Russian researchers create intelligent software system for lung cancer diagnostics

first_imgReviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Feb 1 2019This software analyzes patients’ computed tomography (CT) results within 20 seconds and provides an image in which the pathology is clearly markedResearches from Peter the Great St.Petersburg Polytechnic University (SPbPU), Russian Academic Excellence Initiative participant, in collaboration with the radiologists from St.Petersburg Clinical Research for Specialized Types of Medical Care (Oncological) have developed an intelligent software system for lung cancer diagnostics. This software can be installed on any computer. It analyzes patients’ computed tomography (CT) results within 20 seconds and provides an image in which the pathology is clearly marked. Researchers have named the system Doctor AIzimov (AI for Artificial Intelligence) in honor of the science-fiction writer Isaac Asimov, who developed three famous laws of robotics.At the end of 2018, the first tests of this intelligent system were carried out. The system analyzed anonymized CT images of 60 patients at the Oncological Center. According to the radiologists, the tests were successful, as the system has found focal nodules in lungs of small sizes (2 mm).”Initially, we set up an algorithm to search for nodules starting from 6 millimeters, because radiologists themselves start the treatment of tumors of this size. But the system is so smart that it was able to find nodules of even smaller size”, said the project lead Lev Utkin, the head of the SPbPU Research Laboratory of Neural Network Technologies and Artificial Intelligence.Research team includes the staff of the University (Lev Utkin, Mikhail Ryabinin, and Alexei Lukashin), experts from the St. Petersburg Oncological Center (the head of the Radiology Department Anna Meldo and a radiologist Ivan Prokhorov). The project was supported by the Russian Science Foundation.A new proposed and developed approach to the lung cancer classification using the chord method has been patented within only 3 months. The method of chords uses segmented CT images: points are randomly drawn on the surface of a nodule, after that the points are connected by lines (chords). The length histogram of the chords reflects the shape and structure of the tumor. Although the system examines every nodule from the inside, its external surroundings are also very important. To learn more about the tumor, it is placed in a cube, and perpendiculars are drawn from its edges to the surface of the nodule.Related StoriesNew protein target for deadly ovarian cancerLiving with advanced breast cancerStudy reveals link between inflammatory diet and colorectal cancer riskThus, instead of classifying a graphically complex and heavy images of the CT (the size of every CT image is approximately 1 GB), the nodule is represented in the form of compact and simple histograms, which are then analyzed by the Doctor AIzimov system.The scientists have also trained the system to distinguish malignant and benign tumors. “Many different objects may be detected on the CT images, so the main task was to train the system to recognize what each of the objects represents. Using the clinical and radiological classification, we are trying to train the system not only to detect tumors, but also to distinguish other diseases similar to cancer,” comments Anna Meldo, the head of the Radiology Department of the St. Petersburg Clinical Research Center for Specialized Types of Medical Care (Oncological). The system was trained by analyzing 1000 CT images from LUNA 16 and LIDC datasets. Russian researchers have also collected their own dataset named LIRA – Lung Intelligence Resource Annotated. Currently, the dataset holds CT images of about 250 patients. The scientists are planning to increase the number of images by four times by the mid-2019.With each new CT image, the system self-improves. To speed up the learning and testing processes, the researchers use capacities of the supercomputer center “Polytechnic”. In the future, a patient’s CT images will be transferred to the supercomputer using the Internet. This approach allows to reduce the diagnostic testing time per patient from 20 till 2 seconds. After that a radiologist will receive the marked image instead of the large CT image. It will significantly reduce the time needed for the analysis and diagnostics.The open testing of the intelligent system will be carried out at the beginning of 2019. The system will be at first used at the St. Petersburg Clinical Research Center for Specialized Types of Medical Care (Oncological). In the future, the project will be extended and more medical institutions will be involved into the intelligent CT image processing. The system will be adapted to analyze the results of the ultrasound and X-ray medical investigation of other organs. All data will be processed by the supercomputer, and the results issued by the system will be sent to doctors for them to make a decision about the treatment. Source:https://english.spbstu.ru/last_img read more

