Laser interferometer gravitational wave detectors use laser light to measure the distances between mirrors. And light, being an electromagnetic (EM) field, is quantum in nature. EM fields contain quantum noise, fluctuations that make the beams less “sharp,” so to speak. Fluctuations mean that the physical parameters describing the beam are not fixed, but instead have built-in uncertainty or fuzziness, which limits the sensitivity of a gravitational wave detector.The researchers in this study, from several institutions in the U.S. and Australia,* seem to have found a solution to this problem: using “squeezed” light. When light is squeezed, the fluctuations of one parameter, such as the light wave’s amplitude, can be reduced at the expense of increased fluctuations of another parameter, such as its phase. The amplitude is a measure of the number of photons in the light beam, while the phase describes its location in time. Quantities corresponding to amplitude and phase are called quadratures, and quantum mechanics allows the uncertainty in one quadrature to be reduced as long as the uncertainty in the complementary quadrature increases.In this case, the scientists squeezed one quadrature of the light, decreasing its quantum noise. While the noise of the other quadrature is necessarily increased, it is a quadrature they don’t need to measure. By injecting the squeezed EM field in their prototype detector, the scientists were able to make it 44 percent more sensitive.“The significance of this work is that it forced us to confront and solve some of the practical challenges of squeezed state injection—and there are many,” said Massachusetts Institute of Technology physicist Nergis Mavalvala, the team’s leader. “We are now much better positioned to implement squeezing in the kilometer-scale detectors, and catch that elusive gravitational wave.” she added.Gravitational wave detectors work, in general, by interfering two laser beams that have traveled very long distances. The beams travel down two arms that form a 90 degree angle. While each arm is up to 4 kilometers in length, mirrors reflect the beams back and forth multiple times, effectively increasing the arm length to a few hundred kilometers. If a gravitational wave from deep space alters the length of each arm, the change to the laser interference pattern will be measurable.Existing gravitational wave detectors are so sensitive that they have already approached the quantum limit. They include the two LIGO (Laser Interferometry Gravitational Wave Observatory) facilities in Washington and Louisiana, both operated jointly by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and the California Institute of Technology; and Europe’s largest gravitational wave detector, Virgo, located in Italy.The researchers say that the next generation of gravitational wave detectors, such as Advanced LIGO, the planned upgrade to both LIGO facilities, will boast some impressive improvements, but further advancements will have to rely on quantum techniques such as squeezing.Citation: K. Goda, O. Miyakawa, E. E. Mikhailov, S. Saraf, R. Adhikari, K. McKenzie, R. Ward, S. Vass, A. J. Weinstein, and N. Mavalvala Nature Physics advance online publication, 30 March 2008 DOI:10.1038/nphys920*Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts; California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, California; The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia; Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, New York; and The Australian National University, Canberra, AustraliaCopyright 2008 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. Part of the light-squeezing experimental setup. Photo taken by research-team member Keisuke Goda. Citation: ‘Squeezed’ Light May Improve Gravitational Wave Detectors (2008, June 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-06-gravitational-detectors.html Aerial view of the LIGO interferometer in Hanford, Washington. Photo courtesy LIGO Laboratory. Pair of supermassive black holes discovered on a collision course Explore further A research collaboration has taken steps toward improving the sensitivity of gravitational wave detectors, devices designed to measure distance changes as minute as one-thousandth the diameter of a proton. Scientists hope these detectors can one day further verify Einstein’s theory of general relativity and even open a new window into the strange workings of the universe. 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. Gravitational waves, such as those emitted by extremely massive astronomical sources like neutron stars and black holes, can change the distance between two objects—even if that distance change is almost incomprehensibly small—by altering the shape of spacetime. Devices that can sense gravitational waves are among the most sensitive position meters ever built, but, right now, their abilities are inherently limited by quantum mechanics.
Image courtesy of Cool Gadgets Zone Transcend Information, Inc. is a leading manufacture of flash memory products. The V20 is small enough to fit into your shirt pocket and has semi-transparent color-band that lights up when in use. With 64 GB of storage space, the V20 makes it ideal for backing up music files, videos, digital photos and just about anything else that you may need to backup. Citation: Transcend Introduces their 64GB Jet Flash V20 USB Flash Drive (2008, September 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-09-transcend-64gb-jet-v20-usb.html Transcend also makes available, for download, a powerful software utility, JetFlash elite data management tool. This software can be installed on a Windows, Mac or Linux base machine. This software also lets you automatically log on to website accounts, store all your bookmark favorites and even check your email. All Transcend flash memory is made with the best chips available to ensure top performance and is backed by a lifetime warranty. Because of its small physical size and large storage capacity, the Jet Flash V20 makes it the ideal high-storage flash drive to meet one’s backup needs. Product features include:• 64 GB storage capacity• Lifetime warranty• High-Speed USB2.0 interface• Pocket size and easy to handle• Free powerful data management software• Website auto logon• PC lock: lets you lock and un-lock your computer• Browse bookmark websites on any computer• Password protect files with powerful data encryption • Backup, restore and synchronize mobile data• 100% quality tested and verifiedvia: CoolGadgetsZone and Transcend 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.
