HTC PeaksLeaks Intro of New Innovations

first_img Citation: HTC Peaks-Leaks Intro of New Innovations (2008, May 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from HTC Touch Diamond. Credit: Engadget/HTC The story begins with an invitation by HTC, “To witness the next generation of HTC innovation.” The event is set for 11:30 A.M. in London, UK, according to Vincent Nguyen. Could it be the first Android supported mobile device, Dream, promised by HTC? With Apple’s worldwide conference of developers just one month away, queries Nguyen, could there be a tie in? Could the announcement have anything to do with introducing a new Windows Mobile device utilizing TouchFLO2 “Manila”? A flurry of blog spots and subsequent leaks reported by Engadget adds a few interesting aspects of this magical mystery unveiling in London on May 6th. According to Engadget, HTC leaked official photos of a new mobile device called, HTC Touch Diamond. This new “Ultra High Density” display device may be part or the whole of all the excitement. The HTC Touch Diamond is reported to have a dynamic 2.8-inch VGA display. It has 3G connectivity ideal for the European market. It has Windows Mobile 6.1 Professional OS. Adding to the excitement it has WiFi and Bluetooth built in. A 3.2 megapixel camera with auto focus with 4 GB internal memory and a memory slot. It has a an additional VGA camera in front for video telephony. In addition, it has an accelerometer like the Apple iPhone. For fast response it has a Qualcomm 528 MHz CPU.The various HTC Touch Diamond sightings report divergent takes on whether it has a full QWERTY keyboard or whether it will come with the new TouchFlo2 Manila application. It appears the Touch Diamond does have a FM tuner and eGPS and a full range of Quad-band frequencies. Whether the announcement hype and speculation is worth it will be abundantly apparent on May 6th. My guess is that HTC has something pretty interesting to present because their long standing reputation for producing outweighs “Big Foot” type tabloid gimmickry. HTC has created a mystery for its announcement of next generation innovations in London on May 6th. Bloggers and Internet electronic gadget web sites have entered into the fray. Is it an Android supported device? Is it mobile Manila? Is it Touch Diamond? Whatever it is, it better be good after all this hype. 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

Apple phones are AEStough says forensics expert

first_img 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: Apple phones are AES-tough, says forensics expert (2012, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further World’s toughest encryption scheme found ‘vulnerable’ © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: … … -security-threshold/ iPhone has a security architecture that is so sturdy and so tightly woven into its hardware and software that it is easy for consumers to use encryption on their phones and difficult for someone else to steal the encrypted information, he stated.The key to Apple’s security architecture strengths is the Advanced Encryption Standard algorithm (AES), a data-scrambling system adopted as a U.S.government standard in 2001. After over ten years of exhaustive analysis, he said, AES is still widely regarded as unbreakable. (In August last year, AES was cracked, by a team of researchers from Microsoft, Research, KU Leuven and ENS Paris. It was a theoretical, or “academic” crack, with no practical implications. Despite being four times easier than other methods, the number of steps required to crack AES-128 was an 8 followed by 37 zeroes, said one of the team members.”To put this into perspective: on a trillion machines, that each could test a billion keys per second, it would take more than two billion years to recover an AES-128 key,” the Leuven University researcher added. Still, their attack unsettled some assumptions about AES.)Nonetheless, the algorithm is so strong that no computer imaginable for the foreseeable future, even a quantum computer, said Garfinekel, would be able to crack a truly random 256-bit AES key. The National Security Agency has approved AES-256 for storing top-secret data.A white paper from Apple dated earlier this year about its security features explained that the device’s unique ID (UID) and a device group ID (GID) are AES 256-bit keys fused into the application processor during manufacturing. “Burning these keys into the silicon prevents them from being tampered with or bypassed, and guarantees that they can be accessed only by the AES engine.”Apple is no doubt fortunate that this security threshold information is circulating, as Garfinkel is a solid authority on the subject of security. The timing is excellent for Apple branding, considering the exposure another report had recently, where a Wired journalist’s digital life was changed in one day which involved Apple and Amazon. The hackers didn’t use any sophisticated algorithms or brute-force attacks to gain access to Mat Honan’s online information. They simply called Apple, pretending to be the victim and convinced the Apple specialist to reset the AppleID password. Apple subsequently said it would review its-over-the-phone verification system to prevent such incidents from happening again. ( — Monday’s Technology Review carries a glowing tribute to Apple iPhone security according to its author, Simson Garfinkel, a contributing editor who works in computer forensics and is highly regarded as a leader in digital forensics. He says Apple has passed a threshold “Today the Apple iPhone 4S and iPad 3 are trustworthy mobile computing systems that can be used for mobile payments, e-commerce, and the delivery of high-quality paid programming,” thanks to Apple’s heavy investment in iPhone security. That is where “threshold” comes in. Apple has crossed it. Even law enforcement cannot perform forensic examinations of Apple devices seized from criminals, he said.last_img read more

