Explore further Image credit: NHK / AGU A sprightly explanation for UFO sightings? PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Play Video credit: NHK / AGU Scientists still don’t know much about them, though theories regarding their origin abound. One that seems plausible is that when lightening with a positive charge occurs, surrounding clouds are drained of a positive charge, leaving them with a net negative charge, which could lead to an electrical field building up between the clouds and the upper atmosphere; when it reaches a certain point, sprites and elves appear. What’s also unclear is whether sprites and elves have any impact on weather, or if they just exist for moment, then disappear; ghostly bright apparitions one moment, gone the next without a trace. In the language of those studying the phenomenon, sprites are the part of the lightening that resemble jellyfish and travel downwards after starting out as a ball shape. Elves are the halos that create the eerie effects. Both are reddish in color and last for something like 10 milliseconds.The video was captured by a research team funded by the Japanese Broadcasting Corporation. Two jets flying over parts of the south-west United States this past summer, with cameras aboard, were used for filming to create the 3D effect and the results were presented at the American Geophysical Union Conference last week. In some respects, the images produced by the research team look like fireworks, creating jellyfish type patterns far above the thunderstorms below that are thought to spawn them. In others, they appear almost liquid in their fluidity. And even though they are way up there, some fifty miles from the ground, they can still be seen, as they are frequently brighter than Venus in the night sky, though doubtless most who have seen them, didn’t know they did, as they would have existed among regular storm cloud activity. Sort of like sprites and elves of lore. (PhysOrg.com) — Sometimes in science, it’s easy to get caught up in the practical, to focus so heavily on the why’s and how’s of things, that it’s easy to miss the simple beauty that nature offers. That might be the case with a little known type of lightening that occurs between the part of the atmosphere where weather events are seen quite easily, and the far reaches near the beginning of space. Called sprites, these other kinds of lightening strikes are of far shorter duration than we’re accustomed to; it wasn’t until just the past thirty years or so that anyone even knew they existed. So odd were they, that pilots flying at high altitudes who saw them feared for their jobs if they spoke of them. Now however a research team has captured some instances of them using high speed cameras mounted on two jets to create 3D images. Citation: Upper atmospheric lightening sprites caught in 3D video (2011, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-upper-atmospheric-sprites-caught-3d.html © 2011 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.
(Phys.org)—Astronomers have detected a new “hot Jupiter” exoplanet orbiting a nearby T Tauri star known as TAP 26. The newly detected alien world, designated TAP 26 b, is about 66 percent more massive than Jupiter and is orbiting its parent star approximately every 10 days. The findings were presented in a paper published Jan. 6 on arXiv.org. Astronomers discover a dense ‘hot Jupiter’ exoplanet orbiting a sun-like star Located some 480 light years away, TAP 26 belongs to the T Tauri class of variable pre-main-sequence stars. With a mass similar to that of the sun, TAP 26 has a radius of 1.17 solar radii and is about 17 million years old. Such young forming T Tauri stars could provide important information about the formation and early evolution of planetary systems. Therefore, detecting “hot Jupiters” around these objects and determining their orbital properties could help astronomers to understand how they form and migrate, offering crucial insights on physical processes responsible for generating such planets.With this aim in mind, a team of astronomers led by Louise Yu of the Toulouse University in France, has observed TAP 26 between November 2015 and January 2016 using the the 3.6-meter Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope (CFHT) in Hawaii. The observational campaign, which utilized CFHT’s Echelle SpectroPolarimetric Device for the Observation of Stars (ESPaDOnS), was carried out under the Magnetic Topologies of Young Stars and the Survival of close-in massive Exoplanets (MaTYSSE) program.By implementing three different methods, the researchers managed to detect a planet radial velocity signal in TAP 26’s spectrum. The discovery is based on the analysis of 29 unpolarised and circularly polarised spectra collected over a timespan of 72 days.”We report the detection of a hot Jupiter around TAP 26 using three different methods, two using Zeeman-Doppler Imaging (ZDI) and one Gaussian-Process Regression (GPR), with a false-alarm probability smaller than 6 10−4,” the paper reads.According to the research, the newly detected planet has a mass of 1.66 Jupiter masses and is circling its parent star at a distance of nearly 0.1 AU. With its short orbital period, huge mass and proximity to its host star, TAP 26 b was classified as a “hot Jupiter.” The so-called “hot Jupiters” are gas giant planets, similar in characteristics to the solar system’s biggest planet, with orbital periods not longer than 10 days. They have high surface temperatures, as they orbit their parent stars very closely.More detailed characteristics of TAP 26 b are expected to be determined by further observations, in particular including more regular temporal sampling.Besides deriving fundamental parameters of the newly detected planet, the researchers also revealed some important insights on the nature of the host star. According to the paper, the team created surface brightness and magnetic maps of TAP 26, revealing the presence of cool spots and warm plages totaling up to 12 percent of the stellar surface. They found that the star’s photospheric temperature is about 4,620 K and its maximum V magnitude is equal to 12.16. Moreover, based on the observational data, the scientists assume that TAP 26 dissipated its accretion disc very early and its magnetic field started to evolve into a complex topology. 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. © 2017 Phys.org More information: A hot Jupiter around the very active weak-line T Tauri star TAP 26, arXiv:1701.01512 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1701.01512AbstractWe report the results of an extended spectropolarimetric and photometric monitoring of the weak-line T Tauri star TAP 26, carried out within the MaTYSSE programme with the ESPaDOnS spectropolarimeter at the 3.6 m Canada-France-Hawaii Telescope. Applying Zeeman-Doppler Imaging to our observations, concentrating in 2015 November and 2016 January and spanning 72 d in total, 16 d in 2015 November and 13 d in 2016 January, we reconstruct surface brightness and magnetic field maps for both epochs and demonstrate that both distributions exhibit temporal evolution not explained by differential rotation alone. We report the detection of a hot Jupiter (hJ) around TAP 26 using three different methods, two using Zeeman-Doppler Imaging (ZDI) and one Gaussian-Process Regression (GPR), with a false-alarm probability smaller than 6.10^-4. However, as a result of the aliasing related to the observing window, the orbital period cannot be uniquely determined; the orbital period with highest likelihood is 10.79 +/- 0.14 d followed by 8.99 +/- 0.09 d. Assuming the most likely period, and that the planet orbits in the stellar equatorial plane, we obtain that the planet has a minimum mass M.sin(i) of 1.66 +/- 0.31 M_Jup and orbits at 0.0968 +/- 0.0032 au from its host star. This new detection suggests that disc type II migration is efficient at generating newborn hJs, and that hJs may be more frequent around young T Tauri stars than around mature stars (or that the MaTYSSE sample is biased towards hJ-hosting stars). Artist’s impression of a “hot Jupiter”. Credit: Ricardo Cardoso Reis (CAUP) Citation: ‘Hot Jupiter’ detected around nearby variable star (2017, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-01-hot-jupiter-nearby-variable-star.html Explore further
