Noborders mouse runs across screens

first_img Microsoft demos new Windows ‘8’ for tablets, PCs © 2011 PhysOrg.com Citation: No-borders mouse runs across screens (2011, September 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-09-no-borders-mouse-screens.html Explore further The program lets a user copy and paste from one computer to the next; drag and drop files from one machine to the next; log in to all the PCs on the desk at once and lock all the connected PCs at once. Up to four PCs can sync up into one unit. center_img The free program is a 1.1 MB download and no additional hardware is required. What is required is that all the computers involved be on the same local network. You install Mouse Without Borders on the first PC. You are given a security key and then you key in the information into the other PCs, and you have them linked. You can move the keyboard and mouse across the computers.As any open source developer can attest, Microsoft is not known for giving away its software free but this new application is the product of “The Garage” which is both a physical place in Building 4 at Microsoft’s Redmond headquarters and a company program. The Garage welcomes sandbox tinkering and project incubations by employees outside their regular working hours.Mouse Without Borders easily won attention inhouse and it was decided to download the app to the public. The video shows developer Truong Do as the creator. Truong Do, when not at the Garage, works for Microsoft Dynamics, the ERP and CRM line of applications designed to work with other Microsoft software.The Garage and its science fairs within Microsoft helped expose the project to 9,000 people before it was ready for external release as a free download. According to reports, they subjected the app to rigorous tests to ensure they could bring it to the public bug-free.Truong had been looking for an easier way to cope with different mouse and keyboard configurations for each PC in the office, so he devised his own solution.”The project is testament to the power of The Garage which helped Truong develop the user interface and set up the usability tests that have helped the tool become very accessible and easy to use,” said Steve Clayton of TechNet.This is not the first time, though, for an application such as this. Open-source Synergy has a following, as a program that enables a user to share mouse and keyboard between multiple computers. Unlike Windows-only Mouse Without Borders, Synergy is supported on Windows, OS X and Linux. (PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft has announced a free download that lets you work your mouse to navigate across multiple PCs. Mouse Without Borders is the name of the program and it is drawing positive reviews from first-time users taking it on a test drive. They like the program’s ease of use in navigating multiple computers on the desk with a single mouse and keyboard, as if the machines were simply multiple displays of the same system. 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

Printed CNT transistor circuits may lead to cheaper OLED displays

first_img Explore further Journal information: Nano Letters 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. The printed transistor circuits were developed by a team of researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA); Aneeve Nanotechnologies, a start-up company at UCLA; and the University of Southern California, Los Angeles. Their work is published in a recent issue of Nano Letters.Although other groups have printed CNT transistors, this is the first time that researchers have successfully printed the complete transistor circuitry: not just the CNTs, but also the metals, polymers, and all other components. In doing so, the work demonstrates for the first time that a fully printed CNT process can be used to fabricate a complete circuit.Fully printed CNT transistors satisfy two key issues for mass-producing OLED displays at a low cost: they use an inexpensive, fast, and simple process (ink-jet printing), and they use materials with favorable electrical characteristics (CNTs).“CNTs are more stable compared to other organic semiconductor materials,” coauthor Kosmas Galatsis from Aneeve Nanotechnologies and UCLA told PhysOrg.com. “They have superior electronic properties and transistor performance.”To print back-gated thin-film transistors, the researchers used a commercial silver nanoparticle solution to print the source and drain electrodes. Using a recipe for a semiconductive single-walled CNT (SWCNT) solution that they previously developed, they printed the channel. Tests showed that these printed SWCNT transistors show a similar performance to that of SWCNT transistors fabricated with more expensive photolithographic techniques.In the second part of their study, the researchers connected two printed SWCNT transistors to an OLED and used them to switch the OLED on and off. The transistor’s good current carrying capacity and other electrical characteristics allow for a dense integration of pixels and low power consumption, making it an ideal component for OLED display backplanes.By adding a layer of polyethylenimine with LiClO4 to the top of the CNTs on the back-gated SWCNT transistor, the researchers could fabricate a top-gated transistor. Then they printed this transistor on flexible Kapton material, demonstrating the potential of using it for flexible electronics. As the first demonstration of printing a SWCNT solution to make complete transistor circuits for OLED displays, the results of the study suggest that carbon nanotube-based electronics could provide a way to bring OLED displays closer to mass commercialization.“Our plans are to continue to develop this process for scalability and manufacturing,” Galatsis said. “We plan to be printing products in two years. Commercialization will need to take place with a larger manufacturing partner.” More information: Pochiang Chen, et al. “Fully printed Separated Carbon Nanotube Thin Film Transistor Circuits and Its Application in Organic Light Emitting Diode Control.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/nl202765b Researchers demonstrate fully printed carbon nanotube transistor circuits for displayscenter_img (Left) The fully printed back-gated SWCNT thin-film transistor printed on silicon dioxide. (Right) The fully printed top-gated SWCNT thin-film transistor printed on flexible Kapton. Image credit: Pochiang Chen, et al. ©2011 American Chemical Society (PhysOrg.com) — While flexible OLED displays have begun appearing in some cell phones, the technology is still too expensive to be widely used in consumer electronics. In one of the latest attempts to enable low-cost mass-production of OLED displays, researchers have fabricated the first complete thin-film transistor circuits printed with a carbon nanotube (CNT) solution for use with display electronics. They found that these circuits are not only easy to fabricate, but they also work as excellent current switches when connected to OLEDs. Citation: Printed CNT transistor circuits may lead to cheaper OLED displays (2011, December 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-cnt-transistor-circuits-cheaper-oled.html Copyright 2011 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.last_img read more

