Facebook launches Facebook for Every Phone Java app for feature phones

first_imgWith all the noise made by smartphone makers and their apps, you’d almost think that smartphones dominate the world cell phone market, but you’d be wrong, it’s actually something called the feature phone; a not quite dumb cell phone, but not a smartphone either, it’s something in-between. Unlike dumb cell phones, that can’t do much of anything but place telephone calls, or smartphones that are really just little computers running an operating system (iOS, Android, etc.), feature phones are relatively inexpensive devices that rely on apps alone to provide services to their users. And while smartphone sales are expected to surpass those for feature phones in the United States this year, the same cannot be said for worldwide sales, and this is why Facebook has launched an app that it says, will work on almost any feature phone across the globe; well, except maybe many of those in the U.S. This is because it’s a Java based app, and many feature phones in the U.S. are based on something called the BREW platform which does not natively include a Java virtual machine.The new app, called “Facebook for Every Phone” will allow users around the world, (Facebook now claims to have 750 million active users worldwide, 80% of them outside the U.S) to find their Facebook friends, view their inbox and newsfeeds and to view and upload photos.Facebook says the app will be useable by some 2,500 different phone models and at least 20 global carriers in countries such as Germany, the U.K., India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, the Philippines, Indonesia, Pakistan, Turkey, and Brazil.As part of the release, Facebook also said that it will pay for the first 90 days of data transmission incurred by users of the app, which can be purchased in app stores or can be downloaded at m.facebook.com; the app has been optimized to minimize data use, Facebook says, and so users should find it relatively inexpensive to use.Also, noting that there are still an awful lot of feature phone users in the U.S. Facebook has also stated as part of its announcement, that it intends to extend it it’s app to even more handsets in the future, which if it comes to fruition, certainly would make the app’s moniker, ring a little more true. Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com Vonage makes free Facebook phone call app Citation: Facebook launches “Facebook for Every Phone” Java app for feature phones (2011, July 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-facebook-java-app-feature.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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Electric twoseater Volocopter is tested in Germany w Video

first_img Volocopter VC200 First Flight As for safety, the team notes that an integral part of the safety of the Volocopter is the redundancy of its components, such that the Volocopter is safe to fly even if several drive units fail. (Even if the range extender fails, a safe landing is ensured by additional batteries.) The Volocopters are fitted with a parachute that lets the entire aircraft sink to the ground in the case of an emergency. Citation: Electric two-seater Volocopter is tested in Germany (w/ Video) (2013, November 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-electric-two-seater-volocopter-germany-video.html Explore further Volocopter VC200: Assembly at GreenTec Awards, Berlin 2013 More information: www.e-volo.com/ (Phys.org) —The flying machine looks something like a helicopter but it is quite different and is intended to be a future answer to the greening of noisy, vibration-heavy helicopters as we have known them. A two-seater prototype of the Volocopter, by the company e-volo, made its maiden voyage earlier this month in Karlsruhe, Germany. The team used a prototype of the two-person VC200. Based on this model, it will be prepared for series production. Billed by its makers as “the world’s first green helicopter,” the emission-free Volocopter is a vertical take-off and landing manned aircraft, with features that set it apart from conventional aircraft. For one, the machine, instead of being kitted out with one combustion engine, carries eighteen electrically driven rotors to propel it. Through the propellers, the Volocopter can take off and land vertically just as does a helicopter. The team responsible for the machine said the 18 rotors present a considerable advantage, apart from the simple construction not requiring complex mechanics. The advantage is said to be in the redundancy of drives. This enables the safe landing of the Volocopter even if some drives fail.center_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. © 2013 Phys.org During the first flights of the prototype in November, the team made note that the device had a lower noise level than conventional helicopters, confirmation of no noticeable vibrations in flight, and an efficient spring strut landing gear. Speaking about vibrations, e-volo’s Stephan Wolf said that vibrations in the structure of a plane have been problems for normal helicopters, and that vibrations together with the high noise level have led to passenger discomfort but their “green” version resolves such issues. Wolf and Alexander Zosel, CEO, stated that “not even the HD video cameras secured to the exterior carbon ring of the rotor plane captured the least vibrations.”The VC200 two-seater Volocopter plans involve the following characteristics: a cruising speed of at least 54 kn (100 km/h); a flight altitude of up to 6500 ft; maximum take-off weight of 450 kg; and more than one hour of flight time. (At present, a battery flight time of 20 minutes is possible, according to the company site, but in the near future this will be extended to one hour or more.) E volo was the winner of the 2012 Lindbergh Prize for Innovation. “We believe that the development of the Volocopter holds significant promise to radically change short distance transportation,” said Erik Lindbergh. “It has a long development path ahead, but if this innovative design reaches the commercial market it will dramatically change the way we move about the planet.” Eurocopter demonstrates new emergency backup electric motor for helicopterslast_img read more

