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first_img Florida python hunt yielding relatively few snakes Illustration of e-textile pants. Credit: Liu, et al. ©2008 IEEE. Explore further A Virginia Tech engineering team designed the pants in hopes that, by identifying individuals with a higher risk of falling, it may be possible to reduce the number of injuries associated with fall accidents. According to the Center for Disease Control, about one-third of adults age 70 and over fall every year, with one-fourth of these falls resulting in injuries. “One of the main issues in developing a wearable system is making sure that people will wear it,” said Thurmon Lockhart, Associate Professor and Director of Locomotion Research Laboratory at Virginia Tech, to PhysOrg.com. “Comfort and technological innovation are keys for future designs of wearable systems.”The e-textile pants are embedded with several e-TAGS, which are small printed circuit boards containing microcontrollers, sensors, and communication devices (designed by Electrical Engineering professors Tom Martin and Mark Jones of Virginia Tech). The researchers attached four e-TAGs with gyroscopes and accelerometers to each of an individual’s ankles and knees, as well as two e-TAGs with accelerometers to each hip. Also, each foot had a piezoelectric sensor attached to the heel that was connected to an e-TAG on the pants. The set-up was powered by a 9-volt battery attached near the waist. During walking trials, the data collected by the e-TAGs was transmitted to a single Bluetooth e-TAG, which wirelessly transmitted the data to a host computer.The researchers tested the feasibility of the pants by comparing measurements from a group of nine healthy individuals (young and old) and a group of four elderly individuals with a medical history of falling. The participants walked on a treadmill at various speeds as the sensors monitored local perturbations at the six joints.These local instabilities – for example, ankle or knee movements that varied from step to step – differed between the healthy group and the group with a falling history. For two different parameters (angular velocity and vertical acceleration), the researchers determined which joints had significant instabilities at different walking speeds. Overall, they found that local dynamic stability as measured by the pants varies significantly between the two groups, meaning that the pants can accurately differentiate individuals with a high risk for falling from their healthy counterparts. As the researchers explain, this local instability measurement may indicate how well the human motor control system can compensate for small perturbations between gait cycles, such as uneven surfaces or the individual’s own motor control error.Because the pants are unobtrusive and can be connected to a remote health care facility, the technology could enable elderly individuals to live independently for longer, with the pants as a safeguard. When the pants detect instabilities in an individual’s gait, the system could notify both the health care facility and the individual, warning them to avoid potentially unsafe walking surfaces. “In the future, the diagnostic power is going to increase for wearable systems, and may include checking blood pressure, blood oxygen levels, and more,” Lockhart said. “We’re also looking into other designs, such as jewelry which people can wear on the wrist and other small single-node systems.” Lockhart added that the research team has begun working with several companies to try to bring the wearable sensor system to a reality, possibly in the next few years.More information: Liu, Jian; Lockhart, Thurmon E.; Jones, Mark; and Martin, Tom. “Local Dynamic Stability Assessment of Motion Impaired Elderly Using Electronic Textile Pants.” IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering. To be published. Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: E-Textile Pants Identify Fall-Prone Elderly (2008, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-07-e-textile-pants-fall-prone-elderly.html (PhysOrg.com) — A pair of pants may help determine if elderly individuals have a high risk of slipping and falling by sensing fluctuations in their walking gait. 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


first_img Explore further Citation: Scientists Make Oxygen Out of Moon Rock (2009, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-08-scientists-oxygen-moon.html Recently, Derek Fray, a materials chemist from the University of Cambridge, and his colleagues have built a reactor that uses oxides in Moon rocks as the cathode in an electrochemical process to produce oxygen. The design is based on a process that the researchers invented in 2000 that produces carbon dioxide. In this design, the scientists pass a current between the cathode and an anode made of carbon, with both electrodes sitting in an electrolyte solution of molten calcium chloride, a common salt. The current removes oxygen atoms from the cathode, which are then ionized and dissolve in the molten salt. The negatively charged oxygen is attracted to the carbon anode, where it erodes the anode and produces carbon dioxide. To produce oxygen rather than carbon dioxide, the researchers made an unreactive anode using a mixture of calcium titanate and calcium ruthenate instead of the carbon. Because this anode barely erodes, the reaction between the oxygen ions and anode produces oxygen. Based on experiments with a simulated lunar rock developed by NASA, the researchers calculate that three one-meter-tall reactors could generate one tonne of oxygen per year on the Moon. Each tonne of oxygen would require three tonnes of rock to produce. Fray noted that three reactors would require about 4.5 kilowatts of power, which could be supplied by solar panels or possibly a small nuclear reactor on the Moon. The researchers are also working with the European Space Agency on developing an even larger reactor that could be operated remotely.As a recent story in Nature News reports, other researchers are also developing methods for oxygen extraction. For instance, Donald Sadoway at MIT is working on a high-temperature technique called molten salt electrolysis. Here, the Moon rock is molten and acts as the electrolyte itself. Sadoway’s reactor could even be built out of the rubble on the Moon’s surface called regolith. NASA and the ESA are strongly encouraging this type of research. In 2008, NASA boosted its $250,000 prize to $1 million for the first team to demonstrate a method to extract five kilograms of oxygen in eight hours from simulated Moon rock. So far, the prize remains unclaimed.via: Nature News© 2009 PhysOrg.com Lunar oxygen project begins 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. Scientists have developed a method to produce oxygen from moon rock. Image credit: NASA. (PhysOrg.com) — If humans ever create a lunar base, one of the biggest challenges will be figuring out how to breathe. Transporting oxygen to the moon is extremely expensive, so for the past several years NASA has been looking into other possibilities. One idea is extracting oxygen from moon rock.last_img read more


