WikiLeaks.org author Julian Assange arrested in UK on rape case

Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks, has been arrested in London on behalf of the Swedish authorities on suspicion of rape. .In lat November the site started publishing documents nearing 252,000 diplomatic cables. On the opposite side of the spectrum, the government asserts that he “could threaten American security interests, alliances and lives.”

Assange, a 39-year-old Australian, has been accused two women have come forward with charges that they had a sexual relationship with Julian that started with consensual sex that turned nonconsensual after he refused to use condoms.

His profits (Donations from visitors) from his site www.wikileaks.org has frozen by Assange’s Swiss bank. Amzon & paypal.com had cutted off relation ship & transaction untill investigation gets completed

US decision to curb outsourcing of IT projects regressive: Anand Sharma

Bangalore, Sep.11 (ANI): Terming the move of the U.S. state of Ohio to forbid outsourcing of Information Technology (IT) projects by Government departments “regressive”, Union Minister for Trade Anand Sharma said on Saturday that this would eventually slowdown the process of economic recovery for the world”s largest democracy.

Addressing a conference at Infosys, India”s foremost IT giant in Bangalore city, the Minister said: “We feel that these are regressive measures, because the leading economy of the world, that is, the United States of America (USA), has to have more confidence to engage with the rest of the world. In our view, in testing times, it is important to step out and engage to dismantle the existing barriers, and not to engage in new ones. Doing so, particularly the protectionist measures, always end up deepening the recession and delaying the economic recovery. ”

Sharma added that the ban would be counter-productive as the Indian IT sector has made a significant contribution in the United States.

Referring to the visa fee hike for IT professionals, which the US has escalated by 2,000 dollars for the two categories – H1B and L1 – that IT companies use to send workers to the US for project work, Sharma said that Indian corporates have created employment opportunities in the West as well.

“Indian corporates, including the IT industry, have created jobs not in this country but even in the United States of America,” Sharma emphasized.

Indian IT industry alone has created 250,000 jobs in the U.S. in the last three years, even at the time of recession.

The minister would be addressing these concerns with the United States administration at the forthcoming Joint Trade Policy Forum meeting and Global Services Summit in Washington on September 22.

Narayana Murthy, founder of Infosys Technologies said, that the corporates have to prove their worth in the global market to keep pace with clients.

“Ministers like Shri Anand Sharma will take it up at appropriate levels. We in the corporation, we have to look at how we can innovate more and more and more, so that our clients will realize the importance of transacting with us,” Murthy said.

The measure mooted by Washington has been viewed as a blow to Indian IT companies, which have been tapping opportunities in numerous sectors in the US.

India”s back-office outsourcing sector is estimated to have grown 6 percent to 12.4 billion dollars in the last fiscal. (ANI)

Sfo plane crash : Sfo plane crash 2010 Latest News San Francisco Flight Crash

A 40-year-old woman was found dead next to the wreckage of a small plane that crashed Thursday in a lagoon off San Francisco Bay, officials said. Divers were searching for two more people who may have been on board.

Redwood City Fire Battalion Chief Dave Pucci says the twin-engine Beechcraft crashed at 11:53 a.m. Thursday in a lagoon in the city’s Redwood Shores neighborhood, near the offices of Oracle Corp.

The plane took off minutes earlier from San Carlos airport about a mile away.

Pucci said divers who reached the wreckage found no one else inside the plane and were searching the dark, murky waters for two other people who may have been on board.

Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Lynn Lunsford said the agency was aware of the crash and sending investigators.

Diana DeFrank said she was eating lunch with her daughter at a nearby restaurant when she heard the plane hit the water. She left the restaurant and saw the plane floating for a few minutes before it began to sink.

Three or four passers-by jumped into the water in an effort to rescue any passengers, she said, but were unable to do so.

About two hours after the plane crashed, only a few inches of the aircraft was visible above the water.

US media polls present grim picture for Democrats in Nov mid-term elections

Washington, Sept 8 (ANI): The upcoming mid-term polls in November are presenting a grim picture for the Democrats, with a series of media polls claiming that majority of Americans would vote for the Republicans if elections were to be held today, and saying that they trusted the GOP more to handle issues like the economy.

According to a Washington Post-ABC News poll, 53 percent of the voters say they would vote for Republicans in their district if the midterm elections were today, while 40 percent would vote for the Democrats.

Among voters overall, independents, a critical voting bloc, say they would support Republican over Democratic candidates in their House districts by a 13-point margin, CBS news reports.

Fifty-five percent of overall voters in the poll said it”s more important to have a Republican led Congress to serve as a check on Obama”s agenda, than to have Democrats in control to support the same. Just 39 percent supported the Democrats in this issue.

