Samsung announces the Galaxy Beam Smartphone with builtin projector

first_imgCompany reps at the demo said the projector could be used to share images or video with others that are nearby and could even be used to play video games. In the demo, images projected on a screen were up to 50 inches, which is certainly big enough to watch movies or give slide shows. It’s also pretty easy to imagine users conversing via Skype, or cruising the Internet while in bed with web pages displayed on the ceiling.Samsung did not announce pricing nor an availability date for the Beam, but expectations are that it will land in stores sometime in the second quarter of this year. Citation: Samsung announces the Galaxy Beam Smartphone with built-in projector (2012, February 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Cell phones are great, but one of their limitations is the size of the screen, which of necessity has to be small. To get around this problem, engineers have been for years toying with the idea of building a projector into the phone so that images can be displayed on any nearby flat surface. Unfortunately, until now, such phones proved too bulky for users to accept. Now, however, Samsung appears to have jumped that hurdle as it announces the Galaxy Beam, a new, small, thin and lightweight phone that has a projector built into it that allows users to project whatever is on the screen onto any nearby surface. Samsung Intros AMOLED Beam, Its Latest Beam Projector Mobile Phone © 2011 Most who have seen a demo of the Beam at this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona agree that it’s a game changer. Not only is the phone able to project stuff onto walls but the stuff it projects is bright (15 lumens) clear and sharp. And it’s just 12.5mm thick, which is of course slightly more than some of its non-projector competitors, but well within comfort range. Oddly, the phone demoed was running Google Android 2.3 rather than Ice Cream Sandwich, on a 1GHz dual-core processor; something that will likely change once the phone is officially released. It also has 8GB of internal memory, a 5MP camera and a 2000mAh battery to keep the phone running despite the extra demands of the projector. Explore further When looking down holding the phone in the palm of the hand, the projected image is shot out of the lens onto a nearby wall (sort of like holding a flashlight). If the phone is held upright, the image is projected onto the ceiling. It’s the first mainstream phone to offer everyday customers in-phone projection. 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

GE introduces natural gas FlexEfficiency 60 turbine

first_imgGE’s FlexEfficiency 60 Combined-Cycle Power Plant. GE’s new triple-threat hybrid power plant technology selected to go up in Turkey Explore further The development of the new turbines comes at an opportune time for GE: natural gas prices have fallen dramatically in the United States over the past year as a result of new extraction methods. At the same time, rising concern about the carbon emissions from coal plants has utility companies eagerly looking for new ways to produce power. In addition to producing less carbon, the new turbines will give plant operators much more flexibility in responding to fluctuations in power demand. Coal plants are notoriously slow at ramping up or down, and older natural gas turbines weren’t much better. The new line of turbines from GE allows for ramping up or down in minutes as opposed to hours, making them an attractive option for plants that use renewable resources such as wind or solar power. Being able to power-up during sudden periods of diminished sunlight—when a sudden thunderstorm hits, for instance—allows operators to switch over to natural gas almost instantly. The company claims the new line is also more efficient than previous natural gas burners, achieving 61% thermal efficiency.With this introduction, GE announced that it has already taken $1.2 billion worth of preorders for the FlexEfficiency 60 line, with sales to Saudi Arabian, Japanese and American utilities. The immediate interest has made it, the company says, the most successful introduction of a new energy portfolio in the company’s history.According to representatives, GE’s advances in jet engine materials that allow for more precise control of internal temperatures were applied to the development of this new line of natural gas burning turbines. Such precision is what makes the turbines more flexible and efficient. The new turbines will be built at the company’s Greenville, South Carolina facility. 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: Press release (—General Electric has unveiled its new line of highly efficient natural gas burning turbines for use in generating electricity. The new turbines are able to rapidly increase or reduce their power output to meet demand, making them, the company says, ideal companions to renewable resource based energy platforms. The new line of FlexEfficiency 60 turbines will be produced in several configurations ranging from 185MW to over 300MW, with initial deliveries scheduled for some time next year. © 2012 Citation: GE introduces natural gas FlexEfficiency 60 turbine (2012, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from read more

Researchers develop technique for enhanced reversibility of a phasetransforming material

