The first products using this technology will be 1TB drives used for archival storage. GE expects this to reach the market in two to three years with another two or more year before it’s available to consumers. GE is anticipating that this technology can store an entire 3D move that would be impossible to store on current blu-ray disk. The holographic drives will have a 3ms access time and data transfer rates up to five times faster than a DVD. Holographic storage involves holograms, images of data being stored in layers on a DVD size disk. The drives work by splitting a laser beam into a reference beam and a signal beam, which is encoded with data. By crossing the two beams an interference pattern is created which is then stored on the disk. Older versions of holographic drives store pages of a million bits stacked ten thousand deep at hundreds of locations on a disk. GE researchers discovered by reducing the page size to a single bit, called micro holograms, they could store as much data per unit area but was much easier to read. It turns out that the upper data layers can be read by a standard Blu-ray player and by slightly increasing the tracking range of the Blu-ray read head all layers can be accessed.GE is planning to license the technology to manufactures for construction of the drives and disk. Peter Lorraine, GE lab manager stated at the Emerging Tech Conference, that license announcements could be expected soon. Via: The Inquirer and The Register© 2009 PhysOrg.com Explore further General Electric Develops a 500GB Optical Disc (PhysOrg.com) — At the September ’09 Emerging Tech Conference in Boston, GE announced it has been developing a 1TB DVD size disk that can be read by a modified Blu-ray player. Citation: GE Shows Off 1TB DVD-Sized Disks at the Emerging Tech Conference (2009, September 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-09-ge-1tb-dvd-sized-disks-emerging.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Image: ITportal But what if you did not have to plug in your LCD at all? What if it soaked up the light in the room to power itself?Samsung is betting that consumers will be intrigued enough by the idea to make it worth the purchase. They have tweaked their existing transparent LCD technology, it is now energy efficient enough that it can be powered by ambient light alone. That’s right, just the light in the room, no cords and no batteries to replace. A prototype of the technology was debuted at CeBIT 2011. The prototype featured a 46-inch screen that supported full HD resolution video, at 1920×1080 pixels. The screen was also able to act as a full ten finger touchscreen. The company does have plans for commercial models in the works, but they were not too forthcoming with details such as when devices may be available or how much they will cost. This may have something to do with the fact that this technology is still in development. During the demo the touch screen did have some problems.There are some rumors of Samsung using this technology to develop larger panels than the ones currently in existence. The biggest panels that the company currently releases is a 65-inch model. (PhysOrg.com) — Most of us are familiar with LCD technology. You probably have an LCD monitor in front of you right now. There may be an LCD TV sitting in your living room, or bedroom, at this very second. You know that LCD screens come with a power cord. You plug it in and your screen comes to life. © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: via ITportal Samsung Develops 1.72” Super-reflective LCD Screen for Cell Phones Explore further Citation: Ambient light powered LCD released by Samsung (2011, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-ambient-powered-lcd-samsung.html
According to the notice, “While public attendees will have the opportunity to provide their individual input, group consensus advice will not be sought….” As The Verge interprets this, “This is about examining and potentially tweaking the process, not changing the laws.”Nonetheless, the patent office engaging with the software industry on patent issues may prove to be quite beneficial. The conversation may produce concerns by software developers about unjustifiable protections and the need to clarify the vague and broad terms at times evidenced in the filing language used. According to the Register notice, “The USPTO seeks comments on how to more effectively ensure that the boundaries of a claim are clear so that the public can understand what subject matter is protected by the patent claim and the patent examiner can identify and apply the most pertinent prior art.”Software community members who want to attend the meetings need to register by February 4 via e-mail to SoftwareRoundtable2013@uspto.gov but entry will be on a first-come first serve basis. Those applying will need to specify which of the two events they plan to attend. They need to provide their names, titles, and if applicable company organizations, along with their addresses, phone numbers and e-mail addresses. The organizers are also asking those who seek to register to state if they want to make an oral presentation, its topic, and the presentation’s desired length.Both roundtables are to be webcast. Written comments are invited; the deadline for written comments is March 15, after the events have taken place.Already, web site postings of the USPTO’s intentions to invite dialogue through the two events have produced hundreds of comments from software developers. The reactions indicate how heated the topic of software patents has been and will be in the realm of intellectual property. The comments mirror the opinions among those in the software business who have been saying for some time that patents for software are untenable; that they are innovation killers; and that they hurt small businesses that don’t have the deep pockets of software magnates. On the other side, software patent defenders think that patents help, not hinder, innovators by protecting them.The reactions can be summarized as pro, con, and middling. “As a full-time owner of a small software business… the best way to fix them is to ban them,” said one typical anti-patent response. “They are so counter-productive I wouldn’t know where to start.” Another recent respondent said he is sticking to his corporate job rather than doing a startup for fear that somebody is going to try to shake him down for copying what he did not copy.There does appear to be a middle ground between heatedly pro and heatedly con software players.”Nuking software patents is too broad a solution,” wrote one of the recent respondents to news of the forums, recommending instead that efforts to improve software patents be made by involving software engineers as patent examiners. (Phys.org)—Let the conversations begin. The United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) intends to stage two roundtable discussions with developers on the East and West coasts next month to talk about software patents. The notice appearing in the Federal Register, titled “Request for Comments and Notice of Roundtable Events for Partnership for Enhancement of Quality of Software-Related Patents,” invites software developers to express their opinions. The patent office meetings will take place in California and New York. The West Coast roundtable will be held at Stanford University on February 12 and the East Coast event will be held at New York University in New York City on February 27. More information: www.federalregister.gov/articl … nt-of-quality-of#h-4 Microsoft’s Patent Threats Evoke Retorts Explore further Citation: USPTO to stage two forums for software community (2013, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-uspto-stage-forums-software.html © 2013 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
