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The writer is chairman of Oxus Investmentsan emerging market advisory firm For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Indo-Asian News Service | Washington | Published: July 8 2014 12:43 pm The compound called chlorotoxin is found in the venom of the death stalker scorpion known as leiurus quinquestriatus (Source: Thinkstock Images) Related News In what can alter the course of cancer treatment in the near future researchers have found a compound that appears to pinpoint all of the malignant cells in a patient’s body The twist is that the compound’s main ingredient is a molecule that is found in the sting of a deadly scorpion The compound called chlorotoxin is found in the venom of the death stalker scorpion known as leiurus quinquestriatus It gives malignant cells a bright fluorescent sheen so surgeons can easily spot them wiredcom reported “A scorpion-venom concoction that makes tumours glow sounded almost too outlandish to be true in the beginning But with generous donations from individuals the fluorescent scorpion toxin is now in Phase I clinical trials” informed Jim Olson from the renowned Seattle-based Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Centre that developed the technique called “Tumour Paint” Scorpion venoms are cocktails of numerous individual toxins that attack different targets within a victim’s body Olson and his team found that chlorotoxin did not attach just to brain tumours — it grabbed onto all sorts of cancers from those that affect the skin to those that destroy the lungs In lab experiments Olson began to inject fluorescent-tipped chlorotoxin into mice — the compound lit up cancer cells that no other technology could identify In one instance the chlorotoxin illuminated a clump of just 200 malignant cells that were burrowed deep within a wad of fat “That was the point we learned that the technology was far more sensitive than an MRI” Olson was quoted as saying For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Sarah Hafeez | New Delhi | Updated: June 4 2017 5:25 pm Tasmida holds up a mirror women made at a workshop last year each fetching Rs 200 a piece The last piece left unsold was rejected because of a minor defect Express Photo/Oinam Anand Related News When Tasmida was six she never thought she would be the first Rohingya girl in India to appear for Class X board exams “In Myanmar Rohingyas are not allowed to study beyond class 10 Authorities withhold class 10 results for us Government or private jobs are out of question” she says Former UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon termed Rohingyas as ‘the world’s most persecuted minority’ These stateless Muslims may constitute up to seven per cent of the total Burmese population – 60 million The Myanmar government continues to deny Rohingyas any legal status or rights insisting that they are ‘Bengalis’ illegally living in Myanmar Bangladesh also refuses to claim them So far an estimated 140000 Rohingyas have been displaced from Myanmar According to the Ministry of Home Affairs there are around 40000 Rohingya Muslims living as refugees in various parts of India Tasmida’s family fled Myanmar in 2002 when one of the earliest bouts of state-sponsored persecution hit Rohingya Muslims Tasmida’s father was imprisoned for about half a year and his boats and papers were confiscated for selling groceries and fish in the neighbouring villages of Myanmar’s Rakhine state On her father’s release the family fled to Bangladesh and made a life living in disguise in a town called Cox’s Bazaar for eight years It is in a local government school here that she completed her early education topping her class annually Education in the Rohingya community has almost always been restricted to men denying women their right to financial independence Express Photo/Oinam Anand In 2012 a fresh bout of anti-Rohingya violence sent hundreds of Rohingya Muslims pouring into Bangladesh for refuge This influx got the Bangladesh government cracking down on refugees raiding homes and jailing those found to be Rohingyas Many refugees are still in jail without legal representation Tasmida’s family thus became double refugees twice displaced – by Myanmar and Bangladesh Her family then took a train to Delhi via Kolkata and sought refuge along with 50 other families in a ghetto in Southeast Delhi’s Kalindi Kunj Tasmida studied for a few years in a study centre at Kanchan Kunj When she insisted on attending junior school at the Bosco Refugee Assistance Project in Jangpura her family disapproved “In our culture women do not venture out My father and I objected to my sister’s wishes” says Mohammad Salim Tasmida’s 32-year-old elder brother who lives with her It was her other brother Ali Johar a 24-year-old college student and an activist promoting women’s education among Rohingyas in India who supported Tasmida and convinced family elders that it is important for “their women to educate themselves inorder to survive in the outside world” Sofia sports a phori the traditional head gear Rohingya women wear She uses the sewing machine she was given by the UN to stitch traditional wear for the women members of the community Express Photo/Oinam Anand The family’s reluctance to sending her out alone turned a