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Police probe deaths of three foreigners in Bali

first_imgGede said his agency had gone to the villa to remove the body after receiving a request from the Badung Disaster Mitigation Agency (BPDB) at 3:45 p.m. on Thursday. Basarnas then deployed six personnel for the process.The personnel wore complete protective gear as part of the standard COVID-19 protocol.The victim was taken to the Sanglah Hospital morgue, pending permission from the family for autopsy, Bagus added.Read also: Bali hamlet put under lockdown after tests indicate over 400 people ‘reactive’ to virusOn Wednesday, 58-year-old Kevin James Nunn from West Australia was found dead in his rented house in North Denpasar.Nunn allegedly died from consuming two cans of expired soft drinks. Denpasar Police chief Adj. Jensen Aviatus said Nunn had told his wife that he felt pain in the chest before he died.Police had also started investigating the death to find out whether Nunn had died from drink poisoning.His body was also removed using COVID-19 protocol, but a COVID-19 test on Nunn has come back negative.“The investigation is ongoing. However, one thing is certain, that he had no COVID 19 based on a rapid test,” Jansen said.On Tuesday, Australian man Christopher Steven Tolley was found dead in his hotel room in Seminyak. The 48-year-old was found dead on the bed in his hotel room on Tuesday afternoon after missing his check-out time.His body was taken to the Sanglah Hospital for further investigation. Kuta Police are probing the cause of death.Tolley too was declared negative for COVID-19 following a swab test, Sanglah Hospital director Wayan Sudana said.Topics : The Bali Police are investigating the deaths of three foreigners who were found lifeless in separate locations on the resort island.A male US national identified as Darrel Carlton was found dead in a villa in the Seminyak subdistrict of Kuta district, Badung regency, on Thursday, the third foreigner who died in Bali after two Australians died on Tuesday and Wednesday.Kuta Police investigation unit head First Insp. Bagus Nagara Baranacita said police were still investigating the cause of death but had found no signs of violence on Carlton’s body. “We are still waiting for the COVID 19 test result before conducting further investigation,” Bagus said on Thursday, adding that investigators would also search the victim’s room.Read also: Bali sees almost 100 percent drop in foreign touristsFifty-year-old Carlton, who ran a villa-rental business in Seminyak, was found dead after a tenant who was about to check out of their room contacted him. As Carlton did not answer the calls, the tenant went to check on Carlton and noticed a foul odor emitting from his room. The tenant then reported to the pecalang (traditional Balinese guard), who in turn contacted local authorities.The head of the Bali Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas), Gede Darmada, said the body was stiff with blackened skin. The victim had probably died three days prior to the discovery.last_img read more

Indias education minister assails evolutionary theory calls for curricula overhaul