The team of scientists from the Tokyo Institute of Technology (TokyoTech), have been developing their robotics system for some years. It consists of a master unit connected to a slave unit. The master unit is operated by the surgeon, who views the surgery on a stereoscopic 3D display and moves the robot’s arms by means of two finger- and hand-operated joysticks with multiple controls. The slave unit consists of pneumatically driven arms that carry out the delicate surgery.IBIS is unusual in being driven pneumatically, and they say this makes the robot arms more gentle when it touches the patient because the air pressure at the tip of the robot arm can be used to estimate the force being applied. Being pneumatically operated also means the system can be more lightweight and compact than similar electrically operated robots.One advantage of using robots to perform keyhole surgery is that they eliminate hand shake, which can be a problem in this type of minimally invasive surgery, where a steady hand is vital. The force feedback signals relayed to the operator are produced without the need for force sensors, simply by inference from the air pressure at the tip. The lack of force feedback has been a major challenge in the development of successful robot-assisted minimally-invasive surgery (RMIS). A group of robotics scientists in Japan have demonstrated their pneumatic robot, IBIS, which is designed for performing keyhole surgery. They say it may cost as little as one tenth the price of its main rival, Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci robot. © 2013 Phys.org Associate Professor Kotaro Todano of the Precision and Intelligence Laboratory at TokyoTech recently demonstrated IBIS, and showed that operators had fine control of the arms in manipulating a variety of small objects.The Intuitive Surgical da Vinci robot is priced at around two million US dollars, and the TokyoTech team think their robot will cost somewhere between one tenth and one third of its American rival, partly because it is more compact and pneumatic, but also because many off-the-shelf components are used in its construction. They expect the robot will be available for practical use in four or five years.Via Diginfo TV OB/GYNs told robot hysterectomy not best option Explore further Citation: Japan’s IBIS keyhole surgery robot demonstrated (w/ Video) (2013, July 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-07-japan-ibis-keyhole-surgery-robot.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Journal information: Science Advances Using one quantum dot to sense changes in another Citation: Researchers demonstrate teleportation using on-demand photons from quantum dots (2018, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-teleportation-on-demand-photons-quantum-dots.html More information: Marcus Reindl et al. All-photonic quantum teleportation using on-demand solid-state quantum emitters, Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau1255 Explore further On-demand photon source and quantum teleportation setup. (A) The radiative recombination of XX-X states provides two photons entangled in polarization if the energetic splitting of the X state, the fine structure splitting (FSS), is sufficiently low. The on-demand generation occurs via a resonant laser tuned to half the energy of the XX state. EB indicates the XX binding energy. (B) Population of the XX state as a function of the pulse area. The experimental data (circles) are modeled as an exponentially damped sine-squared function (purple curve) to determine the depicted preparation fidelity. (C) The autocorrelation measurements for the XX and X transition of a representative QD. (D) The experimental setup for quantum teleportation. A pulsed laser [titanium sapphire (TiSa)] is used to excite two times the QD, which then emits an early pair (PE) and a late pair (PL) of entangled photons separated by Δt in time. The XX and X photons are then spectrally separated by a filter (F). The early XE and late XL pass a HOM Mach-Zehnder consisting of two beam splitters (BSs), performing the Bell state measurement. Polarizers (POLs) and variable retarders (VRs) are used to define the XL input state and XXE detection state accordingly. The three-photon correlation measurement is then recorded as a function of arrival times τ with avalanche photodiodes (APDs). Credit: Science Advances (2018). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aau1255 © 2018 Science X Network Scientists and many others are very interested in developing truly quantum communications networks—it is believed that such networks will be safe from hacking or eavesdropping due to their very nature. But, as the researchers with this new effort point out, there are still some problems standing in the way. One of these is the difficulty in amplifying quantum signals. One way to get around this problem, they note, is to generate photons on-demand as part of a quantum repeater—this helps to effectively handle the high clock rates. In this new effort, they have done just that, using semiconductor quantum dots.Prior work surrounding the possibility of using semiconductor quantum dots has shown that it is a feasible way to demonstrate teleportation, but only under certain conditions, none of which allowed for on-demand applications. Because of that, they have not been considered a push-button technology. In this new effort, the researchers overcame this problem by creating quantum dots that were highly symmetrical using an etching method to create the hole pairs in which the quantum dots develop. The process they used was called a XX (biexciton)–X (exciton) cascade. They then employed a dual-pulsed excitation scheme to populate the desired XX state (after two pairs shed photons, they retained their entanglement). Doing so allowed for the production of on-demand single photons suitable for use in teleportation. The dual pulsed excitation scheme was critical to the process, the team notes, because it minimized re-excitation.The researchers tested their process first on subjective inputs and then on different quantum dots, proving that it could work across a broad range of applications. They followed that up by creating a framework that other researchers could use as a guide in replicating their efforts. But they also acknowledged that there is still more work to be done (mostly in raising the clock rates) before the process could be used in real-world applications. They expect it will be just a few more years. A team of researchers from Austria, Italy and Sweden has successfully demonstrated teleportation using on-demand photons from quantum dots. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, the group explains how they accomplished this feat and how it applies to future quantum communications networks. 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.
