Monthly Archives: August 2019

Company looking to market genetically modified apples runs into opposition

first_img © 2012 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. To do so, they have voluntarily submitted them to the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Canadian Food Safety Inspection Agency (CFSIA). The process for both is to first undergo a 60 day public comment period then secondly to have the product tested for health and safety. The CFSIA has already completed the comment period and will begin the safety inspection phase shortly. Meanwhile, opposition to the GM apples has grown. In a survey taken in Canada, sixty nine percent of 1,501 people polled said they would not support the approval of GM apples in their country. Across the border, the US Apple Association has announced its opposition to the sale of such apples, suggesting it would taint the image of apples grown in the United States.Okanagan Specialty Fruits maintains that the apples are not only safe, but would help improve sales of apples as they note that consumption of fresh apples in the US has fallen from an average of twenty pounds a year to just sixteen. They note that many people shy away from taking on a whole apple, but go for slices, but only those that haven’t turned brown. They say also that because grocery chains refuse apples that have browned due to bruising, non-browning apples would mean more money for growers.The process of modifying the apples, first developed in Australia by a team working with potatoes, involves placing an extra copy of a gene already in the apple that activates a self-defense mechanism that causes the gene responsible for the production of polyphenol oxidase, which is responsible for browning, to shut down. Okanagan Specialty Fruits has thus far developed just two varieties, Golden Delicious and Granny Smith which it plans to market under the name The Arctic Apple once they receive approval. Unfortunately for them, the Northwest Horticultural Council, which represents the fruit tree industry in Washington State, home to nearly sixty percent of the apples grown in the US, is also opposed to the idea. They say they don’t believe the apples are dangerous but believe it would be in the best interest of the apple industry to maintain the apple’s image as a natural healthy food.If approved the apples would represent the first genetically modified food sold directly to consumers in the United States. Other genetically modified food has been sold to the public for almost twenty years, but they have all appeared as processed ingredients. Explore further More information: www.arcticapples.comcenter_img ( — Canadian company Okanagan Specialty Fruits has developed two varieties of genetically modified (GM) apples that don’t turn brown when cut, and wants to market them. Found – the apple gene for red Citation: Company looking to market genetically modified apples runs into opposition (2012, July 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

A father attempts DIY drone buddy to watch his kid

first_img Analyzing energy potential (—”Last winter, I fantasized about sitting at my computer while a camera-equipped drone followed him overhead.” That is the revelation of a
 father who provides a detailed account of building an Arduino-based gyrocopter that could follow his son, in grade school, who he normally walks 400 meters down a hill to the bus stop each morning. He chose a quadcopter design for its maneuverability and ability to hover. He did not buy a kit but instead got his parts separate. His project involved a central frame to hold the electronics, aluminum to support motors and propellers, and legs to cushion landings, a main control board and sensors, batteries, power distribution board, power controllers for the motors, radio receiver for standard remote-control flying, and an RF modem for computerized control. Explore further Credit: Paul Wallich, via IEEE Spectrum Paul Wallich, an IEEE Spectrum contributing editor shared many details behind his DIY device with the magazine. He chose an ArduPilot Mega for the main control board. ArduPilot Mega is a fully programmable autopilot that requires a GPS module and sensors to create a functioning Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. He said the whole board is powered by a 5-volt feed from one of the motor controllers. He installed Mission Planner on a Windows desktop to initialize the ArduPilot Mega’s firmware and calibrate all its sensors and controls. He decided against using RFID systems, opting instead for a GPS beacon. “Reading an RFID tag from meters rather than centimeters takes more amplification and a fancier antenna than I was willing to have my quadcopter carry.” How successful was he? Getting the thing up in the air was trivial. But he still had to rate his success based on how it worked. He said it “mostly” worked. Windy conditions were a problem, making the copter skittish. GPS guidance was good to ten meters at best. “Because my particular front yard is only about 15 meters across, with a long, tree-edged driveway leading to the street, I either have to follow automatically above the treetops—where I can’t really see what’s going on—or else supplement the autopilot with old-fashioned line-of-sight remote control.” 
Wallich said he plans more sonar units for “collision avoidance,” and maybe an optical flow sensor for better position control.He discovered another difficulty, rechargeable battery life. “Just hovering in the air requires two to three amperes; moving around or fighting a breeze expends twice that or more.” He said the typical 2200-milliampere-hour lithium-ion battery gave him just enough time to fly to the bus stop, wait a few minutes for the bus and fly back. More information: … iy-kidtracking-drone Citation: A father attempts DIY drone buddy to watch his kid (2012, December 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2012 Phys.orglast_img read more

Blogger claims BICEP2 team acknowledging possible error in discovery of evidence of

