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August 2019

Readwrite device offers new architecture for information processing

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. (PhysOrg.com) — “Silicon based logic devices may run out of steam soon because as devices get smaller, they run into different problems,” Laurens Molenkamp tells PhysOrg.com. Molenkamp is a physics professor at Universität Würzburg in Würzburg, Germany. Along with a team of scientists, Molenkamp has been studying ways to make use of different materials and structures to improve logic devices, such as computers. Citation: Read-write device offers new architecture for information processing (2011, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-02-read-write-device-architecture.html Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. More information: S. Mark, P. Dürrenfeld, K. Pappert, L. Ebel, K. Brunner, C. Gould, and L.W. Molenkamp, “Fully Electrical Read-Write Device Out of a Ferromagnetic Semiconductor,” Physical Review Letters (2011). Available online: link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.106.057204center_img Explore further “Right now, information in computers has to be transferred between logic and memory,” Molenkamp continues. “But with memory becoming so big, the process is becoming cumbersome.” In order to remedy this problem, Molenkamp and his colleagues in Würzburg have developed a device that allows for memory storage and logic processing in the same structure. A description of their device can be found in Physical Review Letters: “Fully Electrical Read-Write Device Out of a Ferromagnetic Semiconductor.”Traditionally, information processing is based on different components. Metallic ferromagnets can be used to store information in a remanent manner, such as in a hard disk. Semiconductors are used for logic functions and for volatile memory (RAM). There must communication between memory and logic in order to get the type of computing we are used to. However, there are limitations to this. “Heat dissipation is a problem,” Molenkamp points out. “Additionally, the communication takes time and an enormous amount of interconnects, and there is only so much that can be done when logic and memory are separated in information processing architecture.”The solution, then, is to create a new information processing architecture that puts logic and memory in the same device. “We have a sample device that we have shown works as a read-write device, putting logic and memory together to create the basis for a new information processing architecture,” Molenkamp says.In order to create the device, Molenkamp and his fellows used the ferromagnetic semiconductor (Ga, Mn)As. “Our device allows you to perform logic operation with the same circuits where you store info,” he explains. “You can do away with the transfer between logic and memory parts.” This would cut down on heat dissipation, as well as making information processing much faster.So far, the team at Würzburg has created a one bit device. “There is a little disc in the middle of the device which is the logical bit,” Molenkamp says. “However, in order for our design to be a full logic device, to actually make it programmable, we need two discs touching on each other.” This is what the group is working on now.In order to take the device further, Molenkamp says that a different set up might be needed. “We were able to show that we could use this device. It is more of a principle of operation,” he points out. “Next, we will have to transfer to a different material that is magnetic at room temperature. We think that our new information processing architecture can carry over to metals.” In order to accomplish this, Molenkamp continues, “one needs to grow crystalline metal layers to use as starting material.” Once that is done, it is possible to begin developing devices that can operate at room temperature, as well as more advanced circuits.“The adoption of our device could lead to much smaller computers,” Molenkamp says. “Because the type of memory we describe stays encoded, you wouldn’t need RAM, and that would help with heat dissipation and size. We hope that, now that we have shown that you can integrate memory and logic in this new information processing architecture, that there will be interest in creating devices that use this technology.” Novel transistor combines logic and memory functions, drastically reduces power consumptionlast_img read more

Tenminute charge makes battery spectacle at CEATEC

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. (PhysOrg.com) — CEATEC Japan, the Tokyo event focused on new devices in electronics and IT, opens this week with lots of pre-buzz circling around a little gadget that keeps smartphones from dying, courtesy of NTT DoCoMo and NEC. Engadget seeded the interest after visiting NTT DoCoMo’s booth to examine an NTT smartphone battery. The charge takes only ten minutes. The battery lives in an external pack. NTT DoCoMo and NEC have developed this prototype as an external lithium ion battery sleeve which is placed on a user’s smartphone. “A pair of amp meters compared the power draw of a standard battery with that of the ultra high speed charger, which pulled 0.55 amps and 5.86 amps, respectively — at least according to the demo equipment on hand at NTT’s CEATEC booth,” wrote Zach Honig of Engadget. The battery sleeve’s AC adapter supports output of up to 6.0 amps, he added. The video report says it should be able to power a phone for at least a few hours.There is no specific information on a targeted release date or the company’s intentions to have the device work with any other phone than the one it works with now, the NEC Medias Android smartphone, available to the Japanese market. NCC DoCoMo’s press release describing its CEATEC showcase only said this: “This special battery jacket for smartphones achieves a full charge in just 10 minutes. A recharging indicator will show how the jacket will charge a smartphone 10~15 times faster than conventional charging devices.”Like other companies at the CEATEC show, NTT DoCoMo is eager to show its innovative edge. The prototype is one of numerous gadgets that the company seeks to publicize here. According to the company release, “Three types of special jackets for smartphones are equipped with sensors that can be customized to measure ultraviolet light and bad breath, gamma radiation and body fat.”As for the new gadget for high-speed battery charging, technology users need little imagination, only hope, to anticipate battery charger solutions to ease the inconvenience of having to wait around for their smart devices to power up. Waiting around for only ten minutes would be an advantage.A frequent complaint generally is that smartphones have come a long way yet battery technologies to support them have not kept pace. Earlier this year, Megan Geuss wrote in PC World: “Battery makers are trying to wring the last bits of capacity out of 15-year-old lithium ion technology, while device and app makers seem to be just waking up to the seriousness of the problem.” © 2011 PhysOrg.com NTT Docomo’s new smartphone features wireless charger Citation: Ten-minute charge makes battery spectacle at CEATEC (2011, October 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-ten-minute-battery-spectacle-ceatec.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Into the breach Transporting molecular cargo through algal cell walls