Enthralling 16 days, 71 productions and some magnificent plays, 16th Bharat Rang Mahotsav concluded on Sunday and left the Capital’s theatre enthusiasts craving for more drama. The final day concluded with a tamasha. Originally founded to showcase works of Indian theatre practitioners this year the festival catered 7 overseas plays from China, Poland, Germany, Sri Lanka, Japan and Israel.The concluding ceremony took place at Kamani Auditorium with foot tapping lavani with an engaging and interesting plot and story line, performed by Sambhaji Raje Jadhav’s Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Loknatya, Maharashtra’s traditional form of folk theatre, tamasha, was the curtain dropper of the biggest theatre festival this year.The plot goes as one day an argument breaks out between Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati about who and where the best women in the world are. Parvati believes that Lord Brahma’s Savitri, Lord Vishnu’s Lakshmi, and Parvati herself, are the most superior women in the world. Shiva, on the other hand is of the opinion that Maryada Purushottam Rama’s wife Sita, Sati Anusuyya and King Shriyald’s queen Shanguna, are the most supreme. Paravti remains unconvinced of her husband’s view and decides to put Queen Shanguna to the test and the story unfolds. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnother play that was performed by Nation School Of Drama’s Production titled, Clock Work Orange based on the novel by the same name. The novel is dealing with several concerns amongst which are the necessities of free will, the influence of the idea of original sin over environmental behaviourism, the oppression of socialism, the immaturity of youth culture, and so on. Added to this is an under layer of violence in each concern – the violence for identity as envisioned by the state or by the individual. In this performance of Clockwork Orange the performers try to explore the expectation of violence in the making of our own presence—by state or by the individual.The festival saw a gigantic response in every area be it the 3 phase of ticket sale which grossed lakh on the first day, house full boards on almost every show and repetition of plays on public demand. Various seminars and book launches also took place. Apart from the national and international performances that are staged during the Festival also included were exhibitions, installations, interactive sessions with directors and performers for the general public and professionals, a vibrant theatre café, open forums and meetings and a shorter festival in another city to which some of the productions travel.Unveiling a memoirOn Thursday, a book titled Me and My Plays was launched. Written by Mahesh Dattani, a playwright, stage director, screen writer and film maker whose work has shaped contemporary English theatre in India over the past twenty-five years, boldly explored themes like homosexuality, religious fanaticism, child sexual abuse and gender bias in this book.Included in this edition are Where Did I Leave My Purdah? which explores the life and travails of Nazia, a feisty actress now in her eighties, who is forced to confront her past demons when she attempts to stage a comeback, and The Big Fat City, a black comedy about the residents of an apartment complex in Mumbai who unwittingly become accomplices to a murder. Intense and hard hitting, both plays deal with the lies that simmer beneath the surface of our daily lives.Documenting journeysFor the past five years Sanjay Maharshi has been collaborating with the National School of Drama to produce a series of films on the practice and processes of theatre. These films were also released during the festival. The films have been produced keeping in mind not only their academic purpose but also to appeal to theatre students, scholars, and enthusiasts alike.Maharishi is a photographer, editor and producer of documentary films. His films on Habib Tanvir, The Doyen of Indian Theatre, have been widely screened in India and outside. Sanjay’s films have made him travel the length and breath of India.