first_img Citation: Researchers find scrub jays congregate over dead (2012, September 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-09-jays-congregate-dead.html Explore further In addition to leaving dead jays in observable places, e.g. back yards, the team also deposited stuffed jays and owls, as well as pieces of dead wood. The idea was to compare their reactions to different objects. They found that upon discovering the dead carcass of one of their own, the birds would fly down to be near it and call out to others who would eventually join them. The calls were apparently loud enough for other birds, long distances away, to hear and join in, creating what the team describes as a great “cacophonous aggregation.”The team noted that the birds also reacted to the stuffed specimens, calling out and aggregating around them but in a completely different way. When they spied the stuffed owl, a known predator, they called out in obvious alarm, alerting others to its presence. They did so when discovering the stuffed jays as well, but rather than behaving as if alarmed, they tried to drive it away, a normal behavior when encountering other birds that appear to be invading its territory, clearly believing it to be alive due to its upright stance.Interestingly, the team also found that when the birds congregated around their lost compatriot, they ceased foraging, sometimes for as long as forty eight hours. The research group doesn’t believe the congregating is a form of mourning, but is instead a way for the birds to convey to all of the others in the area, that some unidentifiable threat is about and that they all need to be on special heightened alert, at least for awhile. , Animal Behaviour (Phys.org)—A small group of researchers from the University of California, Davis has found that a species of bird, the western scrub jay, responds to the presence of a dead specimen of one of their own, by calling out loudly to others of their kind and congregating around the body for up to day or two. The team, made up of T.L. Iglesias, R. McElreath and G.L. Patricelli discovered the birds’ unique behavior by leaving dead jays in areas where the birds are known to exist and, as they describe in their paper published in the journal Animal Behavior, watching as they called out to others to join in, forming a loud aggregation. More information: Western scrub-jay funerals: cacophonous aggregations in response to dead conspecifics, Animal Behaviour, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.08.007AbstractAll organisms must contend with the risk of injury or death; many animals reduce this danger by assessing environmental cues to avoid areas of elevated risk. However, little is known about how organisms respond to one of the most salient visual cues of risk: a dead conspecific. Here we show that the sight of a dead conspecific is sufficient to induce alarm calling and subsequent risk-reducing behavioural modification in western scrub-jays, Aphelocoma californica, and is similar to the response to a predator (a great horned owl, Bubo virginianus, model). Discovery of a dead conspecific elicits vocalizations that are effective at attracting conspecifics, which then also vocalize, thereby resulting in a cacophonous aggregation. Presentations of prostrate dead conspecifics and predator mounts elicited aggregations and hundreds of long-range communication vocalizations, while novel objects did not. In contrast to presentations of prostrate dead conspecifics, presentations of a jay skin mounted in an upright, life-like pose elicited aggressive responses, suggesting the mounted scrub-jay was perceived to be alive and the prostrate jay was not. There was a decrease of foraging in the area during presentations of prostrate dead conspecifics and predator mounts, which was still detectable 24 h later. Foraging returned to baseline levels 48 h after presentations. Novel objects and mounted jays did not affect foraging. Our results show that without witnessing the struggle and manner of death, the sight of a dead conspecific is used as public information and that this information is actively shared with conspecifics and used to reduce exposure to risk. © 2012 Phys.org Birds Call to Warn Friends and Enemies Journal information: Animal Behavior Aphelocoma californica. A juvenile Western Scrub Jay in Santa Cruz, California, USA. Image credit: Tyler Karaszewski/Wikipedia. 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


first_img New study refutes claims of early humans in India prior to Mount Toba eruption A team of archeological researchers, led by Sonia Harmand of Stony Brook University, has announced that they believe they have found tools used by human ancestors approximately 800,000 years before the current record holder. Harmand made the announcement at this year’s Paleoanthropology Society meeting held in San Francisco. Explore further 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. Currently, the consensus in the archeology community, is that tools found at a site called Gona in Ethiopia, dated back to 2.6 million years ago, are the oldest—that timeline conforms neatly with theories that suggest modern humans first appeared on the scene approximately 2.8 million years ago, which would make us the first users of tools. But now, Harmand and her team are challenging that idea by declaring that they have found tools that have been dated as far back as 3.3 million years ago, which would make the first tool users one of our ancestors, not us—likely Australopithecus, or Kenyanthropus.The recently discovered tool samples were found at a site known as Lomekwi 3 in Kenya. They found some of the stone tool samples actually lying on the ground, which of course led to an excavation. The tools the team found included cores (stones with flakes chipped off), flakes (chipped off material) and anvils (stones used to knock chips off another stone). The team claims the tools were clearly “knapped”—a term used to describe stone that has been intentionally chipped to achieve a desired effect, rather than being chipped by other incidental means—an analysis of the tools showed, for example, that some had clearly been rotated during the chipping process. The team used a dating technique that involves noting changes in the Earth’s magnetic field, as seen in soil samples, to date the tools. The dated age of the tools is significant also because back in 2010 another team of researchers found bone samples dated to 3.4 million years ago, that had what looked like markings made by someone using a tool of some sort. That claim was met with criticism, however, as there was no way to verify what had caused the marks—but now, it has taken on added significance, as the date is so close to the recently found tools—future research will no doubt focus on attempting to discover if the marks on the bones match closely with the tools. Citation: Archeologists believe they have found the oldest example of tool use (2015, April 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-archeologists-oldest-tool.html © 2015 Phys.orglast_img read more


