Month: August 2019

New lasing technique inspired by brightly colored birdsNew lasing technique inspired by brightly colored birds

first_img(A) Male Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis, Turdidae). (B) Male Plum-throated Cotinga (Cotinga maynana, Cotingidae). (C) Channel-type beta-keratin and air nanostructure from back contour feather barbs of S. sialis. (D) Sphere-type beta-keratin and air nanostructure from back contour feather barbs of C. maynana. (E & F) Small-angle X-ray scattering data from the channel-type feather barb of S. sialis, and the sphere-type feather barb of C. maynana. Scale bars in (C, D) 500 nm, (E, F) 0.025 (1/nm) of spatial frequency. Photo credits: (A) Ken Thomas; (B) Thomas Valqui. Courtesy of Hui Cao Research Laboratory (PhysOrg.com) — Researchers at Yale University have succeeded in building a new kind of laser based on the way brightly colored birds show their colors. Building on the new approach to creating laser beams, whereby holes are drilled in a material in such a way as to trap light inside for a long enough period of time to create the laser light they are after, researchers Hui Cao, Heeso Noh and their colleagues describe in a paper they’ve published in Physical Review Letters, how they’ve emulated the way birds use air holes to display their colors. In traditional lasers, light is bounced back and forth (trapped) between mirrors with a so-called gain material between them that amplifies the light until it is of sufficient strength to pass through one end of the semi-transparent mirror, producing the beam. More recently however, optics researchers have found that another way to hold on to the light is to drill air holes in a material that causes the light to become trapped as it moves between the holes.The air holes in the material can be placed either in a clear ordered fashion, producing just one strong wavelength, or in random fashion which allows for multiple wavelengths but isn’t very efficient; something that grows in importance as the laser power desired grows and uses more energy when it is produced.The new technique falls somewhere in-between, in that at first glance the air holes appear to be random, but upon closer inspection, turn out to be ordered after all. This is where the brightly colored birds come in; nature has given them feathers with air pockets that at first glance appear to be randomly spaced, but under closer scrutiny it’s revealed that there is in fact, order underneath; the result is some light is trapped and bounced around inside and between them, allowing the amount of light to build up before ultimately escaping and giving the birds their brilliant hues.To recreate the effect in the lab, the research team drilled holes in a 190 nanometer slice of gallium arsenide, a particularly good plastic for lasers, 235 to 275 nanometers apart, and which also had a layer of quantum dots that shine brilliantly when struck with just one photon. As suspected, when the wafer was lit up, it produced a laser of about 1,000 nanometers, which made it far more efficient than random lasers; after more tests were made it was found that the wavelength produced could be changed by altering the amount of space between the holes.Though it’s not yet clear how the new type of laser will be used, it does seem likely the new approach will be used to help bring down the costs of lasers, and perhaps more importantly, the amount of energy needed to rum them. 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. Researchers create faster, more efficient laser for communications © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: New lasing technique inspired by brightly colored birds (2011, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-lasing-technique-brightly-birds.html More information: — Control of Lasing in Biomimetic Structures with Short-Range Order, Phys. Rev. Lett. 106, 183901 (2011) DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.183901AbstractWe demonstrate lasing in photonic amorphous structures that mimic the isotropic nanostructures which produce noniridescent color in nature. Our experimental and numerical studies reveal that lasing becomes most efficient at certain frequencies, due to enhanced optical confinement by short-range order. The optimal lasing frequency can be tuned by adjusting the structure factor. This work shows that lasing in nanostructures may be effectively improved and manipulated by short-range order.– www.eng.yale.edu/caolab/ Explore furtherlast_img read more

Sony shows off two new unique Android tabletsSony shows off two new unique Android tablets

first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: Sony shows off two new unique Android tablets (2011, July 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-sony-unique-android-tablets.html 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. Sony unveils two Android 3.0 Honeycomb tablets in iPad challenge (PhysOrg.com) — Sony has finally unveiled the S1 and S2; two uniquely shaped tablets, that it says, are for the more status minded buyer. Though both run the Android operating system, neither is shaped like the mostly etch-a-sketch designs currently on the market. The S1 has a folded back looking top that was designed to look and feel like a magazine that has been folded back. Company reps say that makes it more comfortable to hold in one hand. The S2 is a dual screen tablet embedded in a clam-shell case that can be opened and closed, making it look, as one observer at a recent press junket in New York described, like a sunglasses case. Explore further The S1 and S2 will be the first tablets introduced by Sony into the United States, and both appear to be aimed at users who are both looking for something different and have the money to pay for it.In addition to being more comfortable to hold, the added thickness at the top of the S1 means that when it’s laid on a table it tilts slightly towards the user, rather than at the ceiling, making it easier to read and type. Listed as a 9.4 inch tablet, the S1, which like the S2 will almost certainly be renamed before its official launch sometime in the fall, features both a USB and docking port.The S2, listed as a 5.5 inch tablet, actually provides a virtual 10 inch screen when the images on the two screens are used as one; it can be used either horizontally or vertically, which makes it ideal for reading eBooks in one direction and for use as a regular tablet in the other. Its big selling point is that it can be closed and put in a pocket, even if just barely.Both tablets are based on the NVIDIA Tegra 2 system on a chip (SoC) and have been, according to Sony, optimized to provide a faster user experience. Oddly, the S1 doesn’t have cellular connectivity, and thus the only means for getting online is via WiFi. The S2 on the hand can’t connect via WiFi; users will connect using only AT&T’s (in the U.S.) wireless services. Another draw for these two tablets is that both will have a PlayStation Certification, which means both will be able to run the PlayStation games that have been ported to an emulator on Android systems.Pricing for the two new tablets has yet to be announced.last_img read more

