Shifting the world to 100 percent clean, renewable energy as early as 2030 — here are the numbers (PhysOrg.com) — New research has shown that it is possible and affordable for the world to achieve 100 percent renewable energy by 2030, if there is the political will to strive for this goal. 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. Achieving 100 percent renewable energy would mean the building of about four million 5 MW wind turbines, 1.7 billion 3 kW roof-mounted solar photovoltaic systems, and around 90,000 300 MW solar power plants. Mark Delucchi, one of the authors of the report, which was published in the journal Energy Policy, said the researchers had aimed to show enough renewable energy is available and could be harnessed to meet demand indefinitely by 2030.Delucchi and colleague Mark Jacobson left all fossil fuel sources of energy out of their calculations and concentrated only on wind, solar, waves and geothermal sources. Fossil fuels currently provide over 80 percent of the world’s energy supply. They also left out biomass, currently the most widely used renewable energy source, because of concerns about pollution and land-use issues. Their calculations also left out nuclear power generation, which currently supplies around six percent of the world’s electricity. — Providing all global energy with wind, water, and solar power, Part I: Technologies, energy resources, quantities and areas of infrastructure, and materials, Energy Policy, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.11.040– Providing all global energy with wind, water, and solar power, Part II: Reliability, system and transmission costs, and policies, Energy Policy, doi:10.1016/j.enpol.2010.11.045 Burbo Bank Offshore Wind Farm, at the entrance to the River Mersey in North West England. Image: Wikipedia. More information: Citation: Study claims 100 percent renewable energy possible by 2030 (2011, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-01-percent-renewable-energy.html Explore further To make their vision possible, a great deal of building would need to occur. The wind turbines needed, for example, are two to three times the capacity of most of today’s wind turbines, but 5 MW offshore turbines were built in Germany in 2006, and China built its first in 2010. The solar power plants needed would be a mix of photovoltaic panel plants and concentrated solar plants that concentrate solar energy to boil water to drive generators. At present only a few dozen such utility-scale solar plants exist. Energy would also be obtained from photovoltaic panels mounted on most homes and buildings.Jacobson said the major challenge would be in the interconnection of variable supplies such as wind and solar to enable the different renewable sources to work together to match supply with demands. The more consistent renewable sources of wave and tidal power and geothermal systems would supply less of the energy but their consistency would make the whole system more reliable.Delucchi is from the Institute for Transportation Studies at the University of California, Davis, while Jacobson belongs to Stanford University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. They first began to study the feasibility and affordability of converting the world to 100 percent renewable energy sources in a Scientific American article published before the Copenhagen climate talks in 2009.The pair say all the major resources needed are available, with the only material bottleneck being supplies of rare earth materials such as neodymium, which is often used in the manufacture of magnets. This bottleneck could be overcome if mining were increased by a factor of five and if recycling were introduced, or if technologies avoiding rare earth were developed, but the political bottlenecks may be insurmountable. © 2010 PhysOrg.com
Like any processor on the market the Godson-3B has some benefits and some detriments to it. This processor is not the fastest on the market. It has a peak frequency of 1.05 gigahertz, which makes it much slower than competitors that can operate at more than 5 GHz. The real benefit to this processor is its energy efficiency. The processor has the capability of executing 128 billion floating-point operations per second while using just 40 watts of power. This is about twice as efficient as some of its competitors.This chip comes with a modified structure that allows for the relaying of messages among multiple processor cores. Unlike the chips current in development by both Intel and IBM, which will both feature a ring style, the Godson chip feature a a modified version of the grid like interconnect system that is known as the mesh network. The processor was developed by a team of researches that was being led by Weiwu Hu at the Chinese Academy of Sciences, in Beijing. This mesh formatting allows for the energy-use reduction. The chip also have the potential to be highly scalable for larger sized systems, though smaller ones may find the ring architecture to be more adaptable. Dawning 6000: China launches its first homemade supercomputer Explore further More information: Earlier research paper: www.computer.org/portal/web/cs … i/10.1109/MM.2009.30via IEEE (PhysOrg.com) — Chinese researchers expect to unveil the Dawning 6000 supercomputer in the third quarter of 2011. Unlike the previous versions of this supercomputer, the current version will be something very different when it comes to the hardware powering the processor. The previous versions have all American-made chips inside of them. Instead this version of the machine will feature the Godson-3B, a high-end processor that was created in China. Citation: Chinese supercomputer will feature The Godson-3B: A mesh style processor (2011, May 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-05-chinese-supercomputer-feature-godson-3b-mesh.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Human-caused warming likely led to recent streak of record-breaking temperatures: study Explore further © 2017 Phys.org More information: John Abbot et al. The application of machine learning for evaluating anthropogenic versus natural climate change, GeoResJ (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.grj.2017.08.001 Australian biologist and climate science denialist Jennifer Marohasy and computer scientist John Abbot have published a paper in the journal GeoResJ outlining their study of climate change using neural network technology—their results show that the climate changes the world is now experiencing are almost completely natural. Marohasy offers an additional explanation and outline of their work on her blog. Also, alt-right news site Breitbart offers a take on the work. Most scientists around the world have reached a consensus on global warming—it is happening, and it is happening because humans have ejected so much CO2 into the atmosphere. But Marohasy and Abbot claim that this consensus is built on a faulty base, one decided upon almost a century ago, when work was done to learn about the heat absorption potential of carbon dioxide. They suggest further that so little work has been done since that time applying the principles globally that it is impossible to prove that carbon dioxide has the ability to impact world temperatures. For that reason, they began collecting data from prior studies that offered a means of temperature reading over the past 2000 years—tree rings, coral cores etc. They fed that data into a neural network that Abbot has been using to predict rainfall patterns in Australia for the past several years. The network functions by looking at patterns and learning about given situations—in this case, global temperature patterns over the course of 2000 years, and then offers predictions.The researchers report that the computer predicted temperatures rising in roughly the same way as they have based on real-world measures—in the absence of added carbon dioxide—which suggests that carbon dioxide is not the cause. They also note that there was a time known as the Medieval Warm Period that ran from approximately 986 to 1234, when temperatures were roughly equal to those today. This, the two researchers suggest, offers evidence that the planet would have heated to the degree it has regardless of whether humans pumped carbon dioxide into the atmosphere for a hundred years or not. They note that their results also showed global temperature averages declining after 1980, which coincides with the slowdown noted by other mainstream scientists, but not fully explained. They suggest the warming we are now experiencing is mostly naturally occurring and that it will likely abate just as it has done in the past.The research was funded by the B. Macfie Family Foundation. GeoResJ journal will be discontinued from January 2018 and is closed to new submissions. Citation: Research pair suggest global warming almost completely natural (Update) (2017, August 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-08-pair-global-natural.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.
