Nagaland’s political turmoil explained Nagaland Chief Minister Shurhozelie Liezietsu on Wednesday failed to turn up to face floor test in Assembly. The House was adjourned sine die.A special session of the State Assembly had to be convened on Wednesday after the Gauhati High Court on Tuesday dismissed Mr. Liezietsu plea to stay the Governor’s directive to him to seek a trust vote.Former Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang, leader of the rebel NPF MLAs, was present in the House along with his followers.The motion to prove the majority of the chief minister could not be taken up as he was not present and the House was adjourned sine die, Speaker Imtiwapang said.The Speaker said, he will report the proceedings of the House to the Governor.Efforts to contact legislators of the Liezietsu camp turned futile as they did not take calls.Governor P.B. Acharya on July 18 directed Speaker Imtiwapang to summon an emergent special session of the State Assembly at 9.30 a.m. for the Chief Minister, who is facing a rebellion from his party MLAs, to seek the confidence vote. Mr. Acharya on July 11 and July 13 directed Mr. Liezietsu, who is facing rebellion by 43 ruling Naga Peoples Front MLAs led by former Chief Minister T.R. Zeliang demanding change of leadership in the present house of 59, to seek vote of confidence on or before July 15.Mr. Zeliang, who was forced out of office in February following large scale protests over holding of urban local bodies election with 33% reservation for women, had staked claim to form the government saying he had majority support in the House.Four BJP legislators and Nagaland BJP president Visasolie Lhoungu on Tuesday called on the Governor and submitted a letter supporting Mr. Zeliang.BJP is an alliance partner of the NPF and a constituent of the Democratic Alliance of Nagaland (DAN) government in the State. The Liezietsu faction, however, has severed ties with BJP. (With inputs from PTI)
TOKYO—RIKEN has decided against reopening an investigation into two stem cell papers that concluded that the lead author, Haruko Obokata of RIKEN’s Center for Developmental Biology in Kobe, engaged in research misconduct. The institute has yet to decide whether Obokata will be punished.RIKEN launched an investigation after claims of image manipulation and plagiarism surfaced regarding a research article and a letter published online in Nature on 29 January that described a new, simple way of creating stem cells called STAP, for stimulus-triggered acquisition of pluripotency.An investigating committee found numerous problems with the papers and concluded in a 31 March report that two of those, both in the article, constituted research misconduct. Obokata maintains that her main finding of a new way to create stem cells is valid but admits making innocent mistakes in handling images and text in the papers. She filed a formal appeal on 8 April, asking that the investigation be reopened and the misconduct judgment reconsidered. In a 21-page report dated yesterday, the same investigating committee rebutted the points of her appeal one by one and concluded “that there is no need to re-investigate the results of the committee’s investigation issued on March 31, 2014.”Sign up for our daily newsletterGet more great content like this delivered right to you!Country *AfghanistanAland IslandsAlbaniaAlgeriaAndorraAngolaAnguillaAntarcticaAntigua and BarbudaArgentinaArmeniaArubaAustraliaAustriaAzerbaijanBahamasBahrainBangladeshBarbadosBelarusBelgiumBelizeBeninBermudaBhutanBolivia, Plurinational State ofBonaire, Sint Eustatius and SabaBosnia and HerzegovinaBotswanaBouvet IslandBrazilBritish Indian Ocean TerritoryBrunei DarussalamBulgariaBurkina FasoBurundiCambodiaCameroonCanadaCape VerdeCayman IslandsCentral African RepublicChadChileChinaChristmas IslandCocos (Keeling) IslandsColombiaComorosCongoCongo, The Democratic Republic of theCook IslandsCosta RicaCote D’IvoireCroatiaCubaCuraçaoCyprusCzech RepublicDenmarkDjiboutiDominicaDominican RepublicEcuadorEgyptEl SalvadorEquatorial GuineaEritreaEstoniaEthiopiaFalkland Islands (Malvinas)Faroe IslandsFijiFinlandFranceFrench GuianaFrench PolynesiaFrench Southern TerritoriesGabonGambiaGeorgiaGermanyGhanaGibraltarGreeceGreenlandGrenadaGuadeloupeGuatemalaGuernseyGuineaGuinea-BissauGuyanaHaitiHeard Island and Mcdonald IslandsHoly See (Vatican City State)HondurasHong KongHungaryIcelandIndiaIndonesiaIran, Islamic Republic ofIraqIrelandIsle of ManIsraelItalyJamaicaJapanJerseyJordanKazakhstanKenyaKiribatiKorea, Democratic People’s Republic ofKorea, Republic ofKuwaitKyrgyzstanLao People’s Democratic RepublicLatviaLebanonLesothoLiberiaLibyan Arab JamahiriyaLiechtensteinLithuaniaLuxembourgMacaoMacedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic ofMadagascarMalawiMalaysiaMaldivesMaliMaltaMartiniqueMauritaniaMauritiusMayotteMexicoMoldova, Republic ofMonacoMongoliaMontenegroMontserratMoroccoMozambiqueMyanmarNamibiaNauruNepalNetherlandsNew CaledoniaNew ZealandNicaraguaNigerNigeriaNiueNorfolk IslandNorwayOmanPakistanPalestinianPanamaPapua New GuineaParaguayPeruPhilippinesPitcairnPolandPortugalQatarReunionRomaniaRussian FederationRWANDASaint Barthélemy Saint Helena, Ascension and Tristan da CunhaSaint Kitts and NevisSaint LuciaSaint Martin (French part)Saint Pierre and MiquelonSaint Vincent and the GrenadinesSamoaSan MarinoSao Tome and PrincipeSaudi ArabiaSenegalSerbiaSeychellesSierra LeoneSingaporeSint Maarten (Dutch part)SlovakiaSloveniaSolomon IslandsSomaliaSouth AfricaSouth Georgia and the South Sandwich IslandsSouth SudanSpainSri LankaSudanSurinameSvalbard and Jan MayenSwazilandSwedenSwitzerlandSyrian Arab RepublicTaiwanTajikistanTanzania, United Republic ofThailandTimor-LesteTogoTokelauTongaTrinidad and TobagoTunisiaTurkeyTurkmenistanTurks and Caicos IslandsTuvaluUgandaUkraineUnited Arab EmiratesUnited KingdomUnited StatesUruguayUzbekistanVanuatuVenezuela, Bolivarian Republic ofVietnamVirgin Islands, BritishWallis and FutunaWestern SaharaYemenZambiaZimbabweI also wish to receive emails from AAAS/Science and Science advertisers, including information on products, services and special offers which may include but are not limited to news, careers information & upcoming events.Required fields are included by an asterisk(*)In a statement released today, RIKEN President Ryoji Noyori said that the institute “has decided not to re-investigate the allegations of research misconduct.” He said that Obokata has been advised to retract the one paper which was found to be affected by misconduct. Obokata’s lawyer, Hideo Miki, told The Japan Times that he was “extremely displeased” with the decision.Noyori’s statement also mentions that several of the committee members are themselves facing allegations of research misconduct in relation to previous publications. “[W]e believe the committee has nevertheless carried out its investigation appropriately and have concluded that the allegations do not affect the committee’s findings concerning the STAP cell papers,” Noyori said, adding that the allegations would be investigated separately.The next step will be for a separate committee, established today, to decide on disciplinary measures against Obokata, RIKEN Executive Director Minoru Yonekura said this afternoon at a press conference. He said the committee could reach a decision within about a month. Separately, Kenneth Ka-Ho Lee, an embryologist and stem cell researcher at the Chinese University of Hong Kong who live-blogged about his futile attempts to reproduce STAP cells, today published all the details of his efforts online at F1000Research. So far no one has reported reproducing Obokata’s results.