Last week, thousands of scientists gathered in Chicago, Illinois, to share their latest research with the world. Here are some of our favorite stories from the meeting, held each year by AAAS, which publishes Science.What Is the Coolest Science Fact You Know?Science’s news team grabbed researchers, students, and even celebrity science advocate Alan Alda in the hallways and asked them to tell us the coolest science fact they knew. Some of the answers really shocked us.Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)Seeing the Skies Through Galileo’s EyesWhen Galileo peered up at the heavens hundreds of years ago, his observations revolutionized our understanding of the solar system. But what exactly did he see? Scientists may finally be able to figure that out, thanks to the most extensive online database of early refracting telescopes, revealed at the meeting.How to Hide Your GenomeWant to have your genome sequenced, but don’t want it to fall into the wrong hands? Cryptographers have your back. In a session at the meeting, researchers described a new way to encrypt the sensitive data stored in our DNA.What Would You Do With the World’s Most Powerful Laser?That’s the question we asked a group of physicists during a roundtable interview. The query, spurred by the announcement last week that the National Ignition Facility at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory in California had reached an important milestone on the road to fusion energy, elicited some fascinating responses.Finding Common Ground Between Science and ReligionCan science and religion coexist? What might the cities of the future look like? And what does 29 years in solitary confinement do to your brain? Science attempted to answer those questions in a series of live video chats from the meeting.For more stories, see our full coverage of AAAS 2014.
When beetles brawl, they put professional wrestlers to shame. Male Cyclommatus metallifer stag beetles use their long jaws, called mandibles, in scuffles for rotten wood and mating rights (as seen in the above video). During a bout, the beetles maneuver their opponent between their pinching pincers and try to flip them helplessly upside down. Scientists wondered why beetles touting larger mandibles win more fights even though their long jaws should transmit less force to the pinching point, significantly reducing the strength of their grip. Wrestling with this issue, a team of researchers tested the crunching force of male and female stag beetles. While female stag beetles have tiny nublike mandibles, the team found that females gripped with one-sixth the force of their male counterparts. Even accounting for differences in body size, male beetles still clenched three times harder. CT scans revealed that the muscle responsible for closing the mandibles is almost four times larger in males and that the lever connecting this muscle to the mandibles is three times larger, the researchers report online today in The Journal of Experimental Biology. The team says that male stag beetles adapted their head shape to accommodate the longer muscles and levers, allowing them to wield their ungainly weapons and become the undisputed wrestling champions of the insect world.(Video credit: Jana Goyens/University of Antwerp)Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)
UAE-based businessman, LuLu Group chairman M.A. Yusuffali with his net worth of $5 billion, is richer than US president Donald Trump, according to the Forbes magazine’s 2018 list of billionaires.Trump’s ranking on the list fell to 766th place from 544th in the last edition. His wealth is now being estimated at $3.1 billion, $400 million less than a year ago.Ali, who ranked 388 in the Forbes list is the 19th richest man in India and the richest Malayali, the magazine said.Read it at Khaleej TImes Related Items
The Indian American head of a Chicago investment firm has been sentenced to 57 months in prison for conspiring to defraud a northern New York company out of $2.5 million.Debashis Ghosh also was ordered at his sentencing April 23 in federal court in Syracuse to serve three years of supervised release.Read it at India West Related Items
Pick up a seashell and put it to your ear – and you can hear the roar of the ocean. While the gutsy, lusty ocean of Indian cinema has been around for over a hundred years, American media are just about finally becoming aware of this larger than life phenomenon. While audiences from Russia to the Middle East to Malaysia have been enraptured by Bollywood for years, the U.S. of A is finally discovering its joys. Ashwarya Rai in Kandukondain, Kandukondain. Pick up any mainstream publication – Newsweek, Timeout, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, and you hear the murmur slowly cascading to a rising hrefrain worthy of a Broadway musical chorus – Bollywood, Bollywood, Bollywood!Just about five years ago, this writer recalls writing a piece for a mainstream publication in which someone at the copy desk actually changed the word “Bollywood” to “Hollywood,” so little known was the name or the cinema it represented. One could not write the word “Bollywood” without having to include a description of what it meant.Now Bollywood is almost a shorthand, a buzzword for one of the most happening trends in America.Even as the boisterous, colorful Bombay Dreams with music by A.R.Rahman is lighting up Broadway, giving mainstream audiences a spicy taste of filmi music and dance, Bollywood’s reigning queen, Aishwarya Rai, is making inroads into Hollywood with Gurinder Chadha’s Bride and Prejudice as well as Singularity with Brendan Fraser and Chaos with Meryl Streep. Kajol and Shah Rukh Khan in Dilwale Dulhaniya Le Jayenge.Bollywood sensibility is even coming into American living rooms and bedrooms, with sitcom pilots for NBC and HBO, revolving around Indian American families!The Bollywood spirit seems to be invading everything from the music to dance and style. As Susan Carpenter notes in The Los Angles Times: “Scratch a little deeper and you’ll find the Bollywood aesthetic popping up all over the place: There is an all-Bollywood dance studio in Artesia and a Bollywood comic book out of the Bay Area. The style is being picked up by everyone from Dolce & Gabbana to Target. It’s even part of the decor at Tantra, a hip Indian restaurant in Silver Lake that continually plays classic Bollywood films on plasma screen TVs.” A lot of things you didn’t expect to see have come to pass.A decade ago who would have thought that a young Indian American director with the unwieldy name of M. Night Shyamalan would be the toast of Hollywood? With The Sixth Sense and Signs he showed that everything he touched turned to gold at the box-office.A decade ago who would have imagined that a small budget film about a Punjabi wedding shot in a mix of Hindi and English would totally captivate Western audiences? Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding grossed millions across the United States.Again, who would have thought there’d be any interest in a young Indian girl’s passion for, of all things, soccer? Gurinder Chadha knocked everyone’s socks off with her multi-million dollar hit Bend it like Beckham. And yes, Lagaan was nominated for the Oscar for the best foreign film.Will Bollywood be just another passing fad or is it here to stay? It might indeed be here for the long haul, not only because the mainstream is becoming more familiar with it, but also because the Indian film industry itself has gone through some dynamic changes recently.There will certainly be more of a Bollywood-Hollywood interaction.India’s many advantages can make it a compelling place to try new things and its billion strong audience can really make major Hollywood studios salivate.Outsourcing of movies, technical and music effects must surely be a light in some producers’ eyes at the moment, and major studios like Columbia Tristar and Fox already have a presence in India. Sonia Nikore, vice president of casting at NBC. Indian cinema is finally on the radar screen of mainstream America and all these happenings are the harbinger of bigger things to come in the future. For starters, there’s Cinema India! Showcase 2004: The Changing Face of Indian Cinema, a 9-city tour of Bollywood films, being shown at major mainstream museums in New York, Santa Fe, NM; Columbus Ohio; Atlanta, Ga; Boston, Ma; Washington DC; Chicago, Ill; Philadelphia, Penn; and Lincoln, Neb. In New York, the films played at Asia Society and at the American Museum of the Moving Image.Yes, the super hit Dil Wale Dulhaniyan Le Jaye Ge, which has been running in Bombay continuously for eight years, will finally be seen by mainstream America, albeit with the title The Braveheart Will Take the Bride!Radha Welt Vatsal, the curator of the show, did her Ph.D. on film history and distribution of early cinema, and hopes to use some of those ideas in the distribution of Hindi films to a larger, mainstream audience.“A lot of what I’m trying to do has been inspired by the early history of cinema where people were trying new ways to get a new product out and build new audiences,” she says. “It’s a way to think outside the box, using creative ways because you’re trying to educate an audience about this whole area of cinema that is completely under-represented in the U.S.”India is the largest film industry in the world producing over 800 features a year yet Indian films rarely make to mainstream screens. As Vatsal points out, Indian films are not represented as well as those from China, Japan or France or even Iran, and though there’s a buzz about Bollywood, the release patterns have not hreflected the surge.More than just a festival of films, Vatsal hopes to make Cinema India into an organization that promotes good Indian cinema in the U.S., since filmmakers and producers in India are also interested in finding ways to bring their films to mainstream U.S. audiences. Still from Bariwali.What she wants to show is the vast diversity of Indian cinema: “It’s Satyajit Ray and it’s art movies and Bollywood, so many faces of the country that are all represented through the various types of filmmaking, in so many languages, in so many styles. It’s a great experience for both Indians and Americans in the U.S. I believe even the music will cross over.”These exciting times arrive just as the Indian film industry itself is changing, with greater interaction between art house films and Bollywood. The noted art house filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh’s Choker Bali, for instance, starred the major Bollywood draw Aishwarya Rai.Bollywood is also borrowing some of the techniques and sensitivities of art house cinema.Vatsal says, “You are seeing very commercial films that are trying to do things very differently and are taking a new approach to filmmaking.” One of the films in Cinema India is Maqbool, a chilling retelling of Macbeth, set in Mumbai’s underworld, a tightly drawn tale that never veers from the narrative, even though it has its mandatory couple of songs.Then there is Waisa Bi Hota Hai by debut director Shashanka Ghosh who helped launch MTV in Asia and was instrumental in creating Channel V. Says Vatsal, “He’s made a film which combines Bollywood style with a Quentin Tarantino kind of take on story telling with a MTV sensibility to appeal to a younger urbanized Indian viewership that has been brought up on a diet of cable TV.” Still from Chappan.This irreverent and fast-moving fun film captures all the chutzpah of contemporary Bombay where so many worlds intersect. In fact the producer often introduces it to audiences as Bollywood 2004. Says Ghosh, “We are far more exposed to global influences so it becomes an interesting kitchri. The cable has changed audiences tremendously and it’s created a whole new urban market for film.”In this new India the multiplexes make it possible to screen many different kind of movies, catering to different audiences. Says Ghosh, “What’s happening is that from the traditional 1,500 seaters they’ve come down to theaters which seat 150 or 300 people. So it gives the theater owners as well as audiences a lot of choices. It’s changing viewing habits.”A whole new generation seems to be taking center stage in India, both as audience and filmmakers. Says Vatsal: “So you have these young audiences that are being exposed to a lot of different material, and a lot of specific youth programming. You also have young directors coming out of Bollywood who are trying to combine those kind of influences with American-style youth filmmaker influences with a Bollywood sensibility.”Last year 40 new directors debuted in the industry, representing a sea change in a tightly knit community. According to Ghosh, three years ago Bollywood was going through the doldrums with about 124 films out of 128 flopping: “That’s usually a sign that we don’t know what we are doing and we need to look for new ideas. So it’s the end of a formula and the start of another and that’s what I think happened, we all happened to be on that path.”Earlier, he recalls, when