Credit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Royal Society Open Science More information: Leigh Marsh et al. Geomorphological evidence of large vertebrates interacting with the seafloor at abyssal depths in a region designated for deep-sea mining, Royal Society Open Science (2018). DOI: 10.1098/rsos.180286AbstractExploration licences for seafloor mineral deposits have been granted across large areas of the world’s oceans, with the abyssal Pacific Ocean being the primary target for polymetallic nodules—a potentially valuable source of minerals. These nodule-bearing areas support a large diversity of deep-sea life and although studies have begun to characterize the benthic fauna within the region, the ecological interactions between large bathypelagic vertebrates of the open ocean and the abyssal seafloor remain largely unknown. Here we report seafloor geomorphological alterations observed by an autonomous underwater vehicle that suggest large vertebrates could have interacted with the seafloor to a maximum depth of 4258 m in the recent geological past. Patterns of disturbance on the seafloor are broadly comparable to those recorded in other regions of the world’s oceans attributed to beaked whales. These observations have important implications for baseline ecological assessments and the environmental management of potential future mining activities within this region of the Pacific. © 2018 Phys.org New study suggests that sperm whales travel together, dine alone Explore further A trio of researchers with the National Oceanography Centre in the U.K. has found depression marks on the sea floor in a very deep part of the ocean—they suggest the marks may have been made by deep-diving whales. In their paper published in the journal Royal Society Open Science, Leigh Marsh, Veerle Huvenne and Daniel Jones describe how they found the marks, and why they believe they might have been made by whales. In recent years, scientists have discovered that the seafloor is home to many rocky nodules that harbor valuable materials such as rare-earth elements and metals such as copper. Eager to cash in, companies have begun the process of sending machinery down to the bottom of the sea to set up mining operations. The researchers with this new effort suspected that such mining operations might cause problems for creatures that make use of the seafloor. They have been sending remotely controlled vehicles down below to study the ocean floor to find out. Past evidence has shown some creatures, such as starfish, live at very great depths. In this latest effort, they report that they might have found evidence of a type of whale making use of the seabed to forage for food—also at very great depths.The researchers have been focusing on an area known as the Clarion-Clipperton Fracture Zone, a large swath of seafloor located between Mexico and Hawaii—past research has shown it is a region with a lot of rocky nodules. The remote vehicles they sent to the bottom of the ocean were outfitted with side-scan sonar, which can scan the seafloor looking for geographic features of the underwater terrain. The researchers report that they have found what they describe as a series of depressions resembling tracks made by beaked whales in other parts of the world. But what is unusual is the depth—from 3,999 to 4,258 meters. That is far deeper than any other observed tracks.The researchers believe the depressions were caused by deep-diving whales sifting seafloor debris looking for food. They acknowledge that more research will need to be done to prove that the marks were made by whales—but if their suspicions turn out to be correct, it could impact licensing for mining in such areas. Citation: Depression marks on seafloor suggest whales might be visiting prospective mining sites (2018, August 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-08-depression-seafloor-whales-prospective-sites.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.
Citation: Shape-encoded dynamic assembly of mobile micromachines (2019, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-shape-encoded-dynamic-mobile-micromachines.html While new approaches have shown promise to build programmable structural assemblies, these remain to be translated into mobile micromachine assemblies. In the present work, Alapan et al. introduced a directed assembly process to build mobile compound micromachines using dielectrophoretic (DEP) forces to encode precisely controlled distribution of electric field gradients around a body by modulating its 3-D geometry. The results showed site-selective and directional microactuators with a versatile shape-encoded assembly strategy. They showed the possibility of improved strengthening between the actuators and the body by tuning the DEP forces to provide control on rotation. Alapan et al. implemented a new design strategy of directed assembly to control operational dynamics between functional components using shape-encoded DEP forces. The experimental work will provide a rich design space to develop functional micromachines and mobile microbots to perform complex tasks. They drove the assembly using dielectrophoretic interactions (DEP) encoded in a three-dimensional shape (3-D) of individual parts. They followed the protocol by assembling the new micromachines with magnetic and self-propelled motor parts for reconfigurable locomotion and additional degrees of freedom hitherto unrealized with conventional monolithic microrobots. The site-selective assembly strategy was versatile and could be demonstrated on different, reconfigurable, hierarchical and three-dimensional (3-D) mobile micromachines. The scientists anticipate the design principles presented in the work to advance and inspire the development of more sophisticated micromachines integrated in multiscale hierarchical systems. Mobile micromachines offer significant potential to probe and manipulate the microscopic world and create functional order/assemblies at the micro- and meso-scale. A micromachine can be composed of multiple parts, materials or chemistries to address multiple functions, including actuation, sensing, transport and delivery. Functional modes and performance of a micromachine can be dictated by the collective organization and interaction of its constituents. For instance, magnetic particles interacting under rotating magnetic fields can assemble into chains or wheels capable of moving close to solid surfaces. Similarly, scientists have developed light-activated microswimmers within living crystals and allowed self-rotation by regulating the chemical consumption. To design higher complexity, bioengineers and materials scientists must allow programmable physical interactions into individual parts for shape- and material-specific actions under external influences. Examples include the development of composite microstructures assembled as colloids using virtual electric and magnetic molds. Journal information: Nature Materials , Nature Nanotechnology , Nature Physics Explore further RIGHT: Shape-encoded reconfigurable assembly of micromachines with self-propelled microactuators for frequency-tunable locomotion. (a), Janus SiO2 microparticles with an Au cap can actively locomote