Asus 1000HE Netbook Claims 95 Hour Battery Life

first_img Explore further ( — Asus has just introduced an Eee PC netbook that uses the Intel Atom N280, which has slightly better performance than the previous N270 chip. The N280 runs at 1.67GHz, up from the N270’s 1.6GHz, and the machine’s 1GB memory will be clocked at 667MHz rather than 533MHz. The longer battery life is contributed to the N280 chip that consumes a maximum of 2.5 watts, along with an LED backlit LCD screen. Asus’ Super Hybrid Engine allows people to control the CPU to lower performance to conserve power. In order to achieve 9.5 hours of battery life, the user would most likely have to lower CPU performance, dim the screen, and turn off the system’s Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and camera. Since this is not a realistic approach in using a netbook you can expect less than 9.5 hours of battery life. Aside from the Atom N280 processor other basic features include 802.11n WiFi that boost speed 6 times greater than the 802.11g, 10-inch screen with 1024 x 600 resolution, 3 USB ports, SDHC card slot, VGA port, 10/100Mb/s Ethernet, and 160GB hard drive. The ASUS Eee PC 1000HE is available immediately for pre-order through the official ASUS Eee PC Group on Facebook. The MSRP is $399.99 but Asus is applying a $25 instant discount to all the pre-orders. The pre-order page lists places where you can purchase the 1000HE like Amazon,, Newegg and a few others but none of the stores, except Amazon, actually list the computer yet. At the time of this writing you can also pre order it from Amazon for $374.00.© 2009 Citation: Asus 1000HE Netbook Claims 9.5 Hour Battery Life (2009, February 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. New superomniphobic glass soars high on butterfly wings using machine learning Asus 1000HE Netbooklast_img read more

Friction research casts doubt on fundamental physics law

first_imgThe experimental system. (A) A schematic view of the two loading systems used in these experiments. (B) A total internal reflection based method measures instantaneous changes in the real contact area, A(x,t), along the entire interface. For more details, please see the original publication: Science DOI:10.1126/science.1194777. Image credit: Science, AAAS. 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. A basic law of physics is that the force required to set an object moving equals the frictional force keeping the object stationary. The force from friction is determined by the coefficient of friction, the ratio of the sideways force to the force pushing down (the weight of the object). This relationship was first described by Leonardo da Vinci and further defined by Charles Coulomb and Guillaume Amontons centuries later.Now a team led by physicist Oded Ben-David, a PhD student from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem studying the dynamics of frictional slips in carefully controlled laboratory experiments has found they could apply as much as five times more sideways force to the object than predicted by the coefficient of friction before the object would move.The experiment’s set up, described by Ben-David’s supervisor Professor Jay Fineberg as the “stupidest system you could think about,” was to place two 200 mm Plexiglass blocks together and use tons of force to press them together, and then try to push the top block sideways until it began to move. They used sensitive strain gauges to measure all the stresses on the blocks and high-speed cameras and lasers to track the points at which the blocks actually touched each other.The results showed that the blocks, which were optically flat and appeared to be touching all along their surfaces, were actually only touching at a few hundred contact points, and at each of these points the sideways forces could be much larger than predicted by the coefficient of friction before the contacts broke and the block started to move. When the contact was ruptured waves similar to sound waves were propelled through the blocks, resembling a mini-earthquake.Professor Fineberg said the blocks represented tectonic plates sliding against each other. When the force is strong enough to pull them apart a series of shock waves result. The experiments were able to measure all the variables, which is impossible in a real situation.The shock waves are of three types: slow ruptures, moving well below the speed of sound, sub-Rayleigh waves traveling along the surface at the speed of sound, and supershear waves, traveling fast enough to cause a sonic boom. The type of wave produced depends on the stresses on the contact points, and the experiments showed that even small nuances could change the dynamics. The most common type of wave in earthquakes is the sub-Rayleigh type, and there is some speculation that an earthquake in Izmit, Turkey in 1999 was a supershear type.The results of the research, published in the journal Science may have implications for engineering and materials science, and could add to the scientific understanding of how earthquakes occur. Fineberg said it might also be possible in the future to trigger small earthquakes to prevent larger, more devastating quakes. Explore further ( — New research on frictional slipping has revealed that some of the basic assumptions of introductory physics do not hold at small scales. The findings may be useful in the study of earthquakes. © 2010 Frictional motion study could provide tool for earthquake prediction Citation: Friction research casts doubt on fundamental physics law (2010, October 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: The Dynamics of the Onset of Frictional Slip, Oded Ben-David, Gil Cohen, Jay Fineberg, Science 8 October 2010: Vol. 330. no. 6001, pp. 211 – 214. DOI:10.1126/science.1194777last_img read more