Limited awareness of diabetes hypertension in China remains a major public health

first_img Source:https://www.mailman.columbia.edu/ Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 25 2019Awareness and diagnoses of hypertension and diabetes in China has been limited, resulting in compromised treatment, and increased screening did not lead to significant improvements, according to a new study at Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health. Findings are online in the journal BMC Public Health.Until now, there was little information on how individuals with hypertension or diabetes in China first became aware of their conditions and what factors may have contributed to changes in awareness over time.”It does not seem that the screening activities implemented by a national health survey improved awareness and management of these conditions. The persistent limited awareness of diabetes and hypertension remains a major public health concern,” said L.H. Lumey, MD, professor of Epidemiology.Using data from the China Health and Retirement Longitudinal Study (CHARLS), researchers measured the impact of a screening program for people aged 45 years and older between 2011 and 2015. After 2011, study participants were re-interviewed every two years to monitor any changes over time in their health, economic, or social conditions. Physical examinations were repeated in 2013 and 2015, and participants were asked again if they had ever been diagnosed with hypertension, or diabetes. Over 80 percent of participants interviewed in 2011 continued to participate in 2015.Of the more than 11,000 people screened in 2011, 49 percent were identified with hypertension and 18 percent with diabetes by medical examinations. Over 80 percent of the middle-aged and elderly Chinese diagnosed with hypertension and/or diabetes in 2011 reported in 2015 that they were unaware of having the disease(s). Aware hypertension patients were more likely to be older women, live in urban areas, and have higher BMIs.Hypertension was defined as diastolic blood pressure of 90 mmHg or higher; a systolic blood pressure of 140?mmHg or higher; or both; or as currently using an anti-hypertensive medication. Diabetes was defined as a fasting plasma glucose level of 126?mg/dL or higher; an HbA1c concentration of 6.5 mg/dL or higher; or a self-report of doctor diagnosed diabetes.Related StoriesObese patients with Type 1 diabetes could safely receive robotic pancreas transplantDiet and physical exercise do not reduce risk of gestational diabetesSome people treated for type 1 diabetes may have monogenic diabetes, study findsThere was some improvement in disease awareness between 2011 and 2015, mostly attributed to a medical examination initiated by the study participants themselves (over 75 percent), by their work unit or community (12-15 percent), but rarely (less than 3 percent) by the CHARLS examination. “One possible explanation is that the screening in the health survey was seen simply as an isolated process and not as a tool for follow-up, treatment, or referral,” noted Lumey.Several reasons could explain the limited increase in reported disease awareness in 2015, according to the researchers. Some participants may not have received the physical examination and blood test results from the 2011 survey; they may have not understood the results; or, they may have forgotten the results. “They also may have been unwilling to recognize that they had been diagnosed with diabetes or hypertension or failed to take appropriate measures for disease management,” said Lumey. “This will need further study.””While we observed an increase in hypertension and diabetes awareness over time in the CHARLS survey, our results suggest a ‘failure to act on the findings’, and raise important questions about the effective communication of screening results not only in CHARLS but also in other health surveys,” noted Chihua Li of Zhengzhou Central Hospital in China.”Perhaps individuals were expected to take actions by themselves after receiving the screening results,” said Lumey. “But our findings show it is important that increased efforts are made to make sure that participants understand the medical examination results and are motivated to access the appropriate health services where needed. Providing systematic feedback of screening results to survey participants and the monitoring of disease awareness over time will be essential to improve disease recognition and facilitate optimal management.”last_img read more