Team observes rapid change in underwater volcano Monowai

first_img 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. The team believes that the smell they observed on their first trip to the site was likely due to hydrothermal venting of gases, which they suggest could have weakened the walls of part of the volcano, resulting in the collapse they observed when they came back later. In this case, the result was not a tsunami, but the team notes that it very easily could have been. Underwater landslides very often do result in destructive waves causing havoc many miles away. The suggest also that the added height was likely due to magma spewing forth from the volcano and then hardening in the water.The team believes the increase in height they have observed on Monowai is larger than any ever seen on land save for Mount St. Helens and Vesuvius. Citation: Team observes rapid change in underwater volcano Monowai (2012, May 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-team-rapid-underwater-volcano-monowai.html Initially, the team had set out to do some simple mapping, but at one point were interrupted by yellow-green water that the team described as smelling like rotten eggs. They left the area, but then returned just two weeks later after seismic detectors went off on the Cook Islands, indicating that something big was occurring with Monowai. To their surprise, they found that some parts of the volcano had collapsed by as much as almost nineteen meters, while some had grown by as much as eighty.Monowai is just one of the 32,000 mountains that lie under the world’s oceans, many of which are believed to be volcanic. Most oceanographers believe that far more volcanoes exist under the sea than on land; unfortunately, very little is known about them due to the difficulty in getting close enough to study them. Monowai, to the east of Australia, and north of New Zealand was first discovered by aircraft flying over the area during World War II, so close was its peak at the time to the surface. Subsequent visits to the site between 1978 and 2000 showed that the summit repeatedly rose and sank, prompting researchers to describe the mountain as pulsating, though it’s not yet certain if the changes are regular enough to warrant such a label. Sonar was used to map the Monowai volcano, near Tonga Explore further Geoscientist Finds Surprise Hidden in the Pacificcenter_img More information: Rapid rates of growth and collapse of Monowai submarine volcano in the Kermadec Arc, Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1473AbstractMost of Earth’s volcanoes are under water. As a result of their relative inaccessibility, little is known of the structure and evolution of submarine volcanoes. Advances in navigation and sonar imaging techniques have made it possible to map submarine volcanoes in detail, and repeat surveys allow the identification of regions where the depth of the sea floor is actively changing. Here we report the results of a bathymetric survey of Monowai submarine volcano in the Tonga–Kermadec Arc, which we mapped twice within 14 days. We found marked differences in bathymetry between the two surveys, including an increase in seafloor depth up to 18.8 m and a decrease in depth up to 71.9 m. We attribute the depth increase to collapse of the volcano summit region and the decrease to growth of new lava cones and debris flows. Hydroacoustic T-wave data reveal a 5-day-long swarm of seismic events with unusually high amplitude between the surveys, which directly link the depth changes to explosive activity at the volcano. The collapse and growth rates implied by our data are extremely high, compared with measured long-term growth rates of the volcano, demonstrating the pulsating nature of submarine volcanism and highlighting the dynamic nature of the sea floor. © 2012 Phys.Org Journal information: Nature Geoscience (Phys.org) — A research team out to perform routine mapping of the seafloor some 400 kilometers southwest of Tonga, found that one volcano, named Monowai, changed dramatically over just a two week time span. In an apparent underwater eruption, the volcano collapsed in one part and added almost 80 meters of height in another. The team has described their findings in a paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience. Detailed bathymetric maps of Monowai Cone as it appeared in September 2004, May 2007 and May-June 2011. Image (c) Nature Geoscience (2012) doi:10.1038/ngeo1473last_img read more

Phylogenetic analyses suggests fairy tales are much older than thought

first_img Citation: Phylogenetic analyses suggests fairy tales are much older than thought (2016, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-phylogenetic-analyses-fairy-tales-older.html Journal information: Royal Society Open Science More information: Comparative phylogenetic analyses uncover the ancient roots of Indo-European folktales, Royal Society Open Science, Published 14 January 2016.DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150645 , http://rsos.royalsocietypublishing.org/content/3/1/150645AbstractAncient population expansions and dispersals often leave enduring signatures in the cultural traditions of their descendants, as well as in their genes and languages. The international folktale record has long been regarded as a rich context in which to explore these legacies. To date, investigations in this area have been complicated by a lack of historical data and the impact of more recent waves of diffusion. In this study, we introduce new methods for tackling these problems by applying comparative phylogenetic methods and autologistic modelling to analyse the relationships between folktales, population histories and geographical distances in Indo-European-speaking societies. We find strong correlations between the distributions of a number of folktales and phylogenetic, but not spatial, associations among populations that are consistent with vertical processes of cultural inheritance. Moreover, we show that these oral traditions probably originated long before the emergence of the literary record, and find evidence that one tale (‘The Smith and the Devil’) can be traced back to the Bronze Age. On a broader level, the kinds of stories told in ancestral societies can provide important insights into their culture, furnishing new perspectives on linguistic, genetic and archaeological reconstructions of human prehistory. Research pair offer a way to put a living organism into superposition state Fairy tales are popular the world over, some so much that they have crossed over into multiple societies—Beauty and the Beast for example, has been told in one form or another across the globe. Modern linguists and anthropologists have set the origin of most such fairy tales to just prior to the time they were written down, which would make them several hundred years old. But this new research suggests they are much older than that, with some going back thousands of years.To come to these conclusions, the researchers applied a technique normally used in biology—building phylogenetic trees to trace linguistic attributes back to their origin. They started with 275 fairy tales, each rooted in magic, and whittled them down to 76 basic stories. Trees were then built based on Indo-European languages, some of which have gone extinct. In so doing, the researchers found evidence that some fairy tales, such as Jack and the Beanstalk, were rooted in other stories, and could be traced back to a time when Western and Eastern Indo-European languages split, which was approximately 5,000 years ago, which means of course that they predate the Bible, for example, or even Greek myths.The researchers placed confidence factors on different results, depending on how strong the trees were that could be built—some were obviously less clear than others, but one fairy tale in particular, they note, was very clear—called The Smith and The Devil, they traced it back approximately 6,000 years, to the Bronze Age.Notably, Wilhelm Grimm, of the famous Grimm brothers who published many fairy tales back in 1812, wrote that he believed the tales were many thousands of years old—that notion was discredited not long after, but now, the researchers suggest, they believe he was right all along. Explore furthercenter_img 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. Approximate locations of Indo-European-speaking populations in Eurasia. Points are colour-coded by linguistic subfamily: red, Germanic; pink, Balto-Slavic; orange, Romance; green, Celtic; blue, Indo-Iranian; Turquoise, Hellenic; grey, Albanian; brown, Armenian. Credit: Royal Society Open Science, Published 14 January 2016.DOI: 10.1098/rsos.150645 (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers has conducted a phylogenetic analysis on common fairy tales and has found that many of them appear to be much older than has been thought. In their paper published in Royal Society Open Science, Sara Graça da Silva, a social scientist/folklorist with New University of Lisbon and Jamshid Tehrani, an anthropologist with Durham University describe the linguistic study they carried out and why they believe at least one fairy tale had its origins in the Bronze Age. © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