based on sDEP at high frequencies and ICEP at low frequencies. Locomotion direction is towards the Au cap in sDEP and reverses in ICEP. (b), The Janus particle experiences a DEP force towards higher and lower electric field magnitudes at high and low frequencies, respectively. (c–e), A microcar body with hemicylindrical and filleted assembly sites is designed to generate frequency-tunable selective attraction of microactuators. The Janus particles are attracted towards the equatorial line of the hemicylinders at high frequencies and towards the filleted site at low frequencies. Color bar normalized electric field strength (E/E0)2. The propulsion of Janus particles assembled at the hemicylindrical sites results in rotation of the microcar body, whereas assembly at the filleted site generates linear translation. f,g, On-demand reconfiguration of the locomotion mode is achieved by tuning the frequency and reorganizing the spatial layout of the assembly. Scale bars, 25 µm. LEFT: Hierarchical assembly of multiple micromachines via shape-encoded DEP interactions. (a–c), Two-step hierarchical assembly takes place by the assembly of micromachine units 1 and 2 with self-propelled Janus particles (i) and by the lateral assembly of unit 1 and unit 2 (ii). Micromachine units are designed for selective lateral assembly, where undersides of ledges in the larger unit 2 generate low electric fields that attract the smaller unit 1. Color bar normalized electric field strength (E/E0)2. (d,e), Parallel assembly of mobile micromachines maintains the linear motion of the units, whereas anti-parallel assembly results in rotational motion. Scale bars, 25 µm. Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-019-0407-3 Reversible assembly of magnetic microactuators with a non-magnetic body using DEP forces. (a,b), Several magnetic microparticles (10 µm diameter) can be attracted near a spherical non-magnetic body (60 µm diameter) (a) towards regions with lower electric field strength around the poles (b). Color bar normalized electric field strength (E/E0)2. (c), The assembled microrobot translates via rolling motion of the microactuators under a rotating magnetic field (ω). The microrobot can be steered by changing the applied magnetic field direction. Scale bar, 50 µm. Inset, the number of magnetic microactuators (n) assembled around the body can be tuned by the controlled capture of microactuators. (d,e), The number of magnetic microactuators, as well as the applied voltage (inset), determine the velocity of the assembled microrobots. Scale bar in d, 30 µm. (f), When a rotational magnetic field in the x–y plane is applied, actuators rotate freely around the non-magnetic body at low voltages. With increased voltage, actuators mechanically couple to the non-magnetic body, which results in the rigid body rotation of the microrobot. Error bars indicate s.d. of three experimental replicates. Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-019-0407-3 Shape-encoded assembly of magnetic microactuators in the form of a microvehicle. Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-019-0407-3 Assembly and translation of a compound microvehicle with magnetic actuators. Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-019-0407-3 Alapan et al. first programmed the field gradients around a construct to drive the assembly of micromachine parts at desired locations using DEP interactions. The working principle of the device under electric fields relied on the shape-dependent regulation of electric fields around polarizable bodies of the assembled micromachine. To program the local gradients, they investigated how non-electric fields could be modulated around different geometries. The scientists then demonstrated controlled self-assembly of mobile micromachines influenced by electric fields, where they first focused on the assembly of a simple microvehicle. The experimental microvehicle contained a large non-magnetic dielectric spherical body and multiple smaller magnetic microactuators organized around the larger body. When they applied an electric field in the Z axis, the non-magnetic body generated local electric field gradients to attract smaller microactuators around its poles. The newly assembled magnetic actuators served as propelling wheels and Alapan et al. could steer the microvehicle by changing the magnetic field direction by applying a vertically rotating magnetic field. While they increased the velocity of the microvehicle by increasing the number of microactuators, when the voltage in the system increased—the velocity of the microvehicle decreased instead. The scientists presumed this to be due to increased mechanical coupling between the microparticles and the substrate during DEP interactions. The researchers used the method to capture randomly distributed, non-magnetic particles with magnetic microactuators by applying an electric field, then translated them to a new position using a rotating magnetic field for release upon turning the electric field off. Field-directed and self-propelled colloidal assembly can be used to build micromachines to perform complex motions and functions, although their integration as heterogenous components with specified structures, dynamics and functions within micromachines is challenging. In a recent study on Nature Materials, Yunus Alapan and co-workers at the departments of physical intelligence and complex materials in Germany and Switzerland described the dynamic self-assembly of mobile micromachines with desired configurations using preprogrammed physical interactions between structural and motor units. Gummy-like robots that could help prevent disease More information: Yunus Alapan et al. Shape-encoded dynamic assembly of mobile micromachines, Nature Materials (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41563-019-0407-3Stefano Palagi et al. Bioinspired microrobots, Nature Reviews Materials (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41578-018-0016-9 Antoine Aubret et al. Targeted assembly and synchronization of self-spinning microgears, Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0227-4 Bartosz A. Grzybowski et al. The nanotechnology of life-inspired systems, Nature Nanotechnology (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2016.116 To control the rotational degrees of freedom of the microvehicle, Alapan et al. could regulate the strength of the attractive DEP forces between the passive body and microactuators to tune their mechanical coupling. For instance, at low voltages, the small attractive DEP forces led to a loose lubrication-based coupling phenomenon allowing microactuators to move freely around the pole. The rotatory joints developed in the study can become crucial for specific biological systems during the development of synthetic molecular, nano- and micromachines for application in the mechanical transmission of energy. © 2019 Science X Network Spatial encoding of DEP attraction sites by modulating the 3D geometry. (a), A negatively polarized particle, with a lower relative permittivity than the medium (εp< εm) experiences a DEP force towards the lower field magnitudes under a non-uniform electric field. (b), DEP forces can be exploited