Rising CO2 due to climate change may not improve agriculture, model shows Explore further Citation: Atmospheric carbon dioxide causing global greening making some areas warmer and some colder (2017, May 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-atmospheric-carbon-dioxide-global-greening.html Credit: Wikipedia. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. More information: Giovanni Forzieri et al. Satellites reveal contrasting responses of regional climate to the widespread greening of Earth, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aal1727AbstractChanges in vegetation cover associated to the observed greening may affect several biophysical processes, whose net effects on climate are unclear. Here, we analyze remotely sensed dynamics in leaf area index (LAI) and energy fluxes to explore the associated variation in local climate. We show that the increasing trend in LAI contributed to the warming of boreal zones through a reduction of surface albedo, and to an evaporation-driven cooling in arid regions. The interplay between LAI and surface biophysics is amplified up to five times under extreme warm-dry and cold-wet years. Altogether, these signals reveal that the recent dynamics in global vegetation have had relevant biophysical impacts on the local climates and should be considered in the design of local mitigation and adaptation plans. In addition to causing the atmosphere to heat up in general, the increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide is also causing many parts of the planet that were already green to become greener, the researchers report. That greening, they suggest, causes some regional areas to become slightly warmer and others cooler. But it is not just atmospheric carbon that is contributing to the greening. Nitrogen used in fertilizers makes its way into natural ecosystems, causing changes. The land is also changed by human activities.In an area that is generally warm, an increase in leaf cover can lead to localized cooling due to plant transpiration (water evaporating) which condenses in the air, the researchers report. In cooler places, the impact can be the opposite—in boreal regions (tree covered) and colder places, local temperatures can rise slightly due to less sunlight being reflected back from the surface.To come to these conclusions, the researchers studied satellite data for the period 1982 to 2011, which allowed them to assign a leaf area index (LAI) to various parts of the Earth’s surface. In mapping the entire planet, the group found that for approximately 60 percent of all plant areas, an increase in greening has mitigated global warming by approximately 14 percent. For colder areas, greening has led to a rise in air temperatures of approximately 10 percent. They also found that the impact could be more dramatic during extreme weather conditions—by up to five times, for example, during warm and dry periods or cold and wet periods.The researchers suggest their findings indicate that changes to vegetation clearly have an impact on local climate, and thus should be taken into consideration as mitigation and adaptation strategies are developed to deal with a warming planet. © 2017 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A small team of researchers with the Directorate for Sustainable Resources in Italy and Ghent University in Belgium has found evidence that shows some parts of the planet are becoming cooler and others warmer due to an increase in localized greening. As the team notes in their paper published in the journal Science, much of the increase in greening is due to an increase of atmospheric carbon dioxide. Journal information: Science
© 2018 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Earlier this summer, the International Commission on Stratigraphy announced that a new geological time category had been approved. The Meghalayan Age covers the time span from 2200 BCE up till the present. Prior to this summer, it had been generally referred to as the late Holocene period. The group chose the starting point of the age as approximately 4200 years ago because prior evidence has shown that was the beginning of a mega-drought. Middleton does not dispute this claim, but focuses on other statements made by members of the group that proposed the change. In their presentation, they noted that the mega-drought resulted in the collapse of a number of civilizations—in Greece, Mesopotamia, Syria, Egypt, Palestine, the Yangtze River Valley and the Indus Valley. This last one was particularly significant because the new age was named for a state in what is now India—Meghalaya. Middleton claims that there is no real evidence of mass civilizations collapsing. He suggests that at most, there was restructuring of several societies due to the drought. He further suggests that because of this inaccuracy, it is inappropriate to use the date chosen as a meaningful threshold for a new geologic age. He adds that he believes that such errors crop up due to a lack of communication between archaeologists and historians—a problem that could be solved with more interdisciplinary collaborations.Such statements have angered some of the people who proposed the labeling of the new age, according to Robinson Meyer, in a column for The Atlantic. He claims a squabble has arisen due to the piece Middleton published. He writes that some of the Meghalayan group have even gone so far as to question Middleton’s credentials, calling him a “failed archeology Ph.D.” Others have suggested that the claims by Middleton were poorly researched and are misleading. Citation: Historian angers group who proposed labeling late Holocene as Meghalayan Age (2018, September 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-historian-angers-group-late-holocene.html Credit: CC0 Public Domain Guy Middleton, a historian at the Czech Institute of Egyptology at Charles University in Prague, has angered members of the group who successfully pushed for the creation of a new unit of geological time called the Meghalayan Age. In his Perspective piece published in the journal Science, he claims that evidence of widespread collapse of civilizations following the onset of a mega-drought in 2200 BCE, is lacking. Journal information: Science Explore further More information: Guy D. Middleton. Bang or whimper?, Science (2018). DOI: 10.1126/science.aau8834 Anthropocene vs Meghalayan—why geologists are fighting over whether humans are a force of nature
Do people show the same pattern of responses in relation to real-world events? To find out, O’Brien and coauthors assessed people’s feelings of envy for a peer’s Valentine’s Day date every day during the month of February 2017. In line with the first study, envy grew as February 14 approached, but dropped on February 15 and stayed relatively low the rest of the month. The researchers replicated these patterns in February 2018 with a new group of participants, tracking envy over the course of three key dates: Envy rose from February 13 to February 14 but then dropped on February 15. “There is something of a paradox in our reactions to people whoget to have what we want: It stings less if they already have it,” O’Brien andcolleagues conclude. Previous research has shown that we generally tend to haveheightened emotions about future events than past ones — a party seems moreexciting and an exam feels more stressful if they’re happening tomorrow than ifthey happened yesterday. All data and materials have been made publicly available via the Open Science Framework. This article has received the badges for Open Data, Open Materials, and Preregistration. O’Brien and coauthors Alexander Kristal and Eugene Caruso wantedto know whether the same phenomenon would apply to envy. Envy is an