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Scientists use shapefixing nanoreactor to make a better fuel cell catalyst

first_img To address this challenge, scientists in a new study have developed a way to synthesize materials with a large number of active sites that also ensures that the active sites are accessible to all of the species (electrons, protons, oxygen, and water molecules, etc.) involved in the reactions. They’ve done this by synthesizing highly porous carbon nanomaterials, in which the pores act as open channels to transport various species to their particular active sites within the carbon framework. The resulting catalyst, when incorporated into a PEMFC, has a peak power (600 mW/cm2) that is among the best of the non-platinum, non-precious-metal catalysts developed to date. In addition, the researchers explain that the method stands out because it produces the catalysts at a higher yield than any other previous method, in which most products are lost at high temperatures.The researchers, led by Zidong Wei, Professor of Chemistry at Chongqing University in China, have published their work on the new PEMFC catalyst in a recent issue of the Journal of the American Chemical Society.The researchers describe the new high-yield method as “shape fixing” because it allows for the construction of carbon nanomaterials with a similar structure and morphology as their polymer precursors. The process of shape-fixing involves pouring a supersaturated sodium chloride (NaCl) solution onto a 3D polyaniline (PANI) carbon-based polymer in a beaker, which results in the water evaporating and NaCl recrystallizing around the PANI until the PANI is fully covered by crystals, almost appearing as if it is buried in a block of ice. Because the NaCl fully seals the PANI, the researchers explain that the NaCl can be thought of as a nanoreactor. Inside this nanoreactor, the PANI is heated in the processes of pyrolysis and gasification, while various raw materials are added. In the end, the gasification of the various materials in the enclosed space causes the formation of many pores, and the carbonized PANI retains its original 3D shape due to previously being shape-fixed by the NaCl crystal. Further, as the researchers explain, the active sites created in this method are especially highly active. “The most important results of this work are that the morphology of the polymer is well transferred to the final carbonized materials, more active sites are generated, and it achieves a high production yield,” Wei told Phys.org.The end result is a material with a high density of active sites in easily accessible locations (pores), making it very well-suited as a carbon-based catalyst for proton-exchange membrane fuel cells. The researchers hope to further improve upon the new method in the future, such as by finding new polymer precursors that may perform better than polyaniline. Aerogel catalyst shows promise for fuel cells Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society Explore further More information: Wei Ding, et al. “Shape Fixing via Salt Recrystallization: A Morphology-Controlled Approach To Convert Nanostructured Polymer to Carbon Nanomaterial as a Highly Active Catalyst for Oxygen Reduction Reaction.” Journal of the American Chemical Society. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b00292 Citation: Scientists use shape-fixing nanoreactor to make a better fuel cell catalyst (2015, May 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-05-scientists-shape-fixing-nanoreactor-fuel-cell.htmlcenter_img The shape fixing via salt recrystallization method produces porous, carbon-based fuel cell catalysts with a large number of active sites. Credit: Ding, et al. ©2015 American Chemical Society (Phys.org)—Proton-exchange membrane fuel cells (PEMFCs) are lightweight fuel cells being developed for applications in vehicles and portable electronics. One of the biggest challenges facing their development is the need for expensive platinum-based catalysts. In an effort to lower the cost, scientists are looking for ways to either reduce the amount of platinum required or completely replace the platinum with a less expensive material. But so far, alternative materials have not performed nearly as well as platinum, mainly because they have fewer and less accessible “active sites”—locations where the catalyzed reactions can occur. © 2015 Phys.org 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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Cytochrome P450 synthetic analogs are temperaturedependent valence tautomers

first_img Explore further Citation: Cytochrome P450 synthetic analogs are temperature-dependent valence tautomers (2016, June 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-cytochrome-p450-synthetic-analogs-temperature-dependent.html Revealing the ligand-hole localization behaviors in oxides with unusual high-valence Fe Ctochrome P450. Credit: Wikipedia Something that has puzzled chemists for many years is why synthetic analogs of cytochrome P450 are much more sensitive to degradation from O2 than its enzyme form. In an effort to better understand this discrepancy Pradip Kumar Das, Subhra Samanta, Ashley B. McQuarters, Nicolai Lehnert, and Abhishek Dey of the Indian Association for the Cultivation of Science and the University of Michigan examined the electronic structure of four different iron porphyrin complexes using resonance Raman, electron paramagnetic resonance, and 1H NMR spectroscopy. They found that the iron porphyrins are temperature dependent valence tautomers, ferric thiolate and ferrous thiyl, which may play a key role in O2 sensitivity. Their research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.The stable form of the cytochrome P450 active site contains Fe3+ coordinated to a thiolate. It will only react with O2 when Fe3+ is reduced to Fe2+. However, in synthetic analogues the Fe3+ porphyrin complex degrades in the presence of O2. Oxygen will oxidize the thiolate ligand unless it is sterically protected. The difference between the enzyme and the synthetic analogs is likely due the electronic structure. To understand the electron structure of these iron porphyrins, Das, et al. tested four known compounds with variances in the thiolate ligand. The first compound contains an alkyl thiolate ligand and is unstable in air. The second compound has a bulky aliphatic complex that sterically protects the thiolate group and is stable in air. The third complex has a benzylic group attached to the thiolate and is stable in air. The fourth compound has an aromatic thiolate and is unstable in air.Each of these compounds was tested with resonance Raman (rR), electron paramagnetic resonance (EPR), and 1H NMR spectroscopy. Resonance Raman for all four compounds indicated that there are two different species present at room temperature, but only one present at low temperatures. The two species have frequencies suggestive of a high- and low-spin Fe3+ state and a high-spin Fe2+ state. Low temperatures seem to only contain compounds with Fe3+. These results were corroborated with EPR spectroscopy which indicated the presence of a radical species at room temperature. This radical species is likely the Fe2+—RS• radical, or the thiyl radical, a valence tautomer to the Fe3+—RS- complex. Proton NMR studies, while perhaps indicative of two species present at room temperature, were less conclusive. Variable temperature resonance Raman and variable temperature EPR studies showed that as the temperature decreases, less Fe2+ was present. However, Das, et al. found that the signal is reversible. As temperature increased, the radical signal returned. In all four compounds there seemed to be a valence tautomerism between Fe3+ thiolate and Fe2+ thiyl radical. Analysis of the temperature studies indicated that the Fe3+ thiolate tautomer is energetically favored while the Fe2+ thiyl radical is entropically favored.Solid state studies confirmed that there is apparently a change in geometry in the solution state that does not occur in the solid state, again, indicating a tautomer.Finally, the aliphatic and benzylic complexes were immobilized on a silver surface to test the effects of hydrogen bonding on the stability of the iron porphyrins. In an organic solvent, such as THF, the complex degrades in the presence of O2. However, when only 0.5% water, by volume, was added, then the complex is stable in the presence of O2. Hydrogen bonding must play a role in stabilizing the Fe3+ thiolate complex.This research provides essential insight to a decades-long mystery regarding synthetic analogs of cytochrome P450. Iron porphyrin analogs exist as a valence tautomer at room temperature, which likely enhances the compound’s sensitivity to O2. Furthermore, hydrogen bonding likely plays an essential role in stabilizing the enzyme’s ground state. More information: Pradip Kumar Das et al. Valence tautomerism in synthetic models of cytochrome P450, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2016). DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1600525113center_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. Cytochrome P450 is a well-known family of enzymes that are involved in drug metabolism. The active site contains a heme chemical structure in which an iron atom is bound to the heme cofactor within the enzyme. The oxidation state of the iron plays a key role in catalysis, notably in oxidizing organic compounds using O2, and an iron-sulfur bond is a key component to the enzyme’s function. Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences © 2016 Phys.orglast_img read more