first_img More information: Contests with deadly weapons: telson sparring in mantis shrimp (Stomatopoda) Published 23 September 2015.DOI: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0558AbstractMantis shrimp strike with extreme impact forces that are deadly to prey. They also strike conspecifics during territorial contests, yet theoretical and empirical findings in aggressive behaviour research suggest competitors should resolve conflicts using signals before escalating to dangerous combat. We tested how Neogonodactylus bredini uses two ritualized behaviours to resolve size-matched contests: meral spread visual displays and telson (tailplate) strikes. We predicted that (i) most contests would be resolved by meral spreads, (ii) meral spreads would reliably signal strike force and (iii) strike force would predict contest success. The results were unexpected for each prediction. Contests were not resolved by meral spreads, instead escalating to striking in 33 of 34 experiments. The size of meral spread components did not strongly correlate with strike force. Strike force did not predict contest success; instead, winners delivered more strikes. Size-matched N. bredini avoid deadly combat not by visual displays, but by ritualistically and repeatedly striking each other’s telsons until the loser retreats. We term this behaviour ‘telson sparring’, analogous to sparring in other weapon systems. We present an alternative framework for mantis shrimp contests in which the fight itself is the signal, serving as a non-lethal indicator of aggressive persistence or endurance. How mantis shrimp evolved many shapes with same powerful punch (Phys.org)—A pair of biology researchers at Duke University has found that the mantis shrimp engages in an unusual form of sparring during territorial disputes—hammering each other on their tailplates. In their paper published in Royal Society Biology Letters, Patrick Green and Sheila Patek describe their initial expectations regarding behavior of the crustaceans and then what they actually observed. © 2015 Phys.org Citation: Mantis shrimp found to spar safely with deadly weapons (2015, September 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-09-mantis-shrimp-spar-safely-deadly.html Explore further Mantis shrimp, as it turns out, are not actually a type of shrimp—they are a close relative, a stomatopod. They are interesting because they have what amounts to a hammer, a raptorial appendage that can be pushed with tremendous and deadly force—enough to kill prey. In this new effort, the researchers report discovering that the tiny lobster-looking creatures also use their battering ram in another way, as part of resolving territorial disputes. They hammer each other on their backsides (telson) which are protected and thus little harm comes about.Because disputes between members of the same species can often result in injury and/or death, many have evolved to using visual displays before resorting to a physical confrontation—the mantis shrimp, for example, engages in what is known as a ‘meral spread’ an apparent attempt to make itself look larger. Going in, the researchers believed that such displays likely meant relatively few physical encounters. They also expected that such displays would be a reliable means of demonstrating an individual’s strike force, and that ultimately, when it came to blows, strike force would ultimately win out.Instead, the researchers discovered after observing and testing several specimens, that the meral spread rarely prevented an escalation to violence—out of 34 encounters, just one dissipated. Also, they found that the size of the meral spread did not correlate to strike force and strike force was not a good predictor of success in a physical battle. The winner, they found, as in amateur boxing, was the one that struck the most blows. The loser tended to slink away in defeat. The researchers suggest such battles are a way for two rivals wanting the same burrow to communicate traits they posses such as persistence, endurance or grit—all without causing harm to the other. Mantis shrimp. Credit: Wikipedia 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


first_imgA team of researchers with Università degli Studi di Padova and the Matera Laser Ranging Observatory in Italy has conducted experiments that add credence to John Wheeler’s quantum theory thought experiment. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group describes their experiment and what they believe it showed. Explore further Citation: Reflecting light off satellite backs up Wheeler’s quantum theory thought experiment (2017, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-satellite-wheeler-quantum-theory-thought.html The nature of light has proven to be one of the more difficult problems facing physicists. Nearly a century ago, experiments showed that light behaved like both a particle and a wave, but subsequent experiments seemed to show that light behaved differently depending on how it was tested, and weirdly, seemed to know how the researchers were testing it, changing its behavior as a result.Back in the late 1970s, physicist Johan Wheeler tossed around a thought experiment in which he asked what would happen if tests allowed researchers to change parameters after a photon was fired, but before it had reached a sensor for testing—would it somehow alter its behavior mid-course? He also considered the possibilities as light from a distant quasar made its way through space, being lensed by gravity. Was it possible that the light could somehow choose to behave as a wave or a particle depending on what scientists here on Earth did in trying to measure it? In this new effort, the team in Italy set out to demonstrate the ideas that Wheeler had proposed—but instead of measuring light from a quasar, they measured light bounced from a satellite back to Earth.The experiment consisted of shooting a laser beam at a beam splitter, which aimed the beam at a satellite traveling in low Earth orbit, which reflected it back to Earth. But as the light traveled back to Earth, the researchers had time to make a choice whether or not to activate a second beam splitter as the light was en route. Thus, they could test whether the light was able to sense what they were doing and respond accordingly. The team reports that the light behaved just as Wheeler had predicted—demonstrating either particle-like or wave-like behavior, depending on the behavior of those studying it. The ‘great smoky dragon’ of quantum physics Journal information: Science Advancescenter_img © 2017 Phys.org Credit: CC0 Public Domain More information: Francesco Vedovato et al. Extending Wheeler’s delayed-choice experiment to space, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701180AbstractGedankenexperiments have consistently played a major role in the development of quantum theory. A paradigmatic example is Wheeler’s delayed-choice experiment, a wave-particle duality test that cannot be fully understood using only classical concepts. We implement Wheeler’s idea along a satellite-ground interferometer that extends for thousands of kilometers in space. We exploit temporal and polarization degrees of freedom of photons reflected by a fast-moving satellite equipped with retroreflecting mirrors. We observe the complementary wave- or particle-like behaviors at the ground station by choosing the measurement apparatus while the photons are propagating from the satellite to the ground. Our results confirm quantum mechanical predictions, demonstrating the need of the dual wave-particle interpretation at this unprecedented scale. Our work paves the way for novel applications of quantum mechanics in space links involving multiple photon degrees of freedom. 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


