first_img How humans and robots work side-by-side in Amazon fulfillment centers Beware the next time someone borrows your cell phone or you leave it unattended. You may become the next victim of having all your cell phone data copied to the CSI Stick. How valuable and confidential is the data on your cell phone? Unless you are actually watching the person use your cell phone, they might just be plugging a CSI Stick into your phones data-port to grab all your personal information. There is a new electronic device that captures ALL the data from a cell phone, even deleted data that has not be overwritten. The device is called Cellular Seizure Investigation Stick or CSI Stick for short. The device is primary aimed for Law Enforcement and Security Professionals but can be purchased by anyone.At a recent Techno-Security conference, held in Myrtle Beach, Florida, over 1500 Law Enforcement and Security Professionals were briefed on the latest cyber-security vulnerabilities. The CSI Stick caught the attention of many because it can grab all data from a cell phone very quickly.The CSI Stick is about the size of a BIC lighter and its tip is color coded to work with certain model cell phones. By plugging the CSI Stick into the data/charging port of a cell phone, it can quickly download all e-mails, instant messages, dialed numbers, phone books and everything else stored in memory. It´s most likely that this device will find wide acceptance by parents who want to monitor what their children are doing with their cell phones. The CSI Stick will give parents the capability of reviewing all instant messages, contacts, and incoming and outgoing calls on their child´s cell phone. The CSI Stick sells for $200 and requires Paraben´s Device Seizure or DS Lite software installed on your computer. The software deciphers the encrypted data and presents it on your computer in a readable format. The CSI Stick is sold by Paraben Corporation and is labeled as “The Portable Cell Phone Forensic and Data Gathering Tool”. The CSI Stick opens the world of digital forensics to anyone that needs to gather forensic quality data from cell phones.The CSI Stick currently supports certain Motorola and Samsung cell phone models with additional models coming soon. Paraben´s CSI Stick includes everything you need to acquire valuable cell phone data.So the next time someone asks you to borrow your cell phone because theirs is not working; be sure you are watching them use your phone and that there is nothing connected to it.via: CNET News and CSISTICK.COM Citation: Paraben’s CSI Stick Copies Data from Cell Phones (2008, September 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

first_imgThe Huggable robot, designed by researchers at the MIT Media Lab, was designed to enrich long-distance communication between users. Image credit: MIT Media Lab. Put off by US, Chinese students eye other universities Explore further As the lab explains, the Huggable is designed to be more than a fun robotic companion. Its main purpose is to enhance human relationships by functioning as a visual tool for long-distance communication. Grandparents who want to talk to young grandchildren, teachers instructing students, or healthcare providers communicating with patients could all enrich their interactions using the robot.The Huggable features more than 1500 sensors on its skin, along with quiet actuators, video cameras in its eyes, microphones in its ears, a speaker in its mouth, and an embedded PC with 802.11g wireless networking. “The movements, gestures and expressions of the bear convey a personality-rich character, not a robotic artifact,” the MIT Media Lab’s Web site explains. “A soft silicone-based skin covers the entire bear to give it a more lifelike feel and heft, so you do not feel the technology underneath. Holding the Huggable feels more like holding a puppy, rather than a pillow-like plush doll.”The Huggable connects to a Web interface that enables the remote person to not only view the person on the other end through the bear’s eyes, but also view the robot’s behaviors through streaming audio and video. The remote person can also control the robot using several features. A grandparent, for instance, can enter text for the robot to speak via speech synthesis or command the robot to make various sounds, such as giggling. The grandparent can then watch the child’s facial reaction on the screen and listen to their response, as well as watch a 3D virtual model of the robot and an animated cartoon that indicates gestures, such as when the robot is being bounced or rocked. Overall, the robot enables the grandparent to see and hear the child through the eyes and ears of the Huggable. The robot can operate in either fully or semi autonomous mode. The Huggable can be programmed to remember the faces of specific people, and can then track the moving faces without external control. In semi-autonomous mode, a user can use a joystick to move the robot’s head vertically and horizontally. The Huggable was originally based on the concept of therapeutic companion animals, and has important touch-based features. The robot’s neural network can recognize nine different classes of touch, such