IEEE forms group to confront network traffic swellsIEEE forms group to confront network traffic swells

first_img(Phys.org) — The Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers (IEEE) is taking steps to come up with a new Ethernet standard capable of between 400Gbps and 1Tbps.The IEEE announced Tuesday it is forming a group focused on ringing wired Ethernet speeds up to where they will need to belong by 2015. Speeds which could peak at 1 Tbps. The announcement names the “IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus Group” as the body now handed the mission to hammer out details of what will be the new standards for the next speed of Ethernet. The IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus Group is to meet next month in Geneva from September 24 to September 25. While some observers refer to the problem as a traffic “swell,” numbers indicate it is more like a tsunami. Gregory Bell, Director, Energy Sciences Network (ESnet), and Director, Scientific Networking Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, said that even the phrase ‘big data’ doesn’t describe the revolution occurring in many scientific disciplines. He said one only has to consider CERN’s recent announcement of a new particle, evidence that had to be sifted from gigabytes of data generated every second. He called CERN data just the tip of the iceberg.“Within three to six years we predict the need for a minimum of 400 Gbps connectivity to meet data mobility needs of experiments in fusion, astrophysics, genomics, climate research and other fields.”Similarly, the existence of the new group comes after findings that show the need to start working towards new standards now. The Consensus group launch has its roots in the IEEE’s assessments of 802.3 Ethernet Bandwidth, and seeing an exponential climb in global bandwidth requirements (802.3 refers to standards defining the physical l and data link layer’s media access control of wired Ethernet), with total traffic doubling every 18 months. In a July IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group Communication, for example, it was said that “the bandwidth associated with core networking was observed, on average, to be doubling every eighteen months.” Although there was a wide variation in aggregated bandwidth needs, said the communication, “the observed trend that the doubling every eighteen months on average of bandwidth requirements associated with core networking is still a reasonable approximation. If the current trend continues, then this translates to an increase in traffic of a factor of 10 by 2015 compared to 2010 and by a factor of 100 by 2020.”The IEEE collected data is a reminder that the standards homework ahead is caused by far more than daily end users downloading movies or listening to music. The IEEE has been collecting data from data center networks, high-performance computing, financial markets, carrier and cable operators, Internet exchanges, and the scientific community.The most aggressive growth rates in network bandwidth consumption is happening in the financial sector and data-intensive science, the IEEE has found, with compounded annual growth rates of 95 percent and 70 percent, respectively.Potential participants to help decide on the new standards are likely to include users and producers of systems and components for carriers, Internet exchanges, financial markets, data centers, networking systems, high-performance computing, and network storage and servers. Explore further Citation: IEEE forms group to confront network traffic swells (2012, August 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-ieee-group-network-traffic.html IEEE Ratifies 802.11n Wireless LAN Specification More information:center_img © 2012 Phys.Org 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. Image: Wikipedia. www.ieee802.org/3/ad_hoc/bwa/BWA_Report.pdfwww.businesswire.com/news/home … -IEEE-802.3-Tm-Grouplast_img read more

Air Force school looks to Locata GPS antenna technologyAir Force school looks to Locata GPS antenna technology

