Month: August 2019

Universe may be on the brink of collapse on the cosmological timescale


2 killed one injured in two separate accidents

first_imgKolkata: Two out of three youth, who were riding on the same motorcycle, were killed after being hit by a truck at Sagardighi in Murshidabad while in a separate incident, a Tollywood artist sustained serious injuries when the car she was travelling in collided head on with a matador in the city.The first incident took place near Amritpur area of Sagardighi at around 11 pm on Thursday when the victims were trying to overtake a loaded truck. The other incident occurred at around 2.45 am on Friday when the car hit a matador near Abhisikta apartment injuring Tollywood artist Suchandra Banerjee. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to the city police, Banerjee was driving the vehicle when she met with the accident. There were some other persons in the vehicle, police suspect. It was learnt that when the car was taking a turn near Avhisikta More on its way to Jadavpur, it was hit by a speeding matador coming from Garia side.According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the car might have skipped the signal leading to the accident. Police are investigating whether the artist was in a drunken state when the accident occurred. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedLocals and police rescued the injured victim and took her to a nearby hospital for treatment. Her condition has been stated to be stable now. The matador driver has fled the spot along with the vehicle immediately after the incident. Police have started a detailed probe in this regard.In the other incident, the deceased have been identified as Akhtarul Seikh and Montu Seikh. Both of them were declared brought dead after being taken to Murshidabad Medical College. Hasan Seikh, their associates who was riding pillion sustained injuries and are undergoing treatment at the hospital. Police said they were trying to overtake a loaded truck when the bike came under the rear wheels of the truck. The incident caused traffic jam for sometime at night and vehicles remained stranded. Police brought the situation under control later.The victims were residents of Kabilpur area in Murshidabad. The truck driver fled the spot immediately after the incident leaving the vehicle at the accident site. Police are conducting raids to nab the truck driver.last_img read more

Riders beware Govt to crack down on use of auxiliary LED lights

first_imgKolkata: The state government will initiate a drive to check installation of auxiliary LED lights in motorbikes. Fines would also be imposed if someone is caught using the same.Use of auxiliary LED lights on motorbikes leads to visibility problems for a rider/driver approaching from the opposite direction, as the latter get blinded due to the overtly bright illumination of the same.The issue has been raised by MLAs in the state Assembly on Wednesday. While giving a reply in this connection, Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, said it is not permissible to install additional LED lights on motorbikes. Such lights are installed after registration of the two-wheelers. Steps would be taken to check the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the state Transport department had taken stringent measures against the use of LED lights and loud speakers in auto-rickshaws. With steps taken against the same, the use of the same in auto-rickshaws has almost stopped. Hardly any auto-rickshaw are found now, in which LED lights and loudspeakers are still installed.It may be mentioned that the state Transport department has already made driving licence mandatory to buy a motorbike. The step has been taken to check road accidents as it was found that many of the accident victims didn’t have driving licence. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt may be mentioned that there is a section of youth who install additional LED lights on their motorbikes and they undertake the same only after registration of the vehicles. It may be mentioned that there are provisions of slapping fine against the use of additional LED lights as per the Motor Vehicles Act. The Transport department will also be urging police to take necessary steps against the same.The state Transport department has also undertaken a special drive from July 23 to 31 to check the condition of vehicles and in some cases it was found that wires of speedgovernors were disconnected by drivers to flout the permissible speed limit.last_img read more

Governor congratulates Swapna for winning gold in Asian Games

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi today congratulated heptathlete Swapna Barman for her gold winning feat at the Asian Games and said that it would inspire not only the women but also the entire athletic community. “She (Swapna) is a golden example of what can be achieved through strong determination in spite of facing apparently insurmountable difficulties like poverty, want of proper facilities and other odds,” Tripathi said in a statement. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The governor said “Not only our women athletes but also entire athletic community will be inspired by the example of her success.” Swapna yesterday had created history by becoming the first Indian heptathlete to win an Asian Games gold, a feat she achieved despite competing with a toothache. Swapna, who hails from Ghoshpara Colony in West Bengal’s Jalpaiguri district, had to fight all odds including acute poverty. Her mother worked as a labourer in small tea gardens while her father was a rickshaw puller and is now bedridden. West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had yesterday congratulated heptathlete Swapna Barman for winning gold in the Asian Games held at Jakarta.last_img read more

