Bournemouth signs Afobe BOURNEMOUTH, England (AP): Bournemouth has added more firepower in their bid to survive in their first season in the English Premier League, signing Benik Afobe from second-tier Wolverhampton Wanderers for a reported fee of £10 million ($14.5 million). The 22-year-old Afobe is a former Arsenal trainee, who has represented England at youth and under-21 levels. He has scored 10 goals in 27 matches for Wolves this season. Bournemouth announced the signing yesterday, with chief executive Neill Blake saying Afobe is a “consistent threat in front of goal” and that his “pedigree as an Arsenal Academy product must also not be underestimated”. Bournemouth are 16th in the 20-team Premier League, four points above the relegation zone. Shah to appeal against suspension ISLAMABAD (AP): Pakistan leg spinner Yasir Shah will appeal against his suspension for testing positive for a banned substance. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) told the ICC yesterday and the game’s governing body will now form a tribunal to hear Shah’s appeal. Shah was suspended last month after his ‘A’ sample contained a banned substance – chlortalidone – which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency prohibited list. Local reports say Shah took his wife’s blood pressure medication without knowing that it contained the banned substance. During his suspension Shah cannot participate in any international match or games organised by the PCB or its affiliated members. Wawrinka wins Chennai Open CHENNAI, India (AP): Stan Wawrinka won his fourth title at the Chennai Open yesterday with a 6-3, 7-5 win over upcoming Borna Coric of Croatia. Fifteen aces and trademark backhand shots helped the top-seeded Swiss dominate against 19-year-old Coric, the youngest player in the world’s top 50 at No. 44. It was the fourth title in five finals for 30-year-old Wawrinka, who had finished runner-up in 2010 and won his first title in 2011 at the hard court venue. He also won in 2014 and 2015. Wawrinka saved all five break points even as Coric, playing his maiden ATP final, failed to put up the kind of fight that saw him win three-setters in four previous matches.
My father owned a local hardware store for almost thirty years, and I have fond memories of hanging out and working there, with the locally owned stationery story, movie theater, pharmacy, and grocery on the same block. Each successive block was also populated primarily with independently owned businesses, usually operated by their owners, most of whom lived nearby. Most businesses were local; when you went to a different town, the stores were noticeably different.During the last few decades, locally owned businesses have steadily given way to chain retail stores and restaurants consistently providing us with the same, usually bland, experience no matter where or when we stop to make a purchase. Now, it appears, the recent “golden age” of retail seems to be coming to an end.Are empty stores the canary in the coal mine?Lately I’ve noticed just how much empty retail space is out there, waiting, mostly likely in vain, for someone to rent it and help the landlord pay the bills. Just today I passed a strip shopping center with a recently vacated Borders and a former Circuit City that has been empty for years.Even before the 2008 financial meltdown, I heard reports that the country had in the range of twice the retail space that our combined purchasing power could support. Who knows what that figure is now?I am both delighted and saddened by the demise of many of these large retail chains. I usually do my best to shop at local businesses; however, it is becoming increasingly difficult since most of them are limited to boutiques and restaurants. In all but the densest cities (and now even in some of those), big box discount stores crush any potential local competition in terms of price, selection, and hours of operation. With few, if any, owner-operators working in stores, there is little pride in the quality of service left. Customers often end up with poor service as a result.The big leapSo, what does this have to do with green building? Well, I’m not exactly sure, but I’ll do my best to make a connection. It seems to me that the prevalence of big box stores is directly related to what I refer to as the recent era of “wretched excess” that our country experienced. As did most of us, I benefited from this behavior, fueled by easy credit and a desire for more, bigger, and (theoretically) better stuff, homes, vacations, and the like.Until recently, homes increased in size every year while generally going down in cost due to improvements in material production, low labor costs, and generally poor quality control in the field. These bigger houses required more stuff to fit in them, a need very adequately filled by big box stores selling lots of stuff pretty cheap.To me, one of the saddest things that has happened to society is that we have become addicted to having lots of shiny, mostly cheap, stuff. I get incredibly frustrated when something breaks and repairing it is almost impossible, because replacing it is cheaper. To a certain extent, this was the case with houses, at least until recently. Most homes built in the last few decades have been of relatively poor quality, purchased by people who expected to flip them in a few years for a profit and move on to the next, bigger, and “better” one.Now that this particular paradigm is gone, we need to decide what to do with all the poorly built homes people are stuck in and also figure out how to start building high-value homes that people want to buy and can afford to live in for the long term.Can we turn these lemons into lemonade?Sarah Susanka has been pushing her Not So Big House concept for about a decade or so, with great success in terms of book sales. But as a movement, changes have been modest.Green building and renovation have been around for a little longer, making steady progress until recently. In a depressed industry, though, green certifications are one of the first things to go to save money and remain competitive.Smaller, better built, greener homes are the right way to go, but most of us seem to be pathologically incapable of making the best long-term decisions for ourselves. We typically opt for a home that is larger than we need, in a location that requires more driving than necessary, and one that is not necessarily green, typically meaning higher lifetime operating costs. Many people are being forced into smaller homes and apartments, often unwillingly, and many of them are finding that they are as happy as or even happier than they were in their former starter castles.Now if we can get them to buy or renovate to green standards, we might begin to see some systemic changes in our housing industry.