first_img Citation: Air Force school looks to Locata GPS antenna technology (2013, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-air-school-locata-gps-antenna.html (Phys.org) —The Air Force Institute of Technology, or AFIT, is the Air Force’s graduate school of engineering and management as well as its institution for technical professional continuing education. Earlier this month, AFIT and Locata, based in Canberra, Australia, announced an R&D deal to build and demonstrate new Locata multipath mitigation technology for use in GPS receivers. Locata, which also has an office in Las Vegas, has attracted interest within and beyond the Air Force for advancements made in global positioning system receivers. “This cooperation is expected to leverage many years of proprietary Locata ground-based technology development to bring completely new capabilities to satellite-based GPS receivers,” said the AFIT announcement. AFIT is looking to develop GPS-specific versions of Locata’s correlator and switching algorithms. Locata has attracted general interest in its VRay, an invention of Locata co-founder David Small. This is a type of antenna that can eliminate multipath interference. This says a lot for the frustrated many who have come to realize that GPS does not guarantee precision in urban areas. The VRay has been purposed for better performance in difficult environments.The VRay uses a beam-forming antenna with receiving elements that identify and subtract multipath and other interference to extract a clean signal. The antenna scans for beams and distinguishes what GPS signal is valid. The VRay has been designed for use on automated industrial and warehouse equipment, such as forklifts. but the antennas are under development for other form factors including smaller devices.GPS has presented some difficulties in places where tall buildings in urban areas interfere with signals. Those familiar with the problem cite multipath interference as the hurdle, as satellite signals reflect off buildings and confuse the positioning systems. That is where VRay is said to come in, serving areas where multipath has made it almost impossible for other RF-based positioning technologies to work.VRay technology delivers the needed accuracy and reliability in those instances. A New Scientist report on Locata’s technology quoted consultant David Last, former president of the UK’s Royal Institute of Navigation, assessing the value of Locata’s technology. “The concept of beam-steering for GPS is well known. However, its use has been mainly confined to the military due to the high cost. Locata’s breakthrough is to time-multiplex the receiver,” he said. The basketball-sized VRay prototypes are still bulky for some of newer applications in mind but designs under discussion include antennas that are flush with airframes and vehicle roofs, and a version built into helmets. Locata was incorporated in 1997 by David Small and Nunzio Gambale. Explore further More information: www.insidegnss.com/node/3724www.afit.edu/PA/news.cfm?article=588&a=newswww.locata.com/center_img Locata positioning hits ground at New Mexico missile range © 2013 Phys.org 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

Periodic radio signal detected from the blazar J10432408Periodic radio signal detected from the blazar J10432408

first_imgAbout 10.5 years long 15 GHz observations of the blazar J1043+2408 from OVRO. Credit: Bhatta, 2018. Using Owens Valley Radio Observatory (OVRO), astronomers have detected a periodic signal in the radio light curve of the blazar J1043+2408, which could be helpful in improving our understanding about the nature of blazars in general. The finding was presented in a paper published November 30 on arXiv.org. Explore further More information: Gopal Bhatta. Detection of periodic radio signal from the blazar J1043+2408. arXiv:1811.12689 [astro-ph.HE]. arxiv.org/abs/1811.12689 Rhythmic oscillations detected in the blazar Markarian 501 Citation: Periodic radio signal detected from the blazar J1043+2408 (2018, December 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-periodic-radio-blazar-j10432408.html Blazars are a class of radio-loud active galactic nuclei (AGN). Their characteristic features are relativistic jets pointed almost exactly toward the Earth. In general, blazars, which are the most energetic sources in the universe, are perceived by astronomers as high-energy engines serving as natural laboratories to study particle acceleration, relativistic plasma processes, magnetic field dynamics and black hole physics. BL Lacertae objects (BL Lacs) are a type of blazar showcasing lower-power jets and higher Doppler factors than other blazars. J1043+2408 is one of the objects of this type, frequently observed by space telescopes and ground-based observatories.By monitoring such BL Lacs like J1043+2408 astronomers hope to find quasi-periodic oscillations (QPOs) in the multi-frequency light curves, including radio, optical, X-ray and gamma-ray. For instance, at radio frequencies, QPOs with periods ranging from few hours to few years have been recorded in a number of blazars. These periodic signals could provide essential insights into aspects of blazar studies, including disk-jet connection, magnetic field configuration and strong gravity near supermassive black holes.Now, in a new study, a group of astronomers led by Gopal Bhatta of Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland, reports finding a periodic radio signal in J1043+2408. The detection is the result of long-term observations of this blazar over more than 10 years, using OVRO’s 40-m telescope.”In this work, we report detection of a periodic signal in the radio light curve of the blazar J1043+2408 spanning ~10.5 years. We performed multiple methods of time series analysis, namely, epoch folding, Lomb-Scargle periodogram, and discrete auto-correlation function,” the researchers wrote in the paper.The observations revealed a repeating radio signal with a periodicity of about 563 days. The researchers noted that a signal with such periodic modulation could be explained by various scenarios, including binary supermassive black hole system, the so-called Lense-Thirring precession and jet precession.However, the authors of the study concluded that in the case of J1043+2408, gravitational perturbation in a binary supermassive black hole is the most plausible hypothesis.”We conclude that while other above-discussed scenarios can not be completely ruled out, periodic modulations induced by gravitational perturbation in binary SMBH [supermassive black hole] system seems a more plausible mechanism at the root of the observed periodic radio signal,” the paper reads.The astronomers added that studies of periodic oscillations in objects like J1043+2408 could be essential for advancing our knowledge about the processes in the innermost regions of blazars. Given that there are currently numerous scenarios explaining such modulations, further observations are required to help better determine the driving mechanisms of this activity. © 2018 Science X Network 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