Agri dept looks to popularise SARP methodology among farmers

first_imgKolkata: The Agriculture department is taking all necessary steps to make farmers aware of the System of Assured Rice Production (SARP) methodology to ensure better income of paddy cultivators in the state.The SARP methodology in kharif season has been developed by the agriculture scientists of the laboratories under the state Agriculture department.Recently, a seminar was organised at Haripal in Hooghly, where concerned officials from eight districts were present. The districts include Hooghly, Burdwan, Birbhum and North 24-Parganas. The officials will take up the task of creating awareness among farmers in their respective districts. They will be disseminating information about SARP in kharif season among paddy cultivators to encourage farmers in using the methodology. Asish Banerjee, the state Agriculture minister and Pradip Mazumder, advisor to the Chief Minister on agriculture, were present in the seminar. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to a senior scientist of the Agriculture department, the methodology ensures lesser production cost. At the same time, it also guarantees high yield, overcoming the adverse conditions that sometime come up for paddy cultivation.”It often happens that paddy cultivators get worried due to delay in rainfall. But with the use of the methodology, they will no longer have to worry as the chances of crops getting damaged due to the delay in rainfall will become less,” he said, adding that already, paddy cultivation by using the methodology has begun in around 3,000 bighas of agricultural land in many districts. It is expected that more farmers will take up the same in due course of time, as it ensures cultivation in both irrigable and non-irrigable land. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedMoreover, there will be no requirement of any high-end machinery for using the methodology. At the same time, less number of labourers will be required for the same.Banerjee said: “Bengal is the first among all states by cultivating the highest quantity of paddy. Still we are continuing our research work for further development in paddy cultivation in our state and the methodology will help farmers get a high yield despite less production cost.”It may be mentioned that the Mamata Banerjee government has taken several steps for the benefit of farmers in the past seven years and the income of farmers has gone up manifold.Now, with the steps taken to popularise the methodology, there will be further development in the agriculture sector of Bengal and the state government will help farmers use the same.last_img read more

Shonar Bangla Bioscope

first_imgRealism, aesthetics and socio-cultural depiction were the most important facets of post Independence Indian cinema. And it is noteworthy that Bengali cinema too had its share of contribution to that period. The pioneers of Bengali cinema, popularly termed as Bangla cholochitro namely Satyajit Ray, Bimal Roy, and Bangladeshi cinema namely Khan Ataur Rahman, Ritwik Ghatak and others, through their experience of knowing the inside out, seeing the highs and lows, were able to build the pedestal on which Bengali mainstream and parallel cinema stands now. And from what comes to mind after witnessing the works of new age directors like Rituparno Ghosh, Kaushik Ganguly, Srijit Mukherjee, Syed Wahiduzzaman Diamond and many more is that Bangla cinema has been successful in carrying that legacy forward. A glimpse of this was witnessed when Bengali Association organised ‘Padma Jamuna Bangla Cine Utsav’ recently. The three-day festival was inaugurated on Friday in the national Capital. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe journey to an amazing cinematic experience, which kick-started amidst an elated audience at the Capital’s Muktadhara auditorium, is the first-of-its kind platform to watch, discuss, appreciate films and interact with the directors and actors. The first day of the festival was graced by Bengali cinema’s iconic actor, superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee as the chairman of Bangla Cine Utsav 2016. Also present on the occasion were Dr Surajit Mitra and Tapan Sengupta from Bengal Association; Prof Indranath Chowdhury, President, Comparative Literature Association of India, Ranjan Chatterjee, Expert Member, National Green Tribunal and Ranjan Mukherjee among other dignitaries. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDay one of Cine Utsav saw the screening of a short film titled “Musallam Iman” by Amitabha Gupta. Later in the afternoon, “O Amar Desher Mati” by director Ananta Hira was screened. Prosenjit Chatterjee shared his views on his journey, his experiences and efforts to take Bengali cinema amidst common populace and reach out to a wider audience. Reminiscing his early days, he said, “When I had just started acting, all I got to hear that Bangla cinema will not be able to survive much longer. I was in my teens at that time but had then decided that I’d make this my profession. And I knew that I will grow only when the industry will grow with me.” Emphasising on the need to work towards imbibing Bangla culture in the Gen X, he further added, “If the youth does not learn about Bangla culture, watch Bangla movies, listen to Bangla music, read Bangla poetry, novels etc, then how can we expect our culture to grow and prosper? So in order to make this a possibility I’ve made every single effort and am still working towards making Bangla films and film watching accessible to all. What I’m currently working on is that Bengalis based outside of Kolkata will not have to wait to watch Bangla movies in theatres or get the latest Bangla music album CDs and Bangla movies can be released on the same day all over the country and abroad as well.”An interaction session was also organised with the audience where he very willingly tackled the questions put across him and on demand, wooed the audience by singing in his mesmerising baritone. Tapan Sengupta, General Secretary, Bengal association said, “Apart from this initiative another effort is being made towards establishing a Bangla academy in the Capital as there are various regional academies except Bangla academy. This will be a positive step not only in maintaining our rich heritage but will also be a great platform for youngsters to experience and learn about Bangla culture.”The ceremony, which started off with the screening of films, concluded with the screening of Prosenjit Chatterjee starrer “Shankhachil” directed by Gautam Ghosh.last_img read more

