first_img Sleek new MIT solar car heads to the races E-Quickie New wireless charging technologies are appearing regularly these days, such as a wireless charging mat for charging electric cars while they are parked (see the PhysOrg article), but the new car takes its energy wirelessly from the road.Mechanical engineering and mechatronics students from the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) built the experimental car to test the practicality of the wireless technology. The car is propelled by an electrical hub drive, with energy drawn from conducting tracks on the ground via electrical induction. The receivers are fitted to the underside of the car, and there are small onboard batteries, which serve as a buffer for times when the car leaves the electrical conductor tracks.The conducting track was supplied by the company SEW-Eurodrive, based in Bruchsal. The components of the car were designed and built by the 14 students using carbon fiber for the vehicle body and high-tech materials for the chassis and braking and steering systems. The design was fully tested and optimized by computer in a “virtual wind channel” before the car was actually built. More information: Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences: www.hs-karlsruhe.de/servlet/PB … html?pbanker=car#car Explore further E-Quickie 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.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Students in Germany have built the “E-Quickie,” a three-wheeled electric car that draws energy wirelessly from electric conducting paths on the ground. The car resembles a reclining bicycle with the driver inside a capsule. It weighs only 60 kg, but the team hopes to reduce the weight to 40 kg in future. Head of the project, Professor Jürgen Walter, of the Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics faculty at the university, said the team were aiming for a driver:vehicle weight ratio of 2:1, while for most vehicles the ratio is between 1:10 and 1:15.The lightweight design means the car can reach 50 km/h, even with its 2 kW motor. The car has successfully completed 40 laps on a 222-meter-long conductor track at the university, and the team plans to continue using the track to optimize the E-Quickie. They are also planning test drives from the university to the nearby castle and another university campus in the town.Professor Walter said the principle used by the car is not really new, but it could be used much more widely than it is at present. Industry could operate internal transport vehicles in this way for example, he said, but the students also wanted to demonstrate that wireless transfer of energy is also suitable for mass transit applications. Citation: Demonstration electric car draws energy from the road (2010, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-electric-car-energy-road.html E-Quickielast_img read more

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. © 2015 Phys.org Mythbusters’ recap of pulling apart two interleaved phonebooks. “The extreme friction of the system is due to the operator,” the researchers explained. “The person, car, truck, or tank will amplify the friction arising from a tiny force acting on the outermost pages of the stack that may be no more than the weight of a butterfly.”The scientists explain that this tiny force on the outermost pages originates from the paper’s elasticity. The outer pages have a tendency to be flat, so they slightly resist being bowed, and bowing happens because twice as many pages must fit between the books’ spines. This friction force starts off small, but the pulling amplifies it exponentially.More evidence supporting this explanation comes from performing the experiment with two books in which every other page has been removed, so that interleaving results in completely flat pages. These books can be easily pulled apart.Although the researchers did not specifically investigate methods to separate the phonebooks, their results may offer some insight into efficient separation methods. (Phys.org)—Many people are familiar with the friction enigma of two interleaved phonebooks, in which all of the pages of two phonebooks are overlapped, one by one, with the books’ spines facing outward. Trying to separate the books by pulling on their spines is incredibly difficult due to the massive amount of friction between the pages. A Mythbusters episode showed that the interleaved phonebooks are strong enough to lift a car, and that nothing less than two military tanks can separate them (while tearing many of the pages). “One way may be to blow some air from the sides while gently pulling them apart,” coauthor Elie Raphaël at the École Supérieure de Physique et de Chimie Industrielles (ESPCI), Paris, told Phys.org.The interleaved phonebook demonstration is important because it is just one example of many interleaved assemblies, and these are found in many diverse areas: surgical sutures, adhesive proteins, and the interactions between DNA and viruses all involve friction through interleaving sheets of some sort. Another more familiar example is the way that a sailor can tie a large ship to a dock post