Denounce India-Pakistan World Cup match: Cricket Club of India secretary to BCCI

first_imgDenounce India-Pakistan World Cup match: Cricket Club of India secretary to BCCICricket Club of India covered the portrait of Imran Khan in their restaurant hall after the Pulwama terror attack that took the lives of 40 CRPF personnel.advertisement ANI MumbaiFebruary 17, 2019UPDATED: February 17, 2019 17:59 IST Cricket Club of India secretary said “nation come first even before sports”. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSCCI secretary Suresh Bafna said Imran Khan should publicly condemn the Pulwama attackCCI covered Imran Khan’s portrait in their restaurant hallBafna said they are discussing how to remove Imran Khan’s portraitIn the wake of ghastly terror attack in Pulwama where 40 CRPF personnel were killed earlier this week, Cricket Club of India (CCI) secretary Suresh Bafna on Sunday said that India should not play a match against Pakistan in the forthcoming World Cup.Speaking to ANI, Suresh said that since Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has not come out openly about the attack in Kashmir, it shows that they are at fault somewhere.”We condemn the terror activities carried out against our army and CRPF personnel. Though CCI is a sporting association but nation comes first even before sports,” he said.”He [Imran Khan] should respond. He is the Prime Minister and if he believes that Pakistan has no role to play in the attack then why is he not coming out openly. He should come out openly. People should know the truth. He is not coming out openly which means that there are stains in their folds,” Suresh added.After the terror attack, CCI had covered the portrait of Imran Khan at its Brabourne stadium headquarters in Mumbai. The secretary said that the step was their way of condemning the barbaric attack on their security personnel.”We called a meeting on the very next day of the attack and to condemn the attack, we decided to cover the photo. We’ll be deciding soon how to remove the photo,” he said.Imran has twice played for Pakistan against India at the Brabourne Stadium. He had led Pakistan in a festival game against India in 1987. He also played an ODI at the venue when he led Pakistan to victory against Australia in a Nehru Cup Game in 1989, where he was also declared as the Man of the Match.advertisementHours after the attack on February 14, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry issued a wishy-washy statement, terming as “a matter of grave concern” the terror attack on the CRPF convoy which was carried out by Jaish-e-Mohammed outfit based in that country.In the statement, the Pakistan Foreign Ministry said, “We have always condemned acts of violence anywhere in the world.” The Pakistan Foreign Ministry has also been claiming that the link of the attack to it without an investigation was “insinuation.”However, India asserted that the Pakistan Foreign Ministry’s argument was “preposterous when there is a video of the suicide bomber declaring himself a member of the JeM” and there is also “other audio-visual and print material linking JeM to the terrorist attack.”Also Read | 14th February was a black day for India: Sania Mirza on Pulwama terror attackAlso Read | Shikhar Dhawan to donate money to families of CRPF martyrsAlso Read | Pakistan Super League telecast suspended in IndiaFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow India vs PakistanFollow 2019 ICC World CupFollow Pulwama terror attackFollow BCCIFollow Cricket Club of Indialast_img read more

Wonder what a talking monkey would sound like Scientists create recording based

first_imgBart de Boer of the VUB Artificial Intelligence Laboratory in Belgium then turned the information into a computer model that could predict and simulate a macaque’s vocal range based on the physical attributes.Human speech stems from a source sound produced by the larynx that is changed by the positions of the vocal anatomy such as the lips and tongue. They found that a macaque could produce comprehensible vowel sounds — and even full sentences — with its vocal tract if it had the neural ability to speak.”This new result tells us that there’s still a big mystery concerning where human speech came from,” said Laurie Santos, a psychology professor at Yale University.”The paper opens whole new doors for finding the key to the uniqueness of humans’ unparalleled language ability.”If a species as old as a macaque has a vocal tract capable of speech, then we really need to find the reason that this didn’t translate for later primates into the kind of speech sounds that humans produce.”I think that means we’re in for some exciting new answers soon.”Thore Jon Bergman, an assistant professor of psychology and ecology and evolutionary biology at the University of Michigan, said that the research could help narrow down the origin of human speech.”It looks like mainly neuro-cognitive — as opposed to anatomical — differences contribute to the broader range of sounds we produce relative to other primates,” said Dr Bergman, who is familiar with the research but was not involved in it.”An important part of understanding human uniqueness is to know what our relatives do,” he said. “This study shows that the anatomical capability to make a variety of sounds, as we do with speech, was present long ago. This is useful for understanding the starting point for the evolution of language.”The research was published in the journal Science Advances. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A monkey x-ray  It sounds like the gentle whisper of someone proposing marriage.But the recording below is actually the sound of how a monkey could speak, if it had the brain power for language.Scientists at Princeton have discovered that monkeys have a vocal anatomy which is capable of ‘clearly intelligible’ speech, just like humans.So the fact that they don’t speak is down to differences in brain structure which suggests that human speech stems from the unique evolution and is not linked to vocalization-related anatomical differences between humans and primates.”Now nobody can say that it’s something about the vocal anatomy that keeps monkeys from being able to speak — it has to be something in the brain,” said Dr Asif Ghazanfar, a Princeton University.”Even if this finding only applies to macaque monkeys, it would still debunk the idea that it’s the anatomy that limits speech in non-humans. Now, the interesting question is, what is it in the human brain that makes it special?”Previous examinations of primate vocal anatomy conducted on cadavers had concluded that monkeys and apes have a very limited range of sounds they could produce relative to humans.In the new research, the team used x-ray videos to capture the macaque’s vocal anatomy, such as tongue, lips and larynx.  A monkey x-ray last_img read more