blessing in disguise for other girls To accompany her three more girls from the camp were enrolled in her school Now at least 14 Rohingya children from various camps in Delhi study at the open school programme called the National Institute of Open Schooling Like Tasmida several women within the camp have started expressing a desire to learn which appears to be their only ticket to the outside world as well as to gain financial independence Though the men earn roughly Rs 350 a day – making money off driving or working as labourers at construction sites most women in the camp still do not step out to work They however strongly feel the need to work because of the abject poverty that is slowly engulfing them “Back home a working member could feed a family of eight but here the earnings do not even suffice for a family of three” says Tasmida Rohingya children at a study centre in New Delhi Express Photo/Oinam Anand A number of them have been relying on hour-long Hindi tuition classes thrice a week arranged for by the UNHCR because they have very little contact with the cityscape unlike men at work and children at school Ali Johar who heads the Rohingya Refugee Committee (Delhi) under the UNHCR says “Rohingya women are hard working but they are used to working as agricultural workers in Myanmar In Delhi’s urban set up they have not been able to find the same kind of work opportunities And the language barrier is also a problem” Mizan 14 who studies in class nine and was one of the three to step out with Tasmida has inspired her 35-year-old mother Taslima to take up literacy classes too As she scrubs clean a mosquito net by a hand pump she says she will venture out to work when she masters Hindi like her daughter “My Hindi is a little weak I’m taking time picking the language I don’t feel confident enough to go out into the city and interact There are no factories nearby and I do not know the roads either”she says as she scolds seven-year-old Musana who is crooning the Hindi Bollywood number ‘Achha chalta hun’ Taslima at her sewing machine in South Delhi’s Kalindi Kunj Express Photo/Oinam Anand Of late a number of Rohingya women have taken up small jobs to earn a living Four women have joined as sanitation workers in a nearby madrassa at a monthly salary of Rs 5000 Another four have started working as ragpickers and at least five women including Tasmida’s mother Amina run grocery shops along with their husbands “Everything we do has to have a maqsad (goal)” concedes Salim whose wife Fatima Khatoon runs their provisions shop in the evenings resting Salim for the second half of the day Members of the community especially men objected to Fatima operating the business Salim however says that they did not pay heed because they were doing that to secure their childrens’ future The anonymity of these women in the big city has also helped loosen the ties of cultural norms like the hijab “In Myanmar all of us had to sport the hijab Many women don’t wear it here anymore It’s their choice” says Sofia Musana’s middle-aged mother Mizan (14) pores over a book ‘Hindi for Refugees’ She’s one of the few who goes to Bosco with Tasmida Express Photo/Oinam Anand Seeking to better their skills eight women in the ghetto took a two-month sewing course offered by the UN last year They earn Rs 200 for each finished piece of handbag and wall hanging that they make Tasmida alone earned Rs 8000 over three months Tasmida is now 19 Her face lights up as she dons a sequined hijab and a brick-red head scarf as she steps out of her one room shack It is mounted on pillars to raise it above ground-level just like their house structure in Myanmar “I want to be a doctor because no doctor tended to the Rohingyas back home… I will not get married till I become a doctor” she says something unthinkable in a community that is known to marry off their girls at a young age This shift towards education and financial independence for women could also be attributed to the fishing community being reduced to fragmented groups of poor slum dwellers in foreign lands a significant move towards cultural assimilation as also changing conventions for survival “If we were educated back there (Myanmar) we could have raised our voices against the atrocities meted to us” Taslima says as her daughter Mizan readies herself to follow Tasmida’s footsteps “Education is most important for the community at the moment” Tasmida awaits her board exam results on June 9 This is one of the few freedoms life as a refugee Rohingya women in Delhi awards #GenderAnd — Rethinking how we cover gender in mainstream media Click here to read about our new series You can also help us find more such stories using #GenderAnd in your conversations The story was first published on June 1 For all the latest Delhi News download Indian Express App IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd More Related NewsBy: Editorial | Published: June 29 2016 12:18 am Top News Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav’s refusal to endorse the merger of the Quami Ekta Dal (QED) an outfit headed by jailed gangster Mukhtar Ansari with the Samajwadi Party is an attempt to recover lost ground With assembly elections looming the SP leadership had initiated the merger move Though the QED is a party of bahubalis