(PhysOrg.com) — NASA engineers have designed an extremely quiet one-person electrically powered aircraft that can hover like a helicopter and fly like a plane. The “Puffin” launches from an upright position with the tail split into four legs that serve as stable landing/take-off gear. Explore further The 3.7-meter-long craft has two wings with a combined wingspan of 4.1 meters. Each wing is has a 2.3 meter wide propeller. Flaps on the wings direct the air from the rotors upward while the aircraft is on the ground, and then direct it downwards allowing the Puffin to rise, and then hover as it leans over to begin its flight with the craft (and pilot) horizontal.The aircraft was designed by NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton, Virginia, in collaboration with the National Institute of Aerospace, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Georgia Institute of Technology, and M-DOT Aerospace. It is designed to be manufactured from carbon fiber composites and would weigh only around 135 kg, plus 45 kg of rechargeable lithium phosphate batteries.The Puffin’s electric motors produce virtually no emissions, and can lift its payload of one person with only 60 horsepower. The motors are up to 95% efficient, while internal combustion engines the same size would only rate at around 20% efficient, and electric motors are up to 20 times more reliable than piston engines because they have fewer moving parts. Citation: Puffin: the one-person electric aircraft (w/ Video) (2010, January 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-01-puffin-one-person-electric-aircraft-video.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. The electric motors are also super-quiet, producing only 50 decibels at 150 meters, which makes the Puffin about 10 times less noisy than even low-noise helicopters. This may mean that if the Puffin is used for personal travel or courier services, an airport may not be needed at all, and the Puffin could land and take off from a private residence without annoying neighbors. The motors are not only quiet, they generate less heat than internal combustion engines, and the combination could make the craft ideal for military applications such as covert spying operations. The cruising speed of the Puffin is expected to be 240 kph, with spurts of 480 kph possible. The engine does not require air, which means its flight capabilities are not limited by thin air, and it could fly as high as 9,150 meters. With a full charge, the batteries could keep the plane aloft for only 80 kilometers at cruising speed, but as new batteries are developed this is likely to increase substantially, perhaps to over 300 kilometers by 2017. Flight Tests Confirm New Technologies Can Help Quiet The Skies Safety features in the Puffin include a motor design that allows parts of either motor to fail with no reduction in power to the propellers. It is also designed to be able to take a hard, forceful landing with most of the load taken by the landing gear, instead of the pilot as it is in other single person aircraft designs.The device was dubbed the Puffin because the bird of that name resembles the craft in looking awkward, and in seeming to have wings too small to fly. It’s also a solitary bird, and its habit of hiding its droppings makes it environmentally friendly, like the craft.The design of the Puffin was unveiled on January 20 by NASA aerospace engineer Mark Moore, at a meeting of the American Helicopter Society in San Francisco. A one-third scale demonstration model is expected to be finished by March this year, after which time they will concentrate on the transition between cruise flight and hovering.Moore said they are already planning future generations of the Puffin, in which there would be enough redundancy that if one propeller was completely out of action the aircraft could still fly safely, and there would be no single point of failure. © 2010 PhysOrg.com
In news of a completely different nature, researchers discovered a hack that allows access to personal data on Windows, Android and iOS devices—in testing they found they could access the devices between 82 and 92 percent of the time, which meant they were able to hack the accounts of services used on those devices, and frustratingly, there doesn’t appear to be a way to block it. In other scary news, a team of researchers in Denmark has found a link between the common antibiotic clarithromycin and heart deaths—it’s used to treat a wide variety of bacterial infections.More optimistically, a group working at Michigan State University has found a way to create a new type of solar collector that doesn’t block the view—because it’s clear. And if you’ve been wondering why global warming is taking a break, a team in Switzerland thinks it’s because of El Niño/La Niña and solar fluctuations. And finally, if you were hoping to be part of the generation of people that live forever, you may be out of luck as a team of researchers has concluded that living forever may never be possible—sadly, they think they’ve found evidence that we humans have reached a plateau. Explore further Citation: Best of Last Week – Evidence of quark-gluon interactions, new portable device hack and why we may never live forever (2014, August 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-week-evidence-quark-gluon-interactions-portable.html Researchers find first direct evidence of ‘spin symmetry’ in atoms (Phys.org) —With summer drawing to a close, research is starting to heat up. Last week, physicists at the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider used supercomputer calculations to offer evidence that particles predicted by the theory of quark-gluon interactions are being produced in heavy-ion collisions—it’s the first such evidence found and it should offer scientists a way to mimic condition that existed 14 billion years ago. Also, researchers at the Joint Institute for Laboratory Astrophysics in Denver Colorado have found the first direct evidence of “spin symmetry” in atoms. The team used an ultra-stable laser and their findings could lead to a better understanding of superconductivity and colossal magneto-resistance. Meanwhile, another team at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory demonstrated ultra low-field nuclear magnetic resonance using Earth’s magnetic field—it was a proof of concept experiment looking into ways to sense the interior chemical and physical attributes of an object from a distance, without sampling or encapsulating it. And in another first, physicists at Yale University have succeeded in chilling the world’s coolest molecules—they cooled samples of strontium monofluoride, to 2.5 thousandths of a degree above absolute zero using a laser isolating and cooling process—it’s the lowest temperature ever achieved by scientists for a molecule. © 2014 Phys.org This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. This is an illustration of symmetry in the magnetic properties — or nuclear ‘spins’ — of strontium atoms. JILA researchers observed that if two atoms have the same nuclear spin state (top), they interact weakly, and the interaction strength does not depend on which of the 10 possible nuclear spin states are involved. If the atoms have different nuclear spin states (bottom), they interact much more strongly, and, again, always with the same strength. Credit: Ye and Rey groups and Steve Burrows/JILA
