The Last Supper Will Travel The Internet At 16 Billion Pixels

first_img HAL 9000 Haltadefinizone known for its high density art work will send a 16 billion pixel graphic display of Leonardo Da Vinci´s The Last Supper on October 27, 2007 at 9:30 AM Central European Summer Time. For people living in the United States the display will be shown at 3:30 A.M. EST and 12:30 A.M. PST. Noted art historian, Vittorio Sgarbi addressed concerns expressed by some about the accumulation of dust and other pollutants that might harm the famous painting. He stated that concerns about the original art work becoming blackened by fine particles of pollution was completely non-existence.The popularized fresco was originally painted in the Santa Maria delle Grazie church between the years 1494 and 1498. The Last Supper painting on display in Italy receives 350,000 tourist per year. The popularity increased after the Dan Brown book utilized it as a clue in the fictional novel The Da Vinci Code.According to United Press International, Vittorio Sgarbi said that the only fogginess on the painting was put there by Leonardo himself, when he painted it. The Last Supper 16 billion pixel event is sponsored in part by AMD, CLAUSS, DeAgostino, I.Net, and Nikkon. As with other high density graphics previously published by HAL 9000, downloads of the pictures are done at the users own risk.The Haltadefinizone graphic displays are finitely detailed and should be interesting for art and technology aficionados. The HAL 9000 Haltadefinizone site for The Last Supper display is located at: www.haltadefinizione.com . Citation: The Last Supper Will Travel The Internet At 16 Billion Pixels (2007, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-supper-internet-billion-pixels.html The Last Supper – Credit: Photo HAL 9000; Artist: Leonardo Da Vinci HAL 9000 will send The Last Supper by Leonardo Da Vinci soaring through the Internet on October 27, 2007 with a high density view of 16 billion pixels. The time given for the launch is 9:30 A.M. Central European Summer Time. For USA viewers, 3:30 A.M. EST. 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

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Virus DNA first found in Neanderthal genome identified in modern humans

first_img Explore further 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. Protein coding ‘junk genes’ may be linked to cancer Homo neanderthalensis, adult male. Credit: John Gurche, artist / Chip Clark, photographer Citation: Virus DNA first found in Neanderthal genome identified in modern humans (2013, November 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-virus-dna-neanderthal-genome-modern.html More information: Neanderthal and Denisovan retroviruses in modern humans, Current Biology, Volume 23, Issue 22, R994-R995, 18 November 2013. DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2013.10.028AbstractIn the June 5th 2012 issue of Current Biology, Agoni et al. reported finding 14 endogenous retrovirus (ERV) loci in the genome sequences of Neanderthal and/or Denisovan fossils (both ∼40,000 years old) that are not found in the human reference genome sequence. The authors [1] concluded that these retroviruses were infecting the germline of these archaic hominins at or subsequent to their divergence from modern humans (∼400,000 years ago). However, in our search for unfixed ERVs in the modern human population, we have found most of these loci. We explain this apparent contradiction using population genetic theory and suggest that it illustrates an important phenomenon for the study of transposable elements such as ERVs.Press releasecenter_img Journal information: Current Biology Scientists have known for many years that some viruses can impact not just the general biology of animals (and humans) but can make their way into their genome, causing changes to strands of DNA. Those changes can then be passed on to offspring. To date, no such strands have ever been found to cause ailments in humans, however.In June of 2012, another team of researchers discovered changes that had come about in Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA due to an ancient retrovirus. The virus left evidence of its existence in a parts of the genome known as “junk” sequences—so named because they don’t hold any information related to creating proteins—they don’t appear to do anything. That team found 14 unique instances of such virus evidence. Intrigued, the team then looked to see if any of the 14 existed in modern human DNA. Their cursory inspection didn’t find any matches.In this new research, the team in Britain took a much closer look, and in doing so, found 7 matches—but only in cancer patients. More specifically, they took DNA samples from 67 people, all of whom had some form of cancer. In studying the samples, the researchers found that every single one of the cancer patients had seven of the virus sequences that matched those found in Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA last year.The findings by the team suggest that there might be a link between people with the ancient virus information stored in their junk sequences and a tendency to get cancer. The researchers suggest that because of what they’ve found, it seems likely that the other seven retroviruses found by the team last year in Neanderthal and Denisovan DNA exist in the genomes of other people alive today. That could mean that such people have a higher incidence of other unknown medical problems. More research will have to be conducted, though the team acknowledges it could take a lot of time as the process could potentially involve examining the genomes of groups of people afflicted with any number of ailments. © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org) —An ancient retrovirus that altered the DNA of Neanderthals and Denisovans has now been found to have left alterations in modern human DNA as well—in some cancer patients. The team of researchers from the U.K. that made this startling discovery has written about what they’ve uncovered in a paper published in the journal Current Biology.last_img read more

