Physicists use quantum memory to demonstrate quantum secure direct communication

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. Experimental set-up of quantum secure direct communication with quantum memory. Credit: Zhang et al. ©2017 American Physical Society The researchers, Wei Zhang et al., from the University of Science and Technology of China and Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications, have published a paper on their experimental demonstration in a recent issue of Physical Review Letters.QSDC is one of several different types of quantum communication methods, and has the ability to directly transmit secret messages over a quantum channel. Unlike most other quantum communication methods, QSDC does not require that the two parties communicating share a private key in advance. Similar to other kinds of quantum communication, the security of the method relies on some of the basic principles of quantum mechanics, such as the uncertainty principle and the no-cloning theorem.As the physicists explain, a quantum memory is necessary for QSDC protocols in order to effectively control the transfer of information in future quantum networks. However, experimentally realizing quantum memory with QSDC is challenging because it requires storing entangled single photons and establishing the entanglement between separated memories.In their experiments, the researchers demonstrated most of the essential steps of the protocol, including entanglement generation; channel security; and the distribution, storage, and encoding of entangled photons. Due to the difficulty of decoding entangled photons in the optimal way (which requires distinguishing between four quantum states), the researchers used an alternative decoding method that is easier to implement.In the future, the researchers expect that it will be possible to demonstrate QSDC across distances of 100 km or more in free space, similar to the recent demonstrations of quantum key distribution, quantum teleportation and entanglement distribution over these distances. Achieving this goal will mark an important step in realizing satellite-based long-distance and global-scale QSDC in the future. Explore further Physicists add amplifier to quantum communication toolbox More information: Wei Zhang et al. “Quantum Secure Direct Communication with Quantum Memory.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.118.220501Also at arXiv:1609.09184 [quant-ph]center_img © 2017 For the first time, physicists have experimentally demonstrated a quantum secure direct communication (QSDC) protocol combined with quantum memory, which is essential for storing and controlling the transfer of information. Until now, QSDC protocols have used fiber delay lines as a substitute for quantum memory, but the use of quantum memory is necessary for future applications, such as long-distance communication over secure quantum networks. Citation: Physicists use quantum memory to demonstrate quantum secure direct communication (2017, June 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

New study suggests some ancient bite marks from crocs not stone tools

first_img © 2017 In recent years, several teams of archaeologists have made claims regarding the earliest use of tools by hominids, some going back as far as 4 million years. These new studies have used evidence of marks on animal bones as proof of tool use, rather than actually finding stone tool artifacts. In this new effort, the research trio suggests that marks on bones do not appear to offer strong enough evidence of tool use.For many years, scientists in the field have believed that when animals make marks on bones, the results are U-shaped, whereas those made by stone tools are V-shaped. But that, the researchers point out, was based on studies of hyenas. In running their own tests, they compared crocodile bite marks to stone tool marks and found them very nearly identical. More information: Yonatan Sahle et al. Hominid butchers and biting crocodiles in the African Plio–Pleistocene, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2017). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1716317114AbstractZooarchaeologists have long relied on linear traces and pits found on the surfaces of ancient bones to infer ancient hominid behaviors such as slicing, chopping, and percussive actions during butchery of mammal carcasses. However, such claims about Plio–Pleistocene hominids rely mostly on very small assemblages of bony remains. Furthermore, recent experiments on trampling animals and biting crocodiles have shown each to be capable of producing mimics of such marks. This equifinality—the creation of similar products by different processes—makes deciphering early archaeological bone assemblages difficult. Bone modifications among Ethiopian Plio–Pleistocene hominid and faunal remains at Asa Issie, Maka, Hadar, and Bouri were reassessed in light of these findings. The results show that crocodiles were important modifiers of these bone assemblages. The relative roles of hominids, mammalian carnivores, and crocodiles in the formation of Oldowan zooarchaeological assemblages will only be accurately revealed by better bounding equifinality. Critical analysis within a consilience-based approach is identified as the pathway forward. More experimental studies and increased archaeological fieldwork aimed at generating adequate samples are now required. Linear marks and pits on a 2.5 million-year-old ungulate leg bone from Bouri, Ethiopia. Credit: PNAS To learn more about stone tool markings, the researchers used actual stone tools to butcher some sheep. To learn more about crocodile markings, they studied work done by Jackson Njau, who, in 2006, documented bite marks made on animal bones by crocodiles living on an animal farm. When they compared the marks they had made on the bones with those shown by Njau, they found them to be virtually indistinguishable, even at the microscopic level. This, the trio suggests, indicates that using bite marks found on ancient bones as evidence of stone tool use is premature. They believe the marks could just as easily come from crocodiles, which, they note, lived in the areas where the ancient bones were found. Citation: New study suggests some ancient bite marks from crocs not stone tools (2017, November 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further Analytical standards needed for ‘reading’ Pliocene bones Linear marks and pits on a 2.5 million-year-old ungulate leg bone from Bouri, Ethiopia. Credit: PNAS 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: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (—A trio of researchers, two with the University of Tübingen in Germany, the other the University of California has found evidence that suggests it is not possible to tell if marks on some ancient artifacts were made by ancient hominids using stone tools or by crocodiles. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Yonatan Sahle, Sireen El Zaatari and Tim White describe their study comparing bite marks made by stone tools and crocodiles, what they found by doing so, and what it might mean for research results made by other teams. Linear marks and pits on a 2.5 million-year-old ungulate leg bone from Bouri, Ethiopia. Credit: PNASlast_img read more