The ozone layer of the lower stratosphere is an extremely diffuse abundance of O3 that absorbs up to 99 percent of incoming ultraviolet solar radiation, thereby creating the conditions that make known life possible. In the 1970s and 1980s, as scientists reported the dramatic thinning of stratospheric ozone, a regulatory push by governments around the world led to a reduction in the use of chlorofluorocarbons by industry. Nonetheless, other compounds released into the atmosphere have the effect of depleting ozone, though the dynamics are still the subject of study. More information: Maria A. Navarro et al, Airborne measurements of organic bromine compounds in the Pacific tropical tropopause layer, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2015). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1511463112 © 2015 Phys.org NASA study shows that common coolants contribute to ozone depletion Until recently, scientists believed that only long-lived compounds like halons, chlorofluorocarbons or bromomethane contributed to global ozone depletion. Inconsistencies in stratospheric observations led researchers to look for another contributor, very short-lived brominated substances (VSLorg). These are generated by ocean biogenic sources with cyclic variabilities that are not well understood. However, activity that increases the production of VSLorg will also tend to accelerate the depletion of atmospheric ozone.Now, a cross-disciplinary collaborative of chemists and atmospheric researchers has reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences on their analysis of data collected by NASA’s Airborne Tropical Tropopause Experiment (ATTREX) over the tropical Pacific region during 2013 and 2014. The experiment included measurements of organic bromine substances conducted with the Global Hawk Whole Air Sampler (GWAS). The researchers combined the aircraft observations with a chemistry-climate model in an attempt to quantify the total bromine load in the atmosphere.One surprising finding was the similarity of the amounts of bromine between the Eastern and Western Pacific Ocean, despite their different vertical transport mechanisms into the atmosphere. The study found ~6 parts per thousand to the stratospheric input at the tropical tropopause, the boundary between the troposphere and the stratosphere. The differences between the two regions were considered to be scientifically negligible. The authors write, “Based on the CAM-chem simulation results, the overall contribution of VSL substances to total stratospheric bromine, quantified at ~17 km, show 5.81 ppt over the Western Pacific and 6.20 ppt over the Eastern Pacific. These results point out that although the production of Bry seems to be slightly different between the Eastern and Western Pacific, the overall contribution of very short-lived substances to stratospheric bromine is similar in both regions.” They note that uncertainties remain in the characterization of the overall contribution of VSL substances to total stratospheric bromine because all of the results described by the study are derived from model calculations. However, comparing the results of the NASA sampling activities in 2013 and 2014 to other studies conducted in 1996 and 2006 reveals a global decline in the level of atmospheric methyl bromide; over the same period, halons increased, reaching a maximum between 2004 and 2008, with an ensuing slow decline. The researchers do not believe that this is a long-term trend, though, because patterns of variability have not been established for such compounds in the atmosphere. 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. Citation: Organic bromine compounds—another threat to the ozone layer (2015, November 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-bromine-compoundsanother-threat-ozone-layer.html Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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. Credit: CC0 Public Domain Are Rossby waves to blame for Earth’s magnetic field drifting westward? Scientists have long been curious about the development of the Earth’s magnetic field—it is believed to be part of the process that made life possible on the planet because it shields the atmosphere from the solar wind. But it is not known when it first appeared. Scientists believe that the field exists due to the spin of the Earth’s metal core, but that theory was tested when researchers found something intriguing when studying zircon crystals from Jack Hills in Western Australia. The crystals were found to be between 3.3 and 4.2 billion years old, suggesting they could offer evidence of conditions when the planet was still forming. They noted that the crystals were magnetic, suggesting that they had been magnetized by a planetary magnetic field. But prior research has suggested the Earth’s core did not harden until much later—thus, the magnetic field would have been created by a liquid core. In this new effort, the researchers claim to have found evidence that suggests the crystals could have become magnetized much later than their creation date, casting doubt on their use as evidence of a liquid core-generated magnetic field.The researchers found nano-sized holes in the crystals that appeared to have resulted from radiation damage. That allowed magnetite to accumulate within the tiny holes long after the crystals had developed. The researchers note that magnetite is very easily magnetized (hence its name) and will retain magnetism for very long periods of time, as long as it is not exposed to temperatures above 550°C. This finding suggests that the magnetism in the crystals could have developed long after the crystals formed—and it prevents them from being used as evidence for the existence of a planetary magnetic field during its creation stages. More information: Fengzai Tang et al. Secondary magnetite in ancient zircon precludes analysis of a Hadean geodynamo, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2019). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1811074116 © 2019 Science X Network Citation: Study of zircon crystals casts doubt on evidence for early development of magnetic field (2019, January 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-zircon-crystals-evidence-early-magnetic.html A combined team of researchers from the University of Cambridge and the University of California has found evidence that casts doubt on the use of zircon crystals as evidence of early development of the Earth’s magnetic field. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes testing they conducted on the crystals and what they found.