NASA set to debut online software catalog April 10

first_img( —Get ready for a stimulating software catalog. You may want to write NASA CAT. next to Thursday, April 10, on your calendar. That is the day that the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is to make available to the public, at no cost, more than 1,000 codes with its release of a new online software catalog. The catalog, a master list organized into 15 categories, is intended for industry, academia, other government agencies, and general public. The catalog covers technology topics ranging from project management systems, design tools, data handling, image processing, solutions for life support functions, aeronautics, structural analysis, and robotic and autonomous systems. NASA said the codes represent NASA’s best solutions to an array of complex mission requirements. More information: … -earth/#.Uz8h1_lP4hY “Software is an increasingly important element of the agency’s intellectual asset portfolio,” said Jim Adams, deputy chief technologist with NASA. “It makes up about one-third of its reported inventions each year.” With this month’s release of the software catalog, he said, the software becomes widely available to the public. (Each NASA code was evaluated, however, for access restrictions and designated for a specific type of release, ranging from codes open to all U.S. citizens to codes restricted to use by other federal agencies.)The catalog nonetheless fits into NASA’s ongoing efforts to transfer more NASA technologies to American industry and U.S. consumers As Wired’s Robert McMillan wrote on Friday, “This NASA software catalog will list more than 1,000 projects, and it will show you how to actually obtain the code you want. The idea to help hackers and entrepreneurs push these ideas in new directions—and help them dream up new ideas.”Adams said, “By making NASA resources more accessible and usable by the public, we are encouraging innovation and entrepreneurship. Our technology transfer program is an important part of bringing the benefit of space exploration back to Earth for the benefit of all people.”Daniel Lockney, technology transfer program executive with NASA’s Office of the Chief Technologist, underscored this down-to-earth mission side of NASA in 2012 in an article in Innovation in 2012. “NASA really is the gold standard for technology transfer,” he then said. “The money spent on research and development doesn’t just go up into space; it comes down to earth in the form of some very practical and tangible results.” Lockney said they know the investment in technology creates jobs, boosts the economy and provides benefits in addition to the mission focus. “Our technologies have done everything from make hospitals more efficient to making transportation safer and greener. The technology reaches into all aspects about our lives.”McMillan reported that “Within a few weeks of publishing the list, NASA says, it will also offer a searchable database of projects, and then, by next year, it will host the actual software code in its own online repository, a kind of GitHub for astronauts.” Explore further Nasa clears the runway for open source softwarecenter_img © 2014 Citation: NASA set to debut online software catalog April 10 (2014, April 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

Dreading Congestion Pricing You Might Feel Differently After the Fact

first_imgThis effect held regardless of whether or not the participants reported having learned something recently that had changed their opinion of Trump, suggesting these attitude shifts were the result of rationalization rather than a reaction to new information. Additionally, while one might expect those who evaluated Trump positively as president-elect to report more positive attitudes once he was in office, even those who reported viewing his presidency negatively reported at least slightly more positive views in the week after his inauguration. Overall, these findings suggest that while motorists in New York may not be taking to the streets in support of congestion pricing now, they’re likely to take at least a slightly more charitable view of the fee in the future — regardless of how it impacts their commute in practice. People don’t always rationalize their political realities, of course, and often report intensely disliking the status quo, Laurin notes, and the dividing line seems to be the “psychological realness” of a given situation. When people feel that society is stable and unchanging, and recognize that the status quo has inevitable consequences that they cannot physically escape and anticipate with 100% certainty, they develop an internal sense of a situation’s realness. This suggests that the individuals may have adjusted their memories of their previous smoking behavior so that the new law would feel less upsetting, Laurin writes. One alternative explanation remained, however: What if, rather than rationalizing an unsatisfactory reality, the participants had simply experienced the new policy more positively than anticipated? “The specific day an anticipated sociopolitical reality becomes current is an important psychological trigger,” Laurin writes. “It may be that as psychological realness increases, people feel less capable of problem-focused coping (changing the situation) and more capable of emotion-focused coping (adjusting their own response).” In a later survey of 248 Canadian smokers, the researcher also found that individuals who responded before the ban went into effect reported smoking in the targeted areas at the same frequency in both surveys. Those who responded post-ban, on the other hand, underreported the frequency at which they had previously reported smoking in the outlawed areas. In her initial exploratory study, Laurin found that San Franciscans who responded to a survey after the city’s ban on selling plastic water bottles reported viewing it as less of an inconvenience and less likely to infringe on peoples’ rights and freedoms than did participants who responded the day before the ban went into effect. “It is this sense of realness — the recognition that a state of affairs is an immediate part of their lives – that drives people to rationalize,” Laurin explains. “[People] are motivated to reconstrue in an exaggeratedly positive light any undesirable elements of the status quo, presumably to reassure themselves that the world they live in is right, good, and likely to satisfy their desires,” writes APS Fellow Kristin Laurin, a professor of psychology at the University of British Columbia in Canada. Reference In most American city centers, “rush hour” is anything but, with residents and commuters alike sitting bumper to bumper for what can feel like hours at a time, their vehicles spewing smog into the atmosphere while public transportation options go underused or underfunded, if they exist at all. All that could change in New York City, however, when congestion pricing goes into effect in 2021 — and research in Psychological Science suggests that while many drivers may oppose paying a fee to enter the city center now, their perceptions of the policy are likely to improve once it actually goes into effect. Differences in peoples’ existential and relational needs, as well as the specific issue at hand, may influence the degree to which individuals rationalize the status quo, she added. Support for abortion rights in the United States, for example, increased in the year after Roe v. Wade, while the Supreme Court’s decision to legalize same-sex marriage resulted in a less significantly shift in attitudes. Laurin, K. (2018). Inaugurating rationalization: Three field Studies find increased rationalization when anticipated realities become current. Psychological Science,29(4), 483-495. doi: 10.1177/0956797617738814 The next phase of Laurin’s experiment suggested than this was not the case. In a nationally representative survey of 621 Americans, participants reported their attitudes toward President Donald Trump in December, 2016, and again a week before and after his inauguration in January, 2017. In line with the previous findings, participants were nearly twice as likely to report more positive attitudes, and to perceive Trump’s presidency as being more real, after the inauguration than in the week and month beforehand.last_img read more