first_img Citation: Into the breach: Transporting molecular cargo through algal cell walls (2012, August 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-breach-molecular-cargo-algal-cell.html (Phys.org) — Algae constitute a widespread, highly varied group of primarily photosynthetic organisms found in many ecological niches. The roughly estimated 300,000 species range in size and complexity from small to very large, and unicellular to multicellular, respectively. Moreover, their properties are equally diverse in terms of applications, having a potentially unique role in medical, materials, energy, bioremediation, and synthetic biological research. That being said, methods for investigating and making use of algal biology have been slow to emerge. Recently, however, scientists at Stanford University and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory have devised a general-purpose molecular technique that allows cargoes of various sizes to be transported through the algal cell wall and membrane, thereby accessing the intracellular algal space. Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. A significant benefit, Wender adds, was that making non-covalent protein complexes – which often can be quite difficult – proved to be relatively straightforward. “This has value since one needn’t invest in making covalent conjugates – itself often a challenging process,” he adds. “However, showing that the proteins have functional activity was more complex, as both uptake and function needed to be achieved. While technically more demanding, the process worked impressively well. It’s great to be working with such creative and determined coworkers.”Wender also points out that their findings impact several areas of research. “Firstly, in algal research our ability to study and manipulate algae is determined by our ability to introduce molecules into algae that could report back or create change. Some molecules do this on their own, but the vast majority of molecules do not pass through the algal cell wall and membrane.” Mechanical and physical methods – for example, biolistics (gene guns), sonication, electroporation, and glass beads – have been developed to circumvent this limitation. However these are often expensive, encounter reproducibility problems and/or are not readily scaled. “Shooting DNA coated particles into algae is an important technique but it is well quite literally hit-and-miss,” Wender says. “However, we’re now reporting a molecular method in which algae are incubated with a probe connected to a molecular transporter, which enables the resultant conjugate to enter cells, and moreover show that this works for both small molecules and large proteins.” In other words, agents that would otherwise not enter cells are now carried into cells by the molecular transporters. This opens a wide range of chemicals that could be used to study algal function and to use algae in drug discovery, as tools for research including energy research, as agents for bioremediation or as biosensors.Secondly, Wender continues, their findings impact the use of algae as photoautotrophic tools for synthetic biology. “Being able to transform algae allows one to control what they produce and the quantity of what they produce. Algae already produce products of commercial value – and this new technology could be used to enhance those processes.” Of equal imports, he adds, their new technology could be used to induce algae to produce new materials of potential value in research, materials science, and even therapy.Finally, Wender points out that their results will enhance the understanding of biological barriers in the life sciences – specifically, agricultural and medical research. “Biological barriers are of great importance in many areas of science. If a drug, probe or agent does not enter a cell we cannot begin to understand the inner workings of a cell or manipulate it for diagnostic or therapeutic ends. This study now provides a powerful tool to study and manipulate algae.” The cell wall barrier is also found in plants, and so this research has ramifications in agriculture and plant sciences. “We now have a new and molecular way to ferry chemicals across cell walls. We can now communicate with algae.”In terms of planned next steps in their research, Wender concludes, algae represent model organisms for drug discovery, for sensing, for energy research and for bioremediation. “Algae are motile, and therefore can gather and concentrate pollutants. Learning how to control that process is one of many directions with environmental ramifications, and learning how they process drug candidates could be a great way to screen for future therapeutics.” Explore further Stanford University Bergstrom Professor of Chemistry Prof. Paul A. Wender, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory scientists Joel M. Hyman, and Bahram Parvin, and Stanford researchers Erika I. Geihe and Brian M. Trantow encountered a series of challenges in designing and implementing their method of variable-scale algal cell molecular transport and delivery. “We reported for the first time in 2000, based on our systematic reverse engineering of the Tat nine-mer, a nonapeptide sequence from the protein HIV Tat, “ Wender tells Phys.org, “that the number and spatial array of guanidinium groups is what allows both the Tat protein and Tat peptide to enter mammalian cells. At the time we coined the term molecular transporters, as we realized from our research that this ability to enter cells was not a function of the peptidic backbone but rather the number of guanidinium groups and their spacing. This led to the design of peptoid transporters, non-peptidic transporters, dendrimers and many other guanidinium-rich transporters capable of carrying molecules into cells,” Wender explains. Much of this earlier work focused on getting transporters through the plasma membrane of mammalian cells. At that time, they also showed that these guanidinium-rich transporters will ferry a variety of cargos including peptides, metals, probes, proteins, and nucleic acids (siRNA) into cells. In addition, these transporters were also shown to transport cargo across other barriers such as the skin. “Algae presented a new challenge as they not only have a membrane barrier but also, for many types of algae, a cell wall,” Wender continues. “Thus, our initial task was simply to see if our lead transporter octaarginine, when attached to a fluorescent tag such as fluorescein, would get through both the cell wall and cell membrane of algae.” While the synthesis of this oligoarginine-fluorescein conjugate follows directly from their previous studies, recording uptake of this conjugate into algae proved to be more difficult than working with mammalian cells – because, Wender exclaims, the algae move! Their solution (which Wender unabashedly describes as clever): make small wells for the algae to dock, preventing their motion during the process of recording images. More information: A molecular method for the delivery of small molecules and proteins across the cell wall of algae using molecular transporters, PNAS August 14, 2012 vol. 109 no. 33 13225-13230, doi:10.1073/pnas.1202509109 Flow cytometry and fluorescence microscopy of cell wall-deficient or wild-type C. reinhardtii treated with Fl, noncovalent mixture Fl+r8, or Fl-r8 conjugate. Graphs of the mean fluorescence from flow cytometry of (A) cell wall-deficient cc-4350 or (D) wild-type C. reinhardtii. Inset in each graph is a representative histogram from a single condition in the flow cytometry data where blue is the noncovalent Fl+r8 control and red is Fl-r8 conjugate, both at 25 μM. Confocal Z-layers of (B) cell wall-deficient and (E) wild-type cells treated with the noncovalent Fl+r8 control have no apparent internalization. Confocal Z-layers of (C) cell wall-deficient and (F) wild-type cells treated with Fl-r8 conjugate show internalization and not surface staining. The letter over the bar graph indicates the treatment conditions used for the corresponding image. (C, F) Scale bar equals 5 μm. Copyright © PNAS, doi:10.1073/pnas.1202509109 Scientists use frogs to battle superbugs Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences 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