first_imgHow did an album like Traces Of You happen?I approached the album as a whole, as opposed to a series of songs. A lot of it happened unconsciously. Life took a journey of its own and the music followed. The sitar leads the listener through the album like a narrator. The central theme is that of the cycle of life – from my perspective as a daughter, mother and wife. Life goes on. Things end and things begin and our endings are not endings because life goes on beyond us, and we go on beyond this life. It’s bigger than I can ever imagine and there’s a flow that connects everything, even when you can’t really understand it in the moment. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A lot of the most painful things I’ve ever been through have led to some of the most beautiful things that have ever happened. I was quite aware of that kind of metamorphosis when making this record. There was a lot of pain, a lot of joy, a lot of beauty, a lot of sadness, and sometimes they were all completely mixed up together. My album, like all my previous work, is inspired by my life and is an emotional response to my life experiences. I got married, became a mother and lost my father, so certainly these were huge experiences that I was responding to when making this music. However I wouldn’t condense and simplify the album as simply being about these three people: it was about musical dialogue and experimentation, it was about love, change, loss, and hope. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYour new album is inspired by three forms of love, please tell us more about it.It was one big party as I was working with people I’m close to. Nitin (Swahney) was the one who steered me towards this project. His immense knowledge in music has been of great help. And working with Joe has been nothing but fun. Traces Of You is possibly my most emotional and personal album to date, and also a very cohesive attempt at making music outside of genre boundaries.  This album is my second collaboration with my sister, Norah, who has sung three tracks on the album. Even though we have different styles, we compliment each other, This album is very close to my heart as it is a remembrance to my father. It is inspired by the idea that everything in the universe leaves an indelible mark, or a subtle ‘trace’ on everything it comes into contact with. The music this time is possibly more accessible to listeners as the songs are rooted in Indian raga and Western harmonic counter-influences, with songs in English. It was just five days after my father’s passing that the gruesome gang-rape took place in Delhi. I was deeply affected by it and it influenced my music. Tell us about your equation with your father.We had some delineation within our relationship. He was a strict disciplinarian as a music guru but adoring and pampering as a father. As my guru he took me through a lifetime of intensive training in the traditional manner in which he had learnt and the techniques he had developed during his long and legendary career. This is the foundation on which I built my music. But he also encouraged individuality, as he himself was extremely inventive.  My father’s music lives on but I don’t plan to purposefully carry his legacy forward as I don’t think of it in those terms. My childhood was by turns stable, happy, stressful, nomadic, exciting and bewitching. I have great memories of travelling with my parents and seeing music and dance around the world, watching my father perform, attending dance lessons in Chennai with my mother and going to school in London and California.How have you expressed yourself through music?My music is, I suppose, somewhat like me: eclectic, soulful, feminine, celebratory. I’ve been lucky to receive training in Indian classical music from my father and that in combination with my unusual upbringing and musical tastes make my music quite diverse but with strong roots.What’s next in pipeline?I’m frequently performing my father’s Concertos and Symphony with various orchestras around the world. Next year I’m curating a festival in London at Shakespeare’s Globe theatre, continuing to tour ‘Traces of You’ worldwide, and hopefully starting work on a new album as well. I’m very interested in composing for movies, but I have a very successful musical career so I don’t need to take on any film for the opportunity. I am not looking to be a full-time composer for films. I’ll only do a movie if it feels like the right fit for what I have to offer… for my form of music, for my strength… there are many people who make more popular form of music that suit the Bollywood film industry — much better than I will ever do it.If you were not a musician then what would be your choice of a career?Possibly a writer, a lawyer, or a yoga teacher.Tell us about your husband and your son Zubin.Joe and I met in New Delhi at a dinner given by the author William Darlrymple four and a half years ago. We just clicked, I suppose. On the other hand, being a mother to Zubin is making me more patient! It’s changed my priorities, the choices I make and the way I manage my time. It’s brought more laughter and love into my life.last_img read more