Going uber with Ebb and Flow

Flowing in with how water works Gaurav and Ritika’s collection aptly called Ebb and Flow was predominantly a sexy mix of bold cuts, granite greys and the fresh aqua. The designers played around with lines, sheers, satin and flowy georgettes to show how tides pattern nature – in ripples, turns and sharp lines. While grey and aqua dominated the collection, silver, dark blues and some pale peaches changed the mood. The collection also had some eye catching detailing with sharp lines breaking the cuts with drastic, eye-catching lines. Little foam bubbles on the shoes and the transparent goggles – thumbs up from us! read more

Stamp of approval

first_imgThe exhibition will include some of the early published stamps from top 50 collectors of the country. Some of the prominent stamps one could see at the show are the embossed 19th century issues of the Scinde Dawk, stamps featuring Queen Victoria – the first to be used across India, stamps of British India and princely states, issued until India’s independence in 1947.Apart from the show, there will be auctions, panel discussion by eminent philatelists, philatelic book signing and meeting of the oldest philatelic society in the world – Royal Philatelic Society of London. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The star attractions for the show are starters pack for kids to understand stamps, interesting postal history, stamp catalogues, and accessories to protect the collection, my’s-stamp (print your pictures on stamps).512 different items will go under the hammer during the auction, spanning the beginnings of Indian postage in early 19thcentury until the 1980s. The auction starts with Indian Handstruck Postage used in the early postal system before the advent of stamps dating as early as 1816.The auction has an impressive collection of original specimens, essays and proofs of the various designs of the stamps that were introduced including some experimental designs.Where: The Crystal, Laxmi Nagar When: 27 – 28 September Timing: 10.30 am – 7 pmlast_img read more

Debasish Kumar urges councillors to plant as many trees as possible in

first_imgKolkata: Stressing the importance of increasing the green cover in the city, Member Mayor-in-Council (Parks & Gardens) Debasish Kumar on Wednesday urged all the councillors to plant as many trees as possible in their respective wards.He assured them the civic body is ready to supply as many trees as the councillors’ demand.”You are requested to inform me seven days in advance, regarding the requirement of trees that you want to plant in parks or any other available space for the sake of beautification. Monsoon is the time for tree plantation as the rain assists in growth of the trees. We are ready to supply as many trees as per your requirement,” Kumar said responsding to a proposal from Leader of Left Front Ratna Roy Majumder at the monthly meeting of the KMC on observance of Forest Week in July. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsKumar said Kolkata figures among the list of 100 cities across the globe that is facing anenvironmental threat.”It is high time for us to realize the importance of green cover in the city. The city has been witnessing a constant conflict between environment and urbanisation. We are constantly thinking about overhauling of water supply, drainage system and complaining about a plethora of problems we face in our daily life. I admit, these are all utilitarian services. But, if we remain indifferent to the environment, then we are simply calling our own doom,” he maintained. He added that the KMC has been doing plantation under the instructions of botanists, who have been Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedrecruited in the civic body under the Trinamool Congress board.”We are concentrating on fruit bearing trees to attract birds. There was a time when a scientific method of plantation was overlooked and trees like Krishachura, Radhachura that are not deep rooted were planted.They are getting uprooted whenever there is a storm and there have been cases of deaths too owing to the fall of big trees. We are now planting trees that do not grow very big but have deep roots,” Kumar said.He pointed out that the Army has not given the nod to the civic body to plant trees in the Maidan area and urged councillors to identify spaces in their respective wards for plantation.last_img read more