American Centre, The Embassy of the United States of America, in collaboration with Cinedarbaar is celebrating Coen Brothers Film Festival. Scheduled from 11-13 December at American Centre, will be showcasing the finest works of director-producer duo Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, the most visionary and idiosyncratic filmmakers of the late 20th century.From their Oscar winning Fargo to critically acclaimed Barton Fink, the box office winners Raising Arizona and Inside Llewyn Davis to the classic The Big Lebowski are among the few movies that will be screened in the festival. The Coen brothers are known to be specific to particular regions and communities, Raising Arizona, a comedy cult classic; it paints a very particular picture of the inhabitants of the American South-West. The Big Lebowski (1998) gains much of its absurdist comedy from its depiction of the very absurd Los Angeles community. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The three day festival is an accolade to Ethan and Joel Coen for their remarkable contribution to cinema over the decade and their unique perspective of realms of various genres, adopting appropriate methods of realization to reflect these representational frameworks. The dialogue in their films is a prominent factor in the organization and maintenance of these generic constructions and in the fulfilment of specific stylistic strategies. The Coens have been drawn to two seemingly irresolvable modes of expression: ethnographic regionalism and artificial fabrication. It is between these two extremes that the remainder of their films can be mapped. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe interactive sessions after each screening will discuss about direction aesthetics and thematic of the movies. Working with his brother Ethan, screenwriter/director Joel Coen has specialty of combining thoughtful eccentricity, wry humor, arch irony, and often brutal violence, the films of the Coen brothers have become synonymous with a style of filmmaking that pays tribute to classic American movie genres — especially film noir — while sustaining a firmly postmodern feel. Beginning with Blood Simple, their brutal, stylish 1984 debut, the brothers have amassed a body of work that has established them as two of the most compelling figures in American and world cinemas.When: 11-13 DecemberWhere : American Centre
Kolkata: At a time when top CPI-M leaders are holding the party Congress in Hyderabad to determine the tactical line which the party will follow for the next three years, Bengal, once a red bastion, is showing a gloomy picture with 60,000 workers leaving the party in the past one and a half years.The organisational report presented at the party Congress shows that since the 2016 Assembly polls in Bengal till now, 60,000 workers have left the party. Of these party members, around 15,000 idle ones have been dropped by the leadership itself, while the remaining 45,000 members have not renewed their membership. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe huge fall in the number of members has also affected the financial health of the party badly.It may be mentioned that a few days ago, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had criticised the senior leaders of the party for their failure to stop the exodus of their cadres to BJP.Political experts said there are three reasons responsible for the present situation. The party was thrown out of power in 2011 by Mamata Banerjee. Instead of trying to repair the shortcomings that had led to their defeat, party leaders tried to convince the workers that Trinamool Congress would not be able to come back in the 2016 Assembly polls. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe unofficial alliance with Congress was not liked by the majority of the party workers. The party had bagged only 28 seats out 294 in the Bengal Assembly. The frustrated and dejected party workers had started leaving the party en masse in East and West Midnapore, East and West Burdwan, Bankura, Purulia, Hooghly and Howrah. Most of the local committee offices in these districts are still closed as there is none available to open them.Secondly, the party is losing significance in all India politics. Even in the Hyderabad party Congress, the main issue is whether the party will have alliance with Congress in future. The difference between Sitaram Yechury and Prakash Karat over the issue, which is being reported in the media, has also affected the morale of the workers. Lastly, the development carried out by Mamata Banerjee in rural areas has also given benefits to the families of CPI-M supporters. The cycles under Sabuj Sathi or scholarships under Kanyashree or Sikshashree have helped the student community in rural areas immensely. Initially, CPI-M leaders had tried to convince people that poor quality bicycles are being given to the students. But over the years they have been proven wrong. Political experts feel it is almost impossible for the party to turn the situation around in Bengal. They maintained that the same situation will follow in Tripura, another erstwhile stronghold of the party.
Kolkata: Three persons were killed after being struck by lightning in two separate incidents in the state while another one died after a tree branch fell on him during a thunderstorm on Thursday morning. Lightning struck two middle-aged man from Mollarpur area of Birbhum and the other from Murshidabad during a heavy thunder storm in the morning. In some districts, mud houses collapsed when heavy wind blew through the area. Another person from Murshidabad was killed when a tree branch fell on him. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsBirbhum police are yet to ascertain the identity of the victims. While in the other incident of lightning, Kalikinkar Ghosh (61), from Bharatpur in Murshidabad was announced dead in the hospital. In the third incident, Siddique Seikh (60), was killed after a tree branch fell on his head. A thunder storm lashed various South Bengal districts including Burdwan, Birbhum and Murshidabad on Thursday morning. Several trees fell on the road resulting in the disruption of traffic movement in the districts. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedStorm was also reported in Bankura and Nadia. The district administrations took prompt action to restore normalcy following the incident.There was heavy rainfall in the Asansol area for a couple of hours causing water logging. Many of the roads became inundated. Durgapur also witnessed a storm accompanied with moderate to heavy rainfall causing inconvenience to the commuters. It started raining in Durgapur at around 6 am. Both train and bus services were affected due to rain accompanied by storm. Some houses and crops were also damaged in the incident. The rain accompanied by storm, however, gave relief to the people in these districts as it brought down the temperature by a few notches. The sky remained overcast in North 24-Parganas, South 24-Parganas and also in the city in the morning hours. According to the weather office, a low pressure trough formed over the state bringing the rain in the districts. There is also a possibility of thunder shower in the South Bengal districts during the evening in the next few days, the Met department predicted. Due to heavy rain and storm, train services were disrupted on Krishnanagar – Berhampore – Lalgola section of Eastern Railway’s Sealdah Division since 7.46 am. One big tree fell between Rejinagar and Beldanga at around 7.55 am. The block was cleared at around 10.20 am by tower van. Normal trains services were restored at around 10.30 am. Four Sealdah – Lalgola passengers (2 Up & 2 Down) were delayed enroute for one-and-a-half hours, each on an average and 13113 Up Kolkata – Lalgola Hazarduari Express was detained enroute for one hour.