Collaboration study shows people lie more when colluding

first_imgCredit: Karen Arnold/public domain © 2015 (—A pair of researchers, one with the University of Nottingham in the U.K., the other with Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel, has carried out a study on the downside of collaborative efforts, and has found, in at least one academic setting, that people tend to lie more when collaborating on a joint effort when they believe it will result in a better outcome for both, if they engage in collusion. Ori Weise and Shaul Shalvi describe their study and results in their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Prior research has shown that people in general are willing to lie in situations where a friend will benefit—in this new effort the research pair sought to better understand how lying might come into play when two people are able to collaborate on a project that will benefit them both equally, if they lie to a third party about the results.The test involved asking two people to sit in an isolated room and roll a single die. The first person would role the die once and then report to the second via intercom what they had rolled—no one but that first person could actually see what was rolled. The second person would then roll a single die (which was also unseen by anyone else) and report the number (again via intercom) that came up to the researchers—if the numbers of the two rolls matched, both of the participants would receive a monetary reward equal to that number. If there was no match, there would be no reward. The pair would repeat the experiment over and over.The experiment was rife with opportunities for lying—it would benefit the first person rolling to report higher numbers rolled, because if there was a match, both would receive a higher monetary reward. The second person would obviously benefit by reporting matches when there were none. There was also an opportunity for collusion despite both participants operating in isolation—everyone knows that there is an equal chance for high or low number rolls, which means if the first person reports more than an average number of high roles to the second person, the second person will soon catch on. And that, the researchers suggest, is what led to massive lying by the volunteers in the experiment. Teams reported matches on average five times the average (some teams actually reported rolling matches on every toss) and more than an average number of those matches were high numbers.When the results were manipulated, the degree of lying fell, such as when only one of the participants was told they would receive the reward. The researchers suggest their study reveals the dark side of collaboration and highlights just how easily such parings can result in collusion for ill-gotten gain. Study: We lie when we’re short on time or feel justified to do so Citation: Collaboration study shows people lie more when colluding (2015, August 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further More information: The collaborative roots of corruption, Ori Weisel, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1423035112AbstractCooperation is essential for completing tasks that individuals cannot accomplish alone. Whereas the benefits of cooperation are clear, little is known about its possible negative aspects. Introducing a novel sequential dyadic die-rolling paradigm, we show that collaborative settings provide fertile ground for the emergence of corruption. In the main experimental treatment the outcomes of the two players are perfectly aligned. Player A privately rolls a die, reports the result to player B, who then privately rolls and reports the result as well. Both players are paid the value of the reports if, and only if, they are identical (e.g., if both report 6, each earns €6). Because rolls are truly private, players can inflate their profit by misreporting the actual outcomes. Indeed, the proportion of reported doubles was 489% higher than the expected proportion assuming honesty, 48% higher than when individuals rolled and reported alone, and 96% higher than when lies only benefited the other player. Breaking the alignment in payoffs between player A and player B reduced the extent of brazen lying. Despite player B’s central role in determining whether a double was reported, modifying the incentive structure of either player A or player B had nearly identical effects on the frequency of reported doubles. Our results highlight the role of collaboration—particularly on equal terms—in shaping corruption. These findings fit a functional perspective on morality. When facing opposing moral sentiments—to be honest vs. to join forces in collaboration—people often opt for engaging in corrupt collaboration. 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