first_imgThe main objective of the evening was to spread awareness about saving the girl child.Famous singer of T-series and finalist of Channel V’s Super Singer Muqabla Mandakini, who has contributed a lot to the Assamese music and also has performed with famous celebrities like Ghulam Ali, Bhupen Hazarika and Zubin Garg, livened up the evening with her sweet voice and famous comedian from Laughter Champions and Comedy Circus Sunil Saawra also entertained the audience with some great jokes Social Awareness Society has already organised campaigns about Save the Girl Child in Haryana and Punjab and now made their presence felt in Delhi. DD Cinevision has been appraising the public about today’s prejudices and problems with the aid of ad films, short films and children’s films and they supported Social Awareness Society in this campaign.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: A person was arrested by cyber crime police station in Bidhannagar Commissionerate for circulating private photographs of a woman on social networking sites. The youth, Jitender Singh Grewal (34), was arrested from Salt Lake’s FE Block on Friday night. The complainant who originally hails from Bihar has been staying in Kestopur under Baguiati police station.”Jitender had created fake Facebook IDs by repeatedly using credentials of the complainant and posted her private videos in these fake Facebook IDs. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe videos were captured when the woman was involved in a relationship with one of her co-employees in an office in Salt Lake where she used to work earlier,” a senior official of the cyber crime police station said. Jitender used to work in the same Salt Lake office of the complainant during that time. He had shared these pictures with the complainant’s relatives and colleagues of her present office under New Town police station area.The complaint was lodged on April 2 after the complainant had noticed that the circulation of private photographs was going on for nearly a month. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”We have recovered the gadgets used for uploading private videos of the complainant and also the device where the private videos were saved,” a senior police official said. Police sources further informed that Jitender, who originally hails from Ludhiana in Punjab, stays at Tiljala Road in Kolkata.”Our preliminary enquiry has revealed that the complainant had proposed to the victim but was rejected. Following this, he decided to indulge in this practice to malign her image,” an investigating officer added. Bizman shot dead A businessman was shot dead by unidentified miscreants in North 24-Parganas’ Sodepur area on Saturday. The incident took place on Saturday morning when the victim, Sanjay Singh (35) went out for his morning walk. Singh, a construction material supplier and a resident of Harish Chandra Dutta Road, was walking down the road near Baro Mandi Ghat area when the miscreants shot him from close quarters.According to the police, three miscreants came on a motorcycle and stopped his way. Apprehending the situation, Singh tried to flee the spot but one of the miscreants took out a revolver and shot him from a point-blank range. It was learnt that five rounds of bullets were fired out of which three pierced through his body. After hearing the gunshots, the locals rushed to the spot and found him in a pool of blood. The miscreants had fled the spot. The victim was rushed to a nearby hospital where he was declared brought dead. Police said the victim used to take morning walks every morning. Like other days he had stepped out of his house at around 6 am on Saturday. Police came to know that the miscreants knew about the details of the timings and they acted accordingly. A probe has been initiated. Police are yet to confirm the exact reason but police suspect an old business rivalry might have led to the incident.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Rabindranath Tagore’s 157th birth anniversary was observed at Rabindra Tirtha, New Town, with great enthusiasm.The day-long programme was inaugurated by Debashis Sen, chairman of Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO). Calling Rabindra Tirtha a “mini Santiniketan”, Sen said well known, lesser known and unknown Tagore exponents took part in the programme and he has been remembered through his songs and recitations”. Rabindra Tirtha is coming up as a major cultural hub in the city. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsRabindra Tirtha has taken up a month-long programme on every Saturday and Sunday in May, to pay homage to Tagore. Rabindra sangeet exponents will participate in the event and dance drama and geeti alekhya will be presented during the fortnight. Handicapped Development Welfare Association observed the day at Ahindra Mancha on Wednesday. Actor Rituparna Sengupta graced the occasion, along with Debashis Kumar, Member, Mayor-in-Council (parks and squares) and Saikat Mitra (singer), along with Sourav Ghosh (President, HDWA) and Sumanta Ghosh (secretary, HWDA). Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedStudents performed dance and mime. Many of them were deaf and dumb. All the guests handed over certificates to the participants. Rituparna Sengupta said, “I always love to be with such good causes. I have come not only to celebrate the poet’s birthday, but it’s also my duty to support such initiatives. It is good to know that participants from various states of India and even Bangladesh have joined this grand celebration. I wish them all the success for all their future initiatives.” Rabindra Jayanti was also observed by the students of Naba Nalanda High School. The function was held at one of the boulevards on Southern Avenue. The programme started early in the morning, where students presented songs, dance drama and recited poems by Tagore.Thousands of people went to Jorasanko Thakurbari to pay homage to the great poet. He was born in this house on May 9, 1861 and died here in 1941. Tagore’s statue at Rabindra Sarobar Lake was garlanded and the morning walkers sang his songs, while some recited poems written by him.Various clubs organised blood donation camps and distributed fruits among the patients of state-run hospitals. In Salt Lake, Rabindra Jayanti was celebrated in every block. The residents presented his songs, dance drama and one act plays to remember the bard.last_img read more


