NEWARK, N.J. – The Grammy Museum is about to open its new location in New Jersey.NJ.com reports (http://bit.ly/2fgmDyO ) that the 8,200-square-foot Grammy Museum Experience at the Prudential Center arena in Newark will open Oct. 20.The museum will include a section dedicated to New Jersey musicians such as Whitney Houston and Bruce Springsteen. It also will have a fashion section with outfits worn by Michael Jackson and Jennifer Lopez.The Los Angeles-based museum says the New Jersey location will be the first on the East Coast. Other locations include Cleveland, Mississippi, and Nashville, Tennessee.The museum will be open six days a week, with tickets ranging between $9 and $12.___This story has been corrected to show there is a Grammy museum in Cleveland, Mississippi, not Cleveland, Ohio.
The second accused in the murder of Major General Janaka Perera, was today sentenced to life in prison.The Anuradhapura High Court sentenced the second accused when the case was heard today. Perera and several others including his wife were killed in a bomb blast in Anuradhapura in October 2008.The LTTE was blamed for the attack.
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Ghaziabad: A retired senior IPS officer, who had earlier been posted as police chief in Ghaziabad district, has been forged by some unidentified persons as they used his Aadhar card for shipping drugs to USA.Subhash Chandra Gupta, the retired IPS officer and a resident of Sector 9 in Vasundhara area of Ghaziabad, said that he had received an envelope containing drugs which got returned to his address on being un-delivered in USA.”I had received an undelivered envelope by the name of my father KM Gupta, as sender, enclosing with some tablets and a photo copy of my Aadhar card. My father is no more with us while I am also totally unaware with the packet,” said Gupta. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”Upon asking one of my friends, who is also a doctor, he told me that these tablets are under as drugs while the envelope was returned at my address on getting undelivered in USA, as it mentioned my identity proof,” added Gupta. The officer further said that he has no clue as who has misused his identity proof while the mobile number mentioned on the envelope was also never linked with him or any of his family members. “I was shocked to see the envelope and how my identity proof went into the hands of some unknown persons who used it for peddling drugs abroad. We also tried the mobile number written on the envelope which went invalid while as when we searched it on true caller, it flashed name of some Priya Durgapal from Jammu and Kashmir,” added Gupta. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile police official said that they have registered a case into the matter and investigations are on. “Based on the complaint received, a case under Indian Penal code (IPC) section 420 (cheating and dishonestly including delivery of property) has been registered against unidentified persons. This is a rare case and it’s a matter of investigation as how the identity proof went into the wrong hands.” “We will try and trace the source of these drugs while further probe is on,” said Shlok Kumar, Superintendent of police (city), Ghaziabad. Gupta has served the Ghaziabad district as Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) in year 1997 and was retired at IG rank from Uttar Pradesh police in 2008.
A report by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) points to weaker growth in patent filings in 2008, after a 3.7 per cent increase in 2007. The slowdown is attributed to a decrease in patents granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and the European Patent Office (EPO).The report said Japan has overtaken the US as the largest issuer of grants for the first time since 1998. The number of patents filed in emerging economies is rapidly increasing, with China’s State Intellectual Property Office (SIPO) office replacing the EPO as the fourth largest issuer of grants behind offices in Japan, the US, and the Republic of Korea. “History has shown… that companies and countries which continue to invest in new products and innovation during times of economic recession will be those that will be best positioned to take advantage of the recovery, when it arrives,” said WIPO Director General Francis Gurry.The report also points to a decrease in trademark activity, with China receiving twice as many applications as the US. However, only a fraction of Chinese trademarks are protected in other jurisdictions, whereas nearly 43 per cent of US trademarks are protected abroad.The WIPO-administered Madrid System, which makes it possible to register and renew international trademarks in up to 84 jurisdictions by means of a single application, rose in 2008 by 6.5 percent with nearly 41,000 registrations. Industrial design applications experienced 15 percent growth, due to increased activity in China which accounted for 43 per cent of worldwide application, noted the report.Meanwhile, the two-day Global Symposium for Intellectual Property Authorities concluded today in Geneva with broad agreement on the need to pool efforts at the international level to address the problem of backlogs in patent applications. Addressing the closing session, Mr. Gurry referred to recently published data that showed that the global backlog in unprocessed patent applications around the world in 2007 was a staggering 4.2 million. These backlogs have grown on average at a rate of 8.7 per cent over the past five years. “This is unsustainable,” he said. “We have moved beyond consciousness of the need to address unsustainable processing of patent applications to action,” Mr. Gurry said, noting that the main challenge of the future is to promote coordinated efforts to improve the efficiency of operations and encourage the dissemination of best practices in modernizing the infrastructure, operations and management of intellectual property offices. 18 September 2009Demand for international trademarks and patents dropped last year in the wake of the global economic crisis, with the United States and Europe hit hardest, the United Nations agency entrusted with protecting intellectual property rights said today.