simply by wrapping a rope around the post several times. The friction between the loops of rope creates such a strong connection that no ship can pull it loose, and pulling only makes it tighter. The results may also have applications for controlling the friction in micro- and nano- scale mechanical devices. According to a group of scientists who have studied this puzzle, many of the simple explanations of this demonstration are wrong. For instance, one explanation often given is that the weight of the pages pushing down on the pages below them is what generates the large friction force, but this explanation fails to explain why the demonstration works equally as well when carried out in the vertical or horizontal direction. Now a team of researchers, Héctor Alarcón, et al., from France and Canada have developed a model that reveals how the amount of force required to pull the books apart depends on the number of pages, the page thickness, and the overlapping distance. These relationships were determined by performing dozens of carefully controlled experiments on a vertical pulling device.This model confirms what has previously been suspected: the harder that a person, car, or tank pulls on the books, the higher the frictional resistance. The researchers compared this “self-induced friction amplification” effect to the Chinese finger trap toy: when you try to pull your finger out of the loosely wrapped braid, the braid tightens around your finger, making it even more difficult to get off. Explore further Citation: Researchers explain why it’s nearly impossible to separate two interleaved phonebooks (2015, December 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-impossible-interleaved-phonebooks.html Solved: the mystery of why it’s impossible to pull apart interleaved phone books Journal information: Physical Review Letters More information: Héctor Alarcón, et al. “Self-amplification of solid friction in interleaved assemblies.” Accepted for publication in Physical Review Letters.last_img read more

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain 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. (Phys.org)—A pair of professors, one with Charles Darwin University, the other Southern Cross University, both in Australia, has published a Comment piece in the journal Nature decrying the chaotic state regarding the classification of complex organisms. In their paper, Stephen Garnett and Les Christidis contend that failure to regulate taxonomy in the coming years could cause serious problems for conservation efforts directed towards preserving biodiversity. At the root of the problem, the authors point out, is that there is no single definition for the word “species”—they have found there exist approximately 30 definitions for the word, which allows scientists, politicians and other entities free reign to use it in whatever context they choose to meet their specific needs. But that, they note, puts at risk the validity of research efforts and provides fertile ground for those seeking to usurp conservation efforts for financial gain. They offer cannabis as an example: Some “species” offer the high users seek, while others do not—changing the classification could have legal ramifications both for those convicted of using it or going forward—should some species be legal and others not? There is also the case of killer whales—some have suggested breaking them into three distinct species, but if that happens, would all three remain protected from hunters? Another example is separating the Florida panther from the North American cougar. Doing so could allow those seeking to buy protected land in Florida for development purposes an opportunity if wording in state laws suddenly ceases to protect areas where the big cats live.What needs to happen, the authors suggest, is for a single body to take ownership of taxonomy—one capable of creating a definition for the words that are used to describe plant and animal groups. They suggest further that the proper group should be the International Union of Biological Sciences (IUBS), and they offer a four-step process for how it could be done: The IUBS would need to agree to take on such a role, a taxonomic commission would have to be created to agree on rules, subcommittees would need to be created to deal with organism subsets, and finally, a judicial committee would need to be created to serve as the final arbiter when disputes arise. © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Nature More information: Stephen T. Garnett et al. Taxonomy anarchy hampers conservation, Nature (2017). DOI: 10.1038/546025a Study of biodiversity suggests a small increase in size of protected areas could reap large rewards Citation: Professors call for an end to the chaotic classification of organisms (2017, June 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-06-professors-chaotic-classification.htmllast_img read more

