Researchers successfully hack into automobiles using passive keyless systems

first_img A passive keyless entry system is activated when a wireless key is within a few meters of the correct automobile and detects a low power signal from the vehicle. The wireless key then sends a command that opens the vehicle and starts the ignition.Srdjan Capkun, an assistant professor of computer science, along with his colleagues, managed to intercept and relay signals from the vehicle to their wireless keys. They could have also relayed the signal from their wireless key back to the vehicle, but choose not to because the key can transmit its signal up to 100 meters (approx 328 feet). Their attack proved successfully no matter what cryptography and protocols the key and vehicle used for communication.The attack was carried out by using a pair of antennas to transmit signals from the vehicle to the wireless key when the key was far away, tricking the vehicle into opening and starting. One antenna needs to be very close to the automobile while the other needs to be within eight meters of the key.Most relay attacks require the signal to be converted from analog to digital and back to analog again causing delays in microseconds. These delays can cause the vehicle not to open or start. This was circumvented by keeping the signal in analog format, cutting the delay down to nanoseconds.There’s not too much automobile owners can do to protect themselves except for maybe shielding their wireless key when leaving their vehicle. Capkun says manufactures will need to add secure technology that allows the vehicle to confirm that the wireless key is close by. The researchers are actively working on protocols that would make this happen. © 2010 Attacker starts a car using an antenna. A signal from the car is transmitted to a computerized key, which is tricked into enabling the engine ignition.Credit: ETH Zurich More information: Via: Technology Review Citation: Researchers successfully hack into automobiles using passive keyless systems (2011, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Researchers at a system security group at ETH Zurich in Switzerland were able to access ten automobiles from eight manufactures and drive them away. 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. Beware of Hackers Controlling Your Automobilelast_img read more

Professor proposes challenge to prove whether people can see entangled images

first_imga) Spontaneous parametric down conversion: A photon from a laser beam excites a nonlinear medium (usually a crystal) to a virtual level that decays spontaneously into two possible paths. Either an identical laser photon is created or a pair of photons appear. Their energy adds up to the energy of the laser photon. Photons from all colors (wavelengths) can be obtained. b) The photon pairs follow directions given by linear momentum conservation. F designate an optical interference fi lter. Image: Geraldo A. Barbosa, arXiv:1202.5434v1 [q-bio.NC] © 2011 Mercedes demos DICE — Interactive dashboard and Heads-Up display ( — Geraldo Barbosa, professor of electrical engineering and computer science at Northwestern University has posed an interesting challenge. He wonders if the human eye and brain together are capable of actually seeing entangled images. This is not a philosophical question, as he has phrased the query as part of a practical experiment that someone with the proper lab could actually carry out. To that end, he’s posted a paper on the preprint server arXiv with the hope that a physics team will take up the challenge. Explore further The whole idea is based on entanglement and the means by which researchers make it come about. What they do is shoot a laser at a non-linear crystal causing the photons in the beam to be converted into lower frequency entangled pairs. Those pairs are then directed to sensors which individually are able to measure a fuzzy or blurred “image”. But when both of the entangled photons are taken together as a single measurement, the image sharpens. These images are of course far too small for the human eye to see, plus they don’t last long enough for them to be seen anyway. To address these issues, researchers have taken to firing lasers that are formed into patterns such as a doughnut shape in a continuous sequence. The result is a steady stream of entangled pairs being created in the shape of a doughnut.Barbosa wants to know what would happen if instead of forming a doughnut shape, the lasers were made to look like a letter in the alphabet, such as the letter A, and then of course if it were made large enough to be seen by the human eye. Two entangled letter As should be created and seeable albeit in a lower frequency. If that happened, would the human eye when paired with the brain’s abilities, be able to merge the two into a sharp readable image, or would we see just the individual blurred images captured by just one sensor?Barbosa doesn’t know, and neither does anyone else, thus he suggests someone or some group build an experiment to find out.The ability to see things differently than we are accustomed to seeing isn’t anything new of course. Some animals can see things in the infrared spectrum for example and evidence has been slowly emerging as described here, here and here, suggesting that some migrating birds are able to “see” the Earth’s magnetic field. So maybe it’s possible that we see entangled images every day, and just don’t know it.Hopefully someone will take Barbosa up on his challenge, and then we’ll all find out if it’s possible or not. More information: Can humans see beyond intensity images? by Geraldo A. Barbosa, arXiv:1202.5434v1 [q-bio.NC] human’s visual system detect intensity images. Quite interesting, detector systems have shown the existence of different kind of images. Among them, images obtained by two detectors (detector array or spatially scanning detector) capturing signals within short window times may reveal a “hidden” image not contained in either isolated detector: Information on this image depend on the two detectors simultaneously. In general, they are called “high-order” images because they may depend on more than two electric fields. Intensity images depend on the square of magnitude of the light’s electric field. Can the human visual sensory system perceive high-order images as well? This paper proposes a way to test this idea. A positive answer could give new insights on the “visual-conscience” machinery, opening a new sensory channel for humans. Applications could be devised, e.g., head position sensing, privacy in communications at visual ranges and many others.via ArXiv blog Citation: Professor proposes challenge to prove whether people can see entangled images (2012, February 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers build acoustic tractor beam