first_img © 2013 More information: Enhanced reversibility and unusual microstructure of a phase-transforming material, Nature 502, 85–88 (03 October 2013) DOI: 10.1038/nature12532AbstractMaterials undergoing reversible solid-to-solid martensitic phase transformations are desirable for applications in medical sensors and actuators, eco-friendly refrigerators and energy conversion devices4. The ability to pass back and forth through the phase transformation many times without degradation of properties (termed ‘reversibility’) is critical for these applications. Materials tuned to satisfy a certain geometric compatibility condition have been shown to exhibit high reversibility, measured by low hysteresis and small migration of transformation temperature under cycling. Recently, stronger compatibility conditions called the ‘cofactor conditions’5, 15 have been proposed theoretically to achieve even better reversibility. Here we report the enhanced reversibility and unusual microstructure of the first martensitic material, Zn45Au30Cu25, that closely satisfies the cofactor conditions. We observe four striking properties of this material. (1) Despite a transformation strain of 8%, the transformation temperature shifts less than 0.5?°C after more than 16,000 thermal cycles. For comparison, the transformation temperature of the ubiquitous NiTi alloy shifts up to 20?°C in the first 20 cycles9, 16. (2) The hysteresis remains approximately 2?°C during this cycling. For comparison, the hysteresis of the NiTi alloy is up to 70?°C (refs 9, 12). (3) The alloy exhibits an unusual riverine microstructure of martensite not seen in other martensites. (4) Unlike that of typical polycrystal martensites, its microstructure changes drastically in consecutive transformation cycles, whereas macroscopic properties such as transformation temperature and latent heat are nearly reproducible. These results promise a concrete strategy for seeking ultra-reliable martensitic materials. 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. Explore further Various hierarchical microstructures in Au30, the alloy most closely satisfying the cofactor conditions for both type I and type II twin systems. Credit: Nature 502, 85–88 (03 October 2013) doi:10.1038/nature12532 Citation: Researchers develop technique for enhanced reversibility of a phase-transforming material (2013, October 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( —A team of researchers at Minnesota State University has created a martensitic metal alloy that degrades very little after application of more than 16,000 thermal cycles. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes how they applied mathematical theory to a zinc-gold-copper alloy and found it markedly improved the alloy’s ability to withstand degradation due to multiple heating-cooling cycles. Journal information: Nature Researchers devise a means to obtain abnormal grain growth in metal using cyclic heat treatment Metals that return to a previous physical shape after being changed (bent, crumpled, etc.) using certain techniques are called a martensitic metals—typically they are created by mixing two or more metals together to create an alloy and then applying heat to cause the metal to revert back to a desired state after being deformed. Scientists have been working steadily for many years to create different metal alloys for different purposes—martensitic metals in particular are highly prized because they can be put to special purposes such as in creating stents for medical purposes. But martensitic metals have one major drawback, they can only be disfigured and reversed a few times before they start to degrade, making them unsuitable for further use. In this new effort, the research team in Minnesota has found a way to create one alloy that is able to withstand thousands of heating-cooling cycles without losing its reversibility attributes.Their success the team explains, came about as a result of applying known mathematical theories related to stress properties of metals. Martensitic metals degrade because of changes to a transition layer between the different phases. Working the formulas, they report allowed them to eliminate this layer, effectively removing the part of the alloy that allowed for degradation.To test their idea, the team chose a metal alloy that had previously been found to be very robust when exposed to repeated thermal cycles. They then fine-tuned the proportions of the base metal ingredients to conform with what they had worked out with the math formulas until they hit on one that was nearly impervious to repeated thermal cycles.The team reports that the alloy they developed also had an unusual riverine microstructure not seen before in a martensitic metal. Perhaps more importantly, it appears that their technique might work with other alloys or non-metal materials, allowing for the creation of as yet unimagined real-world materials in a variety of applications.last_img read more

Examination of ancient text reveals details of Ibn Sinas sighting of supernova

first_img Ibn Sina was a Persian scientist and philosopher, who as part of his observations, traveled a lot and wrote about what he saw, along with his interpretations of subjects ranging from medicine to astronomy. It was one of those texts, called Kitab al-Shifa, about physics, meteorology, and especially astronomy that caught the attention of the researchers—most particularly a section that described a bright object appearing in the sky in the year 1006. The section had been studied before, but the account had been attributed to a discussion of a comet. In this latest look, the researchers suggest that the description was actually that of SN 1006. In addition to the timing, the detailed description, they note, sounds more like the sudden appearance of an exploding star. In their translation, Sina describes an object that was very bright and that changed color over time before fading away—even noting at one point that the object threw out sparks.SN 1006 was noted and described by others around the world, from places as far-flung as Morocco, Japan, Yemen and China, but none of those descriptions included information about the object changing colors. Sina wrote that the object started out as faint greenish-yellow, that it twinkled a lot, especially at its brightest, and that it became whitish before it disappeared altogether.Most modern astronomers believe that SN 1006 was not just a Ia supernova (which occur when a white dwarf is pulled into another star causing it to blow up due to the overabundance of matter), but that it was the result of two white dwarfs colliding. This new information from an ancient part-time astronomer, the researchers suggest, may help to better understand an event that occurred over a thousand years ago. © 2016 Explore further Journal information: arXiv New study suggests long ago brightest star explosion was rapid type Ia supernova The Arabic text from the report of SN 1006 of Ibn Sina in al-Shifa from the Arabic edition by Madkur et al. (1965), page 73. The relevant text starts in the middle of the second line from the top and ends almost at the (leftmost) end of the 3rd-to-last line from the bottom of the main text. The writing in the left margin is the Arabic line number 15. The 4th line (line 14) reads (starting from the right) for the 2nd to 4th word kawkab min al-kawakib , i.e. a star among the stars, and at the end of that line it specifies the year (the leftmost word is hijra). The lines at the bottom indicate variant readings in different manuscripts, none of which change the content and meaning of the relevant text about the new star: the words for long and hijra are missing in one or two manuscripts. Credit: arXiv:1604.03798 [astro-ph.SR]center_img (—A trio of German researches has uncovered evidence of the Arabic scholar Ibn Sina’s sighting of supernova 1006 (SN 1006). The new evidence will sit alongside that of others around that globe that reported details of what has been described as the brightest stellar event ever recorded by human beings. In their paper uploaded to the preprint server arXiv, Ralph Neuhaeuser, Carl Ehrig-Eggert and Paul Kunitzsch describe the text under study, their translation of it and the relevance of the information recorded by the ancient skygazer. 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. Citation: Examination of ancient text reveals details of Ibn Sina’s sighting of supernova (2016, April 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: An Arabic report about supernova SN 1006 by Ibn Sina (Avicenna) arXiv:1604.03798 [astro-ph.SR] present here an Arabic report about supernova 1006 (SN 1006) written by the famous Arabic scholar Ibn Sina (Lat. Avicenna, AD 980-1037), which was not discussed in astronomical literature before. The short observational report about a new star is part of Ibn Sina’s book called al-Shifa’, a work about philosophy including physics, astronomy, and meteorology. We present the Arabic text and our English translation. After a detailed discussion of the dating of the observation, we show that the text specifies that the transient celestial object was stationary and/or tail-less (“a star among the stars”), that it “remained for close to three months getting fainter and fainter until it disappeared”, that it “threw out sparks”, i.e. it was scintillating and very bright, and that the color changed with time. The information content is consistent with the other Arabic and non-Arabic reports about SN 1006. Hence, it is quite clear that Ibn Sina refers to SN 1006 in his report, given as an example for transient celestial objects in a discussion of Aristotle’s “Meteorology”. Given the wording and the description, e.g. for the color evolution, this report is independent from other reports known so far.last_img read more