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Study of monotreme and marsupial brains suggests hemispheres communicated before development of

first_img Citation: Study of monotreme and marsupial brains suggests hemispheres communicated before development of corpus callosum (2018, September 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-09-monotreme-marsupial-brains-hemispheres-corpus.html A team of researchers with The University of Queensland has found evidence suggesting that mammalian brain hemispheres had a means of communicating long before the development of the corpus callosum. In their paper published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the group describes mammalian brain studies they conducted using MRIs and what they found. © 2018 Phys.org New research links brain structure with hallucinations and musical aptitude Explore further More information: Rodrigo Suárez el al., “A pan-mammalian map of interhemispheric brain connections predates the evolution of the corpus callosum,” PNAS (2018). www.pnas.org/cgi/doi/10.1073/pnas.1808262115AbstractThe brain of mammals differs from that of all other vertebrates, in having a six-layered neocortex that is extensively interconnected within and between hemispheres. Interhemispheric connections are conveyed through the anterior commissure in egg-laying monotremes and marsupials, whereas eutherians evolved a separate commissural tract, the corpus callosum. Although the pattern of interhemispheric connectivity via the corpus callosum is broadly shared across eutherian species, it is not known whether this pattern arose as a consequence of callosal evolution or instead corresponds to a more ancient feature of mammalian brain organization. Here we show that, despite cortical axons using an ancestral commissural route, monotremes and marsupials share features of interhemispheric connectivity with eutherians that likely predate the origin of the corpus callosum. Based on ex vivo magnetic resonance imaging and tractography, we found that connections through the anterior commissure in both fat-tailed dunnarts (Marsupialia) and duck-billed platypus (Monotremata) are spatially segregated according to cortical area topography. Moreover, cell-resolution retrograde and anterograde interhemispheric circuit mapping in dunnarts revealed several features shared with callosal circuits of eutherians. These include the layered organization of commissural neurons and terminals, a broad map of connections between similar (homotopic) regions of each hemisphere, and regions connected to different areas (heterotopic), including hyperconnected hubs along the medial and lateral borders of the cortex, such as the cingulate/motor cortex and claustrum/insula. We therefore propose that an interhemispheric connectome originated in early mammalian ancestors, predating the evolution of the corpus callosum. Because these features have been conserved throughout mammalian evolution, they likely represent key aspects of neocortical organizationcenter_img The corpus callosum is the largest mass of white matter in the human brain. Its purpose is to serve as a bridge between the two hemispheres, allowing fast, smooth communications between the two. All placental mammals have a corpus callosum, but for some reason, the other two main groups of mammals do not. Instead of a corpus callosum, marsupials (pouched mammals) and monotremes (egg laying mammals) have a simple network of nerve fibers that connect their brain hemispheres. In this new effort, the researchers wondered if the nerve fiber networks once occurred in placentals prior to the evolution of the corpus callosum. To learn more about that possibility, the researchers studied the nerve fiber network of a fat-tailed dunnart (a marsupial) and a platypus (a monotreme) using MRI scans.The researchers found patterns in the scans reminiscent of the corpus callosum in both the marsupial and monotreme brains. The patterns included long range connections between hemispheres, which, the researchers noted, suggests similar functions. They claim this is possible evidence showing that the corpus callosum did not evolve independently, but is due to the continued evolution of the nerve fiber networks that all three types of mammals once shared.The researchers also suggest their findings indicate that mammalian brains require very specific types of connections in order to facilitate proper communication between hemispheres—the types of connections found in both nerve fiber networks and the corpus callosum. The study also shows the likelihood that nerve fiber networks developed approximately 80 million years before the development of the corpus callosum. The team concludes by pointing out that their findings could prove valuable for research in other areas, such as studies of people with abnormal brain connectivity problems. White matter fiber architecture of the brain. Credit: Human Connectome Project. 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 Scienceslast_img read more