first_img More information: K. A. Matveev and A. V. Andreev. “Hybrid Sound Modes in One-Dimensional Quantum Liquids.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.121.026803Also at: arXiv:1804.02369 [cond-mat.mes-hall] Ordinary sound waves—small oscillations of density—can propagate through all fluids, causing the molecules in the fluid to compress at regular intervals. Now physicists have theoretically shown that in one-dimensional quantum fluids not one, but two types of sound waves can propagate. Both types of waves move at approximately the same speed, but are combinations of density waves and temperature waves. Citation: Unusual sound waves discovered in quantum liquids (2018, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-07-unusual-quantum-liquids.html Explore further The physicists, Konstantin Matveev at Argonne National Laboratory and Anton Andreev at the University of Washington, Seattle, have published a paper on the hybrid sound waves in quantum liquids in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.”One-dimensional liquids have fascinating quantum properties that have been studied by physicists for decades,” Matveev told Phys.org. “Quite surprisingly, we have been able to show that even such an essentially classical phenomenon as sound is also very unusual in these liquids. Our work implies that even the simplest classical properties of a fluid can be strongly affected by its quantum nature.”Although classical fluids generally support just one type of sound wave (a density wave), one exception is liquid helium. As a superfluid, liquid helium can flow without friction, which gives it the ability to flow up the sides of its container, among other unusual properties. Unlike classical fluids, superfluid helium supports two types of sound waves—a density wave and a temperature wave—which propagate at different velocities.As the physicists explain, in some ways one-dimensional quantum fluids are similar to superfluid helium, as both fluids support two types of sound waves. In other ways, however, they are quite different: instead of one sound wave being a density wave and the other sound wave being a temperature wave, the two sound waves each combine characteristics of both density and temperature waves. This hybrid nature of sound waves in one-dimensional quantum liquids is different than the nature of sound waves in any other fluid, including liquid helium. In addition, the scientists showed that the two hybrid sound waves propagate at nearly equal speeds, with the difference in speed depending on the temperature.In the future, the physicists expect that these hybrid sound waves can be experimentally demonstrated in long quantum wires or atomic traps, in which one-dimensional quantum liquids are known to exist. Liquids are capable of supporting waves with short wavelengths onlycenter_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters Photograph by Hinrich Oltmanns, Pexels.com 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. © 2018 Phys.orglast_img read more

first_imgAs India got a giant new satellite launch vehicle that opened more commercial opportunities, the crew module–CARE (Crew Module Atmospheric Re-entry Experiment)–splashed down into the Bay of Bengal after it separated from the Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle(GSLV Mark-III).The successful test of the atmospheric re-entry of the 3.65 tonne unmanned capsule came around 730 seconds after the three-tonne rocket on its experimental mission lifted off at 9.30 AM from the Second Launch Pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre here. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIWhile the rocket cost ISRO Rs 140 crore, the crew module has taken another Rs 15 crore, officials said.Three levels of parachutes specially designed by Agra- based DRDO lab Aerial Delivery Research and Development Establishment helped the crew module descend safely into the sea, about 180 km from Indira Point, the southern tip of the Andaman and Nicobar Islands.”This was a very significant day in the history of Indian space programme,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K S Radhakrishnan said from mission control, as fellow scientists clapped and broke into a round of cheers. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindPresident Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi were among other leaders who congratulated the ISRO scientists for the feat that will help carry heavier communication satellites.”Successful launch of GSLV Mk-III is yet another triumph of brilliance & hardwork of our scientists. Congrats to them for the efforts. @isro,” Modi tweeted. The Lok Sabha also hailed ISRO for the new achievements.GSLV Mk III Project Director S Somanath said the country has made it again and it has a new launch vehicle. “India, you have a new launch vehicle with you. We have made it again,” he said.”We have made it again…ISRO’s capability of launching heavier payloads has come to shape and this will change our destiny and our capability has significantly enhanced.”The 2.7 metre tall cupcake-shaped crew module with a diameter of 3.1 metre features aluminium alloy internal structure with composite panels and ablative thermal protection systems and can carry two to three astronauts.The module would be shipped to Kamarajar Port in Ennore near Chennai, from where it would be taken to Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre at Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala for further study.Though it would take at least 10 years for India to send humans into space, this experiment has helped the space agency to test the module for safe return of humans from space, according to ISRO.As for the objective of validation of the complex atmospheric flight regime of GSLV Mk III, Radhakrishnan said the two active S200 and L110 propulsive stages “performed as expected.””We have got the signal from the beacon in the crew capsule. Indian Coast Guard ships have received them and they are some 100 km away from the site presently moving to recover it,” S Unnikrishnan Nair, Project Director of ISRO’s Human Spaceflight Programme, said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Bengali superstar Prosenjit Chatterjee, who is set to don the hat of a game show host, is busy preparing himself for the small screen outing. The second season of ‘Ke Habe Banglar Kotipati’ (Who will be Bengal’s Crorepati), the Bengali version of the iconic TV show ‘Kaun Banega Crorepati’, will have Chatterjee quizzing the hot seat participants.”I have set up a hot seat at home, next to my computerji, to practice for the show. It will help me hone my skills as a TV show host,” he said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsMegastar Amitabh Bachchan, who had anchored the Hindi show for eight seasons, fondly referred to the computer on his desk as ‘computerji’.”The programme will have a global outlook and feel, but certain elements would be added to its format to connect with the Bengali audience,” the National Award-winning actor said.The first season of the reality show was anchored by cricketing icon Sourav Ganguly.Chatterjee, when asked if he was conscious that parallels would be drawn with Bachchan and Ganguly, said, “Yes I am aware. But I will do it my own way. Hope I bring refreshing changes to the show.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe promotional video of ‘Ke Habe Banglar Kotipati’ shows Chatterjee sitting on a barge on river Hooghly with “computerji” on his side and Howrah Bridge in the background.At a press meet, earlier this week, the actor had said the second season of the show will run for 35 episodes.”Quizmaster Siddhartha Basu would be preparing the question bank and the possible answers for the show, which will be aired five days a week from July 16,” he added.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Metro services was disrupted during office hours on Monday morning, when passengers agitated at Sovabazar Metro station after air-conditioning facilities in a compartment stopped functioning. Sources said that the passengers were asked to vacate a compartment of the New Garia bound rake, after the air-conditioning facilities, as well as the lights in the compartment, stopped working soon after the train left Shyambazar station. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAn announcement was immediately made to vacate the compartment at Sovabazar and board the next train, or if possible, accommodate themselves in the other compartments of the same train.However, the passengers alighted at the station at around 9.58 am and started agitating. The train was stranded in the down line at the station for over 23 minutes, after the metro officials along with RPF personnel managed to pacify the passengers. The rake was removed and taken to the carshed. Services in the down line resumed at around 10.21 am. MPOSTlast_img read more

first_imgJalpaiguri (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today stressed on a permanent solution for the problems plaguing the tea gardens in north Bengal and formed an expert committee to find out a solution. She said that the committee, under Chief Secretary Malay De, would submit its report after going through the problems at the tea gardens, thus help in finding out a solution. “I want a permanent solution for the tea gardens. Nobody has ever thought of any permanent solution regarding the problems, raging at the tea gardens, for ages. Even the Centre has failed to keep up to its promise, made prior to the last Assembly elections, about opening the closed tea gardens,” Banerjee told reporters here at the Uttarkanya. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed Today, she held a meeting with representatives of the tea gardens. She also held a meeting senior ministers such as state Labour Minister Moloy Ghatak, Arup Biswas and senior officials of her government. The state government also proposed a daily wage of Rs 176 for the tea garden workers pending finalisation of the minimum wages. This year the state government had announced two interim hikes of Rs 17.50 and of Rs nine, taking the daily wage to Rs 159. Meanwhile, the largest tea producing state of Assam, last week, had announced issuing a possible notification on an interim hike of Rs 30, with retrospective effect from March 1 this year, which would take the current daily wage of tea garden workers from Rs 137 to Rs 167. Banerjee also lambasted the culture of strike at the tea gardens and said it finished the work culture there.