DU wall gets arty strokes

first_imgAround 500 graphic artists and painters Sunday expressed their thoughts in the form of graffiti and paintings on a kilometre-long wall on Delhi University’s north campus.Delhi Wallbook brought together professional and budding artists on the same platform to create the wall art under the theme ‘Design the Change’.The event was inaugurated by Delhi University Vice Chancellor Dinesh Singh. The art enthusiasts included students from various colleges and institutes, professional freelance painters and school teachers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Delhi has the maximum number of unkempt walls that could be used as a readymade surface for artists to come together and showcase their skills, and create an expression for a better tomorrow,’ said Sunil Kutty Menon, founder of the wallbook.‘The wallbook event will soon be made an annual event and will further move to Bangalore, Ahmedabad, Pune and Chennai,’ said Menon.Participants were provided with basic colours to paint and were allocated a section of wall.  Artists participated individually or in groups.last_img read more

Arabesque magic

first_imgLove experimenting with food? Head over to Hyatt Regency this week to get a taste of some authentic Turkish, Lebanese and Jordanian food at the Arabesque Flavours at Cafe, the 24-hour coffee shop of the hotel. Prepared by Chef  Ali Alhaj, Chef De Cuisine all the way from Park Hyatt Dubai, indulge yourself in some authentic Hummus, Motabel, Muhamarra, Taboulleh, Fattoush, Baba Ghanoush, Kibdat Dajaj (chicken liver with lemon and garlic), Fitter Moutafa (mushroom with coriander, garlic and lemon juice), Mouajanats (dough stuffed with cheese, meat and spinach), Kabab Halabi (lamb minced with walnut and parsley) a variety of soups including a lentil soup, the Moroccan harera soup and the Chicken vermicelli soup. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Currently chef de cuisine at Café Arabesque, Park Hyatt Dubai, Chef Ali’s passion for cooking started when he was 14, when his father opened a small restaurant in their home town of Hama, Syria, serving traditional Syrian cuisine.  His favourite cuisine to cook is Syrian-style Arabic cuisine and next comes Italian, as he says that the flavours and ingredients in Italian food are very similar to the ones he has grown up with. We tried the Hommus, moutabel, Tabouleh, Fattush, mohamara, Beetroot salad, okra salad, mushroom salad, harra Beirut, baba ghanug and the Moroccan harera soup for starters and moved to green peas rice, lamb kabab halabi, fish fillet with lemon garlic sauce, Jordanian chicken mousakhan, Patata harra and  Mahashi wine leaves. Each dish was as authentic as it came and we assure that you will be going back for more. The festival is on till 30 August and you can head over for lunch (12:00 Noon to 2:30 pm) or dinner (7:00pm to 11:30pm) and the Arabesque buffet comes to you at Rs 2,000 per person (without taxes and alcohol).last_img read more

Celebrating a cause

first_imgThis event seeks to provide a platform for an exhibition of the skill sets and adaptability of these special students in certain sections of the hospitality industry. The event will take place   in front of a very distinguished audience, consisting of the general managers and other apex authorities of more than 25 five star luxury hotels of Delhi. The purpose of this exercise is to showcase that these students from the Noida Deaf Society are more than capable of self sustenance and fully functional careers with proper training modules in the hotels which are led by these general managers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This event will serve to be the cornerstone in the integration of the differently abled in the hospitality industry as highly industrious, contributing members of the workforce.Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi, has been working with NDS for quite a fruitful while now and has been hiring ten students from every batch who are trained in hospitality divisions such as concierge, laundry, housekeeping and security, before they commence their internship at the hotel. When: 29 SeptemberWhere: The Ballroom, Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotellast_img read more

Japan PM calls snap election in December puts off tax hike

first_imgDespite those policies, the Japanese economy slipped into a recession last quarter after a sales tax increase in April crushed consumer and business spending. That forced Abe to delay the second hike planned for October next year until April 2017. Abe said on Tuesday he will dissolve parliament on Friday. He wants an election as soon as possible, which would be mid-December, to seek public approval for his tax decision and for his overall ‘Abenomics’ policies of extreme monetary easing, heavy government spending and economic reforms. The government and the Bank of Japan have pumped hundreds of billions of dollars into the economy in the two years since Abe was elected. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen‘I realize this election will be tough, but I need to hear the voice of the people,’’ Abe told a news conference. ‘I will step down if we fail to keep our majority because that would mean our Abenomics is rejected.’ The delay in raising the sales tax to 10 percent from the current 8 percent will slow Japan’s work on repairing its tattered public finances. But Abe said the risk to the world’s third-largest economy was a bigger threat. Fresh elections may seem a puzzling decision given Abe is only half way through his term and the latest economic news is dismal. However Abe’s ruling Liberal Democrats have a solid majority and hope to further consolidate their power at a time when opposition parties are weak and in disarray. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanAbe described his strategies as the ‘only path’’ for Japan to escape its economic malaise. ‘Some people say Abenomics has failed or it’s not performing well,’’ he said. ‘But then what should we be doing?’’  Japan has bubbled with speculation of an early election since early this month. The Liberal Democrats have been coaching freshman lawmakers on campaign strategies and opposition parties have rushed to discuss possible new alliances, as campaign posters went up in Tokyo neighborhoods. Abe got a rare second term as prime minister after stepping down just a year into his rocky first term in office in 2006-2007. His support ratings started out high as share prices surged in early 2013. But they have fallen recently. Parliament got bogged down in squabbles over campaign finance scandals that led to resignations of two of his cabinet ministers within weeks of an early September reshuffle. By dissolving parliament for an election Abe can clear the slate and once again reshuffle his cabinet, said Michael Cucek, a Tokyo-based analyst and fellow at Temple University Japan. Abe pointed to progress in terms of an improved job market and modest increases in wages for some workers. ‘We’ve kept moving ahead. We must not stop now,’’ he said. Opposition party leaders, already resigned to Abe’s plan, said they could not oppose the delay in the sales tax increase, given the feeble state of the economy. At over a quadrillion yen ($8.6 trillion), Japan’s public debt is the biggest among developed nations and over twice the size of the economy. But since most of the debt is held by the Bank of Japan and other Japanese financial institutions, it is considered relatively stable.last_img read more