Staff fraud may cost Chinas DJI drone maker 150 million

first_img Citation: Staff fraud may cost China’s DJI drone maker $150 million (2019, January 21) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-staff-fraud-china-dji-drone.html A company spokeswoman said DJI has established a special anti-corruption group to conduct in-depth investigations Explore further Chinese drone maker DJI has placed 45 employees under investigation for alleged fraud that could cost the company more than one billion yuan ($150 million) in losses, the firm said Monday. Embattled GlaxoSmithKline hit with another fraud probecenter_img © 2019 AFP The world’s top civilian drone maker said in an internal memo that most of the employees involved in the fraud worked in the supply chain, and 29 were fired while 16 were reported to the police.The case is expected to involve more than 100 people and many people will be facing a sentence in jail, according to Friday’s memo, whose authenticity was confirmed by a company spokeswoman on Monday.The initial investigation is just “the tip of the iceberg,” the spokeswoman told AFP.The memo said the employees fraudulently inflated the prices of parts for personal financial gains.The staffers received kickbacks from suppliers that charged double or triple the price to sell parts to DJI, the memo said.A company spokeswoman said DJI has established a special anti-corruption group to conduct in-depth investigations.”DJI will not tolerate corruption because of the rapid development and will not stop its development because of corruption,” she told AFP.The company has become the latest in a string of Chinese tech firms dealing with internal misdeeds in recent months.China’s dominant ride-hailing firm Didi Chuxing uncovered more than 60 cases of corruption within the company last year.Yang Weidong, former president of Alibaba’s video-streaming platform Youku, stepped down and was put under investigation in December on suspicion of accepting improper payments, according to Chinese media. 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.last_img read more

30 years later BernersLee sees mission to fix internets ills

first_img Citation: 30 years later, Berners-Lee sees mission to fix internet’s ills (2019, March 5) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-years-berners-lee-mission-internet-ills.html Worldwide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said Tuesday he is on a mission to fix the problems of online abuse, misinformation and data protection that were not envisioned when the system was created decades earlier. Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, says he is working to fix the problems of the internet that had not been envisioned decades ago Explore further 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.center_img Web pioneer wants new ‘contract’ for internet Berners-Lee, credited with creating the web in 1989, told a Washington Post event he is committed to working on solutions to rampant problems plaguing the online world.The British computer scientist said his efforts focus on two areas—the so-called “Contract for the Web” to ensure integrity of online information, and his platform in development called “Solid” to give users control of their data.His comments come amid events marking the 30th anniversary of the web and growing fears that it has been hijacked for nefarious purposes.Berners-Lee stepped up his call to join the “contract,” a project unveiled last November, that would bring together governments, tech firms and others to establish principles for online governance.”You can’t just outlaw fake news, it’s much more complicated,” he said in an on-stage interview at the Post headquarters.”The Contract for the Web is about locking in a midcourse correction, a change of momentum, back toward constructivism, back toward science, facts.”Berners-Lee said he launched the Solid projet in response to concerns about personal data being bought and sold without the consent of users.He said the platform aims “to separate the apps from the data storage” so users can decide where and how they would share their personal information.”Solid is going to be a ubiquitous data storage system that will give people control of their data,” he said.The system being developed at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology aims to give users “pods” for data that may be uploaded to services such as Facebook, Amazon or Google, he added.”You can have a personal pod, you can have a work pod,” he said.”You will have access to more data about yourself than even Amazon has now.”The two projects were announced last year as Berners-Lee expressed concerns that his creation has been “hijacked by crooks” that may spell its destruction. © 2019 AFPlast_img read more