for the encoded assembly of functional components by controlling local electric field gradients generated around a body through its geometry. (c–f), Different 3D surface profiles (fillet or cavity) of a solid body alter the electric field strength around the body (c,e), creating local gradients around the surface profiles depending on the feature dimension, r (d,f). Arrows represent electric field gradients inside the circular region representing a microactuator (10 µm diameter), which is located at the point of maximum force. Color bar normalized electric field strength (E/E0)2. (g,h), Negatively polarized smaller actuators experience a DEP force towards (F> 0) or away (F<0) from the indent due to the field gradient around the surface profile. The magnitude and direction of the DEP force depend on the profile type and feature size (g), as well as the applied voltage (h). Credit: Nature Materials, doi: 10.1038/s41563-019-0407-3 The researchers then realized programmable self-assembly of mobile micromachines with shape-encoded physical interactions by designing micromachine frames with specific 3-D geometries to generate electric field gradients. The 3-D framework selectively attracted microactuators to desired locations on the micromachine frame itself that the scientists fabricated using two-photon lithography. For the first design, the scientists created a microcar with four-wheel pockets to generate DEP forces and guide the assembly of magnetic microactuators into the pockets. They performed on-demand self-assembly of the microcar within seconds of applying an electric field for free rotation of magnetic wheels inside the pockets as a result of a vertically rotating magnetic field. When they turned on the electric field to a high value, the magnetic microactuators self-assembled into the docking sites for rigid coupling between the micro-rotor frame and magnetic microactuators. When they applied a horizontally rotating magnetic field, the micromotor assembly rotated as a rigid body. The scientists expanded the prototype to build reconfigurable micromachines powered by self-propelled micromotors. For this, they designed micromachines assembled with self-propelled Janus silica (SiO2) microparticles with a gold cap (Au). The frequency-dependent self-propulsion and the DEP response of the Janus microparticles allowed them to design mobile micromachines with reconfigurable spatial organization and kinematics. This experimental setup also demonstrated a form of self-repair. Alapan et al. expanded the observed shape-encoded DEP interactions to define physical interactions between the mobile micromachines by paving the way for hierarchical multi-machine assemblies. As a proof of principle, they designed a two-level hierarchical assembly between constituent micromachines. At the first level; self-propelled actuators assembled with two microstructure units to form mobile micromachines that translated linearly In the second level; the second unit assembled laterally with unit 1 due to the generation of low electric fieldsThe scientists extended the design introduced in the present work into 3-D micro-actuator manipulation and the assembly of micromachines with significant potential for application on lab-on-a-chip devices to facilitate continuous transport, sorting, digital manipulation of micro-objects and microfluidic flow generation. In this way, Yunus Alapan and co-workers designed and implemented programable self-assembly using shape-directed dynamic assembly of micromachines from modular structural and motor subunits to provide unprecedented control on dynamics and functions. The method can provide a solution to engineer multifunctional/material microrobots since the scientists succeeded to incorporate the heterogenous components for sensing, cargo loading and actuation together in a single step. For applications without electric fields such as in vivo biomedical applications, the scientists will aim to optimize and build on the irreversible assembly of micro-components for optimized performance. The work holds significant potential to develop multifunctional, reconfigurable micromachines and life-inspired complex hierarchical systems in materials science for applications in microrobotics, colloidal science, medicine and autonomous microsystems. 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.
A series of event that are a treat to the tastebuds is being organised at Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel. UNO2GO presents the Assortment of delicatessen delights that offers an assortment of freshly baked breads, croissants, muffins, danish, sandwiches and quiche from the continental bakery selection. Guests can savour creations such as macaroons, eclairs, muffins, croissants, paris brest, tarts, mousse, cheesecakes amongst other popular desserts specially crafted by the team of patissiers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There is also a wide range of chocolates, pralines, cookies and cakes readily available or made to order. It also offers a special 50 percent discount on a wide range of cakes, pastries and bakery everyday in between a certain time. The Happy Hours at Island Bar which is a wine connoisseur’s delight, offers Delhi’s most extensive selection of wines and spirits. The bar also features a collection of single malt whiskeys, international cigars and an array of non-alcoholic beverages and appetisers. For wine lovers, Island Bar offers an extensive selection of wines that are true to their origin and reflect their provenance. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWith a refreshing view over lush green lawns, Café Uno presents the Sunday Brunch to savour the taste with complimentary access to the pool and spending a relaxed afternoon with family and friends. Young patrons will relish a special kids buffet at Cafe Uno. The package will cost Rs 3200 plus taxes per person with free flowing champagne and Rs 2500 plus taxes per person with choice of soft beverages and Rs 1500 plus taxes for kids buffetThe Cafe also offers a selection of fine wine from the Mendoza region of Argentina The Mendoza Province is one of Argentina’s most important wine regions, accounting for nearly two-thirds of the country’s entire wine production. When: Throughout the monthWhere: Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, Connaught Place
Spandan Communications is organising a two days music and dance festival Sharad Utsav celebrating Indian classical music and dance on January 14 and 15, 6pm onwards at Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus Marg, in the Capital.Vocal artiste Swarnima Gusain disciple of Kishori Amonkar and Sitar player Lakshay Mohan Gupta and Sarod player Aayush Mohan Gupta grand disciples of pandit Ravi Shankar will be performing on the first day of the festival on January 14.Rashmi Khanna (Bharatanatyam) disciple of Kalyani Shekar and vocal artiste Sunanda Sharma Disciple of Girija Devi will be presenting their respective art forms on the closing day of January 15.The curator of the festival Anshuman Pandey said that ‘this festival will bring in the musical warmth for the Delhi Audience and will provide comfort from the nail biting cold of Delhi.’
