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. In an exclusive interview with John Bryson, Chairman and CEO of Edison International by CNBC reporter, Dylan Ratigan explained a new direct method of delivering solar energy. The process is called Photovoltaic technology,which means it converts sun energy directly into power within the solar cell. The unique aspect of this project, as explained by John Bryon involves leasing about 2 ½ miles of rooftops in the hotter regions of Southern California. The roof tops will be fitted with thin-film solar cells and have the ability to literally dump electricity into the surrounding community. The communities have been preselected to include areas where Southern California Edison has a growing customer base. The advantage of the photovoltaic technology is that it does not require a separate transmission station or added fuel costs. The thin-cell solar manufacturers has not been determined at this time.According to Mr. Bryson, the Photovoltaic Roof Top Project is planning to be up and running in its initial phase by this Summer. The process when it begins can almost immediately begin to produce electricity to relieve the additional burden of air conditioning and the like during the hot season. The cost of the project is estimated to be 875 million dollars. The advantage to Edison and its customers is the ability to eventually according to large scale production reduce the cost of energy. Mr. Bryson estimates the new technology on a large scale is cost effective because other methods like natural gas, coal and hydro sources require additional expenditures for transmission and fuel. The State of California is at the forefront of legislation concerning alternative energy sources and has set a mandate that 20 percent of all electricity must be generated by alternative energy sources by 2010. According to Mr. Bryson, Edison International and its subsidiaries are in complete accord with energy conservation. Edison International , local economies, customers and manufacturers may see big dividends in the future for their investment in energy conservation. The project is the single largest solar energy project of its kind on a world-wide basis. See video at: www.cnbc.com/id/15840232?video=698312659 The competitive benefits of a modern energy system Edison International plans to launch a roof top photovoltaic solar project. The process requires no fuel or a transmission station to operate. The plans include an initial phase to be up and running by Summer, 2008. Citation: Edison International In Process of Launching Photovoltaic Project on Roof Tops (2008, March 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-03-edison-international-photovoltaic-roof-tops.html Explore further
(PhysOrg.com) — “Many groups have been working devices that make objects invisible,” Che Ting Chan tells PhysOrg.com. “Most of these devices, however, encompass the object to be cloaked.” Chan, a scientist at The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, believes that it is possible to create a cloaking device that would be able to render an object invisible without encompassing it. “With the devices that encompass the object,” Chan continues, “the cloaked subject is ‘blind’. It can’t ‘see’ out through the cloak. We can’t see the object, but the object can’t see us, either. We wanted to create a conceptual design that would let the object ‘see’ out through the cloak while hiding it from sight.” Along with Yun Lai, Huanyang Chen and Zhao-Qing Zhang, Chan believes that this could be accomplished. Their ideas are published in Physical Review Letters: “Complementary Media Invisibility Cloak that Cloaks Objects at a Distance Outside the Cloaking Shell.”Right now, such a device exists only theory. “We haven’t built the device,” Chan says, “but we have shown mathematically how it could work. It is a very specific description of the materials needed. If you have the time and resources, we think it could be done.” He points out that it might have interesting possibilities in a number of fields where invisibility might be desirable. Theoretically, a device such as Chan suggests, would work through complementary media. “Our strategy is to put the cloaking device and the object to be cloak next to each other. The cloaking device is a kind of anti-object. The way the light is gathered and scattered by the two objects – the cloaking device and the object it is making invisible – would cancel each other out.” Chan continues by explaining that the cloaking device would become invisible as well. “Both must be invisible in order for this to be effective, and I think we have shown in theory how this could work.”Chan admits that 100 percent invisibility is only available for one wavelength, however. “Right now, the usefulness, especially for military applications, is limited,” he says. “You can only make the object invisible in one wavelength, so if I made it invisible for the visible spectrum, all someone would have to do is use radar to detect the object. A lot of work would need to be done to make a cloaking device that worked for more wavelengths.” He pauses, before adding, “It might be possible to make the object almost invisible for broader wavelengths, but that would also take a lot of work. And you still wouldn’t have 100 percent visibility.”The Hong Kong team, although interested in rendering objects invisible, is working on another ambitious project. “We have shown that we can cause invisibility in objects, and allow them to ‘see’ out of the cloak,” he says. “We are now working on how to transform how an object looks. Invisibility was just the first step in this. By understanding how complementary media invisibility might work, we can also look at how it might be possible to transform the look of an object into something else. Perhaps make an apple look like a banana.”Science is beginning to sound more like magic by the day.More information: Yun Lai, Huanyang Chen, Zhao-Qing Zhang, and C. T. Chan, “Complementary Media Invisibility Cloak that Cloaks Objects at a Distance Outside the Cloaking Shell.” Physical Review Letters (2009). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.102.093901 . Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Invisibility undone: Chinese scientists demonstrate how to uncloak an invisible object Explore further Citation: New invisibility cloak allows object to ‘see’ out through the cloak (2009, March 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-03-invisibility-cloak.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
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 (Phys.org)—A new study shows that a swarm of hundreds of thousands of tiny microbots, each smaller than the width of a human hair, can be deployed into industrial wastewater to absorb and remove toxic heavy metals. The researchers found that the microbots can remove 95% of the lead in polluted water in one hour, and can be reused multiple times, potentially offering a more effective and economical way to remove heavy metals than previous methods. Microbots individually controlled using ‘mini force fields’ More information: Diana Vilela, et al. “Graphene-Based Microbots for Toxic Heavy Metal Removal and Recovery from Water.” Nano Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.nanolett.6b00768 Citation: Microbots can clean up polluted water (2016, April 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-04-microbots-polluted.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Illustration of a self-propelled graphene oxide-based microbot for removing lead from wastewater. Credit: Vilela, et al. ©2016 American Chemical Society Journal information: Nano Letters The researchers, Diana Vilela, et al., have published a paper on the lead-adsorbing microbots in a recent issue of Nano Letters.”This work is a step toward the development of smart remediation system where we can target and remove traces of pollutant without producing an additional contamination,” coauthor Samuel Sánchez, at the Max-Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Stuttgart, Germany; the Institute for Bioengineering of Catalonia in Barcelona; and the Catalan Institution for Research and Advanced Studies in Barcelona, told Phys.org.Heavy metal pollution in water is a common problem stemming from industrial activities, including the manufacturing of batteries and electronics, as well as mining and electroplating. These activities produce metals such as lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium, and chromium, all of which pose a safety hazard to living organisms and the environment.In the new study, the researchers focused specifically on removing lead from wastewater by designing tube-shaped microbots with three functional layers. The outer layer of graphene oxide adsorbs the lead from the water. The middle layer, nickel, makes the microbots ferromagnetic so that their direction of motion can be controlled by an external magnetic field. The inner layer, platinum, gives the microbots the ability to self-propel themselves through water. When hydrogen peroxide is added to the wastewater, the platinum decomposes the hydrogen peroxide into water and oxygen microbubbles, and ejecting the microbubbles from the back of the microbot propels it forward. Play Magnetic guidance of a microbot. Credit: Vilela, et al. ©2016 American Chemical Society When the microbots are finished adsorbing the lead, a magnetic field can be used to collect them all from the water. Then the microbots are treated in an acidic solution to remove the lead ions, which can later be recovered and reused. The microbots can also be reused for further lead clean-up. “This is a new application of smart nanodevices for environmental applications,” Sánchez said. “The use of self-powered nanomachines that can capture heavy metals from contaminated solutions, transport them to desired places and even release them for ‘closing the loop’—that is a proof-of-concept towards industrial applications.”In the future, the microbots could even be controlled by an automated system that magnetically guides the swarm to accomplish various tasks. “We plan to extend the microbots to other contaminants, and also importantly reduce the fabrication costs and mass-produce them,” Sánchez said.The combination of self-propelled robots with functional layers also opens the doors for similar designs that could have applications in areas including drug delivery and sensing. © 2016 Phys.org