with limited influence accretion of votes matter in a fragmented polity Akhilesh has chosen to decline these votes perhaps smartly recognising that the losses may outweigh the gains Ansari and others represent a strand of politics that a large section of the electorate is alienated by This political segment is not always organised or vocal but it could singe the SP’s prospects Akhilesh’s rebellion against his family elders on this issue is a bid to signal to the voters that he stands apart from the SP’s less scrupulous old guard But with just another year left for elections this image recovery exercise may not add up to much A big factor behind Akhilesh’s success in the 2012 assembly election was that voters saw him as offering a younger newer politics He promised a break from the past a change for the better It was expected that the SP which in the past has often been indifferent to the rule of law would become a more modern party under him This wasn’t to be The past four years have witnessed a tussle between the party’s old guard and Akhilesh on most matters of governance And as in the past law and order has been the weak point of the SP government The old leadership has preferred identity politics over impartial enforcement of law and order and Akhilesh hasn’t been able to change the script Communal incitements can be heard again in western UP ahead of the assembly election in 2017 The Akhilesh government has failed to send out a strong message that no outfit or leader will be allowed to disturb social peace Akhilesh has been vocal about his government’s development initiatives and efforts to attract investment But these will translate into concrete projects only if people have trust in the government’s impartiality and commitment to law and order The SP brass in the aftermath of Akhilesh’s belated belligerence has announced there is no place for criminals in the SP But the Akhilesh government will need to do much more to deliver on the promise of the 2012 verdict For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Sanjay Sipahimalani | Updated: February 11 2017 1:08 am The Lincoln of the title doesn’t refer to the 16th President of the United States but to his third son William Top News Book: Lincoln in the Bardo Author: George Saunders Publication: Bloomsbury Pages: 343 Price: Rs 599 In the old witticism about the power of belief scientists assert that according to the laws of aerodynamics the bumblebee’s body isn’t designed for flight Being unaware of this the bumblebee goes ahead and flies anyway Similarly the elements of George Saunders’s first novel Lincoln in the Bardo don’t appear to be designed for take-off — but it goes ahead and soars anyway It was to be expected that the tone and manner of the novel would be as distinctive and quirky as Saunders’s acclaimed short stories However the strangeness quotient here is of a different order altogether The Lincoln of the title doesn’t refer to the 16th President of the United States but to his third son William And the bardo doesn’t refer to the pronunciation of a French actress’s last name but to the Tibetan Buddhism concept of an intermediate state between two lives It is in this purgatory-like realm that the novel is set The seeds of Lincoln in the Bardo are historical arising from the President’s prolonged grief at 11-year-old William’s untimely death in 1862 even as American troops engage in a bloody civil war In Saunders’s telling a disoriented William finds himself in the bardo surrounded by others who are similarly awaiting their ultimate end The narration largely consists of an idiosyncratic mélange of voices belonging to Willie and his cohorts as they journey towards an understanding of their state and ponder on questions of leaving behind and letting go Some bent double some horizontal some on all fours some nude some etiolated some mutilated in ways that mirror their lives and deaths confined within their memories dreams and reflections they speculate gossip and chatter about the goings-on in the eerie zone they inhabit Every once in a while they hear a “familiar yet always bonechilling firesound associated with the matter-lightblooming phenomenon” marking the departure of “sick-forms” from this limbo of “serendipitous mass co-habitation” This defiantly odd playscript-like pattern is interspersed by another collage of voices drawn from historical records: letters memoirs and reports sometimes in agreement and sometimes contradicting each other These deal with associated subjects such as Lincoln’s presidential ball while his son was ill and the state of the family after the child’s demise Thus in this string of 108 bead-like chapters otherworldly voices are balanced by voices that are only too human Given that the backdrop is drawn from Tibetan Buddhism there’s very little philosophising even though at one point some of the characters engage in a brief discussion on destiny and free will and a little later one is told that “whatever way one took in this world one must try and remember that all were suffering” Which is why “though on the surface it seemed every person was different this was not true” (He tells the truth but tells it slant as the poet from Amherst put it) All of this may make Lincoln in the Bardo sound forbidding if not unmanageable; yet