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Physicists investigate the structure of time with implications for quantum mechanics and

first_imgCredit: Vera Kratochvil/public domain Citation: Physicists investigate the structure of time, with implications for quantum mechanics and philosophy (2016, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-02-physicists-implications-quantum-mechanics-philosophy.html (Phys.org)—Although in theory it may seem possible to divide time up into infinitely tiny intervals, the smallest physically meaningful interval of time is widely considered to be the Planck time, which is approximately 10-43 seconds. This ultimate limit means that it is not possible for two events to be separated by a time smaller than this. 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. © 2016 Phys.org More information: Mir Faizal, et al. “Time crystals from minimum time uncertainty.” The European Physical Journal C. DOI: 10.1140/epjc/s10052-016-3884-4. Also at arXiv:1501.03111 [physics.gen-ph] Explore further But now in a new paper, physicists have proposed that the shortest physically meaningful length of time may actually be several orders of magnitude longer than the Planck time. In addition, the physicists have demonstrated that the existence of such a minimum time alters the basic equations of quantum mechanics, and as quantum mechanics describes all physical systems at a very small scale, this would change the description of all quantum mechanical systems.The researchers, Mir Faizal at the University of Waterloo and University of Lethbridge in Canada, Mohammed M. Khalil at Alexandria University in Egypt, and Saurya Das at the University of Lethbridge, have recently published a paper called “Time crystals from minimum time uncertainty” in The European Physical Journal C.”It might be possible that, in the universe, the minimum time scale is actually much larger than the Planck time, and this can be directly tested experimentally,” Faizal told Phys.org.The Planck time is so short that no experiment has ever come close to examining it directly—the most precise tests can access a time interval down to about 10−17 seconds. Nevertheless, there is a great deal of theoretical support for the existence of the Planck time from various approaches to quantum gravity, such as string theory, loop quantum gravity, and perturbative quantum gravity. Almost all of these approaches suggest that it is not possible to measure a length shorter than the Planck length, and by extension not possible to measure a time shorter than the Planck time, since the Planck time is defined as the time it takes light to travel a single unit of the Planck length in a vacuum. Motivated by several recent theoretical studies, the scientists further delved into the question of the structure of time—in particular, the long-debated question of whether time is continuous or discrete.”In our paper, we have proposed that time is discrete in nature, and we have also suggested ways to experimentally test this proposal,” Faizal said. One possible test involves measuring the rate of spontaneous emission of a hydrogen atom. The modified quantum mechanical equation predicts a slightly different rate of spontaneous emission than that predicted by the unmodified equation, within a range of uncertainty. The proposed effects may also be observable in the decay rates of particles and of unstable nuclei. Based on their theoretical analysis of the spontaneous emission of hydrogen, the researchers estimate that the minimum time may be orders of magnitude larger than the Planck time, but no greater than a certain amount, which is fixed by previous experiments. Future experiments could lower this bound on the minimum time or determine its exact value.The scientists also suggest that the proposed changes to the basic equations of quantum mechanics would modify the very definition of time. They explain that the structure of time can be thought of as a crystal structure, consisting of discrete, regularly repeating segments. On a more philosophical level, the argument that time is discrete suggests that our perception of time as something that is continuously flowing is just an illusion. “The physical universe is really like a movie/motion picture, in which a series of still images shown on a screen creates the illusion of moving images,” Faizal said. “Thus, if this view is taken seriously, then our conscious precipitation of physical reality based on continuous motion becomes an illusion produced by a discrete underlying mathematical structure.” “This proposal makes physical reality platonic in nature,” he said, referring to Plato’s argument that true reality exists independent of our senses. “However, unlike other theories of platonic idealism, our proposal can be experimentally tested and not just be argued for philosophically.” Detection of mini black holes at the LHC could indicate parallel universes in extra dimensionslast_img read more

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Harvard team creates a coldatom Fermi–Hubbard antiferromagnet

first_imgProbing antiferromagnetism in the Hubbard model with a quantum gas microscope. a, Schematic of the two-dimensional Hubbard phase diagram, including predicted phases. b, Experimental set-up. c, Exemplary raw (left) and processed (right) images of the atomic distribution of single experimental realizations, with both spin components present (upper; corresponding to the starred point in a) and with one spin component removed (lower). The observed chequerboard pattern in the spin-removed images indicates the presence of an antiferromagnet. Credit: (c) Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature22362 Citation: Harvard team creates a cold-atom Fermi–Hubbard antiferromagnet (2017, May 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-harvard-team-cold-atom-fermihubbard-antiferromagnet.html More information: Anton Mazurenko et al. A cold-atom Fermi–Hubbard antiferromagnet, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/nature22362AbstractExotic phenomena in systems with strongly correlated electrons emerge from the interplay between spin and motional degrees of freedom. For example, doping an antiferromagnet is expected to give rise to pseudogap states and high-temperature superconductors. Quantum simulation using ultracold fermions in optical lattices could help to answer open questions about the doped Hubbard Hamiltonian, and has recently been advanced by quantum gas microscopy. Here we report the realization of an antiferromagnet in a repulsively interacting Fermi gas on a two-dimensional square lattice of about 80 sites at a temperature of 0.25 times the tunnelling energy. The antiferromagnetic long-range order manifests through the divergence of the correlation length, which reaches the size of the system, the development of a peak in the spin structure factor and a staggered magnetization that is close to the ground-state value. We hole-dope the system away from half-filling, towards a regime in which complex many-body states are expected, and find that strong magnetic correlations persist at the antiferromagnetic ordering vector up to dopings of about 15 per cent. In this regime, numerical simulations are challenging and so experiments provide a valuable benchmark. Our results demonstrate that microscopy of cold atoms in optical lattices can help us to understand the low-temperature Fermi–Hubbard model.Press release (Phys.org)—A team at Harvard University has found a way to create a cold-atom Fermi–Hubbard antiferromagnet, which offers new insight into how electrons behave in solids. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes their experiments, a new tool they developed, and what they believe they have demonstrated using cold atoms in optical lattices in exploring the Fermi–Hubbard model. Thierry Giamarchi with the University of Geneva offers a News & Views piece on the work done by the team and offers background regarding the Fermi–Hubbard model, including an explanation of why simulating the model is so important. The researchers created a lattice using lasers and then trapped lithium-6 atoms in its wells. They then added a new feature to cool the system by surrounding the lattice with other atoms that served as a coolant. To overcome the density issues, they developed what they describe as a “fermionic microscope” to track points on the lattice. After filling the lattice with atoms, the group reports that the entire scheme behaved like an antiferromagnetic insulator. They suggest their creation could be used to study a wide variety of physics problems, and possibly to help in the search for a high-temperature superconductor. For first time, researchers see individual atoms keep away from each other or bunch up as pairs Journal information: Naturecenter_img “The problem in trying to come up with better superconductors is that if you take a material and change one parameter … lots of things are changing,” Demler said. “With this simulation, we have full control of parameters. So we can actually understand what helps and what suppresses superconductivity.” Credit: Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer © 2017 Phys.org Explore further As scientists continue to look for superconductivity at room temperatures, they advance the understanding of electron behavior in solids—specifically the ways quantum-mechanical interactions work regarding electronic properties. Calculating such interactions has proved to be beyond current capabilities, so scientists have developed models that can be calculated instead. One of these, the Fermi–Hubbard model, is based on Fermi-Dirac particles jumping between points on a lattice. Unfortunately, despite its simplicity, calculations for the model can only be made for one-dimensional lattice points. To use the model to develop superconductors, 2-D calculations are required. Because of this limitation, some scientists have attempted to create a physical entity to simulate a Fermi–Hubbard model. In this new effort, the researchers have created just such a physical entity, and in doing so, have come closer to achieving the Fermi–Hubbard model than other attempts. They have done so by overcoming two major problems that stymied other teams: achieving low enough temperatures, and solving density representation problems. 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

