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However, reasons.If not repaired now,” Nirbhaya’s mother Asha Devi said. or noodles in soup, Yoshitake 13.The case has been registered following directives from the Human Rights Commission. According to the SHOthe FIR states that Narayani had undergone treatment for tuberculosis at a Delhi hospital in 2006 where she had came in contact of a nurse named Pinki Narayani has said that during her stay in DelhiPinki introduced her with a Mauritius nationalGeetawho extended financial help for her treatment The woman alleged in the FIR that Geeta fraudulently managed to get documents about adoption of Narayanis nine-month-old son with the help of two lawyers at the Tees Hazari court in Delhi then Narayanihoweverhad returned with her son to her native place at Ruriya village in Fareedpur According to the FIRin October 2006Swaroopaccompanied by other accused and the police teamcame to her house and took away her son forcibly For all the latest Lucknow News download Indian Express App More Related NewsWritten by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published: May 6 2009 12:36 am Related News To return excess money charged from complainant The District Consumer Disputes Redressal Forum has directed the A&A Developers and Builders in Mohali to pay Rs 25000 as compensation for a delay in the allotment of a flat to a resident The company has also been directed to complete the construction and deliver possession of the flat by the end of this year The forum also asked the builder to not demand any amount in excess of what was earlier agreed upon and directed Hill View Promotersa partner of the companyto refund Rs 1 lakh taken in excess from the complainant The complainantSanjeev Goyalhad applied for a flat with A&A Builders and Developers in January 2007 He booked a flat in Golf View Towers in Sector 91Mohaliand made a full-and-final payment of Rs 31 lakh In Februaryan agreement was signed according to which the builders were to complete the construction of the apartments by December 2008 It was averred in the complaint that while no construction had started till the first week of AugustGoyal received a letter from Hill View Promotersdemanding Rs 4 lakh more due to escalation of the price of the project He was asked to pay Rs 275 lakh immediately The complainant said he paid Rs 1 lakh under protestbut there was no supplementary agreement to this effect After the builders delayed the project for more than one year and nine months without intimating himGoyal saidhe moved the consumer forumalleging deficiency in service The forumheaded by Jagroop Singh Mahalsaid it was clear that no construction had started at the spot The builders rather played a trick by transferring the project in favour of Hill View Promoters as its partnerswho wrote a letter that there had been an increase in the cost of construction andthereforehe (Goyal) should pay Rs 275 lakh more The complainant was told that the escalated cost had already been paid by 26 members? mostly in denomination of Rs 2000, The ministry also told the bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice R S Endlaw that the MoU had “not been referred to the HRD ministry at any stage”.and Harmony (Korine.

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a resident of Farrukhabad. which opposes the use of animals in research. “I see this as a positive step for animal welfare. No capital gains tax would be levied in case of conversion of small companies into Limited Liability Partnerships (LLP), he said With regard to individual taxpayershe said that though not much of a change has been proposedexcept for marginally increasing the slab limitsit will leave more disposable income for taxpayers Dr Waman ParkhidirectorKPMGdiscussed the Indirect tax portion of the budget He said it was the earnest endeavor to rollout GST from April 2011 and Service Tax rate remains unchanged at 10 per cent as a precursor to GST He said the delay in GST implementation should give time to both government and industry to prepare for this transition He also mentioned about introduction of eight new taxable services (effective from a date to be notified upon enactment of Finance Bill 2010) which will include services like promoting a brand of goodsservicesevents and those provided by electricity exchanges Parkhi said renting activityregarded as taxable service with retrospective effectand service tax proposals on rental and real estate transactions are likely to be litigative For all the latest Pune News download Indian Express App More Top NewsA lone soldier stands in a dark alley eyeing a door Even though he’s covered in bulky armor he charges forward and bursts through and is engulfed in a barrage of gunfire Rather than retreat the soldier stands tall as bullets ping off him harmlessly This isn’t a trailer for the latest superhero movie It’s an animation produced by the US military designed to show off its vision for a brawny robotic exoskeleton that it hopes to deploy with elite commandos Dubbed the Tactical Assault Light Operator Suit or TALOS it’s the focus of a multimillion dollar research