Ashwin plays troubleshooter in Virat episodeAshwin plays troubleshooter in Virat episode

first_imgAmid the furore generated by Virat Kohli’s abusive behaviour with an Indian journalist, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday tried to defuse the tension by lauding the fourth estate for its support and for “taking cricket back” to the country. Although Ashwin refrained from making any comments on the ‘Virat Kohli abuse episode’ but it did look like he tried his best in his damage control act.“Media is here to support us. It’s very heartening to see the media turn up in huge numbers and try to support us. But I mean, this is my take on it, media has a responsible way of taking cricket back home in a responsible fashion, taking cricket to the public in the way it needs to be taken,” Ashwin said answering a specific question on what’s his take on the media in general. Ashwin said at times he has not agreed with what has been reported but there have been times when media has been supportive. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for Jadeja“There are times when I’m not happy with that, but that’s my opinion. But there are other times when you support the players and it’s very important to take the game forward,” said Ashwin.Ashwin, however, refused to comment when asked pointedly about the Kohli incident in which the swashbuckling batsman hurled abuses at a reporter mistaking him for another scribe. “Honestly, I do not know what’s happened. It’s definitely not in my jurisdiction. I do not know what’s happened. I’m very honest about it,” said the offie.last_img read more

Debit card fraud Middleaged man arrested from KansaDebit card fraud Middleaged man arrested from Kansa

first_imgKolkata: Police arrested a middle-aged man from Kanksa in West Burdwan on charges of duping his colleagues by using their credit or debit cards without their knowledge.For the past few months, officials of a private healthcare unit noticed that money was getting deducted from their bank accounts. But initially it did not draw attention as they failed to realise it immediately after the money got deducted from their bank accounts. During investigation, police have found out that the arrested persons had opted a unique modus operandi while using debit cards of his colleagues for shopping and even didn’t get caught. He used to wait for the times when his colleagues left their wallets or mobile phones on the desk. Taking the opportunity of the situation, he used to take out the debit card from the wallet and keep away the mobile phone so that they do not get to see balance alert messages. He used to buy goods using the debit card and the mobile phone was needed to enter the one time password (OTP). He also used to delete the messages from the mobile phones. Later, he used to keep the mobile phones at such a place in the office itself that its actual owner used to think that he had kept there by mistake and used to carry on with his work without suspecting anyone. Police initiated a probe after two three employees found that their money got deducted from their bank accounts.While investigating into the cases, police have suspected that someone from the same workplace was behind the incidents and finally the middl-eaged man was arrested.last_img read more

Looking back at 7 years of Maa Mati ManushLooking back at 7 years of Maa Mati Manush

first_imgKolkata: With the completion of seven years of the “Maa, Mati, Manush government”, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said that her government is committed to continue its work for the betterment of common people. Bengal has reached a new height in al-most all fields in the past seven years.It was on May 20 in 2011, when Banerjee had taken oath as Chief Minister in Raj Bhavan and walked up to Writers’ Buildings, amidst lakhs of people congratulating her for her success in ensuring a change of guard in the state. Her party had defeated Left Front, a party that was in power in the state for 34 long years and formed the government. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSoon after forming the government, her landmark decisions took Bengal to new heights and ushered in global recognition for the state. On Sunday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “On May 20, 2011, the first Maa, Mati, Manush government took oath of office. It has been seven years and we continue to be committed to work for the betterment of people.”In the past seven years, the Chief Minister has introduced schemes that give coverage from the birth of a child to the death of a person. Mother of a new-born girl child is given saplings for free under the Sabujshree scheme. Again, Samabyathi scheme is to help people from financially weaker sections perform last rites of their near and dear ones. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThere can be hardly any family in the state, members of which have not derived benefit of any of the schemes. Common people of Bengal have been immensely benefitted by the initiatives, including giving rice at Rs 2 per kg to more than 8 crore people under Khadyasathi project and free treatment in the state-run hospitals. Kanyashree, Sabujsathi, Gatidhara and Shikshashri are some of the iconic projects of the Mamata Banerjee government. Many such projects were later taken up by other governments. The Kanyashree Prakalpa, that ensured a check on the number of school dropouts and child marriages, took Bengal to the top of the world with the state bagging the first prize in United Nations Public Service Award for Asia Pacific in Netherlands. Besides ensuring an overall development of the state by constructing better roads, even in villages and organising global summits to attract investment in the state, the Mamata Banerjee government has settled age-old problems and restored peace in Darjeeling and the Maoist hit Junglemahal. Moreover, the Chief Minister’s constant vigil has also helped in averting any major law and order problem in the state, that has a tradition and heritage of peace and harmony. In the Assembly election in 2016, it was the overall development carried out by the Mamata Banerjee government in the past five years, which once again brought her a landslide victory, following which she once again plunged into development work. She once again held administrative review meetings in all the districts, as a measure that helped in timely completion of development work. Moreover, the Centre has repeatedly appreciated the work of the Bengal government, by awarding it for its achievements in different fields, starting from ease of doing business to agriculture. Recently, Bengal has once again topped in the country, with Digambarpur Gram Panchayat (GP) in South 24-Parganas bagging the Centre’s award of best GP in India. Bengal government has also won Krishi Karman award for five consecutive years.With equal importance given for development in the urban and rural parts of the state, beautification work carried out in the City of Joy has been appreciated by people from across the globe. Several toilets were also constructed in Bengal, where 21,324 villages were declared Open Defecation Free (ODF). The number is the highest in the country and Nadia is the first ODF district in India.With the state witnessing marked development in the past seven years, people have extended their support to Banerjee and her party in the recently held Panchayat polls as well, which will help in easy execution of projects and implementation of schemes in the grassroot level.last_img read more