The President of India, Pranab Mukherjee inaugurated the event titled Songs & Dances of Northeast organised by North-Eastern Council (NEC) and Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER) on April 11 at Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium. Almost fifteen thousand people including a large number of young people from the eight North eastern States packed the giant stadium cheering the most popular bands of Northeast. A grand performance of songs and dance by 130 artistes from the eight northeastern states – Assam, Mizoram, Meghalaya, Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Sikkim – and their unique dances, choirs and foot-tapping music from their bands was the feature of the day-long festival held here for the first time to acquaint and connect people with the vibrant cultural diversity of this region. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Speaking on the occasion, the President said, “The states of North East are an important part of the country. Despite their small population, they have made immense contribution to the nation. The people of the region took active part in the freedom struggle. Many of their political personalities have enriched national life. Song, dance and music are part of the everyday life of the people of the region, who are known for their hospitality and courtesy. The region has rare flora and fauna, natural scenic beauty and rich cultural heritage. The festival showcasing the rich, cultural ethnicity and diversity of North East India will help bridge the gap between the people of the North-Eastern States and the rest of India.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) of the Ministry of Development of North-Eastern Region (DoNER), MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, Jitendra Singh, the Chief Minister of Meghalaya, Mukul Sangma and other Governors and Chief Ministers of the eight North-Eastern States were present on the occasion. This event will be held by rotation in different parts of the country in collaboration with one of the eight States of the region. Leading bands like — Imphal Talkies(Aizawl) , PhuNingDing, Minute of Decay, SilmanMarak, Mizoram Folk Artist, Girish and the Chronicles, MonirajHazarika, Shillong Chamber Choir (Meghalaya) , Testeo Sisters (Nagaland) and the acclaimed Indian Idol’ winner Amit Paul were the main attraction of the event.Hundreds of visitors queued up to become a North Easterner for a day by slipping into their traditional dresses and sharing the North Easterner side of themselves. There was no end to savoring the ethnic food from the all eight North Eastern Regions prepared by the chefs who were specially flown down from different corners of North East. The interest in knowing about the tourist destination was so encouraging that the tourist officers were carried away by the unprecedented response. The festival concluded by a special number created for the occasion by the Shillong Chamber Choir.
Kolkata: The state government is planning to increase paternity-cum-child care leave for its employees from 30 days to 45 days.At present, the male employees of the state government get a leave of 30 days. All male employees of the Panchayat and other local bodies, boards, sponsored and non-government aided schools and colleges, state-aided universities and companies, corporations and undertakings are entitled to get the paternity-cum-child care leave. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedNow, the state government is planning to increase the number of days of the leave to 45 days, considering it will help the employees take care of their children in a better way.It may be recalled that the Mamata Banerjee government had introduced the paternity-cum-child care leave in February 2016 and it was stated that the leave can be taken during the birth of his child or at any time at a stretch, up to 18 years of his child’s age.It was introduced, considering that it would be of great help for the male employees to discharge their responsibilities towards their children in a better way. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPOn Father’s Day this year, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had tweeted: “My best wishes to everyone on #FathersDay. Welfare of fathers is also a priority of our Govt.”The Mamata Banerjee government had taken up several measures for the benefit of state government employees, in the past seven years. The Chief Minister has also declared a total additional dearnessallowance (DA) hike of 25 percent for the employees, that will come into effect from January 1 in 2019.Also, employees who get retired, will not have to wait for years to get their pension now. With the introduction of e-pension, retired employees have started getting pension without any delay.
Over 60 students were injured when a private school bus plunged into a ditch in Perambalur city of Tamil Nadu on Thursday.The accident took place around 8: 30am when the bus was heading towards a school, after picking up students, police said. The injured students (boys and girls) were rushed to a hospital. The Tamil Nadu police have arrested the errant bus driver. He was arrested from the accident site, police said.Earlier it was being said that 50 students were injured in the accident. However, later, it came to light that over 60 were injured. The accident took place when the school bus hit a median and fell into the ditch near the collector’s office. Students alleged that the driver was speeding. They also accused him of rash driving. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIHearing about the accident, parents of all students, aboard the school bus, gathered outside the hospital.The parents and the students have alleged that there were about 127 students on the bus, which is against the norms. However, the headmaster of the school claims that only 63 students were on the bus when the accident occurred, adding that this was the first accident.District official Munuswamy called for a meeting to discuss the accident with the private school.
Kolkata: A person identified as Sudipta Sarkhel has been arrested by Baguiati police station for allegedly duping people in the name of selling machines used for making products from beads and thermocol. He has been remanded to 7-day police custody by Barasat court on Sunday.According to police sources, Sarkhel used to lure women from several districts, promising to sell them machines for making paper and thermocol items as well as ornaments manufactured from beads. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSeveral people gave him good amount of money in good faith. After getting the money, Sarkhel stopped communicating with the victims and left his residence at Baguiati. He also closed his office near Jyangra. At present, the amount is around Rs 80 lakh which could go up.Since almost a year, Sarkhel was collecting money in such a manner. Apart from this method, he also supplied beads to some people who manufactured several items and returned them to Sarkhel. To lend beads, Sarkhel used to keep some money as security deposit. He also duped those people by not returning the security deposit money. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSources informed that he used live at a rented flat in Railpukur area in Baguiati.The landlord was also duped as he did not pay rent fr several months.On Friday, a person identified as Maitreyi Basu Thakur filed a complaint against Sarkhel at Baguaiti police station stating that she had been cheated of Rs 14 lakh.After commencing the probe, investigators contacted him through a lady police personnel to buy a machine. The lady police personnel lured him in to the trap. On Saturday night, when Sarkhel arrived at Jyangra to meet his next target, he was surrounded by police. He was taken to the police station and later got arrested. Police sources informed that till Sunday evening several people had contacted Baguiati police station. More complaints are yet to come in against Sarkhel.Among them, there is a police constable from the West Bengal Police, who was also duped in the same manner.He was interested in buying machines for his unemployed brothers. Apart from this, investigators also got information about Sarkhel being an accused in several cheating cases in North Bengal.During the investigation, Bidhannagar Police will contact with other police units in North Bengal to seek information about Sarkhel.