first_img( —Adam Falkowski, a physicist working at CERN, on his Particle Physics Blog, is claiming that researchers on the BICEP2 team that uploaded a paper (First direct evidence of cosmic inflation) to the arXiv preprint server this past March have acknowledged to some in the science community that there may be a problem with their methodology. Members of the BICEP2 research team are denying Falkowski’s claim, but the assertion has led to rumors on the Internet that the team may not have found evidence of cosmic inflation after all. Explore further © 2014 Cosmologists cast doubt on inflation evidence The Big Bang theory suggests the universe as we know it came to exist as the result of a giant explosion, approximately 14 billion years ago, followed by a rapid thrusting of material from the point of the explosion out into what we now observe as the universe around us. That thrusting has been dubbed the theory of cosmic inflation—it describes the rapid expansion of the universe. Adherents contend that during the initial phase of cosmic inflation, gravitational waves would have been generated, and should be still visible today. Last March, the BICEP2 team claimed in their paper that they had found evidence of such gravitational waves, giving cosmic inflation theory a huge boost.But now, some have suggested that there might have been a problem with the way the observations were made—a map the team used which was created by the ESA’s Planck team might have been interpreted incorrectly. To spot gravitational waves, the team had to rule out other signals it received based on data from a variety of sources. One of those sources, the map created by the Planck team included several possible sources of light, but the researchers at BICEP2 thought it only charted dust or ashes from exploding stars. This bit of news leads to a little bit of doubt about the results the team found, and now places them at the mercy of an update of the map by the Planck team.In the meantime, members of the BICEP2 team have been responding to the rumors and claim they are still confident in their results and that any gossip suggesting they have begun to doubt their work is wrong. Whether they believe their work is in jeopardy or not, is, of course, not really what’s important—finding out if what they reported is correct is what matters, and that is going to take some time.center_img Journal information: arXiv Citation: Blogger claims BICEP2 team acknowledging possible error in discovery of evidence of gravitational waves (2014, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Its time to mark the dates

first_imgThis year’s International Drama Festival highlights the various faces of Indian theatre and brings to the Capital 71 performances by renowned theatre groups from different parts of India and the world on same platform. It’s going to be a treat for the theatre aficionados in the city .This year, theatre groups from 17 states, representing all the four regions of the nation – East, West, North South will stage their performances on this international platform. Even countries like Sri Lanka, Japan, Israel, China, Poland and Germany which are steeped in theatre culture, brings in seven performances in this year. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The inauguration will take place on Saturday, 4 January at Kamini auditorium which will be followed by play Chhaya Shakuntalam directed by KN Panikkar.Over the 15 days various venues will host various plays like, on Sunday, Sri Ram Centre will host Pampa Bharata written by KY Narayanaswamy, directed by Pramod and will be staged by  Shiggaon Samudaya from Karnataka.Those Who Could Not Hear The Music, written and directed by Vikram Iyengar, will be staged at LTG. At Bahumukh one can see Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Woman Who Didn’t Want To Come Down To Earth performed by Physical Theatre, Israel. A folk performances will be given in the Open Lawns by Bastar Band from Chattisgarh. At Kamani auditorium play titled Anji will be presented by Ank Theatre, Mumbai. Bengali play Urubhangam written and directed by Manish Mitra will be staged at Abhimanch.On Monday SRC will host play Imaan Imaan Paani written and directed by Mrinal Jyoti Goswami and will be staged by Bhaxa Xahityo Xonmiloni from Assam. LTG will host Purushasukta play by Abhijnana Theatre Research Foundation. Kamani auditorium will host Alka written by Manoj Mitra directed by Uma Jhunjhunwala and Abhimanch will witness Nautanki by Brij Kala Sansthan, Uttar Pradesh.On Tuesday, Life-In- Progress will be staged at SRC directed by Anurupa Roy and to be staged by The Katkatha Puppet Arts. LTG will host Sindu Kirilli by Red Wings Theatre Group from Sri Lanka. A non-verbal play Maya II will be presented by SACH (Sharma Art & Craft House) at the Open Lawn.Kamani will host Nihsanga Samrat, a Bengali play, and Abhimanch will host a play called Utsushi which will be presented by group from Japan Sankai Juku.Wednesday will witness Jahajin by Raaga Repertory, Patna at SRC, Pandavani by group Satyam Pandavani Party from Chattisgarh, Agnipatha directed by B Jayashree performances will be given by Natana Rangamantapa, from Karnataka and Trojan Women by Sri Lankan group Trikone Cultural Foundation.Thursday will start with Museum…Of Species In Danger by Agashe Being Association at Sammukh and Bahumukh will stage Ripples by Delhi based group Desaksi. Other performances will be Koi Baat Chale at SRC by Theatre Wala, Mumbai, Bhand Pather (Raaze Pather) by Dilkash Folk Theatre from Kashmir.Over the weekend SRC will stage Taoos Chaman Ki Myna by Gillo Theatre Repertory, Mumbai on Friday and Marathi play Ringan by Lalit Kala Kendra, Pune. Kamani audiotorium will host Gosain Pather by Kashmir Bhagat Theatre and Saudagar by Rang Vidushak, Bhopal on Friday and Saturday respectively.When: 4-15 Januarylast_img read more