Ueslei Marcelino The Amazon Rainforest, Ablaze In Brazil by NPR News Suzette Lohmeyer 8.23.19 1:20pm Fires in Brazil’s Amazon rainforest are proliferating at an alarming rate. “Our house is burning. Literally. The Amazon rain forest – the lungs which produces 20% of our planet’s oxygen – is on fire,” French President Emmanuel Macron wrote in a tweet Thursday.He called it an “international crisis” and urged members of the G7 to prioritize the issue at its summit this weekend.Many of the fires are believed to have been set by farmers clearing land. Environmentalists say the attitude of Brazil’s right-wing president, Jair Bolsonaro, has encouraged the farmers, as well as cattle ranchers, loggers and miners, NPR’s Scott Neumann reports.Bolsonaro has described measures to protect the rainforest as “obstacles” to economic growth. Bolsonaro, who took office in January, has said repeatedly that he wants to open the Amazon to development.According to Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research, there have been 74,155 fires in Brazil so far this year — most of which erupted in the Amazon, reports NPR’s Colin Dwyer. That represents an astonishing leap of more than 80% over last year and by far the most that the agency has recorded since it began compiling this data in 2013.About half those fires, or nearly 36,000 of them, have ignited in just the past month. That’s nearly as many as in all of 2018. Smoke from the fires has darkened the skies over major Brazilian cities such as São Paulo.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR.
To achive this objective a three days Art Education Seminar and Workshop was organised by Lalit Kala Akademi from 21 to 24 January.The attempt of Lalit Kala Akademi in conducting this seminar was to act as a catalyst and in bringing art veterans and budding artistes under one roof, to be able to gain out of the distinguished speakers that have dedicated their life time to art and culture. During the three days the audience consisted of students, professors and masters from diverse disciplines. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Renowned people from various fields like Ravinder Singh, secretary, ministry of culture, Subhadra Mitra Channa, professor, department of anthropology, DU, senior curator and art critic Gayatri Sinha, were part of the first day of the seminar to speak on the Importance of Art Education.Commenting on the art eduction Sadanand Menon, eminent art critic said that, ‘The necessity for the revitalisation of art education is not a matter of dispute. Education is the ability to ask questions and not be passive receivers of knowledge. Arts political, economic and social dimension should be recognised and promoted.’ The last day of the event, witnessed a splendid display of exhibition by various artists from different states. Artist from different disciplines were invited like Nathu Lal Verma for Fresco, Jayesh Kumar L Mandanka and Sompura for Stone Carving, Dadhi Pathak for Bamboo Art, Panditram for Bhittit Chitra and Jali work, Partha Dasgupta who made beautiful jewellery from Terracotta tiles. Also at display were Thangka Paintings, Pata Paintings, Kangra Paintings, Dogra Casting and more. The Artist that came depicts the diversity of the Indian culture through their performances, art and interdisciplinary workshop. Arts Education fosters both cultural awareness and promotes cultural practices which are transmitted from one generation to the next. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVenkat Raman Shyam from Madhaya Pradesh presented Gonda art tradition says that art is a unique form which should be improvised with the modern time and therefore is placed in the category of contemporary art. Further the artist use contemporary mediums like acrylic. The other demonstration includes the stone carvers from the Akshar Dham Temple, handloom weavers form Pata-silk tradition and North East handloom weavers. The Seminar and Workshop reflected the ideology that arts are both the manifestation of culture and the means of communication.
After travelling to Kolkata, Bengaluru and Pune, the festival came to its final pit stop city for 2014 at Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida on 29 November.The second day of the festival brought along some thunderous performances. From the band, Dinosaur Pile Up (UK) rocking the audience to Alo Wala (Denmark) who delivered an explosive dance floor experience. One of India’s biggest musical bands Indian Ocean played from their latest album Tandanu musicians like Pt. Vishwamohan Bhat, Kumaresh Rajagopalan, and Vishal Dadlani. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Composer Amit Trivedi took on the stage which left the audiences asking for more. The Vaccines took the whole festival to a musically high note.Alongside an amazing music experience, the Bacardi NH7 Weekender this year also makes for an incredible audio visual spectacle! The first day of the festival witnessed Songhoy Blues, all the way from Mali, Africa, charming the audiences with their refreshing brand of blues rock and The Raghu Dixit Project featuring Nritarutya. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe funnymen from AIB had people in splits with their signature brand of edgy humor. A major international act including American heavy metal superstars Fear Factory to the soulful and mellifluous voice of critically acclaimed singer-songwriter Luke Sital-Singh was also marked.At this year’s edition, festival goers get delectable food options to dive into with specially curated food stalls, and even an exclusively created Bacardi NH7 Weekender ice-cream flavour by Hokey Pokey! This year, over 100 artistes played at the Bacardi NH7 Weekender’s four editions – Kolkata, Bengaluru, Pune and Delhi.