Cloud based quantum computing used to calculate nuclear binding energy

first_imgExperimentally determined energies for H2 (top) and expectation values of the Pauli terms that enter the two-qubit Hamiltonian H2 as determined on the QX5 (center) and 19Q (bottom) chips. Experimental (theoretical) results are denoted by symbols (lines). Credit: arXiv:1801.03897 [quant-ph] A team of researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory has demonstrated that it is possible to use cloud-based quantum computers to conduct quantum simulations and calculations. The team has written a paper describing their efforts and results and uploaded it to the arXiv preprint server. More information: Cloud Quantum Computing of an Atomic Nucleus, arXiv:1801.03897 [quant-ph] arxiv.org/abs/1801.03897AbstractWe report a quantum simulation of the deuteron binding energy on quantum processors accessed via cloud servers. We use a Hamiltonian from pionless effective field theory at leading order. We design a low-depth version of the unitary coupled-cluster ansatz, use the variational quantum eigensolver algorithm, and compute the binding energy to within a few percent. Our work is the first step towards scalable nuclear structure computations on a quantum processor via the cloud, and it sheds light on how to map scientific computing applications onto nascent quantum devices. As work progresses toward the development of quantum computers able to tackle some of the most difficult problems in computer science, attention has shifted to the means by which such machines would be used. For example, if researchers build a big, expensive quantum computer able to model how atoms and particles behave under unusual conditions, how would research physicists access and use it? That has led to the idea of cloud quantum computing so that anyone could access and use it from practically anywhere. That idea has been put into practice by two companies investing seriously in a quantum computer-based future. IBM has developed what it calls Q Experience, and Rigetti has developed 19Q. The former has a quantum processor with 16 qubits while the later has 19. In addition to building their computers, both companies have also developed software that makes the systems available on the internet.To test the possibilities of such a platform, the team at Oak Ridge set themselves the task of using a quantum computer to calculate the nuclear binding energy of the deuterium nucleus (how much energy it would take to separate the neutron and proton). The team used both cloud quantum computing systems, which required tweaking software to deal with the differing number of qubits the machines were able to use. The team reports that the cloud responded with a binding energy that was within 2 percent of the actual measure.The researchers report that their efforts prove that cloud-based quantum computing works, and that it will be ready for prime-time when truly powerful machines are developed capable of such tasks as simulating quantum physical systems or revealing reaction mechanisms in complex chemical systems. IBM says it’s reached milestone in quantum computing Journal information: arXivcenter_img Explore further Citation: Cloud based quantum computing used to calculate nuclear binding energy (2018, February 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-02-cloud-based-quantum-nuclear-energy.html © 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

New form of matter may lie just beyond the periodic table

first_imgThe physicists hope that, if the minimum mass of elements with a udQM ground state is not much more than 300, it may be possible to produce this new form of stable matter by fusing together some of the other heavy elements. They expect that one of the challenges will be to supply enough neutrons in the reaction, but that udQM may be easier to produce than SQM. One reason for their optimism is that the new results point to the existence of a “continent of stability”—a large region in which udQM may have the most stable configuration, which may guide future production attempts.If producing udQM presents difficulties, the researchers note that it can also be searched for on Earth, since it can arrive via cosmic rays and then become trapped in normal matter. In the future, the researchers plan to explore the possibility of searching for quark matter, both on Earth and in more distant locations.”We would like to know more about the abundance of quark matter in the universe,” the researchers said. “We are thus looking at the conversion rate of nuclear matter to udQM inside neutron stars. We would also like to identify those searches for SQM that are most relevant for udQM. It is then of interest to consider how those searches could be improved upon and/or extended.”If scientists could produce or find quark matter of any kind, one very intriguing potential application is energy generation.”Knowing better where to look for udQM might then help to achieve an old idea, that of using quark matter as a new source of energy,” the researchers said. “If quark matter is found (or produced in accelerators), it may be stored and then fed with slow neutrons or heavy ions. The absorption of these particles means a lower total mass and thus a release of energy, mostly in the form of gamma radiation. Unlike nuclear fusion, this is a process that should be easy to initiate and control.” Citation: New form of matter may lie just beyond the periodic table (2018, June 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-06-periodic-table.html But oganesson may be one of the last of its kind. In a new paper, scientists predict that elements with masses greater than approximately 300 may be composed of freely flowing “up” and “down” quarks—the same kind that protons and neutrons are made of, but these quarks wouldn’t be bound into triplets. The scientists predict that this type of matter, called “up down quark matter,” or udQM, would be stable for extremely heavy elements that might exist just beyond the end of the current periodic table. If it could be produced on Earth, quark matter has the potential to be used as a new source of energy.The possibility that heavy baryonic matter has a udQM ground state rather than a hadronic one is described in a paper published in Physical Review Letters by University of Toronto physicists Bob Holdom, Jing Ren, and Chen Zhang.The idea that some kind of quark matter might form the ground state of baryonic matter is not new. In a famous paper from 1984, physicist Edward Witten suggested that strange quark matter (SQM) might fulfill this role. However, SQM consists of comparable amounts of up, down, and strange quarks. One of the new results of the latest study is that quark matter without strange quarks, i.e., udQM, has lower bulk energy per baryon than either SQM or hadronic matter, making it energetically favorable.”Physicists have been searching for SQM for decades,” the researchers told Phys.org. “From our results, many searches may have been looking in the wrong place. … It is quite a basic question to answer: What is the lowest energy state of a sufficiently large number of quarks? We argue that the answer is not nuclear matter or strange SQM, but rather udQM, a state composed of nearly massless up and down quarks.”The idea that quark matter may lie just beyond the periodic table is somewhat surprising because, in general, quark matter is thought to exist only in extreme environments, such as the cores of neutron stars, heavy ion colliders, hypothetical quark stars, and within the first milliseconds of the early universe. When produced in a collider, quark matter typically decays within a fraction of a second into stable hadronic matter (with bound quarks). Currently, the heaviest element on the periodic table is oganesson, which has an atomic mass of 294 and was officially named in 2016. Like every element on the periodic table, nearly all of oganesson’s mass comes from protons and neutrons (types of baryons) that are themselves made of three quarks each. A crucial feature of all known baryonic matter is that its quarks are bound together so tightly by the strong force that they are inseparable. As particles made of bound quarks (such as protons and neutrons) are called hadrons, scientists refer to the ground state of baryonic matter as “hadronic matter.” 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. The new theoretical results suggest that udQM may have a stable configuration in the “continent of stability,” indicating that searches should look in the region with large mass, A (>300) and sufficiently large charge Z, Z/A~0.3. Credit: Holdom et al. ©2018 American Physical Society Neutron stars cast light on quark matter © 2018 Phys.org More information: Bob Holdom, Jing Ren, and Chen Zhang. “Quark Matter May Not Be Strange.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.120.222001 (open access) Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