Kolkata: An Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) of Police was found dead inside his flat at Latbagan in Barrackpore on Saturday night.Subrata Bose (58) was posted at Canning traffic guard for the last few years. Locals alleged that Bose had some personal problems with his wife Soma. As a result, she used to live separately. On Saturday night, locals heard Soma’s scream from Bose’s flat at building number 12. Some of his neighbours rushed there and saw him lying on the floor with blood coming out of his mouth and nose. While some of them were checking with Bose, Soma left the flat without saying a word. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThis triggered tension in the area suspecting that Some is somehow connected with Bose’s death. He was immediately rushed to B N Bose Sub-Divisional Hospital where doctors declared Bose brought dead. Titagarh Police Station was informed immediately. Later on Saturday night, Soma arrived at Titagarh Police Station without being called. She was being questioned about Bose’s death. Sources informed that seeing Bose’s body doctors suspect that he might have faced a cardiac arrest following a severe stroke. Soma told police that Bose was suffering from several age-related disease such as high blood pressure and hypertension. “Exact cause of death could only be said after an autopsy. If any complaint comes, it will probed,” said K Kannan, Deputy Commissioner (zone I) of Barrackpore Police. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn another incident, a 64-year-old person identified as Rabindranath Bhattacharya was found dead inside his home at Paschim Putiyari in Haridevpur. He was staying alone for a few days as his wife and daughter had gone for a visit to his in-law’s home. On Sunday, a relative of Bhattacharya arrived at his home and kept knocking on the door. When Bhattacharya did not open the door after a long time, the visiting person called his neighbours. Later, police was informed. Police personnel from Haridevpur Police Station broke open the door and found Bhattacharya’s decomposed body. No foul play is suspected.
When you take part in marathons, it is important to wear the right functional running gear and not just focus on choosing the most fashionable one, says an expert. Rajat Chauhan, adidas running expert and Race Director of La Ultra in India, has shared tips to make running easier:1. Running Shoes: Pronation is a term used very widely in running circles which is very important in picking the correct shoe for yourself. It is a natural movement for human beings to provide locomotion. In layman’s terms, it is the degree to which your foot rolls inwards while running or walking. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfLook at the wear out of the sole of the shoes. In neutral runners, there will be equal wear on the inner and outer side of the sole of the shoe. Whereas in over-pronation, outside part of heel part of the shoes will wear out more than the inside, whereas when you look at the front part of the shoe, the inner aspect of the sole will wear out more than the outside aspect.If that is the case, the runner needs stability shoes like the supernova sequence boost, which provide a ‘stableframe’ to provide exactly this support. Squat test: Wear shorts, take your shoes off and face the mirror. Look at the medial arches of the feet. Are they flat or not? Now squat down all the way five to seven times. Now do five to seven single leg squats. Notice whether your feet roll in or not. If your feet and knees don’t roll in, you are a neutral runner. You will need neutral shoes. If your feet and knees roll in excessively, you are an over-pronator, and you will need stability shoes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive2. Video analysis: Ask a friend to video shoot your feet while you run away from the camera. When played in slow motion, it will show how much your feet roll in. The intent is to get shoes that will stop this movement from happening and get your feet to land and take off straight.* Majority of runners can be catered to by self-tests mentioned above. If you are still confused, it is best to take professional help for proper video gait analysis. There are several models of neutral running shoes out there in the market, including the response boost – beginners should however steer clear of ‘minimalist’ shoes as they provide far lesser cushioning than someone with a typical gait would need. Also, with our sedentary lifestyle, we would need to extensively strength train before slipping into some of these. 3. Running apparel: From minor ailments like chafing, to extreme ones like hyper-thermia can all be attributed to wearing the wrong gear while running.High Temperature or Humidity: It remains important to regulate body temperature, and even more so in sapping conditions like heat or humidity or both. What the body needs to do then, is shed heat rapidly to cool down and stay within the optimum temperature range, while wicking away moisture to ensure comfort and breathability to assist temperature management.Functional apparel containing ClimaChill tech, does the same – being a notch above traditional polyester-based clothing, and several notches above any natural fibre-based T-shirts and shorts. While cotton might be comfortable to wear for sedentary activities, it rapidly degrades performance in high heat and moisture – which running inevitably would lead to. As more and more sweat is produced, cotton tends to absorb the moisture and become heavier, while inter-fibre channels close down, hence the moisture cannot be transported to the surface to be’‘wicked away’. Low temperatures: In the cold, the requirements are even more demanding. While the body needs to retain the warmth, the need to shed moisture to keep temperature within optimum performance range, remains the same. This is done through cutting edge ClimaHeat tech which mimics the way a polar bear’s fur has naturally evolved – being hollow to insulate the skin, while keeping the wicking property alive to shed moisture. It is wonderful how technology makes everything possible for us.
Piyush Mishra- thespian, Bollywood actor, lyricist, music director, singer and scriptwriter, visited the national Capital to inaugurate Delhi International Queer Theatre and Film Festival (DIQTFF) at NCUI Auditorium. The festival aims to legalise issues like gender equality, female circumcision, menstruation, safe abortion, HIV AIDS and homosexuality. Mishra shares his journey of becoming an actor, who he draws his inspiration from and talks about the aforementioned cause in an interview with Millennium Post. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHow did you venture into Bollywood?Although I was raised in Gwalior, my higher education brought me to Delhi where I completed my graduation from National School of Drama (NSD) in 1986 and thereafter started a career in Hindi theatre. Eventually, I shifted to Mumbai in 2002 and started doing some Hindi films. And this is the story of the beginning of my career in the Bollywood industry. Whom do you draw your inspiration from in this profession?I have admired the work of many actors. Our industry is blessed with multi-talented personalities. But, I draw my true inspiration from the Supreme Power – the divinity within all of us. What I am today is just because of Him. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIf not an actor, which career would you have chosen?Since the time I joined theatre, I made my mind to be a film actor. Else, I would have gotten drunk and left this world. (giggles)Who do you consider the most revered person in Indian cinema?I truly like and love the people around me. I have also enjoyed working with them. But, I have always felt deep reverence for the Supreme Being or the spirit who I worship every single day.What are your thoughts about DIQTFF? I think DIQTFF is an out-of-the-box event and conveys a very strong social message that all are equal and deserve equal rights – be it homosexuals or heterosexuals. I see no difference in the communities. They all have showered me with huge respect, love and affection that I receive from anywhere else. They all are extremely kind. Being heterosexual or homosexual is no crime. If there was something unnatural, nature would not have allowed its existence. But the irony is that the society observes nature as unnatural.