City gears up for film fest with robots and droidsCity gears up for film fest with robots and droids

first_imgBringing a world of artificial intelligence and robots from the canvas of cinema, a three-day Artificial Intelligence Film Festival will be held here from September 17.The festival, being held in collaboration with Cinedarbaar, will show six science-fiction films that bring stories of robots and technology which will be followed by interactive sessions and robotic workshops at the American Center Auditorium (US Embassy) here, read a statement. The Day The Earth Stood Still, which stars Michael Rennie, Patricia Neal and Hugh Marlowe, will open the festival with its intriguing storyline about the alien landing and how the people of Earth fight for survival.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The closing film will be Chappie, featuring Sharlto Copley, Dev Patel and Hugh Jackman. With a futuristic setting, the film takes cinema-goers to a world where crime is patrolled by an oppressive mechanised police force. It narrates the story of a police droid, Chappie, which is stolen and is re-programmed, making him the first robot with the ability to think and feel for himself. The film highlights measures taken by humans to safeguard their existence. Other films that will be screened are A Space Odyssey, Star Wars, Blade Runner and Robocop.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSpeakers are also invited to be part of discussion with the audience after the film’s screening. Bijoy Philip, who is a doctoral scholar at the department of cinema studies at Jawaharlal Nehru University, will speak on the history of fictional robots in American cinema on the opening day of the festival.  The entry to the festival is free and is on first-come first-served basis. The entry is open for the general public, but by invitation only.last_img read more

Parties join voice against BJPs divisive politics in AssamParties join voice against BJPs divisive politics in Assam

first_imgKolkata: The state Assembly on Tuesday made an all-party resolution accusing the BJP government at the Centre of divisive politics over the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, that has excluded the names of more than 40 lakh people in the final draft.Trinamool Congress, Congress and CPI-M unanimously slammed the Centre for turning so many people into ‘refugees in their own homeland’.It may be mentioned that the motion for a discussion on the issue was placed by state Parliamentary Affairs minister Partha Chatterjee and Speaker Biman Banerjee allowed it, taking into account the seriousness and sensitivity. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeUrging all the Opposition parties to raise their voice in unison, state Panchayat minister Subrata Mukherjee took the attack to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, for his indifference regarding the whole episode.Partha Chatterjee said: “They (BJP) are trying to use the Supreme Court verdict as a shield and the NRC as a mechanism to drive the Muslims and the Bengalis out of Assam. We are sending a team to Assam and if needed our Chief Minister will also go. Many people including the intellectuals are calling me. Everyone is worried”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”Difference in political opinions will always remain in democracy. But that does not mean that you can push so many people towards anuncertain future for the sake of politics. The Prime Minister has assumed the position of Nirab (Silent) Modi. It is unprecedented and we strongly condemn the act,” Mukherjee said.Minister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya questioned the modus of the NRC and said that the Supreme Court has not provided any such guideline on the basis of which the NRC has excluded the names of so many Assam citizens, the majority of them being Bengalis. “The NRC in December 2017 had the names of these citizens and now in the latest NRC draft their names have been omitted. It is clearly a tactic to segregate and isolate those people who do not belong to BJP’s votebank,” she said.She lashed out at the Centre for shifting the onus upon the deprived population to prove that they are residents of the state.”Most of them had cast their votes in 2014 and 2016. A good number of them have been residents there for 105 years and now they have to prove their identity. Why?” Bhattacharya questioned and alleged that the Centre has illegally not brought NRC under Right to Information Act.Trinamool Congress leader Tapas Roy termed the episode as the greatest crisis in the country post independence.CPI-M leader Sujan Chakraborty alleged that it is an attempt to create unrest in the whole country. “This act is against the culture and tradition of the state of Bengal and has opened up a Pandora’s box where all states will feel the NRC Assam effect in the days to come, if the voice of dissent is not raised,” Chakraborty said.Leader of Opposition in the Assembly Abdul Mannan also strongly condemned the issue and appealed to all Opposition parties to bring the state intellectuals under an apolitical umbrella and take the protest to the Centre.last_img read more