Dance and the details

first_imgThe second edition of the Indo-French festival of contemporary dance, DanSe DialogueS concluded on Wednesday with an elaborate discussion on ‘Locating Dance in India Today: between tradition and contemporaneity’. The discussion was conducted and led by the cultural theorist, Alka Pande. The discourse included an exchange of theories and thoughts on the various forms of traditional Indian dances and the amalgamation of the traditional and contemporary styles.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The dialogue was a fitting occasion to comprehend the evolving dance scene in India with noted speakers including choreographer and photographer Shobha Deepak Singh, Dance writer Leela Venkatraman, arts editor-cultural journaist-photographer, speaker and lights designer Sadanand Menon, Bharatnatyam dancer and pianist Justin McCarthy and singer, dancer, researcher and author Deepti Omchery Bhalla. The past decade and more has witnessed much transformation of the cultural scenario in the country in practically every domain. The second edition of the festival DanSe DialogueS provided a pretext and context to dissect and explore this with people who have keenly observed and studied the growth of dance in India. The conversation segment focused on the dynamics and refrains of the richly evolving dance scenario and its future.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShobha Deepak Singh’s book, Dancescapes: A Photographic Journey was also on display during the occasion. DanSe DialogueS is a contemporary dance platform in India. Its first edition took place in November 2011 in New Delhi, Chennai and Bangalore and brought together more than 7500 spectators in these three cities. The festival is dedicated to promoting the richness and diversity of Indian and French contemporary dance, fostering collaboration between French and Indian professionals in this field while popularizing contemporary forms of expression among the Indian public. During its second edition, DanSe DialogueS featured French choreographers and Indo-French collaborations touring 7 cities (Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Mumbai and Trivandrum) to present their productions, alongside Indian dance companies. DanSe DialogueS activities range from performances, talks, master classes, screenings and exchanges of French and Indian dance techniques and forms to create original collaborative pieces.last_img read more

State finalises design of monument to commemorate martyrs of Singur

first_imgKolkata: The state government has finalised the design based on which a monument at Singur will be installed, to mark the sacrifice of the martyrs of the movement.Sources said that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday has given approval to one of the designs out of three to four which were placed before her. Based on the design, the sculpture will be developed on a pedestal close to the 997 acres of the multi-crop land, that was once taken away from farmers to set up Tata’s small car project. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt was on August 31 in 2016, when the farmers got back their land after a fight spanning a period of 10 long years, following a landmark judgment of the Supreme Court, stating that the acquisition for the project was unjustified. The Chief Minister had announced setting up of the monument to mark the sacrifice of the martyrs during the Singur movement, when she went there after the historic win of the farmers. The decision to set up the monument was taken so that the future generations would get to know the sacrifice of 14 people, who gave their lives protesting against the forceful acquisition of the land. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe work to set up the same had started and artists were engaged to design the same. According to the sources in the state secretariat, the Chief Minister has given approval to a design of the monument, depicting farmers with sickles and wheat stalks in their hands, standing around ploughs.The height of the statue will be around 25 to 30 feet and it will be placed on a 15 feet high pedestal. An undertaking company of the state government will be developing the monument. A one-acre plot has been identified off National Highway 2 at Singer Bheri area in Singur, where a park with beautiful landscape will be developed, with the statue being set up at the centre of the park.Fourteen people, who had laid their lives down while protesting against the Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee government’s move to acquire the land, include Tapasi Malik and Rajkumar Bhul. Tapasi, a teenage girl, was burnt to death after being allegedly raped and her body was found on the acquired plot. It had given momentum to the movement against the land acquisition. Similarly, 26-year-old Bhul was beaten up by the police in this connection and he later succumbed to his injuries. His mother wrote an open letter to the then Chief Minister Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee, holding him responsible for her son’s death.The Mamata Banerjee government had provided all support to the land losers to get back their land. Moreover, the Singur movement, starting from day one to the day the land was returned to farmers after the present state government came to power, has once again seen Singur turn into its previous cultivable condition and has been included in the history book of Class VIII.last_img read more