Five young and talented artists are part of ‘Peers 2016’, an annual residency programme hosted by Khoj International Artists’ Association. The artworks created during a month-long residency will be exhibited at Khoj Studios, from June 16 to June 20. The critic-in-residence for ‘Peers 2016’ is Satyajit Dave from Maharaja Sayajirao University, Baroda.Promona Sengupta, curator at Khoj said, “This year is the 13th edition of Peers. It is a unique residency model, closely curated for recent graduates starting their professional careers. We aim to provide infrastructure, inspiration and mentorship to emerging artists and art practicers.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Anuradha Upadhyay, an MFA in Fine Arts from Maharaja Sayajirao University, speaks about creating work that consistently references the socio-politics of the contemporary times and deeply engages with her own subjectivity as a woman and feminist politics within the society. Upadhyay is dealing with what she calls “the gaze”. She is painting mask-like faces on small sculptural objects that will be displayed as part of her other drawings and writings. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSmita Rajmane, an MFA from Shiv Nadar University, is equally articulate about dealing with issues of “being the outsider”. Incidents in Dadri (where she has now been living for two years) and JNU inspire the major themes of her work which are surveillance, the gaze, and voyeurism. “There are boundaries all around us, in family and in society,” she says. She has chosen to focus on the Khirkee mosque area and the used threads to measure boundaries of nearly 60 houses in and around the dilapidated site. Manojit Samanta admits being “confounded” by the place. His visual repertoire borrows heavily from his work as a cartoonist at an illustration firm in Kolkata. For ‘Peers 2016’, he exhibits a three-dimensional jigsaw like puzzle of cardboard cut-outs that depict the chaotic, unruly life of Khirkee Extension. Johnson Kshetrimayum from Manipur and completed his M.V.A from Maharaja Sayajirao University Vadodara in 2016. On racial discrimination, he talks about incidents of abuse and torment he faced as a student. “We were called everything from a chinky to chowmein and many times were slapped and beaten up.” Arijit Bhattacharyya deals with migration and contemporary urbanism. He has created a leatherite bag that transforms itself into a superhero rubber suit which can be worn during fires. “I noticed that while there is a lot of economic development in Khirkee and so much construction going on, but it’s also a huge safety hazard. Since I want my art to be functional, I have designed this suit which can be worn as protective gear.”When: June 16 – June 20Where: Khoj Studios, S-17, Khirkee Extension Timings: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm
Kolkata: Maheshtala police station has arrested a person for allegedly murdering his wife on Thursday. According to the complaint filed by the family members of the deceased, the woman was being tortured regularly for money.It was also alleged that the accused used to play chess everyday, instead of looking for a job to support his family, which the deceased protested against. Sources informed that one Suraia was married to Manojit Talukdar of Baruapara in Maheshtala for the last seven years. Due to some reasons, Talukdar lost his job a few months after his marriage. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSince then, regular altercation became a normal thing to their neighbours. Suraia used to allege that Talukdar was not doing anything to support the family. Instead, he used to put pressure on Suraia to bring money from her father and other relatives. Eight months ago, Suraia gave birth to a boy and the problem escalated since then. Talukdar allegedly demanded money from Suraia for his needs. When Suraia asked him to do some work to support their family, Talukdar allegedly used to beat her. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedUnable to tolerate her husband’s torture, Suraia went to her father a few months ago. But after a few days, her family members adviced both Suraia and Talukdar to lead a normal life, and sent her back to Baruapara. On Thursday, a member of the Talukdar family called Suraia’s father and told him that she had tried to commit suicide by hanging and had been admitted in a local nursing home. When Suraia’s family members reached Baruapara, they found her dead. Her family members alleged that Manojit had killed her and later hung the body to make it look like she had committed suicide. Later, on the basis of the complaint filed against Talukdar, police arrested him on charges of domestic violence and dowry death.
Many people are usually hesitant about taking a whole year’s break in between their studies to pursue what they are really passionate about. But Amani Dabriwala took a huge step that won’t just affect her life but the life of many other girls. A 12th standard dropout from the Cathedral and John Connon School in Mumbai, Amani has taken upon herself to raise the issue of menstrual awareness and hygiene in several government schools for the underprivileged in Mumbai. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I started by distributing sanitary napkins and giving a talk accompanied by a power point presentation to all the girls from classes 5-10. Initially, a lot of young girls came up to me and shared their worries, questions and experiences,” said Amani. The most rampant problem that is currently plaguing our country even in the urbanest setting is the disposal of used menstrual pads. To tackle this problem, Amani installed commercial sanitary napkin destroyers in the schools and gave demonstrations on how to operate the machines. “I raised the sum required to purchase the machines through crowdfunding,” explained Amani who plans to so abroad for higher studies. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe machine which is from GloLife Care Equipments Pvt Ltd (one of the best manufacturers) can destroy 100 sanitary napkins per day and up to 15 at a time, and converts them into eco-friendly smoke output in a field or open area near the schools. The 12th dropout also gave a talk to B.Ed students of one of the schools in Juhu on how to operate the machines and what it means to maintain good menstrual hygiene.”People United for Better Living in Calcutta (PUBLIC), an NGO, with whom I worked earlier on similar issues when I was living in Calcutta, was happy to provide me with minor logistical support and gave me a formal acknowledgement of their support. All in all, it was a transformative experience. I am continuing this initiative in the future with as many schools as possible and hope to take the concept to villages as well,” she said.