first_img Physics duo create tractor beam using dual Bessel beams More information: Acoustic Tractor Beam, Phys. Rev. Lett. 112, 174302 – Published 30 April 2014. radiation forces act opposite to the direction of propagation, or net momentum, of a beam but have previously been challenging to definitively demonstrate. We report an experimental acoustic tractor beam generated by an ultrasonic array operating on macroscopic targets (>1  cm) to demonstrate the negative radiation forces and to map out regimes over which they dominate, which we compare to simulations. The result and the geometrically simple configuration show that the effect is due to nonconservative forces, produced by redirection of a momentum flux from the angled sides of a target and not by conservative forces from a potential energy gradient. Use of a simple acoustic setup provides an easily understood illustration of the negative radiation pressure concept for tractor beams and demonstrates continuous attraction towards the source, against a net momentum flux in the system. (a) Nonconservative pushing force exerted on an object by a plane wave as a result of strong backscattering. (b) Decreasing of the pushing force due to an enhanced forward scattering in a nonparaxial beam. (c) The authors used a target designed to maximize the forward scattering of acoustic radiation, leading to a pulling nonconservative force towards the source: an acoustic tractor beam. Credit: APS/Alan Stonebraker ( —A team of researchers with members from the U.K., Scotland and the U.S. has built a functioning acoustic tractor beam in a lab—one that is able to pull objects of centimeter size. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they built their device, why it works and to what applications it might be put. Journal information: Physical Review Letters Because of the stipulations required to make it work, applications that could make use of such a tractor beam are clearly limited, though the researchers suggest it might prove useful in some medical situations. Experimental configuration to demonstrate negative radiation forces with a planar ultrasonic array. (a) Scaled cross-sectional geometry of the 550 kHz planar matrix array source and hollow, prism-shaped targets suspended above the array. Linear phase gradients applied to the array elements produce wave fronts steered at θ=50.6° towards the array center line. Active subapertures, forming a hollow core with diameter Δxn, are stepped towards the center line by the array element pitch, with a corresponding lateral (±x) shift in the transmitted local wave fronts and an axial (−z) shift of the intersection with the axis. (b),(c) Normalized maps of simulated instantaneous pressure field and (d),(e) measured magnitude of the pressure field produced by the transmitting subapertures illustrated under the field maps. Credit: (c) PRL, DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.174302center_img Tractor beams, as we all know are a staple of science fiction—a beam is emitted from a spaceship that can be used to lock on to other objects, such as another space ship, and then used to move that other object in any direction, most interestingly, in the same direction from which the beam is being emitted—pulling it in. Tractor beams seem counterintuitive as beams of light tend to push objects away, rather than attract them—but, as prior research has shown, optical tractor beams can be created at the nanoparticle level, e.g. optical tweezers. In this new effort, the research team has extended the abilities of a tractor beam by using one based on acoustics, rather than optics.Sending a beam (wave) at an object and having it pull the object closer rather than push it can work because of the scattering of the wave that occurs when it collides with the object and if the wave is sent at an angle to the object. If the scattering and angle are controlled just right, a low pressure zone can be created in front of the object, in effect, pushing it back towards the origin of the beam. In the lab, the researchers used ultrasonic sound waves in a tank of water. They put an array of ultrasound emitters at the bottom of the tank and used a hollow isosceles triangular prism as the object to be pulled. Using an array of emitters allowed for very precisely controlling the wave, which allowed for directing energy onto the outer surface of the object, causing backscattering that led to the frontal low pressure zone, which in turn led to pushing the object back towards the wave source. An analogy would be squeezing a chocolate chip with your fingers, forcing it to move in whatever direction you choose. Citation: Researchers build acoustic tractor beam (2014, May 8) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further © 2014 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

