Kanguru Announces First eFlash eSATA USB

Kanguru Announces First eFlash eSATA USB

first_img Citation: Kanguru Announces First e-Flash (eSATA + USB) (2008, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-11-kanguru-e-flash-esata-usb.html (PhysOrg.com) — Kanguru Solutions announced today the release of their first e-Flash drive. Utilizing eSATA (External Serial ATA) technology allows the Kanguru e-Flash to achieve performance speeds never before obtainable with standard USB Flash Drives. eSAT + USB 2.0 Flash Drive Coupled with large storage capacities, the Kanguru e-Flash can handle any application or data file, regardless of size. In addition to eSATA, it also contains a USB2.0 connection for universal connectivity to virtually any computer.Because the eSATA is powered by its connection, it doesn´t require any external power source. The Kanguru e-Flash comes preloaded with Hot-swap software for easy and safe eSATA connection and ejection. The drive is housed in a high-strength aluminum case that can be custom engraved for anyone who decides to personalize their drive.Key features of e-Flash drive:- Dual ended eSATA AND USB connections- Requires no external power- High strength aluminum housing- Large capacities- Includes Powered eSATA bracket + Cable for PC connectivity- Includes Hot-swap software for trouble-free eSATA Plug-n-Play- Engraving availableWith each e-Flash drive you get Power + eSATA PC Bracket, Power + eSATA Extension Cable, Hotswap Software that is Pre-loaded and a CD with drivers.Kanguru is shipping these e-Flash drives now and are available in 16GB ($85) and 32GB ($120) capacities. A 64GB version will become available in January of 2009. © 2008 PhysOrg.com 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

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Hydrophobic Sand Could Combat Desert Water Shortages

Hydrophobic Sand Could Combat Desert Water Shortages

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Water scarcity is a major problem for people living in desert areas, including much of the Middle East and Africa. According to the United Nations, more than 1.6 million people die every year due to lack of access to clean water. ‘Super sand’ for better purification of drinking water (Update) Citation: Hydrophobic Sand Could Combat Desert Water Shortages (2009, February 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-02-hydrophobic-sand-combat-shortages.html Explore further Researchers at DIME Hydrophobic Materials, a company in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), along with German scientist Helmut F. Schulze, have developed hydrophobic sand using nanotechnology that could combat desertification and encourage plant growth in arid climates. As DIME engineer Fahd Mohammad Saeed Hareb explains, their idea is to lay a 10-cm layer of waterproof sand beneath desert topsoil. The hydrophobic sand could serve as a water table to stop water from bleeding downward below the plants’ roots. Normally, water quickly trickles down through the sand, requiring that farmers water their plants five or six times per day.With the new layer of hydrophobic sand, farmers would only need to water their plants once per day, decreasing water use by up to 75 percent. Another benefit of the hydrophobic sand is that it prevents underground salt from passing through the plant roots, which can kill the plants.The DIME researchers aren’t revealing the precise nano coating used for their hydrophobic sand for proprietary reasons, calling the top-secret additive SP-HFS 1609. Other forms of hydrophobic sand are already on the market, which are usually coated with water-repellant silicas and used for cleaning up oil spills and other applications.DIME’s hydrophobic coating has been approved by Germany’s Federal Environment Agency (FEA), which has issued the product a no-objection certificate declaring it to be ecologically safe. It takes about 30-45 seconds to coat a sand particle, and DIME’s manufacturing facility can produce 3,000 tonnes of sand per day.Other institutions are investigating the hydrophobic sand, including UAE University. For instance, researchers at the university are conducting tests to see if rice – which is usually grown in water-soaked fields – can be successfully grown in desert conditions. In general, their tests have shown that various plants benefit from the hydrophobic sand, such as by growing healthier roots, but the researchers said the tests are only half complete.As the population increases and rivers run dry, water scarcity is expected to increase over the next decades in desert regions. In the Middle East and North Africa, 85 percent of the water is used for irrigation, so decreasing this requirement could help meet the urban demand and possibly prevent future humanitarian disasters.via: Xpress© 2009 PhysOrg.com Researchers in the United Arab Emirates have developed a new kind of hydrophobic sand that could significantly decrease the amount of water required for plant irrigation in desert regions. 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

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Parrots display teamwork and decisionmaking skills