project catalyzed by a commando’s death during a hostage rescue in Afghanistan The TALOS’s name pays homage to a metal giant of Greek mythology who guarded the island of Crete effortlessly circling it three times a day More casually it is called the Iron Man suit The TALOS is just one part of a much larger global research push to develop exoskeletons that would endow people with superhuman strength and endurance But imagining Iron Man in comic books and movies has proven easier than building him The effort is littered with failures A predecessor to the TALOS called the Human Universal Load Carrier (HULC) was shelved after it proved impractical exhausting users instead of supercharging them And some scientists are skeptical that the TALOS and similar heavy hard-bodied exoskeleton designs will work anytime soon saying they often fail to address fundamental physiological issues A CUADRA/SCIENCE Improving on the effortlessness of the human stride—little more than a forward lean and a flick of the calf—turns out to be a daunting engineering challenge Building a machine to help someone with a disability is one thing but “it’s very difficult from a design perspective to augment human walking and running because we’re so good at it” says Hugh Herr an engineer at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Cambridge The exoskeletons developed so far he says are too bulky and tend to fight the natural rhythms of the body which turns them into “fancy exercise machines” As a result some researchers are lowering their sights They are taking a softer smaller approach building suits that resemble running tights hooked to motorized wires or a modest ankle brace In just the last few years they have finally achieved a long-sought goal: creating an exoskeleton that actually saves the user energy while walking on a level treadmill That achievement is a long way from a supersoldier smashing through a door but it is raising hopes that machinery and microprocessors can truly augment a healthy human “I think we’re in the stage where the Wright brothers can get the plane up for a bit but it doesn’t stay up for long” says Dan Ferris a leading exoskeleton scientist at the University of Michigan (UM) Ann Arbor MILITARY LEADERS seeking to give soldiers more strength stamina and protection have long dreamed of something similar to Marvel Comics’s Iron Man whose powers came from a robotic suit In the late 1960s the US Office of Naval Research funded development of Hardiman a massive 680-kilogram exoskeleton built by General Electric Global Research Hardiman was ultimately abandoned but the idea didn’t die In 2000 the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) a Pentagon agency best known for helping invent the Internet radar-evading stealth aircraft and pilotless drones began funding research into exoskeletons that could improve combat performance The results included a variety of high-tech hinged metal leg braces One design from a lab at the University of California (UC) Berkeley evolved into the HULC By 2011 defense contractor Lockheed Martin which had licensed the rights to use the UC Berkeley system was ready to test an updated HULC which featured slimmed-down braces and motor-driven joints at the US Army’s Natick Soldier Research Development and Engineering Center in Massachusetts The hype was substantial The HULC “will enable soldiers to do things they cannot do today while helping to protect them from musculoskeletal injuries” declared Lockheed project manager Jim Ni in a press release The HULC would enable soldiers to carry 90 kilograms up to 20 kilometers on a single battery charge the company claimed (See below for a HULC promotional video) The celebration was short-lived When soldiers strapped into the 40-kilogram suit and walked on a treadmill tests showed they burned more energy than they did walking unaided In one trial involving eight HULC wearers their heart rates jumped by 26% on average while their oxygen consumption rose 39% compared with when they didn’t use the machine One big problem was that the HULC forced wearers to walk in an unfamiliar way says Karen Gregorczyk a biomechanical engineer at the Army’s Natick center who led the tests That difficulty was compounded by a lack of coordination between human and machine “It’s trying to kick your leg forward and you’re not ready to kick your leg forward” says Gregorczyk who spent a half hour trying the suit “It was a workout” Today the last of the HULC prototypes are parked at a company lab in Orlando Florida Work is also on hold on XOS 2 a similar DARPA-born exoskeleton that Raytheon acquired A HULC promotional video: THE HULC’S DOWNFALL hasn’t stopped the military from trying again to go big Now the focus is on the TALOS a brainchild of former Navy Admiral Bill McRaven who until last year led the Pentagon’s Special Operations Command (SOCOM) After a SEAL commando died shot while entering a room during a hostage rescue McRaven says someone asked him why the military still didn’t have a good way to protect soldiers in those situations “He said ‘Where is our Iron Man suit’” recalls McRaven now chancellor of the University