Tombs with mythical carvings found in Chinese city that was once along

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. ( —Chinese archaeologists with the Xinjiang Institute of Cultural Relics and Archaeology working in northwest China have found tombs among the remains of an ancient cemetery in the city of Kucha—once one of the points along the infamous Silk Road—a route between China, the Middle East, India and the Roman Empire. They published their findings first in the Chinese language journal Wenwu and then recently in English in Chinese Cultural Relics. © 2014 More information: Chinese Cultural Relics, Discovery Explore further Greek archaeologists uncover ancient tombs Citation: Tombs with mythical carvings found in Chinese city that was once along the Silk Road (2014, November 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The research team found ten dome-shaped tombs in the cemetery, seven of which were large and made out of brick and adorned with what they are describing as mythical carvings of animals that represented among other things, the four seasons and creatures with heavenly connections. The cemetery was actually discovered in the summer of 2007, but it wasn’t until very recently that excavations led to finding the tombs with the prominent carvings.Sadly, historians still haven’t been able to figure out who the people were that were buried in the cemetery—it was ransacked many times over the years, which apparently led to the loss of crucial evidence. The tombs, the researchers have found, were used multiple times over a long period, with many unidentifiable bodies (skeletons) lying in state in all of them—one held the remains of ten people. They believe the tombs were originally built approximately 1,700 years ago, which would have meant the city (previously known as Qiuci, was one of the largest in the area at the time) was part of a network meant to defend the Buddhist kingdom against invaders from the west. They also believe that those interred in the tombs were likely rich or powerful—other remains in the cemetery not inside of tombs likely represent others not so well positioned.Each of the larger tombs has several rooms inside: an entrance, a passageway, a main burial chamber and a side chamber. The researchers believe that the mythical creatures adorning one of the tombs represent symbols of a type of zodiac used at the time to help trace the path of the moon and sun across the sky and to keep track of the seasons. The team is hopeful that further study of the carvings will reveal more about the culture of the people that constructed the tombs. Credit: Discoverylast_img read more

Researchers use disordered matter for computation evolving breakthrough nanoparticle Boolean logic network

first_img Scientists have speculated about the ability to evolve designless nanoscale networks of inanimate matter with the same robust capacities as natural computers, but have not yet realized the concept. Now, a group of researchers reports in Nature Nanotechnology a disordered nanomaterials system that was artificially evolved by optimizing the values of control voltages according to a genetic algorithm. Using interconnected metal nanoparticles, which act as nonlinear single-electron transistors, the researchers were able to exploit the system’s emergent network properties to create a universal, reconfigurable Boolean gate. The authors note that their system meets the requirements for a cellular neural network—universality, compactness, robustness and evolvability. Their approach works around the device-to-device variations that are becoming increasingly difficult to align as semiconductors approach the nanoscale, and which result in uncertainties in performance.Their system is a disordered nanoparticle network that can be reconfigured in situ into any two-input Boolean logic gate by tuning six static control voltages. It exploits the rich emergent behavior of up to 100 arbitrarily interconnected nanoparticles. For the experiment, the researchers used 20 nm gold nanoparticles interconnected with insulating molecules. These single-electron transistors express strongly nonlinear switching behavior, and the researchers looked for logic gates among the mutual interactions between them.The fastest method proved to be artificial evolution. They developed a genetic algorithm that followed the well-known rules of natural selection, considering each control voltage as a gene and the complete set of system voltages as a genome. The best-performing (i.e., “fittest”) genomes were preserved and improved via a composite cloning-breeding approach. The desirable traits of the initial, mostly low-performing genomes were passed selectively to subsequent generations. For each logic gate evolved, the genetic algorithm almost always converged to a viable genome within less than 200 generations. The researchers note that due to the slow input signals they used, the process took about an hour; optimizing the system set-up could result in faster evolution. “Using the artificial evolution procedure… we succeeded to realize fully configurable, robust Boolean logic in disordered nanoparticle networks at our base temperature of ~0.3 K. These results comprise the first experimental demonstration of exploiting disordered matter at the nanoscale for computational functionality,” the authors write.They note that the system meets the criteria for the physical realization of cellular neural network and that the same evolutionary approach with a more sophisticated electrode layout could yield many more computational tasks. “Our evolutionary approach works around device-to-device variations at the nanoscale and the accompanying uncertainties in performance, which is increasingly becoming a bottleneck for the miniaturization of conventional electronic circuits. The results, therefore, also need to be seen in the light of these exciting possibilities,” they write. © 2015 Citation: Researchers use disordered matter for computation, evolving breakthrough nanoparticle Boolean logic network (2015, September 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Working electronic circuits produced through artificial evolution 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. More information: “Evolution of a designless nanoparticle network into reconfigurable Boolean logic.” Nature Nanotechnology (2015) DOI: 10.1038/nnano.2015.207AbstractNatural computers exploit the emergent properties and massive parallelism of interconnected networks of locally active components. Evolution has resulted in systems that compute quickly and that use energy efficiently, utilizing whatever physical properties are exploitable. Man-made computers, on the other hand, are based on circuits of functional units that follow given design rules. Hence, potentially exploitable physical processes, such as capacitive crosstalk, to solve a problem are left out. Until now, designless nanoscale networks of inanimate matter that exhibit robust computational functionality had not been realized. Here we artificially evolve the electrical properties of a disordered nanomaterials system (by optimizing the values of control voltages using a genetic algorithm) to perform computational tasks reconfigurably. We exploit the rich behaviour that emerges from interconnected metal nanoparticles, which act as strongly nonlinear single-electron transistors, and find that this nanoscale architecture can be configured in situ into any Boolean logic gate. This universal, reconfigurable gate would require about ten transistors in a conventional circuit. Our system meets the criteria for the physical realization of (cellular) neural networks: universality (arbitrary Boolean functions), compactness, robustness and evolvability, which implies scalability to perform more advanced tasks. Our evolutionary approach works around device-to-device variations and the accompanying uncertainties in performance. Moreover, it bears a great potential for more energy-efficient computation, and for solving problems that are very hard to tackle in conventional architectures.center_img (—Natural computers, such as evolved brains and cellular automata, express sophisticated interconnected networks and exhibit massive parallelism. They also adapt to exploit local physical properties such as capacitative crosstalk between circuits. By contrast, synthetic computers channel activity according to established design rules and do not adapt to take advantage of their surroundings. Thus, researchers are interested in using matter itself for computation. Journal information: Nature Nanotechnology Schematic of the device layout and working principle. Credit: (c) 2015 Nature Nanotechnology (2015) doi:10.1038/nnano.2015.207 Explore furtherlast_img read more