Amid much fervour and gaiety, Minister of States (Independent Charge) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Giriraj Singh inaugurated the exclusive Khadi Pavilion of Khadi and Village Industries Commission (KVIC) at 38th edition of India International Trade Fair at Pragati Maidan on November 15. The theme of this one of the largest trade fairs for this edition is ‘Enterprises from Rural India’.KVIC has set up over 100 stalls, in which different Khadi and Village Industries institutions from nearly all the states of the country are showcasing the most exquisite products created by the genuine fingers of rural artisans. This iconic annual event of India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) would give a proper platform to the rural artisans to showcase their skills in the National Capital. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfExpressing happiness and enthusiasm, after formally inaugurating the pavilion and taking the popular ‘Selfie with Gandhiji”, the MSME minister said that the commitment and zeal shown by the artisans and entrepreneurs indicate that the whole nation has taken the appeal and observation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. “Only with this degree of dedication, we can follow our PM’s doctrine of ‘Earlier Khadi for nation, then Khadi for fashion and finally Khadi for transformation. The Ministry has already chalked out some plans – to brighten and enhance the artisans associated with Khadi and Village Industries,” he further added. Corroborating similar views, KVIC Chairman Vinai Kumar Saxena expressed saying that with such an enthusiastic approach of artisans and entrepreneurs, Khadi and Village industries are all set to catch the audience at the show.
Love to get inked? Beware, tattoos can take a toll of your mental health, warned a new study. Researchers from the University of Miami in the US showed that although having tattoos was not significantly related to overall health status, individuals with tattoos were more likely to be diagnosed with a mental health issue and report sleep problems. People who had tattoos were also more likely to be smokers, spent time in jail, and had a higher number of sex partners, said the study published in the International Journal of Dermatology. For the study, researchers included a sample of 2,008 adults. “Previous research has established an association between having a tattoo and engaging in risky behaviours. In an era of increasing popularity of tattoos, even among women and working professionals, we find these relationships persist but are not associated with lower health status,” said lead author Karoline Mortensen, Professor at the varsity.
At a time when India and Pakistan are at loggerheads, individuals from a broad spectrum converged over a single stage recently to discuss and raise questions around what religion in our country means, the meaning of being a Muslim in India, and how appearance determine the caste of a person. Organised by The Raza Foundation at the India International Centre, the programme titled ‘Vichar Vinod’ witnessed young intellectuals and academics raise their voice and ask ‘what is the question’, when we talk about Muslims, caste, religion and citizenship in India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfProfessor Apoorvanand of the Delhi University initiated the discussion with an appeal to the Indian government to use the opportunity of the release of Indian Air Force pilot Abhinandan Varthaman to have an honest dialogue with Pakistan and come to a peaceful conclusion which does not entail war. “The discussion today is taking place at a time when there are rising tensions about the possibility of war between India and Pakistan. We all convey our deep worries about the possibility of war between India and Pakistan,” he said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAs all the members of the conference agreed to what the Professor said, ‘Vichar Vinod’ further progressed to discussing if religion is in crisis. Speaking on the same issue, Sanjay Srivastava asserted that there is a new religious movement like the Art of Living and Dera Sacha Sauda cropping up now, which is based on the ‘amalgamation of culture and consumerism which is feeding ideas to the modern middle class’. “The Swami Narayan movement which culminated in the form of Akshardham temple and many other temples is a perfect example of consumerism being offered in the form of spirituality. As new middle class wants to be a global citizen, they adapt the change rapidly,” Srivastava further added. Another speaker, Valay, added that people have gone astray from the true path of what religion used to be and that now Godmen use ancient religious scripts for political gains and material benefits. Irfanullah Farooqui, Huma Hasan, Heba Ahmad, and Amir Ali meanwhile raised the various commonly ignored problems faced by the people of the Muslim community in India, with Farooqui asserting that in the 21st century in India, ‘religious looks lead to a kind of performative anxiety.’ Grown up in communal hit city Aligarh, Heba Ahmed, on the other hand pointed out the ‘narrow perspective’ of the media of looking at Muslim women just because of their religion and how, after 2014, the love for Muslim women suddenly grew and everyone was talking about ‘rescuing’ Muslim women from atrocities. Amir Ali expressed that being a liberal on top of being a Muslim is difficult. Apart from that, the session also witnessed Umar Khalid joining the discussion about citizenship in the country, and focused mainly on the rural and tribal parts of the country by saying that one has to bring in a more historical and democratic approach within the system of gram sabha and tribals for more equality.
