The Indian army’s evolving China strategy, leading to its preparedness for an offensive on that front, seems to have undergone a bit of dilution, as evident in North Block posturing. Is it merely a run-up to Modi’s China visit or is there more to it? Firdaus Ahmed explores.
Dr Ruffles, an affectionate dog and resident ‘doctor’ at a hospital in Chennai, has helped several children with special needs to overcome their learning disabilities and resolve complex behavioural issues. Hema Vijay reports.
Reason for much of the devastation following the April 25 earthquake was poor quality construction
Nepal is located in one of the most geologically vulnerable areas. It lies where the Indian tectonic plate moves under the Eurasian plate. Due to this shift in tectonic plates, stress is built up and earthquakes occur often to release this stress. Nepal has a long history of earthquakes and during the ones in 1255, 1344, 1833, 1866 and 1934, large parts of the country were destroyed.
Unplanned growth despite the region being quake-prone led to massive destruction
Every year Nepal observes January 16 as National Earthquake Safety Day. It is ussually a sober occasion when some non-government organisations and a few government departments take out a rally and circulate leaflets on safety measures. But there was never a public acceptance that a great earthquake of the 1934 magnitude would strike.
As authorities assess damage and loss of life in Kathmandu, details trickle in from areas surrounding Mount Everest
Destruction, panic in Kathmandu
Guna Raj Luitel, whose Twitter bio says he is a journalist working in Kathmandu, has tweeted this picture.
Senior journalist based in Kathmandu, Rajesh Ghimire, reports the extent of damage sustained by the capital following the earthquake
After the initial earthquake of 7.9 magnitude on the Richter scale, Kathmandu was hit by at least five weaker aftershocks. Many buildings in the capital have collapsed and most structures have suffered some form of damage, either moderate or severe. Many parts of the city are enveloped in a cloud of dust from the collapse of buildings.
According to initial reports, at least 135 people have been killed. Around 3,000 people have been treated for injuries in the streets.
Death toll in Himalayan nation crosses 1,000; at least 36 casualties reported in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh in India
Surgeon Sergio Canavero, director of the Turin Advanced Neuromodulation Group in Italy, has been making news for two years after he claimed he would perform the first human head transplant surgery. He now has a volunteer—30-year-old Russian, Valery Spiridonov, who suffers from Werdnig-Hoffman disease, a rare genetic muscle-wasting disease. If all goes well, he would conduct the surgery in 2017. Canavero spoke to Rajat Ghai via Skype from Turin on his controversial quest. Edited excerpts:
In earlier head transplant experiments like the one by Robert White (in 1970), the immune system rejected the transplanted tissue. What do you plan to do about that?
I’ve never been to C2E2 before and know very little about what to expect– beyond the fact that there is a Brony fan meetup that I will be doing my utmost to avoid. Luckily, C2E2 also features a decently sized list of other panels and screenings that deal with race, gender, sexuality, fandom, and all the intersectionalities between them. I’ll only be attending the con Saturday and Sunday, so I won’t have time to see everything (and I’m incredibly sad to be missing Friday’s Racebending.com panel!), but I’ll be livetweeting as many panels as one person can reasonably make.
Last year in San Diego Arturo managed to profile quite a few artists and writers of colour during our time at the con. Reaching out to me @wriglied or via the firstname.lastname@example.org email could yeild the same results, if you’re a creator of colour who’d like to meet and chat about your work on Saturday or Sunday. Drop me a line, I’ll find your booth. And if you’re just a reader who just wants to say hi, don’t be shy! I won’t be in costume, but there’s a good chance you’ll see me at any of the Saturday or Sunday panels listed below.
Through Brightest Days And Blackest Nights — A Black Nerd Girl’s Journey: 5:30-6:30; S405b: This is no longer Heinlein’s Nerdom. The white-skinned, flowing haired Damsel in Distress is more likely to be the dark-skinned, kinky haired Reluctant Hero. The chiseled, blue-eyed avatar is more likely to have brown eyes and rounded features. As the Geekverse grows, so do representations of black women within it. Unfortunately, black women still face many barriers towards being accepted as “real nerds.” Our discussion will focus on the past, present and future of the black nerd girl and her place in the ‘Verse. This Panel is sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.
Racebending.com Presents: Creating Diverse Characters: 2:45-3:45; S403: Racebending.com presents a diverse array of Novelists, Playwrights, Editors and Comics Authors who have crafted equally diverse characters across those mediums. Featuring Babs Tarr, Wesley Chu, Michi Trota, Mary Robinette Kowal, Gabrial Canada, Professor Turtel Onli and Danny Bernardo.
From the Top Down: Creating Space for Diverse Voices: 2:45-3:45; S403: The desire for wider representation in geek culture has never been higher, but Artists and Creators aren’t the only ones who bear responsibility for creating more diverse work. This Panel will explore the role of traditional gatekeepers – Editors, Publishers and other media Professionals – in promoting greater visibility for minority Creators and different perspectives, whether you’re creating an anthology, choosing Guests for a Podcast or Panel or searching for new Writers and Artists. Panel sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.
Yellow Fever, Yellow Peril and the Yellow Ranger: Asian Americans in Geek Culture & History: 4:00-5:00; S405A: From otaku Fan culture to the myth of the “model minority,” there’s a rising interest in, enthusiasm for and host of assumptions about Asian Americans in geek culture. How have Asian Americans been represented in popular culture? What effect does this have on Creators and Fans? How does one’s ethnic identity affect the art we create and the way we consume it? Join Asian American Comic Writers, Geek Enthusiasts, Bloggers and Musicians for an interactive discussion on Asian Americans in geek history. Panel sponsored in part by the Chicago Nerd Social Club.
Hip-Hop & Comics: Cultures Combining: 7:15-8:15; S404: Hip-Hop and comics reflect each other in many ways – graffiti and album covers incorporate superheroic imagery, Rappers adopt secret identities and grandiose aliases, Writers base their characters in urban settings and Artists draw on Hip-Hop’s rich visual vocabulary. Here, Patrick A. Reed (of Depth Of Field Magazine and ComicsAlliance) brings together Graphic Artists and musical luminaries to discuss the deep ties between these two creative cultures.
Coming Out Cosplay – LGBT Community Panel: 1:30-2:30; S405B: Alexa Heart, a transgender cosplay model, will discuss her decision to transition with the support of the cosplay and geek communities. She’ll cover the obstacles she’s faced and how she has used these challenges to help push for equality for everyone in the geek community and beyond.
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The ban on old diesel vehicles in Delhi and the NCR is a first step towards addressing the grave air toxicity in the region, but a well-designed BRTS could go a long way in achieving the real end. Darryl D’Monte compiles notes from a recent conference.