by NPR News Merrit Kennedy 8.28.19 4:03pm It looks like Costco is a hit in Shanghai. On Tuesday, the U.S. wholesale chain opened its first location in mainland China and was so inundated with eager shoppers that the store closed early owing to “security concerns.”The next day, Costco began limiting the number of shoppers in its warehouse to 2,000 at a time. “Local police will assist in improving traffic in the area, in order to lessen the disturbance to our neighbors, and we have improved our internal guest flow system,” the company said in a statement on the social media platform WeChat.Costco said that in the coming week, people who have memberships to the store will be notified “if we are nearing maximum capacity or if there are long wait times.”Photos from the store opening show long lines of customers queued up to apply for membership and crowds of people surrounding a roast chicken counter and freezers full of meat.The company, which first opened in the U.S. in 1976 under a different name, offers its members bulk items at wholesale prices. The cavernous stores are known for vast shelves with items stacked nearly to the ceiling.According to the Chinese news agency Xinhua, membership to the Shanghai store costs about $42 annually. “Prices of general merchandise in Costco are 30 to 60 percent lower than market prices and the food sold there is 10 to 20 percent cheaper,” Xinhua noted.The low prices certainly created a commotion, with checkout lines two hours long and three-hour waits simply to find a spot in the parking lot.It’s worth noting that some major international brands have had a hard time in China. As Bloomberg reported, “Carrefour SA sold an 80% stake in its China unit at a discount in June while German wholesaler Metro AG is looking to sell its operations.”Sam’s Club, the Walmart-owned rival wholesaler, has had a presence in the Chinese market for more than 20 years. It currently has at least 23 locations there.Costco’s senior vice president for Asia, Richard Zhang, told AFP that the Chinese consumer’s familiarity with Sam’s Club could help his company. “Chinese consumers are ready to pay for a membership card that grants them an exclusive privilege to buy at a warehouse store, it’s not a new concept in the country,” he said.Still, the ongoing U.S.-China trade war could complicate the company’s supply. Zhang told the wire service that about 50 percent of the products are from overseas and that some fresh produce items from the U.S. have been replaced with items from Australia.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Costco Opens In Shanghai, Shuts Early Owing To Massive… Aly Song
There are many restaurants to please the Punjabi palette in the Capital, but then there are also classics. Nestled in the post Chanakyapuri locale, we took time to check out Garam Masala, a part of the Forte Grand complex. The complex has the restrobar Garam Masala, a kebab and grill lounge Pepper and a banquet hall as well. The enclosed space is also perfect for out-door parties if the weather is right. But in the terrible Delhi humidity and heat, the AC interiors worked best. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Garam Masala can be described as the perfect family restaurant, it has very comfortable seating arrangements that provide the right amount of comfort and privacy. If you want to take your family out for a nice meal, this is it!Serving a great variety of Indian dishes, the restaurant also holds its own with some Chinese options. The kebabs are a must try, we suggest the chicken tikkas which were quite perfect. If you want something else as well – the dry chilli chicken is what you can pick. They also have a great fish tandoori. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOf the Indian breads the Lal Mirch Parantha was very well made and it went perfectly with the dal makhni. The parantha is a must try, it is light, flaky and not as spicy as it looks. We have always been a little partial about restaurants that make their dals well and Garam Masala is definitely one of the places that do.What you definitely must not miss are the desserts. Garam Masala dishes out some great Indian deserts like the ever-favourite gulab jamun, rasmalai and the moong ka halwa. After a scrumptious Indian meal, nothing goes better than a nice cold piece of rasmalai. The place also has a very well stocked bar so pick your poison with the meal. A meal for two comes to about Rs 1200 (without taxes and alcohol). Great location, great food and some very comfortable time out – head over.
For the month of January, the Rustic Grills at 1911 offers exotic fare of grilled specialties peppered with finest of ingredients that capture your senses in an elegant and historic of 1911, this New Year. The offer is on from 15 January till 13 February. The winter collection at The Spice Route offers a sumptuous, warm and delectable for winters, the healthy and all time famous collection menu by Chef Veena Arora offers electic mix of recipes from the South-East Asian kitchen of The Spice Route. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For the month of February, San Gimignano, La Baguette and 1991 brings you the Valentine special from . This valentine’s day surprise your loved one with sinful desserts at La Baguette or set a romantic culinary journey with the ‘Unique Dining Experience’ created with intricately structured canopies exclusively at San Gimignano lawns and 1911 lawns. March brings you the Aromas of Bengal at Daniell’s Tavern from March 10 – 25. Satiate your love for Bengali cuisine as the Executive Chef Vishal Atreya brings you palate, inspires gourmet from Kolkata, the culinary capital of Bengal. From Daab Chingri to Shukto and Illish Maach Bhape, the spices, the flavours and the aroma will delight you in each bite. Also quench your thirst for smashing cocktails paired with cognac and spruced up with chocholate at 1911 bar and Patial Peg.
