New Delhi: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju said in a statement on Saturday that the National Sports Code must be adhered to and autonomy of National Sports Federations should be protected at all cost. Rijiju’s statement comes after it recently emerged that Indian Olympic Association President Narinder Batra alleged interference by the ministry in the functioning of NSFs.“I’ve been made aware of some concerns of Indian Olympic Association President, Narinder Dhruv Batra and news published in some section of media regarding autonomous functioning of National Sporting Federations (NSFs) vis-a-vis perceived control of the Sports Ministry and SAI on their day- to-day functioning,” said Rijiju.“While reviewing the critical sporting activities, the autonomous functioning of the National Sports Federations must be maintained at any cost. Adherence to National Sports Code and Good Governance in NSFs are cornerstones of transparency and fairness in all it’s conducts.“Govt is committed to provide necessary support to NSFs for the promotion of sports and to ensure the well-being of our athletes is not compromised.”Rijiju however also said that consultation and coordination between the ministry, IOA and the NSFs must continue and relationships should not be dampened due to the conduct of any individual.“Regular consultation and discussion amongst the stakeholders at various levels must be smooth but undesirable conduct by individuals at any circumstances should not dampen our cooperation spirit and any remark made by individuals at certain situations should not be treated as a matter of policy. We are determined to work together to realise the dream of making India a sports superpower,” he said. IANSAlso Read: Darkest night will end: Sports Minister Kiren Rijiju on Good FridayAlso Watch: Senior Journalist Ajit Kumar Bhuyan files nomination papers for Rajya Sabha elections
Brittle stars are included within a whole range of species, which contribute to knowledge in the medically important area of tissue regeneration. All brittle stars regenerate lose limbs, but the rate at which this occurs is highly variable and species-specific. One of the slowest rates of arm regeneration reported so far is that of the Antarctic Ophionotus victoriae. Additionally, O. victoriae also has an unusual delay in the onset of regeneration of about 5 months. Both processes are of interest for the areas of regeneration biology and adaptation to cold environments. One method of understanding the details of regeneration events in brittle stars is to characterise the genes involved. In the largest transcriptome study of any ophiuroid to date, we describe the results of mRNA pyrosequencing from pooled samples of regenerating arms of O. victoriae. The sequencing reads resulted in 18,000 assembled contiguous sequences of which 19% were putatively annotated by blast sequence similarity searching. We focus on the identification of major gene families and pathways with potential relevance to the regenerative processes including the Wnt/β-catenin pathway, Hox genes, the SOX gene family and the TGF beta signalling pathways. These data significantly increase the amount of ophiuroid sequences publicly available and provide candidate transcripts for the further investigation of the unusual regenerative process in this Antarctic ophiuroid.