interestingemotion because it can motivate negative outcomes, such as self-dislike, and alsopositive outcomes, such as feeling inspired. Would timing make a difference inhow people experience envy? Interestingly, benign and malicious envy seem to have differenttemporal dynamics. Participants who imagined how they would feel in the daysand weeks after an enviable event reported less malicious envy — including lessfrustration, dislike, and ill will — than did those who imagined their feelingsin the days and weeks leading up to the event. But participants imaginedfeeling similar, or even greater, levels of benign envy — including inspiration,motivation, and liking — when they thought about the event as having passed. “Enviable events lose some power over us once those events are inour past,” says psychological scientist Ed O’Brien of the University of ChicagoBooth School of Business. “This occurs even when people are left to their owndevices — in our studies, we didn’t instruct participants to engage in anyparticular distraction task or coping strategy, yet they still felt better aslong as some time passed.” “More than 500 million people interact daily on social media suchas Facebook, where they disproportionately encounter other people’s bestmoments, promoting a fear of missing out and undermining viewers’ well-being,”the researchers write. We are more envious of someone else’s covetable experience before it happens than after it has passed, according to research published in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. The results showed that timing, even when thinking abouthypothetical scenarios, mattered. Participants rated the experiences, whichwere otherwise identical, as less enviable after they happened than before theyhappened. It’s possible that knowing this could help us regulate our ownemotions. Findings from a final study showed that imagining looking back on anenvy-inducing event had the strongest effects on people’s well-being, lowering theirfeelings of envy and stress and increasing their positive mood. In the first study, 620 participants — including university students,adults from the local area, and online participants — imagined a close friend gettingto have experiences that the participants desired themselves, such as taking adream vacation, being promoted to a dream job, and buying a dream car. Someimagined how they would feel about the various scenarios in the days and weeksbefore they happened; others imagined how they would feel in the days and weeksafter the events occurred. This is important given that our increasing use of social mediafacilitates social comparison, even with people we will never meet. The researchers hope to extend this research to real-worldcontexts, including social media, and to further explore the differencesbetween benign and malicious envy. Ultimately, the findings reveal that thegreen-eyed monster may diminish with hindsight. “There may be subtle power in the timing of information sharing,”they add. “A status update of ‘All packed for Maui!’ may have more influencethan ‘Back home from Maui!’” “Previous research uniformly suggests that events in the futurewill prompt more extreme reactions because it’s more relevant to pay attentionto things that might still happen to us,” O’Brien says. “But these findingssuggest that the passing of time may be particularly linked with reducing theintensity of negative experiences, rather than reducing the intensity of allexperiences.”
Love Korean films? Here’s something you should not miss! The Korean Cultural Centre, India in association with Cinedarbaar is organising Korean Cine Experience 2013 at the Korean Cultural Centre.The festival is a treat for cinephiles which will bring the best of the Korean cinema, from auteur driven cinema to popular gangster movies genre to romantic drama to documentaries. The opening film of the festival is Barking Dogs Never Bite by Joon-Ho Bong, starring: Doona Bae, Sung-jae Lee, Hie-bong Byeon. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Korean Cine Experience 2013 also marks the culmination of Indo-Korean 40th Diplomatic Year celebrations.For the past decade, the Korean film industry has enjoyed a renaissance and gained immense popularity in the pop culture. With innovative storytelling and visceral effects, Korean films not only have been commercially viable in the domestic and regional markets but also have appealed to cinephiles everywhere in the international festival circuit. This event is the rarest of the opportunity for the Indian audience to enjoy the Korean movies under a single roof. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKorean Gangster movies have gained immense popularity and many Korean films have been adapted in Hollywood productions. This festival will explore this genre through three films naming Breathless by IK-Joon Yang, Rough Cut by Hun Jang and Show Must Go On by Jae-Rim Han.The three-day long festival will showcase seven films to celebrate Korean Cinema. All films will be followed by an interactive sessions to explore the themes and styles of different auteurs and quizzes and exciting prizes will be given away. A session called Indian remakes of Korean films is a session about Indian films ‘inspired by’ or ‘based on’ Korean films, the legalities of this practice and how they are adapted for Indian audiences. Focus will be on films like: Zinda – Remake of Old Boy, Ugly aur Pagli – Remake of My Sassy Girl, Awarapan – Remake of A Bittersweet Life. The entry to the festival is free and is on first come first serve basis. There is also Hello Hangul, a Korean Calligraphy Exhibition by calligraphy artist Hyung Byung Chan at the Korean Cultural Centre.Korean calligraphy is a unique cultural heritage which has taken several leaps over the period of time. Hangul is often evaluated as the most scientific language which is easy to learn.This exhibition is organised by the ‘Sejong Korean Calligraphers Association’, an association of calligraphy masters who have devoted their life to Korean calligraphy. The exhibition presents various facets of Korean Calligraphy evolved in present day Korea from ancient calligraphic styles, which is an amalgamation of both traditional and contemporary forms. The contents are mainly quotes or poems of renowned people of the past which also includes those written by the great Indian poet Rabindranath Tagore.When: Movie screenings: 6 Dec (6:30pm), 7 and 8 Dec (12:30 pm); Exhibition: On till 30 DecemberWhere: Korean Cultural Centre, Lajpat Nagar
The festival aims to celebrate womanhood in all its facets and bring city’s strong and independent women together at one platform. 23-year-old young entrepreneur Akshuna Bakshi organised the first edition of the festival in Feb 2013.The festival will also highlight the cause of girl child education, welfare, women safety, and various other causes by organizing entertaining but thoughtful activities. Exciting self defence workshops- An exclusive self-defence workshop teaching the basics of martial arts and key moves to protect one if attacked on the road, bus etc. will be a major highlight of the event. Colourful dance and music performances on women, eclectic art and poetry installations, a special ‘SHE Says’ corner, funky photo booths and makeover tents will be some of the many attractions. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival will host over 70 women entrepreneurs and designers (pass outs from prestigious design institutes like NID, NIFT, Pearl) who will showcase unique collections of apparel, jewellery, accessories, handicrafts, vintage and kitsch products, décor etc. that will be up for sale.Through this edition of the festival, Travelista will also be supporting and displaying the works of one of India’s leading NGO Shiksha Bharati which has been working tirelessly for the past 25 years to provide a better future and education to thousands of underprivileged young girls. Some of these young girls will also be performing a martial arts demo and traditional folk dances during the festival. Head over!