Researchers study isotopes in feces to discern mountain gorillas diet

first_img © 2012 Phys.org Male silverback Gorilla in SF zoo. Image: Wikipedia. More information: Detecting intraannual dietary variability in wild mountain gorillas by stable isotope analysis of feces, PNAS, Published online before print December 10, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1215782109AbstractWe use stable isotope ratios in feces of wild mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei) to test the hypothesis that diet shifts within a single year, as measured by dry mass intake, can be recovered. Isotopic separation of staple foods indicates that intraannual changes in the isotopic composition of feces reflect shifts in diet. Fruits are isotopically distinct compared with other staple foods, and peaks in fecal δ13C values are interpreted as periods of increased fruit feeding. Bayesian mixing model results demonstrate that, although the timing of these diet shifts match observational data, the modeled increase in proportional fruit feeding does not capture the full shift. Variation in the isotopic and nutritional composition of gorilla foods is largely independent, highlighting the difficulty for estimating nutritional intake with stable isotopes. Our results demonstrate the potential value of fecal sampling for quantifying short-term, intraindividual dietary variability in primates and other animals with high temporal resolution even when the diet is composed of C3 plants. (Phys.org)—Researchers from several universities in the US have together found that it is possible to follow changes in a wild animal’s diet over a single year period by studying isotopes in feces samples. The team used the technique, as they write in their paper published recently in the journal PNAS, to study the diet of wild mountain gorillas in Uganda. The gorillas in Uganda’s Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in the mountainous southwestern part of the country are difficult to study in the wild. Scientists want to know what they eat over the course of a single year because it would provide valuable information regarding how the animal survives, and perhaps more importantly, how it adapts to environmental changes. Rather than watching every move the gorillas made over an extended period of time, the researchers instead collected fecal samples along with samples of plants and fruits that the gorillas are thought to eat, over a 10 month period during 2002-2003.The samples were brought back to the lab where the researchers subjected them to chemical analysis to reveal the isotopes found in the food that the animals had eaten. Because different foods have different levels of isotopes, the researchers were able to determine which foods had been eaten at which time of the year. They found, for example that the gorillas tended to eat more fruit between February and March and then again between June and July.Prior research had shown that an animal’s diet could be found by studying isotopes in samples of hair, tooth enamel or bones – but that requires capturing animals and testing them, a less then optimal solution. This new research shows that the diet of wild animals can be discerned by simply collecting the droppings they leave behind, which allows for fine tuning such studies by allowing for testing on a more often and regular basis.The researchers noted also that collecting and studying feces samples doesn’t do away with the need for field study however, as the testing for isotopes isn’t precise enough to tell researchers exactly which foods have been consumed – they need a base list to choose from to understand what has actually been eaten. Nor does it offer data on nutritional value. Uganda’s gorilla population growingcenter_img Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Explore further Citation: Researchers study isotopes in feces to discern mountain gorillas’ diet (2012, December 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-isotopes-feces-discern-mountain-gorillas.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.last_img read more