We cant wait to hear what the future sounds like

What do you think of the current music scene in India. There’s a whole new buzz about our music. What is your opinion.To be honest we have no idea what is going on now in India music wise. It’s one of our major goals when we are there. Finding out what is hot and what is not. We love traditional and classic Indian music, and also love the Indian pop culture. But it has been a while since we were there…The young generation is trying to experiment. Is that a good  thing always? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Music is like fashion and design, a sign of the times, giving each time its own look or sound score. Always on the move, always taking steps forwards, sometimes looking back at older styles and reinventing them. There have been great new artistes lately, pushing the boundaries of music a little forward. Unfortunately. there has not been a style which has been revolutionary in the past eight years or so, like Charleston, jazz, rock and roll, hippie, disco, punk, new wave, house music, techno and electro have been in their era. It seems there are too few angry young people and lots of music is made to make as much money as possible, not to create or stir a revolution. But for sure this will change, it’s the nature of human beings, to change, sometimes slowly, sometimes fast. We can’t wait to hear what the future sounds like. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhat do you think sets you guys apart?There are not that many DJs who do music for the fashion industry. You have to love both music and fashion and know how both worlds work. The music industry is mostly afraid of fashion, mainly because they do not understand what it is all about, the fashion industry loves music though… We love both worlds and we love putting on a show. We are perfectionists and always looking for ways to do things different so the music you’ll hear at a show stands out and makes the clothes look good! You have been associated with a lot of different kinds of music. What keeps you going?There’s so much music, from ethnic to classical, from pop to experimental and underground. It’s like finding treasures all the time, and finding out how things can work with collections is like an experimental puzzle. You never know what a designer comes up with, there’s always the challenge to make it work out. We love it.Some inspirations and experiences which have enriched you.To be honest, it’s always the next show which is the most inspiring, the kick of finding out what to do and making it work. And, as we said, there’s so much music in the world, there’s always an artiste who we do not know, or a certain style which opens a complete new world for us. Lately, we have been inspired by new young artistes like Trippple Nippples from Japan and Grimes from the USA, but are also digging deep into the music made by French singer and composer Serge Gainsbourg and are discovering the works of minimal classical composer Otte.If you were making a debut, hypothetically, at this point of life what do you think as a newcomer you are likely to offer your audience?Guts and the power to create something fresh! If you had to do something all over again what would that be?If we listen to some of our really old mixes we would do them completely differently. In the beginning we were thinking of electronic dance music, while nowadays we are open to any style of music.Does India listen to anything other than Bollywood? Of course it does. The music from India has a great history, there’s beautiful classical and traditional music and there has to be new stuff and artistes which we do not know [yet]. We can’t wait for the workshop where we are hopefully going to find out much and much more. read more

