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many traders were sceptical (on the first day), For all the latest India News, The ED had registered a criminal case of money laundering last year on the basis of FIRs filed by state police after the local tehsildar lodged a complaint.The ED has not mentioned the name of Vadra or any company linked to him in the FIR but it named some state government officials and some “land mafia” While filing the case it had also taken cognizance of reports that had referred to a firm allegedly linked to Vadra which purchased some of these plots Vadra has denied any wrongdoing and Congress party has called the action “sheer political vendetta” The agency had conducted similar searches in the case in Delhi last year The Rajasthan government had in January last year cancelled the mutation (transfer of land) of 37444 hectares after the land department claimed to have found that allotments were made in the names of “illegal private persons” For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top NewsWritten by Praveen Swami | New Delhi | Updated: May 21 2016 9:18 pm Pathankot airbase file photo Related News Eight weeks ago Home Minister Rajnath Singh told Parliament that forensic science had proved the Government’s claims that six terrorists—not four—had attacked the Pathankot Air Force base Now the case is wide open again Because Indian and international forensic experts who appraised the Central Forensic Science Laboratory’s still-secret report for The Indian Express say it only shows there is male DNA in the charred remains found at the airbase — but give no indication of how many individuals the genetic material came from nor that it came from two distinct males WATCH VIDEO | Pathankot Attack: How Many Terrorists Were There Read |Pathankot attack: DNA tests do not confirm claim of two moreterrorists A basic grasp of the science of genetic fingerprinting can explain the controversy The science experts say can make dead men speak—but in this case that doesn’t seem to be happening Share This Article Related Article MYSTERY #1: A GENE SALAD FOR experts the biggest mystery in the CFSL’s findings is this: the DNA of the two terrorists the government says were in the Airmen’s Billet seems to have become mixed up either together or possibly with that of other men There’s no explanation in the report of how this gene salad was made In its report though the CFSL records that it could arrive at no conclusion on the identity of the charred matter other than that it belonged to a human male This was because the samples yielded a result for the gender genetic marker amelogenin But no results could be determined for eight other markers since what are known as “mixed alleles” were present How these “mixed alleles” ended up in charred bits of human tissue each of which obviously should have come from just one person is completely unexplained in the report An allele is one of a pair of genes Everyone has sets of two alleles (barring some rare conditions) one inherited from their father and the other from their mother—located at a specific region of the chromosome Each allele has a specific function like determining blood type or eye colour WATCH VIDEO | Pathankot Attack: Indian Express’ Investigation Like forensic detectives everywhere the CFSL relied on a technique called short tandem repeat analysis or STR—a molecular biology method used to compare units of two to thirteen nucleotides repeated hundreds of times in a row on the DNA strand Each STR makes up part of of an allele For example TATATATATA or GTCGTCGTCGTCGTC are both STRs (with A being Adenine; G Guanine; C Cytosine; and T Thymine) Each individual’s STRs are unique The Federal Bureau of Investigation estimates that odds of identical STRs on all the 13 loci or pre-specified regions of the chromosome it looks at are one in a billion Interestingly CFSL relied for its work on the widely-used AmpFlSTR Identifiler Plus kit made by multinational firm ThermoFisher Scientific The company’s literature states that AmpFlSTR Identifiler Plus tests 16 loci For reasons that aren’t clear CFSL Chandigarh tested only nine—another mystery MYSTERY #2: WHAT DNA THE second important mystery is this: the CFSL report doesn’t say how they got the genetic material the tested and from which part of the human body For example in a 2003 case which involved a body completely destroyed by fire by the Italian mafia investigators at the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Messina Italy extracted DNA from a lumbar vertebra that was relatively undamaged by the fire The issue isn’t a trivial one because scientists have found extreme heat does strange things to DNA In 2008 Nicole von Wurmb-Schwark and her co-authors at the Institute for Legal Medicine in Kiel Germany conducted tests on 10 cremated cadavers and their respective minced bones—conditions similar to those of the Pathankot samples—using among others the AmpFlSTR Identifiler