first_imgSindhi Academy and Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Government of Delhi will present Sindhi Sufi Music and Sindhi Food festival 2015 on March 21 and 22 at Palika Services Officers Institute Lawn, Vinay Marg, Chanakya Puri in the capital. The Sindhi Academy, the festival will bring together some eminent Sindhi singers, and roll out a culinary Sindhi delight for the people of the capital. The evenings will include Sindhi Sufi Kalam by Indiara Naik, Dushyant Ahuja and Sadhna Bhatia on Day one and performances by Pankaj Jeswani and Mohit Lalwani followed by a special documentary screening on Sindhis of India on March 22. The documentary is scripted by Suresh Khatri. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Manish Sisiodia will inaugurate the festival on March 21 while Minister for Women and Child, Social Welfare and Languages, Sandeep Kumar, will be the Chief Guest. A land where the Sufi strain of Islam spawned a highly tolerant and vibrant mysticism, the saints and poets left an indelible mark on the culture. Sindhi way of life has been deeply influenced by Sufi doctrines and principles. Sufi masters such as Shah Abdul Latif and Lal Shahbaz Qalandar are among the most prominent cultural icons of this land. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“The contributions that the region of Sindh made to the composite culture and shared heritage of India and Pakistan cannot and should not be undermined. In a world where many cultures and languages are fighting for survival, it is pertinent that we propagate the richness of Sindhi language, its lyrical beauty and musical heritage to keep its charm intact with the young generation,” says eminent singer artist Indira Naik.“Art and food are among the most important components of a cultural tradition. In India where the people of Sindhi ethnic origin are scattered around with little contact with the land of their origin, some community members worry about their younger generation losing touch with their past. In this light, it is very important to showcase the culture and legacy of Sindh to inform our youngsters about its richness and resilience. We should all know that Dama Dam Mast Qalandar, the ecstasy-inducing Sufi rendition that everyone loves has its origins in Sindh,” says much popular young singer Mohit Lalwani.The rich and delicious Sindhi cuisine will be at full flow at the food festival where visitors’ taste buds will be given a delectable treat with many Sindhi delicacies.last_img read more


first_imgThe Supreme Court on Friday upheld the death sentence of a couple for killing all the seven members of the girl’s family, holding that the “couple indulged in such debased act of multiple murders driven by infatuation and exhibited no remorse”.Upholding the death sentence of Shabnam and her paramour Salim, a bench of Chief Justice HL Dattu, Justice SA Bobde and Justice Arun Mishra said: “The accused persons’ preparedness, active involvement, scheming execution and subsequent conduct reeks of calculated and motivated murders.” Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIPronouncing the judgment, Chief Justice Dattu said: “The act of slaughtering a ten month old child by strangulation in no chance reflects immature action but evidence for the lack of remorse, kindness and humanity. The crime is committed in the most cruel and inhuman manner which is extremely brutal, grotesque, diabolical and revolting.”Therefore, the court said that the “instant case requires us to award a punishment that is graduated and proportioned to the crime… we have reached the inescapable conclusion that the extreme culpability of both the appellants – accused (Shabnam and Salim) makes them the most deserving for death penalty”. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindOn the intervening night of April 14/14, 2008, Shabnam had killed her mother, father, her elder brother, his wife, their 10-month old child, another brother and her minor niece.Holding that the accused girl was from an educated family and herself a teacher, the court said: “Such a deed would be sufficiently appalling were the perpetrator and the victims are uneducated and backward, but it gains a ghastly illumination from the descent, moral upbringing, and elegant respectful living of the educated family where the father and daughter are both teachers.”last_img read more


first_imgHis musical journey had the most unlikely beginning and yet today he is the greatest living flute player in the world. Hariprasad Chaurasia, reveals his connection with the divine instrument and talks about his Gurukul in a candid conversation with Millennium Post.Coming from a family of wrestlers, how difficult was it for you to pursue music and how important do you think it is for one to realise his/her destiny in the beginning?Ironically, a man does not decide his destiny. In most cases, people fail to follow their heart because they require facilities and financial support to pursue it. Lots of factors like parents support, health, and good teachers determine a person’s growth in the desired field. It all depends on faith. Talking about me, I still don’t feel accomplished in all respects. There is still so much to learn about music. I consider myself a student, I feel that there is a lot to learn from music maestros from all over the world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Today’s generation knows flute only as an instrument. But it is something beyond that. Can you please tell us something about this divine instrument?There is and there will be no instrument like the flute in this world. I never thought much about flute in my childhood as it was very common  those days. It was played in every house of the village and was a means of entertainment for people. Lord Krishna and his popularity overseas ISKCON  temples gave this humble instrument its deserved recognition around the globe. This instrument has a mythological connection , we all have heard tales of Krishna mesmerising Gopis and Radha with this bamboo stick. Whenever I play flute it makes me wonder what made Krishna see through this bamboo stick. It has no sur aur taal, neither it is made of any metal or leather, still it sounds so good. The quality of bamboo sticks which we get in India is impeccable and cannot be compared to what we get abroad. The flute now has global appeal,  and is available in different forms, ranging from gold and silver.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat are your exact feelings when you play the flute?As a flute player I feel there are two main attractions to this instrument, one is that we feel we are singing a song as this is the only instrument that is very close to your vocal cord. Second, we practice breathing technique just like in yoga. That makes us fit too. Before any concert, I rehearse a lot as there are some high notes which are difficult to get at once.We listen to Hariprasad Chaurasia, whom do you listen to? I cannot choose one, they all are my favourites. There is always some scope of learning  from every musician, even if he/she is a drum beater at a temple. I try to soak in every little knowledge that I can from every artist I work with.You have a school to practise music. Do you take it as your contribution to the society?Firstly, it is not a school. I learned this art at a Gurukul, therefore, I always wanted to open one. Students live with us and practice flute. There is no fee in our institute and we have two such Gurukuls in Mumbai and Bhubaneshwar. From children to computer engineers we have students from all ages.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Saturday said that her government was committed to spread education in all sections of the people. “Today is International Literacy Day. The issue of literacy is a key component of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle. “Our Govt is committed to spreading the light of education among all,” she said. The UNESCO in 1966 declared September 8 as International Literacy Day.last_img