Whats love got to do with it

first_imgWell, its 14th February and the colour red is flaming in every corner of the city. It isn’t a communist uprising – worry not. It is just Valentine’s Day.If teddy bears, chocolates and over-priced flowers were not enough – the airlines, which are facing financial deficits, now we have special discounts for couples who can fly in to celebrate the day together. Distance is only a number when it comes to love and money is only an object.But it does make us wonder – with sky-high shopping bills, a mad rush for advance bookings in cafes and restaurants and the constant fear of probably not being able to please your significant other – are we celebrating love or are we ruining it? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Psychiatrists says that high expectations and comparison with other couples, especially on over-hyped days like Valentine’s Day, may actually ruin relationships rather than making the couple come closer together.Let’s break it down – if you expect your partner to sweep you off your feet with an overtly romantic gesture coming Saturday morning and they don’t, we can well expect hell to break loose. Alternately if you are aware of your partner’s high expectations – the onus (and pressure) is on you to deliver. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Dumping faulty (and very high) expectations on our partners can make things bad. Expectations arise to conform to things happening around us. The need to be accepted and treated at par by others. But such high expectations borne out of social obligations are not healthy for relationships,” says Samir Parikh, Chief of Department of Mental Health and Behavioral Sciences at a city hospital here. Besides the infamous dose of ‘high expectations’ which mathematically equates to mounting expenses, brings in another enemy of love – jealousy. Witnessing all the happy couples with red roses or expensive, fancy gifts – anyone and everyone could feel very left out and very green. Especially on this day of love.“Jealousy is dangerous but whether to be jealous or not, depends upon the people. Couples need to keep in mind all that they have invested in their relationship. Rather than looking what others are doing (or buying) and comparing your partner with others, do what fits your relationship,” suggests Parikh.Do the roots of these expectations and jealousies run deep? Blame the movie industry for it. The larger-than-life celebrations on celluloid have actually ruined the idea of love for couples. It is considered to be more romantic to try and ape what you saw on TV than want to be original and honest about what you feel.Want to remain sane and enjoy what your relationship really has to offer? Get some fried chicken, slip in to those comfortable pajamas and watch a movie with your significant other. Have some real fun on Valentine’s Day! However, if you are still pretty convinced that you can handle the pressure and live up to expectations (or at least try to) – we have some recipes and some pretty neat dinner/lunch packages and a chance to win your girl (or yourself) a ‘best friend’ and make this Valentine’s Day all the more special. Read on to make your plans but at the end of it all – make sure you have fun.last_img read more

Bhangar overhead wire project nears completion

first_imgKolkata: Negating the effects of Bhangar issue over setting up of the power-grid sub-station, the state government’s special drive has almost ensured completion of the laying of 41.2 km overhead electric wires from Subhasgram to Sonakhali, that will benefit around 2.5 lakh residents of North and South 24-Parganas.The special drive was taken up following a direction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee in March and the project that had been pending for the past two and half years has been executed in a time period of just three months. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to a senior official of the state government, the project is a crucial one as its completion was essential for better power supply to vast areas in both North and South 24-Parganas. But for certain reasons, it had not become possible to carry out the work in full swing.It has only become possible after gaining confidence of the people in the area and the administration, with help of the district level officials, made around 400 people understand in the past three months that laying of the overhead wires is the “need of the time” to ensure that people can lead a better life in different parts of the two districts. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPReaching out to the people to make them understand about the benefits of the project was a crucial part of the special drive, besides the work of setting up the towers and laying of wires.There was a need to set up 166 towers to lay the 41.2 km long overhead wires from Subhasgram to Sonakhali. Installation of 164 towers was completed six days ago and the work to set up the last tower had started on July 4.Now, the project is nearing completion and the laying of the overhead wires is also almost complete. It may be mentioned that out of the 41.2 km, the laying of 19 km overhead wires has been completed in the past three months. This comes when the work had been pending for the past two and a half years.It may be mentioned that the laying of wires covering the last stretch of 7.2 km was carried out in full swing and the project is nearing completion.With completion of the project, there will be supply of power from Sonakhali 132/33 KV sub-station to 33 KV sub-station at Jibantala, Gosaba, Dighirpar in South 24-Parganas. At the same time, there will also be transmission of power to 33 KV sub-station at Sarberia and Jaliakhali in North 24-Parganas. It will benefit 2.5 lakh people.last_img read more

Vedanta may restart Goa iron ore export

first_imgVedanta’s iron ore division in Goa is expected to resume exports to China after a lull of three years. Representatives of steel manufacturing mills from China’s Jiangsu province and Tangshan area are currently in Goa to have discussions with officials of Vedanta’s subsidiary, Sesa Iron ore.“They are our long-term buyers and with the company intending to resume extraction soon, they are in Goa to have discussion with the officials,” Sesa Iron Ore’s Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, A N Joshi told on Tuesday. The Sesa Iron Ore has officially announced resumption of iron ore extraction at its mine in Codli, 80 km south of Panaji. It was Asia’s biggest iron ore mining site when the industry faced closure in September 2012. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe current environment clearance limit for this mine is around three million metric tonnes a year, scaled down from earlier limit of seven million metric tonnes annually.Both the Chinese mills had been associated with Sesa for last 25-30 years, Joshi said, adding that they will be comparing the low grade iron ore from Sesa to markets in Australia and other places before finalising the deal. The mills have a production capacity of six million metric tonnes of steel a year each. Before the mining halt in Goa, China was the biggest market for the state. The iron ore extraction activity in Goa had come to standstill after the state government suspended mining leases owing to illegal activities, and later Supreme Court banned it till April 2014.Goa government has already renewed many of the leases, paving way for resumption of iron ore extraction in the state. However, Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar recently said that he would order the mine owners to restart the activity in October this year, if they fail to do so.last_img read more

