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Standardized battery wants to appeal to all gadgets

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first_img Citation: Standardized battery wants to appeal to all gadgets (2008, February 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-02-standardized-battery-appeal-gadgets.html The Green Cell concept would provide a standard battery for every cell phone and personal electronic device. Organic solar cells that last 10 years in space That’s the idea from Theo Richardson, Charles Brill, and Alex Williams of Rich, Brilliant, Willing. Their standardized battery concept, called the Green Cell, won third place at the recent Greener Gadgets Competition. Most importantly, the Green Cell isn´t made from toxic chemicals and could be partially recycled to reduce landfill waste. The designers say that the battery could either be recharged from home or at public charge stations. When the batteries eventually wear out, they could be exchanged for a fresh battery at a local vending machine that doubles as a recycling center. Every time you buy a new gadget or upgrade your cell phone, you wouldn’t have to toss out your old charger and battery, but could simply reuse them with your new device. Currently, manufacturers use different batteries and chargers for just about every make and model of phone and personal electronic device. Manufacturers may not be overly excited about configuring every gadget to the size and voltage of the standardized Green Cell. But, the Green Cell designers say that the benefits could help everyone.”Agreeing to adopt a handful of constraints doesn’t hurt one’s marketing campaign; rather, it’s a new opportunity for a new business model,” they explain. “It´s a more responsible approach, and we’ll all live a little more happily ever after.”Rich, Brilliant, Willing suggested another interesting idea at the Greener Gadgets Competition: “nutrition” labels for gadgets. The standardized label would disclose all the material contents of the gadget, including the amounts of heavy metals used. They hope that the label would provide the public with the knowledge to make greener purchases and encourage manufacturers to use healthier manufacturing processes and materials.More information: Rich, Brilliant, Willingvia: Inhabitat All plug-in electronics use the same power cord, and all battery-operated devices use one of a few standard sizes. Even computer accessories mostly all have USB capabilities. So why not standardize rechargeable batteries for all cell phones and other mobile gadgets? 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.last_img read more

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Doomsday shelter currently selling bunker space w Video

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first_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — California-based company Vivos is providing you and about 4,000 other people the chance to survive the end of the world. The company plans to build a network of 20 shelters near most major cities of the US. Each 20,000-square-foot shelter, which can hold up to 200 people, would be located about five stories underground with walls two to three feet thick. The shelters would be stocked with a year’s supply of “gourmet foods,” as well as medical and dental centers and – as seen in the video below – flat-screen TVs. Each shelter costs about $10 million to build, and Vivos is selling space in the price range of about $50,000 per person. So far, about 1,000 applications have been received for space in the shelters. Once a certain number of applications have been received and candidates selected for a shelter location, Vivos will begin construction of the shelter. When completed, ownership will be turned over to the Vivos Owners’ Association, where the owners would be responsible for security and maintenance, contributing their own skills and expertise to ensure the long-term survival of the shelter. Vivos hopes to complete construction and commissioning of the nationwide network by December 21, 2012 (the end of the Mayan calendar, which is also a countdown clock on Vivos’ website). Explore further Cincy homeless shelter hit with TB A tour of Vivos’ underground shelter network. As Vivos founder Robert Vicino explains, the shelters can withstand almost any global disaster that you might think of. Nuclear attacks, bio terrorism, chemical warfare, super volcano eruptions, asteroids, solar flares, tsunamis, earthquakes, pole shifts, the return of Planet X, social and political anarchy – all have the potential to wipe out humanity but could be survived by living in a Vivos shelter. In addition, Vivos notes that the end of the world has been predicted throughout history by such influential forces as the Mayans, Nostradamus, and the Bible. From such omens arises Vivos’ motto: “You can’t predict, but you can prepare.”In addition to sparing the lives of 200 people, each shelter will also become a DNA depository, according to Vivos. Universities are invited to submit DNA samples of every living thing on Earth, along with seeds, which will be stored in refrigerated vaults. As Vivos’ website explains, “This will assure the greatest chance of future restoration of the world as we know it, regardless of the catastrophe. Vivos may prove to be the next ‘Genesis’ for Earth and a new beginning for Life.” The vaults will also contain off-road vehicles and hunting and fishing equipment for when returning to the surface.Vivos, which is a privately funded venture with no religious affiliations, adds one more remark that might concern people: the world’s governments are already building underground shelters for the elite, leaving the rest of us to fend for ourselves.“As seen in most disasters, even in America, the government may not be there for you, and cannot accommodate, or provide for everyone,” Vivos states on its website. “This is especially true with any widespread event, as witnessed with Katrina, or what may be even more catastrophic in the coming years. Vivos is your opportunity to have a shelter solution that is assured to be there waiting for you, even on short notice.” More information: 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. Citation: Doomsday shelter currently selling bunker space (w/ Video) (2010, April 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-04-doomsday-bunker-space-video.html One of Vivos’ shelters can support 200 people for one year in case of an apocalypse. This illustration shows one level of a shelter. Credit: Vivos. — www.terravivos.comvia: NPR blogslast_img read more

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Researchers find highresolution retina cells in mice only activate when birds fly

