Scientists consider the possibility of adding aerosols or modifying clouds to slow

Scientists consider the possibility of adding aerosols or modifying clouds to slow

first_img Governments send representatives to climate meetings hoping to establish a consensus regarding carbon emission reductions, and the citizens of the world debate the source or even reality of global warming and what ought to be done about it. Yet the planet continues to warm. Scientists around the globe are convinced that unless something is done soon, the planet could become a miserable place, or worse, we could cause our own extinction. While some progress has been made in limiting carbon emissions, most would agree such efforts are falling short. For that reason, some scientists have begun looking at other ways to prevent catastrophe. Two of the most debated are aerosol injection and cloud seeding.The idea behind injecting aerosols into the atmosphere, as Niemeier and Tilmes point out, is to mimic the cooling that occurs when volcanoes erupt. Along with smoke, volcanoes also emit a lot of sulfur, which is why scientists suggest we do the same artificially. But that might be easier said than done, Niemeier and Tilmes note, because it would involve replicating an eruption the size of Mount Pinatubo every day for approximately the next century and a half.And there are problems with cloud seeding, too, which might be done to disperse cirrus clouds, preventing them from trapping heat—the main problem is lack of precision; doing it wrong could lead to more warming, for example.For these reasons and many more, Pasztor, Scharf and Schmidt suggest taking a very serious look at how to prevent one country, group or even a wealthy individual from striking out on their own with such approaches. Adding a governing body to the equation, they suggest, could prevent these scenarios. More information: Ulrike Lohmann et al. A cirrus cloud climate dial?, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aan3325 Ulrike Niemeier et al. Sulfur injections for a cooler planet, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aan3317 Janos Pasztor et al. How to govern geoengineering?, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aan6794 (Phys.org)—Scientists looking at alternative approaches to staving off global warming have published two Perspective pieces in the journal Science. In the first, Ulrike Niemeier and Simone Tilmes with the Max Planck Institute and the National Center for Atmospheric Research in the U.S., respectively, address the possibility of injecting aerosols into the atmosphere as a means to limit heat passing through. In the second, Niemeier has paired up with Blaž Gasparini with the Institute of Atmospheric and Climate Science in Switzerland to look at the issues involved with attempting to disperse clouds that prevent heat in the atmosphere from escaping back into space. In an editorial in the same journal issue, Janos Pasztor, Cynthia Scharf and Kai-Uwe Schmidt consider how we might govern geoengineering attempts to prevent a reckless few from possibly destroying the planet they are trying to save. Citation: Scientists consider the possibility of adding aerosols or modifying clouds to slow global warming (2017, July 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-scientists-possibility-adding-aerosols-clouds.html Explore further © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img Journal information: Science Models show injecting aerosols into the atmosphere to prevent hurricanes possibly feasible Credit: CC0 Public Domain 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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Delhi Tourism launches Hindi Website

Delhi Tourism launches Hindi Website

first_imgIn order to reach out to the masses and to promote tourism, Delhi Tourism has launched a dedicated Hindi version of the official web portal of DTTDC. The website was launched by  G.G Saxena, MD & CEO, DTTDC in the presence of other senior officials of Delhi Tourism.The launch of the Hindi website is another step forward towards making Delhi a tourist friendly destination. The sole purpose of launching this website is to attract more domestic tourists from across the country.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The website is developed in Unicode encoding so that it can be seamlessly viewed in all the computers. It is created by IT Division, DTTDC through Centre for Development of Advanced Computing (CDAC).  Detailed information regarding tourist places, seasonal tours, city sightseeing, transport, accommodation, e– booking, bed and breakfast accommodations, eateries etc are available in the Hindi version of the website. Further a website with list of properties empanelled with bed and breakfast scheme of the tourism department. This B&B website will facilitate to the national/international tourists seeking homely accommodation in Delhi. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe idea behind the Hindi website is to promote Delhi as a tourist destination and is an endeavor of an aggressive marketing plan to promote Delhi. The Hindi website is expected to enhance domestic tourist inflow and allow people to enjoy and get information about Delhi in their preferred language. Delhi Tourism is seamlessly working towards promoting Delhi as a tourist friendly destination and this initiative is yet, another milestone.last_img read more

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Art in schools get a pat on the back