Time for a fussfree meal

first_imgFancy places need fancy décor. Right? Wrong. Sometimes, a place can be fancy without going overboard on the décor. Which is what I found interesting about Zing at The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa. Minimalistic chic is how Zing has been designed. The outdoorsy feel comes from the swimming pool and the backyard of the hotel that it overlooks. While this isn’t where you would want to come if you have a romantic lunch or dinner in mind, it is just perfect for lunch with the girlfriends over gossip and cocktails. I would give it a thumbs up for business meetings too. The menu is more cafe than fine dining, even though they have a good selection of champagnes, wines, single malts and scotch. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The food on offer is a global platter — so you find everything from Indian to southeast Asian, Continental and more. In mood for Continental? Order some Fish N Chips and Surf N Turf along with lamb chops. Care for Indonesian or Thai? Dig into Nasi Lemak with Bamboo steamed vegetables and Phad Thai. There is Italian too if you so fancy. The star on the menu though, is German. The classic German dish, Curry Wurst, has thankfully not given an Indian makeover here and retains its juicy nature. German sausages, a dash of tomato to add a zing to it and potato salad, this one kind of takes the cake if you decide to stick to Continental. Pair it with a Jack and Coke or Jim Beam — it is filling enough to become one whole meal. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixNot fond of whiskey? Grab a Qutub Chinar (tall vodka, rum with rose and lemon) or a Sharabi Gola (gin and sweet vermouth with orange juice) from the bar. They are just as nice. The selection of tea and coffee is also quite interesting.  Non vegetarians will relish this place because most of the items on the menu are all about meat. However, leaf eaters can try out the Khaw Suey (recipe left) or Cottege Cheese Brochettes among others. I settled for some Butterfly prawns which are batter fried and served with sweet chilli and garlic sauce with a chilled beer. It was fried yes, (I wasn’t technically thinking of diet) but not oily enough to make it unhealthy.   The Zing Club (available in both vegetarian and non vegetarian versions) is quite a meal in itself too. Meat eaters can choose between chicken, turkey and eggs. The desserts section has the usual suspects like brownies and cheesecakes, with a twist (imagine Star anise stewed cherry cheesecake and Kahlua flavoured opera with truffle and butter cream). Be careful of the ice cream though, it is served so chilled that your teeth would freeze. But go to Zing if you care for a simple, fuss-free meal.DETAILAt: Zing, The Metropolitan Hotel and Spa, Bangla Sahib Road Timings: All Day Phone: 4250 0200 Meal for Two: Rs 3,500 (Approx Without Alcohol)last_img read more

Girl interrupted

first_imgAn epic on the trauma and oppression a girl child goes through at different stages of her life is presented by Sonal Mansingh and Centre for Indian Classical Dances through Sahakaar-Ideal of Co-operation. The show staged at India Habitat highlighted the growing concern on girl-child like honor-killing, child marriages and other abuses through the artistic medium of dance and music. The program presented the girl’s view point in a poignant poem by the eminent poet Prasoon Joshi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Different ably kinds from two NGOs: Little Star Children Home from Katni, Madhya Pradesh and another one was Divyajypti from Delhi performed this dance dram on the tune of Sonal Mansingh.  The show started with Om Shanti – invocation to the divine to make the intention of supporting girl child act successful by offering flowers ritually, each petal acquires significance made in dance movements’ evoked atmosphere of peace and tranquility a space in which hearts can bloom. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKids from both the foundation performed Gati, a special performance knitted by Sonal Mansingh illustrated freedom from all miseries, this is the real reality of life, this is the real Reality of life, and this is the motivation and spirit of life to go ahead towards the glorious future.Rimjhim Sa Sapna was the most beautiful act by special kids from Divya Jyoti and Little Star Children home. A dance ballet based on the journey from street to theatre reflecting the inner voice and strength of life of the special children. It depicted the conflicts between their dreams and the boundary of their society and how they can achieve their goal and discover their potential to fulfill the dream of Life.Another interesting aspect was a special performance by Dr. Sonal Mansingh Ji along with kids titled Babul Jiya Mora Ghabraye. This part of drama was based on the famous poem by Prasoon Joshi, a collective voice of young girl. In this drama Sonal ji and special children touched the heart of people by enacting the bitter truth which every young girl goes through while getting married.last_img read more

BJP fields eight councillors including North MCD Mayor

first_imgIn the last election, BJP had fielded eight councillors out of which four were elected as MLAs.?North MCD mayor Yogendra Chandolia has been given ticket from Karol Bagh reserved (SC) seat while former education committee chairman Rekha Gupta and presently general secretary in Delhi BJP Rekha Gupta will contest from Shalimar Bagh. She will challenge AAP’s Vandana Kumari. The seat was considered baton of BJP but was taken away by AAP in the last election. Two more councillors of North MCD- Azad Singh from Mundka and Rajni Abbhi from Timarpur have also been given tickets. They were fielded in the last election too, lost to AAP but have been trusted again. Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 croreB B Tyagi, chairman of standing committee in East MCD has been given ticket from Laxmi Nagar while Sanjay Jain, ward committee chairman of Shahdara North has been fielded from Seelampur. Another councillor Jitender Chaudhary has been given ticket from Gandhi Nagar. “In the last Delhi assembly election, BJP had fielded para-dropped candidates on these seats,” said a senior BJP leader. “As the councillors are directly connected to people, if have better chances,” he added. Also Read – Man who cheated 20 women on matrimonial websites arrestedBesides, two former Congress MLAs- S C Vats from Shakur Basti and Arvinder Sing from Deoli and three former AAP MLAs- Vinok Kumar Binny from Patpargunj, Ashok Kumar from Ambedkar Nagar and M S Dhir from Jangpur; BJP has also fielded a former Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) candidate from Okhla. Brahma Singh Bidhuri, the arch rival of BJP’s former candidate from Okhla Dhir Singh joined BJP just a week before tickets were announced. Bidhuri’s younger brother Vir Singh Bidhuri is sitting councillor of BSP and was also deputy mayor in South DMC for supporting BJP mayoral candidate. BJP has also fielded AAP’s candidate from Matia Mahal Shakel Anjum Delhlvi from Matia Mahal and former Congress leader Krishna Tirath from Patel Nagar.last_img read more

