3:36 This is what would happen if we still had dinosaurs 15 Photos The new conclusions are based on a 66-million-year-old skeleton found in Canada in the early ’90s. Roger Harris/SPL/Getty The undisputed king of the dinosaurs, Tyrannosaurus rex, is even bigger than we once believed.That’s according to new research conducted on “Scotty,” a 66-million-year-old T. rex skeleton first discovered in Canada in 1991. A team of paleontologists at the University of Alberta measured up the skull, hip and limbs of Scotty and suggested that it had a living weight of almost 20,000 pounds (approx. 8,800 kilograms).With that kind of weight, the monstrous ancient lizard would be up there with the largest terrestrial animal currently alive, the African bush elephant, which can weigh up to 26,000 pounds.”This is the rex of rexes,” Scott Persons, lead author of the new study, said in a statement. Tags 5 Sci-Tech The skeleton was discovered in the western Canadian province of Saskatchewan, encased in sandstone. It took 10 years of fine excavation work to extricate the fossil and now scientists have finally been able to stitch together a picture of Scotty as he would have been 66 million years ago.The findings were published in the journal The Anatomical Record on March 21. The research team describes Scotty as “exceptionally large” and “robust”, which in reality means he was an absolute unit.Making Scotty even more unique is the fact that it is the oldest T. rex skeleton discovered and was likely in his early 30s when he died — which is a pretty good run for the theropods because as far as we currently know, they lived to between 20 and 30 years. By studying one of the major leg bones, the research team could determine that Scotty was a mature T. rex.And in his time, he’d seen things — he bore the marks of a fair few scuffles.”Riddled across the skeleton are pathologies — spots where scarred bone records large injuries,” said Persons.Scotty takes the crown for biggest ever ancient lizard from Sue, a wonderfully preserved T. rex skeleton discovered in South Dakota in 1990. Sue’s estimated weight is around 400 kilograms less than that estimated for Scotty, but with around 90 percent of that skeleton recovered, she is still the most extensive T. rex specimen ever found. Share your voice Comments Tyrannosaurus rex has a surprise for you Now playing: Watch this:
In a secret move, the chairman of the J&K Liberation Front, Yasin Malik, was shifted out of the Kot Bhalwal prison to a high-security prison complex of Delhi’s Tihar Jail on Tuesday. Top intelligence sources said that only some higher rank jail officers were aware of the move. Malik was arrested after JKLF was banned by the government under the anti-terror law.”This is in accordance with a policy of zero tolerance against terrorism followed by govt,” Union Home Secretary Rajiv Guha said. Malik has been charged with the kidnapping of former Union Home Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s daughter, the murder of four Indian Air Force personnel and conspiring migration of Kashmiri Hindus from the valley.The Narendra Modi-led government had said that there are nearly 37 FIRs registered against Yasin Malik’s JKLF. The NIA has also registered a separate case against Malik. The NIA had brought Malik to Delhi on Tuesday evening after NIA court issued a production warrant.Who is Yasin Malik?Yasin Malik is one of the popular separatist leaders from Kashmir who has been a proponent of Azaad (independent) Kashmir since 1987 when militancy broke out in the valley. Malik was one of the few local men who crossed the Line of Control to get arms training from Pakistan occupied Kashmir.He floated JKLF which was the militant organisation that carried out many attacks against security forces in the valley. Malik was also arrested several times. But soon afterwards, he shunned the path of violence and is said to have adopted the Gandhian resistance policy. Key Kashmiri seperatist leaders Yasin Malik (L), Syed Ali Shah Geelani (C) and Mirwaiz Umar Farooq hold hands after addressing a press confrence in Srinagar on November 8, 2016.TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty ImagesThe recent move of the ban on JKLF by the government had evoked condemnation from mainstream politicians like Mehbooba Mufti and others in Kashmir saying that the order was unnecessary since Malik was no longer supporting violence.However, the government reiterated that it has credible evidence of Malik funding stone pelting activities in the valley. It was also said that JKLF was engaged in promoting anti-India feelings among the people of Kashmir, which is detrimental to the country’s territorial integrity.