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Trigger Warnings Do Not Work New Study Finds

first_imgTrigger warnings—those alerts provided to college students in advance of potentially disturbing material—have prompted an intense philosophical and ideological debate. But do they actually achieve their stated goal of reducing emotional distress when dealing with sensitive subjects? The study, in the journal Clinical Psychological Science, describes six experiments—two featuring university undergraduates and four whose participants were working adults recruited on Amazon’s Mechanical Turk crowdsourcing website. Read the whole story: Pacific Standard “Trigger warnings are, at best, trivially helpful,” writes a research team led by psychologist Mevagh Sanson of the University of Waikato. The paper finds they “have no effect, or might even work slightly in the direction of causing harm.”center_img New research from New Zealand comes to a firm conclusion: They do not.last_img read more

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New Research From Psychological Science

first_imgHigh Endogenous Testosterone Levels Are Associated With Diminished Neural Emotional Control in Aggressive Police RecruitsReinoud Kaldewaij, Saskia B. J. Koch, Wei Zhang, Mahur M. Hashemi, Floris Klumpers, and Karin Roelofs Capture and Control: Working Memory Modulates Attentional Capture by Reward-Related StimuliPoppy Watson, Daniel Pearson, Michelle Chow, Jan Theeuwes, Reinout W. Wiers, Steven B. Most, and Mike E. Le Pelley When people are exposed to stressful environments, a methyl group can be added to the DNA base of the oxytocin receptor gene (OXTR). The addition of this methyl group tends to silence the expression of this gene and might be associated with difficulties in forming nurturing, supportive romantic relationships. Kogan and colleagues studied the links among childhood adversity, socioeconomic instability, OXTR methylation, and supportive romantic relationships. They analyzed data from a study of relationships and health-risk behavior among African American men aged 19 to 22 years in the rural southern U.S. Participants were assessed three times throughout 3 years. DNA analysis was performed on their saliva, and they reported their (a) relationship status and level of support (e.g., “How often do you protect and look after your partner”); (b) socioeconomic instability, assessed by economic distress, school enrollment or employment status, and number of times they had moved in the past 6 months; and (c) childhood adversity, assessed by sexual abuse and physical and emotional abuse or neglect. Results indicated that men with higher levels of childhood adversity, economic instability, and OXTR methylation reported providing less support to their romantic partners. OXTR methylation predicted decreases in relationship support during a 1.5-year period. Childhood adversity was indirectly associated with OXTR methylation because of its associations with socioeconomic instability, which predicted elevated OXTR methylation. Thus, OXTR methylation might explain how socioeconomic instability and childhood adversity end up affecting romantic relationships. Childhood Adversity, Socioeconomic Instability, Oxytocin-Receptor-Gene Methylation, and Romantic-Relationship Support Among Young African American MenSteven M. Kogan, Dayoung Bae, Junhan Cho, Alicia K. Smith, and Shota Nishitani People might have difficulty controlling emotional responses when in situations that increase testosterone levels, this research suggests.  Police officers might have difficulties controlling emotional responses partly because of the effect of high levels of testosterone on the brain circuits that control emotion, this research suggests. While in an MRI scanner, Dutch police recruits completed a task in which they had to approach or avoid angry and happy faces by moving a joystick. Researchers also collected saliva samples to measure testosterone levels, and participants self-reported their levels of aggression. Regardless of testosterone and aggression levels, participants were faster and more accurate at approaching happy faces and avoiding angry faces (congruent trials) than at approaching angry faces and avoiding happy faces (incongruent trials that required emotional control). For the trials that required emotional control, brain activation was stronger in the neural control circuits (i.e., anterior prefrontal cortex control over the amygdala increased) for participants with higher levels of aggression. But activation in these same circuits was lower in participants who had high testosterone in addition to high aggression levels, indicating that such a high aggressivity–testosterone combination may decrease the efficiency of emotional control. Hence, aggressive individuals who are mentally healthy seem able to use a brain circuit to regulate their emotions, but this regulation might fail under challenging situations known to increase testosterone. These findings might explain why police officers, selected for their high emotional control, may show poor control (e.g., using excessive violence) in certain situations and may have implications for selection and training programs for first responders. Rewards can capture individuals’ attention and distract them from their actual goals, but can this effect be controlled? In this study, participants’ eye gaze was tracked while they searched for a target (a gray diamond) in a set of distractors (gray circles). Participants received points as a reward when they did not gaze at any of the distractors and moved their gaze only from the center of the screen to the target. In some cases, one of the circles was colored; different colors indicated a high reward or a low reward (i.e., more or fewer points). While searching for the diamond, participants also performed a demanding or a simple memory task (memorize either a set of 5 digits or only 1 digit, respectively). Participants were more likely to look at the circle indicating the reward when the reward was high than when it was low, especially while performing the more demanding memory task, which reduced their cognitive resources. They also looked at the colored circle indicating a low reward more often than at a gray circle (which provided no reward information), especially while performing the demanding memory task. These findings indicate that the reward signal and the physical features of the stimulus captured participants’ attention, but control processes, when available, attenuated this effect. In another experiment, when both high- and low-reward signals were presented, participants looked more at the high-reward signal. Applied to the clinical domain, the authors suggest that this implies that high-reward associations to drug-related stimuli might promote relapse in recovering individuals with addiction, especially when cognitive resources are scarce. However, training in cognitive control might reduce the influence of such stimuli on behavior and prevent relapses. Read about the latest research published in Psychological Science:last_img read more