No power in Ggn govt hospital for over 12 hoursNo power in Ggn govt hospital for over 12 hours

first_imgGurugram: The pathetic state of health care system and lackadaisical approach of officials came to the fore after the Civil hospital in Sector -10 was without power for 12 hours. Even the life support system machines was without power.Though, the government hospital in Sector-10 does not get as many patients like in Sadar, there are still a sizeable amount of patients who come to the hospital which was set up to reduce the burden. On Monday from 11:00 am to 12:00 am the power connection went off. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOwing to the maintenance issues and poor infrastructure, long hours of power cuts is a regular feature in Gurugram.For many patients, however, it was an infuriating experience as for long there were no corrective measures taken by the officials. There were also reports that some of the patients were seen by the doctors in the candlelight.”Who should we complain to? There is no one over here to listen our complaints. Ultimately we are waiting for the situation to improve so that the doctors can resume their work,” said Sunita Devi, one of the patients’ kin.There were also complaints that seeing the frustration and anger among the patients, most of the doctors and administrative officials left the hospital.This is not for the first time when power has gone off for a long duration in government hospital of Haryana.last_img read more

Traffic hit after Dunlop flyovers height bar crashesTraffic hit after Dunlop flyovers height bar crashes

first_imgKolkata: The height bar of Dunlop flyover collapsed early on Saturday morning after it was hit by a vehicle. The incident caused traffic congestion in the area for a few hours.According to Barrackpore police, the situation was brought under control in the afternoon. The “health condition” of the Dunlop flyover was under inspection that is being extensively carried out by various state government agencies. The Bengal government started the “health” check-up of the bridges after a portion of the Majerhat bridge caved in on September 4. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAfter a thorough examination, the RITES had submitted a report saying that condition of bearings situated on the top of the pillars were not in good health and some repair works needed to be done. The report also added that in some places the bearings had been displaced. The busy flyover had been closed for all types of vehicles for the past one-and-half months, following the Majerhat incident. The height bar was constructed to restrict the movement of some vehicles and repair work was also on. It was later opened for smaller vehicles. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that a truck might have hit the height bar, eventually leading to its collapse. The truck was coming from Dakshineswar side, police said. There had been traffic congestion in the area since movement was restricted on the flyover. As a result, the vehicles coming from Dakshineswar were affected.last_img read more

Slice from a royal kitchenSlice from a royal kitchen

first_imgIf you love masala and like to enjoy your meals at a calm and relaxing environment, there’s a perfect destination in the Capital waiting to host you. Dilli 32, an Indian specialty restaurant at The Leela Ambience Convention Hotel, Delhi is a delight for foodies. A place suited for a leisurely meal with your family and loved ones, with live ghazal performance, and finger licking food, Dilli 32 is meant to deliver you one of the best dining experiences in the Capital. Flaunting a live kitchen and gorgeous interiors, Dillli 32 will make you revisit the Mughal Era with rich assortment of dishes belonging to the royal age. The restaurant boasts of Awadhi and North West Frontier cuisine creating a perfect ensemble of gourmet delicacies. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWelcomed with papad and an array of delicious chutneys, you can sit back munching onto them while you order some refreshing mocktails, wine or cocktails. While you rejoice over the crunchy papads, they’d surprise you with a couple of dal pakodas, until your main course arrives at your table. When heading for dinner, you would be ready to be greeted with soothing tea candles at your table accompanied by live ghazal, while you have a hearty conversation with your companion. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive There’s a mouthwatering variety of kebabs, both for vegetarians and meat lovers for starters, Nutki kebab, Makai aur akhrot ki khaas seekh (sweet corn and walnut kebab), Shahi galawat ke kebab and Murgh seekh kebab to name a few. Once you are over with the starters, it might be a hefty task to choose from the countless dishes for main course. With a multitude of paranthas and rotis you also get different biryanis. While the soft Dum gosht ki biryani, light Shakahari kheechra, or Lasooni palak sooth your tongue, a spoonful of their ‘Dal Dilli 32’ will take your breath away.Heading to sweet endings, you would be rather amazed to find Badam ka halwa and Mirchi ka halwa (capsicum halwa) which would be memorable choices but their Shahi tukra would set a benchmark for desserts in your mind with its succulent and delicious bites. Even if you had successfully held back your surprised look all along, a box full of digestives laid out at the table after your meal will motivate you to let go and leap up in joy. When you just thought that a meal could not have been any better, a smiling host would enter with a tray full of paan shots! Yes, you heard it right ‘Paan shots’ – these are non-alcoholic milk based paan flavoured shots to help you digest your meal.last_img read more

Fire engulfs two factories in DankuniFire engulfs two factories in Dankuni

first_imgKolkata: Two factories were completed gutted in a fire that broke out at Chakundi in Dankuni on Sunday afternoon.Another factory located close to the incident spot was partly damaged. According to local residents, there is an abandoned detergent factory where the fire broke out around 12:30 pm on Sunday. When local residents saw thick black smoke billowing out of the factory, they informed police and fire brigade. But before the fire brigade could reach, the flames spread to an edible oil factory situated close to the detergent factory. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBy the time fire tenders reached, a part of a biscuit factory adjacent to the edible oil factory was also gutted. As inflammable materials were stored in the two factories, fire spread fast. Immediately, firefighters started spraying water but they were not able to locate the source of fire. According to sources, despite firefighting system were installed at the edible oil factory, it did not work while dousing the fire. Also, none could locate the water reservoir which should be there on the factory premises. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTo arrange for water, firefighters had to join hose pipes to get water from a pond locates a few hundred metres from the factory. Apart from water, firefighters also used foam. By the evening, they were able to control the fire at the detergent factory. One firefighter started having difficulty in breathing due to thick smoke. He was taken to a local hospital. It is suspected that the fire occurred at the detergent factory due to short circuit. According to sources, fire brigade officials are mulling to take stringent action against the owner of the edible oil factory for not adhering tothe fire safety regulations.last_img read more