Art in schools get a pat on the back

first_imgIf anyone thought that the talented artists could only be found in the art galleries – they could not be more wrong! The schools across the Capital are churning out brilliant artworks by not only students – but teachers as well.Here’s another feather in the cap for Chiranjiv Bharati School (Palam Vihar). Biplav Rej of Chiranjiv Bharati School-Palam Vihar (Art Department) was felicitated and awarded the prestigious Delhi State Award for his Scratch paintings in a glittering function on 19 September.Celebrating the works of the artist were a host of dignitaries and chief minister of Delhi Sheila Dikshit. The award was presented to him by Dikshit at Delhi Sachivalaya Auditorium. Rej received a shawl, certificate and a cheque for Rs.25000. The function was well attended by other artists as well.last_img read more

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Another brick in the art wall

Another brick in the art wall

first_imgDelhi has no dearth of events to please the art lovers of the Capital and here’s another one. Art Laureate presents its summer collection of beautiful art pieces titled Art Beyond Walls made-up from kitsch art format. Bright colors and visual appeal characterize the kitsch artwork. Being high on originality, every piece will make a statement and is a topic of conversation. The kitsch collection is an interesting mix of objects.There are items of furniture, kitchen utilities like kettles and trays, and decorative pieces like statues, fish, elephants, chests, vases, photo frames, jewellery boxes etc. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Going beyond walls, the artistes and designers have converted ordinary utilitarian products into master pieces. Art connoisseurs are interested in works they have not seen or heard of before – they want something new and this is where the quirky and kitschy works fill the void. Each piece of Art Beyond Walls collection tells a story. The chair is a garden come alive complete with a pair of peacocks; the tray and kettle talk of love and friendship; the boxes are auspicious with their mantras and Ganeshas; the elephant is a perfect fit at the front door; the stool is smart and useful; the fish encompasses the whole universe with the artwork including the sun, the moon, the stars, plants and of course water. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe collection of Art Beyond Walls includes beautiful, vibrant laughing Buddhas and Bal Ganeshas – the colours and the style of these figurines emanate joy and peace. The entire collection is unique, aesthetic, contemporary and stunning. Art Beyond Walls is an art show presented by Sangeeta Berera and Isha Singh, who have been associated with the art world for over nine years. They have worked with artistes in all brackets – from upcoming to masters, both the ladies bring with them a wealth of artistic experience. So head over and check it out for yourselves.last_img read more

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Centre should take responsibility to bring down fuel prices Mamata

Centre should take responsibility to bring down fuel prices Mamata

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Thursday said the Centre should look into the issue of surging fuel prices not from a political angle but from a commoner’s point of view.The everyday rise in petrol and diesel prices is causing severe inconvenience to the common people, Banerjee said.Addressing a press conference after reaching Santiniketan on Thursday evening, she said: “All the political parties are urged to organise protest rallies against the steep rise in petrol and diesel prices.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsShe is in Santiniketan to be a part of the Visva-Bharati convocation, where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina will also be present.Banerjee, who attended the swearing-in ceremony of JD(S) leader H D Kumaraswamy in Bengaluru on Wednesday, had a discussion over the issues with chiefs of most of the anti-BJP political parties who were also present during the oath-taking ceremony.Stating that there is need to initiate nationwide protests against the hike in petrol and diesel prices, Banerjee said: “I requested all to build up a protest against it. I spoke to Sonia Gandhi, Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu and former Chief Ministers of Uttar Pradesh Mayawati and Akhilesh Yadav in this connection. The discussion took place over tea after the oath-taking ceremony of HD Kumaraswamy.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThis comes at the time when the Chief Minister has given a call for a one-is-to-one fight against the BJP in the 2019 general elections with all anti-BJP parties coming together to form a Federal Front.She said that it was the issue related to hike in prices of petrol and diesel for which her party had withdrawn support from the UPA government.When asked whether she would raise the issue with Prime Minister Narendra Modi during the convocation programme on Friday, she replied that it would not be the correct platform to do so. “But the issue will be raised if there is any opportunity for the same,” she said. Banerjee said petrol and diesel prices are at an all-time high and it would lead to harassment of common people as prices of essential goods would increase as well. “The prices of petrol and diesel are sky high and it will leave an adverse effect on the farmers,” she said, adding that her political party has already given a call for a statewide protest rally. There will be a rally in Kolkata on Friday and the statewide protest will take place on Saturday.last_img read more