Parrots display teamwork and decisionmaking skills

first_img Explore further African grey parrot. Image credit: L.Miguel Bugallo Sánchez, Wikipedia The problem-solving test they used for their research was originally designed to test the team work ability for chimpanzees and has also been used with elephants. A tray was filled with food for the birds, but in order to acquire it, they needed to work as a team to pull it toward them by two strings. They demonstrated the ability to understand that they needed a partner in order to complete the task and they would wait for them to arrive.In another task, one of the birds was required to climb a perch in order to release the tray which was then pulled by the second bird, and they were also able to carry out these complementary roles.However, in the third test, the parrots let their personalities shine through. When the birds were given a choice of performing an individual task with less food reward versus a team task with a reward of twice as much food, the results were dependent on which of the three birds were participating. Shango proved to be the more individualistic bird and was more prone to choose the solo task. Zoe, the one female, would only choose the team task when paired with Leo, a male parrot she was reared with, but she refused to work as a team with Shango. Leo seemed to like his extra rewards and always choose to take a partner.This shows the researchers that the birds were not just demonstrating a conditioned response to completing the task, but used their personalities in their decision of whether to work as a team or go it alone. (PhysOrg.com) — In a new study published in the journal Animal Cognition, Dr. Dalila Bovet from Paris West University Nanterre La Defense showed how African grey parrots are capable of cooperating and performing tasks as a team, but let their personalities lead their decision. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Who’s slowing you down? Citation: Parrots display teamwork and decision-making skills (2011, May 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-parrots-teamwork-decision-making-skills.html More information: Cooperative problem solving in African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus), Animal Cognition, DOI: 10.1007/s10071-011-0389-2AbstractOne of the main characteristics of human societies is the extensive degree of cooperation among individuals. Cooperation is an elaborate phenomenon, also found in non-human primates during laboratory studies and field observations of animal hunting behaviour, among other things. Some authors suggest that the pressures assumed to have favoured the emergence of social intelligence in primates are similar to those that may have permitted the emergence of complex cognitive abilities in some bird species such as corvids and psittacids. In the wild, parrots show cooperative behaviours such as bi-parental care and mobbing. In this study, we tested cooperative problem solving in African grey parrots (Psittacus erithacus). Our birds were tested using several experimental setups to explore the different levels of behavioural organisation between participants, differing in temporal and spatial complexity. In our experiments, African grey parrots were able to act simultaneously but mostly failed during the delay task, maybe because of a lack of inhibitory motor response. Confronted with the possibility to adapt their behaviour to the presence or absence of a partner, they showed that they were able to coordinate their actions. They also collaborated, acting complementarily in order to solve tasks, but they were not able to place themselves in the partner’s role.via BBC 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

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For the love of poetry

For the love of poetry

first_imgFor the lovers of the poetic tradition, the week promises to be an experience of a lifetime as over 38 poets from 20 Indian languages come together for a unique festival to celebrate Indian poetry.Presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages and Hindi Academy, the ‘Bhartiya Kavita Bimb’ will be inaugurated by Chief Minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit on 6 September, in the presence of Prof Kiran Walia, Minister for Education, Social Welfare, Women & Child Department, Languages and Prof Ashok Chakradhar, eminent Hindi poet and Vice President, Hindi Academy. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The ‘Festival of Indian poetry’ is an attempt to celebrate the richness of Indian languages and the compositions they are producing in an era of globalization and exchange when the West has had a major impact on the culture of the world.Eminent Hindi poets like Shri Arun Kamal, Shri Mohan Singh, Shri Rajkumar ‘Krishak’, Dr Prabha Pant, will share the festival stage with poets of all Indian languages including the likes of Dr Madan Gopal Ladha (Rajasthani), R Meenakshi (Tamil), Shri Shoaib Eaza (Urdu), Dr Kamini Kamayani (Maithili) and Sadhna Sanyal (Assamese), among several others. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe festival will be held over two days and four sessions during which the poets will come together and recite some of their best works.The festival is a twin celebration of poetry and the emotions it evokes as well as the poetic evolution of various Indian languages and how they complement each other.’Be it in Hindi, English, Urdu or Tamil, poetry evokes a sea of emotions. With greater interactions and exchanges between different languages, poetic traditions also evolve over time and grow richer and more beautiful. It has been a tradition of our composite culture that every segment of it has imbibed values from parallel traditions.  Put in a nutshell, the different languages and cultures in India are so different, yet in a way they are also reflections of each other. This is what we are celebrating,’ says Dr Harisuman Bisht, renowned author and Secretary of Hindi Academy.In a way, the festival is also an attempt to present Indian poetry as a collective unit, rather than classify it into categories of Hindi, Tamil, Malayalam, Manipuri or Bhojpuri languages. In the opening session of the festival, noted critic Dr. Devendra Chaubey will also present his reading and vision of what Indian poetry as a collective will evolve into over the coming years.So, if you love the poetic traditions of India, do not miss the festival. It is a rare confluence of diversity and richness.last_img read more