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first_img(Phys.org) — In the eye, the retina is the light sensitive tissue that lines its inner surface; packed with ganglion neurons, its job is to convert incoming information to something that the brain can understand. In some animals, such as people, cats and the macaque, the density of neurons in certain areas of the retina accounts for the highest resolution images sent to the brain. But some animals apparently reserve such areas for other jobs. Mice for example, according to new research by a team from Harvard, only use their high resolution areas when under threat from above. As they describe in their paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the team notes that high density neural areas in the retinas of mice are only activated when shadows from birds flying overhead are detected. Citation: Researchers find high-resolution retina cells in mice only activate when birds fly over (2012, August 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-high-resolution-retina-cells-mice-birds.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Immune cells help heal eye injury in mice More information: PNAS August 13, 2012 doi: 10.1073/pnas.1211547109 Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2012 Phys.Org Explore further In people, the highly dense parts of the retina are used virtually every waking moment. When focusing on something, the neural network of ganglion cells is busy converting light to images that are sent to the brain via the optic nerve. The only time this process quiets is when people are either lost in thought, or asleep. With mice, according to this new research, things are very different.To find out how mice use their high-resolution ganglion, the team attached a tiny camera to a rat volunteer and then watched to see what sorts of things it focused on. Next, they played the video back directly onto the retinas of several test mice while simultaneously monitoring neural cell activity. In so doing, they found that the high-resolution cells sat mostly quiet, doing nothing.As it turned out, the cells weren’t actually doing nothing, they were waiting.When silhouettes of birds were projected overhead, the waiting ended as the ganglia sprang into action, interpreting every movement. This shows, the researchers say, that the high-resolution neuron groups in mice retinas serve not as interpreters of everyday life, but as highly specific predator detectors. More specifically they found the nerves reacted when the birds were in their center of view, meaning close and ready to snatch them up. Sadly, they also found that the nerves quit firing once the birds came close enough, indicating the mice were doomed.After testing several scenarios, the team found that the retina cells in the mice tended to fire when detecting virtually any object that appeared against a blank backdrop, which was also moving, such as is the case of a bird flying in the sky. Thus it appears, for mice, it’s better to focus sharply only when predators from the sky are near, so as to best prepare for a quick emergency plan.last_img read more

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Shape shifting liquid metal able to propel itself through liquids w video

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first_img(Phys.org)—A team of researchers at Tsinghua University in China has, according to a report in Newscientist, found a way to mimic, if only in a small way, the shape shifting robot in the Terminator movies. The team has published their findings in the journal Advanced Materials. 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. PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Shape shifting liquid metal able to propel itself through liquids (w/ video) (2015, March 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-03-shifting-liquid-metal-propel-liquids.html PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Researchers develop a way to cause static self-assembly using magnets and ferrofluids © 2015 Phys.org Play Credit: Advanced Materials, Article first published online: 3 MAR 2015. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201405438 More information: Self-Fueled Biomimetic Liquid Metal Mollusk, Advanced Materials, Article first published online: 3 MAR 2015. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201405438AbstractA liquid metal motor that can “eat” aluminum food and then move spontaneously and swiftly in various solution configurations and structured channels for more than 1 h is discovered. Such biomimetic mollusk is highly shape self-adaptive by closely conforming to the geometrical space it voyages in. The first ever self-fueled pump is illustrated as one of its typical practical utilizations.via Newscientist PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Explore further Play Credit: Advanced Materials, Article first published online: 3 MAR 2015. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201405438 Journal information: Advanced Materials As part of an effort to better understand the properties of liquid metals, the researchers were working with gallium—after adding a little bit of indium and tin they discovered that if a bit of aluminum was affixed to a single drop of the alloy (to serve as fuel) and the result was dropped into a container of sodium hydroxide (or even salt water) the drop would propel itself around the container for approximately one hour. In subsequent tests they found that if the container was shaped with channels, the drop could be made to follow a pre-designated path. What’s more, they noted that if the drop encountered a part of the channel that was slimmer than it was, it could squeeze through.Surprised by the movement of the drop, the researchers took a closer look—analysis revealed that when the drop was placed in the solution, a charge imbalance occurred between the front and back of the drop, causing a pressure differential. They also found that as the aluminum reacted with the saltwater, tiny bubbles were formed which also served to push the drop forward (so long as the aluminum bit was on the back end.)The experiments by the team build on prior work by them and others (as part of an effort to make “soft” robots) that showed that with some liquid metals, an electric charge can cause both an expansion and change of shape to a drop. The researchers note that if both techniques were used, the result could be drops that not only move themselves through liquids, but change shape according to predetermined needs. They suggest their findings could conceivably pave the way for drops that are used to deliver materials via pipes or even through blood vessels. Play Credit: Advanced Materials, Article first published online: 3 MAR 2015. DOI: 10.1002/adma.201405438 Interestingly, the researchers also noted that if the drop were forced to remain in place in the solution it would cause the liquid around it to move, in essence serving as a pump.last_img read more

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Study results suggest slower seismic waves due to quakes may signal weak