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Summer goes neon

first_imgMove over gold and silver jewelry, experiment with bright coloured neckpieces, earrings and other accessories this summer season and pair them with solid monochromes for the best effect this summer. From bags to shoes and accessories, neon colours are the fashion pick of the season with stark pinks, greens and yellows appearing on nails, flats, belts and bags. From Sarojini Nagar market to the fashion trove in GK I M Block and even in the likes of Vera Moda and Aldo – neon in the new black. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While men have to be a little careful about going neon, subtle streaks of green or yellow in t-shirts and shoes gave a nice sporty twist to the summer wardrobe. Neon streaks however have also started appearing in belts and ties. For women, the choices are abundant. The only pointer is to pick the right colours and pair them well. When going neon, one has to make sure that it is not over done. Greys, whites, blacks, even pale pastels can be played around with when it comes to neon accessories. A basic t-shirt and jeans ensemble can be given a new kick with neon flats or a neon belt. And even neon frames. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the mornings go easy on the clothes. Since it is summer it is perhaps best to play with pastels and whites or even light greys. A neon pendant or ear rings or alternately a bag can completely turn your look around. A pale neon t-shirt paired with pastel shorts gets a thumbs-up from us. A neon watch is also a perfect summer accessory.  For the night, blacks and stone greys and dark shades can be lifted with neon necklaces and heels. Neon on the nails has been quite big for a while, but please keep in mind – bright colours look best on short nails. You can also experiment with extensions and neon tips – but make sure you are getting them from a good studio. You can add a little bit of glitter for the extra zing.  And as we always say, carry the blingy attitude with it and you would never go wrong!last_img read more

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Lets get swanky

first_imgBorn in 1998 near Moscow, Swanky Tunes have always experimented with different electronic styles in pursuit of their own sound. At first, was techno, before moving into a distinctly big-beat influenced sound. Back in 2006 & 2007, they were rewarded as ‘Best Musical Group’ at the Russian Dance Music Awards, while first striking outside their homeland with releases signed on several famous international platforms such as Refune, Mixmash, Spinnin’, Axtone and Size. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Supported by the best international DJs and always quoted by dance music heavy weights like Tiësto, David Guetta, Swedish House Mafia, Laidback Luke and many others, nothing seems to stop Swanky Tunes. Millennium Post caught up with the trio on their trip to the Capital. Here are excerpts from the conversation….When did you guys start with your personal careers in music?We’ve been producing music for 15 years already. We have different music tastes, but Swanky Tunes made us get together and feel new vibes. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow did Swanky Tunes come together?Two of us have known each other from kindergarten and the third one joined us when we were students. How has the journey been? Tell us about the best and the worst times so far…Started from Techno and Electro of 80s music we turned to the Big Beat Movement then, tried French house and Synth-Pop and finally found ourselves in the House. To be honest we’ve never gone through worse times like other DJs or producers. We didn’t want to catch stars or something like that. Our aim is just get everything swanky. Where does the name Swanky Tunes come from?The name we used before Swanky Tunes consisted of two Russian words. One day we realized it works, but for Russian fans only. We got many doubts about that name and finally decided to change it using such international language as English. We tried many versions and when hope was almost lost we looked into American slang dictionary, where we found the word ‘swanky’. Word ‘tunes’ came naturally in few seconds, because it’s about music.How do you like the music scene in India? Have you performed here before? And how has India treated you so far?That was our first time in India and we really enjoyed. Huge crowd and great feedback on the floor. Wish we could get back soon!Any interest in Bollywood music?Nope. But time will tell.What songs top your own playlist right now? Swanky Tunes, Dvbbs, Eitro – We Know (Original Mix)Armin van Buuren feat. Trevor Guthrie This Is What It Feels Like (W&W Remix)Sebastian Ingrosso & Tommy Trash Ft. John Martin – Reload (Vocal Mix)How has the party music scene changed from the time you started?Sound became louder, lights became brighter, raves became bigger and fun raised higher. That’s it!Why pick EDM over any other genre? What do you think about the EDM scene in India?It’s a new trend, that’s why people love it so much and we’re really happy about this, because we spend all our time with this music. India, like many other Asian countries, is a new Mecca for EDM. What lies in 2013 for Swanky Tunes?We decided to devote whole year developing our new brand called Showland. There are podcast, label and parties under this name.First party was presented this march in Miami. Hopefully we’ll bring it around the world soon. You can download Showlandpodcast series via iTunes and find label’s releases on Beatport. All these three are our goals and we want people enjoy them.last_img read more