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Playing Summertime Jazz

Playing Summertime Jazz

first_imgThat is exactly what  the 4th  Delhi International Jazz Festival had in store for the city’s music lovers as they flocked to Nehru Park braving rain and wind to witness the jazz extravaganza.The first day of the three-day long festival saw jazz lovers gathering together at the venue defying the rain-gods who failed to dampen their spirits. The highlight of the day was the performance by  Ari Roland Jazz Quarte, an accomplished jazz quartet from the USA. Inspired by jazz music from 1930’s to 1950’s, this group played their interpretation of pieces by jazz legends such as Billie Holiday and Charlie Parker. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The ensemble had the crown singing to the famous song Summertime and also played a rendition of a jazz version of Lata mangeshkar’s Ae mere dil-e-nadaan. Hungary’s Smarton Trio and Delhi’s Black Slade also played their own interesting pieces.The second and the third day only saw the crowd pleasantly germination on the grounds with some spectacular pieces played by the Columbian band Tres Butacas, Poland’s Obara Quartet , France’s Mina Agossi Trio, Joe Alvarez / Trident Jazz Trio from Mumbai, Canada’s PJ Perry, Korea’s Modern Han and Spain’s Ximo Tebar and IVAM Jazz Ensemble.Executed in an excellent manner by the Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) with pleasant lightings and availability of barbecue and a dozen food carts, this year’s annual Jazz Festival has only heightened our exceptions for the coming year’s jazz festivities.last_img read more

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From Colombia to the Capital

From Colombia to the Capital

first_imgThis Colombian musical revelation brings together two of the most traditional instruments of Colombia, the marimba from South’s Pacific coast and percussions from the North. The sound created by both the instruments are an exquisite blend of music which has come to represent the Colombian rhythm.Carlos Balanta, artistically known as Batermiba, has created his own unique musical ensemble combining traditional marimba with drums, bells, cymbals and a pair of congas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’And as if this wasn’t enough, he spices up his performances with his vocals. A trained percussionist from Santander de Quihchao (Cauca), Carlos Balanta, started his musical journey early at the age of 12. Since the very beginning Balanta has experimented with mixing traditional rhythms with newer musical beats keeping intact the soul of his music that is essentially Colombian.The show promises to be a revelation for music lovers in Delhi opening the doors to some great sounds and rythmns as Baterimba takes over the Capital next month. Mark the date and head over. You don’t want to miss this! When: 4 AugustWhere: India International Center, Lodhi RoadTiming: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

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Symphony Synced

Symphony Synced

first_imgMusic will create magic at the hallowed walls of Purana Qila when several rock bands from SAARC region will perform at 8th edition of South Asian Bands Festival scheduled to be held from 7 – 9 November. The three-day music festival is presented by Ministry of External Affairs, Indian Council for Cultural Relations (ICCR) and Seher. The festival will feature 14 popular rock bands from eight countries which are members of the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Observer country – France and host India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Music has no boundaries. And with the same ideology this festival aims to bring Asia countries together. It also provides a rare opportunity for the Indian audience to enjoy and appreciate the music created across the subcontinent’, said Sanjeev Bhargava, Festival Director, South Asian Bands Festival.  Started in 2007, the festival has become one of Delhi’s most eagerly awaited cultural show and year after year people of all ages look forward to the best bands from the South Asian region to be showcased at the festival. Coming together of some of the most talented musicians on one platform at the magnificent Purana Qila is the best and truest representation of regional integration through culture. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThis platform brings together the finest acts from the SAARC countries. This year the festival features performance by Alobo Naga and The Band (ANB) from Dimapur, Nagaland formed in 2010. They won the Best Indian Act at a European music awards ceremony in 2012.Pakistani singing sensation Zebunissa Bangash popularly known as Zeb, who recently made her foray into Bollywood with her hit tracks in films like Madras Café and Highway, and known for her Coke Studio fame is all set to mesmerise the audience through her rich and textured soundscapes and melodies yet again. The festival will also feature a band from France – ‘Success’ as a Guest Country Band, which is also the Observer to SAARC. The electro-rock band from France consists of vocalist YannChéhu, guitarists Julien Richer, Dan Voisin on the Electronic keyboard and drummer Joel Daventry, are known for their unique style of contemporary rock performance combined with traditional heavy metal, rock n’ roll and electro rock.Apart from them, the electronic-rock band Pentagram from Mumbai will also be performing.last_img read more

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Filmmakers are lazy to cast me in different roles

