closer to Higgs boson
Geneva, July 5: At a seminar held at
CERN yesterday as a curtain raiser to the year’s major particle physics
conference, ICHEP2012 in Melbourne, the ATLAS and CMS experiments presented
their latest preliminary results in the search for the long sought Higgs
particle. Both experiments observe a new particle in the mass region around
125-126 GeV, said a Press statement issued by CERN,
Organization for Nuclear Research. CERN headquartered in Geneva, is the
world's leading laboratory for particle physics.
“We observe in our data clear signs of a new particle, at the level of 5
sigma, in the mass region around 126 GeV. The outstanding performance of the
LHC and ATLAS and the huge efforts of many people have brought us to this
exciting stage,” said ATLAS experiment spokesperson Fabiola Gianotti, “but a
little more time is needed to prepare these results for publication.”
"The results are preliminary but the 5 sigma signal at around 125 GeV we’re
seeing is dramatic. This is indeed a new particle. We know it must be a
boson and it’s the heaviest boson ever found,” said CMS experiment
spokesperson Joe Incandela. “The implications are very significant and it is
precisely for this reason that we must be extremely diligent in all of our
studies and cross-checks."
“It’s hard not to get excited by these results,” said CERN Research Director
Sergio Bertolucci. “ We stated last year that in 2012 we would either find a
new Higgs-like particle or exclude the existence of the Standard Model
Higgs. With all the necessary caution, it looks to me that we are at a
branching point: the observation of this new particle indicates the path for
the future towards a more detailed understanding of what we’re seeing in the
The results presented today are labelled preliminary. They are based on data
collected in 2011 and 2012, with the 2012 data still under analysis.
Publication of the analyses shown today is expected around the end of July.
A more complete picture of today’s observations will emerge later this year
after the LHC provides the experiments with more data.
The next step will be to determine the precise nature of the particle and
its significance for our understanding of the universe. Are its properties
as expected for the long-sought Higgs boson, the final missing ingredient in
the Standard Model of particle physics? Or is it something more exotic? The
Standard Model describes the fundamental particles from which we, and every
visible thing in the universe, are made, and the forces acting between them.
All the matter that we can see, however, appears to be no more than about 4%
of the total. A more exotic version of the Higgs particle could be a bridge
to understanding the 96% of the universe that remains obscure.
“We have reached a milestone in our understanding of nature,” said CERN
Director General Rolf Heuer. “The discovery of a particle consistent with
the Higgs boson opens the way to more detailed studies, requiring larger
statistics, which will pin down the new particle’s properties, and is likely
to shed light on other mysteries of our universe.”
Positive identification of the new particle’s characteristics will take
considerable time and data. But whatever form the Higgs particle takes, our
knowledge of the fundamental structure of matter is about to take a major
SAARC Tour Operators Conclave today
New Delhi, July 5: Union Tourism Minister Subodh Kant Sahai will inaugurate
SAARC Tour Operators Conclave here on July 6. The conclave has been
organised by the Ministry of Tourism and is the follow up of action by India
since the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh had made an announcement in
Maldives during the 17th SAARC Summit on 10th-11th November, 2011 that India
will host a Conclave of the top dozen tour operators from SAARC Region to
boost tourism exchange.
It is expected that five top tour operators alognwith one official from each
SAARC member country will participate in the proposed Conclave. So far 26
tour operators from Bangladesh, Nepal, Bhutan, Afghanistan and Maldives have
confirmed there participation. Prominent Tour operators from India have also
been invited for the conclave.
Indo-Pak dialogues to continue
New Delhi, July 5: During the second-round of the resumed dialogue process,
the Foreign Secretaries of India and Pakistan met in New Delhi on July 4-5,
2012 for bilateral talks on Peace and Security including CBMs, Jammu &
Kashmir and Promotion of Friendly Exchanges. The talks were held in a frank
and constructive atmosphere. Both sides reiterated their desire to carry
forward the dialogue process in a purposeful and result-oriented manner. The
issue of Peace and Security, including CBMs, was discussed in a
comprehensive manner. Both sides emphasized the need to promote greater
trust and mutual understanding through constructive dialogue.
The Foreign Secretaries reviewed the ongoing implementation of the already
adopted Nuclear and Conventional CBMs. It was decided that separate meetings
of the Expert Level Groups on Nuclear and Conventional CBMs will be held to
discuss implementation and strengthening of the existing CBMs and suggest
additional mutually acceptable steps that could build greater trust and
confidence between the two countries, thereby contributing to peace and
security. The dates for the meetings of Expert Level Groups will be
determined through diplomatic channels.
The Foreign Secretaries noted that both countries recognize that terrorism
poses a continuing threat to peace and security. They reaffirmed the strong
commitment of the two countries to fight and eliminate terrorism in an
effective and comprehensive manner so as to eliminate the scourge in all its
forms and manifestations.
The Foreign Secretaries had a comprehensive exchange of views on the issue
of Jammu & Kashmir and agreed to continue discussions in a purposeful and
forward looking manner with the view to finding a peaceful solution by
narrowing divergences and building convergences. Both sides recognized the
need to strengthen the existing Cross-LoC CBMs for streamlining the
arrangements to facilitate travel and trade across LOC. They decided to
convene a meeting of the Working Group on Cross-LoC CBMs on July 19, 2012 in
Islamabad to recommend steps for strengthening and streamlining and
effectively implementing the existing trade and travel arrangements and
propose modalities for introducing additional cross LoC CBMs.