A way to get electrons to attract each other using other electrons

first_img © 2016 (—A team of researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel, with assistance from another at Freie Universität Berlin in Germany has found a new way to get electrons to attract one. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes the technique they used and the ways their results might prove useful. Takis Kontos with Ecole Normale Supérieure in France offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team in the same journal issue and in addition to outlining their work offers some history on its development by others in the field. 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: A. Hamo et al. Electron attraction mediated by Coulomb repulsion, Nature (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature18639AbstractOne of the defining properties of electrons is their mutual Coulomb repulsion. However, in solids this basic property may change; for example, in superconductors, the coupling of electrons to lattice vibrations makes the electrons attract one another, leading to the formation of bound pairs. Fifty years ago it was proposed that electrons can be made attractive even when all of the degrees of freedom in the solid are electronic, by exploiting their repulsion from other electrons. This attraction mechanism, termed ‘excitonic’, promised to achieve stronger and more exotic superconductivity. Yet, despite an extensive search, experimental evidence for excitonic attraction has yet to be found. Here we demonstrate this attraction by constructing, from the bottom up, the fundamental building block8 of the excitonic mechanism. Our experiments are based on quantum devices made from pristine carbon nanotubes, combined with cryogenic precision manipulation. Using this platform, we demonstrate that two electrons can be made to attract each other using an independent electronic system as the ‘glue’ that mediates attraction. Owing to its tunability, our system offers insights into the underlying physics, such as the dependence of the emergent attraction on the underlying repulsion, and the origin of the pairing energy. We also demonstrate transport signatures of excitonic pairing. This experimental demonstration of excitonic pairing paves the way for the design of exotic states of matter. Citation: A way to get electrons to attract each other using other electrons (2016, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Naturecenter_img Model system and experimental realization of its fundamental building block. Credit: (c) Nature 535, 395–400 (21 July 2016). DOI: 10.1038/nature18639 Getting electrons to attract each is a big part of superconductivity, but unfortunately, due to the need for extremely cold temperatures most such materials have not proved to be of practical use. What scientists would really like to find is a material that could be a superconductor at room temperature and one promising avenue of research has been attempting to realize a theory proposed by William Little half a century ago—he suggested it might be possible to get electrons to attract one another by using the repulsion of other electrons. In this new effort, the researchers have attempted to prove this theory correct by using carbon nanotubes placed near one another.Their experiment consisted of coaxing just two electrons into a carbon nanotude and a polarizer in the form of two energy wells in a second carbon nanotube. They then positioned the two nanotubes perpendicular to each other, with one over the top of the over forming a cross, though they were not allowed to touch—one was kept approximately 100 nanometres away from the other. At that distance, the researchers confirmed that the electrons became attracted to one another.In theory, the team notes, it should be possible to create a superconductor using their method—unfortunately, creating an entire crystal, or even a short chain of material in such a way, is likely to be exceedingly difficult. Still, Kontos suggests that it could be used to create a quantum simulator which could be added as yet another tool for researchers in the field. Explore further Superconductor’s strange behaviour results in new laboratory toollast_img read more

Dudang dubang meets Kathak in Delhi

first_imgLarik Dancers from Indonesia swayed with Kathak dancers from India, dudang dudang dancers from Brunei joined rhythm with India’s famed kuchipudi artists while the Myanmarese did a cultural synthesis with Laotians. Various song and dance traditions representing 10 ASEAN countries fused in a rich cultural medley to celebrate the common cultural space and civilisation they have shared for over two millennia. The occasion was the ASEAN-India Special Commemorative Summit to celebrate 20 years of their relationship and present at the magnificent Ashoka Hall of Rashtrapati Bhavan, India’s presidential palace whose red and cream sandstone glowed in soft blue hues Thursday night, were heads of state and government of each of 10 of these countries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting”The cultural collaboration aimed to bring out the similarities of the common origin shared by Indian performing arts with the existing traditions in the Southeast Asian nations,’ said Suresh K. Goel, director general of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations (ICCR) that mounted the hour-long show.The idea was to bring out the similarities and the common origin shared by Indian performing arts with the traditions in the Southeast Asian nations, represented by the ASEAN grouping.  There were in all 10 groups from each of these groups and 10 groups of dancers and musicians from various parts of India – from Shyopat Julia’s mesmerising performance with the bagpipe, known as the mashak in Rajasthan, and the deft, foot-tapping bamboo dancers of Mizoram to the haunting voice of Sufi singer Renee Singh and the Ramayana dance drama of Thailand. There was also the tinkling dance of Phillipines and the grasshopper dance of Cambodia.  And the grand finale at the end, where all 20 troupes, from across the geographies of this vast Indo-ASEAN region, danced on stage to a common rhythm brought the elite audience to its feet. In the audience were Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, his cabinet colleagues, UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and presidents, prime ministers, a vice president and a sultan from Brunei, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia, Myanmar, Malaysia, the Phillipines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’Given our cultural affinity, an example of which we witnessed here, physical proximity and shared priorities, the ASEAN-India relationship is showing increasing evidence of becoming more comprehensive and strategic in nature,’ said President Pranab Mukherjee at the grand banquet he gave later for the guests.  ‘A closer integration between ASEAN and India will be to the mutual benefit of the nations that we represent this historic evening,’ he said.last_img read more