Filmmakers are lazy to cast me in different roles

first_imgNational Award-winning Bollywood actor Tabu, known for portraying intense characters, says filmmakers have become too lazy to cast her in different roles.The actor has delivered some critically acclaimed performances in films like Maachis, Astitva, Chandni Bar, Maqbool and Haider among others. She has also acted in comic films like Saajan Chale Sasural, Chachi 420,  Hera Pheri, Biwi No 1 and others.Tabu said filmmakers find it easy to cast her for an intense role as they think it works for them. They lacks ‘vision’ to offer her different kind roles. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“I think people do whatever is convenient to them because it suits them to cast me in serious and intense roles as it works. So, they take the easy way out in giving those roles,” Tabu told a media person. “They don’t have the vision to present me in a different role. I think they have become lazy in presenting me in a different manner,” she said.The Cheeni Kum actor, however, said she doesn’t like to be known as someone doing just “serious cinema”. But at the same time she is happy with the way her career has shaped up so far. The 43-year-old actor feels that 40s is an exciting time as a lot of things are happening for her. Also Read – Martin Freeman confirms ‘Black Panther’ returnOn being quizzed which is the ‘best phase’ of her career, the 40s or the initial years, Tabu said, “It is a busy time, a lot more is happening now. I think this is a good phase. I have gone through so many experiences and a range of work in 40s is a good place to be in.Tabu will be seen next in Nishikant Kamat’s Drishiyam alongside lead actors Ajay Devgn, Shriya Saran and Rajat Kapoor. The film, slated to release on July 31, is a murder mystery set in Goa and is a remake of a successful Malayalam film of the same name.last_img read more

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CM calls for review of structures in state

CM calls for review of structures in state

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed to review the “conditions of all bridges, flyovers, embankments and irrigation dams” in the state, with the onset of monsoon.Sources said that the Chief Minister has given the direction as she is concerned about the common people and she wants the review to be done so that no untoward incident takes place during monsoon.After the assessment of the condition of the structures, the concerned authorities will take necessary steps for repairing them, if needed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been stated: “With the onset of monsoon, it would be appropriate to undertake a quick review of the conditions of all bridges, flyovers, embankments, irrigation dams, etc. throughout the state.”It may be mentioned that such an exercise of assessing the condition of all such structures across the country was made two years back.It has also been directed that “all the departments concerned must carry out necessary audit of the condition of all these structures, so that the structures remain stable and Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPno untoward incidents take place.”Chief Secretary Malay De will be supervising to ensure that all “the reports are submitted in 15 days”.In the report, the inspecting official or engineer has to mention the name of the structure, its proper location including the name of the district, condition of the structure (severely damaged/moderately damaged/minor damaged/good), observation of the construction wing, recommendations if any and if any steps have already been taken. Following the direction of the Chief Minister, the top brass of the state Public Works Department (PWD) has urged all its zonal engineers to inspect the condition of all bridges and flyovers under their jurisdiction.Direction has been given to the zonal engineers to submit the report to the Engineer-in-Chief of the department by July 13 and the compiled reportwill be finally submitted on July 16.The zonal engineers have been directed that they must take immediate steps for repairing after restricting traffic movement on bridges and flyovers, if the necessity of immediate repair is found during the inspection.It may be mentioned that the state government has already completed the assessment of all roads in the state.last_img read more

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District police launch website as part of Prayas Football Academy

District police launch website as part of Prayas Football Academy

first_imgKolkata: Taking a step ahead, the state police in East Midnapore have introduced a website exclusively to let people know about the local football players in the district.The district police run an academy — Prayas Football Academy — as a part of its community development programme where hundreds of local boys and girls learn football-related skills. The main idea behind running such a camp is to harness local football talents.Now, a website has been launched through which people can get information about the initiative and at the same time, know about the talented boys and girls from the district. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSuvendu Adhikari, the state Transport Minister, launched the website on Thursday at a programme organised at Khejuri in East Midnapore.The Prayas Football Academy has been running for the past one year and a programme was organised on Thursday, with a friendly match between Mohammedan Sporting Club Junior and Prayas Football Academy. A camp was also organised to recruit more boys and girls for the training in the next one year. Around 400 boys and 50 girls participated in the camp. The camp will continue for two days in which boys and girls will be selected for the training. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedTill date, 121 boys and girls have received training at the academy. Two boys from the academy have been selected by two-well known football clubs in Kolkata.Moreover, two girls are undergoing necessary tests to get selected by All India Football Federation.V Solomon Nesakumar , Superintendent of Police of East Midnapore, MLA of Khejuri Ranajit Mandal and Technical Director of the West Bengal State Sports Council Goutam Sarkar were also present at the programme.last_img read more

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Asha Bhonsle Amit Kumar make a comeback with Puja songs