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Kabuliwala comes calling

Kabuliwala comes calling

first_imgNobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore’s timeless story Kabuliwala resonates perfectly with the Afghan community living in India. And capturing these connections is an ongoing photo exhibition in the capital that traces the life of Afghans living in Kolkata.Documenting the lives of around 5,000 Afghan families living in Kolkata in the exhibition From Kabul to Kolkata: Of Belonging, Memories and Identity two journalists embarked on a three-year journey to tell the story of a century of social transformation within the community.  It opened Saturday at Siddhartha Hall and is on till April 13. Moska Najib and Nazes Afroz have captured the stories of this secluded and little-known settlement in the present time through photographs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Being away from my homeland, I have been always drawn to the themes of identity and new belonging. This inspired me to photograph one of the oldest settled Afghan communities in India in modern times,” said Najib, an Afghan who has lived in India for most of her life. Najib hopes that the photographs on display will allow viewers to experience the problems of preserving an identity and rebuilding a home in a new space. “I wanted to explore how the community has held onto its culture and identity through the 100 years. And by understanding their ways of connection, I, too, wanted to connect with my own country – Afghanistan,” she added. Until a few decades ago, real Kabuliwalas were a common sight on the streets of Kolkata, as in most cities of north and central India; today stereotypes and standard attributes have formed an ambiguous image of these people. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Kolkata had amazing diversity and it had made me what I am today. But for the last few decades I felt that this diversity was fading fast, which was disturbing me. So by doing this project, I had an opportunity to capture at least one slice of the diversity of this city and in a way it is a tribute,” Afroz, a journalist from Kolkata said. The series will connect viewers to the themes of human bonding and touch on the issues of loss of identity and a new sense of belonging.last_img read more

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Nijoshree to fulfill lowermiddle class housing dreams Mamata

Nijoshree to fulfill lowermiddle class housing dreams Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government has introduced “Nijoshree” project to help people from the lower-middle class groups to get their own dream homes at a minimum price.One with income below Rs 15,000 per month and Rs 30,000 per month will be eligible to get one BHK and two BHK flats respectively. A target of constructing 50,000 flats has been set under the project for which the state Housing department is the nodal agency.A one BHK flat will be of 378 sq feet carpet area and it would cost Rs 7.28 lakh while one has to pay Rs 9.26 lakh for a two BHK flat of 559 sq feet carpet area. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsFirhad Hakim, the state Urban Development and Municipal Affairs minister, announced the project at Nabanna on Wednesday after the Cabinet meeting. He said: “There are projects to extend support to people from the BPL group to get their own homes. But it came to our notice that there was nothing as such for the lower middle-class people. Keeping this in mind, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has decided to introduce “Nijoshree” under which flats will be allotted to people from the said group. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe said that a target has been set to give shape to the project within the next two years. “We have already identified some plots where construction of the building will begin soon. At the same time all the concerned departments, development authorities, municipalities, Corporations and panchayats have also been directed to identify plots for the project,” he said.The concerned departments, development authorities and civic bodies can also construct the buildings under the project on the lands they identify. But it will get distributed by the state Housing department. Each of the buildings will be five-storeyed ones. But there will be no elevators considering that it will increase the maintenance cost. One interested to get a flat in the five-storeyed buildings will have to apply for a flat through a website that the state Housing department will be launching soon. Subsequently, there will be a lottery to allot the flats. Assistance will also be provided to ensure bank loans for purchase. A person cannot apply for the second time if once a flat gets allotted against his or her name.last_img read more

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Bengaluru bound IndiGo flight returns to airport due to crack in windshield

Bengaluru bound IndiGo flight returns to airport due to crack in windshield

first_imgKolkata: An IndiGo flight bound for Bengaluru was forced to return back to the city airport soon after take off, due to a windshield crack on Sunday morning.The aircraft was carrying 178 passengers, all of whom were safe, confirmed an official of the Airports Authority of India (AAI) at Kolkata.According to a spokesperson of the AAI, the flight IndiGo 6E345, headed for Bengaluru, took off from Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International Airport at around 10:15 am. However, at 10:34 am, it returned to Kolkata Airport after a crack was witnessed on the windshield.According to sources, Indigo claimed that following severe weather conditions at Kolkata on Sunday morning, the aircraft suffered a minor damage on the outer surface of windshield. The pilot decided to return back following the normal operating procedure. The passengers were accommodated in another Indigo flight.”The damaged windshield is undergoing replacement,” a source in the city airport said.last_img read more

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3 trains to bring back Kolkattans stuck in Kerala

3 trains to bring back Kolkattans stuck in Kerala

first_imgKolkata: The state government is taking all the necessary steps to ensure the safe return of those hailing from Bengal and are stuck in flood-hit Kerala. A large number will reach Kolkata in three trains on Monday night. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said at Nabanna: “Three trains are coming from Kerala. Necessary measures would be taken so that they can reach their houses safely after reaching Kolkata. There will be arrangements for special buses in which they will be taken home.”Firhad Hakim, the state Urban Development minister, Rajib Banerjee, the state Backward Class Welfare minister and Arup Roy, the state Co-operation minister, will be receiving those who will reach Kolkata in three trains.last_img