Pilots sleeping in the cockpit could improve airline safety

first_img An Air Canada plane flown by overtired pilots nearly lands on a taxiway in San Francisco in 2017. The rules are strict. The Air Canada Flight Operations Manual, for instance, says a pilot who wants to rest must notify the co-pilot and a flight attendant. The pilot can sleep for no more than 40 minutes, and must wake up at least half an hour before the descent for landing. They get the first 15 minutes after the nap to fully awaken, during which they can’t resume actually flying the plane, unless they need to help deal with an emergency.Consumers’ opinionsAs consumer opinion experts, we have conducted a series of studies to see what members of the public think about letting pilots use this CRIP procedure to nap in the cockpit. In general, people are less willing to fly when they know a pilot might be allowed to sleep at the controls, and women are less willing than men. In our research, we find that this is mostly attributed to fear, because they don’t understand the benefits of pilot naps. Some of our earlier work has shown that when consumers understand the value of a new procedure, they’ll feel better about it. It seems likely that explaining to people how better-rested pilots makes a flight safer could help more people feel comfortable flying in a plane where the CRIP procedure is allowed.What do pilots think?In a follow-up study, we asked pilots what they thought about being allowed to rest in the cockpit during flight—and they were much more enthusiastic than nonpilots. Seventy percent of pilots favored allowing CRIP. On average, all participants who completed the survey felt that naps of 45 minutes should be approved, which was closely related to the 40 minutes suggested by scientific evidence. They also recognized the need for the pilot to be awake at least 30 minutes before beginning the descent to landing. Overall, the participants thought there were very few potential problems with CRIP and said it would be useful.However, some pilots did express worry about unintended consequences of CRIP implementation. The airlines, knowing that pilots could take naps during the flight, might be tempted to impose more rigorous flight schedules that would eliminate any benefits derived from CRIP. Lastly, participants commented on how this procedure is already being used by international carriers such as Air Canada and Qantas with success. So far, those companies’ crews have not registered widespread complaints about abuse of scheduling practices, and none of the survey respondents who fly for those airlines complained about this potential problem.Will the US allow it?It is hard to say whether the FAA would ever move to let U.S. pilots nap in the cockpit. The scientific research provides empirical evidence as to its advantages, and while consumers are somewhat hesitant, pilots seem very supportive of it.What is clear is that fatigue in the cockpit remains a threat to the aviation industry worldwide. Given the scientific evidence supporting CRIP to counter fatigue, clearly there is value in considering how it could improve aviation safety. Perhaps it’s time to listen to the pilots we trust to fly these airplanes and let them rest when they need to—within reason, and so they can fly more safely. Explore further Resting in the cockpitIt’s widely known that a short nap can improve a pilot’s alertness. Some planes, such as those commonly used on long international flights, have beds their pilots and other crew can use, but smaller planes don’t have the space. Only flights that are longer than eight hours require an additional pilot to be on board so one pilot at a time can rotate out for rest. On shorter flights, U.S. regulations expect both pilots to remain alert for the entire length of the flight, without any chance for rest during the flight.Some countries, including Canada and Australia, allow for pilots to nap in the cockpit. In an example from China, a pilot was caught napping and faced disciplinary action for napping in the cockpit. The official procedure to allow for pilots to nap in the cockpit is called “controlled rest in position.” CRIP has established policies and procedures to allow pilots to rest. Provided by The Conversation Airline pilots are often exhausted. An extreme example happened in 2008, when a pilot and a co-pilot both fell asleep at the controls, missing their landing in Hawaii—earning pilot’s license suspensions as well as getting fired. More recently, overtired pilots came very close to landing on top of another airplane at San Francisco International Airport in 2017. It’s not uncommon for a pilot for a major commercial airline to, for instance, start work in Florida at 5 p.m., with her first flight departing an hour later for a five-hour trip across the country, arriving in California just after 8 p.m. local time. Then she might get a short break and fly a 90-minute short-hop flight to to another California city. When she lands from this second flight, she has spent six and a half hours of the last nine in the cockpit. She is also three time zones from where she started work, and her body thinks it’s 2 a.m. There’s no doubt she’s tired—and she’s lucky not to have encountered any schedule adjustments for aircraft maintenance or weather delays.The airline industry and the government agency that regulates it, the Federal Aviation Administration, have taken steps to reduce pilot fatigue, but many pilots and others remain worried that two pilots are required to remain awake and alert for the entire flight, though one or both may be dealing with symptoms of fatigue. One possible suggestion is letting pilots take brief naps in the cockpit. As researchers of consumer opinions about the airline industry, we’ve found that the American public is wary of this idea, but may feel better about it once they’ve heard an explanation of how it actually makes their flights safer.Limiting pilots’ work timePilot fatigue can be difficult to predict or diagnose—especially since tired pilots usually manage to take off, fly and land safely. Even when something goes wrong, accident investigators may have little evidence of fatigue, except perhaps the sound of someone yawning on cockpit audio recordings.In 2014, the FAA imposed the first new pilot-rest rules in 60 years, limiting overall on-duty time and flight hours per day depending on when a pilot’s shift starts. The rules also established a process by which pilots can report fatigue without being disciplined by their airlines or the government. 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. Pilots have reported issues in US with new Boeing jet Citation: Pilots sleeping in the cockpit could improve airline safety (2019, June 4) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-cockpit-airline-safety.html Airline pilots are often exhausted. Credit: christinarosepix/Shutterstock.com This article is republished from The Conversation under a Creative Commons license. Read the original article.last_img read more