Art with a touch of swadharma

first_imgIndira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts has organised an exhibition based on Gandhi’s philosophies perfectly called Salt: The Great March.The on-going exhibition displays work of artist Shelly Jyoti. The works draw inspiration from Gandhi’s philosophy of swadharma and sarvodaya. ‘Salt is symbolic of Gandhi’s renunciatory spirit, of cultural and moral values as instruments to create better societies. I am investigating that art through sarvodaya concept,’ said Jyoti in an interview. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Her work includes sculptural installations of khadi yarn (aatis), twenty five contemporary artworks with Azrakh printing traditions, incorporating needle work on khadi fabric and multimedia spoken poetry.Jyoti has also re-contextualise Azrakh dyeing traditions. This technique is a traditional form of printing in Gujarat. ‘The whole idea is to preserve this dying art form and to make these artisans financially strong,’ she added. Traditional needlecraft techniques such as sujniand nakshi kantha have also been used. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition also features an installation titled Integrating Khadi-2013, which has been made using 30m of Khadi and is printed with Sanskrit calligraphy. The installation represents the Gandhian thought of promoting Khadi across villages for the economic independence of the society. The other highlight of the show is a 10×8 ft installation titled Re-Building My Nation 2013. It is made of lightweight materials such as pipe cleaners, fabric, plastic, wire and threads as a metaphoric representation of communities living together in harmony. ‘This show is all about exploring the possibilities of establishing alternative societies where Gandhian ideals of swadharma and sarvodaya could be established through their sincere implementation,’ she said.last_img read more

Canvassing freedom

first_imgEncouraged by an understanding father, Dutt’s years of study and initial work as a commercial artist formed a solid bed-rock for a future of hard work, struggles, recognition and rewards. With his new exhibition Art Sutra he tries to capture life itself on canvas.  Explaing the theme of his works artist says ‘art is about freedom. Captivity is inimical to creativity, shrivelling the seed even before it can germinate. Limits and boundaries suffocate and snuff the life out of free expression. And thus Art Sutra was born, a progeny of freedom.’ The artist feels, it’s about unshackling art from the limits and boundaries imposed by surface, medium, technique or even dimension. Lines, forms and colours adding as much soul and spirit to the flat canvas as they do to the contours of a three-dimensional object. It is about making art independent of the vehicle of expression and allowing it to dwell in the creativity of creation itself.Amit Dutt innately realizes the relation of the visible art to the external world, the sheer necessity of harmony in form and tone and the inborn human desire to connect beauty with truth. His work imbues all this and something more, a wholesomeness that remains intangible in magnitude but all pervading in perception and influence.WHEN: 18 to 24 NovemberWHERE: Rabindra Bhawan Gallery no 1 and 2, Mandi Houselast_img read more

Just warm up with your love

first_imgMy mother-in-law is very superstitious. She lives with us and her daily behaviour is causing me immense irritation. What can I do?Devika, ChandigarhAvoid her. Ignore all tempatations to get irritated. I do understand, this is much easier said than done. But, some solutions come only with patience. Usually people don’t change. More so, if the person concerned is elder. Spend quality time with your husband. He is the prime reason why you are with your mother-in-law and his support is your strength. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Last week I have realized that my 9 year old daughter gets physically abused by my husband’s cousin who lives with us. He’s a student and hence we host him. I’m completely shattered. What should I do?Mrs Sethia, PunjabJust accost this b****** and organise another accomodation for him immediately. This is a crime and please don’t ignore this. Try to slowly educate your child on this issue. Handle it very carefully The pervert should realize his mistake but too much of attention might hamper the fragile mind of your little one. Don’t do anything harsh in front of her but as I said earlier, please forget all politeness and warn him to stay away from her. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI’m married for last 4 months. Whenever I’ve tried getting close to my wife, she is very cold. Her reluctance forces me to stay away! Is this normal? Tejas, New DelhiWell, there could be a few reasons. Firstly, she is cold because she’s taking time to know you and open up. Secondly, she has had a bad experience in her past that is shadowing her mind. Thirdly, she is not too sexually active as a person. I suggest, have an open conversation with her. Maybe you can go for a vacation and then you slowly try to warm her up with your love. If nothing is working, consult a professional. Don’t stop expressing your love and desire of closeness. My best friend for last 10 years has suddenly changed her attitude towards me. After my dad gifted me a car on my birthday, I realize this more. She constantly taunts me. How do I handle this?Prea, New DelhiHumans do have an ugly tendency to compete. Have you tried talking to her? You can even write an email. Friendship like any other relationship is a mutual association. If the other person doesn’t reciprocate or respect your feelings, take a back seat. Sometimes ignorance is bliss and if the person is your ‘best friend’, such materialism should be the last reason for a fallout! Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