Durgapur: Asansol Durgapur Development Authority (ADDA) has set December 2018 as the target to integrate its entire leased out land into its online payment gateway service.”We have prepared a legacy data of these leaseholders after a lot of hard work. There are around 3,000 such leaseholders, whose tax payments are irregular. Once we integrate them in this online payment gateway, we will be able to keep them updated about their dues and the pending rent can be mopped up easily,” ADDA CEO Arun Prasad said on the sidelines of the launch of a mobile application for both Android and iOS users, for online payment gateway service.The ADDA Online app service was formally launched by its chairman Tapas Banerjee at its office in Durgapur on Monday.It may be mentioned that out of the leased out land belonging to ADDA, 80 percent is residential, 15 percent is commercial and 5 percent is industrial.”We have already prepared a database of shops and have started the process of registering them under ADDA Online. They will be soon getting alerts of the pending amount and the time period they need to clear their dues. They can pay online or can deposit the amount with a private bank with which we have tied up. Soon, we will tie up with some nationalised banks too,” Banerjee said.A workshop will be held on Wednesday with around 150 shop owners, who will be registered on the online plat-form.ADDA, which launched the online platform in June last year, has mopped up Rs 12.5 crore till date and now, with the launch of mobile payment gateway and integratingshops and hawkers and then the land leaseholders, is hopeful of earning a revenue of around Rs 25 crore by June 2019.Most of these shop owners would visit the ADDA office once in three months, collect details of payments and then clear the dues. Delayed payments had become a cause of worry.The online payment gateway for collection of various fees like developmentcharges, water charges, mortgage fees, transfer fees and ground rent, among others, have relieved the residents from the hassle of travelling to the ADDA office.ADDA covers an extensive area of 1,603 square km, comprising two municipal corporations and eight development blocks.
Kolkata: “Ekotai Sampriti” became an integral part of the Martyrs’ Day rally on Saturday with people from across the state coming in with placards and posters spreading the message of communal peace and harmony.This comes when TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had been repeatedly saying that Bengal has the rich heritage of communal harmony. With her repeated pleas, she has urged the masses not to indulge in any sort of instigation and not to pay any attention to rumours. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe move of the Trinamool Congress workers and supporters in spreading the message of peace and harmony during the Martyrs’ Day rally earned significance when there had been repeated attempts by communal forces to disturb the same in the state.People had started turning up to the city from Tuesday onwards to attend the mass rally and to listen to the party supremo, who played a key role in keeping up the tradition of the communal harmony in Bengal. Besides making people aware, the Chief Minister also requested them to inform the police as soon as they realise that there is some issue and there are deliberate attempts to cause trouble. She also directed the police to maintain a strict vigil. The police also carried out awareness campaigns through social networking sites as well in this connection. The theme of the tableau of the Mamata Banerjee government at the Republic Day parade also highlighted the same sentiment of Ekotai Sampriti. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSarafat Hussain, a party worker from Hasnabad, North 24-Parganas, was found carrying a placard carrying the message of communal harmony. It read: “Hate communal separatists.”Sarafat said: “Bengal is a land of peace and harmony with a rich heritage of culture and tradition and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is fighting so that common people never get deprived of their rights.”He further said: “When the Chief Minister is fighting for the benefit of the common man along with the overall development of the state, I found spreading messages of communal harmony and other social issues as the best way to pay respect to the 13 martyrs who sacrificed their lives on this day 25 years ago.”Besides spreading such a message, he also urged people to strengthen the hands of the TMC supremo so that she can ensure that Bengal is not deprived of its rights.Like Sarafat, there were several party workers at the rally who believed in the same concept of peace and harmony.
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Carnatic music is considered as one of the main sub genres of Indian Classical Music. The main focus of Carnatic Music is on the vocal part where the music is composed in the way where they can be sung and when rendered through instruments, they are meant to be performed in the singing style. In order to enthral the Carnatic Music lovers, Carnatic Violin Concert by R Sridhar, disciple of Gurus V S K Chakrapani and presently Akhila Krishnan will be held today at the CD Deshmukh auditorium, India International Centre in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The artist will present a musical homage to past violin maestros – Lalgudi Jayaraman, T K JayaramaIyer and others. Accompanying artists are N Padmanabhan (mridangam); and J Vignesh (kanjira).Sridhar is an accomplished violinist from Delhi who from a very early age displayed immense potential. With able guidance from his gurus, V S K Chakrapani and presently from Akhila Krishnan, Sridhar has carved a niche for himself in the field of Carnatic music. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAn engineer by profession who is passionate about Carnatic music, Sridhar is interested in collaborating with other systems of music to achieve a musical communion.In recognition of his contribution to Carantic music, Sridhar received the title of Sri Kanchi Kamakoti Peetam Asthana Vidwan by H H Jayendra Saraswathi Swamigal in 2012; Natya Tarang Yuva Puraskar by Natraj Music and Dance Academy, Visakhapatnam 2013; the title of National Sangeet Mani conferred by the Utkal Yuva Sanskrutik Sangh, Orissa 2012; Yuva Ratna by Hindustan Arts and Music Society, Suta Nuti Parishad, Kolkata among others.Apart from performances, Sridhar is actively engaged in training and imparting his art to a younger generation of musicians many of whom have gone on to win prestigious scholarships. Sridhar has released two audio CDs titled ‘Rare Ragas and Rare Kirthis’ and ‘Bhakti’.