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Firearms Museum Focuses On Gun Safety History

first_img https://ondemand.npr.org/anon.npr-mp3/npr/wesun/2019/08/20190825_wesun_firearms_… Firearms Museum Focuses On Gun Safety, History And Culture by NPR News Kamila Kudelska 8.25.19 8:46am Tucked away in the northwest corner of Wyoming is one of the largest gun collections in the world: The Cody Firearms Museum. But it’s recently gotten a makeover, moving away away from being a monument to guns and toward being an educational space on gun safety, history and culture. The museum is located at the Buffalo Bill Center of the West alongside four other museums and near the east entrance to Yellowstone National Park. So often, people just happen upon it. That was the case for Kim Cato and her family, visiting from Idaho. “We were not planning to go in here,” Cato said. Cato said that’s because of her own previous experience with the museum. “I was here as a child and my dad dragged me through it and it was just rows and rows of guns and it was just not exciting.” But now, the recently renovated museum seemed more intriguing. So Cato and her husband Kevin, their 12-year-old son, Tyson, and 15-year-old daughter, Jillian, took a tour with Ashley Hlebinsky, the curator. People and technology”So we’re actually going to start right here,” said Hlebinsky, as she led the family to the mission statement plastered in big letters on a wall at the entrance of the museum. “A lot of times when you talk about firearms history, you think about the history of technology, but it’s also a history of people, and with that history of people it can be good, bad and indifferent.” In an effort to address the good, the bad, and the indifferent, the first gallery is focused on basic firearm safety, especially where kids are involved. There’s an interactive table and the first thing you see, “Do you know what to do if they [children] are out in the real world and they encounter a real firearm?”Under the question, a set of rules are mounted at a height designed to be read by children. They include: Stop. Don’t touch the firearm. Get an adult or a law enforcement officer. Cato found these guidelines really helpful. “We had an experience where a child climbed over a fence and handed my son a gun,” Cato said. “And didn’t you try to shoot it?””No, I didn’t even touch it,” replied Tyson. Cato was surprised because she had heard a different story when it happened a couple of years ago. It turned out some of the details were murky. Nothing bad happened but it was scary for the family.”Tyson, are you aware of these rules now?” Cato asked. Tyson replied in affirmative. This is the kind of conversation the museum is trying to foster. Even if visitors walk in with nearly no idea about firearms, the museum’s administrators hope that at least they can learn how to handle hard situations that firearms may present. Next, Hlebinsky took the Catos to the Cost of War exhibit. “As we’re walking into this gallery, really the first thing you encounter is this big graphic,” Hlebinsky said. “And some of the images you see when you walk into the gallery are the gravestones at the Arlington Cemetery and children affected by war.” The Catos also learned about Audie Murphy, the World War II veteran and actor who broke a taboo of the time by talking about his experience with what we would now call Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. And the family learned that during the Civil War, some arms were produced by enslaved people. Multiple viewpoints The renovation tries to address the diverse audiences expected to visit. Hlebinsky said the museum offers different lenses through which people can learn about firearms, such as shooting sports, the technological evolution of firearms, and military history. Museum leaders say they also don’t want to ignore the current conversations around the misuse of firearms, specifically in mass shootings. The Catos ended their tour in front of a big black and white mural, produced by the artist known as JR in partnership with Time Magazine. Fifteen-year-old Jillian Cato described the mural this way: “It’s a big group of people. Many of them have signs. It seems to be a huge debate. One side is anti-gun and the other side is pro-guns rights.” The mural is derived from a video featuring images of Americans on all sides of the debate. Hlebinsky said as a museum curator, she can’t tell people what they should think about firearms. But she hopes the information spurs conversations among visitors. As the Cato family looked at the mural, the father, Kevin said they aren’t really gun enthusiasts. “I’m not into killing things. There’s no reason to have a gun unless you’re going to try to kill something,” he said. “I have really enjoyed this, though, and I’m going to do more research on the history of guns and how they are going to affect warfare.”That’s the goal of the new Cody Firearms Museum. Not to win people over as gun enthusiasts, but to help them learn and think about gun culture.Copyright 2019 Wyoming Public Radio. To see more, visit Wyoming Public Radio.center_img Kamila Kudelskalast_img read more

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Treble treat on strings

first_imgThe Capital was mesmerised by magic of strings in a rare evening featuring the trinity of mohan veena, sitar and sarod in a never-like-before musical extravaganza. Musical night titled, The string Trinity presented renowned mohan veena played Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt who played along with Aayush Mohan Gupta and Lakshya Mohan Gupta.Shree raga marked the inaugural performance by Lakshya Mohan Gupta on sitar and Aayush Mohan Gupta on sarod.Lakshay and Aayush Mohan Gupta have won the hearts of music lovers throughout country with their music. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The evening took an exciting turn as next in line was much awaited Grammy award winner Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt’s solo performance. His performance spellbound the audience in Kamani auditorium. The evening ended with the finale set The String Trinity where Pt. Vishwa Mohan Bhatt and the young maestros Lakshay  and Aayush Mohan Gupta performed together and presented raga Charukeshi and raga Mand. The finale presentation left the audience awestruck with the electrifying music.last_img read more