one learns to navigate and relish this long strange trip of the grateful dead remarkably soon There’s weirdness on this journey but there’s also wit pathos and redemption Sanjay Sipahimalani is a weekend book critic in Mumbai For all the latest Lifestyle News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Sudha Pai | Published: January 3 2012 3:26 am Related News Uttar Pradesh has always been the state where new ideas within our political system are tried and tested The key issues and strategies in the electoral campaign for the UP assembly elections in February 2012 point to the winds of change that have swept the Hindi heartland In the 1990sthe Ram Mandir movementMandal and Dalit assertion drove state politics Since the early 2000sthe UP electorateweary of identity politicshas been keen to catch up with states that have taken advantage of the opportunities offered by liberalisation Consequentlyconcerns such as land acquisitionlaw and ordercorruptionurbanisation and development have assumed centrestage; older issues such as reservationminority and Dalit welfare remain important but the context in which they are being discussed has undergone much change Given the high stakes involved for state and national partiescertain distinct features mark the electoral campaign in UP Beginning well over a year agoit has been a highly strident campaign in which every political party has tried to discredit othersparticularly the ruling BSP Most importantcontentious national-level issues are playing a crucial rolealong with local problems Given the prolonged Anna Hazare movementand the fact that with 40 per cent of BSP ministers face Lokayukta chargescorruption and criminalisation of politics will figure prominently A worried Mayawatiin an attempt to show a clean imagehas sacked over 13 ministers and decided to change at least 70 BSP candidates with a criminal past Opposition parties have pointed to the collapse of law and order during the BSP regime following the rape/murder of minor girls in many districts within a span of 10 days in late June 2011and the deputy chief medical officerhimself accused of corruption and embezzlementfound dead within jail premises Development issues such as land acquisitionthe division of UP and the advancement of backward regions has placed the BSP in direct confrontation with the Congress Rahul Gandhis padayatra following agitations by farmers against land acquisition along the Yamuna Expressway may not help in obtaining their supportas the UPAdespite his promisehas failed to pass the land acquisition bill in Parliament Mayawati on her part is trying to satisfy farmers by agreeing on many of their demandsparticularly higher compensation she raised it by 100 per cent recently in Patwari village Howevermany court rulings have returned land to farmers and indicted her government for use of the urgency clause and diverting land from industry to private residential complexes Given that the BSP had the highest number of seats in all the four regions of the state in the 2007 electionsby passing a resolution in the assembly to divide UPMayawati has created discomfiture for the Congress-led UPA that is facing demands in TelenganaVidarbha and Gorkhalandamong others On its partthe Congress has tried to portray the BSP as having failed to develop regions like Bundelkhand and Poorvanchaldespite considerable funds allotted by the Centre The issue of reservationsparticularly for Muslimshas also gained added political significance with the decline of the BJP and the rise of small partieswhich has lent a new assertiveness to the community Hoping to benefit from this changeRahul Gandhi has promised backward Muslims a share in the 27 per cent reservations provided to OBCs Mayawatiin turn has demanded reservation in government jobs and college posts for the upper caste poorMuslims and Jats She hopes to obtain the support of these three influential communities whotogether with Dalitscould have a determining impact on the elections The BSPs Sarvajan strategy has become a major target for opposition partiesparticularly the SPwhich hopes to replace it Mayawatis priorities during this term in office have been rural developmentagricultureinfrastructure and social developmentin contrast to her social justice agenda of the past She has tried to balance the expectations of the upper castes and minorities while not neglecting her core constituencythe Dalits Studies indicate that the BSP government has spent considerable amounts on healtheducationsocial security for the welfare of the backward classesminority issueswomen and child developmenturban development and particularly new housing schemes Despite signs that Dalits are feeling marginalised and restiveMayawati has not retreated from her agenda Ratherattempts have been made to reassure Dalits through numerous welfare programmes and the building of statues and memorial parks It remains to be seen if the BSP is able to carry its Sarvajan agenda based on social consensus and inclusive politics into a second term The UP elections willas alwaysconsiderably impact the fortunes of parties at the state and the Central level For both the national parties the Congress and the BJP improving on their earlier tallies is imperative for the national elections due in 2014 The Congress hopes