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Putin to meet Saudi prince amid Syria tensions Aide

first_imgPutin will meet Prince Mohammed bin Salman, believed to be a favoured son of King Salman, on Thursday on the sidelines of the Saint Petersburg International Economic Forum, the Kremlin’s top foreign policy aide Yury Ushakov said.Deputy Crown Prince Mohammed, aged 29 according to the website of the Saudi embassy in the US, was elevated to the post of defence minister the day Salman acceded to the throne in January.Ushakov said Putin and the Saudi prince would discuss a range of international issues including the Syria crisis and the fight against Islamic State radicals as well as ramping up economic ties. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepen“Undoubtedly the (meeting) is very important and speaks of the interest of both sides — Russian and Saudi — in ramping up ties to a wholly new level,” Ushakov said.He said he was not aware if Russia and Saudi Arabia — a traditional ally of the United States — would discuss oil prices.The two countries are set to ink a number of agreements on the forum’s sidelines, the Kremlin said.The Saudi prince will be one of the few guests of honour at the Saint Petersburg forum amid Russia’s confrontation with the West, which has slapped sanctions against Moscow over the Ukraine crisis. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanPrince Mohammed visited a major exhibition of military hardware which opened outside Moscow yesterday.“I am interested in all kinds of telecommunications — land-based, satellite and encryption for data transmission,” he was quoted as saying by Voentelecom, one of the firms taking part in the exhibition, on Wednesday.Relations between Russia and Saudi Arabia have been strained in recent years over Moscow’s support for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad, whom Riyadh opposes.More than 230,000 people have been killed in Syria’s conflict, which began with anti-government demonstrations in March 2011 and descended into a civil war after a regime crackdown.last_img read more

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Beer is Delhiites favourite drink

first_imgBeer has emerged the most favourite drink of Delhiites, followed by wine and whiskey, according to search trends on Google.For the July 2-8 week, search trends on Google showed the highest number of alcohol-related queries on weekends in Delhi. They picked up post-dusk and peaked anytime from around midnight to early morning the following day.Post dusk also, the capital’s most searched alcoholic drink is ‘Beer’, googling for which peaks between midnight and early morning, especially on weekends and holidays. Vodka and rum also appear on the favourite list of the capital’s tipplers but rank lower than beer.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In 2015, queries from Delhi for ‘Beer’ peaked in May-June. These were significantly higher in numbers than during the similar summer months of 2014. Searches from other parts of the country also suggest an overall rise in queries around ‘Beer’ 2015, according to Google research.In the National Capital Region (NCR), New Delhi stands at third position after Noida and Gurgaon in Google search for ‘Beer’, though it still ranks higher than other cities like Mumbai, Bangalore, Pune and Lucknow.Google search trends using a real-time analysis of online searches.last_img read more

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Two killed 3 injured after car rams into tree

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were killed and three others been injured, one of them critically, when a car hit a road side tree.The incident took place on the Purulia-Borakar State Highway in the wee hours of Wednesday.The deceased have been identified as Manoj Roy (47) and Vinod Singh (43), who were going to Purulia from the city. According to the police, the victims were Kolkata-based businessmen.The injured persons are Shiv Kumar Singh, Mukesh Singh and Manas Singh. They were taken to a local hospital. The health condition of Shiv Kumar is stated Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeto be critical.According to a preliminary investigation, the police came to know that he was driving the vehicle at the time of the accident.Police said the victims started their journey in a Maruti Van on Tuesday night.They were crossing Mokatala area under Nitudia police station when the driver lost control over the vehicle and it rammed into a road side tree. Circumstantial evidences suggest that the vehicle was at a high speed at the time of the accident. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSome of the locals heard a loud thud on early Wednesday morning. They rushed to the spot and found the passengers trapped inside the car, a portion of which was badly damaged in the accident. They rescued the injured victims and took them to a nearby hospital.The doctors at the hospital pronounced two of them brought dead, while the other three have been undergoing treatment.The incident caused traffic jam in the area for sometime in the morning.After being informed, police reached the spot and started a probe in this regard. They are yet to ascertain the exact cause of the accident. According to a preliminary investigation, police suspect that the accident might have occurred due over speeding.They also said the driver lost control over the vehicle while taking a sharp bend.The investigating officers are not ruling out that the driver might have fallen asleep at the time of the accident. They have collected samples from the spot of the accident.last_img read more

