Daily Archive: August 8, 2017

Two types of Rs 500 notes? Congress calls it ‘biggest scam of the century’

The Rajya Sabha saw four adjournments within its first hour of proceedings on Tuesday as the Congress, with support from the Trinamool Congress and the Janata Dal (United), created a ruckus over the printing of two kinds of 500 and 2000-rupee notes, calling it the “biggest scam of this century”.

Slogan-shouting Congress members trooped into the well even as Leader of the House and finance minister Arun Jaitley said the opposition party has been raising “frivolous” issues without giving notices to stall Zero Hour proceedings.

JD(U)’s Sharad Yadav, who has been reportedly uneasy since his party aligned with the BJP to form a government in Bihar, sided with the opposition and showed enlarged copies of differently sized 500 rupee notes.

“I can give signed copies” of the notes, he said as treasury benches countered his contention which was earlier raised by Kapil Sibal of the Congress. Yadav said no country in the world has different sized currency notes. “One is big, one is small,” he said.

Other members, including Trinamool’s Derek O’Brien also displayed the new 500 rupee notes issued after demonetisation to show the different sizes. He first offered to submit the notes to Jaitley for scrutiny and then walked up to him to explain to him the difference.

Jaitley said there is no provision in the rules that anyone could “flash any paper and say it is point of order”.

Women’s brains more active than that of men

New York: The brains of women are significantly more active in many more areas of the brain than men, especially in the prefrontal cortex, involved with focus and impulse control, and the limbic or emotional areas of the brain, involved with mood and anxiety, new research has found.

“This is a very important study to help understand gender-based brain differences. The quantifiable differences we identified between men and women are important for understanding gender-based risk for brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease,” said lead author Daniel Amen, Founder, Amen Clinics, Newport Beach, California.

The study findings of increased prefrontal cortex blood flow in women compared to men may explain why women tend to exhibit greater strengths in the areas of empathy, intuition, collaboration, self-control, and appropriate concern.

The study, published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease, also showed increased blood flow in limbic areas of the brains of women, which may also partially explain why women are more vulnerable to anxiety, depression, insomnia, and eating disorders.

The visual and coordination centres of the brain were more active in men.

The researchers surveyed the results of more than 45,000 brain imaging studies involving single-photon emission computed tomography, or SPECT.

SPECT can measure blood perfusion in the brain. Images acquired from participants at rest or while performing various cognitive tasks show different blood flow in specific brain regions.

“Using functional neuroimaging tools, such as SPECT, are essential to developing precision medicine brain treatments in the future,” Amen said.

A total of 128 brain regions were analysed for participants at baseline and while performing a concentration task.

#Gold slides on weak global cues, waning demand

New Delhi, Aug 8 (PTI) Gold prices eased by Rs 70 to Rs 29,350 per ten gram at the bullion market today owing to slackened demand from local jewellers and a weak trend overseas.

However, silver edged up by Rs 45 to Rs 38,370 per kg on scattered deals from industrial units and coin makers.

Traders said apart from a weak trend overseas, easing demand from local jewellers and retailers, mainly led to decline in gold prices.

Globally, gold fell by 0.09 per cent to USD 1,257.30 an ounce in New York in yesterday’s trade.

Market remained closed yesterday on account of ‘Raksha Bandhan’.

In the national capital, gold of 99.9 per cent and 99.5 per cent purity fell by Rs 70 each to Rs 29,350 and Rs 29,200 per ten gram, respectively.

Sovereign, however, remained flat at Rs 24,500 per piece of eight gram.

बीजेपी-आरएसएस के लोग राहुल गांधी को मिटाना चाहते हैं: लालू यादव

पटना| एक ओर जहां मंगलवार को संसद में कांग्रेस ने राहुल गांधी की गाड़ी पर गुजरात में हुए हमले का मुद्दा उठाया तो वहीं दूसरी ओर संसद के बाहर आरजेडी अध्यक्ष लालू यादव भी राहुल के समर्थन में आए. लालू यादव ने बीजेपी और आरएसएस पर इल्जाम लगाते हुए कहा कि वे लोग राहुल गांधी को मिटाना चाहते हैं. लालू ने कहा कि राहुल गांधी को ये लोग टारगेट कर रहें हैं, गुजरात में उनकी हत्या करने की कोशिश की गई.

लालू ने यह भी कहा कि बीजेपी विपक्ष को टारगेट कर रही है. इसी चलते मेरे परिवार को फंसाया गया और मायावती के साथ भी यही हो रहा है.

इस बीच कांग्रेस के सांसदों ने आज राहुल गांधी पर हुए हमले को लेकर लोकसभा में हंगामा किया. लोकसभा में कांग्रेस नेता मल्लिकार्जुन खड़गे इस हमले को लेकर सवाल पूछे जिसका जवाब गृहमंत्री राजनाथ सिंह ने दिया. सिंह ने कहा, राहुल को पर्याप्त सुरक्षा मुहैया कराई गई थी, लेकिन उन्होंने सुरक्षा मानदंडों का उल्लंघन किया.