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first_img Explore further Citation: Study results suggest slower seismic waves due to quakes may signal weak spots in crust (2016, January 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-results-slower-seismic-due-quakes.html Figuring out how to predict when and where major earth quakes may strike is an ongoing process—scientists have learned a lot, but they still cannot say with any degree of accuracy when a major quake might strike a given area. In this new effort, the research pair believes they have uncovered another geological clue that might help predict future quakes.Recognizing that earthquakes generate powerful seismic waves that travel through underground rock, the researchers wondered if it might be possible to figure out if and where such seismic waves cause underground damage that could cause another area to be more susceptible to a quake. They focused their attention on Nicoya Peninsula, which is located on the Pacifica coast of Costa Rica, for two reasons. The first was because the area experienced a major earthquake just three years ago; the other was because seismic wave speed tests had been conducted in the area before the quake struck. They ran similar speed tests after the quake to see if there might be any difference—if so, this would suggest that damage had occurred to the rock, causing breaks, which would slow the speed of seismic waves passing through. And if that were the case, it would suggest that the rock in that location was weaker than it had been, and thus the area would be more likely to experience a quake of its own.In conducting seismic tests in the area, the research pair found places where the waves traveled approximately 0.6 percent slower after the big quake, than they had before it occurred. Their finding also added credence to a theory that suggests that fluids underground can make rock more susceptible to fracturing when a nearby earthquake occurs. Prior research had shown that there was highly pressurized fluid under the peninsula, which the new researchers propose, contributed to fracturing and slowed seismic wave speed. The researchers suggest this means that an earthquake is likely to happen sooner in those areas than it would have prior to the impact of the 2012 earthquake. 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. Journal information: Science Advances More information: E. J. Chaves et al. Monitoring transient changes within overpressured regions of subduction zones using ambient seismic noise, Science Advances (2016). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1501289AbstractIn subduction zones, elevated pore fluid pressure, generally linked to metamorphic dehydration reactions, has a profound influence on the mechanical behavior of the plate interface and forearc crust through its control on effective stress. We use seismic noise–based monitoring to characterize seismic velocity variations following the 2012 Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica earthquake [Mw (moment magnitude) 7.6] that we attribute to the presence of pressurized pore fluids. Our study reveals a strong velocity reduction (~0.6%) in a region where previous work identified high forearc pore fluid pressure. The depth of this velocity reduction is constrained to be below 5 km and therefore not the result of near-surface damage due to strong ground motions; rather, we posit that it is caused by fracturing of the fluid-pressurized weakened crust due to dynamic stresses. Although pressurized fluids have been implicated in causing coseismic velocity reductions beneath the Japanese volcanic arc, this is the first report of a similar phenomenon in a subduction zone setting. It demonstrates the potential to identify pressurized fluids in subduction zones using temporal variations of seismic velocity inferred from ambient seismic noise correlations.center_img (Phys.org)—A pair or researchers, both with the University of California, Santa Cruz has found via field study that seismic waves passing through rock can be slowed down due to cracking by an earthquake. In their paper published in the journal Science Advances, Esteban Chaves and Susan Schwartz suggest that their findings may indicate that it is possible to identify weakened places in the crust following earthquakes that may make other places more vulnerable to a future quake. © 2016 Phys.org Researchers find cascading elastic perturbation likely contributed to small earthquakes in Japan Seismogram being recorded by a seismograph at the Weston Observatory in Massachusetts, USA. Credit: Wikipedialast_img read more

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Mayonnaise effect explains breakdown of 1929 viscosity equation

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first_img Journal information: Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters Mayonnaise is a staple of almost every household, yet the reason why it’s so thick and viscous is a long-standing unsolved problem in physical chemistry: why does adding egg yolk to a runny mixture of oil and water increase the viscosity a thousand-fold? And, more generally, why does the viscosity of all solutions exhibit an unpredictably large increase in viscosity when a large amount of solute or surfactant (such as egg yolk) is added? © 2018 Phys.org More information: Klaas Wynne. “The Mayonnaise Effect.” The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters. DOI: 10.1021/acs.jpclett.7b03207 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. Explore furthercenter_img Citation: ‘Mayonnaise effect’ explains breakdown of 1929 viscosity equation (2018, January 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-mayonnaise-effect-breakdown-viscosity-equation.html The 1929 Jones-Dole equation, which accurately predicts viscosity changes in solutions at lower concentrations, breaks down at higher concentrations (above 1 Molar) like those present in syrup and mayonnaise. So far, the rapid increase in viscosity at high concentrations has not been explained by either a mathematical expression or a microscopic physical theory.Now in a new study, Klaas Wynne, a professor of chemical physics at the University of Glasgow, has proposed what he calls the “mayonnaise effect” to explain the dramatic increase in viscosity that occurs not just in mayonnaise, but in all highly concentrated solutions. His results are published in a recent issue of The Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters.”The ‘mayonnaise effect’ is a lovely simple little idea that has much wider applicability: in any case in which a liquid is structured in some way, the viscosity will increase nonlinearly due to the presence of a virtual jamming transition at a very high concentration,” Wynne told Phys.org. “Therefore, the mayonnaise effect also applies to the intrinsic structuring in room-temperature ionic liquids, in deep eutectic solvents, concentration fluctuations near critical points, and of course liquid mixtures including mayonnaise. The mayonnaise effect applies to all solutions and liquid mixtures, and is therefore very widely applicable.” In his paper, Wynne explains how the jamming transition occurs. When a solute containing ions is added to a solution, the liquid molecules (for example, water) form clusters around the ions. At a critical concentration, the motion of the ion/liquid clusters freezes or jams. As Wynne explains, the approach of this jamming transition marks the changeover from the regime described by the Jones-Dole equation to a regime in which viscosity increases much more rapidly. The mayonnaise effect, then, is an example of a colligative property, meaning it depends primarily on the concentration of the solute rather than on the solute’s chemical or physical properties.To mathematically describe the dependence of viscosity on concentration, Wynne has proposed modifications to the Jones-Dole equation, motivated by the Vogel-Fulcher-Tammann equation that describes the viscosity of supercooled liquids and glasses as they approach the critical glass transition temperature. Wynne showed that the new modified equation provides a good fit for much of the previously published viscosity data, other than a few expected outliers. The results reveal a connection between glass formation and mayonnaise formation, as in both cases viscosity depends on concentration in a similar fashion.In the future, Wynne plans to further investigate the implications of the mayonnaise effect.”I’m currently hugely interested in the physical manipulation of phase transitions such as demixing of liquids and nucleation of crystals in which the mayonnaise effect plays an important role,” Wynne said. In the mayonnaise effect, a jamming transition occurs when a large amount of solute is added to a solution. At a critical solute concentration, the motion of the ion/liquid clusters freezes or jams, which causes the viscosity to dramatically increase. Credit: Wynne. ©2017 American Chemical Society Unusual thermal convection in a well-mixed fluidlast_img read more

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Study of prepublication disclosure shows some do and some dont

