Month: August 2019

The glitching of the Vela pulsarThe glitching of the Vela pulsar

first_img Vela Pulsar Explore further The Vela pulsar, a neutron star corpse left from a titanic stellar supernova explosion, shoots through space powered by a jet emitted from one of the neutron star’s rotational poles. Now a counter jet in front of the neutron star has been imaged by the Chandra X-ray observatory. The Chandra image above shows Vela as a bright white spot in the middle of the picture, surrounded by hot gas shown in yellow and orange. The counter jet can be seen wiggling from the hot gas in the upper right. Chandra has been studying this jet so long that it’s been able to create a movie of the jet’s motion. The jet moves through space like a firehose, wiggling to the left and right and up and down, but staying collimated: the “hose” around the stream is, in this case, composed of a tightly bound magnetic field. Credit: NASA/CXC/PSU/G.Pavlov et al. More information: Temporal Evolution of the Vela Pulsar’s Pulse Profile, arXiv:1602.01899 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1602.01899AbstractThe mechanisms of emission and changes in rotation frequency (‘glitching’) of the Vela pulsar (J0835-4510) are not well understood. Further insight into these mechanisms can be achieved by long-term studies of integrated pulse width, timing residuals, and bright pulse rates. We have undertaken an intensive observing campaign of Vela and collected over 6000 hours of single pulse data. The data shows that the pulse width changes with time, including marked jumps in width after micro-glitches (frequency changes). The abundance of bright pulses also changes after some micro-glitches, but not all. The secular changes in pulse width have three possible cyclic periods, that match with X-ray periodicities of a helical jet that are interpreted as free precession. Citation: The ‘glitching’ of the Vela pulsar (2016, February 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-glitching-vela-pulsar.html © 2016 Phys.org (Phys.org)—A team of Australian astronomers has conducted an intensive observation of a curious young pulsar to investigate changes in its rotation frequency known as ‘glitching’. Located about 910 light years from the Earth, the Vela pulsar is very young in astronomical terms, only 11,300 years old, and has captured astronomers’ attention with its ‘glitching’ nature. In a paper published online on Feb. 5 on arXiv.org, Jim Palfreyman of the University of Tasmania, together with his teammates, try to provide more insights on the pulsar’s violent behavior. The astronomers conducted a long-term and single pulse study of Vela, using a 26 m radio telescope at the Mount Pleasant Radio Observatory, located near Hobart, Australia. The observation campaign, lasting 18 months, began in March 2014 and collected over 6,000 hours of single-pulse data. A total of 1.5 petabytes of data were collected, describing about 237 million single pulses.It is known from previous studies that Vela regularly speeds up in rotation frequency, approximately every three years and also experiences ‘micro-glitches’ a number of times per year. The new research showed Vela’s pulse width change over time, as it changes sharply after a micro-glitch, and that the rate of bright pulse activity also changes with micro-glitches.”What is affecting pulse width is affecting the entire pulse shape. Our observations show that after the second and larger micro-glitch, the pulse has decreased in width,” the scientists wrote in the paper.What puzzled Palfreyman’s team is that the first micro-glitch coincides with a sudden increase in bright pulse rates, with no change in pulse width, while the second micro-glitch coincides with a reverse situation, showing sudden decrease in pulse width with no change in bright pulse rate. “Our data shows a pattern of pulse width increase and then decrease following the small micro-glitch. After the much larger micro-glitch, we see a sharp decrease in pulse width followed by a steady increase,” the researchers noted.To explain this phenomenon, the scientists suggest that the pulsar’s emission zones might be mathematically chaotic in nature and note that width changes could also be caused by a change in the width of the emission cone. However, this theory relies on the emission zones occurring in the cone, whereas young pulsars like Vela should have main core emission rather than conal emission.The astronomers also found out that secular changes in Vela’s pulse width have three possible cyclic periods that match with X-ray periodicities of a helical jet, implying free precession. The helical X-ray jet streaming from the rotational axis of the pulsar, potentially caused by precession, has periods of 122, 73 and 91 days, what was revealed in previous research papers.”We see three definite periods in our pulse width data and the ranges of these fall within the ranges of the ‘acceptable’ periods,” the paper reads.The researchers concluded that their study is crucial for the understanding of Vela’s daily integrated pulse profile width, which is changing both slowly over time and has a discontinuity after a micro-glitch. According to the new findings, these micro-glitches also affect bright-pulse rates, but in an inconsistent manner. Palfreyman and his colleagues hope that their results might shed some new light on the pulsar emission and glitching process. They also intend to produce further research papers from the large data set acquired during the 18-month intensive observing campaign. 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