Kolkata: In a tragic incident, a 10-year-old boy was killed and two others injured when a fire broke out inside his house at Arambagh in Hooghly.The incident took place in the wee hours of Wednesday.The mother of the 10-year-old boy and his brother received severe burn injuries and they are undergoing necessary treatment in Arambagh Sub-divisional Hospital.Police came to know after preliminary investigation that the fire had spread from a candle that the victim Shantanu Khetrapal’s mother Bela Devi had lit before going to bed last night. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere were three people in the house when the fire broke out and they did not even realise when the fire broke out. It was the locals who saw smoke billowing out of a window of the house and initiated the rescue work.Bela Devi panicked and couldn’t find any way out of the house with Shantanu and her younger son as a major portion of the house was engulfed by the fire.Some of the local youth had managed to extinguish the fire to enter the house. They somehow managed to bring all three of them out of the house and took them to the hospital. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAll three of them were admitted to the hospital and the doctors had initiated necessary treatment. Shantanu succumbed to his burn injuries while his mother and brother are fighting for their lives.Police came to know that the fire spread fast as there were inflammable materials in the house. Locals told the police that a man went out for some work in the wee hours when he noticed that the house was on fire. He started crying for help and then more people from the locality came to the spot and initiated the rescue work.
Kolkata: Tension ran high among the villagers of Debra in West Midnapore after a woman was bitten by a rare species of spider, once again revisiting the fear of Tarantula in the state. The victim, Mamata Patra Santra, a resident of Raghunathpur village has been undergoing treatment in Debra Superspecialty hospital. Locals claimed that a Tarantula spider had bitten the victim. After being informed, the forest department officials reached the spot and recovered the spider. The insect had stung her hand following which it had swollen. The doctors have, however, said that the patient’s condition is stable. Tarantula is a species of spider that is commonly found in South America and Africa. Senior officials from the district health and forest department on Sunday visited the district to assess the situation. The forest department officials have started an investigation to identify the insect that had bitten the villager and where it had come from. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe district administration suspects that the insect came from the adjacent areas of the Kasai river. Though, the forest department officials are yet to identify the insect, it has alrea dy brought back the fear of Tarantula in the villages of West Midnapore district. They suspect that this could be a poisonous spider. According to the villagers, the insect that stung the victim is furry and looks almost like Tarantula. The patient has been given antibiotics. According to a forest department official, there is no fear of death in such cases. There are 100 types of Tarantula in the world. They are found Africa, South America, some parts of Asia and Australia.
Darjeeling: The death of a class 6 student in a school hostel has shaken Darjeeling. The family of the deceased, suspecting foul play has lodged a complaint at the Darjeeling police station. Along with the police investigation, a Magisterial inquest was also conducted.The incident occurred on Friday evening and an autopsy was conducted on Sunday The boarders of Good Start Academy in Darjeeling found a fellow boarder, Aditya Raj, hanging from the bunker bed in his hostel room. A towel was draped around his neck. He was still breathing after his school teachers brought him down. He was immediately rushed to Darjeeling Sadar Hospital where he was declared brought dead. Dipak Kumar, father of the deceased stated that Aditya was admitted to Class 6 in Good Start Academy, Darjeeling on July 16. The family hails from Vivekananda Colony, Begampur Chowk, Patna. “After he took admission, we left Darjeeling on July 16. On July 20 evening, we received a call stating that my son tried to commit suicide and we were immediately asked to come to Darjeeling. We started for Darjeeling on road,” stated Dipak Kumar. On reaching Darjeeling on Saturday morning, the school authorities stated that Aditya was no more. “We saw the spot where the school authorities claim that Aditya had hung himself. We do not believe that he committed suicide seeing the height of the spot,” claimed Dipak Kumar. The family members have lodged a complaint at the Darjeeling Sadar police station. “On Saturday, we received a complaint from the parents. We have initiated a murder case based on the complaint. Police are investigating. The body has been sent to North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, Siliguri for an autopsy. The hospital authorities are seeking specialized help as well. We are awaiting the reports,” stated Amarnath K, Superintendent of Police (Operation), Darjeeling. “A magisterial inquest was also conducted. Along with a ligature mark on the neck, external bruises in the body were also seen. We have handed over our report,” stated Avik Chatterjee, SDO, Darjeeling. The school authorities were not available for comments. The school earlier known as Good Start Montessori School is located in Chandmari, Darjeeling. The school founded in 1980 has classes from Play Group to Class 8.