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Jadavpur University on Wednesday formed a two-member committee that will conduct an inquiry to find out whether there were any procedural or other lapses in the evaluation of answer scripts of all the six Humanities subjects for which the varsity had conducted admission tests.”We had the meeting of the Executive Committee (EC) today (Wednesday) where we have unanimously decided on the probe. A retired Justice and an external academician will be part of the committee. If they want, they can also rope in other members to assist them in the process. They will submit a report after the probe,” Pro Vice-Chancellor, JU Pradip Ghosh said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeEC sources said former Vice-Chancellor of Calcutta University Ashutosh Ghosh will be a member of the committee. It may be mentioned that there were allegations of improper evaluation of History answer scripts and the varsity had to re-evaluate those with the help of external academicians.It was found that there was significant variation of marks secured by the candidates in the first and second round evaluation. The first evaluation was conducted by professors of the History department, while the second one was done by external experts. It may be mentioned that there were as many as 15 changes on the revised selection list for History. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA total number of 15 candidates, who were on the waiting list after the earlier evaluation, made it to the selection list after re-evaluation. There were cases — where a student, who had scored 6 out of 100, got 32 after re-evaluation. A total of 344 scripts were re-evaluated.Apart from History, admission tests were held in English, Bengali, International Relations, Philosophy and Comparative Literature. “There were hardly any questions raised based on the evaluation of the other five subjects. However, the probe will be conducted for all the subjects to ensure transparency,” an EC member said.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Annapurna Devi, renowned Sitar and Surbahar player and daughter of Ustad Allauddin Khan, died at Mumbai early on Saturday morning. She was 91-years-old.Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted: “Saddened at the passing away of Annapurna Devi. My condolences to her family and admirers.”Born in 1927 as Roshanara Khanshe, she was named Annapurna by Maharaja Brijnath Singh of the former Maihar Estate. She was married to Pandit Ravi Shankar in 1941 and they got divorced in 1961. Annapurna married Rooshikumar Pandya in 1982 when she was 55-years-old and he was 42. Pandya died of a massive cardiac arrest in 2013 at the age of 73.Annapurna Devi had performed with Pandit Ravi Shankar in Kolkata. She stopped public performance and began to give training to her students that included Pandit Nikhil Banerjee, Pandit Nityanand Haldipur, Pandit BasantKabra and Pandit Hariprasad Chaurasia.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Four best players of the Friendship Cup Football Tournament of the Kolkata Police and similar tournament of West Bengal Police will be sent to Germany for an exposure trip.The four players will be leaving for Frankfurt (Germany) for an exposure trip on the invitation of the famous football club Eintracht Frankfurt. It may be mentioned that organising football tournaments is one of the community development programmes of the police and it has helped many to get established by playing the sport. According to a senior police officer, the visit of the four boys to Eintracht Frankfurt will motivate many others in playing the game. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Kolkata Police has selected two players, Loknath Mondal and Sekh Rintu from the Kolkata Police Friendship Cup. The two other players were selected by the West Bengal Police. One of them was selected by Darjeeling Police while the other is from Jhargram district. The football player, who was selected by the Darjeeling Police for the Germany trip, is Manish Subba. The boy from Jhargram is Deb Kumar Khirali. The exposure trip to Frankfurt city in Germany would be initiated from Kolkata. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe four players will be leaving Kolkata on November 6 and will return on November 13. They will be watching a match between Eintracht Frankfurt and Schalke 04 of Bundesliga on November 12 at Commerce Bank Arena in Frankfurt. During their stay, they will be undergoing training sessions for four days and will also get the opportunity for a “footballing session” with main players of Eintracht Frankfurt. Rajeev Kumar, Commissioner of Police, and Dr Michael Feiner, Consul General, German Consulate in Kolkata, were present at the programme that was organised on Wednesday to introduce the four players. Dr Feiner handed over the formal invitation letters from the football club to the Commissioner of Police. It may be recalled that the Kolkata Police and West Bengal Police had introduced organising football matches to encourage youths to participate in the game. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee also distributed prizes among players in the tournaments organised by the police and it had motivated the youths in playing football. Moreover, the state government has taken several measures to support the clubs where youths practice the sport.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Police and State Transport department joined hands to act against overloaded trucks.A few days ago, during administrative review meeting in several districts, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee ordered the police and the administration of the respective districts to take stringent action against over loading. According to the sources, Banerjee was quite annoyed with the overloaded trucks specially the trucks carrying sand. She also expressed her concern about the illegal sand overloading going on since a few months. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeDuring her review meetings she instructed the police and the district administration to act against over loading of trucks. Focusing on the Chief Minister’s order, every district administration has started acting against overloading. In several district, the Motor Vehicles Inspector (MVI) from the concerned Regional Transport Authority (RTA) are keeping a strict vigil with assistance from the state police. During the last one week several overloaded trucks have been detained. The owners have been prosecuted accordingly for driving their trucks in Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedsuch a condition. According to the National Highway Authority of India (NHAI), overloading in the goods vehicles is a menace and a matter of serious concern. A substantial number of the road accident occurs only because of overloading. It causes huge damage and destruction. The damage and destruction of roads call for frequent repairing inflicting burden on state exchequer. The district and Kolkata police are equipped with motor vehicle Acts to lodge cases against the offenders and the vehicles. On Sunday, the police have seized 21 trucks at Ratanpur in Hooghly for allegedly carrying goods beyond permissible weight. Special checking was being held at the Airport traffic guard area in the Bidhannagar Police jurisdiction as it is one of the main entry points to the city. According to the sources, the suspected vehicles are being stopped and handed over to the MVIs by the police. Later, the weights are being measured in weighbridges by the Transport department officials. If any irregularities are found, the trucks get prosecuted as per the law.last_img read more

first_imgTo bring greater focus on digital presence and social media, The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, launched ‘Incredible India 2.0’ at the recently concluded ‘National Tourism Awards, 2015-16.’ The award was presented to various segments of the travel, tourism and hospitality industry, at a function organised by the Ministry of Tourism, on the occasion of ‘World Tourism Day.’ Alphons Kannanthanam, Minister of State (I/C) for Tourism, presided over the function. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe President also launched the ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project and a brand new ‘Incredible India’ website on the occasion. ‘Incredible India 2.0 Campaign’ marks a shift from the present generic promotions being undertaken across the world, to market specific promotional plans and product-specific creative, with a greater focus on digital presence and social media. ‘Adopt a Heritage’ project plans to entrust heritage sites to the public sector and private sector companies and individuals for the development of tourist amenities. The new ‘Incredible India’ website is an advanced version of the previous one, with more useful features. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveSpeaking on the occasion, the President said that tourism is one of the largest industries in the world. “Its evolution can be estimated from the fact that the number of tourists all over the world has increased from 2.5 crores in 1950 to 123 crore in 2016. It is estimated that every 10th person in the world works in the tourism industry. In India too, the livelihood of a very large number of people is linked to the tourism industry,” he said.The President added that inclusive tourism development can strengthen inclusive economic development. Every citizen should strive to provide a good experience to tourists at his or her own level. He said that ‘Adopt a Heritage Project’, which was launched with the efforts of the Tourism Ministry, Culture Ministry and Archaeological Survey of India, has great potential to make our rich and diverse heritage monuments, tourist-friendly. He expressed hope that this project will help in the maintenance of our heritage with a partnership of the public and private sectors. Alphons Kannanthanam in his address congratulated the winners of the National Tourism Awards and called upon all to commit ourselves to transform India into one of the most preferred destinations for travelers around the world.He said, “Tourism is in an enviable position with the inherent capacity to create large-scale employment, eradicate poverty, benefit local communities economically and socially, and to generate awareness and support for conservation of the environment. Our policies and actions must aim to strengthen the benefits and reduce the costs of tourism.”The date for the Awards function was selected to coincide with World Tourism Day which is celebrated annually on September 27. The purpose of World Tourism Day celebrations is to foster awareness among the international community of the importance of tourism and its social, cultural, political and economic value.last_img read more