IITKGP offers new awards and scholarships

first_imgKolkata: The IIT Kharagpur has instituted several new awards and scholarships for its undergraduate students for academics and research following donations by many alumni and corporates, an IIT KGP press statement said today. The number of new scholarships is nine, while that of the awards two, the statement said. The awards and scholarships are being given from this month. Dean, Alumni Affairs at IIT Kharagpur, Subrata Chattopadhyay said since the lower cut-off for economic background of students for existing scholarships and awards are at such a threshold that students falling in marginally higher category do not qualify for the benefits. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Considering the cost of living, these students too need some sort of financial support and therefore “we have increased the threshold of the current family income upto Rs 10 lakh and Rs 15 lakh per year for different scholarships to accommodate more students,” he was quoted as saying in the statement. The institute will also be funding research at undergraduate level from its endowment fund built out of alumni donations over the years, it said.last_img read more

Williamson Starc reach milestones in Perth Test

first_imgNew Zealand batsman Kane Williamson and Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc joined elite company as bat continued to dominate ball on the third day of the second Test against Australia at the WACA Ground on Sunday.In reply to Australia’s formidable 559 for nine declared on a placid wicket, the Kiwis were 510 for six at stumps, trailing by just 49 runs.Ross Taylor had emerged from a form slump and scored his second Test double century to be a career-best 235 not out, with Mark Craig on seven. Also Read – A league of his own!Williamson became one of the four youngest players to reach 12 Test centuries when he made 166, while Starc bowled what is believed to be the fastest recorded delivery in Test cricket.Williamson rarely looked troubled in posting his second century in as many matches, before mistiming a pull shot off Josh Hazlewood and was caught at mid-on by Mitchell Johnson to end a record 265-run stand with Taylor, a new benchmark for New Zealand in Tests against Australia. Also Read – Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coachHe faced 250 balls in 390 minutes and hit 24 boundaries. The 25-year-old made 140 and 59 in the first Test at the Gabba, which New Zealand lost by 208 runs, and continued that form in Perth.It was his 12th Test century and only three other players have scored as many centuries at the same age — the others being Sachin Tendulkar (16), Don Bradman (13) and Alastair Cook (12).Williamson has made centuries in five of his last seven Tests against Pakistan, Sri Lanka, England and Australia, and in that time he has scored 1,118 runs at 111.80. Taylor was a little less sure at the crease and flirted with disaster on a couple of occasions, but recovered to post his 13th Test hundred and looked increasingly comfortable during his innings. It was a welcome performance for the classy Taylor, who has been struggling with form for some time and had not scored a Test century since November last year.In a game where records have been tumbling with incredible regularity, Taylor posted a new benchmark for visiting players at the WACA and also became the first New Zealander to score a Test double century against Australia.Starc raised the home crowd from its run-fuelled stupor when he sent down a 160.4 kilometres per hour (99.7 miles per hour) thunderbolt to Taylor before tea.It was part of a fiery spell from the left armer and was the fourth-fastest delivery ever recorded, with Pakistan’s Shoaib Akhtar holding the record with 161.3 kph.Australian duo Brett Lee and Shaun Tait both once clocked at 161.1 kph, and seventies firebrand Jeff Thomson is the only other player recorded at over 160 kph. However, none of that group performed the feat in Test cricket.Fellow paceman Mitchell Johnson moved into fourth on the all-time list of Australian Test wicket-takers when he removed Doug Bracewell late in the day to claim his 311th scalp, passing Brett Lee.Australia did not help their own cause with some dropped catches, while there was embarrassment for local officials early in the day, with play halted for 17 minutes by a malfunctioning sightscreen.last_img read more

Let your wishes come true this Christmas and new year

first_imgIt’s Christmas paving way for a brand new year!! Gear up to be mesmerised with the sound of carols in the air and the sparkles of the festive hues. Chefs at The Imperial promise to make the season memorable for you at as the year end festivities begin. The lobby at The Imperial will welcome you with a spectacular and a huge Christmas ball filled with goodies. With gift boxes, bells, trinkets and many more enchanting pieces, the ball will be hung from the ceiling wrapped in sparkling lights, leaving one awestruck. The inventive installation art and the unique flower decor across the hotel are designed to create unique thematic experiences for one and all. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSpearheaded by Executive Sous Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula, the Christmas treat brings out the epicurean in you while offering a satiating experience. Plethora of packages with extensive menus has been put together by the master chefs for the visitors to experience the festive occasion in style. Christmas eve celebration at 1911 restaurant begins from December 24 to entice your taste buds with an exquisite Christmas eve dinner buffet from 6:30PM – 11:45PM . The exotic spread features Roast turkey, Brussel sprouts, Pork loin in a blanket, Bread stuffing, Giblet gravy, Cranberry sauce on the Western Roast station and a selection of international cuisine like Shepherd’s pie, Grilled chicken, celeriac, blue cheese crumble with hot and exquisite Asian spread namely Kung krapao – prawns tossed with Thai sweet basil, silken tofu, bell peppers, Chinese cabbage, hot garlic sauce along with seafood, Indian, Tandoori favorites and Italian specials, salads, desserts and cold cuts. The extensive feast will male you ask for more.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive1911 Restaurant will feature a lavish Christmas Brunch on December 25 with global cuisines like Basil pesto marinated chicken, couscous stuffed tomatoes, grilled artichokes, Ricotta and spinach spanakopita, spiced tomato chutney, smoked salmon and many more tempting offerings along with desserts like Spiced apple mousse, Traditional plum cake and Plum pudding with brandy anglaise put together with classic wines, present indulgent eateries to celebrate the occasion. The festive brunch would be open from 12 PM – 3:30PM where the little ones can also enjoy their favorite Mini Danish or Hakka noodles in the kids buffet. 1911 also offers a sumptuous New Year Eve dinner buffet with a selection of fine delicacies on December 31, the last night of the year 2016.last_img read more