Reading art right

first_imgHere’s an exhibition dedicated to book art! Artistes have been invited to use the book as a medium and explore its tactile, visual, and intellectual qualities. This exhibition, brought to you by Blueprint 12 in collaboration with Colombo Art Biennale and coordinated by Navar, titled The Reading Room will have 13 artistes participating in this exhibition representing India, Sri Lanka, USA and China; namely – Samit Das, Smriti Chaudhary, Kingsley Gunatillake, LizFernando, Sathyanand Mohan, Banoo Batliboi, DengYifu, Anne Covell, Samanta Batra Mehta, Jagath Weerasinghe, Layla Gondwana. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The exhibition will also accompanied with a talk session by Banoo Batliboi who is a pioneer in book art in India. She will be showing her work and talking about her inspiration and practice, explaining the nuances that go into making a book. Book art is very popular abroad and there have been exhibitions abroad. The concept behind the exhibition is to showcase and exhibit works of art that is made by using books, or by full time book artistes. Book art is popular in the medium of artiste’s journals or sketchbooks but not known as medium where books can be altered to depict an idea. In this exhibition, we will show artistes who have used books, by drawing in them, carving them, tearing them, to convey contemporary issues of displacement, war, fantasy, nostalgia, or history.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition aims to  stimulate and engage the audience to look beyond canvases and sculptures or video. Book Art is one of the most underrated of art mediums. When paintings and sculptures are finding their way in the art galleries and museums, book art is yet to be discovered as a medium of expression and a form of art. It takes wide range of forms through fold-outs, fold -ins, scrolls etc. Artistes enhance the visual quality of the book and take it as their tool to showcase their creativity. It could be easily understood when observed closely but most of the book artistes prefer to give their imagination an abstract form. As its one of a kind art it is also said to be quiet unique and attractive. Though its a contemporary art form it marks it’s space at the first glance in an art lover’s mind.When:  24 April-11 MayWhere: Alliance Francaise & Nitanjali Art Gallery, Anand Niketan (27 April to 11 May)last_img read more

Wifes pubhopping no ground for divorce Mum HC

first_imgA Division Bench of Justices Vijaya Tahilramani and Anil Menon recently upheld an order of Family Court, which had declined to grant divorce to the man, holding that such behaviour on part of his wife did not amount to cruelty. “In our view, the Family Court has appreciated the evidence and come to justifiable findings that the appellant (husband) has failed to prove that the respondent (wife) has treated him with cruelty,” the Bench said, while hearing an appeal filed by the man. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIThe instances of cruelty cited by the husband were rude behaviour by his wife, excessive socialising, going to pubs and discos, neglecting their child, hitting him with a vase, hurling hot cup of tea, making false accusations and throwing tantrums during their honeymoon.“As far as visits to discos and pubs is concerned, it has come in the cross-examination that they both visited pubs and discos even during the period of courtship. We are of the view that evidence does not reveal the respondent has treated the appellant with cruelty. At the best it establishes inappropriate and intemperate behaviour that is not expected in matrimonial relationship,” the Bench noted. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindIrretrievable break down of marriage, cited as one of the reasons for dissolution of the matrimonial alliance, does not amount to cruelty, the Judges noted. “At best, evidence shows insuperable incompatibility between the parties falling short of cruelty. Be that as it may, irretrievable break down of marriage owing to severe and/or insuperable incompatibility does not amount to cruelty and as such no relief can be granted in appeal against the impugned order in as far as divorce is concerned,” the bench said.last_img read more

Swadeshi Art exhibition in Victoria Memorial

first_imgKolkata: An exhibition on ’19th Century Swadeshi Art in Bengal’, curated by artist Ashit Paul, is underway at Victoria Memorial till June 17. Initially the museum authorities had decided to host the exhibition till the middle of May, but in view of public interest the date has been extended till June 17, except Mondays and June 16, Secretary and Curator Dr Jayanta Sengupta said.The exhibition in the Central Hall gallery was thrown open for public on April 13.Woodcuts, woodblocks and lithographs, curated by Paul, are among the exhibits.The exhibits — also including illustrations, advertisements, lithograph prints, illustrations of gods and goddesses in almanacs — reflect the social life of the period, Paul said.last_img read more

Food and other stories

first_img“I have tried all the recipes of this book,” said Arshad Warsi who was here in the national Capital for the launch of his wife Maria Goretti’s book. The actor loves all her dishes and loves Meringue sans calories.“My favourite is Meringue and Baked Chicken from this book,” said Warsi. From My Kitchen To Yours: Food, Love And Other Ingredients celebrates how Maria Goretti lives with memorable recipes from her mother’s East-Indian spreads, aromas from her grandmother’s kitchen, and the food that she has seen, touched and tasted over her many travels across India, and the world, as a VJ with MTV.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Along with that, she  has also included all those delicious dishes she ate at her friends’ homes, especially sinful desserts which she tried and tried till she got them right. Divided into monthly menus with soups, salads, starters, non-vegetarian and vegetarian main course dishes, and desserts, the recipes are simple and delicious. With a foreword by actor and politician Jaya Bachchan, the book presents a six-course meal layout for each month, and easy-to-make recipes with ingredients readily available in any home kitchen.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“It was trial and error, when I was doing the book. I tried each and every recipe at least twice, if not thrice, and put it together properly in a way that it is easy for the reader to be able to make a dish. For somebody, who has never cooked before and is following the book, then at the end of it, they should be really happy about the time spent on a particular dish. And they need to be inspired to cook some more,” she said.last_img read more