Kolkata: Commuters in the city may face hassle in reaching their destinations, with app cabs staying off roads on Monday and Tuesday. The 48-hour strike has been called jointly by the West Bengal Online Cab Operators’ Guild (WBOCOG), as a protest against their alleged exploitation by cab aggregators and harassment by police.State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, however, assured on Sunday that the state government will have adequate arrangement of state buses to ensure that commuters face no difficulty in reaching their destinations. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”The strike has been called by a particular union and all app cabs will not stay off roads. I have requested the police to ensure that app cab drivers who want to render services can do so without any difficulty. The police will take steps if anybody tries to forcibly stop services,” Adhikari said. The minister said that around 100 additional buses (both AC and non-AC) will be pressed into service on Monday and Tuesday. There are a total of 20,000 app cabs belonging to two leading app cab aggregators and around 15,000 take to the roads daily. There are more than 5,000 cabs that are affiliated to WBOCOG. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”The aggregating companies, despite repeated deputations, letters and agitations, have not provided any solution to the issues of the member drivers. We have repeatedly requested to increase our drivers’ share of income and to revive the IDs of drivers that have been blocked without any proper justification,” said Indranil Banerjee of WBOCOG. WBOCOG wrote a letter to the two leading aggregators recently, urging them to respond to their demands within seven days. However, they had received no response. An organisation of luxury taxis affiliated to AITUC have also announced strike on Tuesday, demanding that their repeated pleas to the state government for increase of fares have fallen on deaf ears. “There are around 9,500 luxury taxis rendering services at various government organisations across the state. A number of cases and penalties imposed by police has also been a concern and the drivers are finding it difficult to support their families,” a member of the organisation said.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee announced in the state Assembly on Wednesday that state government would recruit more than 33,000 employees under various categories. The decision was taken in wake of the vacancies created in various departments of the state government due to retirement of a number of employees. Banerjee said 33,687 posts will be filled up in total, of which the number of unreserved posts stand at 18,527. The total number of reserved vacancies is 15,160 of which 7,411 are for SC, 2,021 for ST, 5,728 for other backward classes and 1,347 posts are reserved for the differently-abled. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We have decided to fill up these vacant posts to ensure better services to the common people. The Staff Selection Commission is also being revived,” Banerjee said. She said a yearly aid of Rs 5,000 will be disbursed for empowerment of Self Help Groups in the state. The Self Help Groups (SHG) registered for a period of one year or more will be entitled for the benefit. “The number of SHG groups in the state is at present 9.69 lakh and 98 per cent of these groups are led by women. There are about 1 crore members in SHG groups in Bengal,” Banerjee said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAccording to the Chief Minister , the government plans to spend Rs 500 crore on Self Help Groups. “We are committed to empower and help poor women folk to be self reliant in urban and rural areas,” she said. Bank loan disbursal for SHGs in the state has seen an increase during the Trinamool Congress government. The amount of loan which was Rs 553 crore in 2010-11 increased to Rs 7,000 in 2018-19. The state government is also providing subsidies to the SHGs so that they repay the bank loan at an interest rate of 2 per cent. “The number of SHGs, which was 4.72 lakh in 2010-11, has increased many folds showing the emphasis of our government in this regard,” Banerjee said.
Julius Henry “Groucho” Marx was known as a master of quick wit and is remembered as one of the greatest comedians of all time. Besides starring in 13 featured movies, his fame came from his solo radio and television show You Bet Your Life. He had a unique appearance, distinctive for his glasses, cigar and moustache and his quirky exaggerated stoop posture. Groucho MarxWhile we have many of his iconic moments on tape, both film and audio, there is one particular moment in his life that was not recorded but is nevertheless very curious and worth noting.In 1958 he was traveling through Europe with his friend and director of You Bet Your Life, Robert Dwan. They were on the road for six weeks and brought their daughters, Melinda Marx and Judith Dwan Hallet, as the opportunity was perfect for the young girls to see Europe and experience different cultures across the ocean.On the set of You Bet Your Life with daughter Melinda, 1953.During their trip one of the most important stops for Groucho was Germany, especially the small town of Dornum. This is where his maternal grandmother was born and where she lived before coming to the New World.Groucho’s mother Minnie was a big influence and support in his life, she even is to credit for launching his career. He wanted to visit the town graveyard and see where his family were buried, as his mother never got a chance to come back to her hometown.The only known photo of all five Marx brothers with their parents in New York City, 1915. From left: Groucho, Gummo, Minnie (mother), Zeppo, Frenchie (father), Chico, and Harpo.The trip was fun for the whole crew, and Groucho, as a true comedian would entertain the group by singing and stopping the car for the group to take funny photos.When they reached Dornum they first went into a local pub to relax and find a way to the town’s cemetery.Groucho was surprised that no one knew about him and his siblings.The Marx Brothers in 1931.Dornum was not a tourist place and people did not care much about American pop culture. Nevertheless, Groucho performed a couple of stunts and made people laugh, so he did not leave only with the directions to the graveyard, but also with a couple of new fans.However, upon reaching the cemetery the good and upbeat mood left the group. Groucho found out that the graves of Jewish people had been destroyed.Dornum. Photo by Wladyslaw Sojka CC BY-SA 3.0Groucho wanted at least to get the burial records of his Jewish ancestors, but even these were nowhere to be found. He was shocked and disappointed. Judy claimed that the singing and fun were gone, and Groucho’s mood had completely sunk.Niche of Groucho Marx at Eden Memorial Park. Photo by Arthur Dark CC BY-SA 4.0A couple of days later he abruptly declared to his chauffeur and the rest of the group that he wanted to go to East Berlin, to visit what was left of the bunker where Hitler took his own life.They all drove to Berlin in quiet and did not know what to expect.Current site of Hitler’s bunkerOnce the group arrived there they first had to overcome the feeling of shock as the place looked like the war ended yesterday, not more than a decade ago. The pile of ruins was left to stand as a reminder of the events of World War II.Groucho climbed on top of the almost 20-feet-tall pile of debris and remnants of Hitler’s bunker, the Führerbunker. He first paused for a little bit. After this moment of silence he started dancing the Charleston, a classic Golden Age dance step — without his signature smile on his face. The whole dance lasted for a minute or two and left the whole group feeling uncomfortable.Read another story from us: Hitler’s Nephew Fought Against Him During WWIIThe Telegraph reports Judy’s words: “Nobody applauded, nobody laughed.” When he was done with his ultimate act of defiance and condemnation he requested to leave Germany the next morning. Suddenly, the whole trip turned somber and the fun of it was lost.