Kolkata: Criticising the move of Left Front calling a six-hour bandh on Friday, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has once again attacked the party, saying that it has been sold to BJP.Banerjee took a dig at the Left, saying that from the next time they will call bandh at midnight and stated it to be “bandh freedom at midnight”.While leaving Nabanna on Thursday evening, the Chief Minister said: “Can there be any bandh from 6 am to 12 noon? Next they will give a call for a bandh from midnight to 4 am and it will be observed in sleep. This is their (CPI-M) future and they have no capability to work in the grassroot level. ‘Harmads’ of CPI-M have now become the ‘ostads’ of BJP. The party has been sold to BJP. So it is not right to expect anything from them.”She maintained: “Offices open at 10 am…they have called bandh at such a time that it is nothing but drama. Such drama will not be tolerated. They have caused enough damage to the state by giving call for bandhs.””The bandh will become 100 percent successful if they give a call for the same at midnight,” the Chief Minister said.
India-born ex-Goldman Sachs director Rajat Gupta’s conviction on insider trading charges should not be thrown out as the government provided “overwhelming” proof against him for passing on illegal information in return for “expected potential pecuniary gains,” US prosecutors said. The prosecutors said the IIT and Harvard-educated former McKinsey head, who is serving a two-year sentence, had a “powerful” financial incentive to tip his billionaire hedge-fund operator friend Raj Rajaratnam. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashAttorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara submitted a memorandum on behalf of the government opposing Gupta’s plea to throw out his conviction based on a recent ruling by an appeals court in which it reversed the insider convictions of hedge-fund managers Todd Newman and Anthony Chiasson. Convicted in 2012, Gupta, 66, began serving a two-year prison term on insider trading charges in June, 2014. He was also fined $5 million.Stressing that the personal aspect of Gupta-Rajaratnam relationship was “undeniable,” the government said Gupta personally invested in Galleon and participated in several actual and contemplated ventures with him. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists“In sum, Gupta’s financial interests were heavily aligned with Galleon’s. Rajaratnam bestowed corporate titles on Gupta, gave him an ongoing financial interest in Galleon International… and generally granted Gupta a level of access and corporate prestige that Gupta craved.“As part of their business relationship, each had shared expectations. Rajaratnam expected, and Gupta consistently delivered, inside information that Gupta possessed as a corporate insider. For those tips, Gupta clearly expected potential pecuniary gain in return,” the prosecutors said.
Kolkata: The Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) has set June 25 as the deadline to introduce the online payment system of property tax.This comes after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee directed the civic body to introduce the same as early as possible. She gave the direction while presiding over the administrative review meeting in Howrah on June 7.HMC had been working rigorously for the past few months to introduce the online property tax payment system after the decision to implement the same was taken in a high-level meeting headed by Mayor Dr Rathin Chakraborty. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsArun Roy Chowdhury, member, Mayor-in-Council for Tax and Licence, said: “Chief Minister had directed us to ensure its introduction as early as possible. The work was expedited and it is expected to get introduced on June 25.”It may be mentioned that a major part of the work to introduce the system is almost complete and the remaining work is being carried out in a war footing following the direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.Around 1.70 lakh people will be benefited with the introduction of the online system to pay property tax. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt will ensure better civic amenities to the residents of Howrah as people will no more have to visit the headquarters of the civic body to pay off their property tax.Instead, they can do the same just by logging into the website of the civic body. It will bring an end to the days of standing in long queues to pay property tax.Earlier, it was possible to pay off taxes of the current month without paying the old ones. In such cases, mainly a section of real estate developers used to pay the current taxes saying that the same of the previous months are clear but they have lost the documents. However, it is no longer possible as the HMC authorities have taken necessary steps in this connection and the same will be done with introduction of the online system as well.But, with heavy lightning on Tuesday some of the systems, which are already in place, got a bit affected. The civic body authorities have already taken up necessary steps to ensure timely completion of the work.It may be mentioned that the system of making online payment of property tax is already in place under Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC).