Telangana Govt to go ahead with setting up of Bayyaram steel plant

first_imgPanel formed to submit a detailed report in one month Published on Telangana Despite the Central Government remaining silent on the proposal to set up an integrated steel plant in Bayyaram, the Telangana Government has resolved to take up the issue more vigorously.The State Government has repeatedly approached the Centre for the past four years for setting up the plant. Despite giving an assurance of bearing 50 per cent of the expenditure, there is no positive response, said the Minister for IT & Industries, K T Rama Rao. The Government has constituted a committee to study and submit a detailed report on Bayyaram steel plant in one month. It includes officials from Energy, Singareni, Mines and Geology & TSMDC Departments. The committee will study the process of establishment of a steel plant and availability of land, water and iron ore resources and road connectivity. As per AP State Reorganisation Act 2014, Telangana has been assured a steel plant at Bayyaram. “Though there are a lot of possibilities for setting up of a steel plant at Bayyaram, the Central Government is not responding positively since four years,” Rama Rao stated as per an official release. The Telangana Government has been pursuing the issue of setting up of the steel plant with the Union Government. The Minister reiterated that the State Government would continue its efforts to get the steel plant established at Bayyaram at any cost. “The Telangana Government is committed to Bayyaram steel plant with or without the support of Government of India,” the Minister contended. The steel plant at Bayyaram is expected to create a lot of direct and in indirect employment opportunities in the State. COMMENTS Telangana Minister for IT & Industries, K T Rama Rao.   –  The Hindu SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARE June 18, 2018 iron and steel COMMENTlast_img read more