Lokesh Rahul belts 337 as Karnataka take control

first_imgOpener Lokesh Rahul slammed a triple century (337, 448b, 47×4, 4×6) as defending champions Karnataka flogged Uttar Pradesh attack to pile up 719 for nine declared in their first innings on the second day of the Group A Ranji Trophy league match on Friday.Resuming at their overnight total of 326 for four, Karnataka lost Shreyas Gopal (90, 144b, 15×4), who added just two runs to his score, in the third over of the day, but by then, he had added 180 runs for the fifth wicket with 22-year-old Rahul. Rahul, who was 150 overnight, hardly missed a beat as he put on 105 runs for the sixth wicket with C.M. Gautam (57, 73, 11×4) and 236 for the seventh with Abrar Kazi (117 not out, 190b, 14×4, 4×6) to ground the UP bowling to the dust.Rahul’s chanceless marathon effort stretching over 671 minutes finally ended when he became one of Praveen Kumar’s five victims, but by then, Karnataka had taken firm control of the game. In the course of becoming the first player from Karnataka to score a triple century in first-class cricket, Rahul went past Barrington Rolland’s 283 to become his State’s highest run-scorer in the Indian domestic circuit.last_img read more

Rape videos on WhatsApp SC orders CBI probe issues notice to Centre

first_img“The fact of the matter is that it is a very serious issue and something needs to be done,” the social justice bench of justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit said after going through the contents of the letter written by Hyderabad-based NGO Prajwala to Chief Justice of India H L Dattu.“Since the first suggestion (of NGO) is for CBI investigation, notice be issued to the Director CBI to register the crime and start investigation with immediate effect,” the bench said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe NGO, which provided the videos in a pen drive along with the letter to the CJI, said that one video, which is 4.5 minutes long, shows a man raping a girl while another man is filming the heinous act.The other video, spanning 8.5 minutes, relates to gangrape of a girl by five culprits who have been shown smiling, cracking jokes, making a video and taking photos while they went about sexually assaulting the victim, it said.The court issued notices to central ministries of Home Affairs and Information Technology and asked the MHA Secretary to “forward the pen drive/DVD” to the CBI Director “forthwith” for the investigation. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindSetting up of old age homes: SC seeks Centre’s response on PILSupreme Court on Friday sought the Centre’s response on a PIL seeking setting up of old age homes with basic healthcare facilities across the country. A social justice bench comprising justices Madan B Lokur and U U Lalit issued notice to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on the plea and sought its response. The bench, however, did not issue notice to other respondents including Medical Council of India saying, “Since we are limiting the scope of the petition to setting up of old age homes only, we are issuing notice only to the Health Ministry only.”last_img read more

Prepoll promises fall flat saffron brigade a limping runnerup

first_imgKolkata: The lofty claims of BJP regarding its performance in the Panchayat polls seem to have fallen flat, with the party trailing Trinamool Congress as a distant second in the counting as of now.In Gram Panchayat, election was held in 31,802 seats. Out of this, Trinamool Congress has bagged 19,059 seats, while BJP has got 4,976 seats. In Zilla Parishad, BJP has bagged only one seat out of 622.The trend also shows the virtual eradication of Congress and marginalisation of CPI-M. In GP, CPI-M and Congress have got 1,287 and 852 seats respectively. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBJP has done comparatively well in Nadia, Malda, Purulia, Bankura, Jhargram, Alipurduar and West Midnapore districts. Reacting sharply to this, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee alleged that BJP has pumped in money from Jharkhand and Assam. “We have intercepted some people with money. It is most unfortunate,” she said. She said Bankura and Purulia districts are flanked by Jharkhand. BJP has used both money and muscle power in the Panchayat elections in these areas, she added. Similarly in Malda and North 24-Parganas, the party has deployed goons from Bangladesh, said Banerjee. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”BSF jawans were found helping them. Law and order is a state subject. How can BSF personnel intervene in the polls without informing the state government?” she wondered. It may be mentioned that some people of Habra in North 24-Parganas had alleged that BJP had mobilised miscreants from Bangladesh, on the day of the poll on May 14.The trend shows that the rural people have gone all out to support Trinamool Congress and the development carried out by the Mamata Banerjee government. Slander and canard circulated by BJP leaders in both the state and district levels, did not work as people did not get anything positive from them.The election has once again proved that in Bengal, election is held on the basis on development and not assurances.Congress has withered away in Malda and Murshidabad, once the party’s strongholds. In Malda, Trinamool does not have an MLA but sheer organisational strength of the party has helped them win seats in Gram Panchayat and Panchayat Samity. On the other hand, WBPCC president Adhir Chowdhury, the erstwhile ruler of Murshidabad, has bcome insignificant in Bengal politics.It has been the worst Panchayat poll for CPI-M, since the election started in 1978. In 2008, the party had first lost two Zilla Parishads to Trinamool Congress in East Midnapore and South 24-Parganas. In 2018, CPI-M has failed to bag a single Zilla Parishad so far. In Panchayat Samity, where the election was held in 6,123 seats, the party has bagged a mere 7. CPI-M’s unofficial alliance with Congress and BJP has failed to yield good results for the party and it has received a major blow, along with partner Congress.last_img read more