Kolkata: Senior officials of School Education department of North 24-Parganas have taken a pledge to make all the schools under its jurisdiction tobacco-free. To achieve this goal, teachers at various state government-aided schools would be sensitised about the ill-effects of tobacco and would be made aware about the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA)-2003 and its implementation at the school level. The teachers would also be trained on how to promote tobacco-free educational institutes for preventing initiation of tobacco consumption among students and also to motivate the school staff, parents to say no to Tobacco. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe District Inspector of Schools in North 24-Parganas with the help of a private hospital organised a workshop for teachers at Prafullanagar Vidya Mandir in Habra in the same district to make the schools tobacco-free. The teachers were trained on how to carry out awareness campaigns among students so that they do not pick up the habit of smoking or do not consume any tobacco products. Workshops would be carried out in various other schools by the School Education department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere were more than 200 participants including headmasters/headmistresses and teachers from all secondary schools across two blocks namely Habra-I and Habra-II and two municipalities including Habra and Ashok Nagar-Kalyangarh of North 24 Parganas district. It is to be mentioned that in West Bengal, around 2.3 crore of adults either smoke or use smokeless tobacco; 1.5 lakh people die every year due to tobacco related diseases in West Bengal and 438 children start consuming tobacco daily in the state. The participants were told about the Cigarette and Other Tobacco Products Act (COTPA). This Act prohibits smoking in public places, direct/indirect advertising and promotion, sale to/by minors, sale within 100 yards of schools and sale of tobacco-products without statutory warnings. All the participants took part in group exercises to generate ideas and strategies for promoting tobacco-free schools.
Kolkata: India and Bangladesh have agreed to consider inclusion of Rupnarayan river (National Waterway-86) from Geonkhali to Kolaghat in Bengal in the protocol route and to declare Kolaghat as new Port of Call. The development came on Wednesday at the 19th edition of the Standing Committee meeting under ‘Protocol on Inland Water Transit and Trade’ (PIWTT) in New Delhi.Chilmari has been agreed to as a Port of Call in Bangladesh. The new arrangement will facilitate movement of flyash, cement, construction materials and the likes from India to Bangladesh through Inland Water Transportation (IWT) on Rupnarayan river. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBoth sides agreed to declare Badarpur on river Barak (NW-16) as an extended Port of Call of Karimganj in Assam and Ghorasal of Ashuganj in Bangladesh on reciprocal basis. The Indian side proposed for extension of the protocol routes from Kolkata up to Silchar in Assam. In another critical understanding reached between the two countries, the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for movement of passengers and cruise vessels on Inland Protocol route and coastal shipping routes have been finalised. These river cruise services are likely to commence between Kolkata – Dhaka and Guwahati – Jorhat and back. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt was also agreed that a Joint Technical Committee will explore the technical feasibility of operationalisation of Dhulian-Rajshahi protocol route up to Aricha and the reconstruction and opening up of Jangipur navigational lock on river Bhagirathi subject to the provisions of the treaty between India and Bangladesh on sharing of Ganga Waters at Farakka,1996. This move has the potential to reduce the distance to Assam by more than 450 kms on the protocol routes. The meeting was attended by high level delegations from both sides including representatives of Ministries of Shipping, External Affairs, Home, Finance, Department of Development of North-Eastern Region (DONER) and Inland Waterways Authority of India (IWAI) and officials from Bangladesh belonging to Ministry of Shipping, Board of Revenue, DG (Shipping) and Bangladesh Inland Water Transport Authority (BIWTA). The discussions ranged over various issues pertaining to the Protocol arrangements and improvement of inland water transportation (IWT) between the two countries. The two sides will hold Shipping Secretary level talks on October 25 in New Delhi.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday remembered former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee on his 94th birth anniversary. “Tribute to Atal Bihari Vajpayeeji on his birth anniversary. He was a statesman who rose above partisan politics for the country’s good. We miss him a lot,” the Trinamool supremo, who once was part of Vajpaee’s cabinet, tweeted. Born in December 25, 1924, Vajpayee was the first Prime Minister, who was not a member of the Congress to have served a full five-year term in office. The administration of Narendra Modi in 2014 declared that Vajpayee’s birthday would be marked as Good Governance Day. He was conferred India’s highest civilian honour, the Bharat Ratna, by then President Pranab Mukherjee in 2015. Vajpayee passed away on August 16.