That toy story

first_imgAfter making a huge splash at India Art Fair earlier this year with his 3-D sculptural installations in metal, Israeli artiste David Gerstein is all set to exhibit a body of new works in his first solo show in India. Titled Poetic Mirror, the show is being brought to India by Bruno Art Group and is curated by Alka Pande. Born in Jerusalem in 1944, Gerstein studied in Jerusalem, Paris, New York and London and started exhibiting his work in 1971. He uses a large spectrum of media such as wall sculptures, paper cuts, prints and photographs and other small objects. He is most famous for his large, Fauve -like outdoor installations, which are very much part of the Israeli landscapes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Though Gerstein has already tasted success in the Indian market with many of his works being sold to Indian collectors post India Art Fair, this is the first time he will be visiting the country. Says the artist who is considered the pioneer of 3-D metal art: ‘Unfortunately, I have never been to India before but for many years, I have been reading about it and hearing stories or seeing films that it seems I know what India is like. My passion for colours always makes people inquire whether India helped determine my love for strong fresh colours which is so typical to the Indian culture. After all, the Mediterranean culture and heritage which we share with India brings us to the same strong sun and shadows. I’m sure India will look familiar to me from the very beginning. Some of my works involve a lot of details and are rich in colours which in recent years have disappeared from the art world trends.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYet, Gerstein admits he looks forward to watching the way ‘life is being performed on Indian streets, to smell the food and to see the wonderful craft that is being done everywhere. India and Israel share the same landscape and vegetation since the weather is closed but I am more interested in urban scenes than just landscape views,’ he says.’My art has always traversed its own path apart from trendy movements and I have stayed away from the ‘isms’, though often it’s been called ‘pop art’. I was a narrative artist from the very beginning and wanted to get people’s attention by representing the values I share with the common art lover. I want to share beauty and happiness and make people aware that there are great values we have as people and not just violence and disasters. After many years of creating narrative and figurative images, I wanted to extend the borders of painting and to give a new sculptural dimension to the so far illusionist look of the flat paintings. By slicing the view to multi layers, I achieved certain volume that was lacking in all the paintings that were done before.’ Among the works that will be on display during the show is the swirling 5th Avenue, a busy street scene inspired by the artist’s stay in New York. Happy Hours depicts the sensation of freedom overwhelming two bikers surrounded by a cloud of butterflies. The powerful Endless walk represents a multicoloured crowd of people walking along lines that form the infinity symbol. Gerstein’s works convey a sense of wonder and amusement at this fervour-ridden reality that is ours, and can be interpreted as a metaphor of life as a mad race. The Burning Lips pass on the feeling of softness of the lips or the sensation of its great sensitivity. Elegance is a comment about femininity and Peloton Wave is all about movement and the way the human figure is integrated with the mechanism of the bicycle. ‘Each image has its own story and solution.’WHERE: Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat CentreWHEN: 6 to 15 May, 10 am to 8 pmlast_img read more

My wife encouraged me to take up Kill Dil Govinda

first_imgThe 50-year-old actor, who was last seen in 2011 film Naughty @ 40, says he decided to say yes to the upcoming Yash Raj project as his wife thought the movie will benefit their kids’ career.‘Initially my mother used to guide me about many things in life. After her, my wife Sunita has been saying a lot of things which I follow. ‘Sunita actually encouraged me to take up Kill Dil as she felt that this movie will be good for our kids’ career,’ said Govinda, adding that he was not working for the past 3-4 years largely because he did not like the roles he was offered. The actor says he had an amazing time working in the film as it has always been his dream to work under the Yash Raj banner. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame‘I had a dream of working with YRF. I used to visit the studio and see pictures of various actors there but mine was missing. Now that I am working with them, it is really an amazing feeling. They are learned and well-behaved. And this wait was worth it,’ he said. Govinda plays a negative role in Kill Dil. Govinda, who has earlier donned a villainous avatar on-screen in 2000 film ‘Shikari’, said he was initially apprehensive about the character.last_img read more

Delhi court rejects Mukuls criminal defamation plea against Abhishek

first_imgKolkata: A Delhi court on Wednesday rejected a criminal defamation complaint filed by BJP leader Mukul Roy against Abhishek Banerjee, the nephew of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, saying the statement referred to as defamatory were not made by the respondent. Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Samar Vishal dismissed the complaint of Roy, a former Railway minister, who had alleged that he was defamed by Banerjee, a Trinamool Congress MP, through various means which included a legal notice and a tweet. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRoy was earlier a member of Trinamool Congress but later joined BJP, while Banerjee is a Member of Parliament (MP) of the TMC.”It is clear that the statement referred to by the complainant as defamatory are actually not made by the respondent. Therefore, there is no ground to proceed against the respondent in the present case. Accordingly, the complaint is dismissed,” the court said.The court rejected Roy’s contention that the legal notice sent to him by Banerjee was defamatory, noting that it nowhere showed it contained defamatory terms. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”I am unable to understand how serving a legal notice can be said to be defamatory in the absence of any defamatory remarks in that legal notice,” the judge said.The court dismissed Roy’s allegations of defamation based on a ‘tweet’, saying it was not made by Banerjee.It also rejected Roy’s statement that he was allegedly defamed as he was called a ‘traitor’, saying it was clearly not made by Banerjee.According to the complaint, the accused had sent a notice to Roy on November 13 last year, using “defamatory statement” in it by putting words in his mouth. The same was circulated to the media the same day which was widely covered. “The accused intentionally got the aforesaid notice served at the unit office of BJP at Kolkata, so as to tarnish the image of the complainant before his newly joined party, namely BJP, and to lower the morale of his supporters and party workers,” Roy’s complaint, filed by advocate Savinder Singh, said.The notice was sent to Roy after he had reportedly made certain public remarks about Biswa Bangla Marketing Corporation and TMC leader Abhishek Banerjee.The notice sent by Abhishek’s advocate claimed that on November 10, Roy in a public rally had made certain defamatory, malicious, and false statements against Banerjee.”Roy had deliberately levied various baseless allegations which were published, broadcast and circulated by various news organisations, the notice had said. Mukul Roy had quit the TMC and joined the BJP on November 3 last year.The complaint also mentioned a tweet, made by a made by one of the followers of AITMC, which allegedly defamed Roy.last_img read more