Bollywood and poetry meet in the Capital

first_imgThe evening brought together acclaimed Bollywood poets at ICCR’s (Indian Council for Cultural Relations) poetical soiree: From Rahat Indori of Munnabhai MBBS fame to Padma Shri Nida Fazli who has Star screen award for Sur in his kitty besides his popular film songs in Razia Sultan and Sarfarosh. MP Karan Singh lit up the lamps as the chief guest for the occasion. He began the evening with a tribute to the power of goddess and woman to mark the onset of Navratras.The auditorium reverberated with fervent applause and praise unequivocally, by an audience enraptured with the line up of poets and poetesses. It concluded with a promise of continuing the tradition of holding Kavi Sammelan atleast once a year by ICCR.last_img

Up in the air

first_imgThe show titled Bhumi brings together  yoga, spirituality and organic relationship with the Earth to spread uplifting, hopeful messages to inspire the audience.Bhumi is the brainchild of Goura Prema, India’s Got Talent Finalist  and Director of Natya Nectar. Presented by the Natya Nectar International Dance Company, Bhumi is rooted in the earth, but supported by four pillars that will provide a strong base to hold up this monumental performance.What Bhumi stands for the aesthetic rendering of the relationship between Mother Earth and her inhabitants. It will explore environmental issues, in India, that lead to diseases, and health concerns, which impact our future. But more importantly, it will highlight the solutions. The four supporting mediums will interlace a narrative of holistic life. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Prema started her dance academy Natya Nectar Dance Company in 2008 in New Delhi. Her vision is to make a deep impact on audiences around the world, with the great stories of Mahabharat, Ramayana and Bhagavad-gita.  Her passion for art forms has been extended to aerial silks and acro yoga as well with equal amount of poise. She has been practicing Aerial Silks for over 6 years and has received extensive training in San Francisco and LA.When: 5 November, 7:30 onwardsWhere: Kamani Auditoriumlast_img read more

A ray of hope

first_imgIndia has the largest population of vulnerable and street children in the world. 11 million of these kids are living or working on the brutal streets, out of education, and are not recognized officially in any way. To help this less fortunate kids find their way, PayUMoney and MasterCard present a rare opportunity Colour My Life to the previleged children. This initiative allows fortunate and school going children to help the less fortunate and underprivileged ones. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Through the campaign, we have the chance to instill great values in the children by encouraging them to visualize, empathize and portray the rough life of street children. Thus invoking a sense of compassion and responsibility of the privileged towards the underprivileged. We have an opportunity to raise awareness amongst the privileged class that, an extremely vulnerable group of children need our attention and help in providing them with a safe educated, healthy and sound environment.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixEvery street child should not only be made aware of their  right to education but also have the facility to exercise this right.The chidren have a chance to contribute towards this cause through their simple artwork. Each participating student will be required to pay a small amount of Rs.10. This sum will be shared with India Vision Foundation, an NGO that works towards improving the lives of street children.4500 students from 150 schools registered in the campaign where 1200+ art work were uploaded. Out of the total 1200+ entries so far, top 50 will be selected through an online voting mechanism and Jury’s discretion. The  top 50 entries will be exhibited today . Out of these 50 arts, top 6 winners will be selected and felicitated by  Kiran Bedi. The final top 6 entries will win cash prize worth Rs 11,000 each. The top 50 entries will be sold through an online and offline auction and the money raised through it will be handed over to India Vision Foundation.When: 26 April Where: Epicentre, GurgaonTiming: 2.30-7 pmlast_img read more

Walking back in to history

first_imgThe walk will trace the origin of Sufism, it’s advent in India, the several orders of Sufism and the characteristic differences as well as the Pir and Murid (master and disciple) relationship.  The walk will be covering the following monuments and ruins in the same sequence – Hauze-e-Samsi (water tank), Jahaz Mahal (water boat palace from 15th century), Jharna (water fall from 18th century), Khawaja Syed Ghaznavi’s darga (a sufi saint from the Qadri order), Kala Mahal (an old khanaqha which is now a Madarassa), Zafar Mahal (Bahadhur Shah Zafar’s summer palace) and Khawaja Qutubuddin Bakhtiyar. The walk will end with a theatre performance of Bahadur Shah Zafar II inside the Zafar Mahal.  The booking will be closed after 20 participants, so sign up quick!When: 14 September Meeting Point: Chattarpur Metro Station Timing:  9.30 am to 12.00 pm Charges: Rs 1000/person, a group book of 3 or more: Rs 900/personlast_img read more