The big screen magic and more

first_imgThe 10th India Habitat Film Festival  that commenced on May 8 at India Habitat Centre showcases the best of Indian Panorama films. The 10-day festival will be screening 48 films in 13 languages including 19 National award winning films. The 7th day of India Habitat Film, films like Chaar Sahibzaade (Punjabi) directed by Harry Baweja, Unto The Dusk (Malayalam) directed by Sajin Baabu  and Hey Ram (Hindi) directed by Kamal Haasan were screened. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The 6th day of the festival screened films like Ek Hazarchi Note (Marathi) directed by Shrihari Sathe, Saagar (Hindi retro) directed by Ramesh Sippy and Quolf (Kashmeri) directed by Ali Emran.Director of the Quolf, Ali Emran interacted with the audiences present there. He said, “My film attempted to hold in camera the philosophy of the people of Kashmir. However, to put across the spiritual message was as the biggest challenge as spiritual movies don’t find many viewers in India.” Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe festival began with Shonali Bose’s Margarita With A Straw and Teen Kahon (Bengali) directed by Bauddhayan Mukherji. Kalki who was there to inaugurate the enthusiastically interacted with the audience. Post screening she presented her views, discussed some issues and shared her anecdotes while the movie was shot.  A retrospective of Kamal Haasan’s movies started on the 2nd day of India Habitat Centre’s annual Habitat Film Festival. The retrospective started with an interaction of the actor/director par excellence Kamal Haasan with Ira Bhaskar, Prof. JNU and with the audience which gathered at the Stein auditorium to watch the movie Vishswaroopam (in Hindi) post the interaction. The retrospective showcased his amazing multifaceted talent with Vishwaroopam, Ek Duje Ke Liye, Sadma, Chachi 420 , Saagar, Hey Ram, Virumandi, Nagayan and Hindustani. Marana Dandana (Kannada) directed by Baraguru Ramachandrappa, Boraxhat Aranya (Assamese) directed by  Diganta Mazumdar, Bey Yaar (Gujarati) directed by Abhishek Jain, A Day In The City (Kannada) directed by Venkat Bharadwaj, Choti Moti Baatein directed by Sohini Dasgupta and Lajwanti (Hindi) directed by Pushpendra Singh were screened on the third day of the festival.4th day of the festival screened  films like Eak Phali Rodh (Bengali) directed by Atanu Ghosh. The film director Ghosh also interacted with audience and shareed his views on film. Virumandi directed by Kamal Haasan and Citylights directed by Hansal Mehta were also screened.On 5th  day of India Habitat Film  Festival, films like Negalukal (Malayalam) directed by Avira Rebecca, Adomya (Assamese) directed by Bobby Sarma Baruah and Sadma (Hindi) directed by Balu Mahendra were screened.Bey Yaar (Gujarati), Lajwanti and Gour Hari Dastaan (Hindi), Kuttaram Kadhithal (Tamil), Labour of Love and Chatushkone (Bengali), Quolf (Kashmiri), Shukha Asuchi (Oriya), Piku (Hindi), Elizabeth Ekadasi and Ek Hazarachi Note (Marathi), Ottal (Malayalam), Qissa, Punjab 1984 and Chaar Sahibzaade (Punjabi), Pallefam (Manipuri), Borhxaranya (Assamese) are among a host of other wonderful films from various regions and languages which are to be screened. Also an exhibition titled Rhythm, Raga and Melody in collaboration with National Film Archive of India, Pune  is held at the Convention Centre Foyer, IHC  that showcases  over 90 films posters highlighting the contribution of music in Hindi Cinema.last_img read more

Need for wider debate before lateral entry CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday said lateral entries might “dilute the sensitivity” attached to the functioning of the government and the issue needed a “wider debate” among the various stakeholders before it was implemented.She stressed on “…discussion with different stakeholders, including representatives of the All India Services/Central Services,” before its implementation as the officials of joint secretary level is usually involved in framing policies. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that as per the notification of the Department of Personnel Training, individuals working at comparable levels in the private sector companies, consultancy organisations, international/multinational organisations, any state or Union Territory government or working at comparable levels in Public Sector Undertakings, autonomous bodies and universities can apply for three to five years’ contract basis recruitment in 10 senior level posts in departments including Commerce and Civil Aviation Revenue and Economic Affairs. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn a tweet on Tuesday, Banerjee stated: “According to the recent media reports, the Government of India has invited applications for appointment to the post of Joint Secretary of 10 important ministries of Government of India through lateral entries. In my view, there is no objection if talented persons join the Central Government to improve its professional competence and efficiency. But I have few concerns about the issue involving various implications.” Stating the significance of the joint secretary level officials and the need to recruits officers through the UPSC, she stated in her tweet: “The officers from All India Services/Central Services presently hold positions of Joint Secretary and equivalent levels in the Government of India. These officers are inducted in government services through transparent recruitment processes by Constitutional bodies like the UPSC. The officers are expected to be politically neutral while discharging their duties. Any shift from such standard will not be good for the nation. Presently, the officers of All India/Central Services have been working in the government with sincerity and accountability and maintaining secrecy, where the paramount interest of the nation remains supreme.” Sharply reacting to the decision of lateral entry, Banerjee mentioned in her tweet: “In view of it, I feel that any deviation from the system, particularly by inducting professionals from non-governmental sector, notwithstanding their talent may dilute the sensitivity attached to the functioning of the government. Therefore, it is necessary to have wider debate and discussion with different stakeholders, including representatives of the All India Services/Central Services, before implementing the proposed induction of lateral entries into senior positions of the government. I thought of sharing this with all of you as it is a matter of concern.”last_img read more

