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Literary reminisce of the system of indentures in London

The practice of indentured labor was another form of slavery

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The Coolie: his rights and wrongs. Wikimedia Commons

London, April 20,2016:

A three-day seminar will be organized at Senate House Library starting from 3rd of May, from 2 to 2:30 pm.  The event will be organized in Institute of Commonwealth Studies and the complete venue description is- Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E7HU. The delegates for the event include

Named “We mark your memory in songs: Literary remembrances of the system of Indenture“, The event will be organized at Institute of Commonwealth Studies. The complete venue description is  Senate House, Malet Street, London WC1E7HU. The delegates for the event include Dr. Catherine Gilbert who works for Centre for Postcolonial Studies, Dr. Maria Del Pilar Kaladeen who is currently associated with Institute of Commonwealth Studies, Gitanjali Pyndiah a Ph.D. Candidate in Goldsmiths and Dr. Kavyta Raghunandan from Institute of Commonwealth Studies.

East India Coolies in Trinidad. Project Gutenberg. Wikimedia Commons
East India Coolies in Trinidad. Project Gutenberg. Wikimedia Commons

Indentured labor came into vogue in 18th century after slavery was banned. Africans and (east) Indians were primarily brought in as indentured labor to various countries by Britishers and European colonizers to places as varied as the Caribbean, Fiji and Mauritius.

The events will be commence at 2 pm on the 3rd of may in which the first seminar would be a conversation between Gitanjali Pyndiah and Kavyta Raghunandan where Gitanjali would read out a passage from her book and would even elucidate the works of Indian- Mauritian writers, their past and present and also about their contribution to her own writing.

On 4th of May, Kavyta Raghunandan would reminiscenPeggy Mohan’s Jahajin (a book based on times of indenture in Trinidad) with Maria Del Pilar Kaladeen. She will throw some light over the influence of this book on the sociologists who are working on the Caribbean nation.

On the last day, Catherine Gilbert would deliver a rendezvous with Maria Del Pilar Kaladeen regarding three Guyanese novels: David Dabydeen’s the intended, Moses Nagamootoo’s Hendree’s Cure and Jan Lowe Shinebournw’s The Last English Plantation. She will be explaining about how these works influenced her historic research in the system of indenture.

For the virtual covering of the events mentioned hereby, the live streaming would be done with an app called “periscope” at the account @Maria1838. The motive is to expand this seminar to national and international level via the virtual media. For more queries, contact: maria.kaladeen@sas.ac.uk

Prepared by Shruti Pandey, an intern with NewsGram. Twitter: @srt_kaka

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Manoj Bajpayee is an amazing actor and a team player on set: Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra on Thursday treated his fans to a question and answer session over Twitter.

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Actor Sidharth Malhotra. Wikimedia Commons

November 7, 2017: Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who will be seen sharing screen space with Manoj Bajpayee in “Aiyaary”, says the National Award winning actor is amazing and a team player.

Sidharth Malhotra on Thursday treated his fans to a question and answer session over Twitter.

A user asked the “Student Of The Year” actor about his experience working with Manoj in “Aiyaary”.

Sidharth replied: “He’s an amazing actor and a team player on set.”

“Aiyaary”, set in Delhi, London and Kashmir, revolves around two strong-minded Army officers having completely different views, yet right in their own ways. It is a real-life story based on the relationship between a mentor and a protege.

Presented by Plan C and Jayantilal Gada (Pen), the project is produced by Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Motion Picture Capital.

When asked about the development of the film, Sidharth replied: “Awesome. Excited to show it in a few months.”

Sidharth, 32, also described his “Brothers” co-star Akshay Kumar as his “brother from another mother.”(IANS)

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Indian-Origin Doctor Manish Shah charged with 118 Sex Offences in UK

The doctor, Manish Shah, is also charged with one count of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13

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Dr. Manish Shah charged with sexual assault. Wikimedia
  • A 47-year-old Indian-origin doctor in east London was charged with 118 sex offences, including one assault on a child under 13
  • Shah is out on bail and is due to appear on August 31 at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in London
  • The charges announced today follow a long-running investigation into Shah, who has been bailed several times after first being arrested in 2013

London, August 3, 2017:  A 47-year-old Indian-origin doctor in east London was on Thursday charged with 118 sex offenses, including one assault on a child under 13, by the Scotland Yard.

Dr Manish Shah, from Brunel Close in Romford area of the city, is accused of 65 counts of assault by penetration and 52 allegations of sexual assault, the Metropolitan Police said.

The doctor is also charged with one count of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.

“Manish Shah has been charged with 65 assault by penetration, contrary to Section 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, 52 sexual assault, contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and 1 sexual assault on a child under 13 years, contrary to Section 7 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003,” the Met Police said in a statement today.

Shah is out on bail and is due to appear on August 31 at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in London.

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“The NHS (National Health Service) has a dedicated number for any individuals who may have concerns or questions. They can be contacted on 0800 011 4253,” the Met Police said.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between June 2004 and July 2013 and relate to 54 victims.

The charges announced today follow a long-running investigation into Shah, who has been bailed several times after first being arrested in 2013. (IANS)

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Scientists develop New Surgical Glue Inspired by Slug Slime as Alternative to Sutures and Staples for Closing Wounds

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A slug rests on a finger of a gardener in a park in London, April 29, 2016. Scientists have studied the mucus of snails to develop an experimental surgical glue.
  • Scientists developed a medical adhesive inspired by slug slime
  • The surgical glue is said to be strong, non-toxic and the best replacement to sutures and staples for healing wounds
  • The first such experiment was inspired by the sticking properties of underwater mussels

Scientists have developed an experimental surgical glue inspired by the mucus secreted by slugs that could offer an alternative to sutures and staples for closing wounds.

While some medical glues already exist, they often adhere weakly, are not particularly flexible and frequently cannot be used in very wet conditions.

To get around those problems, a group of scientists from Harvard and other research centers decided to learn from slugs, which — as well as making slime to glide on — can produce extremely adhesive mucus as a defense mechanism.

The slugs’ trick is to generate a substance that not only forms strong bonds on wet surfaces but also has a matrix that dissipates energy at the point of adhesion, making it highly flexible.

Strong, nontoxic

The man-made version of this tough adhesive is based on the same principles and in a series of experiments reported in the journal Science on Thursday it was shown to adhere strongly to pig skin, cartilage, tissue and organs. It also proved nontoxic to human cells.

In one test, the new glue was used to close a wound in a blood-covered pig’s heart and successfully maintained a leak-free seal after the heart was inflated and deflated tens of thousands of times.

In another case it was applied to a laceration in a rat’s liver and performed just as well as a hemostat, a surgical tool often used in operations to control bleeding.

“There are a variety of potential uses and in some settings this could replace sutures and staples, which can cause damage and be difficult to place in certain situations,” said researcher David Mooney, professor of bioengineering at Harvard.

Mussel-inspired glue

Mooney and colleagues envisage the new adhesive will be made in sheets and cut to size, although they have also developed an injected version for closing deep wounds. The injection would be hardened using ultraviolet light, like dental fillings.

It is not the first time that scientists have taken inspiration from nature to devise a better medical adhesive.

Four years ago, another research group developed a glue inspired by the underwater sticking properties of mussels, but Mooney thinks slugs win hands-down in terms of stickiness and flexibility.

The scientists are applying for patents, although it will require a commercial company to then license the technology and take it into the next phase of human clinical trials. (VOA)