An alloptical neural network on a single chipAn alloptical neural network on a single chip

first_imgA team of researchers from the University of Münster, the University of Oxford and the University of Exeter has built an all-optical neural network on a single chip. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their chip, which has no optical-to-electronic conversions, and how well it worked. Geoffrey Burr with IBM Research – Almaden has published a News and Views piece discussing the work by the team in the same journal issue. More information: J. Feldmann et al. All-optical spiking neurosynaptic networks with self-learning capabilities, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1157-8Press release Modern computers run on electricity—it powers devices and serves as a storage and data medium. But for several decades, scientists have wondered if it might be possible to use light as the data medium—crunching photons instead of electrons. Engineers have many hurdles in attempting to create such a device, however, most prominently the bottlenecks that arise when converting between optical and electrical systems. In more recent times, there has been a renewed interest in building an optically based computer—but now, the focus is energy conservation. Big modern computers used for heavy-duty applications require a lot of electricity. Logic suggests that computers based on light should be less energy intensive, most particularly because they would not generate as much heat, making cooling systems obsolete. In this new effort, the researchers have taken a step toward the creation of optically based computers by building an all-optical neural network on a single chip.The researchers noted that one type of computer system seemed most amenable to optics—deep neural networks. This is because such networks rely on artificial neurons with synaptic connections that can be weighted based on past learning experiences. They noted also that crystalline phase change materials could also serve such a purpose. They are materials that experience a change in structure when heated—in this case, by a laser. Using such a material, the team built a chip with four neurons connected with 60 synapses using waveguides to control the flow of information represented by light. Testing showed the chip was capable of learning, recognizing patterns and performing computations. Explore further Citation: An all-optical neural network on a single chip (2019, May 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-all-optical-neural-network-chip.html Light-based computer hardware that can compete with siliconcenter_img Journal information: Nature 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. All-optical spiking neuronal circuits. a, b, Schematic of the network realized in this study, consisting of several pre-synaptic input neurons and one post-synaptic output neuron connected via PCM synapses. The input spikes are weighted using PCM cells and summed up using a WDM multiplexer (MUX). If the integrated power of the postsynaptic spikes surpasses a certain threshold, the PCM cell on the ring resonator switches and an output pulse (neuronal spike) is generated. c, Photonic circuit diagram of an integrated optical neuron with symbol block shown in the inset (top right). Several of these blocks can be connected to larger networks using the wavelength inputs and outputs. d, Optical micrograph of three fabricated neurons (B5, D1 and D2), showing four input ports. The four small ring resonators on the left are used to couple light of different wavelengths from the inputs to a single waveguide, which then leads to the PCM cell at the crossing point with the large ring. The triangular structures on the bottom are grating couplers used to couple light onto and off the chip. Credit: Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1157-8 © 2019 Science X Networklast_img read more

Lahiri finishes tied 28thLahiri finishes tied 28th

first_imgAnirban Lahiri rounded of his challenge at the WGC-HSBC Champions with a two-under-par 70 finishing at tied 28th place. Lahiri’s four-day total of even-par 288 saw him finish tied for 28th place and brought about mixed emotions for the five-time Asian Tour winner, who was playing in his first World Golf Championship event this week. While he was left to reflect on a poor short game, the 27-year-old Indian knows he has the game to take on the world’s best players again. ‘I wouldn’t say I’m pleased with my performance as I came into this week playing some good golf. I’m still playing good golf but it’s just my short game and putting that let me down this week. All of us (Asian players) who are here are good enough to win this event but for that you got to show up and play your best game and have everything working,’ said Lahiri. Lahiri started the day staring at a massive 13-shot gap that separated him from Northern Ireland’s Graeme McDowell who led after the third round. But he showed character by making up ground quickly with a flawless outward-nine at the Sheshan International Golf Club.last_img read more