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Police attach Nima Tamangs properties following court order

Police attach Nima Tamangs properties following court order

first_imgDarjeeling: Acting on a Court order, Kalimpong police on Thursday attached immovable and movable properties of Nima Tamang, a former GTA member, Kalimpong. Tamang, who is implicated in a number of cases is absconding.A large police contingent arrived at Tamang’s residence located at Seed Farm, Kalimpong at around 9 am on Thursday and then started the process of attachment.After movable items — including furnitures, utensils appliances were carried away in trucks, the house was vacated and sealed. Nima’s wife along with his son and daughter used to reside there.Nima, a close confidant of Gorkha leader Bimal Gurung, was a former Gorkhaland Territorial Administration Member of 34 number constituency in Kalimpong. He was implicated in a number of cases in the agitation period last year. He has been charged under Sections 147, 148, 149, 447, 325,326 and 307 of Indian Penal Code. A proclamation order had been issued by the Additional District and Sessions Judge, Kalimpong on July 30 this year ordering Nima Tamang to appear in court at 10 am on September 10.As Tamang failed to make an appearance, the court declared him an absconder and ordered for the attachment of his property.last_img read more

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Soy may cut health risks in women with hormonal disorder

Soy may cut health risks in women with hormonal disorder

first_imgConsuming a diet rich in soy may help women with a type of hormonal disorder associated with infertility prevent the risk of diabetes and heart disease, says a study.The study examined how soy isoflavones – naturally occurring plant-based oestrogens found in the soybean plant – could benefit women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) – a hormonal disorder causing enlarged ovaries with small cysts on the outer edges and a major cause of infertilty. Women who have PCOS face a higher risk of developing other health problems, including diabetes and coronary heart disease. “The study indicates that consuming soy isoflavone regularly may help women with PCOS improve their metabolic and cardiovascular health,” said lead author Zatollah Asemi from University of Kashan in Iran. The findings showed that women who consumed soy isoflavones regularly saw improvement in biological markers that reflect how effectively the body utilises insulin to process sugar. Soy isoflavones lowered the levels of circulating insulin in the blood and other biological markers associated with insulin resistance – a condition where the body does not use insulin to process sugars effectively and that can lead to Type 2 diabetes. Further, eating soy rich foods also reduced the levels of testosterone, harmful cholesterol known as Low-density lipoprotein (LDL) and triglycerides, or fats in the blood, than their counterparts who received the placebo.PCOS – one of the most common hormone disorders in women of reproductive age – occurs when a woman’s body produces slightly higher amounts of testosterone and other androgen hormones – sex hormones typically associated with men, but also found in women – than normal levels. The resulting hormone imbalance can cause irregular or absent menstrual periods, infertility, weight gain, acne, excess hair on the face and body, or thinning hair on the scalp. For the study, published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism, the team included 70 women who were between the ages of 18 and 40. Half of the women were randomly assigned to take a daily 50 mg/d soy isoflavone supplement for 12 weeks and the other half received a placebo.last_img read more

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State issues notice to Kolkata Metro for inadequate fire safety measures

State issues notice to Kolkata Metro for inadequate fire safety measures

first_imgKolkata: A day after at least 40 passengers were injured in a Kolkata metro fire, West Bengal Fire Services department on Friday issued a notice to the metro authority for lack of fire safety measures, a senior official of the state fire department said. “We have issued a notice to the Kolkata Metro authority as per Section 35 of the West Bengal Fire services Act, 1950, as the fire safety measures in the rake and metro premises were found inadequate after inspection,” said (DG) of West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services Jag Mohan. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The Act says in case of any deviation, contravention from the required fire prevention and fire safety measures in a premises used by public, the owner or occupier of the building needs to address the issues as directed by the fire department within specified time. At least 40 people were injured after an air-conditioned rake of a metro train in Kolkata caught fire on Thursday evening disrupting metro services partially for four hours. Five passengers were admitted to city’s SSKM Hospital with respiratory problems while another person suffered a fracture in his leg while trying to force his way out of a window in the rake. The Kolkata Metro has formed a three-member investigation committee and asked it to submit a detailed report within 10 days, a metro official said.last_img read more

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Money can actually buy happiness