The death of a spouse is linked to increased risk of developing an irregular heartbeat up to a year after the bereavement, says a study adding that the risk is prevalent among those below 60.The condition known as atrial fibrillation — itself a risk factor for stroke and heart failure — can also flare up in cases when the loss was least expected.According to Danish researchers, acute stress may directly disrupt normal heart rhythms and prompt the production of chemicals involved in inflammation. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The elevated risk was especially high for those who were young and those who lost a relatively healthy partner,” said Simon Graff of Aarhus University in Denmark. The team collected information on 88,612 people newly diagnosed with atrial fibrillation and 886,120 healthy people.They looked at several factors that might influence atrial fibrillation risk which included time since the bereavement, age and sex, heart disease and diabetes, the health of the partner a month before death, and whether they were single. The results, published in the online journal Open Heart, indicated that the risk of developing an irregular heartbeat was 41 per cent higher among those who had been bereaved than it was among those who had not experienced such a loss. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe risk seemed to be greater during eight to 14 days following a death, after which it gradually subsided until after a year the risk was similar to that of someone who had not been bereaved.The highest risk was seen among people under the age of 60: they were more than twice as likely to develop atrial fibrillation if they had been bereaved and the risk also seemed to be greater where the partner’s death had been unexpected.Those whose partners were relatively healthy in the month before death, were 57 per cent more likely to develop atrial fibrillation.
Kolkata: Medical Bank has opened emergency helpline to cope with the shortage of blood during the Durga Puja.In case of any emergency, people can call 98310-62157, D Ashis, secretary of Medical Bank said.He said as there are few blood donation camps because of the Puja, there is severe shortage in the blood banks. There are 70 blood banks run by the state government in the state while another 16 are run by the Centre along with 35 private blood banks. The annual requirement in the state is around 15 lakh units while around 11.5 lakh units are collected through various blood donation camps. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeD Ashis said it is really unfortunate that most of the Puja committees are not concerned about the shortage of blood. “Thousands of people from other states and countries come to Kolkata during Durga Puja and if they need blood, it will difficult to get a unit.”To address this issue, it would have been ideal had the Puja committees put up the hoardings containingthe names of the persons willing to donate blood during the Pujas.Also, though the state-run blood banks are open during the Durga Puja, no collection and examination of blood samples are done after sundown because of shortage of staff.He urged the state government to open the examination of blood samples facilities round the clock.
Kolkata: The Pulitzer winner for Fiction 2018 Andrew Sean Greer, mythology expert and author Devdutt Pattanaik, historian Ramchandra Guha, actor Naseeruddin Shah will be among the personalities addressing the 10th Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival to be held from January 18 to 20. The list of 16 speakers would also include historian and biographer Rajmohan Gandhi, writer and parliamentarian Shashi Tharoor, columnist and novelist Shobhaa De and journalist Seema Goswami, the AKLF said in a statement Saturday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The festival will have sections like New Writers – Competition to identify and promote budding writers, Womens Writing, Childrens Lit Fest featuring leading children writers, literary quizzes, interactive sessions and storytelling and Poetry Caf to showcase classic and new poetry collections, poets and prose writers. The AKLF 2019 will focus on health, current affairs, womens issues and childrens literature among other themes, Director of Apeejay Kolkata Literary Festival (AKLF), Maina Bhagat said in the release. Since 2010, the festival has presented live theatre performances, heritage walks, street theatre, eclectic live musical performances, film screenings and literary sessions, she said.