Nanogenerators 2500 stretchability sets new record

first_img Journal information: Nature Communications Stretchable nanogenerator. Credit: Parida et al. Published in Nature Communications © 2019 Science X Network More information: Kaushik Parida et al. “Extremely stretchable and self-healing conductor based on thermoplastic elastomer for all-three-dimensional printed triboelectric nanogenerator.” Nature Communications, volume 10, Article number: 2158 (2019) 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 Chinese team develops skin-like triboelectric nanogenerator The researchers, including Kaushik Parida, Gurunathan Thangavel, and Pooi See Lee at Nanyang Technology University and the Singapore-HUJ Alliance for Research and Enterprise (SHARE), have published their results on the highly stretchable, all-3D-printed triboelectric nanogenerator in a recent issue of Nature Communications. Triboelectric nanogenerators (TENGs) harvest energy from ambient mechanical movements, such as finger tapping, and have potential applications as wearable electronic devices. Making TENGs stretchable is difficult because the two main layers—the triboelectric layer and the conductor—usually have different elastic properties, so they tend to come apart after repeated stretching. To address this issue, in the new study the researchers used the same elastic material (polyurethane acrylate, or PUA) as the basis for both the triboelectric layer and the polymer matrix for the conductor. To increase the conductivity, the researchers also added liquid metal particles and silver flakes to the conductor. When the nanogenerator undergoes extreme stretching, the hydrogen bonds in the PUA reversibly break and reform to support the desired stretchability. At the same time, the liquid metal particle shells break and release conductive liquid metal to provide a connection between the separated silver flakes in the PUA matrix, allowing the device to maintain a high conductivity.The researchers also demonstrated that the nanogenerator can be cut apart into separate pieces, and yet still almost completely regain its original performance after a healing process consisting of 24 hours of heating. The nanogenerator is also the first in which all components were printed using a 3D printer. Previously, only the triboelectric layer has been 3D-printed, since most elastomeric materials have limited stretchability when fabricated with 3D printing. With its high stretchability and conductivity, as well as the ease of fabrication with 3D printing, the nanogenerator has potential applications as an energy harvester for small portable self-powered electronics, including LEDs and sensors. Citation: Nanogenerator’s 2500% stretchability sets new record (2019, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from By stretching like a rubber band to more than 25 times its original length, a new nanogenerator has set a new stretchability record. The triboelectric nanogenerator’s 2500% stretchability represents a significant increase over the previous best values of approximately 1000%. In addition, the device is the first triboelectric nanogenerator that is completely fabricated with 3D printing.last_img read more

The legend of Krishna

first_imgThe play Krishna staged at Kamani Auditorium during Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s annual cultural performances leaves the audience spell bound and inspired.Lord Krishna, the one with many avatars, sometimes he is looked upon as the mischevious son of Yashoda, at times love of Radha, lord of Meera and usually as the lord of wisdom imparting knowledge to Arjun on the battlefields of Kurukshetra.His legend has enthralled humanity for over three thousand years and carries with it pearls of wisdom, that enjoy as much ancient, traditional relevance as a contemporary context and in that sense retain a timeless appeal for as long as humans and their emotions exist. All these avatars of Krishna came alive on stage on stage at the Kamani Auditorium during Shriram Bharatiya Kala Kendra’s 36 edition of annual cultural performances, Krishna. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The thoroughly researched production presents the adorable maakhan chor and beloved of Radha on one hand and on the other, the invincible omnipotent Krishna, who commands with wisdom, dignity and infallible strength the flow of events in history. This drama narration directed by Shobha Singh beautifully depicts the journey of Krishna from early childhood’s youthful antics, to the centre stage of human reverence.On one side, the part of the narration where Krishna is portrayed as the notorious son made the audience dwell on the image while later when he enunciates the wisdom of the revered Bhagwad Gita, delivering practical solutions rather than pursuing blind faith dictating right and wrong inspires the audience.All facets of Krishna’s persona are treated with creative sensitivity, lending a mesmeric dynamism to the production. The showcase of violence and eventual emergence of harmony, despite all odds emerges hope for eventual peace, despite apparent chaos in the present.last_img read more