Here are a few stories from the International Business Times India to start your day with.1. Tata Sons removes Cyrus Mistry, appoints Ratan Tata as interim chief; speculations rife over his removalIn a development that has taken many in India Inc. by surprise, Tata Sons said on Monday that chairman Cyrus Mistry has been replaced by doyen Ratan Tata as the interim head of the holding company. The sudden decision to remove 48-year-old Mistry was attributed to his approach to non-profitable businesses of the Tata Group, which grossed combined revenues of $103.51 billion in 2015-16. Read more…2. Samajwadi Party rift: ‘Why will I form a new party?,’ Akhilesh Yadav breaks down at SP meet Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav broke down on Monday morning at a Samajwadi Paty (SP) meeting in Lucknow, saying that he had no intentions of forming a new party despite his uncle Shivpal Singh Yadav’s claims. Read more…3. US Presidential elections 2016: Clinton’s close aide directed $675,000 for wife of FBI deputy director who probed email scandalAs the US elections come close, skeletons are coming out of the closets of both the candidates. While Republican candidate Donald Trump is being haunted by accusations of sexual assault on multiple women, Democratic Party candidate Hillary Clinton’s email scandal seems to be catching-up with her as well. Read more…4. BCCI holds off on IPL tender processThe IPL tender process has been put off by the BCCI owing to the orders imposed by the Lodha Committee and the Supreme Court. The tendering was scheduled for Tuesday, but with all the new rules that have now been imposed, the Indian cricket board, already on the backfoot, have been left with little choice but to hand over the tender process duties to the Lodha panel. Read more…5. Bengaluru water tanker driver G Balakrishna wins Mr Asia titleIndia’s G Balakrishna has won the coveted Mr Asia 2016 title at the 5th Phil-Asia International Bodybuilding and Fitness Championships that took place earlier this month in the Philippines. The 25-year-old, who hails from Bengaluru, dedicated his win to Indian Army soldiers. Read more…
Muslims across the country are observing the holy Lailatul Qadr tonight (Thursday) with due religious fervour and solemnity, according to UNB. The holy Quran was revealed to prophet Hazrat Muhammad (PBUH) on this night to show mankind the path of worldly and eternal emancipation. According to the holy Quran, the night is superior to one thousand nights. Devotees will pass the night offering special prayers, reciting from the holy Quran and holding milad mahfil and zikr. In their prayers, they will seek divine blessings for themselves, country and Muslim Ummah. Bangladesh Television, Bangladesh Betar and private TV channels and radio stations are airing special programmes while newspapers published special supplements highlighting the significance of the night.
Thank you to everyone who has reached out about the accident with the train carrying members to the GOP Retreat. I am safe. First responders are on the scene.— John Ratcliffe (@RepRatcliffe) January 31, 2018 Listen Raw video from the scene of collision involving truck and train carrying members of Congress. https://t.co/E2lNEmJh7p pic.twitter.com/nWCSzhnu0F— Dan Linden (@DanLinden) January 31, 2018Florida Rep. Neal Dunn, a former Army surgeon, said he and other lawmakers who are doctors joined other passengers who are nurses or paramedics and jumped out with the basic medical gear they had. They broke into three teams to help the injured people in the truck, he said.“The first gentleman was somebody who had really, really, really devastating injuries. We did try to resuscitate, but ultimately you had to realize it wasn’t possible,” Dunn said. He said another man in the truck was critically injured and a third was seriously hurt.Sen. Bill Cassidy of Louisiana and his wife, both doctors, were among those who came to the rescue. He said he helped a man from the truck who was badly injured.“My role was quite simple: I picked up his feet so the blood in his feet would go to his heart and his brain,” Cassidy said.Officials gave varying figures on the number hurt. But Amtrak said two crew members and three passengers were taken to a hospital with minor injuries.Minnesota Rep. Jason Lewis’ staff tweeted that the first-term congressman was among those taken to the hospital and was being checked for a possible concussion. Others aboard the train reported bumps, bruises and sore joints.The GOP policy retreat, an annual event, was scheduled to last three days and feature speeches from President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence. By early afternoon, lawmakers were boarding buses to resume their trip, and Pence was still planning to address them later Wednesday.Rep. James Comer of Kentucky said about 100 Republican lawmakers were on the train when the crash made him jump out of his seat.