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Mom is your best friend go tell her you love her

first_imgLove her verballyEspecially men have the philosophy—I don’t have to say I love you, she already knows it. I SHOW love, not just say it…and that may be true, but a woman needs to hear those words, “I Love You!” Moms need to hear it too…and saying it makes you more of a man, not less! Let’s tell her a warm – I LOVE YOU! Love her physicallyWhen’s the last time you gave her a big hug …or a kiss on the cheek, or a neck rub, or just sat on the couch and held her for a change? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’She’s the first person who ever touched you…she wrapped you up in her womb for months, and you came out and first priority was to hold you, and she cuddled you, stroked your head, rubbed your feet, held your little cheeks against her, gave you a finger to grasp…in love she did all these things.  Just HUG her once and keep hugging her.Love her patientlyMothers have an incredible job without any pay.  No position in the business world compares to the physical, emotional, and spiritual commitment she has in motherhood. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShe rises up at break of day and through her tasks she races. Here’s the point, in spite of all she does for us, we often become impatient with her…we get so used to her taking care of things and we come to expect it. Love her patiently. Because she’s tender to your needs is no reason to take advantage of her, it’s reason to be patient and to loveher all the more!Love her attentivelyMothers listen as you pour out your heart…she has a sympathetic ear, and always has…and even as an adult you’ve gone to her when you want someone who will really listen and understand…and she’ll always be on your side.It’s no wonder we like to talk to mom…she listens…but now she has issues, and now it’s your turn to be her “rock”…and take time to listen…it’s payback time! In their older days, our parents have many fears / anxieties…may we treat them as we’d hope to be treated when we are in their shoes! Love her honourablyIf father is the head of the home, then the mother is the heart…don’t break her heart!Respect her position and always ensure to gift her smile, her happiness and peace of mind. As children, its our responsibilty to honor her.  Lord, help us never to be too busy for mom, take time and great effort for her to love her while we have her in our life! Her value is priceless and beyond any words or deeds.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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Reign of terror claims of Oppn fall flat with peaceful nominations in

first_imgKolkata: The claim of the Opposition that their candidates could not file nominations due to ‘a reign of terror’ unleashed by Trinamool Congress in Nadia, can be easily proved wrong if one browses through the documents related to the nomination papers filed by the candidates. In the three-tier Panchayat election that includes Gram Panchayat, Panchayat Samity and Zilla Parishad, BJP has fielded candidates in all the seats and ranks second after Trinamool Congress. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said that trouble had taken place only in seven places, while in districts like Purulia, Bankura, Nadia and Howrah, among others, there was no trouble. She had alleged that the Opposition was raising voice just to mislead the people and her allegations have turned out to be absolutely true.In Gram Panchayat, which has 3,209 seats, BJP has fielded candidates in 2,131 seats, followed by CPI-M in 1,634 seats and Congress in 348 seats. RSP, one of the Left Front constituents, has fielded 39 candidates. Trinamool Congress has fielded 3,532 candidates for the seats. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIn Panchayat Samity, there are 541 seats. For these seats, BJP has fielded 425 candidates, followed by CPI-M in 366 seats and Congress in 65 seats. Trinamool Congress had fielded 631 candidates for the same.In Zilla Parishad, there are 47 seats, for which BJP has fielded 23 candidates, followed by CPI-M in 43 seats and Congress in 13 seats. Trinamool Congress has fielded 50 candidates.The statistics show that the strength of Left Front and Congress has hit rock bottom in Nadia, which was once a stronghold for both the parties. Nadia district consists of 18 blocks. The number of Gram Panchayats will be around 185. The district administration said there were no incidents of violence and members of all the parties had gone to the SDO’s office to file nomination peacefully.Because of its organisational strength, Trinamool Congress is ahead of its competitors in campaigns. The party’s candidates have already started their door-to-door campaigns.last_img read more

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Bodh Gaya blast Explosives supplier arrested from Bandel

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested Hajibulla, who supplied explosive materials to Jamat-Ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) activists to carry out terror activities outside Bodh Gaya. He used to function as JMB’s sleeper cell.The 57-year-old explosive supplier, Hajibulla, was arrested on Monday morning from near ticket counter at Bandel Station in Hooghly.Acting on a tip off, a team comprising senior officers of the city police’s STF conducted a raid at Bandel Railway Station. Hajibulla is a resident of Elizabad Village near Samserganj in Murshidabad. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsPolice had information that he had come to meet some of his friends in Hooghly and had plans to head towards Kolkata from Bandel station.But he got arrested before he could manage to board the train from Bandel station.Investigation revealed that he had helped the JMB activists in procuring explosives that the latter used to make bombs and planted it outside Bodh Gaya.He had twice supplied explosive materials to the JMB activists and at the same time he also went to Bodh Gaya once to carry out reccee of the place. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe STF initiated a case in this connection under several sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) on charges of criminal conspiracy (120B IPC), waging or attempting to wage war or abetting waging of war against the Government of India (121 IPC), conspiracy to commit offences punishable by section (121A IPC), concealing with intent to facilitate design to wage war (123 IPC) and sections 4 and 5 of the Explosive Act.It may be recalled that on February 23, the STF had arrested JMB activist Noor Mohammad from Dhulian in Murshidabad for his involvement in the Bodh Gaya incident. So far, the STF has arrested four JMB activists from Murshidabad, who are involved with the bomb recovery incident outside Bodh Gaya. The two top activists of JMB – Jamirul Sheikh and Paigamber Sheikh – who were arrested earlier are also residents of Murshidabad and they had chalked out a plan to attack Dalai Lama. Jamirul is a resident of Samserganj while Paigamber is from Kakuria. A police officer said Hajibulla is closely related to Jamirul.They suspect that it could be Hajibulla who had supplied the same to the duo. Source said that officers of the NIA will question Hajibulla on the entire episode of the Bodh Gaya incident and about the JMB activities who were directly involved with the incident.last_img read more