Groovy melodyGroovy melody

first_imgGet your monthly dose of the newest music with artists launching their LPs, EPs and albums. Hauz Khas social’s Social Spotlight gives artists all the ingredients for an ideal launch – a jam-packed space with mind-blowing energy complete with top-notch production. A platform to display an artist’s creativity, it seeks to showcase the mad musical output and bring music enthusiasts together every month. The purpose of Social Spotlight is to put a spotlight on the most cutting-edge sounds being made in the country. Social Spotlight will take off with MalcolmBraff’s immensely talented band – Greenwoman on 26 November. Malcolm Braff’s new Jazz Pop Electro project is kicks off in Delhi  at Hauz Khas Social. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There has never been a better time to be an independent musician in India. There’s an influx of untapped musical talent across the country waiting to be explored, and the current Indian music scene has a larger following than ever before. With regular gigs becoming an urban fixture as well as the outburst of music festivals, the audience suddenly has access to different platforms to experience various genres and exploding talent. With live sets, eclectic tunes, massive energy and the emergence of experimental music. The much-awaited India tour is in collaboration with ProHelvetia Swiss Arts Council. Greenwoman is a band led by pianist Malcolm Braff, featuring Claire Huguenin on vocals, Björn Meyer on electric bass, Lukas Koenig on drums and Alexandre Gaeng on video.last_img read more

Trinamool worker attacked by alleged BJP activistsTrinamool worker attacked by alleged BJP activists

first_imgBALURGHAT: A Trinamool worker was attacked by alleged BJP activists with sharp weapons on Sunday night. The incident took place in Dangi Kalaibari area under Bhatpara Gram Panchayat of Balurghat block. A seriously injured Sanjay Das (38), who is the husband of former Bhatpara GP member Jyostna Das, was rushed to Balurghat Super-Specialty Hospital. He had received head injuries. Hospital sources said that around 12 stitches had to be made on his head. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHis condition is still critical. A written complaint has already been filed with the police against BJP activist Sujay Das and his co-workers. Police said the accused and his followers have been absconding. The BJP activists led by Sujay had attacked the victim with sharp weapons on Sunday night, while the latter was on his way back home from a fair. Sources said immediately after winning Bhatpara GP in the rural polls, BJP activists have started attacking Trinamool workers. “Sujay and his followers are the ones who have attacked my husband. The BJP goons have started terrorising locals after capturing power in Bhatpara GP. Police must arrest the culprits,” said Jyostna Das.last_img read more

Lokayukta Amendment Bill passed Mamata says CM within its purviewLokayukta Amendment Bill passed Mamata says CM within its purview

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal Lokayukta (Amendment) Bill 2018 was passed in the state Assembly on Thursday.Clearing misconception, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee clearly explained in the state Assembly that the Chief Minister is not at all out of the purview of Lokayukta, apart from the matters “relating to public order”. She assured that within 10 days after the Bill is signed by the Governor, a former judge will be appointed as Lokayukta.Stating that it is wrongly said that the Chief Minister is not under the purview of Lokayukta, Banerjee said: “the Prime Minister is not under its purview in connection with the matters related to defence, external affairs, internal security and space. In our case, the exemption is broadly related to executive decision and approval in exercise of maintenance of public order, which is understood to include deployment of police forces under the control of the state government, modernisation of police forces and capacity building of the same.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe maintained in the same breath: “As per the Constitution, there are Centre, State and Concurrent lists and there are 58 subjects under the state list that include matters related to agriculture, land and Panchayat. One must go through the law properly instead of wrongly explaining it.”It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress MLA Tapas Roy has brought amendments to the provision that “Lokayukta shall investigate any complaint relating to other matters involved in, arising from, or connected with any allegation of corruption against the Chief Minister, with the approval of the state Assembly by a majority of two-third of its members present and voting…” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedShe said: “I have been in politics for so many years and till date, no one has raised question on my credibility. Credibility is my accountability.”ISpeaking on the misconception that Chief Minister will not be under the purview of the Lokayukta, Banerjee said: “There can be discussions on different issues in a democracy, but there cannot be any misconceptions. It is also not right if any group controls the Assembly from outside. After a news is published, it is being told over phone to share the same in the Assembly.” While speaking about the Bill, she said: “We have maintained parity with the Bill that was introduced by the UPA government in 2013 and with that of the erstwhile Left Front government in the state. But it is not exactly a copy of the same.”All MLAs are under the purview of Lokayukta. With the amendment of the Bill, the Parliamentary Affairs minister will also be consulted for appointment of Lokayukta. Earlier, one had to be a Judge of the Supreme Court for appointment as Lokayukta. Now, a High Court judge can be appointed as Lokayukta as well.The Chief Minister attacked the Left Front, saying that their party would have survived if they had taken care of it instead of unnecessarily continuing to criticise her. She took a dig at the party, saying: “Your goraksha friends are buying your party and you cannot do anything.”last_img read more