“I looked out the side of the window and then I could see a truck, just in pieces out the side of the window,” Comer said. He said Capitol police officers quickly jumped off the train but came back and asked for any doctors to help.Other doctor-lawmakers who assisted included Reps. Michael Burgess of Texas, Phil Roe of Tennessee, Larry Bucshon of Indiana and Roger Marshall of Kansas, according to those aboard.House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin was on the train and was unhurt, aides said.(Correction: US Congressman Randy Weber was not on the train that crashed) X Along with my colleagues, I was on the train that hit the truck in West Virginia. I’m okay, but my thoughts and prayers are with those who are injured and their families. Thank you to the first responders who were on the scene.— Michael McCaul (@RepMcCaul) January 31, 2018 We’re fine, but our train hit a garbage truck. Members with medical training are assisting the drivers of the truck. pic.twitter.com/0I9jOwHTmb— Rep. Greg Walden (@repgregwalden) January 31, 2018 Re: #TrainCrash: We have heard from @replouiegohmert, and he is okay. We have no other firsthand information at this time. – Kimberly Willingham— Louie Gohmert (@replouiegohmert) January 31, 2018 My wife and I are safe. Thank you to all who reached out to me. Please keep in your prayers any others involved who have been injured.— John Culberson (@CongCulberson) January 31, 2018 Roxanne and I were on the train, but are okay. Please pray for those injured in the truck that was on the tracks. They need it.— Brian Babin (@RepBrianBabin) January 31, 2018 Karen, my staff members, and I are all on the train to the GOP conference and we are all safe.— Pete Sessions (@PeteSessions) January 31, 2018 – / 2A train carrying dozens of Republican members of Congress to a strategy retreat in the countryside slammed into a garbage truck in rural Virginia on Wednesday, killing one person in the vehicle and sending several lawmaker-doctors rushing to help the injured.No serious injuries were reported aboard the chartered Amtrak train, which set out from the nation’s capital with lawmakers, family members and staff for the luxury Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, West Virginia. At least two other people in the truck were reported seriously hurt.Texas lawmakers aboard the train include, Ted Cruz, John Culberson, Michael McCaul, Louie Gohmert, Brian Babin, John Ratcliffe, Pete Sessions, and Roger Williams.Houston area Rep. John Culberson called in live to Houston Matters, and spoke with Craig Cohen, about the train crash: Thanks to all who have showed concern, I am just fine. Please keep in your prayers any others involved in the collision who have been injured.— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 31, 2018 I am on the train and I am OK. We don’t know many details, but security and doctors are here to secure the scene and help those who are injured https://t.co/SLx1GeHmsW— Rep. Roger Williams (@RepRWilliams) January 31, 2018The collision happened around 11:20 a.m. in Crozet, about 125 miles southwest of Washington, tearing the truck in two, crumpling the nose of the locomotive and scattering trash alongside the tracks.Rep. Robert Pittenger of North Carolina said he was standing at the train’s refreshment stand, waiting to be served a soft drink, when he felt “an enormous slam. … It was a huge jolt. We all hung on to whatever we had.”He said he looked out the window and saw a big pile of garbage, and it appeared the train had pushed the truck for a few hundred yards.Authorities gave no details on the cause of the wreck, which took place at a crossing protected by gates, flashing lights, bells and warning signs. The National Transportation Safety Board sent a team to investigate.Benny Layne, on whose property the truck landed, said the crossing arms had been known to malfunction often, sometimes not working when a train was approaching, sometimes coming down for no reason. Sometimes, he said, they stayed down for hours.“A guy was up here just yesterday or the day before taking a look at them,” he said.Carrie Brown, human resources manager at Buckingham Branch Railroad, which leases the stretch of track and is responsible for maintenance, said she was unaware of any problems with equipment at the crossing.There were 3 people in the truck that was straddling the track and which the train hit. One is dead. One I am told is being transported but has minor injuries. One has serious injuries—please pray. Laura & I & multiple other physicians tended to the patients until EMTs showed up. https://t.co/qAmoofxakV— Bill Cassidy (@BillCassidy) January 31, 2018 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: 00:00 /04:53 Share