11 students from Bengal take part in VVM national camp

first_imgKolkata: As many as 11 students from Bengal, who had qualified for the state level camp on the basis of their performance in the field of science, took part in the national camp of Vidyarthi Vigyan Manthan (VVM) at Bhabha Atomic Research Center (BARC) Mumbai recently.The national camp was organised by Vijnana Bharti (VIBHA), a national movement for the propagation and popularisation of Science and Technology among students and masses, in collaboration with the National Council of Educational Research and Training (NCERT) and Vigyan Prasar, an autonomous organisation under the Department of Science and Technology. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsVVM, is a national science talent search programme aiming to identify and nurture bright minds among the students of class VI to XI. One of the main objectives of VVM is to promote and propagate a scientific and rational outlook in society, to develop interest in science and encourage creativity among the students.Altogether 230 students out of selected 276 attended the national camp. From Bengal, out of 12 eligible candidates, 11 took part in the programme. The evaluation on the various aspects was conducted at DAE School no 4 situated close to the convention centre. A 2-day special session was also organised for parents at the training centre of BARC in which various speakers delivered their lectures on various aspects of the Indian Science and Modern Science. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPadma Vibhushan and former Principal Scientific Advisor to Govt of India Dr R Chidambaram was the chief guest at the inaugural function. The programme was highly appreciated by parents, teachers, visitors and also by the students. National convenor of VVM, Arvind Ranade, Bengal co-ordinator Mayuri Dutt were also present among other dignitaries.”VVM is perhaps the only platform that ensures the holistic development of the child, right from the scientific knowledge, Indian science, creativity, leadership development and also on the scientific thinking ability of the child,” a guardian attended the programme said.last_img read more

Indias 6billion eCommerce mkt to see big consolidation

first_imgThe over USD 6-billion e-Commerce market in India will see IPOs gaining traction, preferably in the US, as well as see several consolidation moves in the next 2-3 years, experts said.Private Equity (PE) and Venture Capital (VC) funds turned towards the Indian market around 2008-09 after the sub-prime crisis hit the US and the debt problems in Europe. These funds started investing in the nascent online shopping market, where they expected huge returns in the medium-to-long term, they added. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe PE and VC funds usually have investment commitments in the range of 6-10 years, after which they have to return the amount with assured benefits to their Limited Partners (LPs). The funding varies on company-specific circumstances as well as market conditions. Considering the investment cycle in India, these funds could look for a closure in 2016-18, experts said.However, the investment scene is certainly not drying up as the e-Commerce market is attracting huge attention from investors globally and there will be more funds and companies coming into the country to invest in this space, they noted. “When investors put in money, they also have a commitment that is generally around 7-8 years after which they have to return it to their LPs. Considering many funds invested around 2010, we will see either these e-Commerce firms going for IPOs or we will see consolidations to shore up value,” Aristotle Consultancy Director Deepak Dhamija said. Aristotle provides financial and legal solutions to e-Commerce firms such as Jabong, GoJavas, FoodPanda India, FabFurnish, Printvenue and the like. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsDhamija added that funds look at a 6-10 year window, but generally VC funds consider 7-8 years as the average age for RoI (Return on Investments). An investment banker who did not wish to be named said these funds now are also selling or in the process of selling some of their stake to other funds. “The e-Commerce market is booming for VC and PE funds. So, to keep the value of their investments high, many funds will look for IPOs or consolidations, going ahead. But many would wish to stay and will sell some stake to maintain their RoIs as well wait for valuations to go up,” he added. Without giving a timeframe on exits, KPMG India Accounting Advisory Services (Partner and Head) Sai Venkateshwaran said: “We could potentially see exits for these PEs happening through a number of routes — IPOs, sale to strategic investors, other PEs, etc.”  India Venture Capitalist Association President Arvind Mathur said: “It is not as if only the current funds will be there in the next few years and then taper off. New funds will most likely enter the market, given the strong potential for e-Commerce in India and its demographic profile and vast rural areas where further penetration will occur in coming years.”  Mathur said there are other options like M&A deals leading to high-quality, value-added exits. On the funding scenario, he expects more funds to enter the Indian e-Commerce market, given the positive outlook for India in the foreseeable future.last_img read more

Presidency grapples with vacant seats

first_imgKolkata: A number of seats in Presidency University (PU) are still lying vacant after the first round of counselling for admissions of students in the undergraduate courses ended. The university still has 126 vacant seats (almost 50 percent) in the Hindi department.”We will have a second round of counselling beginning from August 22 in order to fill up the vacant seats. The reserved seats will be converted to unreserved category for carrying out the process,” a senior official of Presidency University said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources in the university have pointed out that as many as 40 percent of the seats in Physics and 15 percent in Chemistry are lying vacant. The total number of seats is 705.Presidency had as many as 128 vacant seats last year and state Education minister Partha Chatterjee had expressed his displeasure over so many vacant seats. The state Higher Education department had urged the varsity to take necessary steps to ensure filling up of the seats.A number of seats in the affiliated colleges under Calcutta University have also been found to be vacant. Out of 1.3 lakh seats in various CU affiliated colleges, around 40,000 seats are vacant. The CU had extended the deadline for the admissions till August 20 to fill up these seats.last_img read more