Embracing struggles of life

first_imgLife revolves around livelihood when an individual is pushed towards the city life. Living a decent life gets difficult when one’s ability is measured with the amount of money posessed. Kalabhakesari, an artist from Kerala is going to present a solo show of paintings titled Urban Ruins which reflects upon the above theme in the national Capital.Curated by Uma Nair, the show is about struggle, about the cages we are put into because society slots us and gives us a place according to the riches we have. The exhibition will be showcased in Lalit Kala Akademi, Copernicus Marg. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artist who is now based in Delhi says, “When I think of struggle, I think of so many things that have grown around me and filled my livelihood – I feel as if I’m free but I am living in chains. I feel today is not a time for monuments, it is a time for ruins.” Kesari’s words give us a flashback of newspapers across the world splashed with images of social collapse, disaster and grief.“When Kesari brought home his canvases, his imagery transfixed me because in his subjects I could feel a rare but deepened sense of mournful beauty that actually filled me with a sad but lurid fascination,” says curator and critic Uma Nair.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“My work is an ironic commentary about urban life and society which is the source of my inspiration,” says Kesari, “My work addresses issues related to dislocation with rapidly changing consumer cultures, so I use certain symbols to depict the same. For instance, the network tower is a symbol of technology and connectivity. This is a global reality. But within this reality, the value of human existence has become a microcosm,” he adds.Between the ecological destruction, natural disasters and the social unrest around the world, the image of the ruin has come to define our historical juncture. Everywhere the social fabric of man is in a state of rupture and we are victims of races within races.Today, in  this young artist’s hands, the 15 canvases morph into the image of a fragmented, mournful past that comes back to caution his present and foreshadow his future. His anxiety and his angst unveil a moody melancholia writ large in the way he expresses his responses to urban practices.last_img read more

New flavours in every bite

first_imgIndia-Pakistan ties have always been a subject of intense debates, but Prabhu Dayal’s book on the same has a different side of the story.Ambassador Prabhu Dayal’s Karachi Halwa, published by Zorba Books, was officially launched on Friday, March 11 at the India International Centre Annexe, in the presence of some eminent panelists. MP Mani Shankar Aiyar, MP Dr Shashi Tharoor, MP Pawan Varma, MP Gen J J Singh, Ambassador G Parthasarathy and Ambassador TCA Raghavan launched the book in the presence of many other luminaries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Mani Shankar Aiyar was the Consulate General when Dayal had joined the consulate and he calls Mani a ‘dove’ and Parthasarathy a ‘hawk’ in his book, with reference to the modern scenario.“There is a thread of humour running through the book, in spite of neat capsules of information on the Indo-Pak relations. It takes a special kind of an author to recognise humour in a situation and to be able to translate that into words. Ambassador Dayal has done that and also given little known facts about the Pakistani establishments in Karachi Halwa,” said Shalini from Zorba Books. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe book is based on the author’s rich experience while serving in the Karachi Consulate in Pakistan, it is a witty and insightful portrayal of Zia-ul-Haq’s rule in the then Pakistan. Karachi Halwa as the name suggests is a first person account offering the readers a unique side of the Indo-Pak relations and Zia-ul-Haq’s rule.“Karachi Halwa has the sweetness of halwa in many places but is not indigestible like many halwas because it is so light and airy. It leaves you pondering in a very constructive way. It is a delightful read, fun from the beginning to the end,” said Shashi Tharoor“They (Pakistan) run an inefficient dictatorship and we run an inefficient democracy”, joked Mani Shankar Ayiar talking about how similar the two countries are among many other aspects, while sharing his experiences in the Pakistan Consulate at the event.The book has interesting illustrations done by Prabhu Dayal’s wife, Chandini Dayal. Till date there have been many books on the Indo-Pak relations dealing with the matter in a very straight forward and serious manner, but this is probably the first book, a one-of-its-kind that gives the reader a firsthand experience of the country that the Indians have such pre conceived notions about. Moreover, the book does not deal with the matter lightly, rather presents the whole scenario from a different angle which eventually can make the reader think differently.last_img read more