as tickling, poking, and scratching, etc., and each class is further divided into six response types, such as teasing pleasant, punishment light, etc. Based on the response type, the robot interprets the intent of the touch and how to respond. Currently, the MIT Media Lab is working to create a series of Huggables for real-world trials. The Huggable was created using Microsoft Robotic Studio, and the project is supported in part by a Microsoft iCampus grant.More information: MIT Media Lab© 2008 Citation: MIT’s Huggable Robot Teddy Enhances Human Relationships (2008, December 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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. ( — It’s probably the most sophisticated teddy bear ever designed, but that doesn’t stop MIT’s companion robot called “the Huggable” from being pretty adorable, as well. The Huggable is the latest project to come from the MIT Media Lab, and could one day be used for healthcare, education, and social communication applications.last_img read more

first_img Citation: Oldest pregnant lizard fossil discovered (2011, July 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The fossil was discovered by Susan Evans, a professor from the University College London Department of Cell and Developmental Biology, in the Jehol region of Northeast China. This area has revealed hundreds of dinosaur, amphibian, reptile, fish, bird, mammal, invertebrate and plant fossils. The lizard in this case has been identified as Yabeinosaurus which scientists believe to be similar to the gecko. Evans did not pay much attention to the fossil when it was first discovered but Yuan Wang from the Chinese Academy of Sciences examined the fossil and discovered 15 tiny fossilized embryos.The embryos were almost fully developed and the researchers believe that the foot-long mother died only a few days before she would have given birth.This discovery reveals that some lizards were giving birth to live young in the Early Cretaceous period. Previous fossils have shown that some marine lizards gave birth to live young but this is the first primarily land lizard to be discovered. “We previously thought that lizards adapted to live birth after mammals, but now it looks like it happened at roughly the same kind of time. This specimen is the oldest we have seen, which implies physiological adaptations, like adequate blood supply to the embryos and very thin shells – or no shells at all – to allow oxygen supply, evolved very early on,” said Professor Susan Evans.For lizards the added weight throughout the gestational period can limit their movement and ability to flee from predators. This lizard was believed to have lived on a river bank or somewhere close to water where it was able to flee to water in order to move easier.”We do know that this lizard lived near to water and we think it likely that they could swim even though they primarily lived on land. This would make sense as a pregnant lizard would be less constrained by carrying offspring – she’d be able to escape into water if a hungry dinosaur came along!” she added. © 2010 Yabeinosaurus tenuis fossil on display at the Beijing Museum of Natural History. Image: Wikipedia. The pregnant gravid female Yabeinosaurus fossil. Credit: Susan Evans/UCL Researchers link an African lizard fossil in Africa with the Komodo dragon in Indonesiacenter_img ( — A new paper published in Naturwissenschaft reveals a fossil from 120 million years ago that proves that some lizards were not laying eggs but rather giving birth to live young. Explore further More information: A gravid lizard from the Cretaceous of China and the early history of squamate viviparity, by Yuan Wang and Susan E. Evans, Naturwissenschaft, DOI:10.1007/s00114-011-0820-1AbstractAlthough viviparity is most often associated with mammals, roughly one fifth of extant squamate reptiles give birth to live young. Phylogenetic analyses indicate that the trait evolved more than 100 times within Squamata, a frequency greater than that of all other vertebrate clades combined. However, there is debate as to the antiquity of the trait and, until now, the only direct fossil evidence of squamate viviparity was in Late Cretaceous mosasauroids, specialised marine lizards without modern equivalents. Here, we document viviparity in a specimen of a more generalised lizard, Yabeinosaurus, from the Early Cretaceous of China. The gravid female contains more than 15 young at a level of skeletal development corresponding to that of late embryos of living viviparous lizards. This specimen documents the first occurrence of viviparity in a fossil reptile that was largely terrestrial in life, and extends the temporal distribution of the trait in squamates by at least 30 Ma. As Yabeinosaurus occupies a relatively basal position within crown-group squamates, it suggests that the anatomical and physiological preconditions for viviparity arose early within Squamata. 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