Kohima, Dec 10 (PTI) SNF Band of Nagaland has won the coveted title of Hornbill International Rock Contest 2016.In the final of the contest held last night here, SNF Nagaland pipped eight other bands from different parts of the country to win the cash prize of Rs 10 lakh.Crystal and the Witches from Sikkim bagged the second prize of Rs 2 lakh while The Prophets from Mizoram won the third position of Rs 1 lakh.In the individual awards the best vocals went to The Prophets, best guitarist was from SNF, Crystal and the Witches got the best drummer, and the best bassist award was bagged by Mount Groove from Darjeeling.The other finalists who also performed were Mount Groove (Darjeeling), A Touch of Madness (Nagaland), Anti-Trust (Nagaland), Ambush(Assam), Soul Bucket (Nagaland) and I Am We (Kolkata).The judges for the contest were Rudy Wallang, Luke Kenny and Atsung Jamir.Organised annually as part of the Hornbill Festival by the states Music Task Force under Youth Resources and Sports Department, the acclaimed Hornbill International Rock Contest had 20 bands jamming it up before a cheering and clapping audience.Meanwhile, the closing ceremony of 10-day long Hornbill Festival will be held at this evening at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama here. PTI NBS SUS SUS
Welcome to the third edition of Touchline, the journal of sport and risk with an international perspective brought to you by Sportscover. Click on the attachment to download. Related Filestouchline_edition3-pdf
This article was reprinted from khn.org with permission from the Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation. Kaiser Health News, an editorially independent news service, is a program of the Kaiser Family Foundation, a nonpartisan health care policy research organization unaffiliated with Kaiser Permanente. Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Jul 2 2019The California agency that regulates doctors is investigating at least four physicians for issuing questionable medical exemptions to children whose parents did not want them immunized.The Medical Board of California’s investigations are unfolding amid the nation’s worst measles outbreak in more than a quarter-century, as California lawmakers consider controversial legislation to tighten the requirements for exempting children from the vaccinations required to attend schools and day care centers.Last month, the Department of Consumer Affairs, which oversees the medical board, sued in state court to obtain medical records for patients of Sacramento-area pediatricians Dr. Kelly Sutton and Dr. Michael Fielding Allen.In the past nine months, the board also has sought patients’ records in connection with two Santa Rosa physicians under investigation for writing allegedly inappropriate exemptions.The state acted on the Sutton and Allen cases following complaints to the medical board from Dr. Wendy Cerny, assistant chief of pediatrics at a Kaiser Permanente clinic in Roseville, court documents show. (Kaiser Health News, which produces California Healthline, is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanante.) Cerny contacted the board about Sutton in February 2017 and followed up with an email about Allen 15 months later, according to the documents.Cerny became concerned after seeing permanent medical exemptions for Kaiser Permanente pediatric patients written by Sutton and Allen that cited reasons including “a personal history of genetic defect,” food and environmental allergies, “neurological vulnerability” and a family history of mental health disorders, according to the legal documents.The doctors under investigation are not Kaiser Permanente doctors, but parents went to them for vaccination exemptions. In one case, Sutton issued a “lifelong medical exemption from all vaccines” to a boy before his family joined Kaiser Permanente, according to Cerny’s complaint. When one of Cerny’s colleagues refused to write similar exemptions for the boy’s two younger siblings, the mother said she would go back to Sutton to get them, the complaint says.”We feel this doctor and perhaps her colleagues … are making easy money on these exemptions that are not based on true medical need and are actually putting children and other people in the community at risk for contracting and spreading serious infectious diseases,” Cerny wrote in her complaint about Sutton.A physician appointed by the medical board to review exemptions issued by Sutton and Allen described them as “either of questionable validity or patently without medical basis.”Vaccine exemptions for medical reasons should be rare, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. They are typically reserved for children with severely compromised immune systems, like those being treated for cancer or those who are allergic to a vaccine component or have previously had a severe reaction to a