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first_imgA quartet of researchers affiliated with Harvard University, the University of Passau in Germany and the University of Missouri, has found that a majority of researchers disclose details about their research prior to publication. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the researchers describe what their survey of a large number of scientists revealed. Explore further More information: Prepublication disclosure of scientific results: Norms, competition, and commercial orientation, Science Advances  16 May 2018: Vol. 4, no. 5, eaar2133, DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.aar2133AbstractOn the basis of a survey of 7103 active faculty researchers in nine fields, we examine the extent to which scientists disclose prepublication results, and when they do, why? Except in two fields, more scientists disclose results before publication than not, but there is significant variation in their reasons to disclose, in the frequency of such disclosure, and in withholding crucial results when making public presentations. They disclose results for feedback and credit and to attract collaborators. Particularly in formulaic fields, scientists disclose to attract new researchers to the field independent of collaboration and to deter others from working on their exact problem. A probability model shows that 70% of field variation in disclosure is related to differences in respondent beliefs about norms, competition, and commercialization. Our results suggest new research directions—for example, do the problems addressed or the methods of scientific production themselves shape norms and competition? Are the levels we observe optimal or simply path-dependent? What is the interplay of norms, competition, and commercialization in disclosure and the progress of science?Press release The decision to reveal important details about work before publication, the researchers found, involves a lot of factors—likely more than could be summed up in a single paper. But, they further note, it can be categorized. They came to this conclusion by surveying 7103 faculty researchers located in the U.S., Switzerland and Germany, spanning nine fields.The researchers found that approximately 67.2 percent of researchers had disclosed details of their work prior to publication. They also found that they could group them into three main categories: norms, level of competitiveness and commercialization possibilities. The first category defies reason—people reveal details of their work before publishing because others before them have done so and it has become the norm. The other two categories are quite logical in contrast. A scientist is not going to reveal details about his or her work if they fear being scooped, or if a patent is at stake.The most common reason scientists cited for sharing their work before publication was a desire for feedback. Also, the researchers found that mathematicians and social scientists are more likely to share before publishing on average. Engineers, computer scientists and those working in medical schools, on the other hand, were less likely to share. They also found a tendency among those working on formulaic problems to share their work in hopes of drawing attention to something similar to what they were working on.Still unclear, the researchers acknowledge, is the issue of impact, or more specifically, whether it really matters to science. Would we be getting better or worse results if those who do not share started doing so, or vice-versa? They suggest the answer might be tied to the peer review process, which is currently the norm in the publishing world. Is it possible that scientists get better feedback from visitors to preprint sites than they do from colleagues affiliated with major journals? The answer is still unknown. Panel backs sharing studies of lab-made bird flu © 2018 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Science Advances A study from a research team from the Georgia Tech found that the vast majority of scientists disclose key details about their work informally to peers and potential collaborators ahead of publishing. Credit: Georgia Tech Citation: Study of prepublication disclosure shows some do and some don’t (2018, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-prepublication-disclosure-dont.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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Bisexuality is no crime but it might affect your sex life in

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first_imgI’m living in a hostel. I have got physically involved with my room mate. I’m not gay but I find him attractive. What should I do!Name withheld, New DelhiYou could be bisexual. And if you feel uneasy about that, you really have to sit back and understand your sexual preference. Nobody can do that for you! In the long run, you need clarity about your own self! Bisexuality is no crime but this might affect your sex life in the future. Please take all necessary precautions and don’t have unprotected sex with anyone. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I’m 40 years old and the only daughter of my parents. My father expired 5 yeas back and my mom is too dependent on me. I want to get married but nobody seems interested in that! What do I do?Rekha, Madhya PradeshWell, this is sad but the reality is you, yourself need to initiate the process of marriage. If there’s no prospective groom, you surely can register on online matrimonial sites or resort to newspaper ads. Keep in mind that the man you choose is someone who will understand your situation and help you take care of your mother. I understand, this situation is definitely a bit depressing and demanding, but you have to help yourself and look out for your ideal partner. All the best Rekha! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixI have developed this habit of visiting red-light areas and having sex with prostitutes. I’m a student and feel addicted towards this. How can I come out of it?Name and location withheldYou have to come out of this for your own good! Life is no film and this has to get over NOW! We all fantasise about various things and I’m sure you’ve lived your quota of sexual fantasy. It’s time to end this and look for a perfect girl for you who will help cool your mind, soul and body. Hope that you have been sexually safe. Sincerely request you to go through the required tests for STD (Sexually transmitted disease) checks. Play safe boy.  My daughter has developed the ugly habit of smoking. I’m very upset. What can I do to help her come out of it?Ragini Sharma, New DelhiYou can directly tell her how you feel towards her habit. Make her conscious about your feelings. We all know the dark truth about smoking but quitting it is one’s own decision. This could be just a phase but you as a parent should insist so that she quits soon. Be firm, don’t nag. Leave reading materials on quitting techniques on her desk/room. Emotional blackmail work wonders on kids and I’m sure she will soon realise and make you a happy parent!I stammer. I feel conscious. What should I do to overcome this?Dilip, HaryanaJust start by not getting conscious. Forget that you have a difficulty in speech. Initially try to participate in conversations with small sentences or just words. Develop this gradually and every morning look into the mirror and say – I’m GOOD…I try to be perfect!!! Trust me, you’ll soon overcome. You can and you will!Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

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All the Stringing sounds of success