Centre bats for single tribunal to settle interstate water woes

first_imgKolkata: The Centre is in favour of setting up a single tribunal to settle inter-state water disputes, to ensure that the issues get resolved faster.Arjun Ram Meghwal, Union Minister of State for Water Resources, River Development and Ganga Rejuvenation, said: “The Centre feels that instead of several tribunals in states, a single tribunal should come up and the decision of the single tribunal has to be mandatory. It will help in fast settlement of disputes.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMeghwal was speaking at a Press conference after the regional conference of Eastern States on Water Resources in Kolkata on Monday. This is the second regional conference in the country to settle inter-state water disputes, after the one that was held in Hyderabad for 6 South Indian states. Besides the top brass of the Ministry of Water Resources and other related Central government organisations, ministers and senior officials of Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand, Chattisgarh and Odisha were also present in the meeting. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”After the directions of the Supreme Court over the setting up of the Cauvery Management Board and Cauvery Basin, the situation is such that disputes of the states over water sharing have to be resolved and it has to take place faster. The Centre feels that instead of separate tribunals in different states, a single tribunal should come up, the decision of which has to be mandatory. It will help in fast settlement of disputes,” Meghwal said, adding that fast settlement of issues will be helpful for both people and better governance. He said that the eastern part of the country is weaker in terms of irrigation facility and it has also been discussed in Monday’s meeting.last_img read more

Mrinal Sen completes 96

first_imgKolkata: Retired Justice Chittotosh Mookerjee, chairman of Calcutta Cultural Centre along with some of its members went to the flat of Mrinal Sen on Sunday on the eve of his 96th birthday and wished him good health. Sen turned 96 on Monday. Mookerjee presented him a silver plaque, some books and a uttariya. Sen stays alone at the flat after the demise of wife Gita. Their only son Kunal stays in Chicago and comes to see his father frequently. Pallav Mitra, secretary of the organization said they had felicitated Jolly Mohan Kaul who is now 98. Kaul a leftist thinker also stays alone after the death of Manikuntala Sen. The organization proposes to felicitate folk singer Amar Pal. Mitra said the organisation remembers the contribution of elderly people and has decided to honour them.last_img

Nothing but a cheap political gimmick Dr Santanu Sen on Ayushman Bharat

first_imgKolkata: Ayushman Bharat, Narendra Modi government’s ambitious healthcare scheme for the poor, is nothing short of a cheap political gimmick and a never implementable policy in reality, feels Rajya Sabha MP Dr Santanu Sen.Dr Sen who is also the state secretary of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) has reacted sharply to the concept of Ayushman Bharat which he believes is “a sugar-coated dispensation in the form of a placebo”.He added: “At a time when the nationwide public mandate is sharply tilting against the Centre as it is evident from the results of by-elections in both the Parliamentary and Assembly constituencies across the state recently, the Modi government is playing to the gallery for alluring poor people. It is just a show and a façade which would never realistically extend any meaningful benefits to the poor, needy and the marginalized sections of society.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsDr Sen, who has a huge experience of working extensively in the health sector in the state not only as a doctor but also as a public representative, issued a clarion call to the people to stand against the Centre’s move to implement its flagship health initiative. IMA Bengal also strongly opposed the proposal for various reasons and will continue to build public opinion in this regard.The proposed healthcare scheme seems to be impracticable because it needs a budgetary allocation of nearly Rs 1.25 lakh crore but in reality what has been allocated by the Centre is around Rs 12,500 crore which is totally a cosmetic depiction. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”A realistic calculation out of the present allocation would bring that what has been proposed by the Centre for the scheme entails a per capita allocation of Rs 200 per year, which is nothing short of an unpardonable mockery of public welfare. The entire proposed dispensation is nothing but rubbing salt on the inflicted wounds of the poor people,” Dr Sen maintained. It has been proposed in the scheme that only the NABH accredited hospitals would be empanelled. As a result, most of the small and medium hospitals would remain outside the ambit of the project. In India, more than 60 percent of the healthcare services are being provided by small and medium hospitals. This deliberate and intentional omission is a part of the ploy to cater to the cause of corporate hospitals exclusively catering to the rich, he added. “In the proposed scheme, the Centre has kept private insurance companies as mandatory operators both at Central and state levels, despite knowing that the average profit margin of an insurance company is nearly 32 percent. It is clear that the Centre is trying to make the insurance companies rich at the cost of common tax payers’ money. There is no clear directives regarding the bill settlement as well,” Dr Sen pointed out.”Who the Centre had consulted with before coming up with the concept? The largest medical organisation of the world, IMA was not taken into confidence before the launch of the said scheme. Though, health falls under the Concurrent list, various state governments must be consulted before formulating any policy. It is an attack on the Federal structure of the country,” Dr Sen maintained.last_img read more

Powerful people rely more on gut feelings for decisions

first_imgPeople who have social power tend to rely a lot on their internal body cues when taking important decisions, suggests new research. “Our research suggests that the powerful more strongly rely on gut feelings and internal cues when they make judgments about what they like, what is true, and what they should do,” said lead researcher Karl-Andrew Woltin from Royal Holloway, University of London. The research looked at how the easiness of high power individuals’ motor actions impacted their judgments. To illustrate, in the experiments people wrote about situations in which they had power over someone else or in which someone else had power over them. “Our findings suggest that mechanisms need to be put into place that make sure power holders do not favour internal cues over other information available to them when they make important decisions,” Woltin noted. The study was published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General.last_img read more