In a fashion show organised on April 19, women, who have faced, and are still facing social atrocities (including acid attack survivors), walked the ramp with other models in beautiful outfits by designer Sumona Parekh. The evening, titled ‘Ashmita’ at Kamal Mahal, ITC Maurya, was hosted by Sundeep Chadha, Smriti Gupta, Rita Srivastav and Ramesh Arora – founders Karmsakshi Sewa Sansthan and Swawlamban.Dignitaries like Meenakshi Lekhi – MP Lok Sabha and National Spokesperson BJP, Dr Shobha Vijender – Councillor, Neelam Rudy, Sitaar Player Ustaad Shujaat Khan, Tejram Phore – Councillor, Padam Shri Kathak Maestro Shovana Narayan and Shahnaz Husain were present on the occasion to honour these women. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSundeep and Smriti, Founders Karmsakshi Sewa Sansthan and Swawlamban, said, “There is an urge to do something meaningful for this cause as both the organizations have experienced the agony and plight of the acid attack victims in the course of doing their social service works.” According to Aashmeen Munjaal of Star Salon Academy, “Real beauty lies in the soul of a human and not on skin.” The event was choreographed by Liza Verma and the makeup partner for the event was Aashmeen Munjaal.
Neha Ankit Sarna, founder of Gennex India in association with Big Boy Toyz recently hosted an extravagant fashion show, ‘Gennex Fashion show 2018’ in a majestic blend of showcasing fashion and trends glamorously at Roseate House, Aerocity, New Delhi.Gennex was established back in 2017 by a Delhi based young woman, Neha Ankit Sarna, who is a graduate in Journalism from Wigan and Leigh College, Delhi.With the idea and motive to become a helping hand and support the designers so as to provide them with a platform to showcase their designs and talent to the audience, the company has been organizing events and shows in the city to make space for upcoming, lesser-known talents for a year now. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfServing the purpose and prime motive of the organization, many fashion-designers across the country assembled to showcase some of their unique collections for this fall at the rendezvous led by the creative head of the fashion show and host, Neha Ankit Sarna.Ace designers Ruchika Hurria, Payal Sethi, Ritambhara Paliya, Rajdeep Ranawat, and Purva Patel exhibited their beautiful outfits with the models on the ramp adding a taste of glamour in the fashion night along with the team of people like Nitin Arora, the photographer, Purva Petel’s model makeup artist Jhanvi Kaur, model and makeup artist Sewak Singh (guru), choreographer Ketan Bhatiya, stylist Shanya Arora and costume designer Sagri Rawal who extended their support in making the show a super hit.Apart from the designers and the Gennex team, the event was graced by the company of special guests of the evening, Former Pond’s Femina Miss India and Bollywood Actress Zoya Afroz accompanied by the celebrity models Krishna Somani, Sonam Chhabra, Jatin Ahuja, Ritika Ahuja, Puraskar Thadani, makeup artist Minakshi Dutt, designer Mukesh and Sammy Katyal.
Choosing the right outfit for your formal meetings is important as it contributes to boosting your confidence in the workplace. Stay aligned with latest fashion trends by opting for trending patterns and right colours for this season. Experts have listed must-have patterns for formal shirts for men this summer:4Contrast panel formal shirt: A crisp contrast panel formal shirt in a subtle palette of grey, blue or soft pink is one of the trending and versatile style when it comes to formal dressing. The minimal sharp line in contrasting colour on cuffs, placket, and collar gives an edgy yet sophisticated look. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4Pinstripe shirt: A classic combination of white and blue in pinstripes is one of the smartest options for formal meetings. This pattern is timeless and can give a confident look when teamed with black trousers and a pair of brogues.4Tiny dotted formal shirt: A dotted shirt in rich tones of navy blue, burgundy, maroon or bottle green is quite the trend among millennials. Tiny white dots render a dynamic yet robust styling essence making a distinctive style statement. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4Printed shirts: Eccentric and abstract printed shirts are the latest trends in men’s formal wear. Men feel comfortable wearing printed shirts to work and gone are the days when printed shirts were labelled as a party-wear. Dynamic prints like leaf and floral, abstract, polka dots, brick print patterns etc. add up to make a statement personality. Simply glide on a cotton or a satin printed shirt to work and make a style statement with elegance.4Striped shirts: Striped shirts are a common choice for men from every age group, youth or elders; any man would have striped shirts in his wardrobe. A striped shirt may not be as flexible as a plain shirt but it brings about a change from the everyday monotonous solid shirts. Interesting blend of colours like bottle green, multi-coloured, lavender, peach etc. are perfect this season to break the monotony. You can pair up a striped shirt with trousers or even denim for a casual day out. 4Solid coloured shirts: The risk-free and undying trend for formals shirts are solid coloured shirts. A classic white shirt is an essential outfit in your wardrobe paired with a detailed collar and cuff style that can make or break a personality/image.You can wear it with a suit or along with a pair of your favourite trousers. Subtle colours such as light pink, blush red, lush green, pastel black, sky blue etc. are a no-brainer when it comes to a formal setting. You can also team these shirts up with a contrast or striped tie or cuff-links to get the complete formal look. Solid shirts never go out of style and anyone and everyone can carry these well.