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first_imgTO celebrate the 60th anniversary of Lalit Kala Akademi, a musical concert is being organised in the Capital where santoor maestro and composer Abhay Rustum Sopori will inaugurate the function with his performance. The evening will be graced by  Shripad Yesso Naik, Hon’ble Minister for Culture, Govt of India.Sopori’s music will take on a journey of India through the musical notes of Santoor in unison with the classical, Sufi, traditional and ethnic sounds and drums of India presenting a cultural ethos of India enchanting the listeners and taking them into a state of ecstacy – the Irfaan. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The concert will feature around 30 musicians on santoor, tabla, pakhawaj, mridangam, gattam, khol, nakara, nagada, tumbaknari, drums, percussions, sarangi, vocals, cello and double base guitars. Sopori is the youngest santoor maestro and classical musician to compose and conduct orchestras, folk and sufi ensembles. He has been the youngest recipient of all the awards he has received including the prestigious Sangeet Natak Akademi’s first Ustad Bismillah Khan Yuva Puraskar, J&K State Award (the highest Civilian Award of the State of Jammu & Kashmir), Sangeet Mani Award, Glory of India Award, Best Citizens of India Award, Bharat Shiromani Award, Sangeet Bhushan Award and many more. His name also features in various Biographical-note volumes.When: 5 August Where: Kamani Auditorium, Copernicus MargTiming: 6:00 pmlast_img read more

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HC asks Dilip to produce documents of qualification

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first_imgKolkata: The Calcutta High Court on Thursday directed BJP state president Dilip Ghosh to produce documents in connection with his educational qualification. The directions came in the wake of a PIL by petitioner Ashok Sarkar in May last year.The petitioner had alleged that Ghosh had submitted a false affidavit while contesting the 2016 state elections from Kharagpur, claiming that he was an alumnus of Jhargram Polytechnic College. He had also submitted a purported RTI report, saying there was no such college in the state. He had pleaded for Ghosh’s election from the Kharagpur Sadar seat to be nullified. A division bench headed by Chief Justice Jyotirmoy Bhattacharjee, asked the state BJP president to file an affidavit, along with his original academic certificates, in June. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAdvocate Mohammad Ariff, who represented the petitioner at the court, said that Ghosh had been claiming that he had passed out from Ishwarchandra Polytechnic at Kharagpur. “But when my client approached the college through another RTI application, he was informed that between 1975 and 1990, no Dilip Ghosh had appeared in any exam in the college,” he maintained. It may be mentioned that Ghosh was elected to the West Bengal Assembly in 2016, from the Kharagpur Sadar constituency. The Chief Justice wondered on Thursday: “Is it believable that a person has forgotten the name of the institution from which he had passed out?” The matter has been scheduled for hearing on June 8.last_img read more

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NEET 2018 Bengali paper fiasco leaves examinees distraught

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first_imgKolkata: Medical aspirants who appeared for the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) on Sunday, are shattered as they could not properly attempt the questions. Most of the questions were reportedly full of errors or were ambiguous.Many have, however, viewed this as an attempt by the Centre to abolish Bengali language and the students will not opt for Bengali as the medium of the examination in the future years, if this trend continues. In a startling revelation, this year around 3,000 students appeared for the examination in Bengali, while the figure in 2017 remained at 35,000. The Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts NEET. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThere was also a question paper fiasco in the previous year, when the standard of the question paper in Bengali was much harder than that of English or Hindi. Many of the medical aspirants and their guardians had sought the intervention of the state government, stating that the state Education department must take up the issue with the Centre.Rathin Mullick, relative of a medical aspirant, said that the state government must go to any extent to stop discrimination of medical aspirants on the basis of language, which occurred in Sunday’s examination. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAn expert in the field of medical education pointed finger at the BJP-led government at the Centre, saying that no one can hurt the sentiment of medical aspirants writing their paper in a vernacular language. It also cannot ignore the talented pool of students of the state, who appeared for the examination with Bengali as the medium.It may be mentioned here that Bengali was selected as a medium of examination, after the state government had urged the Centre to choose Bengali as a medium of NEET, as a huge number of Bengali medium candidates appear in the medical entrance examinations. The candidates and their guardians alleged that there were errors in the Bengali question paper of NEET, which was conducted throughout the country on 6 May. It was also stated that if this continues, no guardian will admit their children in Bengali medium schools.”The state government should strongly deal with the issue, as it hurts the sentiment of the medical aspirants from the state. It should take up the matter with the Union Human Resources Ministry, so that from the next year, there is no error in the Bengali questions,” Mullick said.The exam was conducted at 99 centres across Bengal on 6 May, where around 59,000 candidates from the state were present. Altogether, over 13 lakh students across the country sat for the examination.last_img read more

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Mango mania Bengal reaps first harvest of Alphonso from Paschimanchal

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first_imgKolkata: The Red and Laterite Zone of Paschimanchal area of Bengal has emerged as a good quality Alphonso producer in the country, after Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra.For the first time in Bengal, a sizeable amount of good quality Alphonso mango has been harvested this year. Alphonso mango is famous worldwide due to its quality and Ratnagiri district is the sole producer of this specific variety of mango, which has immense scope for export. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThree thousand Alphonso saplings have been brought from Dr Balasaheb Konkan Krishi Vidyapith Agriculture University situated at Dapoli in Ratnagiri district in Maharashtra, to maintain genuineness of the variety and three orchards have been set up in Khatra sub-division of Bankura district. The first commercial harvest has been done this year. Five thousand saplings had been procured in 2017 and planted in Purulia and Jhargram districts, with the aim to make the region one of the Alphonso hubs of the country, through the Paschimanchal Unnayan Affairs department. It has been seen in the orchards that more care is needed to nurture the variety, than conventional mango varieties of the region like Amrapali and Mallika. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAlphonso mangoes from Bankura have been analysed in the laboratory at Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya and Scientists have compared the Alphonso of the Red and Laterite belt of Bengal to that of Ratnagiri. They reported that Alphonso of Bankura have an average 200 gm fruit weight, TSS-200 Brix, 16.00 percent total sugar, 12.6 percent reducing sugar, 0.42 fruit acidity and 78 mg vitamin C per 100 grams of mango pulp, as compared to 195 gm fruit weight, 21.80Brix TSS, 17.5 percent total sugar, 13.5 percent reducing sugar, 0.45 fruit acidity and 106 mg vitamin C in Ratnagiri Alphonso. Prof Sisir Mitra and Prof. Bikash Ghosh of Bidhan Chandra Krishi Viswavidyalaya, who visited the Alphonso sites several times, are excited to see the colour development and quality of the Alphonso mangoes in the region. They are very positive about making the region into an Alphonso hub and said that colour development is far better than Ratnagiri, while quality is almost similar. “If we go for extensive cultivation of genuine Alphonso in this region, export can be done from Bengal as well,” they said.last_img read more