Special trains to evacuate people stranded in Kerala

first_imgKolkata: The South Eastern Railway will run two special trains from Ernakulam in flood-ravaged Kerala to Santragachi/Howrah to evacuate stranded people this evening, an SER spokesman said. On a request from the West Bengal government, SER will run the two trains, which will commence journey from Ernakulam at 6.00 pm and 9.00 pm today, a communique from the state Transport department said. The railway will also run a special train to Ernakulam from Santragachi, which will leave here at 5.15 pm on Wednesday, the SER spokesman said. Several tourists and many other people on work from West Bengal have been stranded owing to the floods in the southern state, where transport services have been severely affected.last_img

Alipore zoo gets a baby kangaroo

first_imgKolkata: In October 2017, when four kangaroos were introduced at the Alipore Zoological Gardens from Kanazawa Zoo of Japan, officials at the Alipore facility had not thought that the marsupials would start breeding in less than a year.A baby kangaroo emerged from its mother’s pouch on Saturday and its appearance prompted the authorities to announce that the number of eastern grey kangaroos in the zoo had now increased to five.”We are yet to ascertain whether the baby is male or female. We are very happy that baby came out of the pouch and tried to eat some grass,” Asis Kumar Samanta, director of Alipore Zoological Garden said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeBetween 2015 and 2017 for almost two years, there were no kangaroos at the zoological garden. Four red kangaroos had been brought earlier from the Czech Republic but none of them survived. “Punca, the mother, is doing well. We think the baby can adapt to the environment,” Samanta said. Over the past few years, the zoo has witnessed births of zebras, giraffes and marsh crocodiles.An Asiatic lion was also born a few days ago but authorities are keeping a watch and have not brought it into public view yet.last_img read more

Delectable Chinese Cuisine

first_imgSet in an environment of casual sophistication and easy plenitude, The China Kitchen offers a traditional and authentic Chinese dining experience. Sharing the premises of Hyatt Regency, the restaurant has launched its new menu in August 2016.Last changed in 2014, the new mouth-watering menu comprises of dumpling selection such as glutinous rice chicken roll, spinach mushroom dumpling etc and an array of meat and poultry dishes such as braised spicy pork, twice cooked crispy duck with five spices with Beijing sesame pancake etc. The new menu aims to bring novel things with freshness and focuses on variety by offering dishes from mapo tofu puff, crispy crab claws to hot & sour truffle mushroom soup.Some of the signature dishes the new menu will serve are chilly jumbo crabs served with freshly baked baguette, twice cooked crispy lamb shank and the legendary signature peking duck. It is not just the food; there have been new additions to the desserts as well. The cognac chocolate cigar and chinese egg tarts are definitely not to miss out on.As Executive Chef at Park Hyatt Beijing, Aw Yong Khing Leong embarked upon his amazing journey with Hyatt International Hotels in Singapore, where he assumed office as Executive Sous Chef, overseeing hotel kitchen operations including the renowned six-star restaurant, Nutmegs. In recent years, Chef Aw Yong has illustrated experience, and gathered much knowledge on Chinese cuisines from various regions through opening projects. Since 2007, Chef Aw Yong actively involved in the opening of China’s first Park Hyatt hotel and is the culinary expert to formulate the cuisines and positioning of all the restaurants in the hotel.Aside from his broad culinary experience in different countries, Aw Yong won his reputation through his achievements in many global events such as Bocuse d’Or Cooking Competition in Lyon, France (Top in Asia) and Sapporo International Culinary Art Contest in Japan. As Captain of the Singapore National Culinary Team, Aw Yong led his team to the 3rd Runner-up position at The Culinary Olympics / IKA Hago in Frankfurt, Germany; 10th Annual Food and Hotel Asia Salon Culinaire, 3rd Salon Culinaire Mondial in Basle, Switzerland; American Culinary Classic in Chicago, USA and Would Culinary Art Festival in Vancouver, Canada, to name just a few.last_img read more