of Texas system “I didn’t have a good answer for him” In early 2013 McRaven’s command launched a 5-year research program From the start the TALOS had a touch of Hollywood and not just in the promotional video Among the project’s contractors was Legacy Effects a California company that built the suits for the Iron Man movies “Science fiction can drive the science” McRaven says “We may never get something that looks just like Iron Man but that’s what we’re looking for” So far there are few public details about the TALOS’s design In written responses to questions from Science Lieutenant Commander Matt Allen a SOCOM spokesman painted a picture of a full-body exoskeleton capable of carrying heavy body armor as well as antennae and computers to provide battlefield information and sensors to track the soldier’s physical condition Photos and promotional video of prototypes show devices that bear a strong resemblance to the HULC with rigid hinged frames running down the legs But Russ Angold an engineer and co-founder of the Richmond California company Ekso Bionics says the TALOS designers have learned from the shortcomings of past designs The company was created to commercialize the UC Berkeley exoskeleton and invented the first HULC Now it has contracts to build prototypes for the TALOS “I think every problem can be solved” he says “It’s just a matter of time” Researchers are “extensively” investigating tradeoffs between weight mobility and endurance Allen wrote Although media reports have put the project’s budget at $80 million Allen wrote “we do not know how much TALOS will cost” When the exoskeleton might appear is also unclear A timetable that calls for producing a fully functional prototype by 2018 “is on track right now” said Army General Joseph Votel SOCOM’s current leader at a conference this past January But he noted that “many significant challenges remain” UM’s Ferris believes the needed technical advances—to shave weight boost battery performance and get the machine to move in perfect synchrony with a person—are still far off “The reality is they don’t understand the engineering and the science” he says of SOCOM “They don’t understand the leap we need to make” And he estimates that TALOS backers will “need a budget of $500 million to make this happen” Such concerns got now-retired Senator Tom Coburn (R–OK) to include the TALOS in the 2014 edition of his annual Wastebook of projects he considered government boondoggles Scientists at the Natick Army research lab also have expressed concerns The military still lacks a grasp of the basic biomechanics needed for a successful leg exoskeleton Gregorczyk and several others concluded in a recent research proposal The result has been a “best guess” approach that has produced several “poorly functioning devices” including the HULC They’re calling for more fundamental studies to understand how an exoskeleton and human leg interact “I think Iron Man’s too big” Gregorczyk says “I think we have to start small and see how that works first” Herr whose MIT lab has built a small motorized ankle exoskeleton that broke new ground by showing that it could actually improve walking performance laments the military’s preoccupation with big bulky designs “I’ve been passionately trying to convince the [Department of Defense] to just stop obsessing with that type of architecture” he says A MORE PROMISING ALTERNATIVE some exoskeleton advocates say can be found in a Cambridge Massachusetts lab that looks like a cross between a robotics shop and a fashion design studio In addition to a treadmill and the usual motors and wiring engineer Conor Walsh’s space at Harvard University features four sewing machines bins filled with fabric and a wheeled rack hung with black clothes The clothes are emblematic of a different approach to exoskeleton design Born of a new DARPA program called Warrior Web it’s the antithesis of the TALOS Rather than building a hefty metal machine that bears the weight of a load—and that can get in the way of normal movement—Walsh and his team are using fabric flexible cables and small motors to inject an extra shot of energy into each stride while letting a person move freely These “soft exosuits” weigh just 9 kilograms and use just 140 watts of electricity—slightly more than a desktop computer In theory the suits could mean soldiers arrive at the end of a long patrol less tired and injury-prone To demonstrate how it actually works Walsh’s team let a reporter try out the system Getting outfitted is a bit like being a model preparing to hit the runway I pull on a pair of black tights; then Diana Wagner who’s in charge of the fabric side of the project laces me into the rest of the outfit Straps wrap corset-tight around my waist hips thighs and calves Everything has to be snug and form-fitting so that when the motors start pulling nothing jerks out of place Sensors tucked into the bootlaces and thigh straps will monitor my legs’ movements telling the machine when to kick in After 45 minutes of adjusting I’m ready to climb on the treadmill Two engineers lower a backpack adorned with boxes and dangling cables onto my shoulders They latch