj Babbar Wednesday accused the BJP of diverting people’s attention from development issue and trying to spread communal hatred for garnering votes. Canvassing for party candidate Supriya Shrinate in Maharajganj seat, he said most of the development works were done during the Congress rule and his party is the real voice of the poor, backward and the downtrodden sections of the society. “The BJP is trying to divert people’s attention from development issue and are trying to spread communal hatred and seeking votes,” Babbar said at an election meeting in Maharjganj district. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh”Only the Congress is capable of carrying out development works for people belonging to all castes, religions and geographical areas… only the Congress can take the country ahead on the path of development,” Babbar said. Shrinate said she entered politics to fulfil the dreams of his late father Harshvardhan Singh who had been elected MP from Mahrajganj twice. “The district is facing massive problems, sugar mills are closed and there is no industry to provide jobs to the youth. Here, the struggle is between rich and poor. “Since the BJP came to power, our country has gone back many steps and there is no one to listen to the poor and helpless,” she alleged.last_img read more