Ekbalpore youths turn saviour for victims

first_imgKolkata: Youths from Ekbalpore stepped up as rescuers for the people who got trapped under the debris when the middle portion of Majerhat Bridge collapsed on Tuesday evening.Gulam Mustafa, Sheikh Sabbir, Md Aiyat and their friends were spending some leisure time in their locality close to the bridge. All of a sudden they heard a sound akin to an explosion. They got scared at first but soon realised that something heavy has collapsed. Initially they had thought that something had gone wrong at the project site of Metro railways adjacent to the bridge. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey ran to the spot and found that the middle portion of the structure had caved in. Without wasting any time, some of them initiated rescue work while a section of the youths went back to their locality to call more of their friends. The portion of the bridge had collapsed along with a packed mini-bus of Sakherbazar-Howrah route, three cars and a few motorbikes. The youths heard passengers in the bus crying for help. The motorcyclists were also trying desperately to come out of the wreckage. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe youths jumped into action and managed to bring the passengers out of the mini-bus. The police had also joined the rescue work and took necessary steps to save as many lives as they could. They also rescued the people who were trapped inside the cars. The injured persons were taken to nearby hospitals where they were provided with necessary treatment. Mustafa later recollected the entire incident. “The bus was packed and it was heading towards Howrah from Behala Sakherbazar when the portion of the bridge collapsed. We went to the spot and initiated the rescue work without wasting any time,” he said.last_img read more

WB to commission floating solar plants next year

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government is the process of comissioning floating solar power plants by next year, state Minister for Power and Non-renewable Energy Sobhandev Chattterjee said. The two plants would come up at Sagardighi and Mukutmanipur with generating capacities of five MW and 100 MW respectively. Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of a seminar organised by MCCI and WBSEB Officers Assoctaion here on Saturday, Chatterjee said detailed project report (DPR) of the projects has been already prepared. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Cost for constructing the Sagardighi plant would be Rs five crore, he said adding that the cost of installation reduces with the increase in generating capacity. Chatterjee said that in the last seven years, industrial demand had increased 27.22 per cent. “We are prepared meet the demand of heavy industries as and when required. We are at present surplus in power and exporting to other states”. Commenting on the ATC (accumulated technical and commercial) losses of the state-owned power plants, he said it was 28 per cent at the moment. “The chief minister has asked to set the target to 11 per cent”, the minister said. Regarding old coal-based power plants like Bandel, he said talks were on with foreign companies to implement new technology for checking carbon emission and to keep it operational for another 25 years.last_img read more

Aspirin after ministroke dramatically reduces further risk

first_imgTaking aspirin immediately after minor strokes could substantially reduce the risk of major strokes in patients who have minor ‘warning’ events, a team of European researchers has found.Writing in the journal Lancet, the researchers said that immediate self-treatment with aspirin when patients experience stroke-like symptoms would considerably reduce the risk of major stroke over the next few days.Aspirin is already given to people who have had a stroke or transient ischaemic attack (TIA — often  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’called a ‘mini-stroke’) to prevent further strokes after they have been assessed in hospital and in the longer-term, reducing the subsequent stroke risk by about 15 per cent. However, based on a previous study, the team suspected that the benefits of more immediate treatment with aspirin could be much greater. “The risk of a major stroke is very high immediately after a TIA or a minor stroke (about 1,000 times higher than the background rate), but only for a few days,” said lead researcher Peter Rothwell, stroke expert from the University of Oxford. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe team revisited the individual patient data from twelve trials (about 16,000 people) of aspirin for long-term secondary prevention — that is, to prevent a further stroke — and data on about 40,000 people from three trials of aspirin in treatment of acute stroke.They found that almost all of the benefit of aspirin in reducing the risk of another stroke was in the first few weeks, and that aspirin also reduced the severity of these early strokes. Rather than the 15 per cent overall reduction in longer-term risk reported previously in these trials, aspirin reduced the early risk of a fatal or disabling stroke by about 70-80 per cent over the first few days and weeks. “Our findings confirm the effectiveness of urgent treatment after TIA and minor stroke – and show that aspirin is the most important component. Immediate treatment with aspirin can substantially reduce the risk and severity of early recurrent stroke,” Rothwell said.last_img read more

