Tillerson arrives in Jeddah; Gulf dispute on top of agenda

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Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud with the US Secretary of State Rex W. Tillerson in Jeddah Saudi Arabia

Jeddah: The US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson today arrived here and met with Saudi Arabian Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman al-Saud and discussed ongoing efforts to resolve the Gulf dispute.

Tillerson conveyed to the Saudi Crown Prince that he appreciates the joint interests of Saudi Arabia and the US and also the mutual interests in terms of security, stability for the region, and economic prosperity in the region as well. He laid special emphasis on the strong partnership between the United States and Saudi Arabia.

Tillerson participated in a Ministerial Meeting With Foreign Ministers from Bahrain, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and the UAE. The meeting was attended by Bahraini Foreign Minister Khalid bin Ahmed Al Khalifa, Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry, Saudi Foreign Minister Adel al-Jubeir, and UAE Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

Earlier from July 5 to 9, Tillerson accompanied President Donald J. Trump on travel to Hamburg in connection with G20 Summit. After that he traveled to Istanbul, Turkey, July 9–10, where he met with senior Turkish officials to discuss a range of bilateral and regional issues.

At the invitation of the Emir of Kuwait, Secretary Tillerson traveled to Kuwait July 10 where he met with senior Kuwaiti officials to discuss ongoing efforts to resolve the Gulf dispute. The Secretary traveled to Doha, Qatar July 11 and came to Jeddah, Saudi Arabia July 12.


Election Commission order against MP Minister: Supreme Court refers matter to Delhi High Court

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Senior Madhya Pradesh Minister Narottam Mishra

New Delhi: The Supreme Court of India today considered the issue whether senior Madhya Pradesh Minister Dr. Narottam Mishra continues to be a member of the Legislative Assembly of the State of Madhya Pradesh, and hence can vote in the presidential election scheduled for 17 July 2017 and passed an order that the matter can only be determined after the challenge raised to the order passed by the Election Commission of India, on 23 June 2017, is suitably addressed by the High Court, finally or by an interim order as the High Court may consider appropriate.

A two judge Bench of the Supreme Court, comprising the Chief Justice of India Justice Jagdish Singh Khehar and Justice Dr. D.Y. Chandrachud, said in its order that it would be just and appropriate to direct learned counsel for the rival parties to appear before the Acting Chief Justice of the Delhi High Court, during the course of the day, and present to the High Court the entire paperbook of Writ Petition No.9704/2017 filed before the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

Liberty has also been granted by the Supreme Court to the counsel to request the Acting Chief Justice of Delhi HIgh Court, on behalf of the Supreme Court, to constitute a Bench for hearing Writ Petition No.9704/2017, and that the hearing should commence on 13 July 2017, to suitably address the issue, even if it entails the continuation of hearing during the week-end.

The Supreme Court order came in response to special leave petition [SLP(C)No.17608/2017 (Dr.Narottam Mishra vs. Rajendra Bharti and others), and Transfer Petition [(C)D.No.20213 of 2017 (Rajendra Bharti & Ors. vs.Dr.Narottam Mishra & Ors.)].

During the course of hearing, Mukul Rohatgi, senior counsel, invited the attention of the Supreme Court Bench to Annexure P-13 (appended to the special leave petition), which is a communication addressed by the respondent – Rajendra Bharti, to the Registrar General of the Madhya Pradesh High Court.

Kapil Sibal, the senior counsel representing the respondent Rajendra Bharti submitted, that the communication (Annexure P-13) be treated as having been withdrawn. He also tendered an unconditional apology with reference to the insinuations leveled therein, on behalf of the respondent

After making their submissions, the counsel for the rival parties agreed that the proceedings in Writ Petition 9704 of 2017 filed before the High Court of Madhya Pradesh (Principal seat at Jabalpur) be transferred, for hearing and disposal on merits, to the High Court of Delhi.

Amit Sharma, counsel, appeared on behalf of the Election Commission of India. He undertook that he will appear before the Delhi High Court in compliance with the directions issued by the Supreme Court, to represent the Election Commission of India.

Here’s why some cancer cells can survive radiation

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Dr. Bhudev C. Das in his lab

New Delhi: A major concern in cancer treatment is the tendency of some cancer cells becoming resistant to radiation therapy. Indian scientists have now deciphered how such resistance develops in cervical cancer cells, and claim that these cells can be made sensitive to radiation if treated with curcumin – a compound found in turmeric.

Cancer cells as well as tumors harbour a small population of stem cells which become resistant to drugs and radiation treatment. That’s why even after most cancer cells get killed with treatment, these cells continue to grow and cause lesions which could make cancer reappear over time.