first_imgTonkean black macaque. Credit: Public Domain © 2017 Baby born to brain-dead mother in Portugal 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. More information: Arianna De Marco et al. Prolonged transport and cannibalism of mummified infant remains by a Tonkean macaque mother, Primates (2017). DOI: 10.1007/s10329-017-0633-8 (—A trio of researchers working at Italy’s Parco Abatino animal sanctuary report witnessing an adult female Tonkean macaque eat the mummified remains of her dead infant. In their paper published in the journal Primates describing the incident, Arianna De Marco, Roberto Cozzolino and Bernard Thierry also outline the events leading up to the odd behavior and offer possible reasons for it.center_img Journal information: Primates The unusual behavior was carried out by a new young mother named Evalyne, the team reports. She had given birth to a baby that lived for just four days—enough time to bond, the researchers note. When the baby died, the mother did not seem to react unusually until she came upon a reflection of herself in her enclosure—that seemed to set her off, the team reports. She became very agitated and screamed for a period of time. After that, the mother continued to carry the dead infant around with her, even as it began to deteriorate. This, the team also reports, is also not unusual behavior for primates in general. Prior research on such behavior has not been able to clarify if it is a form of grief, or an inability to grasp the concept of death.Whatever the reason, Evalyne continued to carry the dead infant, at times trying to care for it. Eventually, as the baby decayed, its head fell off, and then its fur and skin, leaving behind a skeleton with remnants of flesh still attached. After three weeks, the researchers witnessed the mother nibbling on the remains of the child, tearing off bits of mummified flesh and swallowing it. The mother continued with the behavior, even chewing and swallowing bones, leaving just one as perhaps a reminder of what she had lost. Making the act even more bizarre, perhaps, is the fact that Tonkean macaques are vegetarian.The researchers report also that they are at a loss to explain might have caused this extremely unusual behavior, but suggest it might have been a combination of things, such as the mother’s young age and inexperience combined with an inability to process what had happened. They suggest it could simply be the mother’s way of trying to maintain the bond that had formed between her and her baby. Citation: Female macaque at Italian sanctuary ate her mummified dead baby (2017, September 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Explore furtherlast_img read more

first_img Unconfirmed exomoon could be unlike any of those in our solar system Two teams working independently have looked at the possibility of an exomoon circling the exoplanet Kepler-1625b, which orbits the star Kepler-1625. They report little to no evidence supporting its existence. One team, led by Laura Kreidberg, has written a paper describing their work, which is posted on the arXiv preprint server. Another team led by René Heller published a paper in the journal Astronomy Astrophysics. The team that announced possible evidence of the exomoon last year, led by Alex Teachey, has written another paper in response to the findings by the new researchers that is available on arXiv. Journal information: Astronomy & Astrophysics © 2019 Science X Network Last October, Teachey and colleagues published a paper describing evidence they had found for the possible existence of an exomoon. They had noted dips of light from its star recorded by the Kepler space telescope that suggested a large body circling Kepler-1625b. They found the same sort of dip in Hubble data. Such dips are generally indicative of a planet or other object interfering with light from its star as it passes in front of it—in this case, Kepler-1625. They also noted that Kepler-1625b had what appeared to be an odd transit—it began earlier than it should have and the dip in brightness that resulted did not return to normal for a period longer than calculations suggested it should have, comprising more evidence of an exomoon.The team led by Kreidberg analyzed the Hubble data using a different data-processing technique that has been used successfully for over seven years. They report no evidence of a dip other than that triggered by Kepler-1625b. The team led by Heller did observe a slight dip, but suggests it was not sufficient evidence of an exomoon. Both teams also saw the odd transit, but both suggest it could have been due to other phenomena, so attributing it to an exomoon was not warranted.In their reply, Teachey and his team took another look at their earlier results and suggest they warrant further observations of Kepler-1625b for more evidence. They also addressed the findings of Kreidberg’s team and noted that the technique used by the group could have resulted in some data being erased. More information: Alex Teachey et al. Loose Ends for the Exomoon Candidate Host Kepler-1625b. arXiv:1904.11896 [astro-ph.EP] Kreidberg et al. No Evidence for Lunar Transit in New Analysis of HST Observations of the Kepler-1625 System. arXiv:1904.10618 [astro-ph.EP]. René Heller et al. An alternative interpretation of the exomoon candidate signal in the combined Kepler and Hubble data of Kepler-1625, Astronomy & Astrophysics (2019). DOI: 10.1051/0004-6361/201834913center_img Explore further Citation: Two studies cast doubt on existence of exomoon (2019, May 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from 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