the cables into connectors on my waist and legs and on carbon-fiber spurs that jut from the heels of my Army boots I pose midstride so that the machine can correctly adjust the cables Then Ignacio Galiana one of the engineers starts the treadmill I’m walking at a pace of about 5 kilometers an hour My first step is met with a surprisingly abrupt yank on my heel It lets go and almost immediately my other leg is tugged up and back I keep my balance and settle into a brisk walk the tiny electric motors and gears keeping time with a frenetic whirring They retrieve and release the wires with every step synced to my pace by microprocessors and the motion sensors Even after a few minutes each pull is slightly jarring a bit like being a marionette with four wires controlling my legs Am I walking in the suit or is it walking me “We’re doing a significant percentage of what your body needs” Galiana explains “It takes a little bit to get used to these additional forces and be fully relaxed” After 12 minutes on the treadmill he turns off the exoskeleton as I keep walking Something unexpected happens My legs suddenly feel slower the boots heavier There is less pep in my stride “That’s what we hear often” Galiana says with a grin “People feel like they are walking in mud” The suit’s benefit Walsh says is borne out by the numbers In a recent test seven people walking in the suits and carrying loads equal to 30% of their bodyweight were on average 7% more efficient than without the suits A soldier tries out a so-called soft exosuit at the Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland Tests have found it can help a person walk more efficiently Paul Fetters PERFORMING ON A LAB TREADMILL is one thing But does the soft suit work in the real world To answer that question Walsh and DARPA go to the backwoods of the US Army’s Aberdeen Proving Ground a sprawling 30000-hectare base north of Baltimore Maryland This past summer on a humid 28°C morning 21-year-old US Army Specialist Cacciatore (he wouldn’t give his first name) goes out for a hike But this is no normal workout The only thing standard issue is his close-cropped haircut And he is trailed by a 12-person entourage of Harvard engineers Army scientists and DARPA officials slipping in the mud and swatting mosquitos A team of technicians trails a military exosuit tester gathering data that will reveal whether the device is aiding—or hurting—the soldier’s performance Paul Fetters Before setting out in a soft exosuit and gear totaling 40 kilograms Cacciatore spends 5 minutes in a lab walking and jumping on a treadmill that measures the force of each step A facemask helps researchers gauge how much oxygen he is using On another day he’ll do the same thing minus the exosuit to compare the results Then Cacciatore marches at breakneck speed down a muddy path in a tan T-shirt and the black tights the exosuit’s noisy gears giving him a distinctly robotic air As he tromps along two following engineers laptops suspended from their necks peer at a collage of graphs tracing the machinery’s performance When Cacciatore reaches a downed tree he easily steps up and over it The wires go slack because motion sensors detect something other than regular walking Observers are impressed “I’ve gotta tell you it’s cool” says Michael LaFiandra a biomechanics expert and chief of the Dismounted Warrior Branch at the Army Research Laboratory at Aberdeen “Physical augmentation was kind of a pipe dream And now it seems like it could be a reality” (See below for a promotional video showing off another vision of a future exoskeleton) Still there are problems It’s a prototype after all not built to withstand battlefield rigors Twice during the hike something malfunctions or breaks Like a pit crew at the Indianapolis 500 the engineers swarm over the soldier swiftly making repairs Later Walsh won’t detail the overall result of the tests “I can say that it was positive” he allows The mechanical problems that morning were the only ones in 2 weeks of testing he says Still Walsh cautions against unrealistic expectations ticking off a host of challenges The soft exosuit is programmed for walking for instance but not running It has proven difficult to design a system that kicks in at the right time when someone is traveling over uneven terrain Some people have an easier time adapting to the suit than others suggesting any benefit could vary from user to user And any final version would have to integrate with the many other parts of a military outfit The Army’s Gregorczyk offers another sobering list of questions that any real-world Iron Man suit—soft or hard—will have to confront Could using an exoskeleton cause its own set of injuries Would the performance benefit outweigh the cost “Say a device reduces the metabolic cost of a soldier carrying a load by 5%” she says “Does that translate into an operational benefit Does it mean anything” Warren Cornwall is a freelance writer in Bellingham Washington Revision Military’s vision of a future exoskeleton:” Pramod Kumar,a pre-meal drink (beer for two at a mid-range restaurant).

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