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Burglars loot valuables worth Rs 15 lakh from home of Balurghat resident

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first_imgBALURGHAT: A retired high school teacher, Tapan Kundu, residing in Duck-Bungalow area of Balurghat, has lodged an official complaint on Friday morning, claiming that burglars had broken into his house by breaking the windowpanes of the kitchen and left with cash and ornaments amounting to nearly Rs 1.5 lakh, as learnt through preliminary inspection.The incident has led to tension in the entire locality, as several cases of theft and burglary have already been reported at Balurghat police station over the past six months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said the burglars managed to break the kitchen’s windowpanes and entered the house easily. They went on to break open the almirah, looted the ornaments and cash and fled from the spot. On Friday morning, Kundu found himself locked from outside in the room he slept in and when he raised an alarm, his wife and daughter opened the door and rescued him.”A gang of burglars had broken into my house. They locked me from outside and ransacked my bedroom, looting cash and ornaments. When I screamed, my wife and daughter rescued me by unlocking the bedroom in the morning. We are panic-stricken. Police must act soon to find out the culprits,” said Kundu.Police inquiry in the case has not made much headway, as no concrete clues are available yet.Police sources said that among the gold articles stolen were a necklace, chains and rings. Cash amounting to Rs 12,000 was also looted.last_img read more

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Go Khadi this Independence Day

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first_imgAmong the multifarious celebrations, all KVIC’s ‘Khadi India’ departmental sales outlets and non-departmental sales outlets shall deck up in the colour of Independence Day. Inside the sales outlet, one corner/shelf(s) shall be organized to reflect Independence Day related products like the National flag, pocket flag etc.The customers shall also have privilege to buy Independence Day series wherein tri-colour soap gift pack, Agarbatti pack and limited range of readymade garments depicting Independence Day essence shall be displayed for sale. Upto 70% discount on clearance sale of Khadi clothes shall be introduced on Independence Day in the flagship ‘Khadi India’ sales outlet at Regal Building, Connaught Place, New Delhi.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA display board shall be affixed on the exterior wall of Khadi India sales outlet. There will also be prominent display and sale of Khadi National Flag.  All the customers visiting ‘Khadi India’ sales outlet shall be welcomed with garland (Gundi) made of hand-spun Khadi yarn. Customers buying Khadi and V I products on the Independence Day shall be given complimentary tri-colour gift items. Tri-colour ‘Khadi Rakhi’ in the Departmental Sales Outlets will also be launched on that day.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn addition to this  all the offices of KVIC  shall celebrate its entrance in tri-colour with Independence Day wishes/ slogans. The  employees of KVIC will be wearing Khadi cloths and shall also display the stickers with the message “I Love Khadi” in English and “Mein Khadi Premi Hoon” in Hindi.The Khadi Institutions will be requested to celebrate Independence Day on August 15 with decoration on the main entrance. They will also be requested to honour their old spinners and weavers on the Independence day with tri-colour clothes or gifts.last_img read more

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Treat for citys culture vultures

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first_imgA Festival of the Arts which marks the 13th anniversary this year will be held from October 22-26 at India International Centre.  What is distinctive about this festival of the arts is the range it presents – dance, music, theatre, films, exhibitions and special cuisine with IIC’s fine open air spaces hosting most of these events.The IIC Experience: A Festival of the Arts this year has a strong focus on Bengal. The festival opens on October 22 at 6:30 pm with a presentation of ‘Chaturvidh’, four dances in the Odishi Marga, presented by Odishi Vision and Movement Centre, Kolkata and choreographed by the noted dancer, Sharmila Biswas. A morning concert will be presented on Sunday with a tribute to mark the birth centenary of the legendary artiste, MS Subbulakshmi with ‘Born to Sing: A Shy Girl from Madurai’ presented by Just Us Repertory, Chennai. In the evening Ghazab Teri Adaa- a comic musical theatre which marks the centenary of World War I and is a tribute to the victims directed by Prof Waman Kendre, Director NSD and will be presented in Hindi by National School of Drama Repertory Company. Arias, Opera and Musical Theatre on October 24 at 6:30 pm, marks the launch of an exciting new group, The Lyric Ensemble of Delhi with music direction by Clayton Duggan, artistic direction by Diniz Sanchez and Founder/Voice Coach by Situ Singh Buehler. IIC would host a Hindustani vocal music by Jayateerth Mevundi of the Kirana Gharana, disciple of the late Pt Arjunsa Nakod and late Pt Shripati Padegar on the next day. The final performance of the festival on October 26 will feature an international concert by Accordion State Youth Orchestra of Baden-Wuerttemberg with the Conductor, SilkeD’Inka, a 30 piece orchestra.The exhibitions in the festival, both indoors and outdoors include ‘Time Past and Time Present: Treasures of Human Knowledge’ at the Asiatic Society, Kolkata, an exhibition on the history and contribution of the Asiatic Society to the knowledge and study of human civilization in Asia since 1784.‘KG Subramanyan: An Aesthetic Journey’, celebrates the life and work of the renowned artist with an exhibition of original works in gouache, ink on paper, acrylic – reverse painting on acrylic sheet,the artist’s own writings and illustrated books for children. Curated by Vijay Kowshik, the exhibition will be on view at the Art Gallery, Kamaladevi Complex until November 4. ‘In the Language of Clay’ will be an exploration and tribute to artisans and craftspersons working with clay with an exhibition of terracotta objects and live demonstrations by craftspersons.Concurrently IIC Experience will also be hosting two thematic film festivals: ‘Celebrating Six Decades of Spanish Cinema’ and ‘A Date with Shakespeare’ featuring 6 Shakespeare adaptations by diverse directors. As a cross over between performance and film, screening of a restored version of a  silent Italian film made in 1916, Cenere directed by Febo Mari with live soundtrack will also be held.last_img read more