Asha Bhonsle Amit Kumar make a comeback with Puja songs

first_imgKolkata: Naktala Udayan Sangha made an effort to bring back the nostalgic Pujor gaan associated Durga Puja by producing songs by Asha Bhonsle and Amit Kumar.Asha Bhonsle makes a comeback in Pujor gaan circuit with a new Bengali singles — ‘Ebar Pujoy Elaam Phire’ for the album ‘Pujoy Asha’, composed by Shiladitya – Raj and written by Utpal Das. The other singles of the album, ‘Surey Tumi’, composed by the duo has been sung by Amit Kumar and is written by another lyricist. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We all dream. But not every dream is realised. Unless you have dedication, patience, perseverance and you work towards achieving it. And of course you have to be passionate towards your dream. We also had a dream which we nurtured for over 25 years. Our dream was realised when the legend, Asha Bhonsle, whom many consider as an Avatar of Goddess Saraswati, sang her comeback Pujo song for us in the album ‘Pujoy Asha’. We are also happy to once again work with one of the finest singers of all time, Amit Kumar for the song ‘Surey Tumi’. As usual, it was pure magic from him. Both the songs are our tribute to the maestros, Kishore Kumar & RD Burman said music composers, Shiladitya – Raj. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed’Ebar Pujoy Elaam Phire’ was recorded by Asha Bhonsle exactly a week after she completed her 85th birthday.Though ‘Aamar Khatar Patay’ released in 1963 was Asha Ji’s first Pujo song composed by Manna Dey, it was 50 years back in 1968 when we first heard Asha Ji sing Puja songs for RD Burman and the songs were ‘Eyi Edike Esho’ & ‘Jabo Ki Jabona” penned down by Gouriprasanna Majumdar. Both being blockbusters. In subsequent years, we got musical gems like ‘Jete Dao Amay Dekona’, ‘Chokhe Chokhe Kotha Bolo’, ‘Jaanina Kothay Tumi’, ‘Jaaire Jaire Bela Je Jaaire’, ‘Phoole Gondho Nei’, ‘Mohuaye Jomechhe Aaj Mou Go’, ‘Shondhabelaye Tumi Aami Boshe Achhi Dujone’, ‘Moyna Bolo Tumi Krishno Raadhe’ and ‘Kine De Reshmi Churi’ among others. With ‘Surey Tumi’, Amit Kumar, who is still captivating the audience for almost 5 decades with his rich repertoire of Bengali and Hindi songs, recorded a Pujor gaan in Kolkata after 14 long years. He recorded his first Pujor Gaan under the baton of his legendary father, Kishore Kumar in 1973 and the songs ‘Jinisher Daam Berechhe’ and ‘Mone Mone Kotodin’ were a huge success.Amit Kumar also sang a few Pujor gaan for RD Burman and the two songs from the album ‘Pran To Mane Na Go’ and ‘Kotodin Aar E Bhabe Boshe Thaaki’ released in 1975 became huge hits. This is for the third time he collaborated with Shiladitya – Raj for a Pujor Gaan; their earlier albums being ‘Shudhu Tomay Dekhi’ (1999) and the immensely popular ‘Phele Asha Din’ (2012).last_img read more

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One arrested over abusive comment on Bratyas Facebook post

One arrested over abusive comment on Bratyas Facebook post

first_imgKolkata: Bidhannagar Police has arrested a person from Tripura for allegedly posting abusive comments on a Facebook post put up by state Technology and Electronics minister Bratya Basu.He was brought to Kolkata in transit remand and produced before the Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate (ACJM) BIdhannagar on Saturday. Police sources informed that he is well connected and a sympathiser of the RSS.According to police, Basu lodged a complaint with the Bidhannagar cyber crime police station on August 17, alleging that a person identified as Tushar Sharma had posted some comments using abusive language on a Facebook post put up by him. The comments were made towards Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeImmediately, police started the case on charges of defamation; word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman and punishment for publishing or transmitting obscene material in electronic form. Police soon traced Sharma’s Internet Protocol (IP) address, which was located at Ambassa in Dhalai district of Tripura. Wasting no time, a team from the Bidhannagar cyber crime police station went to Tripura. Sharma was arrested from his house in Thakurpally Kulai, Ambassa in Tripura. His mobile phone was also seized, which was used for posting the comments. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn October 6, Sharma was produced before the Chief Judicial Magistrate, Ambassa Court, with a prayer for allowing a five-day transit remand. But the order was kept pending for two days, as his health condition was not good as per Sharma.On October 11, the prayer for transit remand was granted as Sharma was found fit during medical examination. He was remanded to 3 days police custody after being produced before the ACJM, Bidhannagar on Saturday.last_img read more