Meanwhile, a Wall Street Journal-NBC News poll showed voters split, 43 percent to 43 percent, about whether they favoured a Republican-controlled Congress or a Democratically-controlled Congress. Likely voters, however, favour a Republican-controlled Congress, 49 percent to 40 percent.

Another survey done by a CNN Opinion Research Corporation shows voters favouring Republicans over Democrats on the economy by 43 percent to 39 percent. While it is a small advantage, this is the first time this poll has found Republicans to have any lead on the economy since 2002.

The polling outcomes suggest Republicans could take control of the House in mi-terms elections, something that three professors have predicted after running a series of simulations.

Republicans have a 79 percent chance of winning the House, according to Professors Joseph Bafumi of Dartmouth College, Robert Erikson of Columbia University and Christopher Wlezien of Temple University. Their model suggests the most likely scenario is for Democrats to lose 50 seats this November, leaving Republicans with a 229-206 advantage. (ANI)

Jennifer Aniston’s dinner date with ‘Cougar Town’ actor

Washington, Sept 7 (ANI): Hollywood actress Jennifer Aniston was spotted sharing a two-hour Italian dinner with ‘Cougar Town’ actor Josh Hopkins at Madeo in Beverly Hills on Sept. 2.

The actress, 40, who was recently rumored to be back together with John Mayer, has a guest-starring role on ‘Cougar Town’.

“She seemed very excited about her date,” People Magazine quoted an onlooker as saying.

“She and Josh sat at a more private table and they seemed to get along great.

“It was obvious that they don”t know each other well, but there was a flirty energy between them and Jen looked very happy,” the witness added.

However, reps of both stars haven”t commented on the relationship.

“Jen has been in the best mood lately,” a source said.

“She is trying to do whatever makes her happy, which includes going on fun dates with interesting men,” the source added. (ANI)

Parents ‘more likely to suffer depression in 1st year after childbirth’

Washington, Sept 7 (ANI): A new study has revealed that parents face the highest risk of depression in the first year after a child’s birth.

Experiencing an episode of depression is highly likely between their child”s birth and 12th year of age, with the highest rates in the first year after birth, said scientists at Medical Research Council, London, England.

“Depression in parents is associated with adverse behavioural, developmental and cognitive outcomes in their children,” the authors wrote.

“These high rates of depression in the postpartum period are not surprising owing to the potential stress associated with the birth of a baby, e.g., poor parental sleep, the demands made on parents and the change in their responsibilities, and the pressure this could place on the couple”s relationship,” the authors added.

Resumption of antidepressants following a break in pregnancy and breastfeeding could also be a reason. They also found that parents who were more socially deprived were more likely to develop depression.

In addition, “younger parents may be less prepared for parenthood with more unplanned pregnancies and may be less able to deal with the stresses of parenthood compared with older parents.”

The authors note, future research should examine other factors associated with parental depression, such as the couple”s relationship quality and stressful life events, as well as the separate and cumulative effects of maternal and paternal depression on children”s health and development.

The study will appear in the November print issue of Archives of Paediatrics & Adolescent Medicine, one of the JAMA/Archives journals. (ANI)

Urban dwellers more prone to psychotic disorders: Study

Washington, Sept 7 (ANI): A new study has revealed that people staying in urban areas are more likely to have psychotic disorders.

“There is a substantial worldwide variation in incidence rates of schizophrenia,” the Cardiff University authors wrote.

“The clearest geographic pattern within this distribution of rates is that urban areas have a higher incidence of schizophrenia than rural areas,” Stanley Zammit wrote.

The authors comment that, “being raised in more urbanized areas was associated with an increased risk of developing any non-affective psychotic disorder.”

They added that this association depends on area characteristics rather than by characteristics of the individuals themselves. And social fragmentation was the most important area characteristic that explained the increased risk of psychosis in individuals brought up in cities.

The authors also note that, “our findings highlight the concern that physical integration alone is not sufficient but that some of the positive characteristics traditionally conferred by segregation, such as a localized sense of safety, cohesion and community spirit, must also be maintained to enhance the mental health of individuals within the population.”

The report has been published in the September issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. (ANI)

NYDN endorses Indian American politico”s challenge to incumbent NY Congresswoman

New York, Sept.6 (ANI): Indian American Reshma Saujani, the Democratic primary challenger to Representative Carolyn Maloney in New York’s 14th District, has received a strong endorsement from the New York Daily News.

The paper, which has the biggest circulation in New York City, has criticized Maloney sharply and given Saujani, a former Hillary Clinton fundraiser a major boost during her uphill battle to wrest the 14th District.

Saujani is due to take on Maloney in her first and only (radio) debate on Tuesday.