Road construction to slow down in FY20 CARE report

first_imgPublished on SHARE SHARE SHARE EMAIL December 07, 2018 road transport The pace of constructing roads is likely to slow down to the levels of FY18 or even below as more than 340 projects are stuck at the pre-awarding stage without having received the appointed date, CARE said in a report. Nearly half the projects are reportedly under the Bharatmala scheme.The report also stated road constructions may peak in the second half of the current fiscal due to the elections.The limited availability of funding for new projects as well as National Highway Authority of India’s (NHAI) slow progress, on land acquisition for awarding new projects under EPC model and hybrid annuity model (HAM), will lead to a slowdown in road construction pace, it added.“The overall pace of construction is expected to decline in FY20 on account of funding shortage for new projects. Funding will be constrained by the limited number of banks which are in a position to lend outside the Preventive Corrective Action (PCA) framework. Further, the tight liquidity situation in the non-banking financial companies (NBFC) space will constrain future lending. The budgetary support may not be able to compensate for this shortfall,” the report noted.According to CARE’s analysis, there was a slow down in the construction pace to 23 km per day (in comparison to 27 km per day for FY18) for the first in 7 months of the current financial year due to the monsoons and seasonal disruption.The report said that the following four months of FY19 the pace could peak at 30-32 km per day.It, however, did not specify the reason for the sudden increase in construction pace. Sources said that the upcoming elections are likely to increase the pace of construction.CARE expects the budgetary expenditure, for the development of roads and highways, in the current fiscal to be higher than the allocation of Rs 1,20,557 crore; taking the upcoming elections into consideration.This, in turn, may lead to a higher outgo for land acquisition to speed-up the awarding of projects.The government has been trying to monetize the existing road projects to meet the excess capital requirements. This is to help fund new projects and the first bundle of highways under the toll-operate-transfer (TOT) model. Although the model has fetched the government Rs. 9,861 crore (1.5 times more than the estimate), CARE analysts believe, “The scope to raise funds through this medium may be short-term and has limited prospect as the number of attractive road projects that can be bundled and offered to the investors is limited.”Land acquisitionWhile the government has set high targets for the constructions of highways and new projects award, the NHAI’s progress in land acquisitions has been stalled due to a sharp rise in the average cost of land acquisition by around 300 per cent over the last 4 years on an average. Experts point out that the construction pace, of 30-32 km per day, is still far behind the government’s target of 45 km per day for this fiscal. The highways construction target for FY19 has been set at 16,418 km, which is 67 per cent higher than the result achieved in FY18, CARE noted. So far a little over 9800 km of National Highways has been constructed, it added. Representative image   –  The Hindu COMMENTS COMMENTlast_img read more

Topworth Steels promoters arrested released on bail

first_imgThe police have arrested the Mumbai-based promoters of Topworth Steels and Power — Abhay and Surendra Lodha — for dishonouring a cheque worth ₹10 crore issued to its creditors.Abhay and Surendra were later released on bail after submitting an affidavit to honour the commitment.Earlier, the Mumbai Metropolitan Magistrate Court had also issued arrest warrants against the Topworth Group of Companies and its directors for dishonouring a number of cheques, totalling ₹47 crore.If convicted, a lawyer said the directors face up to two years imprisonment, and will be liable to pay compensation of twice the dishonoured cheque amount to creditors. The Topworth Group and its directors are already being probed by the CBI for using fraudulent letters of credit to dupe banks of ₹137 crore.The complaint with the CBI was filed by the State Bank of India, Bank of Baroda and UCO Bank. Following this, the CBI in July conducted searches across 17 locations including Mumbai, Raigarh and Amravati were the company had offices.Lenders led by the three banks have also filed cases in the Mumbai debt recovery tribunal –– either individually or as a consortium with other private lenders –– against the Topworth Group of Companies and its subsidiaries (Topworth Steels & Power, Topworth Urja & Metals and Topworth Pipes & Tubes) for a cumulative default of about ₹3,200 crore.Besides the group’s assets, banks have also attached flats owned by the Lodha family in Pune, Mumbai, and Nagpur and land in Jalgaon, Delhi and Chattisgarh, sources said. Published on December 12, 2018 COMMENTS COMMENTcenter_img A Mumbai court also issued arrest warrants against the Topworth Group of Companies and its directors for dishonouring a number of cheques. SHARE SHARE EMAIL SHARElast_img read more

TDP betrayed Girijans in agency area Pawan KalyanTDP betrayed Girijans in agency

first_imgPublished on COMMENT SHARE SHARE EMAIL Cine actor and Jana Sena leader Pawan Kalyan has hit out at the Telugu Desam Party for “betraying the interests of the people of the State in general and Girijans in the agency areas of the State in particular.”He was addressing a rally at Paderu in the eastern ghats of Visakhapatnam district, popularly known as the agency area, on Wednesday. Regretting that he had lent support to the TDP-BJP alliance in 2014, he said in the aftermath of bifurcation, the State needed an experienced politician. But the performance of Chandrababu Naidu and that of the TDP was disappointing.He said illegal quarrying was going on in the agency area and the mineral wealth was being exploited with impunity, causing great damage to environment, and the aboriginal inhabitants (Girijans). He promised the Girijans that he would provide a better alternative. Pawan Kalyan’s comments come in the wake of recent reports that he is getting closer to the TDP again. However, even as TDP leaders go soft on Pawan Kalyan, the latter has been strident. COMMENTS January 23, 2019 state politics SHARE Andhra Pradeshlast_img read more