Stepmotherly Centre deliberately depriving Bengal says Mamata

first_imgSagar Island ( South 24 Parganas): Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee hit out at the Centre for its step-motherly attitude and trying to deprive Bengal deliberately. She was addressing a gathering here on Friday afternoon.Banerjee conveyed her displeasure that despite the Bengal government’s assurance to the Centre on bearing 74 per cent of the cost of setting up a port at Tajpur, it ( the Centre) sat on their request to construct an iron bridge there for over three years. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe chief minister alleged that while the Centre pours in crores to the Ardh Kumbh Mela in Allahabad, it does not give a single paisa to organise Gangasagar Mela. “Lakhs of devotees come to Gangasagar from all over the country to take a holy dip on the day of Makar Sankranti, but the Centre contributes nothing. We do not need their money, but such a step-motherly attitude is unfortunate,” she said. Banerjee said the Centre was not releasing funds required to pay those who had worked under the 100- day programme. ” For the past three months the workers are not getting money, and the uncleared amount has reached Rs 2,500 crore. The Centre is not releasing the money, and so we cannot pay the workers. I have asked the administration to pay the workers from our coffers.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWithout naming the BJP, Banerjee said: ” There are some who want to divide our society by inciting one against the other. The Centre must look after the states and not set them on fire by indulging in divisive politics. We live peacefully in Bengal. We have the head priest of Kapil Muni Ashram, an Imam, monks of Ramakrishna Mission and Bharat Sevasram Sangha on the dais and this is the culture of Bengal where people of all religions and sects work together and stay together.” Banerjee said the bridge at Hatania- Doania was nearing completion and after that going to Bakkhali would be easy. Nine new jetties are expected to come up in Gangasagar, and Lot number 8 has been extensively renovated. She urged local people to cooperate with the administration so that the Gangasagar Mela goes off peacefully. ” Devotees from Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Gujarat, and all districts of Bengal come to visit the Mela. I will personally monitor to ensure that the pilgrims do not face any problem.” Banerjee urged the people’s representatives to ensure that deprived sections get rice at Rs 2 a kilogram and houses under Bangla Abas Yojna. ” Work for the people as we have to look after the poor and the needy,” she said.last_img read more

Digital Art Sensation reaches Delhi

first_imgCelebrated works of 11 masters of the 19th and the 20th century, including Vincent Van Gogh, Claude Monet, Paul Gauguin and Henri Rousseau, splashed across larger than life HD screens, came alive at a first of its kind multimedia art exposition in the Capital with a promise to transport viewers into a whirlpool of colour, sound and emotions.The grand spectacle, titled ‘The Drifting Canvas’, was thrown open to art connoisseurs, enthusiasts and mainstream audiences by Union Tourism and Culture Minister Mahesh Sharma, who inaugurated the exposition at Delhi’s Select Citywalk Mall recently. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBeginning with the anteroom, the exposition provides an electrifying and immersive experience to visitors keen on knowing the life stories of the artists featured in the exhibition and historical context of ‘The Drifting Canvas’, a joint initiative of Bengaluru-based art platform Esperienza and Russian art cluster Art Play. “The world’s best art has been presented through multimedia at a highly-recognised venue and nearly 40,000 people are expected to visit it,” Mahesh Sharma said. The exposition has come to Delhi after travelling to more than 12 countries. In addition, the exhibition, which continues till June 15, allows audiences to experience 3D art wearing special glasses.last_img read more

Mamata congratulates Indian cricket team for Test series win

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Monday congratulated the Indian cricket team for its maiden Test series win in Australia, calling the feat a historic achievement. “Congratulations. Today, the Indian cricket team wins its first ever Test series in Australia. This is a historic achievement. We are proud of you,” Banerjee said in her Twitter handle. India won the four-match series 2-1 after the Sydney Test ended in a draw on Monday. India achieved the feat after a wait of 71 years.last_img read more