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Couple rescues injured youth in Habra

first_imgKolkata: A middle aged couple rescued a 28-year-old youth who had been left unattended for some time after falling from a running train.The incident took place in Habra station of North 24-Parganas on late Monday evening. Some of the local people alleged that despite repeated calls, the railway police did not come to the spot.The victim had sustained serious injuries on various parts of his body and was screaming in pain. But none of the local residents or police came forward to rescue the injured youth. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSome of the local hawkers thought that they might land themselves in trouble if they take the injured victim to the hospital or police might harass them. As a result, the victim had been lying near the railway track for a few minutes.It has been learnt that the victim, Chandan Sarkar (28), a resident of Kumda Kashipore village in Habra, was returning home from work. When the train was about to enter platform number 1 in Habra Station, Sarkar suddenly fell from the train. He was standing at the gate. The victim received critical injuries on his head and limbs. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedVina Sarkar, an employee of a private firm, was returning home along with her husband when she saw the youth writhing in pain. She immediately rushed to the spot and took the victim to Habra Hospital with the help of her husband.Vina Sarkar said: “None came to his rescue. They thought the victim might have died. I went up to the youth and found him alive. With the help of my husband I picked up the injured youth and put him on a van rickshaw. Some local people warned us not to intervene as we might invite trouble. The victim has been undergoing treatment at the hospital and his condition is serious.”last_img read more

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Woman shot dead at Palta husband held

first_imgKolkata: A woman was killed by her husband at Palta in Barrackpore on Thursday night. Deceased Rajasree Chatterjee (33) was shot dead while walking towards home with her husband Sukhvinder Singha cab, a driver by profession.When locals arrived at the spot, Singh pretended that his wife was shot by two snatchers who took away her bag.Later, during a police interrogation, Singh admitted to his crime. According to locals, on Thursday night around 10 pm, a firing sound was heard near an enamel factory on Ghoshpara Road. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhen some of the locals went towards the source of the sound, they saw a woman was lying in a pool of blood and a man crying for help. Noapara police station was informed and Chatterjee was removed to BN Bose Sub-Divisional hospital where she was declared dead. During primary investigation, Singh told police that they both were returning home in Barrackpore.They had plans to buy a scooty and for that, Chatterjee had Rs 35,000 in her handbag. On reaching Ghoshpara, two youth came from behind riding a motorcycle and tried to snatch the handbag. When his wife resisted, one of the youths took out a one shoter and fired a round towards Chatterjee and fled. While fleeing away, they threw away the firearm. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHearing the statement of Singh, investigators smelled something fishy in his story. Several questions arose about why they had gone to Palta instead of Barrackpore, where several renowned two-wheeler showrooms are present. It is also known that no criminal throws away arms after committing a crime. This was also a valid reason to doubt Singh’s statements.Hence, the investigators detained Singh at night. In wee hours of Friday, Singh broke down and admitted killing his wife. He was arrested immediately. According to police sources, Singh told the investigators that he noticed Chatterjee was keeping very busy since the last few months. He suspected that his wife had an extra-marital affair and killed her.However, another sources informed that recently Singh was forcing Chatterjee to sell a flat that she got from her maternal side. He will be produced before Additional Chief Judicial Magistrate court, Barrackpore court on Saturday.last_img read more

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25 Civil Service officers to get inservice training in Singapore

first_imgKolkata: Twenty five West Bengal Civil Service (Exe) officers will be sent for in-service training for two weeks to Singapore.The training will be held in two phases. The first and the domestic phase of the training will be held in Haryana while the second part of the same will take place abroad in Singapore. The state government will be bearing all the expenses in connection with the training, logistics, accommodation, airfare, and the like for both the domestic and foreign trips. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been stated in a notice of the Personnel and Administrative Reforms and e-governance department dated October 30 that “all officers belonging to WBCS (Exe) who have completed/will complete 20 years of continuous and satisfactory service as on January 1 in 2019, and will superannuate beyond June 6 in 2022, may apply, in writing to the Principal Secretary of the department, within December 15 in 2018” with relevant information. The domestic part of the training will be held at OP Jindal Global University (OPJGU) at Sonipat in Haryana. It will be held from February 18 to 22 in 2019 while the second part of the training will take place from February 25 to March 1 in 2019. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe second part of the training will be organised at Lee Kuan Yew School of Public Policy at National University of Singapore. The officers will be leaving Kolkata on November 18 and will return only after their training programme in Singapore. It may be recalled that 25 officers of eight constituted state services including West Bengal Revenue Service, West Bengal Audit and Accounts Service, West Bengal Food and Supplies Service, West Bengal Employment Service, West Bengal Co-operative Service, West Bengal Labour Service, West Bengal Information and Cultural Service and West Bengal Forest Service will be sent for in-service training on Public Finance Management.last_img read more

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TMC local committee president dead after being hit by speeding bus

first_imgKolkata: Sukhdeb Ghosh, a local committee president of Trinamool Congress at Raghunathpur in Nadia, was among the two killed in road accidents that took place at two different places in the same district on Wednesday morning.The other victim has been identified as Noor Muhammad. According to the district police, the first incident took place in Raghunathpur area under Tehatta police station in Nadia when Ghosh was returning home along National Highway 34. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe was out on the road to take a stroll in the wee hours. According to the preliminary investigation, police came to know that Ghosh was trying to cross the road when a speeding bus on its way to Krishnanagar hit him in Arshigunge area at around 4.45 am. The bus was coming from Patkebari area. Some locals found the victim lying in a pool of blood and he was rushed to a nearby hospital where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The bus driver and the conductor fled the spot leaving the vehicle right. Police have seized the bus and raids are being conducted to nab the bus driver. The incident caused traffic congestion for sometime. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedPolice said Ghosh used to go for morning walks every day. They are investigating if it was an accident or there was any foul play behind the incident. The other accident also occurred on National Highway 34 at Noapara under Dhubulia police station when Noor Muhammad was cycling along the road. A daily wage labourer, Muhammad was hit by a truck from behind. The victim died on the spot. Police later recovered the body and sent it for an autopsy. The incident happened at around 7.30 am when he was going for work. The truck driver fled the spot with the vehicle. Raids are being conducted to nab the truck driver. Eyewitnesses told police the truck was running at a high speed when it hit the victim. A probe has been initiated.last_img read more