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Sonarpur suicide Boyfriend arrested

first_imgKolkata: South 24-Parganas police have arrested one Suman Das, alias Arayan, in connection with the death of a class XII girl who streamed her suicide live on a social networking site. She hanged herself from the ceiling fan at her house in Sonarpur.Police arrested him from near his house Khurigachi area of south 24-Parganas on Monday night. The girl had been in a relationship with the arrested youth. He has been arrested on the charges of abatement to suicide. He was remanded to three -day police custody after being produced at a Baruipur court. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe family members of the victim lodged a complaint with the local police station saying that the youth knew that she was going to commit suicide but did not try to prevent him. On the basis of the complaint, police started a probe and tracked the mobile tower to find out his position. It may be mentioned that the victim girl, Mousumi Mistri was a student of Sonarpur Kamrabad School. The incident took place in Baidyapara area of Sonarpur on Monday morning. Police recovered the body from the house and sent the body for post-mortem. Police said before committing suicide she spoke to the arrested youth through a video chat on a social networking app. Police have started a detailed probe into the incident.last_img read more

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No FIRs without my permission MK Meena

first_imgIn a significant development, chief of Anti-Corruption Branch (ACB) MK Meena has issued a circular to all his subordinates not to register an FIR without his permission. The move is being seen as a measure to make himself immune from any effort of  the Delhi government to lodge an FIR against him in an embezzlement of Rs 20-lakh case. “Why is he so worried, if he was not involved in corruption? Such orders indicate his feeling of insecurity,” said a government spokesperson. According to sources, Meena had issued the circular on Thursday when CM Arvind Kejriwal ordered the Directorate of Vigilance, the administrative department of ACB, to take action on a complaint of embezzlement of Rs 20 lakh against ACB chief.last_img read more

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Two killed in Kolkata building collapse

first_imgKolkata: Two persons were killed and another was injured as an old building collapsed in central part of the city following heavy rains early on Monday, police said. The two-storey residential building near Sealdah’s Baithakkhana Bazar area, that was declared as a “dangerous building” by the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) a couple of years ago, collapsed at around 2.30 a.m. on Monday. “Manik Jana, 48, a resident of West Midnapore district and Gopal Chandra Naskar, 62, of South 24 Parganas district were killed in the building collapse. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “The two were passing by the road beside the building when the accident happened,” an officer from the Muchipara police station said. “It seems continuous rain over the last two days might have caused the fragile building to collapse. Another person was injured in the incident as well,” he said. Apart from police, a team of state disaster management and fire brigade personnel rushed to the spot to conduct the rescue operation. “There were a few people living in the ground floor of the building but they escaped unharmed,” the officer added.last_img read more

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Sheena Mikhail are my children says Siddharth

first_imgDas, who now lives in Dum Dum on the outskirts of the city, admitted that he never married Indrani and said the “ambitious woman” dumped him and his children as he was not “well off”.Though he feels it strange to believe if a mother could murder her child, Das said Indrani should be “hanged” if she really murdered Sheena.Having met Indrani in Shillong through common friends in 1986, Das said he was in a live-in relationship with her till 1989 when she left. Also Read – New head priest selected for Ayyappa temple at Sabarimala”We did not marry, she was in a college in Shillong and lived in the city. Through common friends we came to know each other. Then we had a live in relationship and I stayed at her residence. Her parent accepted our relationship.”Sheena was born in 1987 and Mikhail in 1988. Sometime later after our son’s birth, she dumped me,” said Das who later moved to Arunachal Pradesh and subsequently settled in Kolkata in 1998. Also Read – Veteran DD News anchor Neelum Sharma diesDescribing Indrani as “highly ambitious”, Das said she dumped him as he could not afford the high life she yearned for.Das, who last spoke to Sheena when she was in class 10, said he didn’t want to rake up the past as the reason for not keeping in touch with his children. “I last spoke to Sheena when she was in class 10. I never interacted with Mikhail. I was settled in Kolkata, happily married, so I didn’t want to rake up the past,” he said. “Shocked and heartbroken” over his daughter’s murder, Das, who came to know about the incident only through the media, said he wanted the murderers to be punished and offered helping out in the investigations.  “I am heartbroken upset. I want all those involved to be punished. I am ready to cooperate with the investigation. I have nothing to hide so I am more than willing to help the police,” he said.Asked if he believed Indrani could murder, Das said: “It feels strange to believe that a mother can kill her child…But there is a possibility a person driven by greed for money can do anything. If she has done it then should be hanged.”Das also said he never kept track of Indrani after she left him. “Since 1989 when she dumped me and my children, it has been a close chapter. I made no efforts to know what she was doing. To whom she was married.”My wife and son are now aware about my past but they have said they are not bothered by it,” added Das. Das’ wife claimed that she had no knowledge about her husband’s past life.”I have been married to Das for 16-17 years. I didn’t know anything about his past and I have nothing to do with his past,” she said.Indrani, wife of former media honcho Peter Mukherjea, Sanjeev Khanna, her ex-husband, and her driver are behind bars for the murder of Sheena Bora.Meanwhile, Mumbai police are expected to grill Das for more clues to the Sheena Bora murder case that has created countrywide buzz.last_img read more