Exploring Cantonese cuisine

first_imgYauatcha, the Michelin starred Dim Sum tea house from London is a contemporary yet casual teahouse that offers an all-day dining experience.  Serving modern Cantonese cuisine, it offers affordable luxury in the world of eclectic food expression. Modern authenticity is at the root of Yauatcha’s cuisine and service. They are inspired by history, acknowledge the traditions of the past yet also interpret them for today. The aim is authenticity in a modern setting, and we embrace an environment that is ever changing, dynamic and new. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The chefs have taken recipes from all over China, and using cooking methods true to a thousand years of Chinese tradition, have infused them with a modern sensibility. The result is authentic Cantonese cooking with a contemporary flair, at once subtle and thrilling,  and all made with the best ingredients.Emotional architecture is the root of Yauatcha’s design which relates to how the space feels. The palette of design materials used in Yauatcha forms a modern interpretation of the old Chinese teahouse.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOn walking through the reception, one discovers the expanse of the restaurant featuring the open kitchen where the master chefs are at work, the main dining area and a dramatic bar perched on the center stage of the restaurant. The main dining has contemporary partitions interspersed with blue glass and white marble.  The restaurant is wrapped in cosy black pine and fly ash bricks. The best alcoholic beverages are Lalu, Lychee Martini, Cha La Lai, Lam peak Martini and Baron Vert. Top five selling dishes are Crispy prawn cheung fun, Stir fry udon noodles in black pepper sauce, Schezuanmabo tofu, Crispy duck roll and Raspberry delice.last_img read more

Alcheringa city auditions

first_img‘Alcheringa’, the annual cultural festival of Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Guwahat will take place in the first week of February 2017. Started in 1996 by a group of students of IIT Guwahati, Alcheringa has now become one of the biggest college level cultural events in Asia. Spread over 3 days and 4 nights, Alcheringa attracts people from all over the world with its spectacular events and competitions. This time it will be on from February 2 – 5. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAlcheringa, IIT Guwahati is conducting a city audition of its event Halla Bol (Street Play competition) in the national Capital. The auditions will be held at Shri Aurobindo College, New Delhi today from 12 noon to 4PM. The judging criteria include performance in acting (dialogue delivery, expressions, body movements); presentation encompassing costumes, music, props and use of stage; successfully depicting the plot or theme and most importantly ‘originality’. The performances are required to be only in English, Hindi or Assamese. Winners of the City Audition shall have a change to perform at the Halla Bol main event to be held at Alcheringa, IIT Guwahati. Prizes worth Rs 50,000 are available for grabs by the winners of the main event of Halla Bol. The winning team of the City Audition will get full two-way travel reimbursement while the runner-up will receive two-way travel reimbursement of 70% to IIT Guwahati during Alcheringa.last_img read more

Flaunt your sleeves this summer

first_imgUsing some silhouette tricks, you can easily play around with different types of sleeves and hide the fuller arms, say experts. This summer is all about large bell sleeves, puffy ones or full lengths.Cold shoulder sleeves feature a flash of skin just on the tops of the arms. Apart from being practical, the style is gorgeous and is a hot favourite among women looking for trendy ways to appear slim and stylish.Puffy sleeves are named for the way the sleeves extend out in round puffs around the upper arms or at the shoulders. They draw attention to the shoulders and away from the bottom region and are perfect for pear-shaped women. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBishop sleeve is a large sleeve which is fuller at the bottom than the top and gathered at the cuff. It gives a bohemian look to an outfit and is used for dramatic effect. It looks best on a flowy relaxed outfit like a shift dress.Large bell sleeves: This 1990’s trend is quite a hit these days, and are roomy too. While styling such kind of sleeves go full volume. Pair them with culottes or a ruffled skirt, or balance the proportions out by pairing it with skinny jeans or slim trousers. Go for solids while picking such kind of sleeves. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveFull-length sleeves: Contrary to our thoughts, these are the most useful sleeves when it comes to summers. They are the saviour of your hands from harmful rays of the sun, especially for women who ride a 2-wheeler every day, or for women with field jobs. Long sleeves dresses or tops are best paired with minimal accessories, so it’s a great idea to go for prints when opting for them. You can accessorise them with the bold cocktail ring, finishing your sleeve with a flourish.Kaftan sleeves are a summer staple. Own loads of solid as well as printed kaftan tops and work them up with your classic denim shorts.Roll-up sleeves have always been in trend. They are in fact a summertime classic. Go for urban checked, striped or solid shirts with rolled up sleeves and combine them with your straight fit trousers and a pair of chic flat sandals.last_img read more