Health dept issues alert to all staterun medical colleges to tackle crisis

first_imgKolkata: The collapse of Majerhat Bridge has prompted the state Health department to issue an alert to all the state-run medical colleges in the city, asking them to put in place adequate arrangements to tackle the crisis.SSKM Hospital, where most of the injured persons were taken to, has been asked to keep adequate arrangements of beds. An additional cabin has been thrown open just beside the emergency ward of the hospital to handle the extra rush of injured victims. Special arrangements have been made at the emergency ward and around 50 more stretchers have been brought in. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFollowing the Chief Minister’s instruction, minister of state for Health Chandrima Bhattacharya rushed to SSKM Hospital along with the senior officials of her department, to monitor the situation. Bhattacharya instructed the senior officials of the hospital to ensure immediate attention to all the injured victims. The Health department also asked the hospital authorities to keep all the department heads ready during the crisis. According to the hospital sources, 15 persons have been undergoing treatment at SSKM Hospital, while two of them are stated to be in critical condition. One victim has succumbed to his injuries in the hospital in the evening. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHospital authorities had faced difficulties in informing the family members of some of the injured victims, who did not have mobile phones with them. There was a rush at the X-Ray and CT Scan rooms of the hospital following the incident, as most of the victims have suffered limb injuries, while some have head and spine injuries. An extra ITU has been made operational to provide treatment to the patients who have suffered serious injuries. It has been learnt that there were also some elderly persons among the injured who were brought to the hospital. The hospital authorities are yet to give a detailed account of the injured victims. An information centre has been made operational in the hospital to disseminate information about the injured patients. Many of the family members of the victims and curious onlookers gathered inside the hospital campus on Tuesday evening. According to a senior official of the Health department, some more injured persons are undergoing treatment at Calcutta National Medical College and Hospital and a private hospital in Ekbalpore. The names of the injured persons in these hospitals are yet to be confirmed. Dr Pradip Mitra, director of medical education (DME), said all the injured victims have been given immediate attention at SSKM Hospital.last_img read more

Eating food off the floor is not safe at all

first_imgFood, once dropped on the floor, is not safe to eat, however quickly you pick it up, warns a new study that debunks the widely accepted notion that it is all right to scoop up food and eat it within a “safe” five-second window. Moisture, type of surface and contact-time all contribute to cross-contamination. In some instances, the transfer begins in less than one second, the study said. “The popular notion of the ‘five-second rule’ is that food dropped on the floor, but picked up quickly, is safe to eat because bacteria need time to transfer,” said Donald Schaffner, Professor at the Rutgers University at New Jersey, in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“We decided to look into this because the practice is so widespread. The topic might appear ‘light’ but we wanted our results backed by solid science,” Schaffner noted.The researchers tested four surfaces – stainless steel, ceramic tile, wood and carpet – and four different foods – watermelon, bread, bread and butter, and gummy candy. They also looked at four different contact times – less than one second, five, 30 and 300 seconds. They used two media to grow Enterobacter aerogenes, a nonpathogenic “cousin” of Salmonella naturally occurring in the human digestive system. Transfer scenarios were evaluated for each surface type, food type, contact time and bacterial prep; surfaces were inoculated with bacteria and allowed to completely dry before food samples were dropped and left to remain for specified periods.All totalled 128 scenarios were replicated 20 times each, yielding 2,560 measurements. Post-transfer surface and food samples were analysed for contamination.  Not surprisingly, watermelon had the most contamination, gummy candy the least, showed the findings published online in the American Society for Microbiology’s journal, Applied and Environmental Microbiology.last_img read more

Munch some tasty winter brunch

first_imgWinter has arrived and QLA is ready to offer Sunday brunch, where the guests get to experience flavours that have been thoughtfully created by chef patron, Priyam Chatterjee. With both buffet and table services, the elaborate brunch offers an exhaustive selection of antipasti, pizzas, live grills, hot entrees, cocktails, and desserts from their in-house bakery and patisserie. Alfresco seating brushed by the winter sun makes for a perfect weather setting clubbed with live music completing the canvas. Distinctive, seasonal cocktails have been curated by their sommelier of the year, Prateek Arora. Located in South Delhi, QLA is a contemporary European restaurant with cooking techniques deeply rooted in, but not limited to France. There’s also an equal emphasis on a variety of wines and handpicked cocktails that come together to make a great dining experience. The ambience and live music make QLA a treat for all your senses.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRanging from warm welcome and luxurious decor, mood-enhancing music, menu rich with novel creations, good hospitality to the remarkably reasonable price (considering what you get), this restaurant offers everything that it needs to and deserves full marks. Instead of the sort of fish you usually get in Delhi, which ranges from firm to rubbery, the Singaporean cod tastes heavenly. Likewise, the chicken in the chicken salad is unbelievably tender and delicious. Wines, which deserve mention, include Sparkling-Chandon Rose and White, Chateau St Michelle Chardonnay, Columbia Valley, and USA.  QLA has an excellent terrace seating, courtyard dining, a sprawling indoor section and a banquet area.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe restaurant especially looks beautiful at night, with its dark wood bar, vintage library lamps and the ordered chaos of an open kitchen. The room itself is a tableau of plump sofas, dark green chairs and the sort of lighting that old movies made maximum use of. Some of their lip smacking dishes include: SaladsAssorted salad bar – live ( make your own salad)Arugula,  Mizuna, Cos, Romaine,  lolorosso,  bakchoy, baby radish, baby coriander, amaranth, red radish, mustard,  French baby beans, cherry tomatoes, snow peas, baby potatoes, baby carrots, baby beets, baby radish, kalamata olives, tomato confit,asparagus,  porcini, ceps , orange, grapefruit, kiwi, grapes, green apple, chest nuts, almonds, hazel nutsCoppa, mortadella, speck, black forest, parma, corn fed sous vide chicken, poached prawns, caremlized roasted chicken thigh, braised lamb. Riviera dressing, lyonnaise dressing, spicy Asian mayo, raspberry  emulsion, Caesar emulsion, truffle balsamic, fennel and dil cream, pickled beetroot mayoMainsSole in plancha – fennel cream saucePan seared Andaman spotted red prawns – wine saucePan seared New Zealand lamb chops- rosemary jusPan grilled tofu steaks with  burnt garlic and tomato sauceBBQ jerk spiced pork  stewCarving of whole corn fed chicken with madras curry cream and truffle mustard butter.Carving Lamb Wellington with provincial jusVegetarianGrilled Polenta steaks with garlic volute and charred  baby carrot Perl barley  Mushroom  risotto with parsley puree    Potato & sweet potato dauphinoise with brie cheese & walnut crumb   Farmers pie parsley crumb DessertsApple cumble hotChocolate mousse ( Dipped in dulcy& cocoa butter glaze)Paris brestSpiced pound cake with vanilla sauceMuddy apple sliceCotton cheese cakelast_img read more