vaccine.A spokesman for the medical board declined to comment on the cases. The agency generally does not acknowledge investigations publicly unless a formal accusation is filed against a physician.But the board’s legal efforts to obtain patient records sheds rare light on how the agency handles such complaints.It “tells me that there are doctors who are giving problematic exemptions and the Medical Board of California is taking this issue very seriously,” said Dorit Reiss, a professor at University of California-Hastings College of the Law in San Francisco who researches vaccine law.Sutton and Allen did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment.Sutton, based in Fair Oaks, is known as a go-to doctor for medical vaccine exemptions. She offers a $97 “program” that purports to “help protect your child from the ‘One Size Fits All’ California vaccine mandate.”Cerny submitted copies of exemption letters by Sutton and Allen in the complaints she filed with the medical board, but the names of the patients were blacked out. The board wants the names of those children and their parents, and it asked the court to compel the Permanente Medical Group, a subsidiary of Kaiser Permanente, to hand over unredacted versions of the letters.The board also wants Kaiser Permanente to hand over the patients’ medical charts, which it believes will help determine whether the exemptions written by Sutton and Allen were indeed unmerited.In June, Superior Court Judge Ethan Schulman ordered the Permanente Medical Group to disclose the names of the patients known to have received medical exemptions from Allen, as well as the names and addresses of their parents. He has not yet issued a ruling in the Sutton case.Kaiser Permanente said it would comply with court orders.”We take the health and safety of our members, patients and communities very seriously,” said Dr. Stephen Parodi, associate executive director of the Permanente Medical Group, via email.Related StoriesNanotechnology-based compound used to deliver hepatitis B vaccineRevolutionary gene replacement surgery restores vision in patients with retinal degenerationNew therapeutic food boosts key growth-promoting gut microbes in malnourished childrenIn a case similar to Sutton’s and Allen’s, a judge ordered the Permanente Medical Group in November to provide the names of patients and parents subpoenaed in a medical board investigation of Dr. Kenneth Stoller, a Santa Rosa physician who gave vaccine exemptions to children who were Kaiser Permanente patients, as well as to others in the Mammoth Unified School District.Stoller, who is not affiliated with Kaiser Permanente, is also being investigated by the city attorney of San Francisco, where he used to practice. He didn’t respond to a request for comment.In April, Judge Schulman granted a petition from the state ordering Dr. Ron Kennedy to hand over the medical records of children to whom he had issued vaccination exemptions. Kennedy, a psychiatrist who runs an anti-aging clinic in Santa Rosa, has written numerous exemptions for kids, according to court records.Kennedy’s lawyer, Michael Machat, said his client has handed over the records as ordered.”The medical board has adopted the practice of thinking it can invade people’s privacy and search children’s private medical records to see whether or not the doctors are following the law,” Machat said. “Where does this stop?”To date, the only doctor sanctioned for inappropriate medical vaccine exemptions is Southern California pediatrician Robert Sears, the well-known author of “The Vaccine Book.”In 2015, California banned all philosophical and religious exemptions for immunizations in the wake of a large measles outbreak that originated at Disneyland. It is one of four states to have done so, and its vaccination rate rose sharply for three years after the law was tightened. But vaccination rates have declined in the past two years, in part because many parents opposed to vaccines have found doctors willing to write questionable medical exemptions — sometimes for a fee.California’s vaccination policies are once again drawing national attention in the wake of the nation’s recent measles outbreak, which totaled 1,095 cases as of June 27. In California, 55 cases were reported as of June 26.A bill pending in the California legislature, SB-276, would impose more oversight on vaccine exemptions written by doctors. After it passed the state Senate in May, it was softened to appease Gov. Gavin Newsom but would still allow the state Department of Public Health to review some exemptions. It also would prevent doctors who are under investigation for writing unwarranted exemptions from issuing new ones.Newsom has said he will sign the legislation if it lands on his desk.This KHN story first published on California Healthline, a service of the California Health Care Foundation.