first_img © 2019 Science X Network This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further More information: Julius Fredens et al. Total synthesis of Escherichia coli with a recoded genome, Nature (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41586-019-1192-5 Citation: Researchers replace the genes of E. coli bacteria with synthesized genome (2019, May 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The genetic code is the program of life—its arrangement leads to protein creation that controls the functions inside cells. The genome of any given organism is quite complex, yet it is based on just three sets of DNA bases. Each of the three can hold just one of four bases, which means there are just 64 possible combinations. But there are only 20 amino acids, which means there must be some codes in a given genome that are not needed. Prior research has shown that at least some of those codes are used as backups (redundancies) while some are used for other purposes, and many are not yet understood. In this new effort, the researchers had two goals: The first was to synthesize the genome of an E. coli bacterium in their lab—all four million letters of it. The second was to find out what would happen to such a specimen if some of its DNA redundancies were removed.The researchers report that they achieved both objectives by recoding the E. coli DNA on a computer with multiple redundancies removed. Once the desired genome was redesigned, it was split up and sent to a DNA synthesizer. The output from the DNA still needed tweaking, however, which meant the team had to stitch together smaller pieces into longer ones before it could be put into a living E. coli bacterium—they named it Syn61 because only 61 of the 64 possible codes were used.The researchers report that it took longer for the special bacterial specimen to grow, but other than that, it behaved just like unedited specimens. They suggest that in future efforts, it might be possible to replace the redundancies they removed with other sequences to create bacteria with special abilities, such as making new types of biopolymers not found in nature.center_img Journal information: Nature Researchers design and partially assemble a synthetic Escherichia coli genome A team of researchers at Cambridge University has replaced the genes of E. coli bacteria with genomes they synthesized in the lab. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the group describes replacing the genome and removing redundant genetic codes. Escherichia coli. Credit: Rocky Mountain Laboratories, NIAID, NIHlast_img read more

first_imgDownplaying the open slug-fest between the allies in the run up to the Kalyan Dombivili bypolls, Fadnavis, who completed his first year in office, said, “there are no problems between the two parties and the alliance will remain for the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation in 2017 as well.” The government will last its full term, 45-year-old Fadnavis, who emerged as a dark horse for the top slot with the backing of the RSS, told a press meet here.Asked whether the anniversary is that of BJP or Shiv Sena, he said, “the first anniversary is of the government which includes everyone associated with it.”  Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damThe BJP formed its first government in the state on October 31 last year and the Shiv Sena joined the ministry over a month later to be content with the portoflios the dominant partner was ready to part with.Fielding questions on Uddhav’s threat of pulling down the government at the civic poll rally on Friday, he said, “I haven’t heard nor am I aware of it.” Speaking on the never-ending slanging match between the partners, he said, “I do not indulge in mud-slinging nor has anyone done that on me.”last_img read more

first_imgUsing body mass index (BMI) to gauge health is a wrong practice as it is a deeply flawed measure, reveals a study while adding that BMI should not be the primary goal for maintaining good health.BMI incorrectly labelled more than 30 per cent of those with in the “normal” range about 20.7 million people —as healthy whereas they were actually unhealthy based on their other health data, the study said.Also, more than two million people who are considered “very obese” by virtue of having a BMI of 35 or higher are actually healthy. That’s about 15 per cent who are classified as very obese. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The data shows there are tens of millions of people who are overweight and obese and are perfectly healthy,” said A. Janet Tomiyama, assistant professor at University Of California, Los Angeles. There are people who are healthy and are penalised based on a faulty health measure, while the unhealthy ones of normal weight are flying under the radar of BMI, she added.The study recommends that people should focus on eating a healthy diet and exercise regularly, rather than obsess about their weight, and strongly opposes stigmatising people who are overweight.The scientists analysed the link between BMI — which is calculated by dividing a person’s weight in kilograms by the square of the person’s height in meters — and several health markers, including blood pressure and glucose, cholesterol and triglyceride levels, using data from the most recent National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s poem in Santhali language will be the Durga Puja theme at Swadhin Sangha in Bhowanipore. The puja organisers will showcase the development of the tribal population under the leadership of the Chief Minister in the last seven years.The theme will also delve deep into the life and culture of the tribal population,which is unique in a number of ways.”The Chief Minister’s Santhali poem Joy Jitkaur Deban Mena (say we shall overcome) acknowledges the contribution of the Santhals in the freedom struggle of the country. However, their sacrifices have not received the honour they deserved. It was under the leadership of our Chief Minister that this tribal population, spanning mainly across the districts of Bankura, Birbhum, West Midnapore, Jhargram and Purulia has witnessed a major development in the sphere of education and healthcare. They have also been employed through various schemes of the government. We are portraying their life, culture and activities through our theme this year,” said Ashim Kumar Bose, the general secretary of Swadhin Sangha. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe poem will be rewritten in Bengali language through engraving on the wooden structure of the pandal. Apart from the life and culture of the tribal population, the story of the Santhal Rebellion, their various festivals and their hunting activities will come alive through different models.It may be mentioned that the Santhals had also worshipped Goddess Durga during the rebellion.Subrata Dey and Raja Chakraborty will be designing the pandal, maintaining parity with the theme with hogla leaves, barks of trees, leaves of maize, earthen pots and oil lamps. Santhal adivasis will be present in the pandal with their typical musical instruments like dhamsa and madol, for entertaining pandal-hoppers. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA fibre statue of Sidhu Kanhu, prominent leaders of the tribe, will be carved out just outside the main pandal. Krishna Chandra Pal from Krishnanagar in Nadia district is making the idols of the puja matching with the theme. The theme music for the puja will also be composed in Santhali language.This is the third time the puja committee is using poems of Banerjee as their theme. Last year their theme was the Chief Minister’s poem Sobuj (The Green).The message of preserving greenery without chopping down trees indiscriminately, which was propagated by the puja committee, was a big crowd puller.last_img read more

first_imgDo not drive too fast when you are travelling with your pets, says an expert. Here are some shared tips to keep in mind while travelling with your four-legged friends. Motion sickness: Like humans, dogs too feel sick in the stomach in a moving car. Half an hour before taking him in the car, you should give him a medicine for motion sickness. Consult a vet about what medicine to give and he/she will prescribe it depending on the size and the weight of your dog. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfVet alert: Our dogs mostly stay at home and don’t travel a lot. The only time they get into the car is to go to the vet and start associating cars with vet visits. Make them believe that they are not going to the vet and occasionally take them out for drives or to parks.Food: Do not feed the dog right before it sits in the car. Feed him at least an hour before travelling. Always remember to keep the portion small. The same rule applies for water. Do not give him too much water right before the drive. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWalks: Before you make him sit in the car, take him for a good walk so that he gets tired and fall asleep in the car.Travel bags: Make a travel bag for the pet. The bag should contain a first aid kit, water, treats, bowl, wet and dry tissues, potty scooper, lint roller and a seat protector for the car.Drive: Do not drive too fast and be careful with the bumps and speed breakers. Even if your pet enjoys with the windows down, do not let him hang out as it is dangerous. The pet might get excited and try to jump out.Pet breaks: If you are travelling for a long distance take a break in every half an hour, take your dog out of the car and make him walk a little.last_img read more