A 27-year-old man accused of plotting the July 15 shootout of a gangster here has been arrested, police said on Saturday. Kavinder Singh of Baund Kalan village in Haryana’s Bhiwani district was arrested from his hideout in Gurgaon’s Garhi Harsaru village on Friday night by the Crime Branch.Gangster Rakesh Hayatpur was shot at by four men in a car while driving to the district court. One person was killed and two were injured when his SUV rammed into an autorickshaw after the shooting near Central Mall. Kavinder Singh, a graduate, who plotted the attack, was produced before a magistrate on Saturday and sent to two days police remand. “Rakesh escaped the attack because
Kolkata: Presidency University on Monday submitted a report to the state Higher Education department over the delay in Hindu hostel handover.It may be mentioned that the University failed to meet the November 15 deadline given by the state Higher Education department in this regard and Vice-Chancellor Anuradha Lohia sought another 15 days’ time for completing some work pertinent to the habitation of the students. It has been learnt that state Education minister Partha Chatterjee has expressed his dissatisfaction over the delay and has asked his department officials to find whether it is the university authorities or the agency deployed by the university is responsible for the delay. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”It has been three years since the renovation of the Hindu Hostel started. The students had waited patiently. It is not unusual that they are now restless with the deadline failures on more than one occasion,” a senior official of the state Higher Education department said. V-C Lohia on Friday had said the state Public Works Department (PWD) that is in-charge of the renovation of the hostel submitted a report stating that a little bit of work was still pending when it comes to the safety and security of the boarders. She also said the safety certificates from the state Fire and PWD departments are still pending as well. It may be mentioned that Hindu Hostel was closed for renovation in July 2015 and the boarders were provided with lodging facilities at Tarulia in New Town. The university has failed to meet deadlines on more than one occasion in case of Hindu Hostel handover. The students had resorted to agitation for a long period.
With the subtle and elegant nature of the beautiful pastel hues, you can give your walls a soft and charming look. Pastel colour schemes work beautifully for every possible setting of the interior because of its flexible nature to adapt well, says an expert.Ranjit Singh, President of British Paints, says that pastel coloured walls go best with the sophisticated themes of the interior because of its cool and neutral nature so its important that whenever one plans to paint their walls with pastel shades, they should not forget to add white colour to the interiors as white acts as a neutral color. He suggests few tips on how one can make their wall classy with pastel shades. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* The exquisite pastel blue: This colour would give you a feel of calmness coupled with subtle boldness. If you are looking for something in pastels, which is elegant and stylish, go for a chic Japanese theme with pastel blue in mind. Or you can go for wooden panels that can be used as a statement wall art right above the bed, painted in pastel sky blue, giving your space a soft and genuine look. I would like to recommend yellows, whites, dark blues to decorate your room as these would bring an exquisite appeal to your home when applied with pastel blue. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* The charming pastel purple: Go for a colour which displays simplicity, comfort, and harmony. With its sensual and delightful charm, the pastel purple brings a stunning look when combined with white and with grey, so consider these two colours when it comes to decorating your dream home. You can use grey and white throw pillows in your space or maybe a white colour lamp shade. These two colours can never go wrong with pastel purple. This would create a soft ambience and give your home a contemporary appearance.* The alluring pastel orange: The alluring and splendid hue while playing a soothing role in your interiors, eases down the heaviness that comes from furniture pieces and accessories. You could play off the warmth and experiment with some cool grey-blues and it will enable you to create a fresh and vibrant ambiance. Do not hesitate to bump up the volume, bring in some mustard or celadon green.* The cheerful pastel yellow: Pastel yellow works wonders with pastel pink as blend creates an interior, which is truly cheerful. Use some peppy elements in the pastel pink colour and cherish the interior beauty of your house. For instance: You can get a wall hanging with a tint of white and pastel pink, or a table lamp or a dressing table in pastel pink or sheer curtains in white.* The classy pastel grey: This subtle yet classy hue gives a sensual look to the interiors of your home. This colour will perk up the ambience of your place and brighten your mood. The pastel grey stands out superbly along with the fashionable artwork and a rustic coloured bed. You can undoubtedly incorporate a decorative oval mirror with a black metal or a plain black photo frame. For the bed linen, you can pick white colour bed sheets and baby pink coloured pillows. So if you are planning to paint your walls with Pastel grey, remember to keep these three colours in mind and your house feel rejuvenated and joyful.
Art Spice, the luxurious art gallery at a five star deluxe hotel, The Metropolitan Hotel & Spa presented the inauguration ceremony of a beguiling group exhibition “Songs of India”. Over some of the finest wines and hors d’oeuvres, the incandescent event at the capital was attended by high profile personalities and dignitaries from various fields including designer Anupamaa Dayal, Jatin Kochhar, artist Neeraj Gupta and Ruchi Chadha, Gudmun Dur Eiriksson, Executive Director, Jindal Global Law School, amongst others. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf “Songs of India” a group exhibition by 21 Indian artists brings to you vivid artworks of India’s heritage which is changing the face of society. As Indian art goes truly global, Indian artists have tried to explore recent trends that delve deeply into symbols and expressions embedded in local culture. The illustrious artists participating include Seema Kohli, Shyamal Mukherjee, P Gnana, Bhaskar Rao, Sanjay Soni, D.V.S. Krishna, K Ravi, Manu Parekh, Pramod MV, Sreekanth Kuruva, Ramesh Gorjala, Dharmendra Rathore and many more. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Speaking on the occasion, Babita Gupta, Director, Art Spice Gallery said, “We live in a diverse land, with different cultures and various ideologies. The multiplicity of existence is what makes the world distinctive and beautiful. Indian artists have traditionally taken inspiration from the philosophical thought that the absolute cannot be created nor destroyed but it can only be felt and understood. Bringing all these elements together through a show is my main idea.”The exhibition is on view till May 13.