Long life linked to shorter period of illnessLong life linked to shorter period of illness

first_imgThe findings in a study of nearly 3,000 people contradict the notion that the older the people get, the sicker they become and the greater is the cost of taking care of them.“Most people struggle with an ever-increasing burden of disease and disability as they age,” said study leader Nir Barzilai, Professor at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York. “But we found that those who live exceptionally long have the additional benefit of shorter periods of illness – sometimes just weeks or months before death,” Barzilai said. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study appeared in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. The data for the study was collected from two studies with participants from North America, England, Ireland, Australia and New Zealand. Analysis revealed a consistent pattern of delayed onset of illness in the centenarian groups compared to their respective comparison groups. The findings suggest that discoveries made in one group of centenarians can be generalised to diverse populations.last_img read more

Antihijack mock exercise conducted at Kolkata AirportAntihijack mock exercise conducted at Kolkata Airport

first_imgKolkata: A mock anti-hijacking drill was conducted on Monday at NSCBI Airport, Kolkata, wherein the response time of various agencies involved in the exercise was checked.The anti-hijack mock exercise was conducted by creating a situation akin to a plane hijack. The entire operation lasted for about an hour. The drill was successfully conducted without causing any inconvenience to airport operations. Measures taken during any eventuality of hijacking were deliberated in the meet. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAgencies like the National Security Guard (NSG), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), police, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and other units associated with flight operations took part in it. The event was followed by an Aerodrome Committee Meet (ACM) under the chairmanship of Hari Kishore Kusmakar, Secretary (Coordination) Home Department, of the state government. Another Airfield Environment Management Committee (AEMC) meeting was also held at the Airport Director’s office under the chairmanship of Kusmakar. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSeveral points such as waste disposal system, drainage system, open meat shops around the vicinity of the airport were the major points of discussion as they are the primary causes of attracting birds in and around the airport. The forest department officials were also requested to take appropriate steps in order to curb the menace of wild animals around airport premises. Representatives from municipalities, state Pollution Control Board, PWD, CISF, Irrigation Department, Forest Department and local administration were also present.last_img read more

Sangeet Natak Akademi nominates Durga Puja for UNESCOs cultural heritage tagSangeet Natak Akademi nominates Durga Puja for UNESCOs cultural heritage tag

first_imgKolkata: Sangeet Natak Akademi, India’s apex cultural body, has nominated Kolkata’s Durga puja to be included in UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) for the year 2020. It may be mentioned that it was Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had prodded the state Tourism department to make a serious pitch to have the Durga Puja festival listed by UNESCO.The department made a presentation to a team from UNESCO to have the festival listed in the latter’s ‘List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA team had visited the city in January and in a meeting with representatives from across the country as well as the South Asian countries, sought preliminary applications from all of them them about the tangible and intangible heritage of their respective states and countries. The meeting was hosted by the state Tourism department. Bengal’s Durga Puja has been showcased in a big way across the globe with Banerjee ushering in a grand end to the Puja by organising a stunning Red Road carnival where as many as 70 of the city’s best-known Durga idols paraded this year. The he extravaganza, touted to be second only to the renowned Rio Carnival stepped into its third year in 2018. In its nomination of Durga Puja for the Representative List, the SNA stated that: “Durga Puja is the best instance of the public performance of religion and art in the city. It witnesses a celebration of craftsmanship, cross-cultural transactions and cross-community revelry. …….The exemplary character of Durga Puja lies in its ability to not temporarily bind itself to the ritual occasion. Its dynamism lies in it being a constantly mutating event – in its fusion of tradition with changing tastes and popular cultures, and in the adaptation of the iconographies of Durga and the styles of her temporary abodes to cater to new regimes of art production.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that every year, UNESCO adds to its list of ICH cultural traditions and arts from around the world, either as ‘In Need of Urgent Safeguarding’ or in its ‘Representative List of ICH of Humanity’. India’s nominees are proposed by the SNA which was appointed as the nodal agency for ICH by the Union Ministry of Culture in 2011. India currently has 13 ICH on the list, including the Kumbh Mela, the dance forms of Chhau, Kalbelia and Mudiyettu , Vedic and Buddhist chanting and the tradition of brass and copper utensil making in Punjab’s Jandiala Guru.last_img read more