Krishna Setty felicitated by the Russian Academy of Arts

first_imgRussian Academy of Arts bestowed a very prestigious honorary membership of the academy to Krishna Setty, administrator and head of Lalit Kala Akademi. The honour was given on the occasion of the 260th anniversary of The Russian Art Academy, in the presence of its members. So far, 84 persons have got this award worldwide. Personalities like Princess Chantal of France, Ban Ki-moon and Zubin Mehta have been awarded this honour. After recipients like Padma Vibhushan Satish Gujral, one of the pioneers of contemporary Indian art, artist and Fulbright scholar O P Sharma, Setty is the third artist from India to get this rare honour in 260 years of the history of the Academy. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHonorary members are elected among the outstanding figures of world culture and arts, as well as those, who by their active charitable activity and sponsorship, greatly contributed to the development of the Academy and Russian culture in general. The number of academicians and corresponding members is determined by the academy assembly.Setty shared, “Russia is India’s oldest friend and ally and with its strong cultural heritage, is a very significant centre for world culture. Everybody from Moscow greeted me as if I have won the Noble Prize! I have no words to express this unexpected joy. This is not only my honour, it’s the honour for our country and our culture. Yes, this is the time for celebration.”Setty was invited to give keynote address in ‘The International Forum on Culture’ in Moscow, on September 19. Also, he was asked to address the 260th general assembly of the Academy, on September 21.last_img read more

Mayor seeks cooperation of all agencies to tackle dengue

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim on Tuesday cautioned the Central and state government agencies that stern action would be taken against them if mosquito larvae are found in their establishments.He sought cooperation of all agencies to combat dengue. Hakim presided over a high-level meeting which was held at the headquarters of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Tuesday afternoon. “I seek everyone’s cooperation because with collective effort, dengue can be controlled,” he told the gathering. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAtin Ghosh, Deputy Mayor, Khalil Ahmed, municipal commissioner and Tapas Chowdhury, special municipal commissioner along with the senior officials of KMC’s health, building, solid waste management and programme management unit departments attended the meeting. Senior officials of the state Irrigation and Waterways department, Public Works department and Transport department, along with their counterparts in Eastern Railway, Metro Railway and Central Public Works department also attended the meeting. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be mentioned that a meeting was recently held in Nabanna where Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had instructed that drives should be conducted at Metro construction sites where the water kept for construction purposes might serve as potential mosquito breeding grounds. Hakim said that if mosquito larvae are found at the Central or state government establishments, KMC’s Health department would issue notice under section 496A of KMC Act. Under the section, a fine is imposed which is added to the property tax and the owner, while paying the property tax, has to pay the fine as well. The amount of fine can vary between Rs 1,000 and Rs 1 lakh. The civic authorities have identified 20 wards that are vulnerable to dengue. The councillors of the wards and the chairmen of 16 boroughs were present at the meeting. KMC has prepared a blueprint which is to be followed to carry out drives in these wards. KMC has decided to carry out anti-larvae drive throughout the year. On February 2, one hundred and forty five rallies had been brought out in all the wards. The Central rally was held at KMC headquarters. The first phase of the drive will be carried out From January to June. The second phase will be from July to October, while the follow-up drives will be conducted in November and December. It may be recalled that the KMC has successfully brought down the number of dengue affected people to one-third in 2018. The KMC drives are being led by Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh.last_img read more

The revival of Korean Pop

first_imgKorean Pop stepped in India way back in 2012, when Psy sensationalised peppy beats and vivacious dance moves through his global hit ‘Gangnam style’. Soon after Psy’s hit, the K-pop wave became dormant, only to come back with a bang in 2016. Thereafter, prominent K-pop groups like EXO and BTS gained popularity in the country, clearly indicating the revival of K-pop. In India, where Bollywood and English music dominate, the rise of K-pop and the emergence of its fan base is an intriguing journey. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBut what actually caused the sudden acceleration of K-pop? Students at the Korean Cultural Centre said: “K-pop is a complete package. You can witness dancing, singing, and visuals all in a power-packed performance and that’s what gives K-pop the popularity it has.” Many K-pop followers also believe the ‘style’ and ‘personality of the k-pop stars – like the boys of the BTS – is very appealing and people tend to follow them. Also, the lively beats compel them to tap their feet, making it their favourite option to enjoy. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBut for sure, it has some drawbacks. “One of the drawbacks K-pop has is the language barrier, which sometimes nullifies the feel and the aura of K-pop,” said the K-pop academy’s dance instructor Hyeongju Cho.” Indian students are quite familiar with K-pop style since they’ve watched many videos on internet and TV. They are very accustomed to the dance and try their best to cover it but the language is the only barrier,” he informed.Despite athe odds, the art is becoming popular and is no longer confined to a particular region. More than two lakh Indians are following K-pop and the number is increasing every day. Seeing the popularity, K-pop Contest India 2018 initiated by Korean Cultural Centre, India, buckles down to reach out to other Indian music enthusiasts.K-pop Delhi regional round, which aims to select the Indian representatives for K-pop event in the world was held on June 16. The event was graced by the ambassador of the Republic of Korea to India – H.E. SHIN Bongkil, Director of Korean Cultural Centre India. Among 1216 participant from India, 95 Delhi participants were able to make it to the regional round. Beside Delhi the regional rounds also happening in Mumbai, Chennai, Patna, Bengaluru, Odisha, Hyderabad, Mizoram and Manipur till June 30. The winners will participate in India Grand Finale round at Siri FortAuditorium on July 9 at 06:00 pm. The winners will have the final stage in Korea.India and Korea are linked in two ways, be it the historical blood relation with the ‘Kim’ dynasty or the alike choices and taste for music.Director (Korean Cultural Centre) Kim Kum-pyoung believes such competitions and initiatives are a great step towards strengthening the cultural exchange between the two countries. Also, the competition will implicitly flatter the South Korean President Moon Jae-in during his visit to India next month. But most importantly it is going to be a sheer delight for the K-pop lovers.last_img read more