In this Jan. 19, 2017 file photo Martin Winterkorn, former CEO of the German car manufacturer ‘Volkswagen’, arrives for a questioning at an investigation committee of the German federal parliament in Berlin, Germany. VW spokesman Michael Brendel says the German automaker’s supervisory board is checking whether it can demand damage claims from former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn in connection with the company’s diesel emissions cheating scandal. German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported Sunday May 6, 2018 that Winterkorn could stand to lose his entire property in connection with the company’s investigation. (AP Photo/Michael Sohn, file) A VW spokesman says the German automaker’s supervisory board is checking whether it can demand damage claims from former VW CEO Martin Winterkorn in connection with the company’s diesel emissions cheating scandal. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Former Volkswagen CEO Winterkorn indicted in US over ‘Dieselgate’ Michael Brendel tells German news agency dpa “the investigation has been going on for quite some while and is conducted independently from the authorities’ investigation.”German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Sonntagszeitung reported Sunday that Winterkorn could lose his property in connection with the company’s investigation.Winterkorn, 70, was indicted Thursday in the United States on charges stemming from the company’s diesel emissions cheating scandal.Volkswagen has admitted to programming its diesel engines to activate pollution controls when being tested in government labs and turning them off when on the road.Winterkorn has denied any knowledge of the scheme. Citation: VW board eyes damage claims against former CEO Winterkorn (2018, May 6) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-vw-board-eyes-ceo-winterkorn.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article. Anne McClain of NASA runs through procedures in the Soyuz MS-11 spacecraft during a vehicle fit check Nov. 20. Credit: NASA/Victor Zelentsov, CC BY-ND Explore further Jerrie Cobb, testing the Gimbal Rig in the Altitude Wind Tunnel in April 1960. The Gimbal Rig was used to train astronauts to control the spin of a tumbling spacecraft. Credit: NASA In college, I learned about designing for the female form. This included inventing new materials, studying the body anthropometrically physiologically, biomechanically and psychologically. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Olivia Echols identifies issues with the regular Earth-bra that must be overcome to design the ideal space-bra for female astronauts. Credit: Olivia Echols/Susan L. Sokolowski, CC BY-ND The situation in question was NASA’s cancellation of an all-female spacewalk, citing the lack of a spacesuit in the right size. I’m the director of the Sports Product Design Graduate Program at the University of Oregon, and equality in product design is my jam. Playing soccer as a Title IX athlete led me to the goal of my life’s work. Although we were breaking boundaries as female athletes, the products we wore were made for men and did not fit our bodies. There were no sport bras, so we played in the bras we wore to school with underwires and no sweat management. Although we were allowed and encouraged to play, we did not feel like we belonged. No one made products for us. The news of the cancellation of the all-female spacewalk triggered a flashback to my childhood. Just when female astronauts were finally “allowed” to work together as a team, unchaperoned by male colleagues, a glitch in the product ecosystem ruined a landmark achievement. An all-female spacewalk has been a goal that women have been aspiring to since the 1960s. My path to product equalityMy journey to become the best researcher and designer I could be began in high school. I wanted to create, size and fit products for the female body, helping women perform at their maximum potential. It has been a 30-year journey. Citation: Female astronauts: How performance gear is designed to pave the way for women’s accomplishments (2019, April 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-female-astronauts-gear-pave-women.html Learning about materials is important for product innovators, because they have so many levers – fibers, yarns, constructions and finishes – that can be manipulated to develop new technologies, like Nike FlyKnit, in which a knitting machine for manufacturing sweaters was engineered to make performance shoe uppers for athletes.Anthropometrics is a discipline of human factors engineering that allows us to describe the body shape and size of different populations like men, women, children of specific ages and ethnicities; through circumferencial measurements of the areas like the chest, waist and hip; through understanding the volumes of various body parts like the torso; and through cross-sections – which helps designers understand how tissue is distributed in a specific region of the body like the breast. Designers and engineers study physiology to develop product systems to regulate body temperature and biomechanics to understand mobility within apparel structures. We also study psychology – to understand how humans perceive attributes like