Time to turn devotional

first_imgA three- day Bhakti Sangeet festival is being organised by Delhi Government to renew the message of unconditional love. The festival that opened yesterday (9 May) will be featuring 14 devotional singers of different genres. For people who love devotional music, this festival serves as a platform to look up to. The festival brings together a wide range of devotional singers who perform bhakti music in their own different cultural forms – be it through bhajans, vedic chanting, baul singing, or qawwali and sufiana kalams. Among the singers who will be participating in the festival are Hans Raj Hans, Shubha Mudgal, Mohammad Irshad and Aslam Sabri. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The opening day of the festival was attended by S K Srivastava, Chief Secretary, Government of Delhi as Chief Guest along with Rinku Dugga, Secretary, Department of Art, Culture and Languages, Govt of Delhi.Starting with a session of Rigveda chanting by K Vasedevan Namboothiri, A M Kesavan and K Madhavan Namboothiri, the event features the baul singing of Bengal by Parvathi Baul, Punjabi Sufi kalam by Hans Raj Hans, Sagun and Abhang bhakti traditions by Sanjeev Abhayankar, and the kalam of Bulle Shah by Mohammad Irshad over three days. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’Music is an eternal natural component of human life. Even a baby who doesn’t speak responds to music beats. When you use this medium to express your unconditional love to your creator, the result can easily stir any soul. We are a nation of spirituality and we have multifarious ways of professing our love to God. Bhakti Sangeet is unique as it brings together all different genres of devotional music prevalent in India on one stage,’ says Prahlad Singh Tipania, folk singer from Madhya Pradesh who performs Kabir bhajans in the state’s Malwi folk style. On 10 May the festival will feature Buddhist Chanting (Bhutan), krishna bhakti by  O. S. Arun and Kalaam Bulle Shah by Mohammad Irshad. The closing day (11 May) will feature Shubha Mudgal singing Nirgun bhakti, Prahlad Singh Tipania with his Kabir bhakti in Malwi folf traditions and Agnihotri Bandhu rendering Ram and Hanuman bhakti.In different regions and different cultures, people develop and nurture their own bhakti and sufi traditions. The festival brings together many such different genres of bhakti from different parts of the country. It was our bhakti and sufi saints who originally laid the foundation of our composite culture and this festival is an ode to them. Where: Nehru Park, Chankya Puri, When: On till 11 MayTiming: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

Cultural heritage Oh right up our alley

first_imgWhen it comes to conserving historical sites and heritage and making sure culture is preserved, India is right up there in the list of countries who knows what to do and how to do it! And United Nations acknowledges it as well and that too a second time in a row!India has been elected for the next four years to the UN body for safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage of nations, groups and individuals.In a vote this morning at UNESCO headquarters by the General Assembly of the States Party to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, India won the election by a resounding 135 votes out a total of 142 votes cast by member states who were present and voting, said an external affairs ministry statement recently.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage has 24 members who are elected for a term of four years.The core functions of the committee are to safeguard the intangible cultural heritage (ICH), ensure respect for the intangible cultural heritage of nations, groups and individuals, as also to raise awareness at the local, national and international levels of the importance of the intangible cultural heritage.This is the second time that India has been elected to the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, the earlier term being from 2006-2010 and as the news goes, big plans are on the cards.last_img read more

Turkish delight

first_imgThe Turkish Embassy celebrated the Turkish National day with great splendor at the Embassy of the Republic of Turkey Residence on Prithviraj Road in the Capital. Navtej Singh Sarna, Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs was the distinguished Chief Guest for the evening. Several diplomats and dignitaries and social influencers attended the  event. A vibrant folk dance performance by the Giresun University Turkish Folk Dance Troupe from Turkey commenced the evening. The dance troupe, presented a very colorful and pulsating show of Turkish folk dances, with authentic costumes and traditional instruments like Kemanche and Tulum and portrayed the nature of the Black Sea region while depicting a love story. However, the showstopper of the evening was a solo performance titled ‘Zeybek Dance’ by Mr. Gökhan Barutçu, the leader of the troupe and the traditional dance show named ‘Horon’, characterized by tense and quick movements which represent the cheerful and dynamic people of the Black Sea Region. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Famous Turkish model Gulcin Karakus was also spotted at the celebrations. Karakus was crowned Miss Galaxy 2010 in Germany and Miss Turkey Tourism Queen of the Year International 2010 in  China, followed by the title of  Miss Freedom Of The World in 2011. To celebrate the Republic Day of Turkey, a master chef and a chef from the State Guest House of Turkey in Ankara were especially flown down and they dished out delicious Turkish delicacies. The event was a huge success with everyone taking back a little part of Turkey. The event took place on 29 October.last_img read more