he was trying to get financing for his films, he was always asked about the stars; now he finds financers ask, what’s the story? And that is a major change. At the same time, there is a major initiative to make the industry more transparent, so that it can attract public funding. Still from Bend It Like BeckhamDirector Ram Gopal Varma has played a major role in introducing new types of film-making to India. Some of the films tweak the Bollywood style; others adapt Hollywood films to Indian audience tastes.Bhoot drew on horror films like Rosemary’s Baby, while casting it into an Indian idiom for Indian audiences.While formula films are still the staple, offbeat films are breaking out.Then there are English language films like Rahul Bose’s Everyone Says I’m Fine, which do well with an urban audience.The market for English language films has also grown with NRI audiences and regular Bollywood films are also capitalizing on the NRI connection.The recent big box office hit Kal Ho Na Ho was shot entirely in New York and delves into the NRI life. Says Vatsal, “It’s still very much a classic Bollywood style film, but set in New York, and it’s in its own way a variation and a new direction for Bollywood films.”As the Bollywood genre expands and enters new territory, Indian cinema becomes more attractive to mainstream American audiences. Indeed, films like Maqbool, says Vatsal, are more geared to a Western audience in the way the narrative is handled. As a result, it’s a Bollywood film, but has won audiences at the Toronto Film Festival and the Berlin Film Festival.One of the highlights of the traveling film festival is Bariwali, a beautifully nuanced essay on loneliness, with a powerful performance by Kiron Kher. This offbeat film has won several awards, but since it is not a Bollywood blockbuster, the U.S. market would have been difficult to penetrate. Video stores generally don’t carry films by art house or regional producers, and theater owners don’t want to take the risk of expensive screenings, which may not give them box office returns.Says Vatsal, “Museums may show them once or twic,e but over time if we can prove that there’s an interest and there’s a track record then I think people will start showing these films for a longer duration.“You start building that way but part of it is building the audience, building the awareness. It’s a very slow and painstaking process to do all of that. We are in nine cities this year, I would like to be in 20, 30 cities next year.” Still from Darna Marna HaiOther interesting developments are afoot with Indian cinema. Mira Nair’s Mirabai Films recently teamed up with Bala Entertainment in April to establish International Bhenji Brigade (IBB), a film production company that will create independent Asian cinema for the global marketplace. The company plans to highlight Asian talent by developing features films from Asia and the Diaspora. Over time, this back and forth, this East-West connection may become far more pronounced. Young Indian American filmmakers are getting into the act. In New York, the Indo American Arts Council Diaspora Film Festival has been the germinating ground for many emerging filmmakers, giving them exposure in the mainstream.A sort of community seems to be developing now with young actors, directors and writers on both coasts. Without big budgets or backers, many of them are attempting to bring their Hollywood and Bollywood sensibilities together on celluloid. There is certainly a chance of one of these becoming a crossover film.The short film format is also popular with young filmmakers as these are easier on the pocketbook and can still be shown at film festivals and create a buzz. The subjects are getting more innovative: Fillum Star is a zany mock documentary about a desi actor in the days before his first Hollywood movie premieres. The film, by Rehana Mirza, was just released on DVD.Another short film made by Indian American filmmakers is Sangam, starring Hesh Sarmalkar and Ajay Chandani, explores two very different lives colliding on a subway train in Brooklyn and was an official selection at the Sundance Film Festival 2004.While Indian Americans have been also distributing their films in India with mixed success, some NRIs are injecting money directly into the Bollywood film industry and also working to make it more efficient in its work ethics.Ash Pamani who heads the Pamani Group of Companies in New Jersey has built his sizable business trading from the Far East.Last year Pamani, along with a group of NRIs, acquired K Sera Sera, a company that is listed on the MumbaiºStock Exchange and found himself financing Bollywood movies, the movies of the hottest new director Ram Gopal Varma, no less!The board of directors of K Sera Sera include Ricky Pamani of New Jersey, Ashok Gangwani and Raj Sital of Hong Kong. Says Ash Pamani, chairman of KSS, “Collectively we have over 100 years of business experience!”How did he jump from trading to Bollywood? Pamani says it was a well thought out and focused business decision: “India has already been successful in launching its IT and BFO sector globally/ I feel there is a lot of room for Bollywood to be launched globally.”He says he researched the Indian entertainment industry and saw the tremendous untapped valuation: “Basically entertainment is a product of creativity which when packaged in the right manner along with the mechanics of finance, marketing and distribution strategies can be very lucrative.”Pamani says, “Our approach is professional, our schedules tighter and our team works at multi-levels. I feel Varma is a master creator and both our visions matched: his creativity coupled with our professional business experience, along with our overseas networking makes a fantastic final product. We both believe in the ‘studio’ model.”K Sera Sera has produced and released three films within the first year, Darna Mana Hai, Ek Haseena Thi, and Ab Tak Chappan. The movies currently under production are Gayab, 2 ‘o’ clock Murder, Naach, Darna Zaroori Hai, Vaastu Shastra and James.Recently KSS and Varma Corp. signed a $17 million dollar deal with Sahara India Pariwar to produce 10 films over the next two-and-a-half years. Also in the pipeline are two TV shows.Does Pamani think American financing is going to become big in the Indian movie sector? Says Pamani, “I don’t think it’s only American money. I feel the whole world has realized that Bollywood has a tremendous amount of untapped skill and talent. It’s being able to use a vast corporate infrastructure in