CM calls for crackdown on middlemen to iron out paddy procurement woes

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed her concerned officials to ensure a crackdown on middlemen, who have caused problems regarding paddy procurement from farmers.”We want to procure paddy directly from the farmers and at the same time, increase the procurement target. This year, we have set a target of procuring 58 lakh metric tonnes of paddy. Sometimes, people get involved in the process of procuring paddy directly from farmers, which creates trouble for the entire process. We would not allow the involvement of any other person other than the farmers,” Banerjee told reporters at Nabanna on Wednesday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA senior official who attended the meeting said that the Chief Minister has directed the administration to be more vigilant and take all possible measures to eliminate the involvement of middlemen. Banerjee chaired a meeting at the state Secretariat with concerned ministers and senior officials of Food & Supplies, Agriculture, Agriculture Marketing and a few other departments, to take stock of the situation and clear the bottlenecks in the process. District Magistrates and Police Superintendents of a number of districts also attended the meeting. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe also expressed her displeasure over the failure to crackdown on the middlemen, thereby resulting in lesser procurement than desired. “We want farmers to sell the stock themselves and in return, hand over the money to them directly. They were earlier handed over payment by RTGS to their bank accounts, but now we have decided to hand over cheques immediately after they sell the paddy. This will make the process or procurement hassle-free. We are setting up an additional 2,000 centres beside the existing kisan mandis, where farmers can come to sell their stocks,” the Chief Minister said. According to a source, Banerjee has asked the state agencies to procure the entire stock of paddy that a farmer brings to sell. No farmer can be turned down and they cannot be deprived of the minimum support price for paddy procurement, she is learnt to have directed the officials. A minimum support price of Rs 1,750 has to be paid to the farmers. The Chief Minister reiterated: “Farmer issues, unemployment and secularism are going to be the key issues in the run-up to the Lok Sabha polls. Farmers in this state are smiling. We have already waived khajna (land rent) for farmers and have done away with mutation fees for registering agricultural land.”last_img read more

Rs 21 crore in cash bullion seized

first_imgKolkata: The Income Tax (I-T) Department and other agencies have so far seized over Rs 21.11 crore of unaccounted cash, jewellery and bullion from Bengal after the announcement of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, an official said here on Thursday. Of the total seizure so far, about Rs 10 crore in unlawful cash has been recovered in this year’s drive in the state, which is higher that the around Rs 8 crore cash seized during the two-month effort before the 2014 general elections, I-T sleuths said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Our drive aimed to curb black money flow during elections. I-T officials and other agencies have so far recovered over Rs 21.11 crore of unaccounted cash, jewellery and bullion after the declaration of the elections. The seizures were done mostly in Kolkata and also in Siliguri and Balurghat,” said I-T investigation wing’s principal director Ashish Verma. The seizures were made from businesses, cash handlers and hawala operators, he said. “With our intensifying efforts, we have unearthed nearly Rs 10 crore in cash in just 15 days of operation after the announcement of polls. Last time, we had recovered around about Rs 8 crore in cash,” Verma added. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe also said the I-T officials have been conducting a search operation for over two months at a private vault having about 649 lockers at central Kolkata’s Vardaan Market basement and that the operation will get over on Thursday. “In this operation, we have so far seized Rs 5.16 crore of unaccounted cash and jewellery and bullion worth Rs 13.62 crore,” he said. “Of the about Rs 12 crore worth of jewellery and bullion seized so far after the announcement of elections, around Rs 8-9 crore worth of specious metals were recovered from the Vardhan market operation,” Verma said. The I-T Department has deployed over 200 of its officers and employees across West Bengal, Sikkim and Andaman and Nicobar Island to monitor election expenditure and flow of black money. The department will also have dedicated teams for each of the 42 Lok Sabha constituencies in Bengal which will have seven-phase polls.last_img read more

LKA begins work on 2020 Print Biennale

first_imgIn the quiet Lalit Kala Akademi headquarters here, preparations are underway for the second edition of the International Print Biennale, a major exhibition of global printmaking, which is slated for February – March 2020, and has a special focus on ASEAN and SAARC nations with Poland as the guest country. The first eight-member ‘steering committee’ meeting, that officially set the ball rolling for the month-long Biennale, took place earlier this month with Akademi Chairperson Uttam Pacharne helming it. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe ASEAN and SAARC focus will be reflected in the Biennale entrance fee for the artists, and participants from these member-nations will pay around $21 (Rs 1,500) as compared to $50 (Rs 3,400). For Indian artists, the entrance fee would be Rs 1,000. The star of the Biennale is, however, the central European country of Poland, which has a rich tradition of printmaking. “Around the 15th century, Mughal Emperor Jahangir had a lot of etchings in his portfolio. Then, during our freedom struggle, printmaker Chittaprosad Bhattacharya made woodcuts of images of the independence movement and spread it using book covers,” Avni Bansal, a printmaker and a Lalit Kala awardee assisting the Biennale programme, said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveShe added that in most regional centres of the Akademi, equipment for making prints – lithographs, woodcuts, intaglio, serigraphs, and relief prints – is present and is being upgraded. As a precursor to the second print biennale, national artist camps will take place in Hyderabad and Santiniketan in West Bengal. The artist-members of this year’s steering committee include Jin Sook Shinde, Kanchan Chander, Hanuman Kambli, Dattatraya Bankar, Chippa Sudhakar, V Nagdas, Ajit Seal and Dilip Tamuli. The first edition of the Biennale, that kickstarted in March 2018, saw participation from 17 countries including the US, the UK, Sri Lanka, Italy, Mexico, China, Israel, Sweden, Lithuania, Poland, Argentina, Greece, Nepal, Bangladesh, and Mauritius. The number of entries at the international level was 137 of which 50 artists were selected, and 73 of their prints were on display.last_img read more

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