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WB govt committed to good health wellbeing of all Mamata

WB govt committed to good health wellbeing of all Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government is committed to the welfare of its people, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted Wednesday. The CM, on the occasion of Universal Health Coverage Day, said all government-run hopitals and health centres provide treatment for free to those in need. “Today is Universal Health Coverage Day. In #Bangla, healthcare is free at govt hospitals and health centres. We have also set up fair-price medicine shops and diagnostic centres, ICCUs, HDUs, CCUs, mother & child hubs and more. We are committed to the welfare of all,” she tweeted. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, observed every year on December 12, marks the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for countries to provide affordable and quality healthcare to every person.last_img read more

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Dum Dum shooting case Five detained

Dum Dum shooting case Five detained

first_imgKolkata: Police detained five persons suspecting their involvement in the Dum Dum shooting case. According to locals and the family members of deceased, shop worker Ganesh Kundu, who was shot dead by unidentified miscreants, was threatened by one Bachchu Das and beaten up by him a few days ago.According to Ganesh’s wife Rekha, around two months ago, Das went to their home in the Dum Dum Cantonment area and threatened her husband. Later, she came to know that Das had heckled a local councillor to which Ganesh had protested. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that there is a wine shop located in front of the decorator’s shop where Ganesh used to work. As the owner is paralysed and has not been moving since almost five years, Ganesh used to take care of the shop and monetory details. A few months ago, Das allegedly wanted to install a temporary food stall in front of the decorator’s shop to which Ganesh had opposed. Later, the matter went to the councillor’s office where the councillor stood in favour of Ganesh as putting up a temporary shop on a government property is illegal. As a result, Das got agitated and heckled the councillor. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRekha also alleged that when Das threatened him around two months ago, Ganesh lodged a complaint at Dum Dum police station but police did not bother to inquire about it. Locals claimed on Friday evening that there were two persons on bike who came and shot Ganesh from point blank range. The rider is suspected to be Das who has not been traced by the police yet. It is also suspected that the pillion rider might be a contract killer who was hired to kill Ganesh. “We are probing the case. Some clues have been found. Nothing more can be revealed as the investigation is at an early stage,” said Ananda Roy, Deputy Commissioner of Police, Belgharia.last_img read more

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JUs probe panel yet to identify disparities in reevaluation of answer sheets

JUs probe panel yet to identify disparities in reevaluation of answer sheets

first_imgKolkata: The two-member enquiry committee constituted by Jadavpur University in August last year to probe procedural or other lapses in the evaluation of answer scripts of all the six Humanities subjects in which the varsity had conducted admission tests have not yet been able to ascertain the reason behind the disparity in marks during successive evaluation. The committee is scheduled to submit its enquiry report by this month. A retired Justice of Calcutta High Court and an external academician constitute the committee. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash Bengal”The committee has held a number of hearings with different sections of people including academicians, teachers and students. The committee had earlier planned to submit the report by December but the process was delayed due to holidays during the Puja vacation and a number of persons who needed to be present in the hearing were not available. We have been informed that it would be submitted by this month but they have been unable to find out the reason behind the disparity of marks in the two evaluations,” a senior official of JU said. The committee is also likely to come up with suggestions on what should be the admission procedure. “I cannot divulge anything about the findings at this juncture,” said Ashutosh Ghosh, former Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University who is one of the members of the probe panel. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that there were allegations of improper evaluation of answer scripts of History and the varsity had to conduct re-evaluation with external academicians. It was found that there was a significant variation of marks secured by the candidates in the first and second evaluation. The first evaluation was conducted by professors of the History department while the second one was done by external experts. There were as many as 15 changes in the revised selection list for History. A total number of 15 candidates who were on the waiting list after the earlier evaluation, made it to the selection list after re-evaluation. There were cases where a student, who had scored 6 out of 100, got 32 after re-evaluation. A total of 344 scripts were re-evaluated. The merit list for admission was prepared on the basis of 50 percent marks in the board examination and 50 percent scored in the admission test. Apart from History, admission tests were held in English, Bengali, International Relations, Philosophy and Comparative Literature. Though there were minor lapses in the evaluation of scripts in the other subjects, the university’s ambit of probe involved all the six subjects for the sake of transparency. Bhaskar Sarkar, convener of the West Bengal College and University Professors Association (WBCUPA) said: “We have urged the university that the rules for admission should be same for all subjects — either it will be on the basis of marks in the board examinations or on the basis of marks in admission tests.”last_img read more

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Loneliness makes people more selfish