Bollywood that is going to make a difference.”He feels NRIs bring an efficiency model to the table, applying the project management approach to film and TV production and distribution. They also implement cost savings and keeping schedules within the specific time frame.He says, “Our pre-production homework is very strong and everyone in India loves our corporate structure. I feel we are only at the beginning stage. There is a lot more to happen and the Indian American entertainment connection will only get bigger.”As Americans become more familiar with their Indian neighbors, spice up their food and learn to groove to bhangra music, Bollywood will be just as addictive.And now Indian actors and sitcoms are finally headed for the living rooms of America. Mainstream television has already opened up a notch to South Asians, with actors like Parminder Nagra in ER or Ravi Kapoor in Crossing Jordan, both series regulars. South Asians are now both in front and behind the camera, in production and writing, so more scripts are being written about the South Asian experience. The entertainment industry is also waking up to the burgeoning South Asian population. At least two pilots for sitcoms revolving around Indian families are being planned, Nevermind Nirvana by NBC and East West Values by HBO.Sonia Nikore, vice president of casting for NBC Primetime television, has overseen casting on over 50 pilots and Emmy winning series including ER, West Wing, Law & Order, Frasier and Seinfeld. A decade ago when Nikore handled an open call in New York for Disney’s Jungle Book looking for a South Asian to play the lead, just 50 people showed up (the role finally went to a non-South Asian actor, Jason Scott Lee).She says, “What is remarkable is that this time I did an open call for Nevermind Nirvana and we had over 250 people show up in LA, and this is not including all the hundreds of actors who auditioned outside the open call. Internationally we looked at over 1,000 actors.”The South Asian population has reached critical mass and the entertainment industry is taking heed of that. At the same time, the characters are also getting more developed and nuanced. Says Nikore, “We are seeing richer characters. South Asians are not getting relegated to the 711 owners, taxi drivers. Sure these roles are still there, but in addition we are finding these very dynamic, interesting three-dimensional characters that writers are creating for South Asian actors.”She points out that with Nevermind Nirvana, written by Ajay Sahgal, the network has recognized the interest by mainstream America in South Asian culture. She says that while the script is about a South Asian family, it’s a family dynamic that resonates universally: “The generational conflicts, the humor that comes from cultural differences between generations, it happens in Jewish families, it happens in Italian families, Latin families, it happens across the board. It’s not unique to our culture.”East West Values, the HBO pilot that Sabrina Dhawan is working on, is a half hour comedy about a South Asian family in New York. She says the title is a hreference to the language used in matrimonial ads in the Indian newspapers: “They are looking for somebody with East West Values. You want them to be Westernized but you want them to be Indian too. I just love that phrase!”Dhawan, whose thesis film at Columbia, Sanj, won a number of awards at various film festivals, shot to overnight fame with her script for Mira Nair’s Monsoon Wedding.She has her arms full of assignments for mainstream projects. She has adapted Death of Vishnu by Manil Suri. Cosmopolitan, her adaptation of the Akhil Sharma story has been directed by Nisha Ganatra and airs on June 1 on PBS; she is working on a screen adaptation of Diary of a Teenage Mom for Lifetime television, produced by Kathleen Kennedy, who produced the Oscar nominated Sea Biscuit. She is also working on a project for Killer Films, which produced Boys Don’t Cry.Her management company, Brillstein-Grey, which also produces major TV shows, such as Sopranos for HBO, asked her to come up with an idea for a TV series about Indians in America. The result was East West Values for HBO. She says, “I think TV is just a great indicator of the interest because it’s so much broader and reaches so many more people.”So has it become easier to be Indian and succeed in American entertainment? Says Dhawan: “The answer is yes and no. Yes, it’s easier now but it’s by no means as easy as you sometimes like to believe. Ethnic papers speak about the big rush to make Bollywood crossover films or films with South Asian subjects and that’s really not true. Hollywood is very insular but things are changing considerably.”Dhawan’s sojourn in Hollywood showed her just how many desis there are in the entertainment business, at many different levels. How far Indian Americans have infiltrated into the Hollywood system became apparent when she signed on with Brillstein-Grey, which represents major celebrities like Jennifer Anniston, Brad Pitt and Sean Puff Daddy, and found that her manager was not an “All-American” Tom, Dick or Harry, but Jay Khanna! It was so great for me. There was this instant bonding!” she recalls. “If Jay is driving me somewhere, we are listening to desi music in the car. I’m just so amazed by it, who would think you could sit with the manager listening to desi ganey? And ten minutes before the meeting, we say ‘Should we go for a paan?’”Yes, things are certainly not what they used to be.But for those who think it’s a major Bollywood invasion or a huge impact on American entertainment, it’s best to take it all with a pinch of salt. As Mira Nair pointed out recently, “It will be a while here before distributors can accept the three hour plus length of the musical. I think the cinematic vocabulary of a Bollywood film is still utterly foreign to an American distributor.”She feels distributors won’t catch on until a pure Bollywood film does in America what it has done in England, get its own audiences: “It’s all incremental as these movies make money slowly American distributors will open their eyes to the possibility of a financial return.”The danger, of course, is that Bollywood may water itself down to be more acceptable to Western audiences, and in the process lose its soul. As Nair observed, “What intrigues me is how will Bollywood film, the pure Bollywood formula film that we all love and adore and need as a part of our staple diet in India and around the world, how will that shift with the now current international attention.” In trying to become more palatable to Western audiences, will Bollywood lose its vigor and panache and its ‘I’ll sing if I want to Sing’ attitude?In the meantime, any exposure is good exposure. At a Q&A session, a recent film school graduate noted that many of her non-Indian friends had embraced Bollywood, but more for its camp value, as something to laugh at, for its exoticness. She asked, “I’m wondering is this a valid approach to treating Bollywood or is it more like a condescending approach?”Responded Nair, amidst great laughter and applause from the audience, “I think any approach is fine right now as long as their bums are on seats and they are watching our films.” Related Items