Earlier research had suggested pivotal role of a human protein, AP-1,in development of resistance to radiation in various cancers, but how it happens was not known. The new study delineates the exact mechanism of resistance in cells from cervical cancer caused by Human Papilloma Virus (HPV). Researchers feel the mechanism could be similar in other cancers as well.

“We have identified a target for effective cancer therapy and it could allow recurrence-free survival of cancer patients in future,” said Prof Bhudev C Das, one of the lead researchers of the study published in journal Scientific Reports.

The study builds upon earlier findings that pre-treatment with curcumin – a safe herbal compound derived from turmeric – makes cancer stem cells sensitive to radiation therapy. It has found that combined effect of curcumin and exposure to radiation was markedly more effective in lowering AP-1 levels thereby rendering cells unviable for growth and replication. When treated with radiation alone,there was delayed but increased rate of proliferation and tumor formation.

The mechanism of curcumin-induced inhibition lends credibility to AP-1 as a drug target and therapeutic utility of curcumin for radio-sensitization of cervical cancer stem cells for better treatment outcomes.

The study was undertaken jointly by scientists from the Ambedkar Centre for Biomedical Research; National Institute of Cancer Prevention and Research, Noida; Amity Institute of Molecular Medicine and Stem Cell Research; Defence Research Development Organization; and Department of Zoology, University of Delhi. The research group was led by Dr Das and Dr Alok C. Bharti, and it included Abhishek Tyagi, Kanchan Vishnoi, Harsimrut Kaur, Yogesh Srivastava and Bal Gangadhar Roy.

The research was funded by Department of Science and Technology (DST), Department of Biotechnology (DBT) and Indian Council of Medical Research, among others.(India Science Wire)

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Australian PM reiterates commitment to work with Britain in the fight against terrorism

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London: Prime Minister of Australia Malcolm Turnbull said here on Tuesday that the focus of the visit with the British government has been continuing our work in the fight against terrorism.

Turnbull was addressing a press conference. he said it was very moving to visit, with British Prime Minister Theresa May, the London Bridge and the Borough Market to see where those brave young Australian women were killed and to see the men, the police officers that sought to revive them.

The Australian Prime Minister said that he admires the resilience of that community and the determination of the British people and of course all the Australians that are part of this community, not to be cowed by terrorism; to stand up, defy them and defeat them as we are doing in the field and as the Metropolitan Police did in the Borough Market where we stood.

Briefing the media on his meeting with Queen Elizabeth; the republic; innovation; trade; emissions; Liberal Party, Turnbull especially spoke about his “successful visit” to the G20, to France and to the United Kingdom.

The G20 Summit was able to secure unanimous support for a strong statement on counter-terrorism and in particular on ensuring that there will not be ungoverned spaces online. The rule of law will prevail online and offline, Turnbull said and asserted that this is a very strong commitment.

Turnbull talked of his meeting with President Jokowi of Indonesia. He gave his commitment to concluding an Australia-Indonesia trade agreement by the end of the year.

We are working to get a free trade agreement with the European Union, Turnbull said adding he had a meeting with the President of the Commission and the European Council, Donald Tusk and Jean-Claude Juncker. They made a commitment too, supported by other European leaders like Chancellor Merkel, President Macron and others, to get that agreement settled before Britain leaves the EU sometime in 2019.

Earlier in his remarks at a business roundtable breakfast on Tuesday, Turnbull underscored the mutual trust, shared values and historic ties between the UK and Australia and said both nations are committed to driving strong economic growth.

Turnbull said there is no more trusted relationship at every level than we have with the UK. Whether it is at the level of family – most Australians have some ancestors in the UK and about five per cent of Australians were born in the UK – and of course our security ties.

The Prime Minister recalled spending part of Monday with the former head of MI5 in the Cobra Briefing Room underneath Whitehall with the Joint Intelligence Committee. Once there, Turnbull said, it did occur to him that 30 years ago, if he had found his way into a basement under Whitehall, he might not have been let out.

Turnbull also said: “I’m sitting next to the former head of MI5. There were days when your predecessors wouldn’t have liked to have been with me.”

Emphasisng the importance of trust, shared values, shared interest, the Australian PM said “our growth, our economy, is much more diverse than it’s ever been. It is very much driven by our access to the big Asian markets, not just in exporting commodities, but services, agricultural products, food products. The economic growth in Tasmania for example, which has had tough economic times for a long time, is entirely driven by the export opportunities we’ve created.”

Focusing on his meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday, the Australian leader said that he had expressed great optimism for what she was going to achieve in the post-Brexit environment because of her commitment to Britain being an open trading economy, open to the world, recognizing just as the Australians do that the more opportunities there are for businesses to get out there and grow, the more opportunities for other businesses to come and invest with us and partner with us, and the stronger we’ll be.