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Mystery deepens over death of MBA student from Gujarat

first_imgKolkata: Mystery deepens over the case of an MBA student’s death in a city hotel as pieces of information have come to light.Sources informed that the student identified as Harsha Bhalani might have committed suicide as the primary report from the autopsy is indicating towards the same. After the autopsy examination was completed, the concerned surgeon informed that the injury mark on Bhalani’s neck is indicating he had cut his throat himself. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeApart from the primary autopsy report, substantial evidence also indicating towards suicide. According to the sources, Bhalani’s throat was slit from left to right. The bloodshed inside the toilet suggested the same. As Bhalani was a right-handed person these possibilities came up strong before the investigating officers. The sleuths also came to know that due to some reasons Bhalani was maintaining distance from his social life and was not much active on social media channels. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe sleuths have collected the CCTV footage from the hotel which showed nothing unusual except Bhalani lockeing himself up in the room. Nobody came to meet him after he checked into the hotel. But the question arose that why Bhalani had come to Kolkata to commit suicide. The sleuths suspect that his death is connected to Kolkata from some angle. Thus, a detailed investigation has been initiated. Bhalani’s body was found inside the room — 1407 — of a city hotel in Kolkata late on Friday night. He had checked-in to the hotel on Thursday morning and immediately after entering his room, he hanged the ‘do not disturb’ board on the door knob. On Friday night, his family members from Gujrat called on the hotel reception and asked for Bhalani as he was not answering his calls. Thus, the hotel staff smelled a rat as they also did not see Bhalani after he checked in. Later, his body was found after a staff entered his room using the master key.last_img read more

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IMA president Santanu Sen vows regulatory changes to ensure wellbeing of patients

first_imgKolkata: After taking charge as the national president of Indian Medical Association (IMA), Trinamool Congress MP from Rajya Sabha, Dr Santanu Sen vowed to bring in some regulatory changes to safeguard the wellbeing of people in a better way.Dr Sen has taken a pledge to implement 13 point agenda including that of bringing a Central law to prevent violence in hospitals and health care units across the country. IMA would take up the issue with the Centre so that a stringent law can be promulgated to protect the patients, doctors and other heath workers from being assaulted by mob. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that various medical colleges in the city and other state-run hospitals in the state often witness violence with an irate mob ransacking hospital building or furniture and creating panic among patients. “We will talk to the Centre regarding the need of bringing up a Centralised law to prevent violence on health care establishments. There should be a provision of imposing huge penalty on those who lodge false complaints with an intention to earn money. We will also urge the Centre to conduct regular school health check-ups and adult vaccination a must for certain diseases,” Dr Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSen maintained. Once again reiterating his stance on National Medical Commission (NMC) Bill, 2017, Dr Sen said they would strengthen its fight against anti-federal, anti-poor undemocratic Bill. As the Centre has come up with the idea of implementing the NMC Bill, various doctors’ organisations, including IMA termed the move as anti-community and anti-poor, and claimed it will damage the health system of the country. “We will also fight against the empanelment process, package rates, involvement of insurance companies and budgetary allocation of Ayushman Bharat Scheme. We will also make an appeal before the Centre to increase health budget. We will actively take part in implementing several Central and State Health projects. There is also a plan to start a course on basic and advanced life support,” Sen said. He also announced that the headquarter building of IMA would be named after Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy. IMA was born in Kolkata in 1928. Dr Bidhan Chandra Roy was the first national IMA president from Bengal, while Nilratan Sircar was the second from Bengal. Dr Sen is the ninth Bengali to win the post of national president after a gap of 14 years. It may be mentioned that Dr Sudipto Roy was the last person from Bengal to become the national president of the largest organisation of doctors from 2004-2005.last_img read more

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How to opt a leather jacket with right sneakers

first_imgIf you are looking for a right leather jacket and sneakers, experts have some guidelines to make it work for you in right way. Fashion experts list some tips to style your leather jacket with right sneakers. Pick a pair of classic blue denim jeans and a plain white T-shirt. Add classic black straight fit leather jacket and sneakers. This is a timeless look which works for everyone and is very simple to pull off. Add a leather belt and change to a black tee to look more dressed up. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAnother essential piece of men’s outerwear fashion is the Bomber Jacket which can be paired with simple t-shirts and black jeans. The jacket will grab attention so make sure to pick a simple classic colour like a midnight blue. A tan leather jacket gives you a natural, not trying too hard look. Pair it with a dark tee and denims with leather sneakers for a casual evening with friends. Brown leather blazer jacket is a fashion statement that works both on semi-formal and casual occasions. This is a great pick for an everyday city look that works well from day to night. You can keep a pair of aviators handy to stand out from the crowd. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA black leather racer jacket and navy ripped skinny jeans is best outfit for lazy days. For everyday hustle: A pair of chic casual white trainers is what your weekend look needs. Team them up with classic chinos to basic tees with open plaid shirts and slim /tapered denims. For a smart casual Friday look, team up your solid shirt with beige chinos and slip-on sneakers. Holiday: Bold statement sneakers are here to stay, so channel those summer-ready island vibes or city jetsetter with printed / colourful kicks. The trick to ace this look is to pair them with neutral-hued, soft outfits. Athleisure: For sporty-inspired, think jackets, sweatshirts, cuffed joggers and stylish workout gear will go with your sneakers.last_img read more