One held for smuggling banned substances into correctional home

first_imgKolkata: The Alipore police station on Saturday night arrested a person on charges of smuggling mobile phones, narcotics, alcohol and razor blades into Alipore Central Correctional Home.The person named Mohammad Mosharaf was arrested on the basis of a tip off from Baruipur in South 24-Parganas.The name of Mosharaf had cropped up during the interrogation of Amitava Chowdhary – a medical professional attached to the prison, who was caught red-handed on the night of June 8. The sleuths had recovered four kg of marijuana, huge amount of alcohol, 35 cellphones, chargers and Rs 1.46 lakh in cash from his possession. “We have learnt that it was Mosharaf, who used to supply majority of these items to Chowdhary,” a senior police officer said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedState Correctional Administration minister Ujjal Biswas said: “We are keeping a close watch to curb the practice of smuggling things into correctional homes. There are more people involved and we will unearth the entire racket.”Four mobile phones were also recovered from the prison premises on Sunday morning. “We are trying to find out how these phones were sneaked in inspite of tight vigil,” a senior official said.The state Correctional Administration department has decided to impose fines on the inmates if they are found using cell phones inside the prison premises. The decision of the department comes in the wake of allegations regarding the use of cell phones by prisoners in a number of correctional homes across the state. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP”We have prepared a draft suggesting amendment in the West Bengal Correctional Services Act 1992 with the inclusion of this aspect of fine. It has already been sent to the Law department. We hope to pass the amendment in this regard in the monsoon session of the state Assembly,” a senior official said.It is learnt that the department has recommended to impose a fine of Rs 10,000 on inmates caught using cell phones inside the prison.last_img read more

Tourism dept looks to boost Durga Puja carnivals appeal

first_imgKolkata: The state Tourism department has decided to give a boost to the Durga Puja carnival at Red Road this year, by taking the foreign tourists to visit different places in Bengal, before or after the day of the carnival.”Last year, we found that a good number of foreign tourists had come to Bengal to witness the Durga Puja carnival at Red Road. We want to showcase the beauty of Bengal to these tourists by taking them to explore different places before or after the event. So, we will be coming up with some attractive packages to woo the foreigners,” said Atri Bhattacharya, state Principal Secretary, Tourism, at the inauguration of the three-day Travel and Tourism Fair (TTF) at Netaji Indoor stadium on Friday. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe state government is also trying its best to boost home stay tourism in the state. A number of homestays across the state have already been linked with the website of West Bengal Tourism Development Corporation and online bookings can be made through the website.Bangladesh Tourism minister Shahjahan Kamal, whowas also present at the inaugural programme, said bothIndia and his country have taken steps to ensure easy and hurdle-free travel for the tourists. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJP”The two countries have taken measures to increase connectivity through roads, rail and air, facilitating tourists from India to visit Bangladesh easily,” he said.According to the minister, Bangladesh is not only a “culturally rich” country and a land of natural beauty, but also boasts of the world’s largest unbroken beach at Coxbazar.There are nine daily flights that operate between the two countries daily, apart from train services connecting Kolkata with Dhaka and Khulna. Nepal Consul General in Kolkata Ek Narayan Aryal said the three neighbours can sew up a tourist circuit.”India, Nepal and Bangladesh are very close neighbours. We can create a tourist circuit to reach out to people of the three countries,” Aryal maintained.Altogether 13 countries and 28 Indian states are participating in the tourism fair, which is in its 30th year, said Sanjiv Agarwal, the CEO of Fairfest – the organiser of the event.last_img read more