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No mercy for sand coal mafia CM

first_imgKalna (East Burdwan): Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee instructed police officers to take stern action against sand and coal mafias, smugglers and those running illicit liquor dens. She was addressing a gathering here on Friday afternoon.”One percent officers are not doing their duties properly. I ask them to change their habit and instruct them to take stern action against the coal and sand mafias and those running illicit liquor dens. No mercy for these criminals,” she said. Referring to the spurious liquor tragedy, she said that she had decided to give compensation to the families of the ill-fated persons as they have been badly hit by the death of their near and dear ones. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeCalling East Burdwan the “green district”, she expressed her happiness and congratulated the district administration for being the highest contributor of person days in Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MGNREGA) in the country. “The farmers here toil hard and feed the entire Bengal. We are proud of you. I want more rice mills and kishan mandis to come up in the district”, she said. She said the income of the farmers has gone up two times since the Trinamool Congress government took over seven years ago. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe Chief Minister maintained that a road connecting Mechogram in East Midnapore with North Bengal will come up at an estimated cost of Rs 3,200 crore. The construction of the freight corridor will begin once the acquisition of land is completed. Both the roads will benefit East Burdwan district immensely. The work at Deocha-Pachami, the second largest coal block in Birbhum will start and this will provide jobs to 1 lakh people both directly and indirectly. The scheme taken up by the state government to control flood in lower Damodar basin will stop flood in parts of Burdwan, Hooghly and Howrah, she said. Coming down heavily on CPI(M), Banerjee said because of their financial mismanagement, her government is paying Rs 48,000 crore as loan burden. “During their 34 years of rule, factories had been closed, educational institutions became centres of politics and the condition of the hospitals was deplorable. After ruining the industrial scenario in Bengal, they are talking about industries now. They have spoilt the greenery in Singur. We have returned the land taken forcibly by the CPI(M) government. They have no work and are only there to create trouble. Banerjee’s remarks came a day after Suryakanta Mishra, CPI(M) state secretary, said in Kolkata on Thursday that they want industry in Bengal. It may be mentioned that East Burdwan was a den of CPI(M), before Mamata Banerjee came to power in 2011. The Burdwan lobby, combining East and West Burdwan districts, was very strong. Despite the loan burden, the state government has launched schemes for people coming from all strata of society. Over Rs 6,000 crore has been spent for Kanyashree and another Rs 2,000 crore to implement Sabuj Sathi. “We have covered all cross sections of people and we want them to live happily and peacefully,” she said.last_img read more

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Darjeeling town gives locals tourists first glimpse of snowfall after 1 decade

first_imgDarjeeling: The weather gods were finally appeased and the ‘Queen of Hills’ finally witnessed snowfall after nearlyone decade. The brief and light snowfall left both the tourists and locals euphoric. Though the higher reaches of the hills including Sandakphu witness snowfall in winters, it has been eluding the main town since long. Last it had snowed in Darjeeling town on January 28, 2008. Thursday started with brief spells of sunshine in the early part of the day. During the later part overcast skies accompanied by icy winds culminated in a drizzle, sleet and very light snowfall at around 4:45 pm. It was for a very brief spell and did not accumulate. The temperature dipped to 0.2 degree Celsius at 9 pm. The same weather conditions prevailed in Sonada and Ghoom. In Tiger Hill, at higher reaches, sleet and snowfall were a bit prolonged resulting in snow accumulation of the ground. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWith the snowfall, elated people rushed to Chowrasta, the most prominent public space of the town. As it was already dark — there were high chances of good photographs getting tampered, however, shutter happy tourists and locals alike went around clicking photographs and selfies. Tourists were seen collecting ice from the bonnet of vehicles passing by and throwing at each other. “I have never witnessed snowfall. It is beautiful like cotton falling from the heavens. I have decided to extend my stay. We are all praying that there is heavy snow,” stated Manish Sharma, a tourist from Delhi. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedFor Karma Doma, a local, it was the first snowfall for her 6-year-old son. “As soon as it started snowing I took my son to Chowrasta. He was ecstatic,” Karma added. Gone are the days of picture-postcard winters that Darjeeling used to witness every winters. “When we were young it used to snow every winter. We used to have such heavy snowfall that we had to shovel the front porch to get through to the main door. Now with heavy construction, depleting forest cover and pollution, we hardly have any snowfall now,” stated Dr Urmila Sinha, a septuagenarian. Shops downed shutters early and roadside fires were lit to escape the biting cold. “I have been posted in Darjeeling for the past 5 years. This is my first snowfall. I was so overjoyed that I even opened my woolen cap to enjoy the snow to the maximum,” stated Dr Subhratanu Daripa. Sandakphu at 12,000 feet, the highest point of West Bengal experienced heavy snowfall. “Tourists in good numbers are visiting Sandakphu to enjoy the snow,” stated Anil Tamang of the Singhalila Land Rover Owners’ Association. “Owing to western disturbances many places experienced rain, hail, sleet and snow. The higher reaches of both Sikkim and West Bengal experienced snowfall,” stated Dr. Gopi Nath Raha of the Met office in Gangtok. Even the higher regions of Gangtok experienced sleet. In the plains, temperatures dipped considerably and the skies remained overcast.last_img read more