Rod Stewart, 73, is in need of a “good old fashioned clear out” and that means auctioning off some of his furniture and decor, many of which are said to be “very rock and roll.” “Stewart reportedly put Wood House, which sits on 24.8 acres just outside Epping in Essex, on the market last year for £7.5m, having moved down to the nearby grade II-listed Durrington House, which he bought in 2013 but spent years renovating,” reported The Guardian.Rod Stewart (right) and Ronnie Wood (left) of the band Faces, in concert 1975. Photo by Jim Summaria CC BY-SA 3.0Sworders’ Fine Art Auctioneers of Stansted Mountfitchet in Essex said that the more than 60 lots that will be auctioned in September 2018 include a teak lounge armchair with leopard print upholstery, a painted figure of a banjo player, a pair of gilt bronze-mounted side tables, a pair of late 19th century pier mirrors, and a set of four gilt bronze two-branch wall lights.The items could raise up to $50,000.John Black, one of the directors of Sworders, said, “It’s really good decorative house furniture, nice tables and wall lights.”Teak lounge armchair with leopard print upholstery. Photo courtesy: SwordersStewart has accumulated the furniture over many years. Black said: “We all have a good sort-out once in a while and that is the case with Sir Rod Stewart in this instance. He has accumulated many things over his lifetime and has decided now is the time to have a bit of a clear-out.”Stewart was knighted at Buckingham Palace in October 2016. He is in the top 20 most successful musical artists of all time, according to Billboard.Cold painted spelter figure of a banjo player. Photo courtesy: SwordersHe was born January 10, 1945, in North London, the youngest of five children. His focus when young was on soccer, but his father also bought him a guitar when he was 14. He was drawn to the music of Al Jolson, Little Richard, and Bill Haley & His Comets.Stewart dropped out of school at 15. He was interested in becoming a professional footballer (soccer). Later he said in an interview, “Well, a musician’s life is a lot easier and I can also get drunk and make music, and I can’t do that and play football… They’re the only things I can do actually: play football and sing.”Rod Stewart Live Hamburg 2013. Photo by Ian Dury CC BY-SA 3.0After performing as “Rod the Mod,” he got his break as the lead singer of the Jeff Beck Group, from 1968 to 1969. He released his first solo album, The Rod Stewart Album, in 1969, and joined the Small Faces (later the Faces) in 1969. During this time, the New York Times took note in a critical review of the “hoarse and insistent shouting of Rod Stewart.”Rod Stewart’s blues-influenced singing style has been widely praised as one of the greatest in rock.Abandoned Aerosmith tour vanIn the 1970s, his album Every Picture Tells a Story made him famous after “Maggie May” reached the charts. His other hits of the time include “(I Know) I’m Losing You,” “Reason to Believe,” “Every Picture Tells a Story,” and “You Wear It Well.”Gilt bronze-mounted side tables. Photo courtesy: SwordersIn 1975, Stewart began a romance with Britt Ekland, a Swedish actress who was a Bond Girl. He also decided to move to the United States because of a dispute over taxes with the British government. The next phase of his career produced “Tonight’s the Night (Gonna Be Alright)” and “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” Both topped the charts but both were also ridiculed.One rock website said of “Do Ya Think I’m Sexy?” that “Stewart’s third No. 1 single was routinely blasted by rock purists back in the day for being a disco sellout and cashing in on his image.” His decadent image was particularly scorned by punk rockers emerging on the scene.The auction is carried by Sworders’ Fine Art Auctioneers of Stansted Mountfitchet, Essex. Photo courtesy: SwordersStewart was far from finished, however. He put out many hit records over the years and launched many successful comebacks, with 15 Grammy nominations and 1 win.In one interview, when asked about his fashion regrets, Stewart said, “When people say, ‘Oh my God, what were you thinking of when you were wearing that?’ I go, ‘What were you wearing 40 years ago?’ But there’s one turnout that was really strange. … [I wore] yellow satin trousers, a blue tank top and a red fur boa tied around my waist, and little white shoes. That’s the only regret I’ve got. Otherwise I stand by all my collection of clothes.”Rod Stewart, Ekeberghallen, Oslo, Norway. Photo by Helge Øverås CC BY 2.5Stewart married three times. In an interview, he said, “Instead of getting married again, I’m going to find a woman I don’t like and just give her a house.”Read another story from us:Napoleon’s hat from the worst day of his life was auctioned and fetched a hefty sumHis 30th album, Blood Red Roses, will be released later this year.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com.