Our brain can effectively combat effects of ageing

first_imgIn order to process the information that we receiveevery day, our brain builds categories into which we sort everything that makes up the world around us.The study found that this process of categorisation changes as we age. The brains of elderly struggle to categorise and rapidly switch focus from one to another. “Older people find it harder to switch from one strategy to the other,” said Sabrina Schenk, neuroscientist at Ruhr-Universitat Bochum (RUB) in Germany. But, their brains compensate by paying more attention to detail than younger adults, the study said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“To a certain extent, the brain is able to slow down negative effects of ageing by increasing its level of attentiveness,” said Schenk. In the study, the participants were asked to sort circles with varying colour combinations into one of two categories.The researchers not only documented the participants’ answers, they also recorded their brain waves via an electroencephalogram (EEG) and used an eye tracker to trace their line of vision. The results showed that both young and older participants had no difficulties categorising the similar looking circles – the learning mechanism of both groups were comparable.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIt was only in the later stages of the experiment, when distinct looking circles where shown, that differences between the groups became apparent.Older participants found it more difficult to categorise these exceptions than their younger counterparts.The measurements of brain waves showed that the elderly develop a particular selective attentiveness.In other words, they pay more attention to details than younger people. This was also confirmed by the eye tracker, the researchers concluded in the paper published in the journal Neuropsychologia.last_img read more

Starvation may shorten lifespan of future generations Study

first_imgPeriods of fasting or starvation may significantly shorten the lifespan of children and their male descendants, a new study has found. The study focused on survivors of a mass famine that took place in the early 1920s in several rural regions of Russia.“A variety of experimental and epidemiological studies have tried to propose that intermittent or periodic fasting, like caloric restriction, may slow the aging process and extend lifespans,” said Eugene Kobyliansky of Tel Aviv University (TAU)’s Sackler School of Medicine in the US.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“But there is also evidence demonstrating that even moderate caloric restriction may not extend but, on the contrary, can shorten the human lifespan,” he said. Past research suggests a strong correlation between telomere dynamics and the processes that determine human ageing and lifespan.Telomeres, compound structures at the end of each chromosome that protects the end of the chromosome from deterioration, are the genetic key to longevity. They shorten with every chromosome replication cycle. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe team evaluated telomere lengths in a population-based sample comprised of survivors of the mass famine of the early 1920s and in the survivors’ descendants, who originated from Chuvashia, a rural area in the mid-Volga region of Russia.In Chuvashia, the proportion of starving inhabitants reached 90 per cent in late March 1922, and mortality among starving peasants reached between 30-50 per cent. The situation only began to improve in April 1923. By the end of that year, the mass famine in Chuvashia was considered over. The researchers arrived at three major discoveries. They found that there were shorter leukocyte telomeres in men born after 1923 after the mass famine ended than in men born before 1922. They also found that there was a stable inheritance of shorter telomeres by men born in ensuing generations.There was an absence of any correlation between shorter telomeres and women born before or after the event, researchers said. The study was published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.last_img read more