Three girls saved from being trafficked two arrested

first_imgDarjeeling: Timely intervention and coordination between various NGOs saved three minors from getting trafficked to Bihar.The rescue brings to light the fact that girls from this region are being lured to Bihar with assurances of handsome salaries to work as dancers in orchestras and then are trafficked. A Tiny Hands (NGO) team on a routine watch noticed two young girls with a woman standing at the ticket counter of the Bihar bus stand near Siliguri Railway Junction. “It aroused our suspicion as the girls had features showing that they were from the Hills whereas the woman looked like a person from the plains,” stated Binoy Tamang, Coordinator, Tiny Hands, Siliguri. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe team intervened and started asking questions. They found out that there was another girl inside a Bihar-bound bus. The 17-year-old girl was also rescued from the bus. The two girls (aged 14 and 17 years) along with the third girl revealed that they were being taken to work as orchestra dancers to Motihari, East Champaran, Bihar. The girls were lured with assurances of a very good salary along with free food and lodging facilities. An FIR has been registered. One Papiya Manna (28) hailing from North 24-Parganas along with one 27-year-old Santosh Kumar Sahani from Majheria, East Champaran, Bihar, were arrested in connection with this case. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThey were produced before a Siliguri court on Thursday. Following the rescue, the three victims aided by World Vision and Childline have been sent to a Home. In another case, following an awareness programme by She Says, a Mumbai based NGO in a Hill school, some students confided that they were sexually abused by one 71-year-old Man Bahadur Subba, alias Ratey Bajey, who is a local shaman. An FIR was lodged and Subba was arrested. In another case, a woman lodged an FIR against her husband for allegedly sexually torturing her 14-year-old daughter. The victim revealed to her mother that her step-father Wangdi Tamang had tortured her in the wee hours of November 10. Tamang was absconding after the incident was reported. He was later arrested and produced before Darjeeling court on November 21.last_img read more

Ways to lose post pregnancy weight

first_imgIt is very important to take care of your body after delivering a baby as the body becomes very weak internally and externally because of hormonal changes in the young mother. Keep yourself hydrated and consume adequate calories, says an expert.Celebrity fitness trainer Yogesh Bhateja has shared some key elements that will help one in speedy recovery and getting back in shape in a healthier way. 1. Most important thing which we tend to ignore is keeping hydrated. The new mother should keep herself hydrated all the time.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf2. Every morning it’s essential to do breathing exercise. It calms the nervous system and delivers the essential oxygen to your healing tissues. 3. Consume adequate calories: Post-natal period is the time when your body has gone through a lot of stress and gets weaker. Hormonal changes happens…Eat adequate amount of calories to recover, especially initial six weeks which are very important.4. Eat a diet rich in proteins, essential fatty acids and anti-oxidants. Some of them can be: Protein sources: Green vegetables, chicken, fish, eggs, milk products and beans. Good Fatty acids: Avocado, walnuts, extra virgin olive oil, cheese, chia seeds and whole eggs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive5. Anti-oxidants: Green tea, berries, dark chocolate, kidney beans and artichokes.6. Elements like sugar, smoking, alcohol, steroids, stress, poor sleep and crash diets should be avoided since they are going to effect in the mother’s healing process and will hinder the process of returning to optimal health.7. Short but high intensity interval training targeting major muscles, so that the larger amount of intramuscular energy stores can be used.last_img read more

Govt working on war footing to ensure uninterrupted power supply during Mela

first_imgSagar Island: In order to ensure uninterrupted power supply during the Gangasagar Mela, the state Power department has taken up several measures to increase the capacity of the substation at Rudranagar, near here, in South 24-Parganas district. The Power department has been working hard to increase the capacity of the 33/11 kV substation, a senior official of the department said. “We are working on war footing to increase the capacity of the substation at Rudranagar. This is being done for the last few months to ensure uninterrupted power supply to the Gangasagar Mela scheduled to be held in January,” the official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt has been decided to ensure uninterrupted power supply to 54 points within the Mela premises and surrounding areas, he added. In the previous years, 40 points in and around the Mela used to get uninterrupted power supply, the official said. Work related to laying of underground cables between Kachuberia and Rudranagar have been undergoing to ensure automated power supply through the diesel generated (DG) system in case of any problem related to power supply in any area, he added. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn fact, the state administration made elaborate arrangements to ensure the security of the extra high-voltage (EHV) substation in Kakdwip, which has been kept on stand-by. The Power department had nearly doubled the power supply from 8.9 million units per day to 16 million units per day, during the Gangasagar Mela last year. An additional 800 KW of power, excluding 250 KW generated by the State Electricity Board at the Mela ground, 150 KW power at Chemaguri and 170 KW power at Kachuberia, would be generated as well, the official said. The official also said that proper arrangements have been made to provide adequate power supply to the pilgrims as well, when they camp near the Maidan area in Kolkata for a few days, before beginning the last leg of their journey to Gangasagar. “Arrangements have been made to ensure that the pilgrims do not face any problems during their stay at the ground before going to Gangasagar and while going back to their respective destinations,” he said.last_img read more