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An image for a poem

first_imgCurator Georgina Maddox and Artistic Director Ashwini Pal Bahadur came together last week to showcase a brilliant exhibition at Bikaner House. The event was the launch of a book of poems, ‘One Soul many Lives’ by Laxmana Dalmia, poet, filmmaker and custodian of IPTA (Indian People’s Theatre Association). The poems that flanked the art works showed amply that curator Georgina is not just a fly by night type, but a historian in the making. Some works were created for Dalmia’s poems and some works were picked up because they had an uncanny connection to the imagery provided by Dalmia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBegin with Arpana Caur’s stunning canvas, ‘Between Dualities’, that seemed to be the opening page of a flashback in time. The rounded surreal figures of her large canvas leap out, while the second figure lies on the bottom; it is the larger female figure that sits and threads a needle. Caur makes you think of events that swim across dark expanses or lie motionless. Her female figure transcends time, while she seems to tell us stories of the worlds that become like a time warp, caught between earth and sky, reality and longing. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnd then are those who mark time and destiny, like the female figure of the brilliant Gogi Saroj Pal, while Ved Nayyar’s ‘Nayika’ speaks to us about literature and life and poetry. Yet another eye-grabber is Sanjay Das’ photograph of an inner temple scene in Nepal. “The image of butter lamp was taken inside a room of a monastery in the premises of Boudhanath Stupa in Nepal,” says Das. It is believed that offering butter lamps is the most powerful offering because their light symbolises wisdom of the awakened mind, dispelling the darkness of delusion and mental obscurations. Butter lamps are used in nearly every Tibetan temple, household and altar. The contrasting tones in luminosity amidst the darkness is a surreal encounter. Seema Kohli’s ‘Tree of life’ sits in another smaller room and at once brings back feminine fables and the momentousness of myth. “I see the ‘Tree of Life’ in the form of Aradhnareshwar,” states Kohli. The display of the continuous balance of energies is there in nature. It gives us the basic principles of existence with equality.”It is easy to see the effects of Indian miniature art on Kohli’s translation of the tree of life, as she weaves in the simple figuration of the feminine fervour within the realism and the presence of light, and shade to the stylistic treatment of trees, branches and canopy with the use of curved contours and finer detailing.Shampa Das’s canvas speaks of multiple references – of the overlapping of the spirit of being. Within her many elements, we can glimpse Indian and Tibetan and Buddhist imagery. The lotuses make us think of Tibetan sacred art, especially the symbology of Vajrayana Buddhism. Chants in Tibetan and Tankri text, seen inscribed on bells, prayer wheels and rock walls, make their way into her paintings, lending them a totemic quality. The circle, depicting the mandala or the universe, and the pink lotus are some of the striking imagery in her work that gives it an inner sense of poise.Maddox mingles mediums and contours and contexts to create an album of works that celebrate the essence of life and adds strength and vitality to the book of poems.last_img read more

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CPIM veteran faces ire of people on own turf

first_imgKolkata: Bikash Ranjan Bhattacharya, the CPI(M) candidate contesting the election from Jadavpur Lok Sabha constituency, had to face an unprecedented agitation by the people on his own turf on Sunday morning.For Bhattacharya, the day began with a poignant mood as a large number of voters staged protest demonstration at Bhangar in South 24-Parganas. In the morning he went to Maricha village of Bhangar block I during his election rally, where he had to face the wrath of the villagers. It may be mentioned here that Bhangar is known to be a stronghold of Trinamool Congress. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe villagers asked Bhattacharya as to why he had visited the place during the election. They also said that the Bengal government under the leadership of the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has carried out a host of development schemes, while the erstwhile Left Front government did little for the people. “Your government, in all its 34 years, failed to match what Didi (Banerjee) has done in the past eight years. How have you come here to seek votes? The daughters of poor families are getting married only because of our Chief Minister. Did your government ever spare a thought to start any such project?” questioned the irate villagers. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBhattacharya has, however, brought a counter allegation against the local Trinamool Congress activists, saying that flags with CPI(M) symbol which were put up at various places in Bhangar, were removed by TMC workers. While holding the election rally in the morning, he went to the house of a Trinamool Congress supporter, who he believed was involved in the incident. As the TMC worker was away from home, Bhattacharya urged his family members not to indulge in such acts. He also talked to some Trinamool Congress supporters in the village. He also reminded that if such incidents are repeated, the situation may turn worse.last_img read more

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Bengal IT ITeS employees submit application to form trade union

first_imgKolkata: Kolkata Forum for IT Employees (FITE) on Saturday submitted its application for registration of trade union in IT, ITeS, BPO and KPO industries for the first time in Bengal. The plan to register for a trade union in the state triggered from a number of allegations of unfair labour practices towards employees. FITE formally announced its application of trade union to the Registrar of Trade union, West Bengal.When a recession hits the market, the IT sector, being the largest employment sector, faces the heat and thousands of employees lose their jobs. However, what is striking is that out of the various heads for cost cutting companies, very conveniently labour is chosen as the primary and mostly the only head to reduce operating costs, expecting minimal to negligible resistance. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We have started our journey back in December, 2014 when an IT major had announced layoff of 25,000 of its employees. Without having a formal registration, we tried to guide the deprived IT employees of different companies in the process of filing dispute at the Labour Commission and later in their legal fights. We played a significant role when another big IT house started firing employees randomly in March 2017 appraisal session,’ said Santanu Bhattacharya, the proposed president of the union. The sector employs around 1.5-2 lakh people in the state. The union members are from almost 20 companies including big IT firms.last_img read more

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