Jean Marcs living booksJean Marcs living books

first_imgImagine an exhibition that inspires you to pick up a book and read. Opening at the Alliance Francaise on September 20 is Jean-Marc Godes enchanting exhibition. Inspired by the world of Jacques Prévert, Jean-Marc Godès is a photographer who specializes in the images of books as an instrument for reading. For ten years, his photographs have been exhibited all over the world: from France to Guinea, through Ireland, Canada, Lithuania, China, and Portugal. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBorn in Guadalupe but a citizen of the world, Godès has focused on the universe of books as a form of homage to both his father – who was a writer – and poet Jacques Prévert. He describes himself as ‘director of still images’. In fact, each scene depicting the living books in action is carefully staged before taking the picture so that we get a series of stunning still lifes with a modernist message. The artist’s tireless work is inspired by the passionate belief in the power of books intended as a living organism carrying personal and collective histories. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn an interview, Godes says: “As a visual photographer, director of still image, I realise an artistic work dedicated to the promotion of the book and writings. My approach is part of a photo-poetic perspective. My objective, by challenging the imagination, is to arouse the desire to continue or go back the course of ephemeral stories that I tell, the time of a freeze frame, the time of a photograph. The singularity of my artistic research is to question norms by producing staged photographs located on either side of the borders of reality.” “The subject of my representations is the book object, in various forms. Living books, escaped books, they are the memory and the vehicle of our personal and collective stories, of our identities as well as the words and the desire of the “other” lying on a paper box. Libraries and centuries are abolished for the benefit of a fluidity of space and time. The heart of the book, from image to image, without noise.”All of Godès’ mises en scène are pervaded by a sort of magic realism. His photo-poetic celebration of books calls for interpretation of simple things in troubled times. At times they trigger the need to ‘decode’ the situation behind them but each image is an equivocal lesson in learning and the beauty of books that runs as a thread through the universe. Advocating a poetics of the image, he does not impose a pre-established meaning by its author. His images become universally accessible because he gives us a variety of interpretations through human cultures.”In a world dominated by the image, by a gallery of portraits, along a dreamlike journey, I build uncertain worlds that participate in the reading of reality. At the crossroads of photography, literature, and poetry, my digital constructions are a tribute to the music of time and the colours of life,” adds Godes.Godes unites borders of the real and the imaginary, he piques the interest of audiences of all ages. His photographs arouse strong desires to continue the course of stories that are stopping on the images. Starting from these moments suspended in time, each image is like an educational echo. Evocative elegance flows out from these images. My favourite is the mountain sheep and master looking at the pages of a book. Indeed a book is the window to a world. At the crossroads of art, photography, poetry, and literature, the social and cultural utility of Godes photographs underline and affirm the importance of literacy.last_img read more

Bengals rich legacy served with royalty at ITC Royal BengalBengals rich legacy served with royalty at ITC Royal Bengal