Bridging boundaries through art

first_imgDehli’s handicraft enthusiasts have another reason to visit Dilli haat as the 30th edition of annual Dastakari mela has been declared open in the national Capital on Sundau.This year’s highlight is the presence of craftswomen from Myanmar, who will be practicing shell craft, basketry, mat weaving, handloom textile weaving and hyacinth grass weaving for the viewers. The crafts mela was inaugurated in the presence of Lalitha Kumaramangalam, chairperson, National Commission for Women; Meenakshi Lekhi, Member of Parliament, New Delhi Constituency; His Excellency U Aung Khin Soe, Myanmar Ambassador to India; Sripriya Rangathan, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs; Dr SK Panda, Secretary, Textiles, government of India; Sohan Jha, Senior Director, Crafts Museum and Myint Htwe, chairman, National Arts and Crafts Association of Myanmar. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The group of women exhibited the world famous Pathein umbrellas, puppets, velvet slippers, lacquer work and jade items. The exhibition is in collaboration with Dastkari Haat Samiti and supported by Ministry of External Affairs, Embassy of India in Myanmar, Corriandar Leaf, Yangon and Air India. Myanmar craftsmen will be joining hands at Dilli Haat for a crafts and skill development workshop. The crafts mela is one of its kind, where new design developments will take place in collaboration with craftsmen from Myanmar anwd India. Live demonstration of the weaving looms, from more than 12 states along with National and state-awardees from Bihar, Gujarat, Jammu Kashmir, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Rajasthan, Himachal Pradesh and others took place. A unique feature of the crafts mela will be that the visitors will be able to interact, learn, appreciate and explore Indian and Burmese handicrafts and textiles. The entire fortnight’s collaboration will result in new product designs, long term friendships and shall provide unique inputs to the crafts sector while enhancing economic wellbeing and diplomatic ties at the ground level. Meenakshi Lekhi said: “Dastkari Haat Samiti puts a great effort to give the great opportunity to the all the artisans who came across from India and Myanmar. But i think digitalisation should be given important because it can help the artisans in much easier way. Dastkari Haat Samiti should open their E-commerce website so that artisans directly sell their products.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixJaya Jaitly, Founder Dastkari Haat Samiti, has been working relentlessly with diverse craftsmen across the country to produce beautiful, economical and purposeful crafts, for more than four decades.  Jaya Jaitly said: “The Samiti has constantly worked towards expanding opportunities for craftsmen as conservationists of Indian heritage. The Samiti’s artisan-members have travelled all over and collaborated with local artisans in other developing nations to create utility-based and market-friendly products.”last_img read more

KMC mulls tagging trade licence with shop insurance of owners

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is considering a proposal to tag trade licence with shop insurance of the owners, mayor Sovan Chatterjee said on Friday.A high-level meeting was held at KMC headquarters on Friday afternoon. It was attended by Commissioner of Police Rajeev Kumar, KMC Commissioner Khalil Ahmed, senior officials of Fire and Emergency Services department and representatives of the owners’ association of Bagri market. Chatterjee said only 5% of the shop owners had their shops insured. “We are considering a proposal to tag trade licence with the shop insurance so that the people can get money if their shops are damaged in fire or any other accident,” Chaterjee added. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe said Block A of Bagree market will not be opened following the reports of the experts from IIT Roorkee.The KMC will remove the debris. Block A of the market has been badly affected following a devastating fire last month. Of more than 1,000 shops, around 200 shops had been damaged by the fire.He said the representatives of the market committee have taken up the matter of providing security to the building and the KMC has decided to give him all cooperation. The KMC is waiting for the report of all the agencies on Bagree Market and then a decision whether the structure will be kept or pulled down would be taken. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChatterjee said water has not been a problem and the fire fighters got plenty of water to douse the flames. “The fire fighters fought for 72 hours at a stretch to douse the flames and there was uninterrupted supply of water from the reservoir. Water was brought from neighbouring areas like Satyanarayan Park and Portuguese Church,” he said adding “We are all working together to ensure that the shop owners can resume business at the earliest.”last_img read more

Get a Spoton look

first_imgWho doesn’t like being complimented? Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd.  ‘You look Gorgeous!’ Doesn’t that remark bring happiness to you and make you blush? However, it is not the heaps of makeup that give you the perfect look. Good hairdo, subtle makeup with a perfect stroke of blush, right amount of mascara, eyeliner and arch eyebrows, all bunched together make the difference.However, not everyone knows how to put makeup according to their faces. Sometimes we just land up doing the wrong makeup at the wrong occasion. There are steps which one should follow to get that right look. The most prominent part of the face are the eyes. Hence, one must take proper care while doing eye makeup. According to makeup artist Nirmal Randhawa, “Never apply a dark eyeliner on your bottom water line, as this will make your eyes look even smaller. Instead swipe a thin line on your top lash line and the outer corner of your bottom lash line to gently frame your eyes. Likewise, while using a particular lip shade one must select it according to one’s skin tone. For the ones who have fair skin, bold reds and dark colours can be a fun way to play up your makeup, while the ones with olive skin tone, could opt nude, red, pink, orange shades. The ones with a darker complexion, look fantastic with deep plums, berries and reds.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, when it comes to applying eye-shadows, Dr Blossom Kochhar, beauty expert says, “Using complimentary colours or contrasting colours to the colour of your dress will not just draw emphasis to your eyes but will also be more pleasing. For instance, when donning a blue dress, use pink eye shadow and for a green dress use bronze eye-shadow”. One should also make sure that the makeup is done according to the occasion. “During a day party, the lip colour should be soothing, keeping the eye makeup light and natural. However, for night parties dramatic eyes with glitters and shimmers should be used and the new trend to have neon lip colour that glows in the dark are perfect for party purpose,” says Kochhar. For a glowing skin, a nutrition-rich diet along with daily physical activity, and a regular intake of vitamin C- are some helpful tips. Apart from this sunlight exposure should be reduced. While the Sun is a great source of vitamin D, morning sun from 7 am to 9 am is good for the skin. However, after this avoiding the Sun is very essential especially from 10 am to 2 pm, advices Randhawa.last_img read more