When the entire country celebrated 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) decided to celebrate it totally in a different but unique way befitting Gandhi’s vision of empowering villagers.While inaugurating a two days workshop-cum-training programme named ‘Technology for Modern Pottery’ at Bishampur village of Sewapuri in Varanasi district on December 21, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena said that in a joint effort of highly skilled 150 potters from all over the country to give a tribute to Mahatma Gandhi, the commission has decided to make 150 square meters (15 meters long by 10 meters wide) wall mural, using ‘chai kulhad’. “While each chai kulhad will be one pixel of the entire image, small terracotta parts will come together to form the entire image. As this mural will become a finite entity formed by a simple unit of larger generality, the KVIC will showcase it at some prominent place in New Delhi,” he said. Saxena revealed that KVIC has already started identifying potters from different parts of the country to produce the chai kulhads for this very purpose. He also informed that as India has a great pottery tradition and different parts of the country has diverse techniques of clay production – the selected potters will produce the kulhads in stipulated size, shape and finish them with their respective techniques. An Ahmedabad-based firm the ‘Clay Club’, which specialises in terracotta and ceramic products will design the artwork and will manage the production by engaging with the identified potters. To make the life of mural long and all weatherproof, these Kullad will be glazed and baked in high temperature at Morbi in Gujarat, which is world famous terracotta and glazed clay articles. KVIC has so far in this financial year distributed 4700 electric potter wheels in different parts of the country and has planned to distribute additional 7000 Electric potter wheels by March 31, 2019.
Children have little to no say in how they are going to be raised in life. Identical twins Jack Yufe and Oskar Stöhr, who were split up and lived completely separate lives from the age of six months, are the perfect example to illustrate this. They were born in Port of Spain, Trinidad, on January 16, 1933 — the same year that Adolf Hitler came to power in Germany. Their parents parted ways half a year after the twins’ birth, each taking one child. From this point, their upbringing would be markedly different, most significantly their experiences of how the ensuing war shaped the world around them.Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago.Jack remained in Trinidad, at that time a British colony, with his Romanian Jewish father. With a Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm station on their island and U-boats lurking in the waters surrounding them, for Trinidad, war was on the doorstep despite being far from the front lines. A U.S. Naval Base was established on the island in 1941.Their German Catholic mother returned to her homeland, taking Oskar and their older sister. Oskar was baptized with his mother’s family name, Stöhr, and raised by his strict grandmother. Like many of his peers in Germany back then, he became an avid admirer of Hitler and the warped ideology he preached. Oskar would have been six-years-old when he was enrolled as a member of the Hitler Youth (membership was made compulsory for all children in 1936).Both of them were aware they had a sibling somewhere across the ocean but they spent the first 21 years of their lives knowing little of each other. Jack lived for a while with an aunt in Venezuela — his only Jewish relative who survived the concentration camps in Europe. At age 16 he traveled to the newly formed state of Israel where he served in the Israeli Navy, and later headed back West to settle in San Diego, California with his father.Their first encounter was awkward, to say the least. In 1954, Jack traveled to Essen, West Germany to finally meet his twin. They shared little common language, but Oskar made it clear that being Jewish and having been in Israel were topics Jack should keep under wraps during his trip, including within the Stöhr household.One of the trains that left Bergen-Belsen for Theresienstadt in early April, liberated by American forces.When they saw each other, it was almost spooky how similarly dressed they were. Both had donned similar light-colored sports jackets and shirts and wore pretty much the same style of rimmed glasses.“I said, ‘Oskar, you are wearing the same shirt and same glasses. Why?’” Jack would say in a BBC documentary in 1999. “He said to me, ‘Why are you wearing the same thing that I am?’”Despite a raft of shared mannerisms, for example both used their ring finger to scratch his head, the suspicion and enmity of their upbringings was a barrier that could not yet be breached. Jack’s week-long visit ended with a cold, formal handshake. The brothers were left unsettled by their similarity.University of MinnesotaIt took them some 25 years to make another attempt at bonding. In 1979, Jack learned about a study on twins to be carried by the University of Minnesota. After persuading Oskar to agree, they signed up to take part as one of the program’s sets of identical twins.“Of 137 pairs of separated twins in the two-decade University of Minnesota study, 56 were fraternal and 81 were identical. Yufe and his brother, Oskar Stohr, stood out because of their dramatically dissimilar backgrounds,” notes the L.A. Times on the study.Related Video: 15 fascinating facts about WW2 you might not have known:Soon the twins began to learn how astonishingly matching their shared traits really were, such as reading the last page of the book first and a fondness to do things like sneezing as loud as possible in public. They shared a similar taste in clothes as well food; they even had a similar gait.As it turned out, regardless of their radically different backgrounds of how they were raised, the two brothers shared way more in common with each other than the majority of other twins in the study.To be clear, there were still grave disagreements between the twosome. One subject that Jack and Oskar later opted to avoid was politics. They argued on issues such as the Israel-Palestine question and other related affairs. Their shared fierce temperament was not helpful when it came down to confrontations.Onlookers would comment that with all their shared behavior and completely different stances on certain matters, the brothers garnered a special type of “love-hate relationship.”The families of the two men agreed that neither were the easiest person to have at home but they were both very much loved by those near and dear to them. Jack’s wife Ruth would tell the Associated Press: “They were fascinated by one another, fascinated by their similarities, intrigued that the worst traits that they saw in themselves were mirrored in the other one. They were hot-tempered and short-tempered and impatient, demanding.”Importantly, they managed to maintain their perplexing bond, one which set them at the center of scientific nature versus nurture discussions.Their friendship came to an end with Oskar’s death due to lung cancer in 1997. Some relate the disease with his years working as a miner. His brother did not attend the funeral, feeling that his physical similarity would be upsetting for those grieving Oskar.Jack died in 2015 at the age of 82, after suffering with stomach cancer, in San Diego. He had retired just two years previously. His business which he launched in the 1980s was based in El Progreso, where he sold clothes and other apparel.Read another story from us: Questions Surrounding the True Image of “Ava”The twins have appeared in several documentaries, and they feature in the book Indivisible by Two: Lives of Extraordinary Twins (2005) by psychologist Nancy Segal.Their story is a compelling reminder that people can always learn to accept each other no matter how different their upbringing is or how much their ideological beliefs differ. As, indeed, it was never them who decided who would get to speak Yiddish or who would get to speak German in hectic times for humanity.