first_imgKolkata: A North Kolkata Durga Puja committee has created a giant mosquito at the entrance of the pandal to create awareness about Dengue. Fighting Dengue is the theme of ‘Baghbazar Palli Pujo O Prodorshoni’s’ Durga Puja in Rajballabh para area of the city this year, the organisers said. The giant mosquito, made of thermocol, about 10-feet in size, has been mounted on a container which is partly filled with water and has been kept in the courtyard of the puja pandal that resembles a British-era building. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Worn-out tyres, coconut shells have been placed at various places across the place. “In our puja the Goddess is slaying the demon of Masa-asur (the mosquito demon),” a spokesman of Baghbazar Palli Pujo O Prodorshoni puja committee. As part of the campaign to fight dengue, the puja committee has also put up posters and colour charts to educate people how a Dengue larva is born in accumulated fresh water and ways to cure the disease once someone is infected with dengue, the spokesperson said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “We have decided to spread awareness about raising awareness about dengue and hence made Mosquito, which is the carrier of Dengue virus, as the real demon,” the spokesperson said. He said instead of traditional weapons “we have placed a broom, a bat and mosquito repellents (spray) as weapons in the ten hands of the goddess ‘Durga’. However, the puja committee has also placed a smaller idol of goddess ‘Durga’ which has all the traditional weapons of the goddess. Artisan Mintu Pal, who conceived and executed the entire theme, said, “A Durga Puja pandal, visited by lakhs of people, can be an ideal medium to create awareness about dengue. Mayor-in-Council Atin Ghosh said, “The Puja committee organisers have done a commendable job by spreading awareness about Dengue. The Kolkata Muncipal Corporation will always support such initiatives.”last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: With cruise tourism gaining momentum, a trans-border river cruise from the West Bengal capital, through Sunderbans to Bangladesh and then onwards to the Northeast is expected to start in March 2019, an official said. “There were secretary-level talks between India and Bangladesh in October. “It has been decided that one of the river cruise operators would be starting operations from March, 2019 from Kolkata through Sunderbans via protocol route to Bangladesh and then to the Northeast,” Inland Waterways Authority of India’s Member S.V.K. Reddy here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life He said night navigation facility has been placed up to the Indian border and the neighbouring country was supposed to provide the same as per requirement. Reddy also informed that the Indian government has been funding up to 80 per cent of the dredging cost in some identified stretches within Bangladesh portion in the Indo-Bangla protocol route. He also said the route up to the Indian border is “navigable” and regularly 15-20 barges carrying fly ash are going to Bangladesh.last_img read more


first_imgIn a bid to strengthen cultural links between Slovenia and India, National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), New Delhi, Ministry of Culture, Government of India has organized an art exhibition entitled ‘SLOVENINDIA’. The exhibition, which is supported by the National Museum of Slovenia, showcases 17 artists with their range of artworks exploring varying themes of art.The purpose of the project is to provide Slovenian artists an opportunity to showcase their works of art to the Indian audience, and eventually to acquire the possibilities of exchange on unexplored avenues. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNevertheless, the selection, made by the Slovenian painters Brina Torkar and Breda Sturm, create a constellation with a deeper meaning: celebration of life and creative energy which can be seen as the common denominator of the selected artworks displayed in the Jaipur House. Pradeep Kumar, Director, National Gallery of Modern Art said, “We are extremely pleased that this exhibition, under the assistance of the President of the Republic of Slovenia, Borut Pahor, is a part of the 25th Anniversary of the Independence of the Republic of Slovenia and our heartfelt gratitude goes to Sarvajit Chakravarti, Ambassador, Embassy of the Republic of India in Slovenia for initiating this collaboration.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe paintings displayed at the exhibition created an aura of energy and life; each painting so distinct yet so vivacious. To look at an artist’s work is to know that artist- their perspective of life, their preferences, their knowledge and what they feel strongly about. Some artists played with regular geometrical shapes and some combined the images of existential anxiousness with the criticism of the role imposed on women by the patriarchal society.  The fluidity with which young painters exuded their emotions towards people from the margin of society, violence and the beauty of the earth is a colourful treat to the eyes. For some artists, nature was their canvas- they depicted forests, landscapes and trees in their own way with shimmering colours and abstract shapes. “This exhibition, which is curated by Breda Sturm and Brina Torkar, will certainly revitalize the cultural links between India and Slovenia and also open an opportunity for showcasing Indian Art in Slovenia and bring a new phase into our cultural dialogue,” added Pradeep Kumar, Director, NGMA. The exhibition will be open for public from November 23 to December 22.last_img read more