first_imgKolkata: Celebrating the traditions of Bengal’s royalty, ITC Royal Bengal is a visual treat to the guests looking to soak themselves into premium luxury facilities. The latest addition to the ITC’s premium luxury segment combines the unique fervour of the state through its contemporary architecture and culinary offerings. Apart from the 374 rooms and suites, the hotel offers 82 serviced apartments with a common open space for the guests looking for long Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamataduration stay options. Packed with state-of-the-art gym and elegantly designed furniture, the Grand Presidential Suite and the Presidential Suite are spread across an expanse of 6620 sq.ft. and 3500 sq.ft. respectively. With luxury wafting through its spaces, ITC Royal Bengal presents an exquisite confluence of contemporary architecture and warmth of old hospitality. The hotel offers an exquisite rejuvenating wellness experience spread across 24,000 sq ft, including, Kaya Kalp – The Royal Spa. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Special care has been taken to add the imprints of local drawings on the carpets, reinforcing the Responsible Luxury element that promotes regional heritage and tradition via all aspects of the hotel, be it decor, interiors, hotel facade design or food. The hotel enables a sense of destination through a showcase of local cuisine, arts and culture. A stand-out in-room tech feature is the amalgamation of all services through the E-Butler iPad. The sprawling property boasts of a culinary fare tempered with the touch of local delicacies. The three buffet restaurant Grand Market Pavilion presents a unique fare of dishes from the seven sister states of the North-East. Diners can choose from the spicy dishes of Nagaland, Nepalese-inspired dishes from Sikkim, and a blend of tribal and Bengali cuisine from Tripura. Experimental in its culinary delights, the restaurant, which is reminiscent of Kolkata’s historical market, also features popular local dishes as well as the international ones. The critically acclaimed ‘honestly vegetarian’ Royal Vega with its careful selection of seasonal delicacies and spices from across the country, presents a vegetarian treat to the non-meat eaters. This signature restaurant also features ‘Sherherwali’ the royal vegetarian cuisine of Murshidabad town of West Bengal. The hotel also houses a lobby level jazz bar, The Brass Room which brings the city’s fondness for live music to life, Darjeeling Lounge, which is based on the city’s adda culture, offering the finest teas from the region as well as from the world and Ottimo – Cucina Italiana, ITC’s signature pan-Italian brand. Nakul Anand, Executive Director, ITC Ltd said, “The addition of ITC Royal Bengal to our luxury hotel portfolio further strengthens our presence in Eastern India. Bengal is ‘Royal’ in a unique way – it has celebrated the royalty of the intellect through the centuries, where literature, poetry, painting, sculpture, theatre, cinema, science, have not only blossomed, but are inherent to the fabric of Bengal. In keeping with ITC Hotels’ philosophy of Responsible Luxury and creating indigenous experiences, ITC Royal Bengal is rooted to the ethos of the land and pays a tribute to these finest experiences that while being indigenous to the State are celebrated globally.” With a height of 133 meters, the 27 stories ITC Royal Bengal has been built with an investment of approximately Rs 1,400 crore. The 14th addition to the ITC’s luxury segment seeks to redefine the city’s hospitality and tourism landscape. Located adjacent to ITC Sonar, both the properties will together offer 693 rooms, suites and serviced apartments, 15 signature dining destinations, 22 meeting venues and a sprawling 1,00,000 sq ft of MICE -banqueting space for large scale exhibitions, meetings and events in Kolkata. ITC Royal Bengal is truly emerging as the gateway of East India.last_img read more

Money stolen from car by hoodwinking driverMoney stolen from car by hoodwinking driver

first_imgKolkata: Two persons have been arrested for allegedly stealing lakhs of rupees from a car by distracting the driver.According to police on May 21, around 7:30 pm, a few persons threw engine oil on the bonnet of a car in front of a building on Ballygunge Circular Road. When driver of the car got down and an altercation ensued with a miscreant, during that time another miscreant took away a bag from inside the car containing money worth Rs 1.8 lakh. After the driver found the bag was missing, he informed his owner and lodged a complaint at the Ballygunge police station. During the probe, driver was interrogated but nothing suspicious was found. While checking the CCTV footage in the area, police identified two suspects. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFollowing that sources were shown the CCTV camera footages and instructed to gather information. During the past month, investigating officials came to know from their sources that a person identified as Bhola Das is connected with the incident. The source also informed that another case against him was found at the Shakespeare Sarani police station. Based on the information, a police team went to Dr Ambedkar Nagar in New Delhi and nabbed Das. During search of the place where he was staying, police recovered huge amount of looted cash and gold ornaments. After he was brought to Kolkata and remanded to police custody, he mentioned that a person identified as Vijay Indrapuri in New Delhi was arrested on Tuesday from Bandel.last_img read more