Man attempts suicide after killing wife in Hooghly

first_imgKolkata: A 35-year-old man from Hooghly attempted suicide after killing his wife by slitting her throat.The incident has created sensation at Haraditya village of Arambag in Hooghly on Monday morning.The husband identified Sanatan Hembram (35) has been fighting for life at Arambag Sub-divisional Hospital.According to the district police, Hembram killed his wife, Sakulmani Hembram (35), whose body was found with her throat slit at their residence in Arambag. The husband was also found in a critical condition. After carrying out the murder of his wife, the accused attempted suicide by slitting his own throat. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe locals told police the couple got married seven years ago. They used to fight with each other over some family related issues. The quarrel might have led to the murder of the wife, suspect police.A domestic help, who went to their house, found the couple was lying in a pool of blood.She informed the locals about the matter. They in turn called up the police station.Senior police officers from the district reached the spot and sent the couple to Arambag Sub-divisional Hospital where the wife was declared brought dead, while the husband was admitted. According to hospital sources, the husband’s health condition is critical.According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that it was not a pre-planned murder. The accused husband might have killed his wife following a heated altercation. After committing the crime, he tried to kill himself. The investigating officers collected samples from the room. Police are interrogating the family members of the couple.last_img read more

Use alternatives of food to comfort infants Study

first_imgParents could reward infants with activity or cuddling rather than food, encouraging healthy behaviour and lifestyle in the future, says a study. Babies who get upset easily and take longer to calm down might be at higher risk of obesity. The study found that children can learn healthier lifestyles only when parents model healthy behaviour themselves and don’t immediately use food to comfort a child who is crying or fussing.“The research tells us that differences in behaviour begin as early as infancy and those differences can influence health behaviours that impact future health risks,” said Kai Ling Kong, Researcher at the University of Buffalo.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the study, 105 infants between the age of nine to 18 months were taught to press a button to earn a reward. They completed the task twice and received either a piece of their favourite food as a reward or ten seconds of a non-food reward, such as blowing bubbles. Parents were instructed to say only specific phrases while the child completed the task. As the task went on, it became increasingly difficult for the infants to earn the reward as they had to press the button many times.  The amount of work they were willing to do was calculated by counting the number of times the child was willing to press the button to get the reward. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe child’s temperament was assessed through a detailed, online questionnaire that parents completed. “We found that infants that rated higher on cuddliness had lower food reinforcement. That means they were willing to work more for a non-food reward versus a food reward. So an infant who enjoyed being held closely by a care-giver was less motivated to work for food,” Ling Kong added.If a parent sees high relative food reinforcement in their child, it is not cause for immediate concern. Instead, the parent could evaluate their child’s relationship with food, encouraging the child to engage in activities other than eating, especially as a reward, the study suggested. “Using rewards other than food, such as a trip to the playground or engaging in active play with their parents, may help reduce their child’s tendency to find pleasure in food,” the researcher mentioned, in the paper published in the journal Childhood Obesity.last_img read more

Indulge in delightful Christmas treats

first_imgGear up to be mesmerised with the sound of carols in the air and the sparkles of the festive hues. The chefs at The Imperial promise to make the season memorable as the year end festivities begin. Spearheaded by Executive Chef Prem Kumar Pogakula, the Christmas treat will bring out the epicurean in you while offering a satiating experience. Plethora of packages with extensive menus have been put together by master chefs for you to experience the festive occasion in style. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAfter soaking in the Christmas spirit at The Imperial’s lobby with a beautiful installation on the colourful forest of Christmas with hanging multi-hued trees, head to 1911 Restaurant (all day dining restaurant) to entice your taste buds and be a part of an extraordinary celebration on the Christmas Eve i.e. December 24 between 6:30 pm and 11:45pm. The exotic spread features Roast turkey, Brussel sprouts, pork loin in a blanket, bread stuffing, giblet gravy, cranberry sauce on the Western Roast station and a selection of international cuisine like Shepherd’s pie, Grilled chicken, celeriac, blue cheese crumble with hot and exquisite Asian spread namely Kung krapao- Prawns tossed with Thai sweet basil, Silken tofu, bell peppers, Chinese cabbage, hot garlic sauce along with Seafood, Indian, Tandoori favorites and Italian specials, salads, desserts and cold cuts. The extensive feast will leave you asking for more. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn December 25, 1911 Restaurant will feature a lavish Christmas Brunch to make sure that you drench yourself in the melody of Christmas carols, wafting through the air while you gorge on traditional feast with a selection including Roasted Lamb, traditional roasted turkey along with global cuisine like, Basil pesto marinated chicken, couscous stuffed tomatoes, grilled artichokes, Ricotta and spinach spanakopita, spiced tomato chutney, Smoked salmon and many more tempting offerings. An indulgent array of desserts like Spiced apple mousse, Traditional plum cake and Plum pudding with brandy anglaise put together with classic wines, make sure you celebrate the occasion delectably. The festive brunch would be open from 12:00 pm to 3:30pm where your little ones can also enjoy their favorite Mini Danish or Hakka noodles in the kids buffet.last_img read more