Bombs hurled at TMC office in East Burdwan

first_imgKolkata: Unidentified miscreants hurled bombs at the office of Trinamool Congress at Galsi in East Burdwan on Thursday morning. Police came to know after preliminary investigation that some miscreants had come at around 2 am in the area and started ransacking valuables in the party office. Soon after, they started hurling petrol bombs outside the office. However, no one was injured in the incident. But it created panic among the people in the area. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA programme was going on in the vicinity, where a large number of people had gathered. They went towards the party office, hearing loud noises. Seeing the people approaching the party office, the miscreants attempted to flee. But local people reached the spot before the miscreants could leave the place. The situation turned worse when they started hurling bricks at each other, following which the miscreants managed to flee from the area in a car. Police went to the spot and spoke to local people to know about the entire incident. Subsequently, they initiated a probe and conducted raids at different places in search of the people involved. On Thursday morning, police found the car of the miscreants in front of a building a few kilometers away from the spot. They also found some plastic containers of petrol in the car. They are continuing with the probe to nab the miscreants.last_img read more

CM announces new varsity for Matua community

first_imgKolkata: The state government will set up a university to be named after Harichand Guruchand Thakur, founder of the Matua community in Thakurnagar in North 24-Parganas, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced on Thursday afternoon.The land for the proposed university which will come up on 8.8-acre plot at Chandpara, off Thakurnagar, has been selected and Banerjee has instructed the District Magistrate of North 24-Parganas to put up a board there. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Chief Minister had come to Thakurnagar to participate in the birth centenary celebrations of Binapani Devi, known as Boro Ma in the Matua community. She accorded Banga Bibhusan to Boro Ma and prayed for her long life. Earlier, the state government had set up a college at Thakurnagar. Banerjee said the university will not only be for the local students but also those staying in the neighbourhood. “As the university has been named after Harichand Guruchand Thakur, the students will come to know about him and his contribution in organising those belonging to the Namasudra community that had been oppressed in undivided India. The movement was equally strong in East Bengal, now Bangladesh,” she said adding: “The Trinamool Congress has always supported those who have fought for the common people. We fight for Ma, Mati, Manus,” she maintained. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee also announced the Matua Sangha Vikas Parishad. Earlier, she had announced the Namasudra Vikas Parishad. She said the names of the members of these two boards will be announced soon. She further added the state Tourism department will put up two gates near Thakurnagar ashram, headquarters of the Matuas. The entire area will be brightly illuminated. She asked the District Magistrate to prepare a beautification plan of the areas surrounding Thakurnagar ashram. Coming down heavily on BJP, Banerjee said in the name of NRC, some groups with vested interests have planned to drive out the Bengali-speaking populace in Assam. “Those whose names have been dropped from the NRC list should always remember that the people of Bengal are with you,” she said. Banerjee alleged that many people who have the voter’s identity card, ration card and caste certificates have been dropped from the NRC. “This is nasty politics and we do not support it.” Banerjee said that Matua community member and TMC legislator Mamatabala Thakur and seven other party leaders were not allowed to leave Silchar airport in Assam when they had gone there after the publication of the final draft of NRC. Banerjee wished that someday Thakurnagar would become a global tourist spot as well. “Never feel that you represent a backward community as no community can be branded as forward or backward. Read seriously and the state government is there to support you,” she told the students who had gathered to listen to her address.last_img read more

Turn around After 6 decades of dismal balancesheets buoyed Bengal Chemicals eyes

first_imgKolkata: Bengal Chemicals & Pharmaceuticals Ltd, (BCPL) is hopeful of bagging the status of a Miniratna company by 2021-22. The PSU’s optimism comes from clocking the highest ever profit and income in its 120-year-old history after the end of the 2nd quarter this year.”We have an income of Rs 60 crore after the end of the 2nd quarter (April to September) and our net profit is Rs 11 crore. The increase has been over 47 percent in comparison to last year’s corresponding period. The net profit in the last fiscal was Rs 10 crore and in two quarters this year, we have surpassed that. We are poised to end at Rs 120 crore income and Rs 20 crore profit in the 2018-19 fiscal and that will be the highest ever,” said P M Chandraiah, managing director of BCPL. He further said that with the current progress, the company is eyeing a Rs 30 crore profit in 2019-20. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChandraiah is optimistic of completely wiping out the negative network of the company that presently stands at Rs 80 crore, into a positive one by the 2021-22 fiscal. “I will immediately apply for Miniratna Category I status, as the company will be meeting all the parameters by 2021-22. There has hardly been an instance when a company facing loss for a period of 65 years, has made a turnaround and targeted Miniratna I status,” he maintained. According to Chandraiah, injectibles that were introduced in January 2018 for the first time, has been a major driver towards the turnaround of the oldest pharmaceutical company in the country. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The 60 percent increase in pharmaceuticals has been because of the injectibles. Our home products have grown by 18 percent,” a senior official of the company said. “We have written to the Bengal government requesting it to place orders from our company. We will be grateful if they do so as this will further hasten the prospects of the company in bagging Miniratna I status,” Chandraiah said. It may be mentioned that in June this year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had written a letter to the Union Commerce & Industry Ministry regarding the Central Government’s decision to sell off BCPL, a company with a long and illustrious history. Founded by legendary chemist Acharya Prafulla Chandra Roy in 1901, BCPL had reported a net profit of Rs 4.5 crore in 2016-17, the first profit in six decades.last_img read more