Kolkata: Several animal lovers were allegedly beaten up by the Bidhannagar Police on Tuesday night in front of Swasthaya Bhavan. Actor Debolina Dutta and Tathagata Mukherjee stated that the police had beaten them without any provocation. However, Bidhannagar Police have denied the allegation of beating them up and alleged that the group of pet lovers were creating a nuisance and hurled abusive languages at the cops and also at the lady police personnel. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to Dutta, a group of animal lovers were protesting against the decision of allowing the two nursing students to attend class who were allegedly accused of murdering 16 puppies recently. Police personnel were also there since morning. It is alleged that late on Tuesday night, all of a sudden, police personnel started using abusive languages at them. They even assaulted a protester. Seeing him getting harassed, others present there protested. It is alleged that the cops then started beating up the demonstrators. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”We were peacefully sitting on the road and sloganeering. All of a sudden, police personnel started abusing us verbally and even beat us up despite our protest being a peaceful one. Even male police personnel heckled female protesters. Actually, they wanted to end their duty and go home and thus, they did this,” said Dutta. Though the actor and others claimed that police had beaten them without any provocation, Bidhannagar Police have denied the allegations. According to senior police officials, the protesters were creating nuisance in the area. They were repeatedly asked to leave the place but they did not bother to listen. On the contrary, protesters used abusive languages targeting the cops. Deputy Commissioner of Police (headquarters) Amit Javalgi gave a written statement which read: “They marched towards the Swasthaya Bhavan and were stopped at the gates as 144 CrPC is promulgated around the building. The animal lovers continued their protest. The protest continued till midnight. The police did not impede them from doing so. However, after midnight, few protestors started beating drums causing nuisance in the area. Matters became serious when few of them started passing lewd remarks on lady police officers. When the officers went to attend and resolve the issue amicably they were pushed by few agitated protestors. Police tried to confine those who attacked them but they fled. The rest of the crowd left peacefully after that. If the police had any intention to take action against the protestors, they would have done it much earlier and wouldn’t have waited till 1 am. No matter what the cause creating public nuisance by beating drums in the dead of the night and abusing policemen and lady police officers on duty is an offence. Police are duty-bound to ensure peaceful assembly but are equally responsible to ensure order.”
It turned into a fan-moment for many wide eyed patrons, when the humble AR Rahman stepped onto the dais and thanked everyone for their presence and being patient. The internationally acclaimed artiste was in the Capital to officially announce his upcoming concert in November, The Sufi Route.Organised by Friday Filmworks, INvision Entertainment, and Invloed Matrix, The Sufi Route has been established to encourage and nurture a holistic alternate music experience, is hosting its first ever concert on November 18 at Qutub Minar in Delhi. The concert will bring to the fore, Sufi artists like Nooran sisters, Mukhtiar Ali, Hans Raj Hans, Konya Turkish Music Ensemble, Dhruv Sangari and Dervish dancers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe Oscar winning music maestro said, “For me, Sufi means destroying the evil in your heart. I am grateful to the organisers for this concert. This is something I cherish very closely. The need of the hour is to share the spirituality and love, which Sufi gives, with humanity.”Rahman expressed his gratitute to the organisers for bringing up the idea, and giving a platform to Sufi. He believes that the youth as well will love to listen to the songs in the upcoming concert. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhat are the maestro’s views on spirituality? Says Rahman, “Spirituality is not about bhajans or kawwalis, it’s about love and actions. For me that is very important.”About his musical compositions he said, “When we take up any job, we take up a responsibility, and we must do it honestly. It’s the same with music. What we give to the people has to be right, and filtered even with all the limitations, and one must try his best to do so.”When enquired about his thoughts regarding the audience’s reaction upon singing Tamil or Hindi songs at certain concerts, in context to some recent events, AR Rahman said, “I’ve been receiving complaints since my first gig in 2000. In some places they complain about the Tamil songs, while in some place there are complains about the Hindi songs. But they’ve (audience) been coming back for the concerts anyway, so I don’t mind.” Sufi music is universally accepted as an expression of peace, freedom, and diversity. The unusual concert, The Sufi Route, is the first Sufi festival in India aimed as an ode to the origins of the genre. It is also the only time in recent memory that two ancient and culturally rich roots of Sufi music – Turkish Tasawuf and Indian Sufism – are blending together on this scale. The festival at large aims to achieve peace at such a time of unrest across the globe.This ‘music led peace festival’ has been designed to be age agnostic, and it welcomes anyone with an ear for alternative music and poetry. The organisers have also created The Sufi Route to be a traveling, global platform, with plans for Indian artistes to have an encore in Turkey in the next edition, followed by concerts in UK and UAE. Gagan Takyar of INvision Entertainment, Event Organiser and Co-Owner said, “The idea of The Sufi Route came about because this genre of music deserves its share of limelight. Not many music lovers have heard the undiluted rhythms of Sufism that are truly soul-stirring. We are honoured and excited to bring about this congregation of amazing artists. It’s a dream in the making!”
Kolkata: State Health department has extended the duration of the probe into the killing of puppies in the NRS Medical College and Hospital by one month.The Health department had earlier in January instructed to complete the probe within 60 days but it has not been done so far. As a result the department is forced to extend the duration of the probe by a month. A senior official of the health department said that they could not arrive in a consensual decision on the basis of the probe. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThose who are conducting a probe have sought some more time. On the basis of the request by the investigating team, the health department officials agreed to provide them another one month for the completion of the probe. According to the official, the decision will be taken against the accused on the basis of the report submitted by the investigation team. NRS Medical College and Hospital authorities assured stringent action against the accused involved in the killing of 16 puppies. The autopsy report suggested the puppies were beaten to death. A video corroborated the fact and showed two women hitting the puppies with an iron rod. The incident had taken place on hospital campus. A separate probe has been initiated by the city police and a case against some unknown persons has been lodged. Hospital authorities formed a three-member committee to probe into the incident. They earlier assured that action will be taken against the guilty. Two nursing students were arrested for their alleged involvement in the incident and they were later released on bail.