Money can actually buy happiness

first_imgBuying free time – such as by paying to get household chores done – boosts life satisfaction, according to a research which challenges the age-old adage that money cannot buy happiness. The scientists and researchers believe the other way around. As per the surveys, it highly depends upon what you spend it on. What is lost in currency is made up in happiness. “People who hire a housecleaner or pay the kid next door to mow the lawn might feel like they’re being lazy,” said Ashley Whillans, assistant professor at Harvard Business School in the US. “But our results suggest that buying time has similar benefits for happiness as having more money,” said Whillans. The researchers surveyed more than 6,000 adults in the US, Denmark, Canada and the Netherlands. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRespondents were asked if and how much they spent each month to buy themselves free time. They also rated their life satisfaction, and answered questions about feelings of time stress. Respondents who spent money on time saving purchases reported greater life satisfaction. The effect held up even after controlling the income. “The benefits of buying time aren’t just for wealthy people,” said Elizabeth Dunn, professor at University of British Columbia in Canada. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”We thought the effects might only hold up for people with quite a bit of disposable income, but to our surprise, we found the same effects across the income spectrum,” said Dunn. To test whether buying time actually causes greater happiness, the researchers also conducted a field experiment. Sixty adults were randomly assigned to spend USD 40 on a time saving purchase on one weekend, and USD 40 on a material purchase on another weekend.The results revealed that people felt happier when they spent money on a time saving purchase than on a material purchase. Also, the observations recorded throughout the week indicated that the bar of the positive feelings in the volunteers was quite higher in comparison to the negative feelings like anger, nervousness and fear. The researchers registered that the expenditure on the time-saving purchase plays a vital role in improving the daily moods. Such improvements thereby promote greater life satisfaction. Despite the benefits, the researchers were surprised to discover how few people choose to spend their money on time saving purchases in daily life. Even in a sample of 850 millionaires who were surveyed, almost half reported spending no money outsourcing disliked tasks. A survey of 98 working adults asked how they would spend a windfall of USD 40 also revealed that only two per cent would use it in a way that saved them time.”Although buying time can serve as a buffer against the time pressures of daily life, few people are doing it even when they can’t afford it,” said Dunn. “Lots of research has shown that people benefit from buying their way into pleasant experiences, but our research suggests people should also consider buying their way out of unpleasant experiences,” she said.last_img read more

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Siddhi brings alive southern sensibilities

Siddhi brings alive southern sensibilities

first_imgTo walk into the NGMA lawns on Monday, October 16 was to witness the hallmark of a celebration that extolled the virtues of Indian heritage. The drum beats reverberating through the autumn air as you glimpsed the Siddhi Gomaal dancers giving it their all to an enraptured crowd that gathered for the inauguration of “Dhvani se Sabdaur Chinh” a show that puts the spotlight on Southern artists and their journeys, an in house curatorial effort spear headed by NGMA Director General Adwaita Gadanayak who has been slowly unraveling jewels from the NGMA archives. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe dancers festooned faces painted in shades of ash white and grey with designs symbolising traditional African body art, they wore bright blue weed like skirts, straw caps and breathed zest in every step. The members of the Siddi tribe who don different avatars at different times of the day were invited to set the tone for a pageant of pomp and revelry. The Siddis are originally from the Bantu people of Southern Africa brought to India by the Portuguese as slaves. A lot of them took up Islam as their religion, while some took up Christianity. Very few became Hindus as the caste system did not leave much opportunity for them. African by origin, Indian by nationality with Gujarati as their lingua franca – the Siddhi tribe live in a village called Jambur in the heart of Gujarat. “They have completed more than 300 years in Gujarat and this is their fourth generation in India,” said Gadanayak who matched a few steps in rhythm after felicitating them. While the brum beats seemed very African it is the primeval tone of the music and their songs that spoke of faraway places and an ethos that was at once exotic if not strange and curious. They brought alive the evening at the NGMA and one thought of the many artists whose works adorned the walls thinking that it completed the aesthetics of an entire movement that was seeking to find identities. The Siddi’s claim to fame is their origin. Some of them have a dual profession – although they do small time jobs in the day, they dance to the African beats at night. “There are many tourists visiting Gir and we entertain them with our performance. This helps us make some extra money,” said one member from the tribe in fluent Gujarati. The Siddi tribe has also seen a little stardom. They have been made a part of an important Gujarat tourism video called “Khushboo Gujarat Ki.” On a daily basis, the tribals are engaged in various occupations. They work on the fields, in the forest department, and some as tourist guides and truck drivers. And as the night sets in, the Siddis once again dress up in their tiger prints and set out to perform another spectacular tribal tradition.last_img read more