Over some drinks and bites

first_imgLounge AND Bar at Eros Hotel, epitome of luxury and style, has been hosting their guests to extravagant evenings with the best of liquor and some lip smacking finger food. After having undergone rejuvenation recently, the interiors radiate an old world charm, with the paintings, furnishing and the stunning wine cabinet, from which patrons may select their choice of drink. Plonking in the glorious chairs, lay your head back to the jazz in the background and savour the brilliant single malt or wine, as per your wish. Those fond of smoking may be pleased to behold the cigar cabinet, stuffed with luxury brand of cigars maintained under temperature. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLounge AND Bar has recently come up with some mouth watering additions to their menu. Speaking of the menu, one must be taken aback by the detailed information it provides to guests about the drinks, food, the history of the place and even the glassware! Their welcome drink, Orange Mimosa – a combination of sparkling wine, cointreau and orange juice – is very refreshing and light; and a few sips would help you to loosen up for a leisurely evening. The following drink one must try is the Rosemary Smoked Szechwan Martini, a vodka based cocktail, for it tastes yum, smells yum, and you couldn’t help but ask for more! For those in love with peanut butter, the Peanut Butter and Jelly Cocktail consisting of white rum and strawberry jam will definitely make you say ‘Mmm…’ Another outstanding drink for patrons is Happily Ever After, and it lives up to its name as it comes in a champagne glass adorned with grapes on top. For those not fond of cocktails, the same drinks are available in non-alcoholic forms. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTo make sure you do not get drunk with all the tempting and sparkling drinks you have been having, munch onto some bite sized snacks. Currently, they are running a food festival Tapas & Wine, wherein one can experience both vegetarian and non-vegetarian Spanish flavours sitting right in the middle of Delhi. Tapas, which originated in Spain has evolved to be a sophisticated cuisine; one can order many different tapas and combine them to form a complete meal. A stand out from the evening starters is the Mushroom Garlic Parsley; the supple and meaty mushrooms enhanced by parsley and garlic gives one an European experience immediately upon taking a mouthful. Salmon lovers will definitely be fond of the Smoked salmon crostini, with some wine. Their Non-veg Mezze platter, a Mediterranean dish, not only looks stunning, but has a plethora of flavours packed into that one large plateful of salad, meat, pita bread and two mouth-watering dips! It comes in a vegetarian variety as well.The Empanandas at the Lounge AND Bar, would at once remind you of ‘gujiya’ for its appearance, but this one’s a delicious savoury snack accompanied with a summer salad.Golden Fried Kalamari with Wasabi Mayo, is a lip smacking squid snack that’ll make you go gaga over the crisps which taste extremely refreshing with the wasabi dip. The Lamb ball albondigas are a winning score for red-meat lovers, as the flavourful meat well soaked in gravy break away in your mouth releasing oodles of tastes.Gambas Pil Pil, a Spanish prawn snack, is actually a popular tapas of prawns served in a hot sizzling sauce of garlic, chilli and olive oil. Needless to say, it tastes as good as it looks. The fest is on till the very end of September, so if you have plans of enjoying an undisturbed sophisticated evening with your friends over a few drinks and snacks, this is the place to be.last_img read more

Showcasing the brilliance of Indian weaves

first_imgCelebrating the magnificence of Indian weaves, Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao announced the fifth edition of ‘Nayaab’. The exhibition, which is on display at The Lodhi between 11 am and 8 pm from November 23 to 25, is an endeavor to showcase the finest textile traditions of India to its patrons. ‘Nayaab’ strives for excellence and believes in celebrating the finest of Indian weaves by curating and showcasing the wonders of Indian textiles. Each piece will highlight the intricacy and skill of the designer. This edition of ‘Nayaab’ aspires to embody the traditions of the Indian textile heritage and epitomise the stories of the countless hands that have worked hard to create these masterpieces. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWith the fifth edition of ‘Nayaab’, the expertise of curators Rupa Sood and Sharan Apparao will introduce the work of Indian designers who embody a passion for weaves, textures and natural dyes from the traditional textile heritage of India. The two-day exhibition will highlight a capsule collection by accomplished designers. Each design pays tribute to the ancient traditional textiles of the country and presents them in new, eclectic ways.This exhibition will showcase an exceptional collection of designers featuring, Ritu Kumar, Akaaro, Pero, Kora, Divyam Mehta, Eka, Nalini Malhotra, En Inde, 11.11, Indian Textiles, Weavers Studio, Anavila Saris, Vriksh, Swati Kalsi, Shaw Brothers, Swati Garodia, Taika and Pradeep Pillai.last_img read more