Indian IT companies have had to shell more money for lobbying in the United States over the last few years to mitigate the difficulties from anti-immigrant policies in America.Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), the biggest IT company in India with a market capitalization of $100 billion, spent $120,000 in the first quarter of 2018. This is an increase of $100,000 it spent during the same period in 2017. TCS spent $20,000 in every quarter of 2016 and the first three quarters of 2017 for lobbying in the United States. During the last quarter of 2017, their spending went up to $50,000, Times of India reported.Companies are opting for a direct approach than going through India’s apex industry body, NASSCOM. To facilitate a direct approach, TCS employed international law firm Squire Patton Boggs for lobbying on legislation and United States policy related to STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) education and to seek clarity on certain tax issues and their impact on financial reporting.Nasscom’s lobbying spend has decreased by a tenth in 2017. It had spent $3,90,000 in 2017. Meanwhile, Infosys, which spent only $60,000 in 2016, spent $200,000 in 2017, and $60,000 in the first quarter of 2018, according to TOI.New Jersey-based Cognizant spent $360,000 in 2017 on lobbying, including employing a firm to provide strategic guidance and counsel on potential immigration reform and the impact on Cognizant, as per the report.Infosys is working with McGuireWoods Consulting, a law firm, to lobby about Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act, and the H-1B and L-1 Visa Reform Act. While Cognizant has hired lobby groups for the Protect and Grow American Jobs Act and to seek clarity on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.While H-1B visa dependent companies have reduced their usage of the non-immigrant visa, it still remains important to them. Measures like seeking more evidence of the work that an H-1B visa worker would be doing in the United States has also reduced the number of applicants.According to legal experts, Economic Times reported, going direct is the companies’ way of showing their individual initiatives to adhere to the policy of protecting American jobs. TCS, Infosys and Cognizant, and other companies, had earlier announced that they would be opening offices in various cities in the United States and employing American nationals.However, the lobbying is yet to yield much benefit for the companies as the United States Customs and Immigration Enforcement is soon going to shift its attention from H-1B visa workers to L-1 workers apart from ending work authorization of H-4 visa holders. Related ItemsInfosysTCS
The 135th edition of US Open concluded on September 13. The event was held at USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in New York. US Open is being played at the stadium since 1978. US Open is mainly held in August and September and this year the tournament was held from August 31 to September 13. US Open is the fourth and the last Grand Slam tournament of the year.After winning the Wimbledon 2015, Novak Djokovic won the Men’s Singles. This year the defending champion was Marin Cilic though he eliminated in the semifinals. Whereas, the three time defending champion, Serena Williams also lost in the semifinals and Flavia Pennetta won the Women’s Singles title and became the first Italian to win the US Open.Roger Federer lost against Novak Djokovic in the finals. Federer lost to Djokovic again after the Wimbledon 2015 finals.Martina Hingis, Sania Mirza and Leander Paes won the same title in Wimbledon 2015 and they continued their streak in this year’s US Open.The list of winners according to their titles is: Men’s Singles: Novak DjokovicWomen’s Singles: Flavia PennettaMen’s Doubles: Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas MahutWomen’s Doubles: Martina Hingis and Sania MirzaMixed Doubles: Leander Paes and Martina HingisBoys’ Singles: Taylor Harry FritzGirls’ Singles: Dalma GalfiBoys’ Doubles: Felix Auger Aliassime and Denis ShapovalovGirls’ Doubles: Viktoria Kuzmova and Aleksandra PospelovaMen’s Invitation Doubles: Pat Cash and Mark PhillippoussisWheelchair Men’s Singles: Shingo KuniedaWheelchair Women’s Singles: Jordanne WhileyWheelchair Quad Singles: Dylan AlcottWheelchair Men’s Doubles: Stephane Houdet and Gordon ReidWheelchair Women’s Doubles: Jiske Griffioen and Aniek van KootWheelchair Quad Doubles: Nick Taylor and David Wagner
Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. Divij Sharanfirst roundHugo Nysstraight sets First Published: August 30, 2019, 6:03 PM IST New York: India’s Divij Sharan made a first-round exit from the US Open with partner Hugo Nys after losing in straight sets to Robert Carballes Baena and Federico Delbonis, here.The Indian and his French partner lost 4-6 4-6 to the players, who are both ranked outside top-100 bracket. Sharan and Nys did not get any break-point in the 72-minute clash while their rivals broke them once each in both the sets to move to the next round.This is the second time this season that left-handed Sharan has made a first-round exit from a Grand Slam, losing at the same stage at the Australian Open also. The result means that he is likely to drop a rung to 48 when the new rankings will be issued after the conclusion of the last Grand Slam of the season.Reaching the Wimbledon quarterfinals in 2018 remains his best show at the Majors.Rohan Bopanna and Leander Paes are also in the men’s doubles draw with their respective partners.Bopanna and his Canadian partner Denis Shapovalov are up against French fourth seeds Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.Paes has paired with Argentina’s Guillermo Duran and they will open their campaign against Serbia’s Miomir Kecmanovic and Norway’s Casper Ruud.