Govt spend in health sector insurance cover must improve Rupali Basu

first_imgGrowing up in Durgapur, Rupali Basu, the President and Chief Executive Officer of Eastern Region at Apollo Hospitals Enterprise Limited, is greatly admired for her role in health and hospital management.Achieving success at a very young age, she has now become a torch bearer for other women in Kolkata. In 2008, she took over as the CEO of the Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata and currently heads and operates out of that 660 bedded multi-super-speciality hospital. A pioneer in implementing a world-class standard of quality and accreditation in healthcare, her contribution towards the development of super speciality tertiary care hospital services in Eastern India, specifically in the areas of cancer, cardiac, and emergency care has been inspirational and exemplary. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’A medical graduate from R G Kar Medical College, Kolkata and post-graduate in Health and Hospital Management from Delhi and Harvard University, Basu holds key positions in almost a dozen institutions of Eastern India. She is the President of the Association of Hospitals in Eastern India; Vice-President of Welfare Society for the Blind, Kolkata and Executive Council member of ICC and CII(Eastern Region). She is also the Chairperson of ICC National Expert Committee on Healthcare, Chairperson of the Women Empowerment Task Force of CII(Eastern Region); Co-Chairperson of Sector Committee on Health, Education and Skill, Government of West Bengal and Member of Steering Committee on Industry, Government of West Bengal. Basu has travelled to many countries and led industrial delegations on behalf of the CII. She also serves as an independent director on the Board of Tata Steel Processing and Distribution Ltd and Visa Power Ltd. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAlthough she has been in the profession for more than nineteen years, she never gave up on her dreams of designing. Inspired by her father, Basu is passionate about designing saris and has conducted several exclusive exhibitions at several places in the city and all proceeds go to charity. Basu is also the Editor of a fortnightly Bengali language Women magazine Ajker Sampurna’.What inspired you to take up medical studies and choose Health and Hospital Management? My involvement with the National Cadet Corps in school aroused an interest in nation-building. This prompted me to take up Preventive and Social Medicine (PSM) as my specialization – and that meant working towards improving the standard of available medical service.After graduating from medical college, I specialized in public health and was a topper at the All India Institute of Hygiene and Public Health. After observing the environment while working as a house staff there, I realized that proper hospital management could change the health care system in India and took up hospital management in the 1990s when such a concept barely existed in India.Why did you choose to live and work in Calcutta?Calcutta is the city of my choice with a vision to transform the healthcare scenario.How well is the state government working?The State Government has taken a number of initiatives which focuses on transforming the face of healthcare in West Bengal. Some of them include, creation of 41 new super- speciality hospitals in West Bengal of which 32 have already been inaugurated, free indoor treatment for everyone at Government hospitals, setting up diagnostic units at rural hospitals, mobile medical units in Jangalmahal and closed tea gardens in the state, community delivery centres in relay mode in remote areas such as islands of Sundarbans and promoting private-public partnership(PPP) in medical and nursing education. It has also invited private hospitals to take in medical students, but this is yet be legalised. What does the state need to do to improve our health care services?The State has already taken a number of path-breaking initiatives as outlined above. However, the focus should be on the shortage of doctors and lack of penetration in rural areas, shortage of manpower and technicians and high per capita expenditure. It is an irony that a considerable portion of seats remains vacant every year due to lack of multi-institution coordination. The State may address this problem by streamlining the process of post-graduate medical education through a Committee which will coordinate between Supreme Court, MCI, Central Government and State Government. Emphasis should be given on insurance and other schemes. Quality accreditation in Government hospitals will be an added advantage to ensure patient’s safety and good clinical outcomes. Many patients still prefer to go to Mumbai, Chennai or Bangalore for treatment. How can we stop them?A major step will be to create awareness about the super-speciality clinical care that is available in the region. Apollo Gleneagles Hospital launched the first Oncology Centre in 2010 with the state of the art technology like NovalisTx and Robotics. Three Tesla MRIs, Neuro Navigation and Brain Lab are also available in West Bengal now. Awareness must also be created about cost differentials, without compromising the quality of care and clinical outcome. What kind of transformation do you think healthcare sector in India needs to have?The health care spending in India is only 4.7 percent (World Bank report 2014). It needs to increase as the percentage is really less as compared to countries like UK (9 per cent) and the US (17 perc ent).  Financial access has to be improved through extensive insurance cover and healthcare resource gaps have to be filled. Next, workforce shortages have to be reduced; public health facilities should be strengthened and early treatment of the diseases should be done.  I believe telehealth services should be extensively used as this platform can truly transform India’s healthcare system. Apollo is considered to be one of the best hospital chains of the country. What extra facilities does this group provide to their patients?Apollo has a robust presence across the healthcare spectrum. The group has emerged as the foremost integrated healthcare provider in Asia. The difference lies in the philosophy that we subscribe to. We prioritise our patients and believe in prevention rather than cure. Taking cognizance of the undeniable fact that India is reeling under the onslaught of Non Communicable Diseases (NCDs), the Apollo Group has assumed the responsibility to educate and influence the mindset. Increased focus on initiatives like personalised preventive healthcare bears testimony to this new thrust. How do you attract the best of doctors to the hospital?This is done through our state -of- the- art infrastructure, cutting edge clinical technology, the scope for academics and research, national presence, quality policies and national and international brand presence. Not everyone can access expensive healthcare facilities. In that case, what would your suggestions be?Insurance penetration, which is currently about 25 percent, needs to be increased significantly to make healthcare facilities accessible to a larger section of the society. Also, we need our government to introduce other schemes promising an increase in accessibility for the economically weaker section. What are some of the major health problems in India? Are steps being taken to combat them?The increase in non-communicable diseases (NCDs) is the main problem plaguing India. Some of them are cardio-vascular diseases (hypertension and ischaemic heart disease), stroke, cancer, diabetes, and chronic respiratory disorders. In addition, most of the lung cancers’ cases are reported from West Bengal. Almost 62 percent of NCD deaths are caused by heart diseases and strokes. In order to prevent them, early detection through preventive health checks is absolutely necessary. Where else is the Apollo group planning to expand its business?Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals currently runs a 660-bedded super speciality hospital in Kolkata, and intends to add 120 beds in the Institute of Gastro-Sciences and Liver in the next six months. Given the prevalence of gastroenterological and liver diseases and a dearth of dedicated single-speciality hospitals in the region, this move comes as a great service for the patients in the region. We are also in the process of evaluating both green-field and brown-field proposals for setting up a hospital in South Kolkata with two to three hundred beds. Further, we have acquired a 14 acre plot in Batanagar, for a proposed 750-bedded medical college with an intake of 150 medical graduates. Over the next five years, our plan is to get 1000 beds here.You have been associated with sports in the recent past. Tell us about some of the activities in this field?We have made it our mission to support sports in Bengal. Sports are vital in keeping our community fit. Most of the NCDs – heart diseases and diabetes result from a sedentary lifestyle. We are therefore focussing on prevention and there is no better way to do it than getting more people involved in sports and an active lifestyle. We have provided first-aid kits for 18 CAB-affiliated clubs, entered into an emergency medical partnership with both Mohun Bagan and East Bengal Clubs and I-League matches. We are the exclusive medical partners of Atlético de Kolkata for ISL 2015, covering all home and practice matches, and with ICC for all the T 20 World Cup 2016 matches played here. Recently, we have also promoted the game of darts through Apollo Eagles. You have been patronising and promoting art, culture and cinema. Why, and what are your activities in this scenario?These activities enable us to connect with people and the community on a wider scale. For instance, when we presented the film ‘Praktan’, we understood that it was about relationships, something that we focussed on at the hospital as well. The concept of ‘Hete Dekho Kolkata’ or ‘Let’s Walk, Kolkata’ also had a fitness angle. Recently, we also presented ‘Stone’, an exhibition of photographs on architecture, in an initiative honouring the quintessential rickshaw pullers of Kolkata.You are also an editor of a Bengali magazine. What inspired you in this endeavour?My point was to address today’s stress-filled lifestyle. It is important for a woman to be equally careful about her body and her mind. Hence, a wellness magazine for women becomes an ideal way to communicate with millions of them. It lets them feel good, keeps them informed about wellness, beauty, fashion, literature, media and entertainment, home décor, enables a stress-free lifestyle and provides our best doctor’s advice to stay well. My editorial journey, which started from my school days, was the first push in this regard. Message for young students who are studying medicine?First, recognize your strength and then back it up with unending hard work. Increasing demand is driving the world now and unfortunately, there are only 24 hours in a day. Hence, we need to stretch ourselves to the fullest. Being physically and mentally strong is, therefore the precursor of life.last_img read more