TMC practices syndicate of the people says Abhishek

first_imgKolkata: Abhishek Banerjee, Trinamool Congress MP and president of the party’s youth wing, has urged people to help Trinamool Congress candidates win all the 42 Lok Sabha seats in Bengal and ensure that the BJP does not get a single seat.Addressing a counter-rally at Midnapore College Grounds where Prime Minister Narendra Modi had addressed a meeting on July 16, Banerjee said: “Our supremo Mamata Banerjee had set a target for the party to defeat the BJP in 2019 Lok Sabha election at the Martyr’s Day programme held on July 21. She had said we have to win all the 42 seats in the state and oust the saffron party from the Centre in 2019.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”They (BJP) had claimed that they would win 22 seats. We have to ensure that they do not even win that much seats in the state. Let us take a pledge to oust the BJP from Delhi in 2019 and establish a government that will ensure communal harmony, benefit of the farmers and advancement of health and education,” he added.Taking a dig at the Prime Minister, who had alleged that the ruling Trinamool Congress runs a syndicate raj in the state, Banerjee stated: “I admit that the Trinamool Congress is running a syndicate. It has been practicing the “syndicate of the people” that ended 34 years of Left Front Rule in the state in 2011, established peace in Maoist-affected Junglemahal and restored tranquility in Darjeeling hills by breaking the unholy nexus of Bimal Gurung and Roshan Giri. We are forming a new people’s syndicate in the days to come to topple the BJP government Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedfrom power”.Banerjee also reiterated that Modi had done very little for the Hindus in the country. Accusing the BJP of creating a rift between the Hindus and the Muslims, he said: “We will not let that happen”.He also mentioned that the PM had taken up a project of cleaning River Ganga (Namami Gange) and allocated a budget of Rs 3,000 crore but not even a pond was cleaned.He further alleged that the BJP had brought people from four neighbouring states and 10 neighbouring districts for the Prime Minister’s rally. “There were vehicles from states like Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and Odisha, while it was difficult to spot even a single farmer, despite calling it as a farmer’s welfare meeting,” he maintained. He dared the Prime Minister to organise a similar programme in states like Maharashtra and Madhya Pradesh that had witnessed a number of farmer suicides.Apart from Banerjee, senior TMC leaders like Partha Chatterjee, Suvendu Adhikari, Firhad Hakim, Subrata Bakshi also claimed that the TMC would win all the 42 seats in the state and the BJP would not be able to win a single seat.last_img read more

Centre yet to synchronise research institutions

first_imgIt’s been 19 months  since Prime Minister Narendra Modi promised to bring all research works under one roof, but the Ministry of Science and Technology (MoS&T) has not yet synchronised its different research wings. Though the MoS&T had held several rounds of deliberations with all research institutes under it in the past 19 months, but nothing much to avail.In total, there are 70 research institutes only under Science and Technology Ministry and when research institutions of other ministries are included the figure may go over 300 such as Ministries of Earth Sciences, Health, Food Processing, Defence, Human Resource Development, Petroleum, etc. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damAs per the latest update, the S&T Ministry is still brainstorming over resolving different issues to finalise the uniform framework for it. Talking to Millennium Post, Union MoS&T Harsh Vardhan said, “We have asked heads of all the institutes to seat together and finalise a coordination policy as there are several instances that two research institutes are working on similar subject without the knowledge of each other.”Defending the ministry’s stand, Vardhan said, “It’s a long process, which will take time, but the good news is that we are close to finalising a policy which would focus on public cause centric research work. It’s need of the hour for all the research institutions to coordinate with  Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeeach other.”Stressing on need of bringing all the research bodies under one roof, Vardhan said, “There are several institutions of different ministries doing their own research work. When they would come under one umbrella, the research work would be more adept and cost-effective too.”The Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) is engaged in developing new vaccines, which is also being done by Central Scientific Research Institute (CSIR) laboratories and there is no coordination between both the institutions, resulting into double expenditure for developing one technology. “A huge amount of fund is being pumped in by the Centre for promoting research related works to address the fundamental issues such as health, malnutrition, farming, clean drinking water, etc, but the outcome is not in proportion to the expenditure,” said an official of Department of Science & Technology on the condition of not to be named.Adding further the senior official said, “Take the example of Indian Science Congress (ISC), the ministry spends above Rs 20 crore per year on holding the event, but its outcome gets buried in different science journals.”last_img read more

Firhad Hakim Ujjal Biswas visit Baruipur correctional home

first_imgKolkata: State Urban Development minister Firhad Hakim, along with state Correctional Administration minister Ujjal Biswas, visited the premises of the correctional home in Baruipur to inspect the progress of work. The state government has plans to shift the Alipore Central Correctional Home to Baruipur.”We are in the last phase of work for the interior of the prison. It will have the capacity to house as many as 4,000 inmates. The Kolkata Metropolitan Development Authority (KMDA) has to do some work pertaining to the infrastructure for the prison like roads, drinking water and sewerage. We are hopeful that the shift will be effective by this year,” said Biswas. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to sources in KMDA, some work inside the prison needs to be completed on the part of KMDA, for which truckloads of construction material is going inside the premises along the road leading to the prison. “We will have to spruce up this road network which can be done only when such heavy goods vehicles stop plying. As soon as the Correctional Administration (CA) department gives us the green signal regarding this, we will build the road infrastructure which will take less than two weeks,” a senior official of KMDA said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKMDA has already completed the work for drinking water supply inside the prison. “We have informed the CA department that we are ready to do the trial for this purpose whenever they want,” the official added. For the drainage facilities, the height of the compound in the interior of the prison needs to be elevated for the water to drain out. “We have informed the CA department to take steps to do the needful,” the KMDA official said. The Correctional Administration department has plans to shift around 700 prisoners in the first phase and gradually move forward. The present accommodation capacity in Alipore Central Correctional Home is 1,900. But there are above 2,200 inmates at present. In the correctional home, there are many cells which are of immense historical importance and according to an official of the correctional home, those are now heritage sites. There are around 30 heritage cells. There is a single-storeyed building in which Jawaharlal Nehru was imprisoned by the British for three to four months in 1934. There is another two-storeyed heritage building with ten lockups in each floor, where freedom fighters including Chittaranjan Das, Jatindra Mohan Sengupta, Bidhan Chandra Roy and Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose were imprisoned in the 1930s.last_img read more