Summer fiesta at DLF Mall of India

first_imgWith the onset of the holiday season, it’s time to bring the fun and playful madness of summer camps for kids. Summer vacations are a perfect opportunity for kids to explore new dimensions, take up new hobbies and indulge in creative activities. Keeping in line with this thought, DLF Mall of India, Noida has organised Summer Fiesta, city’s biggest summer camp for kids. This one month camp which began from May 18 offers the following workshops:For the kids who are passionate about cooking, the camp would conduct Theos Junior Masterclass with culinary chef Gaurav Wadhwa Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor theatrically inclined children, the Summer Fiesta offers Theatre workshop from veteran actor Avijit Dutt(No One Killed Jessica fame)For the techno geeks and freaks, there is an exciting Augmented Realty Workshop by Little KidzSpecial Photography classes by Amarjeet Maggu for the kids who have an eye for beauty and love capturing it on their frameCricket camp and bowling alley classes by Smaash for the fun filled experienceDance Camp for the ones who wish to rock and roll in the tunes of Jazz, Zumba and Hip hop Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDLF PromenadeThis summer, DLF Promenade is offering a perfect destination for its young customers with its unique summer camp – Summer Fiesta. The fest will offer an exciting line-up of activities such as art and crafts, robotics, fun with science, aeromodelling, and portable planetarium shows etc for the little ones to help utilize their time at best during this summer break.To make this initiative more exciting, the mall has collaborated with Cartoon Network and POGO to bring in the most iconic cartoon characters such as Ben 10, Powerpuff Girls, Scooby doo, Tom & Jerry over the weekends for meet & greets. DLF Place SaketPresents ‘My World My Place’, a six-week summer extravaganza. This summer school targets the children of age group 4-15 years and is scheduled from May 13 to June 25 inside the mall. The workshop has a variety of classes on art, offering the kids a global exposure.last_img read more

Sobhandeb unveils rooftop solar power plant at Vidyut Bhavan

first_imgKolkata: State Power minister Sobhandeb Chattopadhyay inaugurated a grid-connected rooftop solar photovoltaic power plant at the Vidyut Bhavan on Saturday.The solar plant installed on the roof top will be able to generate 30KW of energy, which is a significant boost to the renewable energy sector of the state. The project will prove to be beneficial for the power department in the long run, said the Power minister. “Many solar power projects have come up in past seven years after the Mamata Banerjee government came to power. The roof top project is an important addition to state schemes. Installation of new projects is not enough we have to also look into the maintenance projects. I therefore urge the department officials to carry out proper maintenance of existing projects,” Chattopadhyay said after inaugurating the project. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe minister said some power projects that came to a grinding halt due to various reasons have been started again following Chief Minister’s intervention. He said the power department had also been exploring new avenues in the tidal energy sector. The state government has adopted a plan for harnessing power from different sources of renewable energy by the end of 12 and 13 five year plans, respectively. In the declared renewable energy policy ‘Co-generation and generation of electricity from renewable energy resources’ the government has emphasised participation of the public and the private sector and also on the grid-connected renewable energy projects. Some new solar photovoltaic are also coming up in different parts of the state. For example, 10 MW solar PV power plants at Kadlagora, Manbazar block I, at an estimated cost of Rs 60 crore. The plant is expected to be commissioned by the end of October this year. A 6 MW solar PV power project is coming up at Atna, Purulia, at a cost of Rs 35 crore. It will also be commissioned within October this year. Some other such projects are going to be set up in Raniganj, Asansol and Birbhum district as well.last_img read more