A Polish man who spent years hunting for the rumored “Nazi gold train” without success did make an important discovery in March 2019 that had nothing to do with the Third Reich: two dozen priceless Renaissance portraits. Piotr Koper had been hard at work renovating the walls of an old palace near from Walbrzych in southwest Poland. He found 24 wall portraits that were 500 years old hidden behind the plaster walls.“The construction entrepreneur and lover of local mysteries was carefully lowering the remains of a dome that once covered the palace ballroom when he noticed fragments of paintings under old plasterwork,” according to The First News (TFN).Alleged hiding place of the Gold Train in Wałbrzych. Photo by RafalSs CC BY-SA 4.0The dome is a Baroque wooden structure; the treasure appeared when Koper and his team of restorers pulled away more plaster.Koper told TFN: “When we pulled away the plaster, we saw a delicate strip of painting underneath. We pulled away some more and we discovered a whole line of well-preserved paintings. We managed to uncover the paintings without damaging them, which is a great success.” The restorers were initially focused on the tricky operation to lower the historic dome.One of unfinished tunnels of Project Riese in the Owl Mountains. Photo by Chmee2 CC BY-SA 3.0“The first well-preserved portrait made on the wall surprised everyone. It was an accidental discovery, we didn’t expect to find such a rarity,” says Koper.Only 24 wall portraits have been completely uncovered and identified. One side of the room has images of medieval rulers from the region of Silesia, and on the other side there are images of four Roman emperors.Krzysztof Wieczorek, the owner of the palace, told the Daily Mirror: “The title Holy Roman Emperor was also used by the medieval rulers of Bohemia and Silesia, hence the presence of the ancient Roman rulers. Each of these huge paintings was made about four metres (13 feet) above the ground.”Photo by historia-swidnica.pl“The oval shows the ruler and around the painting information about his main titles, such as emperor, king, ruler of Bohemia, Hungary, Croatia and emperor. In the lower part is information about the time of his reign and death, and at the top his official maxim at that time.” Because the paintings depict Ferdinand I, a Hapsburg and Holy Emperor from 1558 to 1564, it is possible to date the artwork to the 16th century.Related Video:Koper’s earlier obsession with the Nazi Gold Train made headlines from 2015 to 2018. He and his partner, amateur historian Andreas Richter, were convinced that they were on the trail of a legendary gold treasure train hidden by Nazi troops in a tunnel as the Germans fled the area between Wroclaw and Walbrzych in southwest Poland in the last months of World War II.Railway embankment at “Zone 65”, near the crossing of Uczniowska Street, Wałbrzych, where it was claimed the Gold Train was hidden. Photo by RafalSs CC BY-SA 4.0The buried train supposedly contained art, jewelry, the famous Amber Room stolen from a Russian palace, and even advanced Nazi weapons. Historians and excavation experts scoffed and said there was no basis for believing such a train was hidden underground. However, Koper and Richter sank tens of thousands of Euros into their dig.Photo by historia-swidnica.plLast February, Richter gave up, telling one interviewer, “I don’t want to do anything foolish anymore.” Koper, however, told the media he was prepared to push on alone. The wall paintings found in a Baroque dome were not part of his search for the train but a restoration project he undertook for the building’s owner.Photo by Getty ImagesThat owner said, “Our goal was only to save the Baroque dome, which is the only one in the world painted in the Renaissance style. Piotr’s discovery surpasses even this.”Read another story from us: On Display: Stunning Viking Bead Necklace Belonging to a Pagan SorceressHe continued, “There are many more things to discover. Underneath the line of portraits there is an area 150 square meters under which there are also paintings. We don’t know anything about them.”Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com
It’s no secret that Canadians love hockey, but a couple of canucks have found a way to take their love of the sport to the next level.A video posted online shows some creative Canadians who had the brilliant idea to combine the national sport with another favorite, skeet shooting.Instead of using a skeet trap, one of the guys shoots the skeets off a ramp with a hockey stick while his buddy takes out the pigeons with a rifle.This practice should come in handy for their pending American invasion. Nice work fellas.(H/T Terez Owens)
Bill Belichick isn’t opposed to thinking outside the NFL personnel box. In addition to continually mining the waiver wire for gems, he’s drafted a special teams player from Ohio State, and rolled the dice on Chad Johnson.Even though the NFL Draft just ended, The Hoodie is never done looking to improve the roster. His most recent talent find is about as off the NFL radar as it gets.Belichick has invited internet trick shot kicker Josh Gable to mini-camp for a tryout. Gable didn’t play in college and is currently kicking with the Nebraska Danger of the Indoor Professional League, which is an actual thing. Bill doesn’t care.If you watch the videos, Gable nails an 85-yard field goal and bombs a 75-yard punt with good hangtime. It’s not Dude Perfect stuff, this kid has a cannon. Obviously, it’s a longshot he makes the Pats, but give Belichick credit for not being scared to kick the tires.Now go shock the world, Josh Gable.Have a look: Advertisement
Advertisement A dominant NFL Scouting Combine has Penn State running back Saquon Barkley in the discussion to go #1 overall in the upcoming draft.His highlights from this season at Penn State are a long reel of explosive touchdown runs and superhuman hurdling, but we went a little deeper into the vault and grabbed some highlights from his 2014 season at Whitehall High School in Pennsylvania.It’s not hard to spot the future potential NFL superstar from the future teachers, lawyers and accountants. In addition to flashing his trademark hurdle, he also makes a couple of picks and lays the wood at safety.