A roller coaster ride

first_imgJust after the wave of biopics, entertainment industry is focussing on shows and films that have ‘women squad’ as the central theme.Following the trend, a play titled ‘Hello Zindagi’ – written by Smita Bansal and directed by Raman Kumar was staged in the Capital recently. Produced by Felicity Theatre, the theatrical revolves around five women – from different backgrounds, having different personalities – staying together in a posh flat of Mumbai. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Though writer Smita Bansal denies following the trend of focussing on women cast while penning down the story, she believes that maybe the idea is exhausted. Bansal says her effort was to present something fresh to the audience. “There were no intentions of playing safe,” she adds. “Unlike other similar stories, ‘Hello Zindagi’ is more about the characters. I have tried to give equal importance to each one’s story, without neglecting any character. I believe that diverse stories of these remarkable women have numerous similarities, and that’s what makes this play interesting.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSharing the same view, Director Raman Kumar assures that ‘Hello Zindagi’ is a unique serving for the theatre lovers. “If you watch the play you will realise that all the five women characters are so fresh. In fact, what fascinated me to do this play was its freshness. Also, it was surprising to know that this play is the first attempt by Smita Bansal, who is otherwise a popular Television actor.” He believes that her experience in the industry must have contributed to her vision to create these five unique women and their relationships. About choosing the cast of the play, Director Raman Kumar says, “On reading a script, certain images start creating in your mind. And, in this play, the cast was a very important element because more than the story, this play was character-driven.” “We always have to keep in mind that a particular role is going to be performed by a certain actor live on stage. Therefore we have to consider the capability of an actor and also create a mood that suits the actors’ personality and style,” he adds. Therefore, he chose the actors including Delnaaz Irani, Kishwar Merchant, Chitrashi Rawat, Minissha Lamba, Guddi Maruti very carefully. Talking about the emotions the play offers, and the message it gives, the writer describes it to be a roller coaster ride. She believes that audience experiences laughter and sheds tears too. On the other hand, the director mentions that the play just gives one message that ‘God has made life beautiful, it’s we who have created problems for ourselves’. So, ‘Live life, you love or love the life you live.’last_img read more

Hrisheeks body reaches Singur parents say never pressurised him

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Commission for Protection of Child Rights (WBCPCR) will seek a report from the Kolkata Police and Government Railway Police (GRP) regarding the suicide of first-year student Hrisheek Koley and urge the college authority to provide psychological counselling to those coming from Bengali-medium backgrounds.According to Ananya Chatterjee Chakraborti, Chairperson of WBCPCR, often students from Bengali-medium feel uncomfortable after getting admission in English-medium colleges. As a result, they often get depressed. To avoid such situations, their morale needs to be boosted. “We will seek a report on Monday from the police. Also, we are going to provide some recommendations to the colleges, especially with English-medium studies. Students who come from Bengali medium or villages are often seen developing problems to cope up with the new environment in the city. College authorities will be asked to provide special care for them and also to arrange counselling classes for them. Such students should be informed that if they cannot speak any other language fluently other than his mother tongue, it does not mean that they do not have a bright future,” said Chakraborti. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn the other hand, Hrisheek’s body was handed over to his father Ratikanta Koley after the autopsy examination was done in Howrah. According to sources, Hrisheek’s body was found on Thursday afternoon from the railway track between Hind Motor and Uttarpara railway station. The locomotive pilot of Howrah-Arambag local submitted a knockdown memo at Hind Motor railway station around 12:30 pm. After GRP was informed, cops went there and recovered the body. While searching the bag found near the body, police found a note where Hrisheek had written that he failed to understand the lectures in classes as he could not understand English. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAlso, he was having problems with computers. He also expressed his depression in the note that though he took admission in the said college willingly, he failed to cope with the environment and pressure. He also was in fear of getting scolded by his father. He also wrote that his decision of taking admission in that college was wrong. Police also found a ticket to Singur from Howrah where Hrisheek used to stay. It is suspected that he might have left the college hostel to go home. But after boarding the train, in fear of criticism and getting a scolding, Hrisheek changed his mind and got down at Uttarpara. He was seen loitering aimlessly there for a few moments. However, GRP Hind Motor is probing the Unnatural Death (UD) case of Hrisheek. Kolkata Police have stated that if the GRP needed any assistance regarding the case, they would provide help. On Saturday afternoon, Hrisheek’s body reached his home at Kismat Apurbapur in Singur. His family members, including his parents and elder sister, were inconsolable and claimed that he was never pressurised in anything since his childhood. Hrisheek had interacted with them on Wednesday night normally over the phone but they could not understand what made their child kill himself.last_img read more