first_img Country * Afghanistan Aland Islands Albania Algeria Andorra Angola Anguilla Antarctica Antigua and Barbuda Argentina Armenia Aruba Australia Austria Azerbaijan Bahamas Bahrain Bangladesh Barbados Belarus Belgium Belize Benin Bermuda Bhutan Bolivia, Plurinational State of Bonaire, Sint Eustatius and Saba Bosnia and Herzegovina Botswana Bouvet Island Brazil British Indian Ocean Territory Brunei Darussalam Bulgaria Burkina Faso Burundi Cambodia Cameroon Canada Cape Verde Cayman Islands Central African Republic Chad Chile China Christmas Island Cocos (Keeling) Islands Colombia Comoros Congo Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Cook Islands Costa Rica Cote d’Ivoire Croatia Cuba Curaçao Cyprus Czech Republic Denmark Djibouti Dominica Dominican Republic Ecuador Egypt El Salvador Equatorial Guinea Eritrea Estonia Ethiopia Falkland Islands (Malvinas) Faroe Islands Fiji Finland France French Guiana French Polynesia French Southern Territories Gabon Gambia Georgia Germany Ghana Gibraltar Greece Greenland Grenada Guadeloupe Guatemala Guernsey Guinea Guinea-Bissau Guyana Haiti Heard Island and McDonald Islands Holy See (Vatican City State) Honduras Hungary Iceland India Indonesia Iran, Islamic Republic of Iraq Ireland Isle of Man Israel Italy Jamaica Japan Jersey Jordan Kazakhstan Kenya Kiribati Korea, Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Republic of Kuwait Kyrgyzstan Lao People’s Democratic Republic Latvia Lebanon Lesotho Liberia Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Liechtenstein Lithuania Luxembourg Macao Macedonia, the former Yugoslav Republic of Madagascar Malawi Malaysia Maldives Mali Malta Martinique Mauritania Mauritius Mayotte Mexico Moldova, Republic of Monaco Mongolia Montenegro Montserrat Morocco Mozambique Myanmar Namibia Nauru Nepal Netherlands New Caledonia New Zealand Nicaragua Niger Nigeria Niue Norfolk Island Norway Oman Pakistan Palestine Panama Papua New Guinea Paraguay Peru Philippines Pitcairn Poland Portugal Qatar Reunion Romania Russian Federation Rwanda Saint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da Cunha Saint Kitts and Nevis Saint Lucia Saint Martin (French part) Saint Pierre and Miquelon Saint Vincent and the Grenadines Samoa San Marino Sao Tome and Principe Saudi Arabia Senegal Serbia Seychelles Sierra Leone Singapore Sint Maarten (Dutch part) Slovakia Slovenia Solomon Islands Somalia South Africa South Georgia and the South Sandwich Islands South Sudan Spain Sri Lanka Sudan Suriname Svalbard and Jan Mayen Swaziland Sweden Switzerland Syrian Arab Republic Taiwan Tajikistan Tanzania, United Republic of Thailand Timor-Leste Togo Tokelau Tonga Trinidad and Tobago Tunisia Turkey Turkmenistan Turks and Caicos Islands Tuvalu Uganda Ukraine United Arab Emirates United Kingdom United States Uruguay Uzbekistan Vanuatu Venezuela, Bolivarian Republic of Vietnam Virgin Islands, British Wallis and Futuna Western Sahara Yemen Zambia Zimbabwe Rex Features/AP Images NEW DELHI—A new front has opened in the war on science in India. On Friday, India’s minister for higher education, Satyapal Singh, took aim at the theory of evolution. Calling himself “a responsible man of science,” Singh, a chemist, suggested that Darwin’s theory is “scientifically wrong” and “needs to change” in school and university curricula. In remarks on the sidelines of a conference in Aurangabad, in central India, Singh further noted that “nobody, including our ancestors, in written or oral, have said they saw an ape turning into a man.”Top scientists have condemned Singh’s remarks. They “seem to be aimed at politically polarizing science and scientists, and that is the real danger we must guard against,” says Raghavendra Gadagkar, immediate past president of the Indian National Science Academy and an ecologist at the Indian Institute of Science in Bengaluru. Yesterday, India’s three science academies released a statement endorsed by more than 2000 scientists, declaring that “it would be a retrograde step to remove the teaching of the theory of evolution from school and college curricula or to dilute this by offering nonscientific explanations or myths.” Click to view the privacy policy. Required fields are indicated by an asterisk (*) Email India’s education minister assails evolutionary theory, calls for curricula overhaul Singh is not the only voice in India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) espousing antiscience views. The government took heat last year over an effort to validate panchagavya, a folk remedy based on cow dung, as a cure-all, and in 2014, Prime Minister Narendra Modi claimed that the world’s first plastic surgery was performed in India when the Hindu deity Ganesh was created with a human body and an elephant head. “The BJP is the fountainhead of scientific nonsense,” says opposition politician Jairam Ramesh, a mechanical engineer by training. Sign up for our daily newsletter Get more great content like this delivered right to you! Country Higher Education Minister Satyapal Singh on Friday labeled the theory of evolution “scientifically wrong,” provoking a backlash. By Pallava BaglaJan. 22, 2018 , 11:25 AM Singh is not backing down. Over the weekend, he said his ministry intends to hold a conference in which evolutionary theory and creationism “could be debated openly.” However, a senior Indian official, Human Resource Development Minister Prakash Javadekar, told The Press Trust of India on Tuesday that the government has no plan “for a national seminar to prove Darwin wrong.” *Update, 23 January, 11:23 a.m.: This story has been updated with comment from a senior official, who said the government has no plan “for a national seminar to prove Darwin wrong.”last_img read more