Noted authors to be honoured at Kalinga Literary FestivalNoted authors to be honoured at Kalinga Literary Festival

first_imgKalinga Literary Festival has announced its annual awards to recognise brilliant literary work at different levels. Kalinga Literary Annual Awards have four segments: ‘Kalinga Literary Award’, ‘Kalinga Karubaki Award’, ‘Kalinga International Literary Award’, and ‘Kalinga Literary Youth Award’.Veteran writers Pavan K Verma, Rajendra Kishore Panda, Paro Anand to be conferred with ‘Prestigious Kalinga Literary Awards of 2019’. Young and dynamic writer Kedar Mishra to be conferred with ‘Prestigious Kalinga Literary Youth Award of 2019’. This was informed by the Kalinga Literary Festival, Director, Rashmi Ranjan Parida. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the last six years, Kalinga Literary Festival (KLF) has set a national benchmark in literary festivals. The sixth Kalinga Literary Festival is here. More than 250 celebrities from the worlds of literature, cinema, media and politics will assemble in the temple city of Odisha to deliberate on the Central theme of ‘Gandhi’s Idea of India: Truth, Non-Violence, Harmony”, at the Kalinga Literature Festival in Bhubaneswar, from July 19-21, at KIIT Convention Centre, Bhubaneswar. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKLF has emerged as one of the leading literary platforms in India, attracting both experienced and young litterateurs. Bigger than ever before, the sixth edition of the festival will bring nationally and internationally acclaimed names on one platform to discuss, debate and explore commonalities in the diverse voices in literature, justice, equality, equity and humanity. “After the blistering heat of the Indian Summer, it’s refreshing to welcome the monsoon rains, and along with it, the KLF. Poet Kalidasa would have been pleased. Arguably, KLF is one of the best known literary – cultural extravaganzas that brings under one roof some of the best minds of the cultural world from India and abroad. This year, the 6th edition of KLF will be held for three exciting days from July 19 to 21, at an important cultural landmark of Bhubaneswar, bringing together artists, writers, singers and connoisseurs of the arts, across class, caste, ethnic and gender divides, in a truly democratic spirit,” said KLF Founder and Director Rashmi Ranjan Parida. Kalinga Literary Award 2019 – Rajendra Kishore Panda Kalinga International Literary Award 2019 – Pavan K Verma Kalinga Karubaki Award 2019 – Paro Anand Kalinga Literary Youth Award 2019 – Kedar Mishralast_img read more

Rare 1850s Photographs Show the first Photobomb and SmileRare 1850s Photographs Show the first Photobomb and Smile