Fusion of old youth a grand feat at Brigade rally

first_imgKolkata: The United India rally which was held at the Brigade Parade Ground on Saturday witnessed a perfect blend of old and new faces. Along with the veterans, there were a number of young Turks like Akhilesh Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav, Hardik Patel, Jignesh Mevani, Hemant Soren and Jayant Chowdhury who were heard with rapt attention. Addressing the gathering, Akhilesh said: “They (BJP) say we’ve a lot of contenders for PM’s post… we say people will decide who’ll become PM. As elections are approaching, you are forming alliance with the CBI and ED while we are forming alliance with the people of India.” Hardik Patel drew a comparison between the movement launched by Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose and the present movement. Jignesh said the faster India can get rid of RSS-BJP rule, the better it is. Hemant Soren, Jayant Chowdhury felt to bring about “acche” din, “Modi should be ousted.” Tejashwi Yadav said BJP is letting loose Central agencies to stop those who are criticising them.last_img read more

TMC activist shot dead in Kultali

first_imgKULTALI: A Trinamool Congress activist was shot dead by unknown miscreants at Jalabaria in Kultali on Sunday.The deceased person has been identified as 42-year-old Surath Ali Mondal. Five unknown miscreants came on motorcycles and surrounded him when he was returning from the local market. They shot him from a close range and fled from the spot. Mondal was killed at the spot and police later recovered his body. Kultali Block Trinamool Youth Congress chief Ganesh Mondal said that Surath was an active worker of the party who was popular in his locality. This is what led to his murder, felt Mondal. Police are yet to identify the miscreants or determine the motive behind the murder. A detailed probe in this regard is underway.last_img read more

Porcelain patterns entice

first_imgSay porcelain and names come to mind – Lucie Rie, Sueharu Fukami, Ogata Kenzan and many more. If Sueharu’s signature qingbai glaze, eloquently represents the ceramist’s development for over more than 20 years – the overwhelming sense of vitality and stretched tension of unfaltering curves have always been fascinating. Delhi Blue unveils a brilliant collection of porcelain ware, created by both established and emerging ceramic artists and the eyes travel and transcend over many pieces of sheer delight. At this point, one must recall and mention that Leena Batra has been one of the greatest ceramic artists creating porcelain ware that cut across boundaries and traversed many cultural symbols and languages. And her husband Ravi Batra with the trustees of Delhi Blue keep this happening engagement going for lovers of ceramic ware. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAditi Sarogi creates hand built porcelain with celadon glaze. Tiny human figures enhance the ideation of design and soft rendering glaze. Anamika’s ‘Emergence’ is a treat for tired eyes – you see the delicate fragile leafy thin layers that she arranges with grace and you know that this is a radical hand of both experience and elegance.Ange Peter’s ‘Koi loves Lotus’ has such a Buddhist appeal even as it whispers of oriental moods. The alacrity with which he creates the fish contours against the satin black makes for a heady contrast. Anjani Khanna has been creating a host of ingenious sculptural ceramics; her white and blue hybrid human with a dog is fetching, if not facile, in its tone and tenor. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRakhee Kane’s platters with earthy strokes speak about stories of the soil, what endures is her precision and perfection in terms of artistry as well as aesthetics. Reyas Bedaruddin plays with the night and day semblance to give a satin smooth finish to his marble toned tableau.The harvest of notions and sighs come from Sabrina Srinivas’s ‘Liquid Matter’ which unravels fluidity and flexibility in contours even as it builds an evanescent eloquence – you know how difficult it is to create this mood in porcelain and that is what makes it enticing. Roger Cockram’s ‘Fish in Water Bowl’ stoneware is the piece de resistance of the show that tells us that ceramics is a global language. The technique is what arrests. In his own words, Cockram says that he starves his kiln of oxygen and this radically affects colours produced. “During this ‘reducing’ phase, the kiln is allowed to reach more than 1300 degrees centigrade, with flames emerging from every crack in the structure. It is actually quite a dramatic and exciting time. Basically, I am attempting to ‘steer’ the forces rather than controlling them, to achieve an impression of the heat and flames when one sees the result. Conversely, the cooling phase is very slow and cannot be rushed,” he said.A ceramic show must do a few things and this show transcends thought; it reflects supple curves and sharp silhouettes; extols the beauty of lines and glaze; showcases a deeper sensitivity to materials, and also defines the beauty and timelessness of tactile experience. A must for ceramic lovers. Runs at Visual Arts Gallery till March 15.last_img read more

Sealdah station gets states first executive lounge

first_imgKolkata: The executive lounge opened by the Indian Railway Catering and Tourism Corporation (IRCTC) at Sealdah station has become very popular among the passengers within a week of its inauguration.Only of its kind in eastern India, the facilities of the lounge can be availed for two hours against a payment of Rs 100. Drinking water and tea and coffee are given free of cost to the passengers. They can have their breakfast and lunch or dinner at the adjacent restaurant. If the bill at the restaurant is more than Rs 500, a concession is given to the passengers occupying the lounge. They can also take rest at the lounge and freshen up there. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDebashis Chandra, general manager, IRCTC, Eastern India, said the lounge has become very popular among the passengers who come to the city in the morning, do their work during the day and catch the train in the night to go back to their homes. They keep their luggage in the cloakroom and go out for work. IRCTC proposes to open a similar executive lounge in Siliguri soon. Sumita Ray, who came from Siliguri to the city for a day to attend a seminar, said: “I was really touched by the cleanliness and décor of the executive lounge. The cloakroom is spacious and safe. I welcome the move.” IRCTC officials said in the past one week, the response of the passengers has been very positive and many had inquired about it.last_img read more