Reaching out to a wider audience

first_imgTo maintain the importance and to spread awareness about a folk form, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism, released a publication and a set of DVDs providing a rich and spectacular repository of information on ‘Bhand Pather’, the celebrated folk theatre form Kashmir, at IGNCA in the national Capital. The publication titled, ‘An Illustrated Monograph of Bhand Pather, the Folk Theatre of Kashmir’, celebrates the Bhand folk theatre, which is among the five theatre forms mentioned in Bharatamuni’s Natyashastra.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The DVD contains 50 minutes of select portions of the Bhand Pather plays performed by Bhand Troupe from Kashmir. In Bhand Pather stories recalling the lives of sages or some contemporary real or fictional figures are enacted out. The storylines (or pathers) are often satirical, and farce is an essential component of these plays. In addition, the minister also released a set of four DVDs, containing four plays of Surabhi Theatre, namely Sri Krishnaleelalu, Bhakta Prahlad, Balanagamma and Maya Bazaar. Surabhi is the oldest institution of Family Theatre flourishing in Andhra Pradesh for the last 130 years.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“It is more important today to dwell on the heritage (virasat) that we will leave behind for the next generation rather than merely boasting of what we inherited,” observed Dr Sharma, while releasing the publication and DVDs.The minister also spoke of the vast and thoughtful mandate of the IGNCA and emphasised on the need to take its work to more and more people across the country. “There is a need to increase the outreach of the Centre, which celebrated its Silver Jubilee three years ago,” he noted.Those present on the occasion included Narendra Kumar Sinha, Secretary, Ministry of Culture; and the other IGNCA Trustees — Dr  Sonal Mansingh, Dr Chandra Prakash Dwivedi, Nitin Chandrakant Desai, Dr K Arvinda Rao, Vasudeo Kamath, Dr Bharat Gupt, Dr M Seshan, Rathi Vinay Jha, Prof Nirmala Sharma, Dr Padma Subrahmanyam, Dr Saryu Doshi, Prasoon Joshi, Daya Prakash Sinha and Birad Rajaram Yajnik.last_img read more

West Bengal celebrates Rosogolla Dibas

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government is celebrating Wednesday as “Rosogolla Dibas” to commemorate the first anniversary of the sweetmeat getting Geographical Indication (GI) tag as ‘West Bengal’s Rosogolla’. As a mark of its celebrations, different varieties of rosogollas are being showcased in the stalls of the ‘Mishti Hub’, set up in one part of the Eco Park in New Town area. “Banglar Rosogolla got the GI tag last year on this day. We are observing this day as #RosogollaDibas at #MistiHub in #Kolkata to mark this sweet occasion. Everyone is welcome,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle today. On November 14 last year, West Bengal received the GI tag for Rosogolla, a ball-shaped cottage cheese dipped in a light syrup of sugar. The GI tag is a sign that identifies a product as originating from a particular place.last_img read more

5th statelevel sports meet for inmates of social welfare homes inaugurated at

first_imgKolkata: Sujit Bose, state Fire and Emergency Services minister (Independent Charge) inaugurated the 5th State Level Sports Cultural Meet for the inmates of social welfare homes at the complex of Sports Authority of India, Salt Lake.Siddiqualla Chowdhury, minister of state for Mass Education, Extension and Library Services department, Sambaran Banerjee, former cricketer, Mouma Das, Indian women table tennis player were present at the inaugural function. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalFifty social welfare homes across the state are categorised under state welfare homes, aided homes and sponsored homes. Destitute children within the age group of 6 to 18 years are taken care in these homes. As the state government bears the entire responsibility of food, lodging and education of the children hailing from marginally placed families, they are also encouraged to take part in athletic events for achieving a healthy student life. Starting from 2014, in the fifth version of the event, this year the two-day event is being organised in a grand manner. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedApart from hosting a sports competition among the inmates of child welfare homes, a cultural competition has also been scheduled. Around 900 children from 50 such institutions have been enlisted for the sports meet. In total, 32 events will be there in the Sports Meet that would include 100-metre dash, 200-metre run, high jump, long jump etc, arranged separately for boys and girls. Winners of each game will be felicitated with awards, while a talent hunt will be organised later only for the champions and the selected ones will get direct access to Sports Authority of India (SAI). On the first day of the event, a cultural meet will take place for these children. Dance, drama and drawing competitions will also be held as part of the programme.last_img read more