first_imgThe earliest photographs, most dating from the second half of the 19th century, regularly feature rows of dour-faced subjects, glaring at the camera with their mouths firmly closed. Smiling was not considered appropriate in these early portraits, even on occasions that were supposed to be filled with joy, such as weddings. There were a number of reasons why smiling did not feature in early photographs; some were cultural, others practical. Early photographs followed the conventions of traditional portraiture, requiring their subjects to look serious and dignified.The purpose of a photograph was to capture an individual’s likeness, not to preserve a unique moment in time. As a result, posing for a photograph was very similar to posing for a painted portrait, and was considered to be a serious business.Caroline & Dulcie EdenIn addition to these stylistic and cultural reasons, however, smiling was not encouraged in early photographs due to the limitations of camera technology.Early cameras tended to have very long exposure times, requiring subjects to remain completely still for around a minute as the photograph was being taken.As it would have been difficult for subjects to hold a smile for this length of time, photographers tended to ask their subjects to present a more serious face.Harry and Amy Dillwyn (children of Lewis Llewelyn Dillwyn) by M.D., 1853This photograph, however, taken in 1853, represents a remarkable deviation from this general trend. Labeled simply as “Willy”, the subject appears to have been caught in a candid moment, looking off to the side with a smile playing on his lips, instead of looking straight on and posing for the camera.A photograph of William Mansel (1838-1866) smiling at something off camera. Taken c.1853.The boy pictured in the photograph is 18-year-old William Mansel Llewelyn, the son of John Dillwyn Llewelyn, who was one of the earliest Welsh photographers and a noted botanist. According to Wales Online, photography appears to have been a shared family passion for the Dillwyns.John Dillwyn LlewelynThey were related by marriage to Henry Fox Talbot, who invented early photographic technologies, including the salted paper and calotype processes.This particular picture, however, was taken by Willy’s aunt, Mary Dillwyn, one of the first female photographers and certainly the first female photographer in Wales.Mrs Vivian and little ErnestMary, together with other members of the family, experimented with various types of photographic technologies and new approaches, favoring smaller cameras with shorter exposure times.Oystermouth CastleAccording to Wales Online, these smaller models offered greater flexibility and were easier to handle than the more cumbersome, complex machines used to take photos in the mid-19th century.As a result, Mary was able to capture candid, spontaneous images that offer a fascinating insight into 19th century life in Wales, and are markedly different from the majority of other early photographs. These intimate portraits and scenes, including the enigmatic picture of Willy, form part of her personal collection of photographs, now held at the National Library of Wales.Picnic at Oystermouth Castle – Dulcie Vivian, Caroline Eden and EttaSingleton, 1854The RingersThe Snowman No. 1The Snowman No. 2Thereza and EmmaMary, together with the other keen photographers in her family, was a pioneer of photography as an art form. Her collection includes some remarkable images, depicting life at her home in Wales, intimate moments between friends and family members, and the flora and fauna of her local area. In addition to “Willy”, featuring the first smile ever to be photographed, she is also credited with producing the first photograph of a snowman.However, perhaps her most significant image is the famous “peeping girl”. This image captured the first “photobomb” ever recorded, anticipating a trend that would become popular over 150 years later.Sally and Mrs ReedIn this image, Mary was busy photographing a pair of elderly ladies, when an unknown person peeped around the side of a door in the background, at just the right moment.As a photographer, Mary Dillwyn was an important figure in the early history of the art form. Focusing primarily on domestic subjects, taken in candid, intimate shots, she pushed the boundaries of who and what should be considered appropriate subjects for a photograph, and thus provided a singular insight into rural Welsh domestic life in the 19th century.Two Welsh country peopleFurthermore, many of her subjects, in addition to Willy, are pictured relaxed and smiling, which was extremely unusual for the time.Willy and MustardMany of Mary’s photographs were included in albums dominated by photographs taken by her brother, leading historians to overlook her contribution to the development of the art of photography.Read another story from us: Rare Old Photos show how people lived in the 1850sFinally, thanks to the work of the National Library of Wales in identifying and preserving her images, her work is finally receiving the credit it deserves.last_img read more

Gottlieb Cavs deadline deals confirm they lost the Kyrie Irving tradeGottlieb Cavs deadline deals confirm they lost the Kyrie Irving trade

first_imgDoug Gottlieb in for Colin:Cavs have deals confirm they lost the Kyrie Irving tradeThe Cavs turned over most of their aging, listless roster with a series of trade deadline deals, including shipping Isaiah Thomas to the Lakers. Gottlieb thinks the Cavs upgraded their roster, but with Thomas and Jae Crowder now gone, they have nothing left to show for their Kyrie Irving trade with Boston other than the Nets first round pick.Some argued the Cavs got a good haul for Irving, but after today it’s impossible to argue that Boston didn’t win the deal.Jimmy G worth every penny of biggest NFL contract everAfter acquiring Jimmy Garoppolo in a midseason trade with the Patriots, the Niners finished the season as the hottest team in the NFL, and today inked Jimmy G to to an NFL record 5-year $137 million contract.Even though Garoppolo doesn’t have a long NFL resume, Doug has seen enough to believe he’s worth every penny of the record contract. The price tag for franchise QB’s is always going up and John Lynch was smart to lock up the face of the franchise, even if it meant overpaying a little. Guests:Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio talking LeBron shipping Isaiah Thomas to the Lakers; and why Thomas will never have a big NBA payday.Chris Mannix – Yahoo! Sports NBA writer joins the show to talk Cavs housecleaning; why the moves make them better make Cleveland better but not a title contender.Jim Jackson – FS1 NBA Analyst and 14 year NBA veteran is in-studio talking Cavs trade deadline moves; why they needed to change the locker room; and his experience getting dealt.last_img read more