After having received a whole hearted response at the Jaipur Literary Festival, ‘Ajmer Sharif’, authored by Reema Abbasi and published by Niyogi Books was officially launched at Oxford Bookstore, Connaught place with eminent classical danseuse and researcher activist Manjari Chaturvedi and 26th Generation Gaddi-Nasin, Ajmer Sharif, Haji Syed Salman Chishty.’Ajmer Sharif’ – the heart of homage for thousands of all faiths, welcomes a tidal wave of humanity for the saint known as Gharib Nawaz (benefactor of the poor), whose spiritual order is the most lyrical and inclusive. This book showcases the absolute necessity of Khwaja Muinuddin Chishti in our conflicted times. Today, he is a signpost of unity; a reminder of the relevance of Sufism as a conduit of harmony and justice. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe pages of the book narrates the story of the founder of the Chishti Sufi Order in South Asia – who knew that hunger supersedes doctrines – and of his movement, which began in a mud hut over eight centuries ago. Muinuddin Chishti brought Qawwali, the genre of Sufi devotional recitals, and the ideal of acceptance to the world. He discouraged religious supremacy and patriarchy by example – his wife was a central leader and his only daughter became a caliph – an aspect practised at his seat, but cast off by other shrines of his lineage. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAn elaborately researched oeuvre on the history, spiritual journey, mystical power, and legacy of the 12th century Sufi giant – rich with accounts of Mughals as devotees, monuments, rituals, and over 200 unique, evocative photographs – ‘Ajmer Sharif’ traces the life of the saint and reveals the living force of his shrine.The author, Reema Abbasi was the recipient of the Gender in Journalism Award 2003 from UNESCO for the most gender sensitive reportage. At present, she is a columnist, and an independent contributor with international newspapers, and a regular commentator on socio-political issues. In the last decade, her writings have maintained a rabid focus on the values of secularism. With her last book ‘Historic temples in Pakistan: A call to conscience’, she aimed to stir a discourse that dispels intolerance towards any faith .An in-depth researched work on the history and spiritual journey of the Sufi saint Khwaja Muinuddin Chisti, the book describes the life and times of the Saint and the continued relevance of his much-visited shrine at Ajmer Sharif.
NEW DELHI/KOLKATA: The CBI has arrested senior journalist and Director of M/s Disha Productions and Media Private Limited Suman Chattopadhyay, in an ongoing investigation of a case registered against I-Core Group, a Ponzi scheme company, said officials on Thursday.It has been alleged that Chattopadhyay, who is also the editor of leading Bengali daily Ei Samay, has taken money from some of the chit fund owners, they said. He was called to the probe agency’s Kolkata office for questioning, from where he was taken into custody, they said. A lookout circular was also issued against him, they said. Investigation has revealed that funds collected illegally by the I-Core Group were allegedly diverted in the accounts of M/s DPMPL, as well as the personal account of Chattopadhyay. He will be produced before the court of Special CJM, Bhubaneswar, on Friday. Further investigation is underway in this regard.
Kolkata: The Sealdah Court has recently awarded life imprisonment to two persons for their involvement in trafficking of a minor girl from Ultadanga and selling her to a dance bar in Uttar Pradesh.The court has also imposed a fine of Rs 10,000 each and an additional one-year imprisonment for wrongful confinement of the victim. According to sources, on September 2014, the Ultadanga police station received a complaint from a woman who told the police that her 14-year-old daughter had gone missing. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The investigation revealed that the missing girl had an affair with a man named Rahul Ghosh, who was a bus conductor. The sleuths had doubts that Ghosh could be involved in the case as he also went missing for a few days at that time. The police also learnt from the girl’s family members that she used to dance well. They got information that the girl told some of her close friends that Ghosh was well acquainted with a dance troupe in Uttar Pradesh and he had allegedly promised her a job. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt soon became more or less clear for the investigators that the girl hailing from a lower middle class family was lured with the promise of job. Suspecting that Ghosh might have trafficked her to Uttar Pradesh, the police used their intelligence network and Ghosh was arrested from September 22 from Ramchandrapur in Uttar Pradesh. The girl was locked up in a room of a dance bar. She was recovered within 10 days after the police complaint was lodged. Ghosh had sold her to the owner of the bar. The sleuths could also nabbed the bar owner Suresh Gupta. A case was initiated against them on charges of wrongful confinement and women trafficking and accordingly the charge-sheet was submitted. In another conviction, the Sealdah Court on Wednesday sentenced a man named Bashir Khan to five years imprisonment for molesting a girl from Dum Dum on March 11. The conviction has been achieved within 22 days of the crime with the Chitpore police station submitting the charge-sheet in the case on March 17.