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Hindu Jagaran Manch to hold rally to demand construction of Ram Mandir

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first_imgKolkata: The Hindu Jagaran Manch, a Hindu right wing group, will organise a rally here on Saturday to press for the demand of construction of Ram Mandir at Ayodhya, a leader of the manch said Friday. Apart from the demand of construction of the Ram Mandir, the ‘Virat Hindu Sammelan’ rally at Shahid Minar Grounds here will also demand National Register of Citizens (NRC) in West Bengal to weed out illegal immigrants from the state, he said. “We have four specific demands. One is construction of Ram Temple at Ayodha and all the political parties should come forward to make that happen,” Vivek Singha, assistant media in charge, of Hindu Jagaran Manch told PTI. The second demand is NRC for Bengal in order to identify and send back the illegal immigrants. Third is passage of Citizenship Amendment Bill in order to enable Hindu refugees get citizenship and the fourth is construction of a Gangasagar house, for Gangasagar pilgrims by the state government, on the lines of Haj House, he said.last_img read more

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Best ways to decorate your space with plants

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first_imgPlants look just adorable and keeping them indoors not only brings life to the entire place but they also improve the air quality by reducing toxins existing in the atmosphere so make sure you are decorating your abode with plants nicely.4Your living room is the best place to be decorated with a lot of greenery. Potted plants are the best choice to be kept in the living room. These pots are available in different sizes and colours to suit your requirements. Ensure that they are visible over the furniture kept in the living room. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4The dining area should be graced with plants such as money plants, bamboo plants, and ferns in glass bottles and vases.4Embellish your bedroom with indoor plants such as Sansevieria which increases oxygen levels at night to have a sound sleep. You can keep small potted plants on bedside tables on either side of the bed.4In the open space or balconies, install a shelf or hanging flower boxes along the railings to make it look attractive from outside. Also planter in sync with wall colours and embellishing the place with animal artefacts will increase the beauty quotient of these areas.4Also just to fill in the empty area of your apartment, you can try keeping big plants in colourful pots.4Decorate your living space with indoor plants as they make any area feel bright, lively, calm and beautiful.last_img read more

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Word to Screen

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first_imgThe relationship between literature and cinema is mutually sustaining, say authors and filmmakers, who are sure the search for new and good content will lead to books.It is a win-win situation where the authors and publishers who are struggling to get a wider reach with their stories, get a chance to pitch stories to film studios as potential film story material.”On the other hand, content creators are always struggling with new and good content for their projects, whether it is a film or web series. Word To Screen Market is bridging that gap. Also, publishers get an acquisition cost and the book gets huge mileage if a film is made out of it,” said filmmaker Kiran Rao. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAuthor Anita Nair cannot but agree. “With the growing digital platform that demands good stories and content, the possibility of adaptation of books into audio-visual story – be it film or web series – is increasing. I see it as a mutually sustaining relationship between authors, publishers and filmmakers.”Nair feels when a story is selected from the framework of a book as opposed to a story of a film for scripting, the scriptwriter gets a lot more details of the world of the story. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”The picture is much clearer… already in the story,” said the writer of books like ‘The Better Man’, ‘Ladies Coupe’, ‘Mistress’, ‘Lesson in Forgetting Idris’ and ‘Cut Like Wound’.Filmmaker Kabir Khan, too, agrees. “We are almost getting a ready story that needs to be just scripted if (the story) has the potential to make a film. And a story cannot be limited to a region… If it has a universal appeal, it will travel,” he said.However, he also pointed out the challenges. “Since it is a change of medium, an adaptation of a book into a film comes with a challenge. Two storytellers are involved in the process – one who wrote the book and the one who is translating that into a film.”The challenge is to maintain that essence of the story in the film,” said the Bajrangi Bhaijaan director.Nair stressed that while there is an “intangible element” that intrigues a filmmaker to make a film, an “artistic integrity” needs to be maintained.”If you lose the essence of the story in the film, that is tragic for the author, really,” she added.While books offer good stories to filmmakers, the process of translating it to film is not as simple as it sounds. Said Rucha Pathak, the Chief Creative Officer of Fox Star Studios: “Turning a book into a script is really time-consuming and, as a studio, we really invest in writing.The process is not as easy as it looks just because we are getting a ready story.”Citing an example, Pathak said: “We took four years to write the script of Kizie Aur Manny, the Hindi remake of The Fault In Our Stars to get it right. But I must say that an initiative like Word toScreen Market is really bringing the world of cinema and literature together, and I am enjoying how it’s growing with each passing year.”Does the dazzle of cinema overpower the world of literature in such collaborations?Emphasising on the aspect of mutual respect, Nair said: “Since the idea is to complement each other in the collaboration, I think respect for the book is important.””The filmmaker and actors should aim to make the best possible film out of the book rather than overpowering the book with commerce and marketing. If the story gets respect, the author gets her due,” he added.last_img read more