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. min read Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now The new Office embraces change.Combined with Microsoft’s upcoming Surface tablet and its Windows Phone mobile OS, the new Office software can help open new opportunities for firms that have been hesitant about using touch-based tools. With its tile-based look, buttons are large and navigation for complex programs such as Excel is simple. With rival Google claiming that 4 million businesses use its Google Apps office software suite, Microsoft needed a cloud-based makeover. The new Office’s integration with SkyDrive means documents can be accessed via a desktop app, Web app or mobile device. Contacts can be culled from Outlook, for example, and ported into social media.And the download time is quick. Users can be running the upgrade in less than 15 minutes.Related: Microsoft Upgrades Office for Cloud, Social The learning curve will be steep.While the new features can be useful, a business that upgrades from an older version of Office to this one might be overwhelmed by how different it is.For example, the new Office uses the “Metro” style interface used in Windows 8, eliminating the old-fashioned virtual desktop, that showed a user’s documents, and making it so that you never have to leave the app. It’s now possible to search the web and upload photos from within Office itself. That’s a major shift in thinking from shrinking a window or clicking into another tab.Another feature, called Resume Reading, lets users immediately pick up where they left off in a document, even if they were previously on another computer. While handy, it might be distracting or disorienting for some. Veterans of previous Office iterations will have to learn a new way of thinking.And even though collaborative features have elegant interfaces, they can be complex to learn. There is a dizzying array of buttons for everything from launching a meeting to sharing comments or documents.Related: Why Microsoft’s ‘Surface’ Might Be Your Next Tablet More work to do when it comes to the cloud.Many team features in the new Office are improved but, at least in this early demo, Office is not the collaborative engine Google Apps is. Basic documents are still aimed at single-person editing. And it can be slow for teams to learn to work together in real time. Collaborative team sites have to be set up and administered for working on different documents and projects. Will you upgrade to the new version of Microsoft Office or continue using the tools you currently have? Let us know in the comments section below. Enroll Now for Free This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. The new features that come with the recently announced Microsoft Office 2013 — such as a touch-friendly interface and new Internet-oriented collaborative features — are sure to be useful tools for businesses large and small. But when it comes to switching from an older version of Office to this one, the interface is so drastically different that it might be too much for many users to make a quick adjustment.And for companies that are already using plug-and-play apps such as Google Apps or Zoho, upgrading to the new Office might not be a consideration at all.So, does the new Office make the case for replacing the tools you already use? Here are our initial impressions of the free Office 365 preview and what they mean for small-business users: July 17, 2012
Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Twitter made its S-1 filing available to the public on Thursday, finally shedding some light on its initial public offering plans.The company has seen rapid growth recently. In 2012 the company saw an increase in revenue of 198 percent to about $317 million and a net loss decrease of 38 percent to about $79 million, according to the filing.According to the filing, Twitter, which plans to trade under the ticker TWTR, has 250 million monthly active users, 100 million of those are daily active users.The company said in the filing that mobile is the primary driver of its business and that 75 percent of the monthly active users access Twitter from a mobile device.There’s still a lot of information that is missing from the filing, like the number of shares the company plans to offer and the price of the shares, but it does give some insight into which investors stand to make the most money off the offering.Jack Dorsey has a 4.9 percent stake in the company, Evan Williams has a 12 percent stake and Peter Fenton, a Twitter board member, has a 6.7 percent stake.In September, the company announced it had confidentially submitted documents to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission with plans to go public, but Twitter didn’t reveal anything else about its IPO plans. The filing was made under the JOBS Act, which allows companies making less than $1 billion in revenue to work with regulators on IPO plans before actually making it public.The micro-blogging site has been valued at about $10 billion and is one of the most anticipated Silicon Valley IPOs since Facebook. Related: Experts Say Twitter Didn’t Botch Its IPO Announcement This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Brought to you by CNBC October 3, 2013 2 min read
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals 5 min read May 5, 2016 Building any kind of team is not easy. From hiring to managing and ensuring goals are met, it can make a founder’s head spin. Adding the additional layer of finding a top-notch security team to ensure your “baby” is safe and sound adds extra stress to an already frazzled entrepreneur.But there is hope.We reached out to several industry experts who are in the know about security issues and asked what advice they had on building a strong technical team.Related: 7 Cybersecurity Layers Every Entrepreneur Needs to UnderstandHere is what they had to say:Security needs to part of the foundation of the company.Security teams are the most effective when security is baked into the entire company culture. Founders may not have the luxury of hiring someone for whom security is their only job, but it does have to be someone’s job.For founders working with lean teams, assigning different security channels to different groups can be a good strategy. For example, it makes sense for network security to stay with an IT resource, but enforcement of other security protocols — like enforcing the wearing of ID badges and escorting visitors — could fall to an administrative resource.– Cortney Thompson, Chief Technology Officer of Green House Data, an environmentally conscious data center serviceLook for people who are part of the security community.You want to hire people that are well connected to the industry, who will leverage established best practices and tools and who are comfortable leveraging services vs. trying to build everything from scratch.Also make sure you validate the credentials of a potential hire. There are many excellent, technically-skilled people out there but also many who exaggerate their experiences and expertise. The security community is fairly tight-knit, though, so there’s a good opportunity to both validate and find strong candidates by reaching out to your network of companies.