West Bengal Assembly bypolls: Over 75% polling recorded

first_imgMore than 75% of the 7 lakh electorate on Monday cast votes in the bypolls to the three Assembly seats in West Bengal, amid allegations that Trinamool Congress activists orchestrated an attack on the BJP candidate from Karimpur segment, Joy Prakash Majumdar.The turnout was 77.17% in Kaliaganj, 67.62% in Kharagpur Sadar and 81.23% in Karimpur. Video footage aired by local television channels showed that a group of people surrounded Mr. Majumdar, staged a demonstration, and then started slapping and punching him before pushing him into the nearby bushes.  The BJP candidate blamed the Trinamool for the attack and alleged that West Bengal’s ruling party was trying to “murder democracy”. ‘Attempt to murder’West Bengal BJP president Dilip Ghosh called it an “attempt to murder” the party candidate and said the Trinamool was looking at an imminent defeat.The Trinamool leadership said the BJP leader was trying to garner sympathy. “This was a planned act to garner sympathy from the people,” Trinamool Congress secretary general and State Minister Partha Chatterjee said.In another incident at Kaliaganj, BJP candidate Kamal Chandra Sarkar was seen helping his wife cast her vote. The presiding officer of the polling booth was removed after the incident. In Kharagpur Sadar’s booth number 140, the BJP agent complained that the Electronic Voting Machine was strategically placed beside a mirror wall.Over 7.34 lakh voters were eligible to vote in 801 polling stations. Voters had to choose their representatives from among 18 candidates, including three women.Vacant seatsThe polls at Kharagpur Sadar and Karimganj were necessitated after the MLAs from the respective seats contested and won the 2019 Lok Sabha polls. Dilip Ghosh, BJP MLA from Kharagpur Sadar, was elected from the Medinipur Lok Sabha seat and Mahua Moitra, MLA from Karimpur, won the Krishnanagar seat in Nadia district. The seat in Uttar Dinajpur district in Kaliaganj had been vacant after the death of Congress MLA Pramath Nath Roy in May 2019.last_img read more

Frontline Raises USD 100 Mn for Fleet Expansion

first_imgzoom Tanker owner and operator Frontline has completed its share offering raising gross proceeds of USD 100 million to fund growth opportunities through vessel acquisitions.The funds, raised through the issuance of over 13.4 million of new shares, will also be used for general corporate purposes.The new shares were priced at USD 7.45 per share, the shipowner said, adding that the offering “was significantly oversubscribed.”Frontline’s largest shareholder Hemen Holding Ltd. has agreed to be allocated 1,342,281 new shares in the offering, corresponding to 10 per cent of the offering. Hemen will now own an aggregate of 82,145,703 shares in the company, around 48.4 per cent of Frontline’s shares and votes.The due date for payment for allocated new shares is expected to be December 16, 2016.Subject to full payment of the new shares, the company said that the delivery of the new shares is expected to be delivered to the subscribers and become tradable on the Oslo Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange on or about December 16, 2016.last_img read more

Halas West honored for Best Discovery of 2003

first_imgBy varying the relative size of the glass core and the gold shell layer, researchers can “tune” nanoshells to respond to different wavelengths of light. Nanotechnology Now covers basics, news, and general information regarding nanotechnology, nanosciences, and molecular manufacturing, with reporting on disruptive technologies such as MEMS, NEMS, Nanoscale Materials, Molecular Manufacturing, Quantum Computing, Nanomedicine, Nanoelectronics, Nanotubes, Self Assembly, and Molecular Biology. Invented by Halas in 1998, nanoshells are a new class of multi-layered nanoscale particle that have unique optical properties that are controlled by the thickness and composition of their constituent layers. In form, nanoshells resemble malted milk balls, but the coating is gold instead of chocolate, and the center is a sphere of glass. Just 100 nanometers in diameter, nanoshells are about 20 times smaller than a red blood cell. For more on the Nanotechnology Now “Best Discovery of 2003” award, see: http://nanotech-now.com/2003-Awards/Best-Discoveries-2003.htm ShareCONTACT: Jade Boyd PHONE: (713) 348-6778 EMAIL: jadeboyd@rice.eduHALAS, WEST HONORED FOR “BEST DISCOVERY OF 2003” Rice University researchers honored by Web site Nanotechnology Now For biomedical applications, nanoshells can be designed and fabricated to specifically absorb near infrared light. A region of the spectrum just beyond the visible range, near infrared light is optimal for medical imaging and treatment because it passes harmlessly through soft tissue. “We read about and report on them every day, 365 days a year,” said Nanotechnology Now Editor Rocky Rawstern. “By interviewing and speaking with them, and covering their news, opinions, discoveries, triumphs and failures, we have come to appreciate a few above the rest. Selected from the whole, the ones we’ve chosen as the Best of 2003 represent a small fraction of the tens of thousands of participants in the nanospace.”center_img Halas, the Stanley C. Moore Professor in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Professor of Chemistry, and West, associate professor of both bioengineering and chemical engineering, were honored for their groundbreaking work to develop a cancer therapy based upon metallic nanoshells. For the past six years, the team at Nanotechnology Now has tracked the thousands of Web sites, individuals, businesses, and government and educational institutions that exist in the nanospace. Unlike drug-based cancer therapies, the photothermal treatment of cancer relies on the basic physics of light. By shining near infrared light on gold nanoshells, researchers can generate enough heat to burst the wall of cells. The light itself is invisible and harmless, and because the heating is very localized, it only affects cells immediately adjacent to the nanoshells. Rice University engineering researchers Naomi Halas and Jennifer West have been awarded “Best Discovery of 2003” by Nanotechnology Now , the world’s leading nanotechnology news and information site. Clinical trials have yet to begin for a nanoshell-based cancer therapy, but Halas and West’s preliminary work on the therapy was recognized in July 2003 by the Department of Defense Congressionally Directed Breast Cancer Research Program. The program awarded Halas its Innovator Award, complete with a $3 million, four-year grant. AddThislast_img read more