Plus kit utilized by CFSL Chandigarh Their findings were less than heartening “In two cases” they went on “male signals were detected in samples derived from a woman and in three instances more than two alleles were amplified per locus” “STR typing of cremation remains has to be considered unreliable and not suitable for forensic purpose” they concluded From the CFSL’s report we know only that they extracted DNA from “highly carbonized tissue and bone” Assuming they ground up this material the research of the German team gives reason to believe the results may simply be unreliable If the genetic material was recovered from inside teeth of hard bones—as in the Italian case—the results might be more robust Smita Shrishail and other scholars in Bangalore in 2011 reported successfully extracting DNA from the jawbone and teeth despite exposure to temperatures of up to 850°C Where bodies have been exposed to temperatures of 1000°C or higher for an hour or more even finding teeth or bones sometimes doesn’t help In an ongoing New Zealand case for example investigators have been unable to match DNA of suspected homicide victim Timothy Bosma despite finding hollow and cracked arm bones and a piece of tooth For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: PTI | Buenos Aires | Published: December 10 2017 7:22 pm Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu(Express File Photo by Prem Nath Pandey) Top News Commerce and Industry Minister Suresh Prabhu has said that a permanent solution to the public stockholding of food stock is a “must have” at the 11th ministerial conference of the World Trade Organisation (WTO) which begins in Buenos Aires from Sunday The permanent solution the minister said should also cover the current as well as future programmes of all developing member countries and LDCs as it concerns the livelihood of millions of poor people “A permanent solution to public stockholding for food security is a must have at WTO MC (Ministerial Conference) 11… Any permanent solution on public stockholding for food security should cover the current and future programmes of all developing member countries and LDCs” the minister said in a series of tweets after attending a meeting of G33 grouping The G33 is a grouping of 47 developing countries having common objectives and similar concerns It has been at the forefront in taking forward issues affecting food security and livelihood of farmers Strongly reiterating the need for a concerted action on public stock holding issue Prabhu said it is an important instrumentality used in developing countries across the globe where agriculture is mostly rain-fed to ensure two square meals a day to millions of poor people Prabhu also pitched for special safeguard mechanism (SSM) an instrument which would help the developing countries to deal with import surges and price dips as a result of high subsidies provided by the developed countries to agriculture products “Special safeguard mechanism is important for developing countries to address import surges and price dips from highly subsidised imports of agriculture products from developed countries” the minister said adding it deals with the question of livelihood of farmers “The demand by G-33 countries for an instrument that has been available to a select few for over two decades is reasonable and pragmatic” Prabhu said stressing that the grouping represents the collective voice of over two-thirds of humanity — overwhelming majority of poor and subsistence farmers Under the global trade norms a WTO member country’s food subsidy bill should not breach the limit of 10 per cent of the value of production based on the reference price of 1986-88 Apprehending that full implementation of food security programme may result in breach of the WTO cap India has been seeking amendments in the formula to calculate the food subsidy cap As an interim measure the WTO members at the Bali ministerial meeting in December 2013 had agreed to put in place a mechanism popularly called the Peace Clause and committed to negotiate an agreement for permanent solution at the 11th ministerial meeting at Buenos Aires Under the Peace Clause WTO members agreed to refrain from challenging any breach in prescribe ceiling by a developing nation at the dispute settlement forum of the WTO This clause will be there till a permanent solution is found to the food stockpiling issue India’s stand has been that the permanent solution should be an improvement over the Peace Clause An agreement on SSM is important for India as the applied custom duty on some of the agriculture products is at the bound rate meaning it can’t be raised further These include products such as chicken legs apples olive oils and rice The SSM if agreed would help in dealing with import surges and price dips For all the latest India News download Indian Express App More Top News which is then plugged into an AC outlet.

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