– Arne Josefsberg, Chief Information Officer of GoDaddy, an Internet domain registrar and web hosting companyRelated: Why Small-Business Entrepreneurs Should Care About CybersecurityHire people who fit the company’s current needs.Most SMBs don’t have the resources for a dedicated security team, in which case the founder will need to look for technical experts who have some security experience. Seeking out this diversified background is important because security needs to be designed into the architecture and company’s solutions from the get-go, not added as an afterthought. Once resources are available, the initial team has to be strong and trusted — people preferably from your network. Quality is especially important at this phase, because they will develop the core product, which is critical for the company’s initial success. These people will be the leaders who will be responsible for growing out the team. — Pravin Kothari, founder and CEO of CipherCloud, an enterprise cloud security companyCulture fit matters.Ensure a cultural fit, and you’ll be well on your way. Too often, security teams will be working at cross purposes with another team. Everyone needs to be at the same table with the same goal: the success of the business. If the security team is isolated, they will be less inclined to prioritize user experience and the effectiveness of revenue-producing departments will suffer. If security folks are grabbing drinks after work with sales folks, they will work better together on a day-to-day basis. The synergy will result in more user-friendly tools, higher transparency and increased security with little hindrance to top-line revenue goals.– Ray Potter, CEO of SafeLogic, a company providing security, encryption and FIPS validation products to applicationsTurn to an architect.Founders should build a security team around an architect. Contract one from a third party or hire one, if you have the resources. They will be able to dig into and understand your organization’s unique security concerns, create a plan to keep you safe and then execute on that plan. If you hire an engineer first, they can run the technical side of security but may not be able to see things holistically. Setting up a comprehensive plan that you can expand as you grow is key to maintaining security over the long run.– Greg Kushto, Director of Security Practices at Force 3, a network security company.Look outside.The fact is many businesses today are having to turn to outside security experts and resources after they have been hit with a serious and costly cyberattack. Rather than waiting for a ransomware or spyware attack to engage added security talent, consider leveraging outsourced security to bolster and support ongoing security as a preventative measure. Outsourcing IT security offers growing businesses a cost-effective way to engage proven talent and is far less expensive than hiring expert support in the midst of a security crisis when a business is more likely to “pay whatever it takes” to restore data, service and security. In addition, outsourcing allows you to ramp up security resources during key times, such as a product launch or migration, and cut back resources and costs during quieter times. — Anna Frazzetto, Chief Digital Technology Officer and SVP at Harvey Nash, an IT recruiting firm Related: The Biggest Cybersecurity Threat at Your Office Could Be You (Infographic) Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
Paying utility, credit card, insurance and phone bills through mobile devices is an incredible way to save users a lot of time and effort. The process is simple and efficient. Apart from these payments, you can support charity causes from the comfort of your home or office via online payment services. However, there is a growing concern over cases of cyber-theft, which can include identity theft and financial fraud. This legitimate concern demands practical steps to safeguard online payments, with a view to reducing or eliminating cyber-theft.What can be done to overcome this monster that has cost individuals and corporate organizations billions of dollars? Let’s give consideration to these useful tips:1. Check websites for HTTPS.The first sign of security you should look out for whenever you log in to any website is HTTPS. This secure connection will give you the needed guarantee that whatever transaction takes place between you and the site is exclusively restricted to only you and the system.Related: Security Hacks are leaving a Lasting Impact on RetailersNote that if the HTTPS is missing an “S”, it is a red flag. Don’t log in. The site is definitely not secure for vital transactions.2. Always update your gadgets.Do you have any idea why browser apps are updated regularly? It is an effective method of blocking potential security loopholes in outdated versions. To take advantage of these security features, which can guarantee you adequate protection from malware and other software programs that can put you at risk for cyber-theft, always update your browser app.According to Charles J. Harris, executive vice president of TSYS Merchant Solutions, “You should update your device to the latest version of its operating system to ensure you are as secure as possible. If this is not possible (some older devices cannot update to the latest version of the operating system due to hardware limits), upgrade to a new mobile device to stay current.”The process of updating it is relatively simple. The results are absolutely awesome.3. Keep public WiFi at arm’s length.If you are shopping outdoors, always reject the temptation to use public WiFi. If you use it, you are unwittingly exposing yourself to cyber-theft. Instead of using it, stick to the old-school way of doing things, use 3G/4G for browsing.Related: The Beginner’s Guide to Securely Using Public Wi-FiIf you are shopping from home, ensure that you are browsing on a network that is protected by WPA-2 and enable the encryption settings. This should give you maximum security from potential cyber thieves.4. Look for important security signs.One of the security signs you should look out for is a small padlock on browsers. If you want to make an online purchase and this padlock icon is missing, try another store. The padlock is a sign of security for data and information. If the icon is conspicuously absent, any private data that you transfer may be compromised.Don’t be in a hurry to make that purchase. Look for that seemingly unimportant icon as well as many other signs that assure you of security. It could make the difference between the protection or loss of your money.5. Don’t expose your log-in credentials.Accidental exposure of your log-in details will automatically put you at risk of cyber-theft. There are cyber-criminals who are adept at punishing people who make such mistakes. Before you can even raise an alarm, your money might have developed wings and gone. That will be hard on you.6. Don’t store sensitive data on your mobile device.Some mobile device users have the habit of storing important and sensitive card data on their devices. The rationale behind the habit is to have easy access to their data whenever they need it. That is good. It will make online purchases more convenient.Related: 11 Tips to Secure Mobile Devices and Client DataIf you can have easy access to your credit card data, don’t you think others will have access to the same pieces of information if the device is stolen? If you practice that habit, stop it. If you are contemplating cultivating the habit, don’t. It is the easiest way to expose yourself to theft. If the app you are using for payment has “store and forward” feature, turn it off.7. Use a complex password or security pattern on your device.This tip is very useful for making you invulnerable to cyber-theft if your mobile device accidentally gets into the wrong hands. You could use hard-to-break passwords or patterns gotten from a random password generator. When you do, the chances that others will lay their hands on your transactions history and use the information to hurt you will be immediately reduced.You can also make provision for automatic locking if the device is idle for a pre-determined period of time.Simply put, these suggestions are easy and effective. If you can cultivate the habit of taking these precautions, you will be able to safeguard yourself from people who are ready to prey on you.Happy shopping! 5 min read September 12, 2016 Listen Now Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own.