Vishwajeet Kadam, convener and founder of PISE said through the exhibition he wanted to give something more to sports than just exhibitors selling their ware.Seminars and felicitations were just the idea which became possible because so many people from different spectres came together and contributed towards it.He said that honouring Narsing Yadav and Dattu Bhoknal was also one such idea because they have shown that despite coming from a very humble background they have achieved at the international level and now they are going to represent India at the Olympic Games. PTI SSR NRB PDS PDS
Mumbaikars woke up to heavy rains on Tuesday. Currently, Mumbai is facing one of the heaviest rainfalls this year. Advisories are being issued and the authorities are sending help and advising people to stay indoors unless urgent. Mumbai might have been soaked but its humour is still alive.The rains certainly did not dampen Mumbai’s spirit, the tweets below are proof:This happened twice.Booked a cab.Ola says 3 minutes ETA.Cab is 5 KMs away.Ola has surely found an underground roadway beneath Mumbai.- Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) August 29, 2017That moment when you stay back at home due to heavy rains???? #MumbaiRains pic.twitter.com/tJeIIvj5jC- Sneha Hiro (@BachpanSeHiro) August 29, 2017WhatsApp family grp during #MumbaiRains .Aunt 1:Heavy rains everywhere. Be safe. Aunt 2:Is your @TataSky working? Mine doesn’t have range.- Tanvi Deshmukh (@twistytales) August 29, 2017Khudi Ko kar buland itna, pahuncha main office jaise taise. Upar wale ne khud poocha…abey ab ghar jaayega kaise ??#MumbaiRains- Sarbjeet Sharma (@sarbjeett) August 29, 2017Dear girls, if a boys manages to reach CST, Dadar, Mumbai central from Thane, Kalyan, Vashi only to meet you, marry him #MumbaiRains- anikeet (@aniketj27952243) August 29, 2017Ganpati visarjan possible on any road in Mumbai #MumbaiRains- Vivek Sakpal (@viveksakpal) August 29, 2017Today is a National Sports Day and #Mumbai will have the maximum participation for swimming #MumbaiRains #MumbaiRain- Kunal Shah (@kunalshah54) August 29, 2017Sigh. I have to tweet this every year. #MumbaiRains https://t.co/AtGqGg5wC1- Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) August 29, 2017Happy National Sports Day. Todays sport of choice is swimming. Enjoy! #MumbaiRains- Abhishek Bachchan (@juniorbachchan) August 29, 2017People also gave Game of Thrones references and suggested Daenerys and her dragons are the last hope for people stranded because of rains.advertisement”Get a raven to Daerenys! She is our only hope now!” #MumbaiRains pic.twitter.com/ukPFYgKHgR- Faye DSouza (@fayedsouza) August 29, 2017I don’t want her to loose second Dragon,but send Raven to Daenerys.She is the only hope. #MumbaiRains- Azor Ahai (@imAzorAhai) August 29, 2017Seems like The Wall from #GameOfThrones was near #Mumbai. Wall fell down and flood situation in city. #MumbaiRains- Century Gowda (@bakwaasgiri) August 29, 2017Night king reached Mumbai. There might be possibility of seeing Ice Dragon #BeSafe #MumbaiRains pic.twitter.com/RJX0lFeODQ- Stark (@jinesh_08) August 29, 2017You go, Mumbai!
TweetPinShare0 Shares BOSTON — Five former winners have committed to run this year’s Boston Marathon.Principal sponsor John Hancock Financial announced that 2013 men’s winner Lelisa Desisa of Ethiopia and 2012 winner Wesley Korir of Kenya will join a field that includes defending champion Meb Keflezighi, the first American man to win since 1983.On the women’s side, 2012 winner Sharon Cherop and 2011 winner Caroline Kilel, both of Kenya, lead the elite field.The men’s field also includes last year’s second- and third-place finishers, Wilson Chebet and Frankline Chepkwony.The women’s field is the fastest in Boston Marathon history, with 10 participants holding personal best times under 2:23, and includes Americans Shalane Flanagan, Desiree Davila Linden and Amy Hastings.The 119th running of the Boston Marathon is April 20.