Loneliness makes people more selfish

first_imgLoneliness can trigger a vicious cycle by making people more selfish which in turn leads to further social isolation, say scientists.The findings show that such effects create a positive feedback loop between the two traits.As increased loneliness heightens self-centredness, the latter then contributes further to enhanced loneliness.”If you get more self-centred, you run the risk of staying locked in to feeling socially isolated,” said John Cacioppo, professor at the University of Chicago in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Targeting self-centredness as part of an intervention to lessen loneliness may help break a positive feedback loop that maintains or worsens loneliness over time,” researchers said.The outcome that loneliness increases self-centredness was expected, but the data showing that self-centredness also affected loneliness was a surprise, said Stephanie Cacioppo, assistant professor at University of Chicago. In previous researches, scientists had reviewed rates of loneliness in young to older adults across the globe. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFive to 10 per cent of this population complained of feeling lonely constantly, frequently or all the time. Another 30 to 40 per cent complained of feeling lonely constantly.The new findings published in Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, are based on 11 years of data taken from 229 individuals who ranged from 50 to 68 years of age at the start of the study.They were a diverse sample of randomly selected individuals drawn from the general population who varied in age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic status. Early psychological research treated loneliness as an anomalous or temporary feeling of distress that had no redeeming value or adaptive purpose. In 2006, researchers proposed an evolutionary theory of loneliness based on a neuroscientific or biological approach.In this view, evolution has shaped the brain to incline humans toward certain emotions, thoughts and behaviour.”A variety of biological mechanisms have evolved that capitalise on aversive signals to motivate us to act in ways that are essential for our reproduction or survival,” researchers said.From that perspective, loneliness serves as the psychological counterpart of physical pain.”Physical pain is an aversive signal that alerts us of potential tissue damage and motivates us to take care of our physical body,” researchers said.Loneliness, meanwhile, is part of a warning system that motivates people to repair or replace their deficient social relationships. “Humans evolved to become such a powerful species, in large part due to mutual aid and protection and the changes in the brain that proved adaptive in social interactions,” John Cacioppo said. “When we don’t have mutual aid and protection, we are more likely to become focused on our own interests and welfare. That is, we become more self-centred,” he said.last_img read more

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Doctor gets 5year jail term for assaulting minor

Doctor gets 5year jail term for assaulting minor

first_imgKolkata: A homeopathy doctor has been sentenced to five years imprisonment for sexually assaulting an eight-year-old girl inside his clinic. The incident took place on September 19, 2018. The minor girl had visited the accused doctor, Partha Hue, because of severe stomach pain.Sources informed that the girl was accompanied by her grandmother. For consultation, they both had stepped inside the doctor’s chamber but Hue allegedly asked the grandmother to wait outside. After a few minutes, when she heard her granddaughter crying and asked the reason, the doctor allegedly informed that it was because of the stomach pain. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedLater, when they went home, the girl narrated the incident. On September 24, the girl’s mother lodged a complaint against Hue at Beniapukur police station. Upon receiving the complaint, police acted promptly and arrested Hue. He was booked under sections of the Indian Penal code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The sleuths submitted a charge-sheet against Hue in the court along with the recorded statements and medical reports.last_img read more

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Artalk Films on Bengals contemporary veteran artists

Artalk Films on Bengals contemporary veteran artists

first_imgMaya Art Space has been one of the pioneer organizations in promoting art and culture across Bengal. Starting from hosting some of the best contemporary and veteran artists, organizing workshops to promote various forms of art, felicitating the luminaries of the art world, getting associated with a magazine called Art East whose Chief Editor is Jogen Chowdhury, Maya Art Space is a forerunner in the artistic diaspora of Bengal.Presently Maya Art Space has ideated ‘Artalk’, a series of films on the contemporary, veteran and young artists of Bengal. The first film of this series featuring Jogen Chowdhury was launched on September 24, at Nandan 2, in the presence of Ganesh Halui, Sanath Kar, Indranil Sen, Minister of state for information and cultural affairs, Vivek Kumar, Principal Secretary, Information and Cultural Affairs along with other luminaries from different walks of life. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMadhuchhanda Sen, the brain behind the organization is doing this documentary series to archive the experiences of the living stalwarts like Jogen Chowdhury, Ganesh Haloi, Sanat Kar who would talk about their unique techniques, innovations, improvisations, and philosophy of life. This is for the first time, any independent organization is venturing into such an archiving initiative. Directed by Sourya Deb, who heads the Film division of Genesis Advertising and has made around 50 documentaries, and cinematographed by Mrinmoy Mondal, the celebrated DoP of the national award-winning Bengali film ‘Sahaj Pather Goppo’, these films will capture the candid moments of the artists as they talk about their vivid experiences and struggles. The music of the series has been done by independent musician Samantak Sinha.last_img read more