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STF nabs 4 NeoJMB IS terrorists in city

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police has arrested four terrorists of Neo Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) and Islamic State (IS) from Sealdah and Howrah on Monday night and Tuesday morning respectively.Several ‘jihadi’ literature, texts, videos and photographs were seized from the arrested terrorists. One of the arrested persons hails from India, who was providing shelter and logistics support to the three terrorists from the neighbouring Bangladesh. All of them were produced before the Bankshall Court on Tuesday and were remanded to police custody till July 9. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to STF officials, on Tuesday evening sleuths came to know from their sources that a few members of JMB have come to Kolkata with ill motives. Based on the information, police kept a strict vigil in and around Sealdah railway station. At night, two suspects were identified at the parking lot of Sealdah railway station and were subsequently surrounded by the STF sleuths. Several books, photographs, videos and mobile phones containing ‘jihadi’ content were found while searching them. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThey were immediately taken to the STF facility in Lalbazar and were arrested in due course. Later during interrogation, the duo was identified as Md. Jiaur Rahman alias Mohsin alias Jahir Abbas of Chapai-Nawabgunj and Mamonur Rashid of Rangpur in Bangladesh. They stated that two more members of their group would reach Howrah railway station early on Tuesday morning. Based on the information, sleuths kept a strict vigil in and around the station since Monday night. Early on Monday morning, the STF team saw two suspicious looking persons outside the station. The sleuths followed them till a certain distance and surrounded them. When police asked them to open their bags, the duo identified as Md. Sahin Alam alias Alamin of Rajsahi in Bangladesh and Robiul Islam of Birbhum tried to flee, but failed as they were surrounded by STF personnel in plain clothes. Immediately, the duo was detained and taken to Lalbazar, where sleuths found ‘jihadi’ literature while searching their bags. After the seizures were made, the duo was arrested. According to sources, the trio from Bangladesh had come to India where Islam was providing them with shelter and logistics support. Sleuths claimed that the trio had taken shelter in India to escape arrest in Bangladesh. They were also involved in recruitment and collection of funds for their organisation in India. Islam, who is also a member of the organisation, was helping them with fund collection and recruitment apart from providing them shelter. They were active on social media propagating their agenda and a lot of digital documents, video and audio files along with ‘jihadi’ content were used for the same. STF officials also claimed that their organisation’s motive was to overthrow the governments of India and Bangladesh, with the intention to establish Sharia law under a Caliphate.last_img read more

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The significance of LeBron James new 3year 100 million deal is more

first_imgThe horrific memories of “The Drive” and “The Fumble” have been replaced by “The Block” and an NBA championship parade thanks to LeBron James.  But, Cleveland fans can’t help but get nervous when it comes time for LeBron James contract “decisions”.Northeast Ohio breathed a regional sigh of relief yesterday when LeBron agreed to a new 3-year $100 million deal to remain with the Cavs, with a player option after the second year. The deal makes LeBron the highest paid player in the NBA, but is also significant because he was willing to commit to the organization for more than one year.What LeBron James’ new Cleveland Cavaliers contract means. https://t.co/vCyih3GqbC pic.twitter.com/bvHqW3LOO1— FOX Sports (@FOXSports) August 11, 2016 Today in The Herd, Nick Wright observed that the most significant part of LeBron’s new deal isn’t the money, it’s that he has given up the leverage of the threat to leave after one year if he isn’t happy.“The real news is not the $100 million part, it’s the three years part. He is ceding some of the power that he’s had over the Cleveland Cavaliers franchise over the last few years. And LeBron signing this deal tells me this. Obviously he’s not leaving over the next couple of years, because he’snow  under contract. LeBron is never leaving Cleveland.”Cleveland hasn’t been this hot since the Cuyahoga River was burning. Advertisementcenter_img .@getnickwright: LeBron’s contract is proof he’s never leaving Cleveland. #TheHerdhttps://t.co/wB6zzbPTRW— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) August 12, 2016last_img read more

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VIDEO Fed up LeBron James walks out of Game 1 press conference

first_imgLeBron James’ 51-point wasn’t enough for the Cavs to pull off a massive upset in Game 1 at Oracle. Despite the overtime loss, a clearly upset LeBron faced the media following the game. The presser abruptly ended when James took exception to ESPN’s Mark Schwarz repeatedly asking him about J.R. Smith’s insta-memed brain freeze that cost Cleveland a chance to steal the game in regulation.As he walked out, James appeared to tell the gathered press, “Be better tomorrow.” Some say the questions needed to be asked, others think the badgering was a bad look for Schwarz. Either way, LeBron was pissed and not in the mood.last_img read more

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