Airbnb cedes to EU pressure on price offers

first_imgAirbnb has agreed to display the total price of an accommodation on the first page of results to European consumers. — AFP World 29 Jun 2019 Spain PM says political change needed in European Commission presidency Related News These surprise costs include so-called “service” or cleaning costs, and local taxes that can significantly mark up the final price.  Airbnb has also agreed to make it clearer whether an offer is marketed by a private host or by a professional. It will provide simplified access on its website to an “online dispute resolution” procedure.   The commission also noted that the company had reviewed its terms of service.  Among the improvements, these now specify that users can bring an action against Airbnb in the courts of their country of residence.   “I am very satisfied that Airbnb stood ready to cooperate with the European Commission and national consumer protection authorities to improve the way its platform works,” Jourova said.   “I expect other platforms to follow,” she said. – AFP Related News {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} World 04 Jul 2019 European Commission declines comment on tanker seized in Gibraltar BRUSSELS: Airbnb has successfully fended off Brussels regulators in time for the summer holidays by agreeing to change how it presents rental prices to consumers, the EU said on July 10.  “For these summer holidays, Europeans will simply get what they see when they book their holidays,” said EU Justice and Consumer Affairs Commissioner Vera Jourova in a statement.  Among the changes, the platform must now display the total price of an accommodation on the first page of results.   Consumers “are no longer at risk of discovering mandatory fees on the following pages”, the commission said.  World 01 Jul 2019 EU leaders close to agreeing on Timmermans to lead European Commission: two diplomatslast_img read more

Practice holding broom in private before next photo op Omar Abdullah to

first_img Press Trust of India SrinagarJuly 13, 2019UPDATED: July 13, 2019 17:54 IST Omar Abdullah said Parliament complex was one of the cleanest places in the country.National Conference leader Omar Abdullah on Saturday mocked the cleanliness drive at the Parliament complex, saying it was one of the cleanest places in the country.The former Jammu and Kashmir chief minister was responding to a Swachh Bharat programme held inside the Parliament complex in which several BJP MPs, including actor-turned-politician Hema Malini, could be seen wielding a broom.”But the Parliament complex is one of the cleanest places in the country, especially when the sessions are on, so what were they sweeping?” Abdullah, a three-time member of the Lok Sabha, tweeted.A short video of the Bollywood actor cleaning a road inside the complex came in for severe criticism on social media as the broom of the Mathura MP was not even touching the ground as she swept.”Ma’am please practice how to wield the (broom) in private before your next photo op,” Abdullah tweeted. “This technique you’ve employed won’t contribute much to improving cleanliness in Mathura (or anywhere else for that matter).”Pre-empting any criticism, the NC vice-president said: “I knew sweeping the dormitories in Sanawar (Himachal Pradesh) would be useful for something. I’m now qualified to comment on the (sweeping) technique of others.”ALSO READ | Video of Hema Malini sweeping goes viral. After cleaning water, she is cleaning air, says InternetALSO WATCH | PM Modi failed on every front: Omar AbdullahFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury Next Practice holding broom in private before next photo op: Omar Abdullah to Hema MaliniFormer Jammu and Kashmir CM Omar Abdullah was responding to a Swachh Bharat programme held inside the Parliament complex in which several BJP MPs, including actor-turned-politician Hema Malini, could be seen wielding a broom.advertisementlast_img read more

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