Online report system reveals malpractices at Calcutta Medical College Hospital

first_imgKolkata: Until a few months ago, the pathology department of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital use to get around 800 blood samples a day. However, after an online system of blood report collection was introduced at the hospital, the number of samples reduced to around 300.It was found that several unauthorised persons from private pathological centres had been submitting blood samples at the medical college to get the tests done at no cost. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to a source, before the online system was introduced around 800 blood samples were deposited at the pathology department of the hospital. Under this system, the patient or his family members had to fill up a requisition form issued by the pathology department of the hospital. The patient party used to get two copies of the filled up requisition form and a date was issued by authorities for blood collection. On the day of collection, the hospital authorities use to take one copy from the patient and wrap it around the sample container. After the examination process was completed, the patient used to get the report from the pathology department by submitting the other copy to the pathology department. Some persons from a few private pathological centres around the Calcutta Medical College and Hospital were using these forms to get blood reports of their patients from the pathology department of the medical college and hospital. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThey used the findings of the reports, provided by the pathology department of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital, to come up with their own reports. These pathological centres charged a good amount of money to hand over these reports to their patients. Superintendent of Calcutta Medical College and Hospital Indranil Biswas said the hospital authority used to get several complaints of missing reports and there were allegations that people working with private pathology centres were using the pathology department of the medical college and hospital to conduct tests for their patients. “After the online system was introduced, the requisition form was obsolete. Now, the registration number of the patient, which is printed on the outdoor ticket, is the only identification,” said Biswas. A source said after the online system was introduced, the number of sample deposit has come down to around 300 a day. It is alleged that a section of staff of the medical college and hospital were involved in corruption.last_img read more

Betwixt hair and wings

first_imgCurator and critic Georgina Maddox presents an evocative reflection on the works of Ritu Kamath at the Lalit Kala Akademi. Maddox refers to authors Gananath Obeyesekere, Alf Hiltebeitel, Barbara D. Miller – Hair – Its power and meaning in Asian Cultures (1998) in a section titled Confucian Korea: “Uncut, however, does not imply unruly. The long hair was never allowed to hang freely. It was controlled: knotted or braided in particular ways, each style specifying aspects of the wearer’s social position. Children’s hair was parted in the middle and braided, the long braids hanging down their backs, boys with one braid and girls with one or two (Bishop 1898:127, Rutt 1972:25).” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAmong the many works on display, it is the hair series that catch your eye. Ritu says she thought of the series as an autobiographical echo-a release from the bondage and rules and regulations that one has had to follow because of dogmas that tame and tie down a woman’s hair. In this series, lustrous lush locks of braids and long strands spill over onto an eight-foot-long charcoal sheet of paper giving us a universal semblance of locks plaited as well as long and languorous tresses that fly with the gust of wind. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTo Maddox in a conversation Ritu affirms:”Hair is a powerful metaphor in the Hindu mythology. The myths represent traditional sacred stories, typically revolving around the activities of gods and goddesses and heroes that purport to explain natural phenomena or cultural practices. Tracing back the importance and significance of human hair to the dawn of civilisation of the Indian subcontinent, we find that all the Vedic gods and goddesses have used hair to convey a message.” “Draupadi is the greatest example,” states Ritu. “When Dushasana pulled apart her Triveni (triple braid) at the dice game, the Kauravas did not just defile her, they tore apart familial ties and the dharmic order, say scholars.””Hair-binding in Indian culture has been traditionally associated with femininity, her role in society, her duty and deference to her husband. For the next 13 years, she kept hers unbound, signifying that the Pandavas lost their marital rights to her. Neither Draupadi nor the world could be pure until dharma was restored.”In an age of cancer and the aftermath of chemotherapy in many parts of the world, Kamath treatise on hair makes us stop and think about the whys and wherefores in a world that is built on pretensions and practices and everyday idioms of dos and donts in customs and culture-specific dialogues. On a historical mythic context these monochromatic drawings of hair present a flashback Greco Roman tales and the many legends of men and women who had long lustrous locks and therein lies their ageless dimension.last_img read more