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Balurghat boy shines in Madhyamik ranks joint eighth on merit list

Balurghat boy shines in Madhyamik ranks joint eighth on merit list

first_imgBALURGHAT: Sayantan Basak, who has secured his name among the top ten on the merit list of West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE), aspires to become a doctor in future. The student of Gangarampur High School in South Dinajpur has placed eighth scoring 683 marks, including 10 others who have ranked the same.”It’s my dream to become a doctor in future. The success that I have attained is because of the constant support of my parents. I have to mention the name of my school teachers as well because of their unmistakable efforts,” Sayantan said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataA resident of Duttapara in Gangarampur, his father Brindaban Basak is a garment trader by profession. He used to devote five to six hours every day to prepare for his first board exams. “I studied the text book of each subject thoroughly. This thorough study helped me build clear concepts of every subject. There is no alternative of continuous study and I personally feel only studying just before exam is useless. I had no pressure from my family members for ranking in the merit list,” Sayantan said. Sayantan’s neighbor Arati Saha, a retired high school teacher, said: “The boy has been a brilliant student since childhood. His behaviour is very decent and polite with others. We are proud of him.” Meanwhile, all other Madhyamik schools across South Dinajpur district have also obtained satisfactory results. Since morning, the excited students were seen with their mobile phones in hand, looking up their results.last_img read more

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More than one third engineering seats vacant after third counselling

More than one third engineering seats vacant after third counselling

first_imgKolkata: More than one third of the total seats in the engineering colleges across the state are remained vacant even after the end of the third round of centralised online counseling conducted by West Bengal Joint Entrance Examinations Board. According to sources in the board, 11,933 of the 33,000 odd seats that was made available for counselling have been lying vacant.The state Higher Education department has already directed the universities and the institutions to carry out decentralized counselling to fill up the vacant seats. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataJadavpur University will conduct counselling on August 12 and 14 to for the 200 odd engineering seats remaining vacant after the centralized counseling of the board. Out of 1,243 engineering seats at JU in 16 departments 197 seats have not been occupied as yet. JU has reserved 533 of its 594 BTech seats in the general category for students domiciled in Bengal this year. “The third round of centralised counselling ended on July 20 and the vacant seat count is expected to cross 200 after the ongoing admission season ends on August 6,” a JU professor said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateCalcutta University has decided to hold the first phase of decentralised counselling on August 5 for the 50 seats in the four-year BTech programme that were left vacant after centralised counselling. “The entire admission process in engineering is completed by October. It is too early to comment whether the admission trend is impressive or not at this juncture,” said a senior official of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad Institute of Technology (Makaut) . Makaut presently has around 90 engineering colleges and 110 professional colleges across the state affiliated to it. “More than 30,000 students are graduating every year from Makaut and we are taking all possible measures to make our students employable. Steps are being taken to ensure that the research works are business oriented and not limited to patents only,” the official added. A member of the state Higher Education Council who refused to be named said that the university had lost a number of BTech aspirants to some of the newer IITs and the NITs. The state Joint Entrance Examination was held much later than similar examinations in other states and results were published much later. So a number of students from Bengal had already taken admission in engineering institutes at other states,” the official said.last_img read more

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Colin NFLs roughing the passer rule is good for the game

Colin NFLs roughing the passer rule is good for the game

first_imgNFL fans and media are in an uproar over the new roughing the passer rule that prohibits defensive players from driving QB’s to the ground and landing on them with their full body weight. Yesterday, Clay Matthews was flagged for the second time in two weeks with a borderline roughing call, only adding to the outrage. Colin disagrees with those railing against the rule.Today in The Herd, he said that the NFL taking additional steps to protect quarterbacks is good for the overall product, even if it means some questionable flags because there’s nothing worse for the game than losing star quarterbacks to injury and being forced to watch a sub par back up replacement.Defensive players might not like the rule, but ultimately they aren’t why most people tune in to watch the game. Matthews knows from experience after watching his own team’s playoff aspirations go up in smoke, after Aaron Rodgers was lost for most of last season and replaced with backup Brett Hundley.No one wants to watch Brett Hundley, they want to watch Rodgers. Anything the NFL can do to prevent that from happening is the right move.last_img read more