Govt to set up information bank of projects for people

first_imgKolkata: The state government will set up an information bank of various projects which have benefitted crores of people in the past few years.The District Magistrates have been asked to give details of the names of the beneficiaries of the Sabujshree project. The main objective of the move is to ensure that the benefits have gone to the genuine persons. The preliminary report maintained that around 24 lakh families have got benefits of the Sabujshree project. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSabujshree is one of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s pet projects. She has mentioned about the project over and again in her speeches. Under the Sabujshree project, a sapling is given free-of-cost to the parents of newborn children in state-run healthcare establishments. The parents are asked to maintain the saplings and when the children become adults, the parents can sell the tree and the money thereby received can be spent for the higher education of their children. The scheme has gone very well with the parents of newborns. During the programmes, the Chief Minister herself had distributed saplings to the parents. Generally, saplings of Mahogany, Saal and Segun trees are given to the parents, the prices of which go up with time. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that nearly one crore bicycles have been distributed among the students of Classes IX to XII of state-run and aided schools by the Backward Classes Welfare department (BCW). The BCW department has names of the beneficiaries along with the names of their parents or guardians, names of the school where they are studying along with their classes and the date when they had received the cycles. Because of this solid database, the Sabuj Sathi project has even received an award from the United Nations.last_img read more

Girl claims getting stuck between Kolkata Metro train doors

first_imgKolkata: Nearly a month after Sajal Kanjilal, a passenger, was dragged to his death by a Kolkata Metro train with his hand stuck between its sliding doors, a girl commuter on Tuesday complained that the Metro train she was travelling in, started moving with her shoulder stuck outside the doors.According to a social media post by the victim, Aatreyee Bhattacharya, the incident took place at the Park Street Metro station on Tuesday morning, the very station where the previous accident had occurred. However, the Kolkata Metro Railway authority refuted the charges. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”@RailMinIndia I was going to die today, thanks to you. My shoulders were stuck on the doors, and I felt the metro starting to run. Again? @metrorailwaykol how many more before you take a step,” tweeted Bhattacharya. Minutes after her tweet, the Kolkata Metro Railway authority came into action and started scrutinising the CCTV footage of the Metro station. According to sources, the incident took place at the Park Street Metro station when the rush of passengers was less. The Kolkata Metro Authority claimed that no such incident took place. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We have thoroughly scrutinised the CCTV footage of the station. But there was no such incident,” said Kolkata Metro Railway Chief Public Relation Officer Indrani Banerjee. She reiterated that the Metro police personnel have been asked to keep a close eye on passengers trying to force their way into the rakes at the last moment to avoid any untoward incident. This apart, a penalty is also there for passengers who are caught getting into the train forcefully. Hours after complaining on social media, the girl deleted her tweet. The incident reminded of 66-year-old Kanjilal who eventually died after being dragged through the tunnel between Park Street and Maidan Metro stations last month. The passenger count of Kolkata Metro Railway has increased during the first four months of this financial year (2019-20) in comparison to the same period of 2018-19. During this period, from April 1, 2019 to July 31, 2019, the Metro Railway carried 698.49 lakh passengers in comparison to 690.60 lakh passengers carried in the same period of the previous financial year (2018-19), registering an increase of 7.89 lakh commuters.last_img read more

VIDEO Sean McDermott explicitly said nowbenched Tyrod Taylor was the Bills starter

first_imgThe Bills announced on Wednesday that year long starter Tyrod Taylor would be benched in favor of Nathan Peterman, who has thrown a total of 10 career NFL passes.The move is not only puzzling because the Bills have a winning record and Taylor has a respectable 10 touchdowns, 3 picks, and is completing a career high 64% of his passes, but also because head Coach Sean McDermott explicitly said Taylor wouldn’t benched during his Monday press conference.It’s not to say McDermott indirectly alluded to it, he explained his reasoning behind the now-changed decision. It’s not often you see a complete 180 from a team in two days, but that’s exactly what happened here.Listen to McDermott explain why the now benched Taylor should be the starter.Sean McDermott says he understands why fans may be calling for Nathan Peterman, but here’s why he won’t be replacing Tyrod Taylor. #Bills pic.twitter.com/OG6apEel4T— Jon Scott (@JonScottTV) November 13, 2017last_img read more

McCarthy and Rodgers Were Never a Good Match

first_imgMike McCarthy and Aaron Rodgers were never a good matchA day after fired Packers coach Mike McCarthy made some coded comments about working with Aaron Rodgers, Bleacher Report published an article painting an ugly picture of McCarthy’s tenure in Green Bay and his dysfunctional relationship with Aaron Rodgers. The article goes into painstaking detail to show McCarthy was as huge part of the problem, and confirms what has been reported as Rodgers’ side of the story that McCarthy was a meatball.Aside from the juicy details, the piece makes it clear that Rodgers and McCarthy’s egos and simmering resentment were never a good match to begin with, unlike other great coach/QB duos across the league. This marriage was doomed from the start. Also:– LeBron’s title runs are done– Harden isn’t cheating the game– Durant leaving “basketball heaven” would be a mistake Guests:Ric Bucher, Greg Jennings, Stephen Jackson, and Ryan Switzerlast_img read more