Both sides underlined the importance of greater people to people contacts
and friendly exchanges in building a relationship of trust and friendship
between the two countries. They noted that the text of a revised bilateral
Visa Agreement has already been finalized and decided to work for its early
signing. They emphasized the importance of greater parliamentary exchanges;
promotion of cooperation in various fields including facilitating visits to
Religious Shrines and cessation of hostile propaganda against each other.
The Foreign Secretaries also emphasized the need to promote media and sports
During his visit the Foreign Secretary of Pakistan will be calling on Indian
Minister of External Affairs of India S.M. Krishna and National Security
Adviser Shivshankar Menon. The Foreign Secretaries will meet again in
Islamabad, on a date to be decided through diplomatic channels, to prepare
for the meeting of the External Affairs/ Foreign Ministers in September
Call for greater educational cooperation
New Delhi, July 5: Indian minister of State for Human Resource Development
Dr. D. Purandeswari led the Indian delegation at the First East Asia Summuit
Education Ministers Meeting (EAS EMM), held in Yogyakarta, Indonesiatoday.
The Indian delegation comprised Mr. Gurjit Singh, Ambassador of India to
Indonesia and the ASEAN; Dr. R. Govinda, Vice Chancellor of National
University for Educational Planning and Administration (NUEPA); Ms. Radha
Chauhan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Human Resource Development; Mr. K.
Gunasekaran, Additional Secretary, University Grants Commission of India and
Mr. Nikhilesh Giri, First Secretary (ASEAN), Embassy of India, Jakarta.
In her statement at the EAS EMM, the Minister stated that time had come to
evolve a strategy to promote educational cooperation among the EAS countries
to harness credit transfer, mutual recognition of degrees, free flow of
highly qualified people, earmarking of seats for students from member
countries in reputed institutions in the region, setting up corpus fund to
promote research, etc.
Dr. Purandeswari conveyed India`s proposal to establish an EAS Regional
Leadership Development Programme, with the objective of providing access to
higher education for the generation of future leadership in the areas of
regional importance. India also expressed its interest in linking its
National Qualification Framework (NQF) to regional framework development.
This will usher in Regional Inter-Operability of National Qualification
Frameworks and ensure mobility within the EAS participating countries.
Regional integration and harmonization of skills are considered the
overarching intervention needed in TVET to address the major issues brought
about by the emerging economic, social and technological trends. A flexible
approach with different pedagogy and more focus for employers` engagement
and ownership are the key success factors for TVET for which sharing of best
practices across the region can be integrated to leverage the potential of
skill development and competitiveness. Facilitating TVET Teacher and Student
Mobility would benefit from a regional approach and India will take the lead
in this project.
On the margins of the EAS EMM, Dr. Purandeswari also held bilateral meetings
with the Ministrer of Education and Culture of Indonesia H. E. Prof. Dr.
Muhammad Nuh; Minister of Education of Australia Hon’ble Christopher Evans;
Minister of Education of New Zealand Hon’ble Steven Joice; and the US Deputy
Secretary for Education Senator Anthony Wilder Miller to review progress in
bilateral cooperation in the field of education. They also exchange notes on
the approaches of the respective countries on future plans for educational
cooperation under the EAS framework.
India and Indonesia also held their second meeting of the Joint Working
Group on Education in Yogyakarta on 4 July. The Indian and Indonesian
delegations were led by Dr. R. Govinda, Vice Channcellor, NUEPA and Dr.
Harris Iskandar, Secretary at the Direcorate General for Education. Both
sides agreed on concerete plans for exchange of students and faculty under
various scholarship schemes; research collaboartion; and twinning of
D.D. Verma new Secretary of Ministry of Parliamentary
New Delhi, July 5: Desh Deepak Verma IAS (UP: 78) has taken over charge as
Secretary Ministry of Parliamentary Affairs with effect from the 2nd of July
2012. The President appointed Shri Desh Deepak Verma as Secretary, Ministry
of Parliamentary Affairs after the Appointments Committee of the Cabinet
approved his appointment in the vacancy of S. Chandrashekaran who has
superannuated. Verma, an IAS officer of 1978 batch of UP cadre was the
Director General, Sports Authority of India in the Ministry of Youth Affairs
and Sports since May 2011. He has also worked as Additional Secretary in
Union Ministry of Food and Public Distribution. An MSc in Physics and MBA in
International Business from an Australian University, Shri Verma was the
Principal Secretary of Transport and then Food and Drugs Department in Uttar
Pradesh before moving on to Central Government in April 2010. Earlier he had
a five year stint at the centre between 2001 and 2006 as Joint Secretary in
the Ministry Environment and Forests.
Spectrum auction: Govt. may not be able to meet SC
New Delhi July 5: The government may not be able to meet the Supreme
Court (SC) deadline of August 31 to complete the process. An
indication to this was given by the Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) set up
to supervise auction of spectrum for telecom services. IMC, according to a
PTI report, has reportedly conveyed that it is difficult to complete the
auction exercise by August 31 due to delay in final decision from Empowered
Group of Ministers (EGoM).
The IMC has
already extended the date for submitting bids by auctioneer (agency that
will operate auction process) from July 5 to July 20. The auctioneer can be
selected only after final guidelines are issued by EGoM. "The selected
auctioneer would need some time to prepare the auction design due to its
complexity. Further, compliance certification will be required. Hence, it
would not be possible to meet the SC set deadline," government sources told
PTI. The panel has also suggested that these "constraints be brought before
the court". The views were taken by IMC in its fifteenth meeting on June 29,
sources said. The panel includes representatives from the ministries of
Finance, Commerce, Communications & IT and a senior adviser from the
After cancelling 122 telecom licences, Supreme Court has asked government to
complete auction by August 31 and extended validity of quashed licences till