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Smartphones That Can Power Up Your Productivity

first_imgJune 28, 2012 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Doing more with less is the norm for small businesses. Everyone is responsible for booking their own appointments, holding their own calls and dashing off their own memos. Luckily, today’s smartphones are commoditizing these basic functions, packing more timesaving, problem-solving features into each new generation of handsets. Upgrade to one of our picks and power up your productivity. Photo courtesy of NokiaThe NetworkerNokia Lumia 900 ($100)Network: AT&TWith soft, curved edges and a bright cyan color option, the 900 looks like a toy, and its Windows-powered 4.3-inch display does play very well with all sorts of Microsoft products, from Excel to Xbox. The 16 GB of storage (with no expansion slots) can be boosted to 41 GB by accessing Microsoft’s Skydrive cloud service for free. That service is fairly seamless when running on super-fast LTE wireless networks.  Photo courtesy of AppleThe Personal SecretaryApple iPhone 4S ($200 to $400)Networks: AT&T,Verizon, SprintThanks to Siri, the iPhone’s voice-controlled assistant, you can still shout at someone to create appointments and to-do lists. Coupling the voice commands with other native iOS apps, including the new Reminders program, turns the handset into a location- and time-aware aide that will keep you on schedule. Too bad the phone is limited to slower 3G networks.Photo courtesy of MotorolaThe Utility PlayerMotorola Droid 4 ($200)Network: VerizonPhones with slide-out Qwerty keyboards get knocked for being bulky and fragile, but this Droid bucks both those slights with a 12.7-mm-thick body and an edge-lit keyboard that rolls out cleanly. The result: more real estate on the 4-inch multitouchscreen display to see what you’re typing. The 16 GB memory expands to 48 GB with an SD card placed under the back cover and provides plenty of room for everything you’ll download off Verizon’s fast LTE network.Photo courtesy of SamsungThe StenographerSamsung Galaxy Note ($300)Network: AT&T The Galaxy Note aims to replace both your smartphone and your Moleskine. Use its mini-tablet 5.3-inch touchscreen with either your finger or the S Pen (a stylus with ultraprecise handling). The Android interface draws users in, whether they’re sucking 4G data into the 16 GB storage (up to 32 GB with an SD card) or fiddling with one of the cameras (2 megapixels in the front, 8 megapixels in the back). Its biggest drawback is its size–it doesn’t fit well in pockets.Data plans: How much is enough for these new smartphones? More than you think. A January report by Arieso, a British mobile solutions company, found that iPhone 4S users downloaded three times more data than iPhone 3G users. Samsung Galaxy S users, meanwhile, sucked up 199 percent more bits. Cover yourself by signing up for data plans that offer triple the amount of streaming per month that you currently use. Enroll Now for Freecenter_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story appears in the June 2012 issue of . Subscribe » 3 min readlast_img read more

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How Entrepreneurs Push for Innovation One pocket at a Time