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MeT predicts no relief from scorcher in South Bengal dists

MeT predicts no relief from scorcher in South Bengal dists

first_imgKolkata: South Bengal districts continue to burn in the scorching summer heat with humidity level on the higher side. However, North Bengal districts have received heavy rainfall in the past few days which has lead to a flood-like situation in some areas.There is no prediction of heavy rainfall in South Bengal in the next few days. There will be no respite from unbearable heat and humid conditions in the South Bengal districts. Some scattered rainfall, in some parts, have failed to bring the mercury down. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMonsoon made its official entry to South Bengal on June 21 bringing rainfall in various parts of the state. There was a deficit of rainfall in June and the current month may also witness the same situation, the weather experts apprehend. Deficit rainfall has hit paddy cultivation in the districts. Various crops have also been hit due to high-level of humidity. Scattered rainfall in South Bengal failed to provide any considerable relief to the people as the prolonged heat coupled with high humidity have been causing discomfort. The weather is sultry mainly because of two reasons — the scattered rainfall did not last and due to the increasing level of humidity. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHeat spell conditions have been prevailing in all the Western districts such as Purulia, Bankura, West Midnapore, Jhargram, Birbhum and West Burdwan. The temperature in the Western districts is likely to hover around 37-39 degrees Celsius in the next few days, while the Real Feel temperature may be slightly higher due to humidity level in the air. “Heavy rainfall will continue in North Bengal in the next couple of days. However, there is no prediction of heavy rainfall in the city and other South Bengal districts yet. There may be scattered rainfall in some parts of South Bengal. The sultry and discomfort will stay in South Bengal in the next few days,” a weather official said. Incessant rain over the past few days jeopardized normal life in North Bengal with a flood-like situation looming large in the low-lying areas and triggering landslides in the Hills. Five districts of sub-Himalayan West Bengal — Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and Alipurduar — received heavy rainfall in the past few days. People were shifted to safer locations. Hundreds of people from different villages in Moynaguri block were taken to safer places on Saturday. Due to continuous rainfall, landslides were triggered in the Dooars region of North Bengal. Many areas in Malbazar, Moynaguri and Dhupguri towns were inundated. A man died in Jalpaiguri district after he fell into an overflowing drain, a police officer said on Sunday, as incessant rain continued to wreak havoc in the low-lying areas of North Bengal. Bimal Sil, a man in his early 40s, reportedly slipped into the gutter while wading through a flooded street on Saturday night at Shanupara locality of the district, he said. Sources in the administration said downpour over the past five days had inundated several parts of the sub- Himalayan districts of Darjeeling, Kalimpong, Jalpaiguri, Coochbehar and Alipurduar. The Met department warned of “heavy to very heavy” rainfall in these districts till Monday. Among other areas, Malda, North Dinajpur and South Dinajpur are likely to experience heavy rain, the weatherman said. Overflowing rivers have breached banks at many places, flooding localities and displacing thousands of people, an official said. Water level at Teesta, Sankosh, Raidak, Kaljani, Korola, Shil, Torsa and Ghish rivers have risen to alarming levels owing to rainfall, he official. Traffic movement on National Highway-10, which was disrupted over the past two days due to landslides, have, however, resumed, following clearing of debris from the throroughfare, the official said. In the worst-affected Jalpaiguri and Alipurduar districts, several people have taken shelter in school buildings and some were seen moving to higher ground. At Moynaguri town of Jalpaiguri district, around 200 families had to move to safer locations after rainwater entered their homes. Angry residents on Sunday blocked National Highway-27 for more than five hours, protesting lack of relief materials and shelter provisions in the area. Jalpaiguri recorded the highest rainfall at 204 mm in 24 hours till Sunday 8 am, the Met department said. Among the other north Bengal districts, Alipurduar recorded 150 mm rainfall, followed by Coochbehar at 110 mm, Siliguri at 105 mm, Kalimpong 60 mm and Darjeeling at 30 mm.last_img read more

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VIDEO Retired Cubs hero David Ross warmed up Jason Heyward from the

VIDEO Retired Cubs hero David Ross warmed up Jason Heyward from the

first_img Advertisement (Video via MarcusD2) Retired Cubs World Series hero David Ross is fresh off his Dancing With the Stars stint and decided to stop by the Wrigley bleachers to catch his Cubbies take on the rival Cardinals.When Ross caught the attention of Chicago outfielder Jason Heyward between innings, the two decided to play some catch. Luckily Ross brought his glove to the friendly confines like Jim Harbaugh.Ross and Heyward pic.twitter.com/EIlIF3KAT9— ⓂarcusD (@_MarcusD2_) June 5, 2017last_img read more

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