Dress right for Valentines Day dateDress right for Valentines Day date

first_imgOpt for a little red dress or go for a flirty mini skirt and pair it with classic winged eyes and pink blush to woo your date for Valentine’s Day, say experts. 4Little red dress (LRD): A red short sew dress teamed up with metallic stilettos or black boots finished with a red clutch and a black jacket and you are ready to rock the date night.Make-up tip: Keep it simple and elegant with make-up. A classic winged eyeliner and a matte red lip will do wonders. If you not a fan of red lips then team the eyeliner with a nude shade that suits the skin colour. Keep the skin fresh and dewy by adding a little highlighter on the higher planes of the face such as cheekbones. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Be flirty with pink: Layer of a flirty mini skirt (denim) with different shades of pink off-shoulder top. Complete the look with clear sunglasses, pink glitter sketchers or flats.Make-up tip: Opt for a highlighted dewy skin. Add some soft pink blush and choose a pink lip colour. Make sure the lips are matte if you keep the skin dewy and glossy. Don’t forget to layer a lot of mascara to open up those eyes.4Opt for nude coloured garments: Nude coloured ensembles have become a rage because of reality TV star Kim Kardashian sisters. A nude coloured short skirt with a white crop top or sweatshirt. Throw a lot of rose gold accessories. Keep it classy by adding up nude ballerinas and to cut the monotony a brown sling bag and you are ready for the date.Make-up tip: Keep it super simple with this look. Soft pink lips, groomed brows. Don’t forget to add blush, it gives beautiful dimensions to the face without doing much.last_img read more

Police arrest 7 persons seize weapons ammoPolice arrest 7 persons seize weapons ammo

first_imgKolkata: Howrah City Police have nabbed seven persons and seized many weapons on Monday night from two separate places.Two cases have been initiated at the Nischinda police station and Chatterjeehat police station in this regard. According to the police, on Tuesday night sleuths from Nischinda police station got a tip-off about a few persons, who were seen roaming suspiciously in the area. The police approached them, these persons tried to escape from the area on a yellow taxi and a private car. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBut, before they could give a slip to the police, sleuths surrounded them. All of them were immediately detained. During frisking of their vehicles, police found like one sword, bamboo sticks, one dagger, one country-made shooter firearm and two live ammunition mark 8 mm. All six of them immediately arrested under IPC Sections 399 (making preparation to commit dacoity), 402 (assembling for purpose of committing dacoity), and 25 (possessing of fire arms) and 27 of the Arms Act (punishment for using arms). Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIn another case on Monday, sleuths from Chatterjeehat police station arrested a person identified as Saniar Hossain Khan alias Lalu from Dumurjala Ring Road area and seized one firearm loaded with one round of live ammunition. It is suspected that he might have been targeting someone over some issues. He has been booked under IPC sections of 25(i)(a) Arms Act (manufactures, sells, or exposes or offers for sale or transfer, or has in his possession for sale any arms or ammunition) and 27 Arms Act (punishment for using arms).last_img read more

Tribute to Tagore on his birth anniversaryTribute to Tagore on his birth anniversary

first_imgAn evening of songs and poems highlighting different moods and moments of Tagore’s life, marked the birth anniversary celebrations of this philosopher-poet at Muktadhara auditorium here. The cultural programme, organised by West Bengal Information and Cultural Centre, New Delhi, under the Office of the Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal, payed a tribute to Kabiguru.City-based choir Swarchhanda’s presentation titled ‘Tagore meets Bhanu Singha’ focussed on the versatility of the writer. Renowned singer Sahana Bakshi and her mentor Soumi Bhattacharya also paid a glorious tribute to the rich poetic tradition of Bengal through their programme ‘Kabipronam’. Following that, noted Rabindrasangeet artiste Debadrito Chattopadhyay earned plaudits from the audience for his rendition of some of the bard’s best creations.The event was graced by the presence of Bhaskar Khulbe, Secretary to the Prime Minister, Jayashree Mukherjee, Additional Secretary, Union Ministry of Information and Broadcasting, and Dr Krishna Gupta, Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal.last_img read more