first_img Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 5 min read While device makers remain focused on manufacturing new shiny objects, they’ve left a hole in the market when it comes to fabricating products for toting around technology — a gap entrepreneurs are all too eager to fill.Some ventures, including Scottevest, which produces vests, jackets, pants and clothes with a plethora of pockets for gadgets, create storage spaces that are just deep enough for any brand of phone or tablet. “There’s not a lot of room for error,” says Scott Jordan, Scottevest’s CEO and co-founder who’s in his late 40s.Still, following in Scottevest’s footprints hasn’t been easy. From keeping up with demand to finding a likeminded manufacturer, the challenges of launching similar tech-fashion garb have been pronounced for several young entrepreneurs.Here are four emerging players, as well as some key lessons they’ve learned along the way:Nicole Kelner, a student at Penn State University, says a key challenge with her company is keeping up with demand.Image credit: onwardstate.com/Keep up, don’t catch up.Sick of digging around in a purse or bag for your phone only to find that no one text messaged you? So was Nicole Kelner, the 19-year-old Penn State University student who, fed up with countless wasted searches, launched a line of “SmartPurses” to address the problem.Related: How One Young Trep’s Quest to Encourage Women Engineers Led Her to GoldieBloxLast March, she launched a shop through the online marketplace Etsy to sell items from her line, which uses water-resistant plastic — allowing purse owners to text and make calls while their phones sit securely inside. Though Kelner has so far only made around 300 purses, which sell for $50 to $65 a pop, she has sold nearly 75 percent of them. She was also recently featured in Vogue in the United Kingdom.So what’s Kelner’s biggest business issue at present? “I am working on a strategic plan to make sure I can handle the demand from Vogue,” says Kelner, who plans to turn her creations into a full-fledged startup by the time she graduates. Next step: find a company to manufacture a sample of her merchandise and secure a quote for mass-production costs.Founders Kelley Coughlan (left) and Jenn Deese (right) were frustrated by the slow pace of finding a manufacturer for their iPhone purses.Image credit: pursecase.comYou need to walk before you can run.Perfecting a prototype takes time — much longer than Kelley Coughlan and Jenn Deese expected. These 25-year-olds, who are based in Los Angeles and co-founded the boutique public relations firm Melrose PR, are now launching “pursecase,” an iPhone case that slips around the wrist like a bracelet and doubles as a mini-purse for holding a credit card and ID. (The ladies found that their once-trusty carryall handbags became a “Bermuda triangle” for cellphones).Related: How ZinePak Built a Growing Publishing Empire on the Back of Bieber FeverCoughlan and Deese have found private investors willing to financially back their venture, and they’ve met with fashion bloggers and magazine editors keen to feature their designs. But they’ve been waiting months to finalize their prototypes. “We’ve started marketing, but we’re holding it back a little bit because we don’t want to go full-blast until we have the final sample,” says Coughlan. They had initially delayed plans to launch a Kickstarter campaign earlier this year but then did so in February, and successfully surpassed their $35,000 goal.Stand out from the crowd.Other treps are remaining focused on a niche market, where they can more easily control production demands. JQ Crimaldi, a 19-year-old at DePaul University in Chicago, launched LoopyQ last year to sell “peculiar pouches for peculiar people” at music festivals and online. Her line of suede neck pouches, many of which include beaded tassels, keeps a smartphone near the chest rather than lost amid the festival shuffle. Sales have aligned with her first-year expectations, even though she knows the pouches aren’t for everyone.Information is everything.Ok, so this next device-centric accessories maker isn’t young per se. But STM Bags has some key lessons for young treps. To this 15-year-old company, information is pivotal. STM Bags sells around 150 satchels, backpacks and sleeves for storing digital devices. To stay ahead of the curve, employees at STM Bags scrutinize gadget blogs for leaked specs of forthcoming cellphones and use the dimensions to help design new prototypes of bags.Related: Appboy Founder on Turning a Chance Encounter into Entrepreneurship GoldWorkers at the company’s Poway, Calif., office then eagerly await word from colleagues who stand in lines outside of tech retailers near the company’s headquarters in Sydney. That’s where employees, alongside Apple and Samsung fanboys, can sometimes grab a new iPhone or Samsung Galaxy S mobile a full day in advance of U.S. customers.Once obtained, the device gets slipped into a prototype bag’s pocket. The fit must be snug enough that a phone doesn’t slip out, but not too tight, either — which would frustrate customers. “If it works, we quickly build and ship. If not, we quickly redesign,” says Adam Ziegelman, vice president of STM Bags. “Even 24 hours is a big deal.”What production or marketing lessons have you learned along the way that might help an aspiring entrepreneur? Let us know with a comment. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. April 30, 2013 Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Register Now »last_img read more

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Amazons Jeff Bezos to Build Rocket Plant Launch Pad in Florida

first_img Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global September 15, 2015 This story originally appeared on Reuters 2 min read Amazon founder Jeff Bezos on Tuesday unveiled plans to build a rocket manufacturing plant and launch site in Florida, a business that will compete against fellow tech billionaire Elon Musk’s SpaceX.Bezos’ space startup, Blue Origin, intends to invest more than $200 million to build a rocket manufacturing facility adjacent to NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, state officials said. The rockets will fly from a refurbished launchpad at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, located just south of the NASA spaceport.The announcement follows last week’s opening of a Boeing commercial spaceship assembly plant at the Kennedy Space Center. Both projects included financial backing from state, local and regional economic development agencies. So far, Florida has invested about $2 billion to lure aerospace companies to the state.Blue Origin has been developing and testing a small rocket, called New Shepard, that can travel about 100 miles (62 km) above the planet before returning to Earth. The company’s new rockets will be able to reach orbital altitudes, such as the 250- (400 km) mile-high perch of the International Space Station, and beyond.Bezos, who was in Florida to make the announcement, said Blue Origin also will test its BE-4 engines at the new launch site. The company is partnering with United Launch Alliance, a joint-venture of Lockheed Martin and Boeing, on the engine development.Blue Origin’s still-to-be-named rockets also will compete against United Launch Alliance, as well as privately owned SpaceX, founded and run by technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.“This is a translational moment … the evolution of a new commercial space industry in Florida,” said Frank DiBello, president of Space Florida, an economic development agency.(Reporting by Irene Klotz; Editing by Daniel Grebler) Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.last_img read more

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