The New York Daily News faults Congresswoman Maloney for not working harder to get President Obama to push for the 9/11 health bill:

“(Maloney) has essentially been a lockstep member of a congressional majority that joined with President Obama in pushing through legislation that has proven fiscally irresponsible.

Ill-designed, the $800 million stimulus program bought far too little economic bang for the buck, while health care reform fell a long way from controlling costs.

Then, too, it must be said that nine years have passed since 9/11, and the sick still await help. When George W. Bush was President, Maloney and fellow New York Dems criticized him for refusing to uphold the nation”s obligation to the ill. They promised that an Obama presidency would be different.

It wasn”t, but Maloney”s critical voice fell silent. Finally, last month, Obama volunteered that he would sign a 9/11 compensation and health bill – not that he would fight for one, and not at Maloney”s urging.

Instead, he acted in response to controversy he engendered by commenting on a planned mosque and Islamic community center near Ground Zero. So much for the value of Maloney”s seniority.” (ANI)

Ultrafast bacteria zapping water-filter may end contamination woes in developing countries

Washington, Sep 6 (ANI): By dipping plain cotton cloth in a high-tech broth full of silver nanowires and carbon nanotubes, Stanford researchers have developed a new high-speed, low-cost filter that purifies water 80,000 times faster than filters that trap bacteria and prove to be a boon for developing countries.

Instead of physically trapping bacteria as most existing filters do, the new filter lets them flow on through with the water.

But by the time the pathogens have passed through, they have also passed on, because the device kills them with an electrical field that runs through the highly conductive “nano-coated” cotton.

In lab tests, over 98 percent of Escherichia coli bacteria that were exposed to 20 volts of electricity in the filter for several seconds were killed.

Multiple layers of fabric were used to make the filter 2.5 inches thick.

“This really provides a new water treatment method to kill pathogens. It can easily be used in remote areas where people don””t have access to chemical treatments such as chlorine,” said Yi Cui, an associate professor of materials science and engineering.

Cui said the new filter could be used in water purification systems from cities to small villages.

Filters that physically trap bacteria must have pore spaces small enough to keep the pathogens from slipping through, but that restricts the filters”” flow rate.

Since the new filter doesn””t trap bacteria, it can have much larger pores, allowing water to speed through at a more rapid rate.

“Our filter is about 80,000 times faster than filters that trap bacteria,” said Cui.

The larger pore spaces in Cui””s filter also keep it from getting clogged, which is a problem with filters that physically pull bacteria out of the water.

The researchers already knew that carbon nanotubes were good electrical conductors, so the researchers reasoned the two materials in concert would be effective against bacteria.

“This approach really takes silver out of the folk remedy realm and into a high-tech setting, where it is much more effective,” said Heilshorn.

The amount of silver used for the nanowires was so small the cost was negligible, said Cui.

Still, they needed a foundation material that was “cheap, widely available and chemically and mechanically robust.” So they went with ordinary woven cotton fabric.

“We got it at Wal-mart,” said Cui.

“With one filter, we can kill 98 percent of the bacteria. For drinking water, you don””t want any live bacteria in the water, so we will have to use multiple filter stages,” said Cui.

The study will be published in an upcoming issue of Nano Letters. (ANI)

Backstabbing bacteria ditch dangerous pals to help lessen infection

Washington, Sep 6 (ANI): Backstabbing bacterial cells that act in their own interests and do not cooperate with their infection-causing colleagues can actually reduce the severity of infection.

The selfish behaviour of these uncooperative bacteria could be exploited to treat antibiotic-resistant infections, according to research being presented at the Society for General Microbiology”s autumn meeting today.

Bacteria work together by using a well-studied communication system called Quorum Sensing (QS).

During infection, bacteria talk to each other using QS to coordinate the release of toxins.

Researchers at the University of Nottingham have discovered that in Staphylococcus aureus infections, bacteria defective in QS can benefit from ”opting out” of toxin production.

By doing so, they can invest more energy in reproducing – whilst taking advantage of the nutrient-rich infection that is maintained by their neighbours.

By looking after themselves in this way, QS-deficient bacteria are quickly able to outnumber other bacteria that are busy producing toxins.

As a result the overall severity of infection is reduced as fewer toxins are produced.

“This opens up the interesting possibility of using these uncooperative bacteria to treat infection,” said Eric Pollitt who is presenting the study.

The group tested the theory by introducing S. aureus into waxworms that subsequently developed infections.

“We found that the QS-deficient bacteria could not only outgrow normal bacteria in the same population, but that they could also invade other cooperating populations to reduce the severity of infection,” explained Pollitt.

“This means that we could potentially isolate QS-deficient bacteria and use them to treat clinical S. aureus infections,” he added. (ANI)

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