Hopefully this is the last we’ll discuss this for a while. The Big 12 responded to all the outrage from the OSU-Texas game on Saturday (which included a national analyst suggesting the game was fixed).“There were a lot of things that did happen in the game,” Big 12 supervisor of officials Walt Anderson said on Monday to the Austin-American Statesman. This is the same arm of the Big 12 that once (might have) apologized to OSU for botching that fumble call at the end of the 2012 OSU-Texas game.“It was a tough game to work from an officiating standpoint.” Translation: Both teams sucked.“Overall, I was pleased with the way the guys worked. Three were a few mistakes — and I emphasize a few — and you want to learn from them,” added Anderson.“I’ve been working on that (Texas game) all day. I’ve seen the whole tape. I evaluate every play, and I think we got the vast majority right. The good news was the vast majority of fouls were there and correctly called.“Unfortunately, a couple of them were missed, and we’ll correct that. I’ve never seen one perfectly officiated, and I’m not expecting to do so. None of them (mistakes) in our opinion were egregious. Those, we’ll correct that, move forward and learn from them.”Of course this all went over very well with Texas fans (the #WaltAndersonOn hashtag is pretty great).#WaltAndersonOn The New England Patriots: There were some infractions.— DD (@BarkingCarnival) September 29, 2015That’s not where it ends though. Somebody went back and totaled the flags Texas has received with the crew that officiated on Saturday against all other crews.In 10 Big 12 games, referee Alan Eck’s officiating crew flagged Texas an avg of 13.5 times/106.5 yards. Other crews avg. = 5.75 flags/50 yds— Brian Davis (@BDavisAAS) September 28, 2015There’s a lot that goes into a stat like this — have all of Eck’s games come in the Strong era when Texas has been heavily penalized? Has Exk done especially physical games? — but I admit it is a bit damning.Anderson said he didn’t know if Eck would do another Big 12 game this season. But I get the feeling that he meant “he won’t not do one, I just haven’t put the schedule together yet.”[Hook Em]If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!
Finance and Treasury Board Minister Randy Delorey introduced the Financial Measures (2016) Act today, May 3. The act provides the legislative authority to implement measures in Budget 2016-2017 and is a routine part of the budget process. “Budget 2016-2017 invests in opportunities for growth, health, education, youth and jobs training,” said Mr. Delorey. “We have stuck to our fiscal plan and these investments are the result of working together with Nova Scotians on areas that matter most to them.” Revenue for 2016-2017 is an estimated $10.3 billion, a 3.5 per cent increase from 2015-2016. Expenses are an estimated $10.1 billion, an increase of 1.2 per cent from 2015-2016. Budget 2016-2017 projects a $127.4 million surplus. The surplus includes a one-time revenue increase of $110.3 million because of federal and municipal contributions for the convention centre in Halifax. The $110.3 million will go towards the debt to provide the fiscal capacity to launch a multi-year development of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, enhancing care for Nova Scotians and Atlantic Canadians. The budget’s net position is $17.1 million. Budget 2016-2017 invests in youth, education and job training. It continues an investment of $65 million over four years, with reductions in class sizes, new Schools Plus sites, and more help for students in math and literacy and other measures this year. Budget 2016-2017 targets opportunities for growth, including the wine industry, expanded high-speed Internet and expanding the population through new immigrant streams. Budget 2016-2017 delivers support and services to Nova Scotians who need it most, such as increasing Income Assistance by $20 per month, the largest increase in provincial history. It also invests more for children, youth, and family support services, subsidizes child care, continues the Domestic Violence Court in Cape Breton and invests in the Sexual Violence Strategy and the Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Program. Budget 2016-2017 builds on work unifying Nova Scotia’s health system with the goal a healthy society and economy. It will launch a multi-year redevelopment of the QEII Health Sciences Centre, improved care for patients across Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada, help seniors pay for Pharmacare costs and invests more to meet orthopedic wait times. The Financial Measures (2016) Act also includes the Capital Incentive Tax Credit, Food Bank Tax Credit for Farmers and changes to the Provincial Court Act to ensure judges’ salaries are affordable. For Budget 2016-2017 information, see www.novascotia.ca/budget .
New Delhi: Lauding the heroes of the Kargil war, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Sunday said he will do his best to ensure that no harm comes to the pride and honour of the soldiers.Addressing a gathering of war veterans, Kargil war widows and others at an event held here to commemorate 20 years of Operation Vijay, Singh said, “Whatever we can do to honour our martyrs is less. We honour them and salute the war widows present here. We feel proud of our soldiers.” Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’He also shared his experiences of visiting Drass on Saturday, where he paid homage to fallen soldiers at the Kargil War Memorial. “I can only say this from my side that I will do my best and whatever is possible to ensure that no harm comes to the honour, pride and esteem of our jawans,” the defence minister said to a thunderous applause. He also said a man could compromise with other things, but not with his pride and honour. “That pride (‘swabhiman’) could be personal, social or nationalistic (‘rashtriya swabhiman’). It was with this sense of pride that 18-year-olds and 20-year-olds had embraced the gallows during the freedom struggle,” Singh said. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KDuring his Kargil visit, he was given a detailed presentation on Operation Vijay, the defence minister said. Operation Vijay was the name given to India’s limited war against Pakistan after the neighbouring country infiltrated in 1999. “I was told about the extraordinary valour and indomitable and fearless spirit of our soldiers, who climbed high-altitude peaks despite knowing that they could be shot from the above by the enemy. And they eventually got the victory for us in Kargil,” Singh said. The defence minister also felicitated the war widows present on the occasion, including those who lost their husbands in the Kargil conflict or in any attack this year.
WEST VANCOUVER, B.C. – What police are describing as an “uncontrolled” house party in West Vancouver has caused about $20,000 in damage after a teenaged girl rented the home online.West Vancouver police say the owners of the house do not want to pursue criminal charges and the family of the girl who rented it have agreed to cover the cost.Police say in a news release they were called to the home on Friday just after 8:30 p.m. when they found about 200 teens “flooding out of the residence.”After establishing that no one was injured or in need of medical attention, police say they learned a 14-year-old girl had booked the home through the unauthorized use of a parent’s credit card.Police say walls, furniture and artwork were smashed and they are asking anyone who might be able to identify those directly responsible for the damage to contact them.