Imprinting its name in the global theatre map, India recently threw the floor open to the 8th Theatre Olympics, the largest theatre festival in the world. The event is being hosted for the first time in India by the National School of Drama, under the aegis of Ministry of Culture, Government of India. The 51-day-long nationwide theatre extravaganza was inaugurated by the Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu, on February 17, at the majestic Red Fort. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDr Mahesh Sharma, Union Minister of State for Culture (IC), and Theodoros Terzopoulos, Chairman of International Committee of Theatre Olympics, marked their presence as the guests of honour.Among the other esteemed guests was the Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Raghvendra Singh, Artistic Director of 8th Theatre Olympics, Ratan Thiyam, and Acting Chairman of NSD Society, Dr. Arjun Deo Charan, and Director of NSD Professor Waman Kendre, who along with many other dignitaries, members of International theatre fraternity and hundreds of people, witnessed another history in making at the lawns of the 17th century Mughal era fort. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The 8th Theatre Olympics will take Indian culture and heritage to the world and bring the world to us. Art has the power to unite people across the globe. India believes in the culture of Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam which means the entire universe is one, which is an integral part of the Indian cultural and theatrical tradition,” said Venkaiah Naidu.Speaking on the occasion Mahesh Sharma stated, “Art gives the message of togetherness, brotherhood, and friendship, and portrays social issues to convey the message to common people. We have a rich and diverse theatre tradition since ancient times and I hope this Olympiad would bring people together to share and celebrate the unparallel bonding of artist fraternity.” A spectacular musical treat titled ‘Geet Rang’ fascinated the audience at the inaugural ceremony. The programme presented a bouquet of selected songs from different theatre forms, traditions, productions, and campaigns in India that epitomises importance of music in drama and music as a means to elevate, purify and enlighten human beings.Voicing his opinion on the occasion, Theodoros Terzopoulos, Chairman of International Committee of Theatre Olympics said, “Through the 8th Theatre Olympics, we meet the rich theatrical tradition of India and we encourage the articulation of a free and collective voice which will defend the value of the theatre tradition, research, and experimentation.”Raghvendra Singh, Secretary, Ministry of Culture, however, feels that the event is bound to take the national theatre to another pedestal.Towards the end, Dr Arjun Deo Charan, Acting Chairman of National School of Drama Society thanked all the theatre enthusiasts and experts for coming to the inauguration ceremony. Speaking further, she said, “Let us form a world where the boundaries between individual and communities are overlapped, obfuscated, and are mutually agreeable to exchange one. Long live theatre.”The theme of this edition of Theatre Olympics is “Flag of Friendship” and will bring together over 25,000 artists under one roof. The event will stage 450 shows from more than 30 countries performed across 17 cities, enthralling the audience for 51 consecutive days. Plays will be performed at Agartala, Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Bhopal, Bhubaneswar, Chandigarh, Chennai, Delhi, Guwahati, Imphal, Jaipur, Jammu, Kolkata, Mumbai, Patna, Thiruvananthapuram and Varanasi during the festival. Besides, the Theatre Olympics will include 600 ambiance performances and 250 youth forum shows alongside thespians from 30 nations.The festival will conclude on April 8, 2018, with a grand ceremony at the iconic Gateway of India in Mumbai.