Maharashtra to get new regional centre of LKA

first_imgMaharashtra government has promised to find a suitable venue soon to set up a new regional centre of Lalit Kala Akademi (LKA) – country’s premier art Akademi. The Chairman of LKA Uttam Pacharane has made this announcement after his successful meeting in this regard with the Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavees on June 23, in Mumbai. Pacharane informs that he was accompanied by the senior BJP leader Raghunath Kulkarni while meeting Fadnavees. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAccoding to Pacharane, the Mahrashtra CM’s attitude was very positive about opening a new regional centre in Mumbai. He said, “It was a long pending demand and when he sought to arrange a suitable venue with Fadnavees, he readily agreed and assured of his and his government’s whole hearted cooperation in establishing the regional centre. Pacharane claims that not only Mumbai but LKA is soon going to establish a new centre in the Indore as well.Pacharane deems that the new centre in Mumbai shall provide a new fillip to arts market in the country and also help the artists from Goa, Maharashtra and Gujarat in getting a fair deal for their imagination and hard work not only nationally but also internationally. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMaharashtra has a long tradition of Arts and Culture and people tend to decorate their homes with Alpanaa on festivals like Ganesh Pooja etc. Despite being a repository of talent the local artists are still struggling to get noticed nationally as well internationally in Maharashtra, Goa and Gujarat.Maharashtra has a number of arts institutions and new regional Arts centre shall contribute immensely in their growth and provide encouragement to the talent. Pacharane informs that the LKA shall soon launch a big initiative for conservation and encouragement of Tribal Art forms and the indigenous artists.last_img read more

Delhi Police Commissioner graces badge ceremony at DPS

first_imgThe Chief Guest Amulya Patnaik, Delhi Police Commissioner, along with three Deputy Commissioners, visited Delhi Public School, R K Puram for the Annual Scholar Badge Ceremony for Class XI. Organised around the theme ‘Celebrating Life’, it was a much-awaited event to recognise the academic and co-curricular excellence of students with accolades.The Principal began her welcome address by praising the backbone of the society: Parents, teachers, and the police. She said that the most suitable person as the Chief Guest was the Commissioner, who is also the father of an alumnus of the school. She narrated an anecdote about privileged people, who shop in a mall, whining about the items that they could not buy; while on the other hand, a few street children, who had practically nothing with them, were still cheerful. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFollowing this, she regretted that she had spent a major part of her life waiting for the right moment to do things. “It is only when a moment becomes a memory that you realise how valuable it is”. She advised the parents to teach their children to enjoy life to the fullest. She concluded her speech with a quote by Abraham Lincoln, “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count; it’s the life in your years.” Amulya Patnaik began his speech by complimenting the school authorities. He talked about how India is turning into a superpower economically but is not really excelling in the civic sense. He laid emphasis on the importance of discipline: civic and self. In his speech, he narrated an anecdote about when he went to the UK for training. This incident made him realise how deeply rooted self-discipline should be in school kids. He praised the school and its excellence. According to him an introspective approach towards society is very important and he advised the kids to maintain an equilibrium between job, family, and health. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePatnaik talked about the cyber world that we are living in today. He mentioned how technological advancement has led to the gadgets becoming an integral part of our lives. He advised kids, parents, and teachers to have a ‘Cyber Recess’: a day’s break from the cyberspace which could be utilized for recreational purposes. He mentioned the various programmes that the Delhi Police has initiated for the youth – Sashakti, a programme that reaches out to the girl students of various Delhi schools and teaches them self-defense as well as HimmatPlus, a mobile app. The Chief Guest, Principal, Vice Principal, Dr Renu Nayyar, and class representatives felicitated the scholars by presenting badges, blazers, pins, ties, and certificates of merit. The Prantik Roy Memorial Gold Medal, for an all-around performance, was awarded to Sagnik Anupam.last_img read more

Veteran Bengali actor Swarup Dutta passes away

first_imgKolkata: Veteran Bengali actor Swarup Dutta, best known for his versatile roles in films of the 1960s and 1970s, died at a city hospital on Wednesday, family members said.Dutta, who was admitted to the hospital on Saturday after becoming senseless at home, died at 6.10 am.He had been suffering from age-related ailments for quite some time.He was 78 and survived by wife and son. His son, Sharan Dutta, is also an actor.The actor had got his first break in Tapan Sinha’s ‘Apanjan’ (1968). The film was set against the political turmoil in West Bengal in the 1960s.Dutta, who was inspired by Utpal Dutt during his school days in south Kolkata, had also acted with the late thespian in his theatre troupe for long.Some of his best-known movies included ‘Sagina Mahato,’ ‘Harmonium’, ‘Pita Putra’ and ‘Maa o Meye’.The golden era of Bengali cinema as represented by such stalwarts is fading away, actor Sudipta Chakraborty tweeted while condoling Dutta’s death.last_img read more

Trolley bags better than backpacks for schoolkids

first_imgParents, please take a note. Researchers have found that trolley bags are better than backpacks for schoolkids for their movement and body posture. They also suggest that children should not carry over 20 per cent of their body weight in their backpack trolleys as it hampers their movement. For the study published in the journal Applied Ergonomics, researchers from the University of Granada and Liverpool John Moores University assessed 49 primary school pupils from Spain. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn Spain, more than 40 per cent of the children use trolley backpacks, and until now there have been no studies making weight recommendations for this type of backpack, said researchers. For the study, a kinematic analysis of the children (posture of the trunk and lower limbs) was conducted while they walked freely; carrying no weight; carrying a traditional backpack; and while pulling a backpack trolley with different loads (10 per cent, 15 per cent and 20 per cent of their respective body weights). Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt was found that pulling the backpack trolley produces fewer changes in the child’s kinematics and, therefore, resembles more closely their movement when walking free of any load, compared to carrying backpacks, even when it weighs very little. Findings also indicate that the greatest alterations were produced in the hip and trunk when using trolleys or backpacks while there was little difference in the kinematics of the knee and ankle. The study also confirmed that schoolchildren who use backpacks should avoid carrying loads greater than 10 per cent of their body weight.last_img read more