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Transforming the way we learn

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first_imgFounded in 1860, and serving the nation since then, the prestigious St Xavier’s College, Kolkata, has grown into a leading educational institution over the years. Both St Xavier’s School and College are proud of their contribution to educational sector as well as the culture of Bengal.These twin institutions have produced many great educationalists and students who earned regard and respect for their Alma Mater. Millennium Post in an exclusive interview with Rev Dr Dominic Savio, S J, Principal and Secretary, St Xavier’s College (Autonomous) discussed this esteemed institute. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHow has been your journey so far? I was born in a middle class family, where my village was named after St Xavier. Having studied in a Jesuit school and college, my whole foundation was build in the likes of the Jesuit Community. My uncle and my mother has played a great role in my foundation as a Jesuit priest and a human being. I took the vows as a Jesuit to serve all human beings in this lifetime, and have been doing the same for last 23 years. St Xavier’s was destined to happen, and so I joined this prestigious institution in 2000 as a teacher in Economics. In 2009, I became the Vice-Principal, in 2013 the Rector of St Xavier’s Collegiate School, and finally in the year 2017 I took charge of the institute as the Principal. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOur real strength is our faculty, students, student’s council and alumni. We constantly try to improve ourselves in order to serve the community with the best education. I am confident that with the support of Jesuit community, our students, staff, parents, alumni, well-wishers and benefactors, we will continue to flourish and serve the society at large. Tell us about the new campus in Raghabpur… There has been a significant achievement in the last 5 years, with regard to extension activities of the College is the setting up of Raghabpur Campus. Raghabpur, about 25 km away from the main campus, caters primarily to the academic needs of the 700 rural students. We have introduced Masters Degree, B Com Honors, BA General, BA History Hons, and Bengali this year. This campus is 80% subsidised as compared to the main campus, with great faculty and infrastructure for the betterment of students. The building with 15,000 sq ft is ready with all infrastructure facilities and the medium of teaching is Bengali. In our main campus, St Xavier’s College is the only undergraduate College in India with a responsibility of managing an Educational Multi Media Research Centre (EMMRC) of UGC. We are a community of diverse people. How do you reach out to the students from various demographies? The Counselling Cell of St Xavier’s College provides personal and vocational guidance to students of all the departments of the College. There are Personal Counselling Sessions which are conducted at the Centre by qualified and experienced Counsellors to help students resolve any kind of problems that they might face. There are five counsellers appointed at the premises. Besides career-related problems, personal issues are also dealt with great sensitivity. Confidentiality is a legal requirement of counselling, which is strictly maintained. Confidence issues, choosing the right career path, making choices in the various parts of life, self-doubt, peer pressure, relationship issues are only some of the problems that young people often face. Thus the Counselling Cell provides a platform for students to pursue both their professional and personal goals with greater self-awareness, self-esteem, understanding and a focus. What is your philosophy of leadership? ….to work conscientiously and creatively. St. Xavier’s is a college where there is secularism maintained amongst the students, teachers, and professors. We are certain that it will further the prospects for an ongoing dialogue with our peers as we discover dimensions of the future of our College. We are working towards introducing more Phd Courses along with the existing BA, MA and B.Ed courses. This will result in making us a research based institution, and in taking the legacy ahead – promoting a society based on love, freedom, liberty, justice, equality and fraternity.last_img read more

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Celebrating 115 years of The Taj

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first_imgTaj Palace, New Delhi, the capital’s landmark hotel is all set to host the second edition of 115 Years Charity Gala on August 9, 2019 in support of the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust. The event will commemorate the momentous anniversary of India’s first luxury hospitality address, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai, the iconic flagship of The Indian Hotels Company Limited (IHCL).Built in 1903, The Taj Mahal Palace, Mumbai was a result of Jamsetji N Tata’s dream to usher in a new era in Indian hospitality and ensure that Bombay has an icon which could place it amongst the greatest cities of the world. Following up to the glittering first edition of the Charity Ball that took place at the iconic hotel last year on its 115th anniversary, the second edition of the Charity Gala at Taj Palace, New Delhi will carry forward the spirit of philanthropy – the cornerstone of the revered 150 year TATA legacy. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFounded by the TATA Group and IHCL in the aftermath of the unprecedented terror attacks on Mumbai in November 2008, the objective of the Taj Public Service Welfare Trust is to extend assistance to victims of terror, natural disasters, members of the armed forces and other services who demonstrate bravery in their line of work, and their families. Inspired by the resilience of survivors and the courage of those who came to its aid, the Trust’s purpose is to reach out to people affected by adversities, both man-made and natural to rebuild their lives. Over the past decade, the Trust has worked on a range of relief and rehabilitation initiatives across the country. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWith its unparalleled confluence of art, entertainment and gastronomy, and the who’s who of the capital in attendance, the second edition Charity Gala will truly be an extraordinary evening with a noble cause. A live art auction by leading visual arts gallery, DAG, a commemorative six-course sit-down dinner experience curated by Executive Chef Rajesh Wadhwa featuring contemporary Indian cuisine and a high-octane performance by the acclaimed Shillong Chamber Choir will make this an evening to remember. “Art from the Heart”, a no-reserve, no buyers’ premium live auction of a selection of noteworthy art pieces will be the highlight of the soirée, the proceeds of which will be donated to the Trust. The 25 works by masters of modern Indian art presented at this auction will provide an unparalleled range and choice to connoisseurs and collectors. Given that this is an exceptional opportunity, the auction will accept bids from the general public. The anniversary celebrations will continue over the next few weeks at Taj Palace, New Delhi.last_img read more

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