color, touch and texture, which can greatly influence how acceptable a new product is for a user.My university experiences provided an employment opportunity to work for the Department of Defense, just at the time when women were first allowed to fly in combat. I also spent about 20 years of my career working for a major sports company, leading efforts in women’s performance product innovation, including footwear, bras and equipment. And now, I’m a college professor where I have students who are keen to invent new products for women. My student Jessie Silbert just completed a project designing gear for female Muslim runners. I currently have a student, Olivia Echols, who is working on her master’s thesis and designing new intravehicular activity suits for space station activities, which includes determining how products should fit for women. My colleagues have also worked for NASA. They do care about women and the future of spaceflight for women, and like me, they are dedicated to gender equality. So, if you were ever thinking there must be a lack of people that care or have the talent to do the work – there isn’t. NASA scraps all-women spacewalk for lack of well-fitting suits These financial decisions often come from outside the product research and creation teams, and those decision-makers are often men. Considering representation of women at the CEO level, only 4.2% of all Fortune 500 CEOs are women. NASA may not be a Fortune 500 company, but gender disparity certainly exists in the U.S. government. Budget constraints have always been a way for others to say “no” to supporting efforts that product creation teams dedicate to women. The message really says we don’t want women to be successful or perform to their greatest potential. “No” says you don’t belong, because there is there isn’t any appropriate gear for you. Don’t apply to this job, because you may be putting yourself in a dangerous situation if you wear products that were made for average men.This is not just a NASA or sports industry problem. The same challenges exist for female firefighters, law enforcement officers, construction workers and those who work with hazardous materials. And this is not just a women’s problem. As I have progressed through my career, I have encountered so many other underserved users who need our help. There are nonwhite users who have anthropometrically different body dimensions than white men, such as Hispanics and Asians. Some users are disabled or require plus sizes. Gear should accommodate Muslims who aspire to be active while respecting their religion. In the recent NASA incident, there was a correctly sized suit for astronaut Ann McClain. However a decision was made to not prepare it in time for the first-ever all-female spacewalk. McClain trained in and wore both a size medium and large. That is probably because her body changed sizes while in space due to micro-gravity. McClain told the press that she made the “recommendation” to not do the space walk. But why was there not a better product placement strategy and leadership support for Ann McClain? NASA, you broke our hearts. Provided by The Conversation On my first day of spring break, I woke up to way more emails than necessary and a flurry of activity on my social media. Acquaintances from near and far wrote about “patriarchy,” “NASA seems to have a history of lady issues” and posted emojis of sad faces and encouragement to my students to fix the situation. Olivia Echols identifies issues with the regular Earth-bra that must be overcome to design the ideal space-bra for female astronauts. Credit: Olivia Echols/Susan L. Sokolowski, CC BY-ND Women’s bodies are differentResearchers, engineers and designers who create performance products for women have many considerations. The most obvious is body shape and size, where product innovators will study the female population in question through 3-D body scanning, anthropometry and statistical analysis of the data. The results of this type of research affect how product patterns are drafted, materials are engineered and how technology is placed around the body, so users can perform jobs safely and efficiency. Because women have physiological differences, product solutions need to consider how body temperature fluctuates and muscles develop due to hormones. In footwear design, we think about making sure products are flexible and that the cushioning is engineered to the appropriate load, because women are relatively lighter than men in weight. Sorry, we have budget constraintsIn my opinion, the issue of not having enough spacesuits on hand lies within what I call the product ecosystem. Despite the efforts made researching and developing innovative performance products for women, our work may never be fully funded, implemented, manufactured and therefore adopted by women, as the ecosystem surrounding our work may not want us to succeed. Most often budgetary decisions for research and development happen outside of the creation team. As an example, NPR’s “All Things Considered” revealed that all-male astronauts fit into medium, large and extra-large sized spacesuits, and due to budget constraints, the development of smaller sized suits for women was put on hold for several years, preventing women from walking in space.