Nuke the Hurricanes The Historical Debate of Using Nuclear Weapons Against the

first_imgHurricanes hitting the coast of the United States have been a constant reminder of how powerful nature can really be, but when it comes to man-made counter-measures, our means are quite limited. Thus, people of various backgrounds ― scientists included ― have long debated the prospects of using nuclear bombs in order to deter or destroy hurricanes before they can reach the shore and cause mayhem. Even though this debate was much more popular during the 1950s and early 1960s, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the number of letters received from people who still advocate such measures whenever a hurricane is inbound is still very high.Water crashing over bridge during Hurricane Harvey in Kemah TexasDue to the fact that the “nuke the hurricane” myth had become so widely expanded among the general population, the NOAA remains constantly devoted to debunking this misconception.But how did such a crazy idea become so popular?Origins of the notion of nuclear weapons being used in battling the elements date from the time when it was believed that nuclear power was a force we could harmlessly harness. Instead of using it for leveling cities, it could be used as a powerful tool ― one that could dig a 320 feet (100 m) deep crater, create a second Panama Canal, or make an instant harbor in Alaska by blowing up a portion of the coast.Panama canal-March 11,2016: three-Chamber gateway “Gatun”. From the Atlantic ocean, the first on the canal route is a three-chamber gateway “Gatun”, which connects the Lemon Bay with lake Gatun. Here locks lift vessels on 26 m to the level of the lake of the same name. Wiring of large ships through the locks is provided by a special small train locomotives on electric traction.This surge of interest in the use of nuclear weapons appeared after the United States first full scale test of a thermonuclear “hydrogen bomb” on November 1, 1952. With an explosive force of 10.4 megatons, the bomb, codenamed Ivy Mike, was a thousand times more powerful than the devastating “destroyer of worlds” dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945.However, testing of nuclear weapons was just too expensive for the government, not to mention the risk of contaminating entire parcels of land with radiation and possibly costing hundreds or thousands of human lives.Ivy Mike (yield 10.4 mt) – an atmospheric nuclear test conducted by the U.S. at Enewetak Atoll on 1 November 1952. It was the world’s first successful hydrogen bombWhen it was revealed that the U.S. Army indeed possesses the hydrogen bomb, a meteorologist called Jack W. Reed managed to gain access to data and conduct research on the atmospheric effects that the bomb had during its first testing. The Mike detonation reportedly lifted a massive column of air more than 20 miles into the sky.In 1958, he was determined to convince both the government and the public that such a weapon could be used to save lives, instead of taking them. He developed a theory by which a 20 megaton hydrogen bomb could be launched underwater into the eye of the hurricane using a submarine.By Reed’s calculation, the explosion would cause the warm air in the eye of the storm to elevate into the stratosphere, just like it did during the 1952 test, significantly reducing the wind speed and thus weakening the storm itself.Weather Map – 3D RenderingAt the same time, the use of nuclear devices for civilian purposes became part of the U.S. government’s Project Plowshare ― a program aimed at the development of techniques which would enable nuclear explosives to find use in construction.Although everything containing the word “nuclear” was hailed as the future during the 1950s, by late 1960s, the effects of radioactivity became wider known to the public and a reverse trend appeared.The government soon abandoned all mention of the use of nuclear explosives in so-called “peaceful” purposes.Project PlowshareWhat Reed failed to predict was the fact that his idea was indeed a double-edged sword ― while theoretically destroying the hurricane, the bomb would unleash radioactive fallout which would quickly reach the coast carried by wind, causing even greater damage than the hurricane itself.Besides, the scientists from NOAA had long concluded that Reed’s calculations were wrong ― the 20 megaton nuclear bomb suggested by the meteorologist wouldn’t be enough to tame an average hurricane. In order to make a dent in Mother Nature’s superweapon, a much more powerful bomb would be needed.Hurricane Lane approaching Hawaii in August 2018. 3D illustration. Elements of this image furnished by NASA. 3D model of planet created and rendered in Cheetah3D software, 24 Aug 2018. URL of the source maps: Plowshare continued to spread in other fields of interest. In 1973, three 33 kiloton bombs were detonated underground in Rio Blanco, Colorado. This was the third, and final, experiment to determine if controlled nuclear explosions could be used to fracture rocks deep underground, allowing natural gas extraction. However, the gas produced by this “nuclear fracking” method was found to have high levels of radioactivity, and thus was useless.Nevertheless, plans for civilian use of nuclear explosives remained in development as the government and private companies sought out ways to turn the bomb into profit, although far from the public eye.Projects including rock blasting, chemical element manufacture, space travel and ― ironically ― sealing off vast underground stores of nuclear waste were all mentioned in numerous files regarding the Pandora’s Box released by Project Plowshare.Read another story from us:Ancient Aliens – Bizarre Theories and Evidence Throughout HistoryLuckily, barely any of these projects went into the testing phase.In 1990, the Peaceful Nuclear Explosions Treaty was signed by the U.S. government and the U.S.S.R., limiting the use of nuclear weapons for non-military purposes to 150 kilotons. The document was the formal acknowledgment that any irresponsible use of nuclear weapons during peacetime should be strictly prohibited.last_img read more

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