Teenage shooter awaits gun license to participate in Asian Cup

first_imgChandigarh, Jul 26 (PTI) A teenage shooter from Haryana is struggling to procure a gun licence to import the weapon from Germany in time and take part in youth Asian cup at Indonesia in September. The 15-year-old girl hailing from Jhajjar, Manu Bhaker, has claimed to have completed all necessary formalities for procuring the gun license. “My daughter has been selected in the junior national team to take part in the youth Asian championship in September this year in Indonesia. She will be competing in the U-19 category in two events,” her father Ramkishan said over the phone. “While she does not require a license in the 10m category, but to be able to participate in 25m shooting event, she needs to procure her own pistol and needs a licence for the sports pistol,” he said. Ramkishan claimed they had applied for the license in May and the file is now lying in the office of Deputy Commissioner, who is away for a training program. “After receiving a communication from National Rifle Association of India about her selection for the Indonesia event, we applied for the license in May. To procure license, we had to apply in the Jhajjars Deputy Commissioners office,” he said. “Our file for licence, meanwhile, was sent to the Superintendent of Polices office in Jhajjar, who gave his recommendation and necessary clearance on June 27-28. Since then the file is lying in Deputy Commissioners office as we were told that he is away on training programme,” he claimed. Ramkishan said that his daughter, who is a Class X student, has to procure the gun on rent from Germany and the procedure takes about 6-7 weeks, which will only begin once the licence is given. “We only want that the procedure should be expidited and licence issued at the earliest,” he said. He said the girl is a budding shooter and was also part of the Haryana team in a championship held in December last year in Pune. Meanwhile, Jhajjars Deputy Commissioner was said to be on a training programme till August 11. Jhajjars Additional Deputy Commissioner, Amna Tasneem said that she had joined only last week and the matter has just come to her notice. “I will look into it and expedite it,” Tasneem said. PTI SUN ATK ATKadvertisementlast_img read more

Microsoft sends out invites for Surface event on October 2

first_imgThree major tech giants are going to be holding events over the next two months. We already know that Apple will be announcing its new iPhones next week on September 12, and Google also plans to unveil its next Pixel phones on October 9. Now, Microsoft has also sent out invites for an event on October 2. The invite reads “A moment of your time” along with the date and time of the event which will begin at 4:00pm ET (October 3 1:30am IST). The hardware event from Microsoft is expected to see new Surface devices.Details regarding Microsoft’s upcoming event is still quite hazy. While we do expect refreshes for the company’s Surface products, there haven’t been a lot of reports or leaks about any specific new Surface device. Back in June, some reports said that Microsoft is planning a big redesign for the Surface Book 6, but we don’t expect to see that until next year. It’s possible that the Surface Pro line and the Surface Laptop will see an incremental update with the latest Intel processors, but a major redesign is not expected the upcoming event.The company could also announce a new Surface Studio, its all-in-one PC setup that was first announced two years ago. We also expect Microsoft to give us a better look at the new Surface Hub 2. The next-gen Surface Hub 2 comes with a sleeker design and a bezel-less 4K 50.5-inch display aimed for offices and conference rooms. You can combine up to four screens together and tilt them in portrait or landscape view. Microsoft may give a demo of the Surface Hub 2 in action on October 2. There are also talks that the company is working on a foldable Surface phone that may launch later this year, but we haven’t heard anything more on this since July.advertisementEarlier this year, Microsoft announced the Surface Go, which is an entry-level tablet to take on the iPad. The design is similar to the Surface Pro, but hardware has been stripped down. It sports a a smaller 10-inch display with a 1800 x 1200 pixel resolution. The $399 Surface Go is powered by a Intel 7th-gen Pentium Gold 4415Y processor with up to 8GB of RAM. The tablet also gets a built-in pop-out stand, a 5MP front camera for facial recognition login, an 8MP rear camera with autofocus, and a Surface Connector port for charging and docking with a desktop.last_img read more

Drunk Bats Manage To Pass Sobriety Tests

first_imgA Pallas’s long-tongued bat, representing one of six species used in the new study. Bat researchers from the biology departments of the University of Western Ontario and the University of Regina (Saskatchewan, Ca) theorized that the amount of ethanol in the fermented fruit and nectars that the bats ingested was likely to induce intoxication.The researchers gave “sobriety tests” to 106 bats, representing six species of New World Leaf-nosed bats, after the bats had consumed enough ethanol to bring their blood alcohol content (BAC) up to 0.3 or higher. (The legal limit of BAC for human drivers is .08!) The bat BAC levels were attained by feeding the test bats ethanol mixed with sugar water. Their control group counterparts received just the plain sugar water.The bats took flight in a researcher-constructed obstacle course in which the bats would have to navigate according to five standard identifiable flying behaviors of phyllostomide bats. Otherwise, they would betray their drunkenness. Additionally, the biologists expected the alcohol to alter the bats’ echolation, or calling behavior, so they recorded the bats with ultrasonic condenser microphones.”We went into the study fully expecting that some of the species wouldn’t be able to hold their drink,” study co-author Brock Fenton, from the University of Western Ontario, told National Geographic News.But once the bats went through the test – some, mind you, with three times higher BAC than a drunk driver – the researchers found no measurable change in either flight or calling behaviors. A prior study conducted with Old World bats dieting on seasonal fruit and nectar reported signs that bat motor skills and echolation were clearly affected by the ethanol content in their diets. Apparently, the New World bats, exposed to high-ethanol products all year round, have developed an alcohol tolerance that has “afforded them an evolutionary edge.” Fenton and his colleagues are now trying “to find a company that sells alcoholic refreshments who will sponsor an expanded study.” (PhysOrg.com) — New World Leaf-nosed bats (Chiroptera Phyllostomidae) are thriving in the tropical forests of Central and South America, even though their diets consist of more fruits and nectars than their counterparts in the Old World. Strange thing is the phyllostomide bats are drawn to fruits and nectars even after they have fermented. More information: Drinking and Flying: Does Alcohol Consumption Affect the Flight and Echolocation Performance of Phyllostomid Bats? Citation: Orbach DN, Veselka N, Dzal Y, Lazure L, Fenton MB (2010) Drinking and Flying: Does Alcohol Consumption Affect the Flight and Echolocation Performance of Phyllostomid Bats? PLoS ONE 5(2): e8993. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0008993 Study looks at metal baseball bat safety © 2010 PhysOrg.com 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. Explore further Citation: Drunk Bats Manage To Pass Sobriety Tests (2010, February 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-02-drunk-sobriety.htmllast_img read more