Delta Air Lines rode strong consumer travel demand to banner earnings last quarter, benefiting from the company’s lack of exposure to Boeing’s grounded 737 MAX planes. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Citation: With no 737 MAX exposure, Delta reports banner quarter (2019, July 11) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-max-exposure-delta-banner-quarter.html Delta raised its full-year profit forecast Explore further In earnings posted Thursday, the US carrier pointed to a double-digit revenue boost in premium product tickets off of strong demand in leisure and corporate customers as it lifted its full-year profit forecast.”Fundamental demand for the product in this business is very strong and we’re capitalizing on it,” chief executive Ed Bastian said on a conference call with analysts and reporters.Shares rose on the results in which Delta also lifted its profit forecast and boosted its dividend.Net earnings in the second quarter were $1.4 billion, up 39.3 percent from the year-ago period.Revenues rose 6.5 percent to $12.5 billion, which the company said was a record.The results also underscored Delta’s improved competitive position this summer over rivals such as American Airlines and United Continental that have been forced to cancel flights because of the grounding of the Boeing 737 MAX.The Boeing plane has been off line since mid-March following two crashes that claimed 346 lives. Boeing is working closely with the Federal Aviation Administration and other regulators to bring the MAX back into service but there is still no timetable for doing so.A Delta executive told an earnings conference call that the MAX is a “good product” and that it was a “close call” when Delta opted a couple of years ago for the rival Airbus 321 as it was updating its narrow-body fleet.Executives said they planned to stick with the Airbus product and were not tempted to shift to the MAX because of “opportunistic” pricing offered by Boeing, as one analyst put it.Bastian sidestepped a question on how the MAX should be reintroduced so as not to lead to seat overcapacity that can pressure fares.”It’s really not appropriate for us to be speculating on what other carriers ought to do,” Bastian said.”It’s clear the MAX has had a dramatic impact on our industry. I think the reintroduction when the time comes is going to have to be carefully managed. But in the interim, we’re going to watch and see the developments there.”Shares of Delta had climbed 1.3 percent at midday to $60.22. © 2019 AFP Southwest cuts sales outlook as 737 MAX grounding hits US carriers
PATNA: The Bihar Police Special Branch, the intelligence wing of the state police which briefs chief minister Nitish Kumar (who is also home minister) on sensitive issues, was directed to gather “detailed information” on the state functionaries of the RSS and its 17 subsidiary outfits in a letter issued by the SP (Special Branch) on May 28, two days before the swearing-in of the Narendra Modi government at the Centre. The letter – a copy of which is with TOI – had been addressed to all deputy SPs of Special Branch and asked them to furnish information such as names, addresses, posts and occupations of RSS office-bearers. JD(U) national secretary-general K C Tyagi called it a routine issue. “This is a routine matter, which the police or the intelligence wing of every state or the central government does from time to time. It should not be construed as an attempt either to target or malign the image of any organisation.” A senior BJP leader, on the other hand, remarked, “There is more a lot to it than meets the eye. After all, RSS is a nationalist organisation.” The senior officers assigned to field duty had been asked to treat the letter, copies of which were also forwarded to the ADG, IG and DIG of Special Branch, as urgent and provide the relevant information within a week. The current SP (G), Special Branch, Kartikey Sharma, whose office had issued the letter, said, “I have no idea about any such letter. I assumed charge as SP (G) recently. I was not in the post when the letter, as you have mentioned, was issued.” He did not confirm if his office had received the relevant data from the officers concerned. However, another officer, who did not want to be named, said, “Do you think any officer will delay in submitting the report? It was clearly mentioned in the letter to accord top priority to it.” Additional chief secretary (home) Amir Subhani could not be reached for comment. ADG (Special Branch) J S Gangwar was also not available for comment. A senior home department official, however, said nobody would comment on this “sensitive issue”. Apart from RSS, Vishwa Hindu Parishad, Bajrang Dal, Hindu Jagran Samiti, Hindu Rashtra Sena, Dharma Jagran Samiti, Rashtriya Sevika Samiti, Durga Vahini, Swadeshi Jagran Manch, Sikha Bharti, Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, Hindu Mahasabha, Bhartiya Majdoor Sangh, Hindu Yuva Vahini, Hindu Putra Sangathan, Bhartiya Kisan Sangh, Bhartiya Railway Sangh, and Muslim Rashtriya Sangh are also mentioned in the memo. Another senior RSS leader clarified that the names of many organisations have been wrongly mentioned in the letter. The list contained even a few non-existent ones. “This indicates how the intelligence wing of the state police functions in the state,” he said, adding that altogether 37 subsidiary organisations of the RSS were active across the country. Download The Times of India News App for Latest India News.XStart your day smart with stories curated specially for you