to increase its seats by building on its 2009 success and thereby obtaining more seats in the Rajya Sabha elections due later in the year This could help the UPA pass important legislations such as the Lokpal and land acquisition billsstuck in the Upper House In the event of a hung assembly based on the calculation that the ruling BSP may not perform as well as in 2007 the Congress hopes to support a SP-led coalition from outside; thereby gaining the support of the SP in Parliament This could lessen the UPAs dependence on the troublesome TMCmaking the remainder of its term more comfortable The future of a younger generation of leaders is also at stake in this electionprimarily Rahul Gandhi and Akhilesh Singh Yadav In suma highly competitiveno-holds barred election could be a harbinger of significant political change for the state and the nation The writer is professor at the Centre for Political Studiesand rectorat Jawaharlal Nehru UniversityNew Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Reuters | Updated: August 28 2017 4:30 pm Simon Mignolet’s omission from the matchday squad raised some eyebrows (Source: Reuters) Top News Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet will start the club’s next Premier League match against Manchester City after being rested for Sunday’s 4-0 win over Arsenal manager Juergen Klopp said after the Anfield drubbing Mignolet’s omission from the matchday squad raised some eyebrows but Klopp explained that the Belgium international was still his first choice and had been left out to keep him fresh “Intensity for a goalkeeper is different” Klopp said “It’s not a physical intensity it’s a mental intensity We … said we wanted to have three really strong goalkeepers that’s our situation now “That means you cannot deal with it like you do when you have a clear number three a clear number two — yes Simon is a clear number one but the others are not clear number twos and number threes they are really strong goalkeepers” Mignolet was handed the gloves at the start of the season playing in Liverpool’s 3-3 Premier League draw at Watford the 1-0 home win over Crystal Palace and both legs of their 6-2 aggregate Champions League qualifying win over Hoffenheim The Belgian has been criticised over the past few seasons particularly for his vulnerability under the high ball but Klopp said he had earned his spot as first choice “He’s a machine he’s always there he’s solid really really reliable … so he won the race” the German added “One hundred percent if nothing happens Simon will play against City” Loris Karius came into the team and kept a clean sheet on Sunday despite a few nervy moments when he dwelt on the ball too long and was nearly punished by Danny Welbeck Klopp hinted he would continue to rotate his goalkeepers “(Karius) had a lot of good things he played really cool football yes sometimes a little bit too cool and waited a little bit too long but … we all need to learn and get used to playing football in close situations” Klopp added Liverpool travel to Manchester City on Sept 9 when the league resumes after the international break For all the latest Sports News download Indian Express App More Top News| Chandigarh | Published: March 20 2017 7:57 am Top News As the house will also take up other slew of taxes that are to be imposed in the city like the entry tax on commercial vehicles green fee vehicle tax hike in water tariff and property tax the city unit of Bharatiya Janata Party had a meeting on Sunday evening The taxes are likely to be approved in the house On the other hand Congress has decided to oppose the same For all the latest Chandigarh News download Indian Express App More Top NewsBy: PTI | Panaji | Published: November 28 2016 2:54 pm Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore feels the film industry is likely to benefit from demonetisation Related News Union Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore sought to correct the negative public perfection that black money is pumped into films and said the industry is likely to benefit from demonetisation “The film industry has been transacting through cheques and money loaned from banks We used to earlier hear that the black money is pumped in the film industry “I don’t think in this age there is any black money used in the film industry There will be transparency in the film funding due to which good films will get the support” Rathore said talking to the reporters on the sidelines of ongoingInternational Film Festival of India (IFFI) here “It is a team effort when film is produced Right from the spot boy to the film star everyone works If money is transferred in their account directly then they will get the exact rates specially for those working at lower rung The industry will get the support due to demonetisation” he said More from the world of Entertainment: Claiming that there are a lot of benefits associated with demonetisation and economic reforms that are being injected by the Modi led government Rathore said certain section of people who were running parallel economy have now vanished “There will be impact of demonetisation on terrorism theft dacoity use of drugs crime rate. The real exchange rate averaged around its long-run value of 99 in both September-December 2011 and January-March 2012.