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Punjab police probes 'sexual exploitation' against hockey skipper Sardar Singh
Ludhiana : The Punjab Police is investigating a complaint from a British national who has alleged that she was "sexually exploited" by her fiance and Indian hockey team captain Sardar Singh, police said on Wednesday.
 
The complaint has been made by the woman who hails from Leeds in England and was the first Sikh player in the Britain under-19 women's hockey team , said the police in Ludhiana.
 
Investigation of the case has been marked to the Koom Kalan police station in Ludhiana district. Police station in-charge S. S. Nagra confirmed that the matter was being probed following a complaint.
 
The woman had complained to Ludhiana Police Commissioner P. S. Umranangal who marked the enquiry into it.
 
The woman alleged that Sardar Singh had got engaged to her in 2014 and she became pregnant recently after both had a physical relationship. She said the hockey skipper forced her to go for abortion and after that he started avoiding her.
 
The complainant said that she met Sardar in 2012 after becoming friends through a social networking site.
 
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IIT-Bombay develops satellite-based fog monitoring system
Bengaluru : Scientists at the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-B) have developed a satellite-based fog monitoring system with the ultimate goal of integrating the fog information to air, rail and vehicular transportation management to ensure safe travel.
 
"The Indo-Gangetic Plains covering northern India, Pakistan, Nepal and Bangladesh is subjected to dense haze/fog during winter months severely impacting on air, rail and vehicular traffic," Ritesh Gautam, assistant professor at the IIT's Centres for Resources Engineering and Climate Studies, told IANS in an email.
 
"We have developed this system for monitoring and dissemination of fog information to government agencies and also to the general public."
 
Formerly a research scientist at the Climate and Radiation Laboratory of NASA's Goddard Space Flight Centre in the US, Gautam said the fog monitoring system was developed with the help of his students Reema Chourey, Dinesh Patil, Sarwar Rizvi and Manoj Singh.
 
According to Gautam, the system uses in-house developed software to automatically process data from the NASA satellites (Terra and Aqua MODIS) and produces daily maps of fog and low cloud regions for the Indo-Gangetic Plains at a moderately high resolution.
 
He said his team was presently testing retrievals and processing of fog-related parameters from geostationary satellites, such as India's own INSAT satellites, "for near-real time continuous monitoring of fog, water vapor and aerosols over south Asia".
 
"This satellite monitoring system is quite complex but I am glad that we have developed the capability and are moving forward," Gautam said. "It can also be used to monitor dust storms, biomass burning events, cyclones and monsoon clouds."
 
In addition to datasets obtained from both polar orbiting and geostationary satellites, the IIT team is also working on integrating surface-based meteorological and pollution related measurements, he said.
 
According to Gautam, his team has also analyzed spatial and temporal variation and trends of fog occurrence frequency over the entire Indo-Gangetic Plains along with trends in pollution for the winter season (December-January).
 
"We have found a highly interesting trend where the long-term satellite data analysis suggests a statistically-significant increasing fog frequency trend over the eastern parts of the Gangetic Plains (parts of Bihar and West Bengal)," Gautam said.
 
"This is in sharp contrast over the western regions of the Gangetic Plains (such as Delhi), where a decreasing trend in fog frequency is found."
 
The upward trend in fogginess over eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains is found to be strongly coincident with upward trend in pollution, suggesting that increasing winter-time pollution over this region could be linked to increasing fogginess.
 
While the focus of media is mostly centered over Delhi, Gautam said the increasing fog over eastern Indo-Gangetic Plains was not usually reported.
 
However, long term analysis of satellite data by the IIT team has found that "most of northern India is subjected to severe and persistent fog and pollution haze events during the winter months".
 
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Digital media falls under our purview: Ad standards panel

ASCI highlighted that trailers or promos of commercial cinema and TV programmes including those made without any payment also fall under its purview

 

The Advertising Standards Council of India (ASCI) on Tuesday cautioned the advertising fraternity to self-regulate itself and avoid vulgarity and offensive content in light of rising obscenity in digital media ads, noting this medium also comes under its purview.
 
"Public should keep in mind that for any objections regarding digital advertisements, they can approach the ASCI, as not just product or service ads but even promos or trailers of commercial cinema or TV programmes are also considered as advertisements," said ASCI chairman Benoy Roy Chowdhury in a statement.
 
ASCI highlighted that trailers or promos of commercial cinema and TV programmes including those made without any payment also fall under its purview.
 
It noted its regulatory mechanism has certain controls on traditional media such as cinema and TV but is grappling with the ever-evolving digital space which has the power to reach millions instantaneously.
 
"The advertisers, at times, push the envelope due to this ambiguity and the notion that digital media is largely unregulated," the statement said.
 
The ASCI said media are any means used for the propagation of advertisements and include press, cinema, radio, television, hoardings, hand bills, direct mail, posters, internet and others.
 
"ASCI takes up complaints on advertisements appearing on websites, e-commerce portals, social media platforms and also the movie promo videos/YouTube trailers that people have objections to for being offensive," the statement said.
 
It invokes suspension pending investigation when the code of conduct is breached by an advertiser as it recently invoked on the internet trailers of two movies which were found to be obscene, the statement added.
 
Chowdhury appealed to the general public to keep an eye on the advertisements not adhering to ASCI code of conduct and actively complain. 
 
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