KVIC opens its first retail outlet

first_imgTaking ahead the Prime Minister’s vision – ‘Khadi’ for the nation, Khadi for fashion and Khadi for transformation’ – KVIC launched its first Khadi India franchisee store in Lajpat Nagar on July 31. This initiative would help in revolutionizing Khadi, besides bringing a vital change in the lives of farmers and artisans involved in the business.While launching the store, Union Minister of State (I/C) for Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) Giriraj Singh said, “It is a great opportunity for India to get recognition in the international market for Khadi’s quality and its product. Solar charkhas have been installed for redefining the future of Indian weavers. It as a commercial brand has given a scope of diversification and helped in building a relationship with the artisans and consumer.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfCorroborating Prime Minister’s message in ‘Mann ki Baat’ that buying the Khadi is similar to lighting a lamp in someone’s house, he said: “Unlike other parties, we are not using Mahatma Gandhi’s name to have political mileage, burying his principles and ideologies. Our government has proved that Khadi can be the best medium of employment generation for youths.”The vision behind the initiative is to boost MSME in the country as it contributes 45 percent of the overall export from India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe sector also provides employment to 120 million people and hence is a booming industry.In recent years, production and sales of Khadi tremendously increased. Speaking about the same, Vinai Kumar Saxena, Chairman, KVIC said, “We have set a bigger target of achieving Rs,5000 crore in Khadi sales by 2018-19, with the turnover of Rs 65,000crore. Besides getting immense popularity in the country, it has won accolades globally and we are working out to make Khadi as the global fabric. The brand has taken the initiative ‘Khadi Mitra’ only – women to develop self-reliance and self-esteem in them.” The “Go Khadi” agenda will further promote Khadi weaving units (Sanstha’s), where all the artisans are putting all their efforts and skills to provide us with the best products. Buying any product from khadi store will, in turn, help them progress.The franchisee store houses a collection of village industry products and clothing for men and women and is jointly run by two telecom distributors Amit Mathur and Amit Singh. Products at Khadi are unique, budget friendly and designed for youth.last_img read more

EC cracks down on Mahadev Sarkar over comment on Mahua

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission on Friday barred BJP leader from Nadia district Mahadev Sarkar from holding any public meetings, processions, public rallies, road shows, interviews or public utterances in social, print and audio visual media, for a period of 48 hours. The timing of the ban on Sarkar, who is the Nadia district president of BJP, will be in effect from 4 pm today (Friday) till 4.00 pm on Sunday. The stringent action by the Commission comes in the wake of Sarkar violating the model code of conduct, by making offensive and sexually coloured remarks against Mahua Moitra, Trinamool Congress candidate from the Krishnanagar seat, during a public meeting at Krishnanagar Government College on April 22. The Commission has strongly condemned the statement in its order. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe office of the Chief Electoral Officer in Bengal had issued a show-cause notice to Sarkar and after the latter gave his reply, it was sent to the Commission’s head office in Delhi. Dissatisfied with the reply of the BJP leader, the Commission took action against him. “He has not denied making the alleged comments that have been ascribed to him in the complaint made by Mahua Moitra. He has, however, maintained that the alleged matter does not come under the MCC,” the order copy of the EC read. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned that the Commission has already issued a direction to all political parties to refrain from any deeds/actions that may be construed as being repugnant to the honour and dignity of women. Moitra had filed a writ petition at the Supreme Court, pointing out certain offensive and sexually coloured remarks by Sarkar against her. The bench, comprising Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice Sanjiv Khanna, disposed her plea on Thursday by directing the Commission to pass ‘necessary’ orders in the matter ‘forthwith’. “I am happy that the Commission has taken strong action. BJP leaders have often been found making objectionable comments during election rallies. They should take this as a lesson and be careful before making such remarks during political meetings and rallies,” Moitra said.last_img read more

Bringing indigenous fashion into limelight

first_imgThe Fashion Design Council of India returned to the City of Joy with a glorious, craft-rich exposition by local designer Anamika Khanna, held under the aegis of the Ministry of Textiles, on January 7.The event was follow-up to the stunning fashion show organised by the FDCI at Delhi’s historic Red Fort on January 5. That show was held in the surreal setting of the Sawan Pavilion and Zafar Mahal, and was the first of its kind. A celebration of Indian craft and textile, Anamika’s collection of 42 outfits, in a colour palette that included ivory, indigo, black, silver and gold, used indigenous materials like jute and khadi along with silk chanderi and muslin. For the first time, jute was used for embellishments and to create an entire garment. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe event was held in the beautifully-restored, 185-year-old Currency Building in Dalhousie, and was attended by the Union Textile Minister, Smriti Z Irani, the Textile Secretary, Raghvendra Singh, and other dignitaries. It was part of the Textile Ministry’s ‘Artisan Speak’ outreach initiative to pay tribute to India’s glorious legacy of handlooms and the people behind them. The Kolkata exposition was part of a four-day Textile Ministry event promoting Indian handloom, handicraft, silk and jute. Speaking about the show, FDCI President Sunil Sethi said, “We’re delighted to be working once again with the Textile Ministry, on an exposition that showcases indigenous materials like jute and silk, and that too at a beautiful location like the Old Currency Building.”last_img read more