first_imgA Word Thrice Uttered: Stories on Life’s Realities is a collection of reality inspired short stories. The compilation published by ‘Niyogi books’ was launched at India International Centre.Organized on December 5, the book launch coincided with the death anniversary of Asrarul- Haq Majaz, noted Urdu poet.Every short story in the book by Parveen Talha, author, portrays diverse realities of life through the protagonists – children, women, men, animals and even some supernatural beings. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReaders meet fascinating women who confront irresponsible and evil men. But nothing stops these women from taking the first step for a leap into liberation and self-empowerment.The chief guest for the event was Muzaffar Ali, Filmmaker, Fashion Designer and Activist. Among the other esteemed guests, Professor Nalini Jain, Academic and Author, Sadia Dehlvi, Columnist, Writer and Activist and Saif Mahmood, Advocate, Supreme Court of India, marked their presence. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAt the launch, Muzaffar Ali shared his viewpoints on the book. He opined that Parveen’s ability “to sense the human (and that of animals as well) predicament in the most sensitive manner and then to express these dialectics in a cinematic way are her greatest strengths. The fact that she was from Lucknow said a lot about that place too”. On the other hand Saif Mahmood, who is also the co-author of Tahir Mahmood’s magnum opus ‘Muslim Law in India and Abroad’ said, “Not many know that the practice of ‘triple talaq’, banned by the SC recently, was not just unconstitutional but also un-Islamic. Prevalent only among India’s Muslim community, who follow the Hanafi Islamic school of law, this practice is not recognized anywhere else in the Muslim world. In fact, Islamic law is a progressive law, and only one of its kind, which seeks no evidence for divorce. Speaking further, he said, “The beautiful tehzeeb of Lucknawi culture, which sparkles in her writing, is the most stunning quality of her craft.” David Syiemlieh, Chairman UPSC, expressing his opinion said, “The small, insignificant and countless problems that people go through every day are presented evocatively”. Parveen Talha, who belongs to an old family of Awadh, settled in Lucknow after her retirement. She is involved with social service which includes working for animal rights. Veteran journalist Sadia Dehlvi, who engaged Parveen Talha in a conversation around the book along with Nalini Jain, spoke about Talha’s love for animals in real life and the unparalleled beauty with which she expressed every nuance of life in her book. Lastly, Trisha De Niyogi urged the readers to treat this book as a work of fiction. “Though the title points out to the burning issue of Triple Talaq and touches upon various social concerns like women empowerment, children psychology, Ganga Jumni tehzeeb, and others. Our concern for live issues should not detract the merit of the book as a creative writing.”last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A mentally-challenged woman was allegedly raped while she wasreturning home late on intervening night of Thursday and Friday at Rajarhat. The incident came to light after she fell ill on Friday morning and narrated the incident to her family members. Later, the police arrested the prime accused. According to the police, on Friday morning, a woman arrived at the Rajarhat police station and said her mentally-challenged sister has been raped around 2am on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday. Immediately police personnel went to the victim’s home and interacted with the her in presence of her family members. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLater, the police came to know that the victim had been to an event at Arbelia on Thursday evening. She was returning home when Karun Naskar alias Kanai blocked her way at Panchanandatala in Rajarhat. He allegedly dragged her to a bush beside the road and raped her. Then he left for home. On Friday morning victim woman suddenly fell ill and started vomiting and blood was found in her private parts. When victim’s elder sister asked what happened, she told her about the incident. Later, the woman was sent to R G Kar Medical College and Hospital for treatment and medical examination. Police went to Naskar’s home at Jaligachi Naskarpara in Rajarhat and arrested him. Later, the accused confessed to crime. Sources informed that Naskar was a local vegetable vendor. He has been booked under IPC section 376 for raping the woman.last_img read more