Huge awareness campaigns on World Toilet Day

first_imgKolkata: The Panchayat and Rural Development department will conduct massive awareness campaigns against open defecation and other health issues on November 19 on World Toilet Day.The department has released tickers for television to create awareness against open defecation. There are tickers on hand wash where parents, particularly mothers, have been requested not to allow their children to take food without washing their hands. People have been asked to clear containers used to store water, flower pots as they serve as mosquito breeding grounds. They have also been requested to segregate garbage at source and keep bio-degradable waste in separate bins. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAll the 22 districts in Bengal are likely to be Open Defecation Free (ODF) by December 2019. It may be mentioned that Bengal had started to spread this campaign long before Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan on October 2, 2015. “All the districts in Bengal will be ODF much ahead of the schedule which is October 2, 2019”, said Dibyendu Sarkar, Commissioner, Panchayat and Rural Development department. Nadia was country’s first district that became ODF. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFive districts in Bengal that are yet to be declared ODF are Purulia, Jhargram, North Dinajpur, Jalpaiguri and Gorkhaland Territorial Administration (GTA). Fourteen districts have formally been declared as ODF while in three other districts, work has been completed but the formal declaration has not happened yet. Panchayat and Rural Development department had lodged massive campaigns in the districts that have been declared as ODF requesting people to use toilets and maintain them as well. Teams have been set up comprising district officials and locals to ensure that people do not go out to defecate. The theme for the World Toilet Day is “When nature calls take action.” Throughout the globe, the movement is on to set up composting latrines that capture and treat human waste on site producing a free supply of fertilizers to help grow crops. According to a report published by the World Health Organisation (WHO) in 2015, 892 million people throughout the world practice open defecation while 4.5 billion live without a safe toilet and 62.5 percent people globally do not have access to safe sanitation. Every year 315000 children die globally due to unsafe water and poor sanitation.last_img read more

Tri Services Adventure Expedition flagged off at Kalimpong

first_imgDarjeeling: A Tri Services Adventure Expedition was flagged off on Monday by General Officer Commanding, Striking Lion Division from the Gompa ground of Durpin Monastery at Kalimpong. The expedition will continue till January 15, 2019.The expedition will take place in three phases, which include cycling and trekking, paragliding and sea diving. It is being undertaken by a Tri Services team comprising three officers, three warrant rank officers and thirteen soldiers from Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe first leg of the expedition comprising cycling cum trekking will cover a distance of 200 km from Kalimpong to North Sikkim, under the aegis of the Striking Lion Division. The Armed Forces Team will cycle the treacherous and challenging mountains of North Sikkim for the next five days, reaching altitudes of 15,000 ft in the Lachen & Lachung valleys. Apart from cycling, the team will also trek through the mountain ranges along the Teesta river. The first leg of the expedition will come to an end on December 22. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThis will be followed by parasailing and power gliding. This part will be held at Hashimara Air Force Station from December 24 to December 28. The last stretch that will include diving and sailing will be held from December 30 to January 5 at Vizag. “The Indian Armed Forces have a rich saga of fostering the spirit of adventure amongst its ranks by undertaking various different adventure activities. To enhance the spirit of adventure ingrained in the Indian Armed Forces, demonstrate high standards of physical fitness, competitive spirit, mental robustness and camaraderie amongst the three Services, this expedition is being held,” stated a release.last_img read more

Mamata pays tribute to Netaji on Twitter

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Sunday paid her tribute to Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose on the occasion of the 75th anniversary of Tricolour hoisting by the freedom fighter at Port Blair in 1943. Bose had hoisted the national flag for the first time at Cellular Jail, Port Blair, on December 30, 1943. The chief minister asserted that Netaji would continue to inspire his countrymen. “On December 30, 1943, Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose had hoisted the Tricolour for the first time in #PortBlair. On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of that historic event, I bow humbly to the great leader. #Netaji continues to inspire us,” she tweeted. The Centre has announced that it will release Rs 75 commemorative coin to mark the historic event.last_img read more