New Delhi: Racing against time to meet the Supreme Court’s deadline, Reliance Communications (RCom) has paid Rs 458.77 crore of dues to Swedish telecom equipment maker Ericsson, according to sources. Failure to cough up the dues would have meant that RCom Chairman Anil Ambani would have faced a 3-month jail term. Observing there was a ‘wilful default’, the Supreme Court last month held Ambani guilty of contempt of court and ordered the debt-laden company to clear the dues to Ericsson within four weeks or face a 3-month jail term. A source in the know said RCom has paid Rs 458.7 crore to Ericsson as per the SC directive, but did not divulge details. However, Ericsson could not be reached for comments.
“As security deteriorates, how can Govt justify removing Army protection of @PresRajapaksa-only #SriLanka leader to end brutal terrorist war?” Namal Rajapaksa tweeted.The joint opposition had raised concerns over Nation security after a suicide jacket and explosives were found in the North recently. (Colombo Gazette) The military security provided to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa has been removed and replaced with police security.Rajapaksa’s son Namal Rajapaksa said the Government cannot justify the decision to remove the military security provided to the former President.
The new Convention, approved on Wednesday, will assure companies and traders worldwide that contracts negotiated electronically are as valid and enforceable as traditional paper-based transactions. The provisions deal with such issues as determining a party’s location in an electronic environment; the time and place of dispatch and receipt of electronic communications and the use of automated message systems for contract formation.Other provisions contain criteria establishing functional equivalence between electronic communications and paper documents, including “original” paper documents, and between electronic authentication methods and hand-written signatures.The UN Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL) Working Group on Electronic Commerce prepared the document from 2002 to late 2004 and adopted it at its 38th Session in Vienna, Austria, in July.The Convention complements and builds upon earlier instruments prepared by UNCITRAL, the core legal body of the UN system in the field of international trade law, including the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Commerce and the UNCITRAL Model Law on Electronic Signatures.The Convention will be open for signature by all States at UN Headquarters from next 16 January to 16 January 2008. A signature event could take place during UNCITRAL’s 39th session in New York next year, from 19 June to 7 July, to promote State participation.
DINGLE’S MOST FAMOUS resident gave an unsuspecting American couple the fright of their lives yesterday while they were out kayaking.Irish Adventures’ Noel O’Leary, who had brought the couple out to paddle around, snapped the photo of the wise old dolphin.Speaking to TheJournal.ie he said Fungi jumped out of the water “all of a sudden” giving the tourists “a good shock”.O’Leary said the couple were “laughing away afterwards” and gave credit to Fungi for “keeping the tourists entertained” for three decades.“He’s so old now, so every year with him is a bonus,” he added.Related: Look how old and wise Fungi is now…>Read: Lucky people get up close and personal with Fungi the Dolphin>
Source: euronews (in English)/YouTube“The result is satisfactory. Now it’s up to Bank how much she can recover,” said Pasakorn Briksawan, one of the surgical team. While recovering in Chulalongkorn University’s animal hospital, the turtle will be on a liquid diet for the next two weeks.Bank was brought to veterinarians by the navy, which found her ailing in her seaside hometown. Bank Source: Sakchai Lalit/APIt was only after a detailed 3D scan that veterinarians pinpointed the weighty and unexpected problem. As well as the coins they also found two fish hooks, which were also removed.Public raised money The surgery team leader said that when she discovered the cause of the turtle’s agony she was furious.“I felt angry that humans, whether or not they meant to do it or if they did it without thinking, had caused harm to this turtle,” Nantarika Chansue, head of Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary medical aquatic animal research centre, said.Thai media began publicising the turtle’s tale last month after she was found, and in response, some 15,000 baht (about €400) in donations was raised from the public to pay for her surgery.Read: Fury in France over ‘degrading’ Saint Laurent ad campaignRead: A writer for the London Times has questioned Ireland’s ‘tenuous claim to nationhood’ By Associated Press Tuesday 7 Mar 2017, 12:33 PM http://jrnl.ie/3274813 Share107 Tweet Email1 Mar 7th 2017, 12:33 PM 12,273 Views Short URL Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Surgeons remove 915 coins swallowed by Thai sea turtle People had thrown the coins into her pool for good luck. 18 Comments Source: Sakchai Lalit/APTOSSING COINS INTO a fountain for luck is a popular superstition, but a similar belief brought misery to a turtle in Thailand from whom doctors have removed 915 coins.Veterinarians in Bangkok yesterday operated on the 25-year-old female green sea turtle nicknamed Bank, whose indigestible diet was a result of many tourists seeking good fortune by tossing coins into her pool over many years in the eastern town of Sri Racha.Many Thais believe that throwing coins on turtles will bring longevity.Typically, a green sea turtle has a lifespan of around 80 years, Roongroje Thanawongnuwech, dean of Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary faculty, said. It is listed as an endangered species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. The coins in a tray after surgery Source: Sakchai Lalit/APThe loose change eventually formed a heavy ball in her stomach weighing 5kg (11 pounds). The weight cracked the turtle’s ventral shell, causing a life-threatening infection.Five surgeons from Chulalongkorn University’s veterinary faculty patiently removed the coins over four hours while Bank”was under general anesthesia. The stash was too big to take out through the 10cm (four inch) incision they had made, so it had to be removed a few coins at a time. Many of them had corroded or partially dissolved.