From performing for Danny Boyle at the Slumdog Millionaire premiere to rocking the Andes with the jingle of her ghungroos in Bogota, Sohini Roychowdhury has been a premier ambassador of Indian culture for the last several years.She is not just an Indian dancer and choreographer, but the founder of Sohinimoksha World Dance and Communications (Madrid/Berlin/Kolkata) and Sohinimoksha Artes de La India in Madrid, Spain.Connecting civilizations, creating empathy for all cultures and fostering global harmony is Sohini´s Monsoon raga this year. Her art without frontiers and the One Earth Project were effectively represented in Maya´s Dream, staged at the Bengal Club on August 18, that combined Indian classical forms with Spanish rhythms and Bulgarian folk. It was about idealism and the dream of a better tomorrow. Her perception of Durga, a mother, and warrior, who forgives Mahisasura the Bull demon instead of slaying him – underlined the quality of mercy relevant in this day and age. Tchaikovsky enriched their dance number that spoke of the strength and relevance of nature in all its elements. The Taandav, from the Shiva Puranas, and the Vedic chants, combined with Gregorian, defined effectively and uniquely, the One Earth concept of Sohinimoksha´s dance opera. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFlamenco Arabe, from the shores of Spain, enthralled the school children at Calcutta International School, during an interactive workshop with Maria Sanchez Sanz (Sohini´s student of Bharatanatyam from Madrid), that ended with the Spanish dancer and the Indian school children dancing together.Sohinimoksha´s workshop on August 28, at the Heritage Group, Kolkata, will be a day of India and Spain. Maria Sanz will be performing Bharatanatyam to emphasize the global relevance of our classical arts. For their ‘Back to The Roots’ project, Dr Jorge Diaz Sanchez will be doing a creative writing workshop with the children, on the Spanish poet Lorca. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA similar program will be repeated at a school near Dakhineshwar on August 31.In September, Sohini will be conducting master classes of her unique style of Bharatanatyam and storytelling in Manhattan, New York City. New York will witness the Saga of Shakti through Sohini´s interpretation of this ancient philosophy in these modern times.A visiting professor of dance at 12 Universities across the globe, and an empaneled speaker at Sangeet Natak Academy´s July 2018 Shreshtha Bharat Sanskriti Samagam in Bhubaneswar, Sohini is a winner of the “Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Samman” by The House of Lords, British Parliament; the Priyadarshini Award for Outstanding Achievement in Arts, New Delhi and has been a European Brand Ambassador for India Tourism´s “Incredible India” campaign.Sohini’s dance troupe consists of her students, and dancers, from all over Europe, Latin America, USA, and India, whose performances have been garnering tumultuous audience appreciation, and rave critical reviews everywhere.
Kolkata: The Association of Minority Professional Academic Institutes, popularly known as ‘AMPAI’, has announced that its Common Entrance Examination CEE-AMPAI-2019-WB, will be conducted for the sixth consecutive year on June 23 under the supervision of state Higher Education department.It will be conducted for admission to 4-year B.Tech and B.Pharm courses as per government order issued by state Higher Education department recently. The Common Entrance Examination presents yet another excellent opportunity to the students aspiring for B.Tech and B.Pharm degree courses to secure admission in the top ranking engineering colleges of the state. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThis year, CEE-AMPAI examination will be held at various centres spread across the length and breadth of the country including West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Assam, Tripura and Uttar Pradesh. CEE-AMPAI will allow students to take admission in various streams under B.Tech and B.Pharm in the top ranking engineering colleges of the state such as JIS College of Engineering, Kalyani, Narula Institute of Technology, Kolkata, Guru Nanak Institute of Technology, Kolkata, Guru Nanak Institute of Pharmaceutical Science and Technology, Kolkata, and Dr. Sudhir Chandra Sur Degree Engineering College, Kolkata. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThis year, the total number of seats available in CEE-AMPAI is 1164. The applications are available online and offline till June 16, 2019. The examination syllabus will be similar to the West Bengal Joint Entrance Examination and there would be no negative marking. Though preference will be given to Sikh minority students during the admission, other minority and non-minority students will also get chance to take admission based on the merit list.