IIFF Paving the way to global connectivity

first_imgIn view of the fast-growing footwear industry in India and the huge potential for export and employment that it holds, India International Footwear Fair 2018 has been organised at Pragati Maidan. The expo which started on August 2 will go on until August 4.”India would be a global hub for manufacturing to cater to the growing demand for Indian footwear globally. The government has geared up to plan a strategy for a meaningful interface with different States as well as trade bodies,” said Suresh Prabhu, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Government of India, while inaugurating the 4th edition of the fair. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Minister took a round of the fair and evinced his keen interest in a wide range of products including footwear, machinery, equipment, technology, accessories components and chemicals.Present on the occasion were L C Goyal, Chairman and Managing Director, ITPO, Deepak Kumar, Executive Director, ITPO, R K Gupta, Senior Vice -President, Confederation of Indian Footwear Industries (CIFI), Hema Maity, General Manager, ITPO, V Noushad, Vice-President, CIFI, delegates along with participants from India and abroad. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn his inaugural speech, the Minister complimented ITPO and CIFI for holding the 4th edition of IIFF. He reiterated that the Indian footwear industry has to look beyond the domestic market as our country can become global footwear manufacturing hub in near future. Realizing this potential, a special package of Rs 2600 crore was approved by the Government for employment generation in leather and footwear sectors last year. The package comprises of implementation of central scheme ‘Indian Footwear, Leather and Accessories Development Programme’. There is a need to pay attention to skill development, location, infrastructure and opening of new avenues to become a part of global supply chain. The Minister assured all possible support to footwear industry from the government in response to the request made by R K Gupta, Senior Vice-President, CIFI.Speaking on the occasion, L C Goyal, CMD, ITPO said that footwear industry is an MSME as well as labor intensive and there is a need to support footwear artisans and entrepreneurs so that the objective of ‘inclusive growth’ is achieved. Referring to the world-class International Exhibition-cum-Convention Centre (IECC) at Pragati Maidan, Goyal informed that the next edition of IIFF would be organized in three new halls which would be ready by February 2019.In his welcome speech, Deepak Kumar, ED, ITPO highlighted the salient features of the fair. He informed that as many as 205 leading Indian companies have participated from India and abroad, which include 63 foreign participants from China and Taiwan. “Vote of Thanks” was proposed by Hema Maity, General Manager, ITPO.The event has been organized by India Trade Promotion Organization (ITPO) in collaboration with the Confederation of Indian Footwear Industries (CIFI) and support of the Council for Leather Exports (CLE), Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI) and Indian Footwear Components of Manufacturers Association.last_img read more

Drive on mosquitoborne diseases at housing complexes

first_imgKolkata: The officials of New Town Kolkata Development Authority will visit housing complexes on the day of the annual general meetings to create awareness on mosquito-borne diseases.The decision was taken at a meeting held between the senior officials of New Town Kolkata Development Authority and representatives of various housing complexes. The awareness campaign is a part of the special drive against the mosquito-borne diseases before monsoon. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataEarlier, New Town Kolkata Development Authority had conducted awareness campaign in housing complexes but the number of residents present during the campaign was not impressive. It is hoped that as many residents attend the annual general meetings, they will stay back after the meeting to listen to the dos and don’ts to combat vector borne diseases. New Town Kolkata Development Authority conducts anti-mosquito drives throughout the year. The water bodies were cleaned and Gappi fishes were released to destroy mosquito larvae. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe canals in and around New Town are cleaned. Spraying of mosquito repellant in different areas id carried out by special teams headed by the senior officials of New Town Kolkata Development Authority. The NKDA has decided to take up the state Housing Board to carry out cleaning operation at Sankalpa an unfinished housing complex in New Town. As the housing complex has not been completed grass has come up all over and garbage has not been cleaned. There are pockets where the water patches have come up. Such patches serve as mosquito breeding ground. The NKDA has decided that if needed it will break open the door to carry out cleaning operation and destroy the mosquito breeding ground. It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has instructed the state Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim to ask all the civic bodies to take up anti-larvae drive seriously. Accordingly, Hakim had held meeting with the representatives of all the municipalities and corporation and discussed about the steps they have taken to control malaria and dengue.last_img read more