Your work emails can affect your health relationships

first_imgDoes your boss expects you to be ever-connected on emails and work without boundaries? If so, besides causing harm to your health and well-being, it could also lead to conflict in family relationships, a new study has revealed.Stress due to employers’ expectations of work during non-working hours brings strain in the family ties as the employee is unable to fulfil non-work roles at home.Such expectations are “an insidious stressor that not only increases employee anxiety, decreases their relationship satisfaction and has detrimental effects on employee health, but it also negatively affects their partner’s health and marital satisfaction perceptions,” said Liuba Belkin, Associate Professor at Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfEmployees do not need to spend actual time on work in their off-hours to experience the harmful effects. The mere expectations of availability increase strain for employees and their significant others – even when employees do not engage in actual work during non-work time.”The competing demands of work and non-work lives present a dilemma for employees, which triggers feelings of anxiety and endangers work and personal lives,” added William Becker, Associate Professor at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in the US. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe findings were presented at the Academy of Management’s annual meeting in Chicago.According to Becker, policies that reduce expectations to monitor electronic communication outside of work should be ideal to mitigate the adverse effects of negative health outcomes.When that is not an option, the solution may be to establish boundaries on when electronic communication is acceptable during off-hours by setting up off-hour email windows or schedules when employees are available to respond. Importantly, organisational expectations should be communicated clearly, Becker noted.”If the nature of a job requires email availability, such expectations should be stated formally as a part of job responsibilities.”Knowing these expectations upfront may reduce anxiety in employees and increase understanding from their family members, he said.As for employees, they could consider practising mindfulness, which may help them to “be present” in family interactions, and help reduce conflict and improve relationship satisfaction, said Becker.However, while mindfulness is within the employees’ control, email expectations are not, he added.last_img read more

Man Arrested for Attacking and Trying to Steal the Magna Carta

first_imgA 45-year-old man wielding a hammer was arrested after he attempted to break the glass box protecting the Magna Carta on display at Salisbury Cathedral in England. Following silent alarms going off as the would-be thief tried to break through the glass box, staff members identified him, wrestled the man to the ground, and struggled with him for at least 10 minutes.He was arrested on suspicion of attempted theft, possession of an offensive weapon, and criminal damage. Police told the media on October 26, 2018 that he remained in custody.Salisbury Cathedral in fall.The 1215 document that established basic tenets of the rule of law in England was not damaged in the incident.“The Magna Carta has not been damaged and nobody was injured in the incident,” Wiltshire Police said.The damaged Magna Carta display case. Photo by Wiltshire PoliceThe Very Reverend Nick Papadopoulos told the BBC: “There were people around so the cry went up, it was pretty thick glass so it hadn’t yielded easily despite having a hammer hit it.”“It was a great shock but everyone responded magnificently, both our staff and volunteers and members of the public. They raised a cry and he did not get away.”The shocking attack took place just before Evensong, which is near to closing time at the visitor center.A 1297 copy of Magna Carta, owned by the Australian Government and on display in the Members’ Hall of Parliament House, Canberra. Photo by Wongm CC BY SA 4.0Dean Papadopoulos said: “He had been carrying a hammer so our guys were very courageous.”The edition at Salisbury Cathedral is one of only four copies of the original charter still in existence and is considered the best preserved of the four.Salisbury Cathedral said in a statement: “We can confirm that at the end of the afternoon yesterday, a man attempted to break into the case which houses the Magna Carta in the cathedral’s chapter house. He was arrested by police shortly afterwards and taken into custody.”An original version of Magna Carta, agreed by King John and the barons in 1215.“We are very relieved that no one was hurt during the incident and that the Magna Carta itself is undamaged. We are very grateful to all who dealt with the situation so swiftly and effectively. We are very sorry that, for the time being, our copy of Magna Carta will not be available to visitors and will have it back on display as soon as we can.”Wiltshire police have not yet disclosed the man’s identity. Authorities did release a photo showing three holes had been punched into the glass, and they asked anyone who witnessed the crime to get in touch.The charter has been removed for safe-keeping while the double-layer glass case is refurbished, Dean Papadopoulos said.Magna Carta (1297 version).“The layer that is closest to the document itself was completely untouched by the individual concerned, but his hammer did do some damage to the initial glass screen,” he told the media.A facsimile copy of the charter will be displayed, and the visitor center will re-open soon.Magna Carta is a charter of rights agreed by King John in 1215. Several versions were sent around the country “as evidence of the King’s decision,” according to Salisbury Cathedral’s website.King John in Worcester Cathedral.Magna Carta outlined basic rights with the principle that no one was above the law, including the king of the land. It established the right to a fair trial, as well as limits on taxation without representation.It inspired the U.S. Constitution and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.“Only three clauses are still valid — the one guaranteeing the liberties of the English Church; the clause confirming the privileges of the city of London and other towns; and the clause that states that no free man shall be imprisoned without the lawful judgement of his equals,” according to the BBC.Read another story from us: 8,000-year-old Dishes Reveal Surprisingly Varied Neolithic Eating HabitsThe British Library has two of the other copies of the Magna Carta, as well as the key original documents which tell the Magna Carta story in 1215 including: the Articles of the Barons, the unique copy of the list of the barons’ demands which were reflected in Magna Carta; the papal document which declared Magna Carta null and void in August 1215, and a sealed copy of Henry III’s 1225 Magna Carta.last_img read more

VIDEO Bama unveils 600 million 10year Death Star plan to upgrade athletic

first_img Advertisement Much like the Empire built the Death Star to crush all rebel resistance in the galaxy, Alabama just announced a fundraising initiative to raise $600 million over the next 10 years to upgrade their athletic facilities, including the Mal Moore Athletic Complex, Bryant-Denny Stadium and Coleman Coliseum, in their never ending effort to crush their competition in the recruiting wars.The project is called “The Crimson Standard” and the Emperor, err Nick Saban announced he and his wife Miss Terri will personally donate $1 million to the project.Bama released a video of the what the facilities will look like upon completion, and good luck to everyone else trying to pitch a recruit after they see this.Introducing The Crimson Standard!For more information on how to become involved visit #RollTide #TheCrimsonStandard— Alabama Athletics (@UA_Athletics) August 16, 2018last_img read more