Nighttime beauty regime to followNighttime beauty regime to follow

first_imgThe skin repairs itself from the day’s stress during the night, so it is necessary to give your skin equal attention before you go to bed so that it looks rejuvenated the next morning.Experts have shared the night-time beauty regime to follow:Double cleansing: This is highly recommended. Double cleansing consists of first cleaning with a cleanser such as cleansing oil or cleansing cream. This cleanses oil-based impurities such as make-up and pollutants. Also, follow it up with a cleansing foam to remove any left over impurities before sleeping. The motive here is deep cleansing while being gentle on the skin. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfExfoliate: Exfoliate with scrub or gommage peel or a clay mask, depending on the skin type, 2 to 3 times to get rid of dead cells. Exfoliating your skin can really help in rejuvenating your skin. Exfoliate skin at least twice a week using the appropriate products according to the skin type. Toning: Use a gentle hydrating toner according to skin type to refine pores and restore PH level. Always use a good toner as it is a very important step and prepares your skin for the next step of your regimen by minimising pores to the normal size. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSheet mask: At night, applying sheet mask on cleansed skin can be very relaxing and takes away the stress from your skin. They provide essential nutrients deep within the skin.Treatment and repair: At night your skin is naturally regenerating, repairing and restoring itself. Rejuvenation is at its peak as cell turnover increases at night. Use of repairing serum such as salicylic acid for trouble or Vitamin C for brightening and reducing pigmentation and peptides with AHA salt, for peeling and increasing firmness should be applied at night as it is best to avoid these ingredients in sun rays and they work best during night time. A blend of essential and botanical oils can help skin restorative night treatment, and helps addressing customers of every age who are interested in natural repair and rejuvenation of the skin after the damaging effects of the day.Intense cream: Use a hydrating and repairing night cream to nourish and seal all the essential nutrients from previous steps. A cream should be applied to strengthen moisture barrier. Use a good but gentle eye cream for the hydration around your eye. One should never ignore this step as your eyes skin is the thinnest skin on your body, which needs special attention. Lock all the nourishment from the above products by applying a good moisturizer according to your skin type and needsSleeping mask: Sleeping masks are applied preferably 3 to 4 times in a week. It is applied at the last stage or the cream stage of the night routine. Sleeping masks are generally gel or cream based, and they should be massaged into the skin until absorbed and washed away with water next morning. It provides intense nourishment and dewy, hydrated skin in the morning.last_img read more

An ode to GandhiAn ode to Gandhi

first_imgTo propogate Gandhi Ji’s message of peace and celebrate his 150 birth anniversary, The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India is organising an exhibition entitled ‘Dandhi Yatra’. The art show will be inaugurated on December 29, at 5:00 pm.This exhibition showcases unseen drawings of artist Chhaganlal Jadav and also the master works of contemporaneous artists (from NGMA’s collection)to Gandhi ji like Nandlal Bose, Upendra Maharathi and Ram kinkar Baij, and others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpeaking of the exhibition, Adwaita Garyanak, Director Genral, NGMA, Delhi said, “The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi (NGMA), Ministry of Culture, Government of India, is extremely pleased to present the exhibition entitled ‘Dandi Yatra’, showcasing historical drawings of the journey of the Salt March from Sabarmati Satyagraha Ashram, Kochrab to Dandi, a small coastal village in Gujarat. The journey, covering 240 miles took 12 night halts and was witness to the breaking of the British law for salt. At that time, a veritable ocean of people had been drawn to this march, making it one of the largest mass movements of the world. An unsung Satyagrahi and artist Chhaganlal Jadav, in his tiny drawing book, had captured some known/unknown faces from amongst the participants of this epic journey towards Swaraj.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I am extremely happy to share these landmark drawings that are part of our living history. They are presently a part of the personal collection of the Dr Rizwan Qadri from Ahmadabad, who brought these drawings to light and shared them with us for purpose of showcasing them for the first time, through this exhibition,” he added.It will be open for public from December 30 onwards, from 11:00 am to 6:30 pm on all working days expect for Mondays and National Holidays.Sharing her views on this exhibition, Ritu Sharma, Director, NGMA Delhi said, “The salt march is remembered presently as the most vital among the various movements of the freedom struggle. This journey was also witnessed by many artist-participants and media persons from across the world, who had recorded and documented this iconic happening. This is going to be one of its kind exhibition.”last_img read more

Doug and Maccabi Tel Avivs Michael Roll discuss his grind to becomingDoug and Maccabi Tel Avivs Michael Roll discuss his grind to becoming

first_imgGottlieb discusses Channing Frye’s comments about the difficulties of playing with LeBron, and why Zion Williamson needs to change his body to reach his full potential.Doug also tells a fantastic story about playing ball in Russia, and discusses carvinf out a pro career overseas with Maccabi Tel Aviv shooting guard Michael Roll. Mike discusses his long path from UCLA to the top levels of international basketball,  why he didn’t know Russell Westbrook would become “Russell Westbrook,” adjusting to playing pro overseas, and how he ended up playing with the Tunisian national team. Advertisement Make sure you download and subscribe to All Ball and The Herd Podcast Network on iTunes and iHeart, or however you choose to listen!last_img