Over 100 crude bombs seized 9 arrested in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Police in West Bengal has seized more than 100 live crude bombs and arrested nine persons for keeping illegal arms, police said on Sunday. Police intensified vigil across Birbhum, a district with a long history of political violence, after two separate blasts took place in Mallarpur and Labhpur here within a span of 10 days. Though no one was killed or injured in the blasts as they took place in empty buildings, the incident brought back grim memories of the 2017 blast that had killed eight persons. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “We have seized over 100 live bombs from different areas in Birbhum. The bomb defusal squad personnel have successfully defused the bombs. Nine persons have been arrested and six illegal firearms have been seized from them during night-long raids across the district,” Birbhum Police Superintendent Shyam Singh told IANS. “We have arrested three persons in the Labhpur blast case. Further investigation is underway,” he said. When asked whether explosives and illegal arms are being brought in from outside Bengal, the officer refused to comment but said such incidents of blasts and violence “are not new in Birbhum”. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state A blast ripped through a club building near Mallarpur railway station in the wee hours of June 30, causing the roof and a wall of the building to partially collapse. Forensic team was called in to ascertain the nature of the blast. On July 4, another blast in Birbhum’s Labhpur rocked an abandoned section of a government primary health centre, close to a district police camp. The blast took place around 3 a.m. and caused the debris to flung over 20 meters away, damaging the roofs of two nearby buildings.last_img read more

Paul McCartney back at the Abbey Road crossing

first_imgThe Beatles released Abbey Road 49 years ago, and to commemorate that transcendent album, Paul McCartney re-created the band’s cover photo of a walk across the road, to the delight of applauding fans. McCartney, 76, posted a video of his stroll across the road his band made famous on his Instagram account.The photo for the original album was taken on August 8, 1969 outside of EMI Studios on Abbey Road. It featured McCartney and John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr crossing the now-famous road.Paul McCartney. Photo by Oli Gill CC BY-SA 2.0His daughters Mary and Stella were with him to witness the road crossing. Mary McCartney also shared a video with the caption: “Why did the Beatle cross the Abbey Road” showing that McCartney waited for a van to pass before using the crosswalk.McCartney was on hand to play songs from his forthcoming 17th studio album, Egypt Station.Abbey Road zebra crossing made famous by the 1969 Beatles album, in London, England.According to Time magazine, “McCartney’s other daughter, fashion designer Stella McCartney, got in on the fun, too. She posted a video with her father and actress Liv Tyler goofing around inside the famed studio, using Tyler’s name to re-create McCartney’s James Bond theme ‘Live and Let Die’ which was performed by his other former band, Wings.”McCartney has been very visible this summer. The former Beatle recently stopped by Penny Lane in his hometown of Liverpool with James Corden for The Late Late Show‘s Carpool Karaoke.McCartney, Harrison, Swedish pop singer Lill-Babs and Lennon on the set of the Swedish television show Drop-In, October 30, 1963.McCartney wore a white shirt, burgundy pants, and sandals for the walk in July 2018. For the 1969 photo, McCartney was the only band member to be barefoot.On Instagram, McCartney took questions, and a big one was why barefoot that day. He answered: “It was a very hot day and I happened to be wearing sandals like I am today so I just kicked them off because it was so hot we went across barefoot. There was no special meaning.”Close-up of a fan-decorated wall in Abbey Road, London.Paul’s bare feet, and other “clues,” fed the raging rumor that McCartney was dead in 1969. Those who believed he’d died in a car accident and it was being covered up said that in the photo the signs are there. After all, they said, the dead are often buried barefoot.Most bizarrely, according to Biography, “In the background we see a Volkswagen Beetle with the plate “LMW 28IF” Conspiracists claim this to mean that Paul would be 28 if he were alive. (Never mind the fact that he would actually have been 27 if the rumor were true.)”Paul McCartney leaves Abbey Road Studios after secret concertIn late 1969, the band released a statement denying that Paul McCartney was dead and replaced by a look-alike, calling it “a load of old rubbish.”What fans may not have realized when they saw the album cover was that Abbey Road would be the band’s penultimate studio album. The group broke up a year later.Abbey Road Studios (formerly known as EMI Studios) is a recording studio located at 3 Abbey Road, St John’s Wood, City of Westminster, London, England.The album is loved and admired by many. Rolling Stone said, “’Something’ may well be George Harrison’s single greatest song, while Lennon’s ‘Come Together’ and McCartney’s ‘Oh! Darling’ are near-perfect compositions. Ringo even delivered a winner with ‘Octopus’s Garden,’ one of the few Beatles songs he wrote by himself. The best part of the LP, however, is side two – a 16-minute suite of songs that seamlessly flow together. Who knows what would have happened had they stuck together for a few more albums.”The zebra crossing, with EMI Studios in the background, in 1969. Photo by Dr. Ronald Kunze CC BY-SA 3.0McCartney said in an interview with the BBC two years ago that the break up of the band pitched him into depression.Read another story from us: David Bowie’s first recording found in a breadbasketHe gave the reason for the band breaking up, saying, “The business thing split us apart,” referring to a new manager.After the Beatles were no more, McCartney added, he wasn’t sure “whether I was still going to continue in music.”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 read more