first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Police has stepped up vigilance across Kolkata, suspecting that one or more Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) terrorists might be hiding in the city.According to sources, on Saturday after arresting a JMB terrorist identified as Ariful Islam, alias Arif, alias Ataur, alias Akjtarul, alias Mota Anas, alias Shahid of Barpeta in Assam, sleuths from Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police came to know that he was sent to Kolkata to recce the transit situation of Kausar alias Bomaru Mijan, who is currently in judicial custody in connection with the Khagragarh blast case. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAriful was produced before the Bankshall Court and later remanded to STF custody. During interrogation, police came to know that Ariful was sent to Kolkata only to recce the transit routes between Alipore Jail to Bankshall Court, which are being used to take Kausar from jail to court and return. Kausar was arrested by National Investigation Agency (NIA) from Bengaluru during August last year. Coincidentally, Ariful was provided shelter in Bengaluru by Kausar. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSleuths are interrogating Ariful to know with whom and where he was staying in Kolkata. Security in the bus terminuses and railway stations has been increased. Police also came to know that at present, JMB is going through a financial crunch in India. To manage funds, JMB members have committed several robberies. Ariful is also connected with multiple such crimes in Bengaluru. After doing the recce, Ariful somehow understood that he needed more preparation and thus he was trying to leave Kolkata on Saturday, when he was nabbed from Babughat. Sleuths are trying to find out where he was going. Previously, he had implemented such operations in Bangladesh, to release Kausar from Bangladesh Police successfully. He was working in Kolkata to carry out similar plans. Sources informed that the NIA may appeal before the concerned court to take Ariful in their custody for interrogation, as he was marked as absconding in the Bodh Gaya blast case.last_img read more


first_imgWorried that your kid’s eyesight might deteriorate because of endless hours spent on smartphones, gaming consoles, computers and tablets? Take heart, spending just two hours a day outdoors, playing any sport in the sunlight, might help, experts suggest. Myopia – also known as nearsightedness and shortsightedness – is a condition of the eye where the light that enters the eye does not directly focus on the retina, but in front of it.This causes the image that one sees – when looking at a distant object – to be out of focus. It does not affect focus when looking at a close object. According to experts, lack of natural light is the key behind the condition. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The main factor seems to be a lack of exposure to direct sunlight, because children who study a lot and who use computers or smartphones or tablet computers a lot have less opportunity to run around outside and are less exposed to sunshine,” said Annegret Dahlmann-Noor, consultant ophthalmologist at Moorfields Eye Hospital in London.While stopping or limiting screen time use may be a big task for parents, the best thing to do, say the experts, is to get children playing outside as much as possible.”We know that myopia or short-sightedness is becoming more common,” Chris Hammond, professor at King’s College London.”Protective of myopia development is time outdoors – sport and leisure outdoors are protective of eyesight,” Hammond said.”Probably on average across the week and the weekend, two hours a day outdoors is protective of becoming short-sighted in children,” he noted.last_img read more


first_imgA wordsmith who has always celebrated love, author Ruskin Bond says he cringes at times seeing the “crudity” with which women are written or spoken about now, also stressing that children today have lost their innocence. Hot on the heels of young cricketers, who are treated as icons by children in the Indian households, Hardik Pandya and Lokesh Rahul bandying about sexist remarks in a television show and making all the wrong noises for that, Bond said he is aware that the general tone when talking about women has gone hoarse. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Children are losing their innocence or have already lost it because of the climate they are exposed to,” Bond, 84, said in an interview on the sidelines of the TATA Steel Kolkata Literary Meet. “The books they read sometimes maybe talk of love and love making in a bold manner which might border on crudity,” he said. “You see 12-year olds watching hard porn on the streets and that was unthinkable during our time. We did not have easy access to so many things during our day.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”So I think too much exposure to a lot of things early on and not seeing or reading the right kinds of things has lead to this,” said the creator of ‘The Room on the Roof’ (1956), ‘Our Trees Still Grow in Dehra’ (1992), among others. Bond also chose to speak specifically on the Pandya-Rahul issue, underlining that they should think twice before going to such talk shows and that they should be given a second chance. “I think they did make a mistake and such talk shows should be avoided as I feel it is also responsible for the way they behaved. They got carried away. Anyway, I read what all is going on and I feel we should not be too hard on them.” Bond, whose supernatural stories have been made into a web series, said it is a way to stay relevant in today’s times, adding that ghosts are not out to scare or harm people all the time and it’s a “safe fear” that people like to indulge in. “You can think of it that way (web series helps in staying relevant). It might help because in any case, those people, people who read, young people, many of them do enjoy reading ghost stories and tales of the supernatural as I did when I was a boy.” “And, of course, it’s only a part of my writing output, but I enjoy doing the ghost story or spooky story and particularly when I run out of other ideas because I can cook them up quite easily. Especially your hill stations are reputed to be full of them,” said Bond who lives in Landour, Mussoorie, with his adopted family. The first episode of ‘Parchayee: Ghost Stories by Ruskin Bond’ premiered earlier this month and the subsequent parts will unfold till June 2019.last_img read more