The monsoon is undoubtedly a time for fun and freshness. But while the season can conjure a pretty picture, the humidity is known to cause your skin and hair to misbehave so make sure you are prepared well in advance for a hassle-free rainy season.Beauty Experts share tips to keep you looking flawless amidst the rains.Tips for skin care and makeup-During the rains, your skin really needs to breathe without feeling oily and greasy. It requires care that is nourishing and also protects from constant dampness and pollution. Using the aloe aqua gel moisturizes your skin, removes dryness and leaves it feeling soft and smooth. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfNo matter how cloudy it gets, your skin always needs to be protected from the sun. Using the ultra-matte gel gives your skin a non-sticky, lightweight and ultra-matte finish while also protecting it from the sun.Using an everyday skin stylist like a CC cream infused with natural ingredients like aloe vera can give you the dual benefit of makeup and nourishment that it requires.Monsoon is not the time to go heavy on your makeup regime. Create a ‘no makeup’ – makeup look by pairing a matte, poppy lipstick with winged eye created using a waterproof gel kajal. Choose a foundation enriched with a light formula or give your foundation some rest by going for a loose face powder. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFocus on bringing out your natural and fresh glow rather than overloading your skin with products. Opt for products which are infused with natural ingredients like aloe vera and honey as they are multi-beneficial and work mildly on your skin.A special tip for all nine to five women: Your skin goes through a sudden shock when you leave your cool air-conditioned office and step outside. So, use products which are non- greasy and non- oily for your skin to stay as fresh as possible. Tips for haircare-During the long monsoon month there is high oil secretion on the scalp which makes the hair looks flat at the roots, to combat this it is essential to wash your hair regularly.Anti-bacterial hair shampoos and cleansers are essential for the scalp as they help fight fungal and bacterial infections. Rainwater is usually acidic and dirty, so if you get wet in the rain use a protective leave-in product and dry your hair using a hairdryer. The product will form a protective layer on your hair and shield it from the damage rainwater can causeOpt for a deodorizer that suits your hair to ensure it smells good always.Towel drying your hair while dabbing it is recommended over rubbing it. Rubbing wet hair might cause it to break due to the friction.Use a wide tooth comb in your hair, this will ensure that your hair doesn’t break or gets damaged.Tips for hairstyling-Boxer braids – This favorite elementary school hairstyle is fierce yet fuss-free and perfect for the humid weather. Prepare your hair using an anti-frizz serum and create a center part down to the nape of your neck, and clip one side away. Braid the unclipped side by taking some hair at the top and separating it into 3 equal sections. Next, take the left section and cross it under the middle one. Now take the right section and cross it under the middle too. Now start adding more hair into the braid. Take a small section of the hair that’s already down on the left side and combine it with the current left section. Repeat the process with the hair down the right side, until you reach the ends of your hair and secure with a hair elastic. Repeat the process on the other side.Half Up Half Down Space Buns- Prepare your hair with a volumising dry shampoo to give your hair volume for days! Brush your hair, creating a messy center part. Put an index finger on the arch of each eyebrow, trace back into your hair and hold. Split the hair you gathered into two halves, creating ponytails and secure them with hair elastics. Twist the first ponytail around the hair elastic, creating a bun. Repeat the process on the other side. Apply some curling mousse to the loose hair, for boho-inspired beachy waves.
The Republic of Niger opened its first Consulate in Kolkata, which was inaugurated at JW Marriott Hotel, Kolkata on July 13. Rajendra Khandelwal, the Managing Director of Kolkata’s most renowned Pharmacy Chain, Dhanwantary Group has been appointed as the first Consul of the Republic of Niger in Kolkata.Ambassador of Republic of Niger in India, His Excellency Ali Illiassou came to Kolkata along with his wife Aissa Illiassou Ali to inaugurate the Consulate. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn this occasion eminent personalities and business icons of Kolkata including Nadimul Haque, Member of Parliament, Firhad Hakim, Minister in Charge, Municipality Affairs Govt. of West Bengal, Sadhan Pandey, Minster in Charge, Consumer Affairs and Self Help Group and Self-Employment, Govt. of West Bengal, Harsh Vardhan Neotia, Usha Uthup, Agnimitra Paul, Alokananda Roy, along with the members of Consulate Corps in Kolkata were present.Rajendra Khandelwal expressed his sincere thanks and gratitude to the Republic of Niger for appointing him the Consul of the Republic of Niger in Kolkata. He expected continuous guidance and support from the Ambassador of the Republic of Niger to fulfill the mission.