first_imgThe national Capital witnessed a celebration of arts with ‘The Opening Weekend’ of the fourth season of the Contemporary Arts Week  (CAW) at Nehru Park. The first day opened with workshops in dance, yarn bombing and live painting. A Crafts Lane was available for retail therapy or window shopping options with fashion, decor, and arts and crafts as highlights. Stalls catering to different cuisines, and a first-of-its-kind Master Chef workshop at the Food Lane to give one’s inner chef a chance was a hit with the public. Not far behind were the scintillating performances, the main highlights of the day, an evening filled with the all-star-band serving up a heady mix of contemporary Folk and Sufi music, featuring the likes of singers Shilpa Rao who sung her latest rendition ‘Buleya’, Kutle Khan from Jaisalmer mesmerised the crowd with his folk songs. Akhil Sachdeva of Nasha, Santa Singh of Nuur, Ujwal Nagar of Advaita, flautist Pandit Ajay Prasanna, saxophonist Abhay Sharma were among others.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDay two had lots of exciting activities like Drum Circle and Circus acts, Open Jam – dance and music, workshops in dance, finger painting, graphitti etc. The day culminated with the mesmerizing performances by the Raghu Dixit Project and Suryaveer. Raghu Dixit was a major crowd puller. On till 22nd October CAW is an annual art festival organised by an NGO- Friends of Art that welcomes artists and audiences of all age groups. This unique festival incorporates art forms such as dance, music, theater, puppetry, clowning, mime, visual arts, short films, photography, slam poetry, short films, stand-up, mixed media and street art. This initiative is a conscious effort to encourage audiences to explore a variety of different Arts by bringing together artists and like-minded people under one roof.last_img read more

first_imgThe exhibition which showcased works of art by 20 women artists from the prestigious collection of National Gallery of Modern Art (NGMA), came to an end on March 20. Organised by The National Gallery of Modern Art, New Delhi, and Ministry of Culture, Government of India, ‘Songs of the Uncaged Bird’ had a successful run for 11 days at NGMA’s Jaipur House.Women have stood by and contributed to all the areas of working in the making of society – be it, the social, economic, cultural and political. Among the historic landmarks, the reflections of the feminine in these power roles, both achievements and the hurdles on the road, were traced in the visual art practices. Thus, with this exhibition, National Gallery of Modern Art recalled the achievements of women artists who have contributed to the artistic landscape of the modern and contemporary period in India. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWomen artists have explored and worked in many mediums, some even are the pioneers of the genres. The themes they work with are eclectic, beyond the feminine presence, but with the feminine sensitivity and rigour. Considering this, the whole body of work that the women artists in India have produced is immense. Keeping this in mind, this exhibition focused on some significant works of such women artists who have carved a niche for women in the field of visual arts to explore, innovate and contribute in the diverse visual languages of expression. Their visual modes may be subtle and simple, sometimes direct and bold, but the expressions are clear, loud and powerful. “It was a pleasure to recall the achievements of women artists who have contributed to the artistic landscape of the modern and contemporary period in India. I wish to thank Ministry of Culture, Government of India for supporting our endeavours and acknowledge the sincere efforts of the entire NGMA team towards the successful execution of this project,” said Adwaita Gadanyak.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: The death of a Royal Bengal tiger whose decomposed carcass was found at Adalamari forest areas of Sunderbans has become a cause of concern for the forest department officials who are leaving no stone unturned for the protection of the big cats.The officials are yet to ascertain the cause of death of the animal and they are awaiting the postmortem report. The incident comes as a setback to the forest department officials who are constantly striving to transform Sunderbans into a model of tiger conservation for the rest of the world. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe recovery of the decomposed carcass of a full-grown tiger also becomes a major cause of concern for the forest department. Senior forest department officials are looking into all possible angles that could have led to the death of the tiger. The forest officials suspect that the tiger might have died 10-15 days ago. The forest department officials are not ready to buy the theory of poaching as they claimed claws, teeth and skin or any other parts of its body remained intact. They are yet to ascertain if it was a male tiger or a female. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAs the animal’s body was decomposed, it has become difficult for the forest officials to determine its gender. It was learnt that a trap, which is generally used for catching deer, was found lying near its body. It makes the forest officials believe that the tiger’s death was not natural and there may be some foul play behind the death. A detailed probe has been ordered by the forest department to find out the actual cause of its death. The autopsy report might throw some light into the death of the animal, said a senior official of the forest department. It may be mentioned here the last poaching incident in Sunderbans was reported in 2008. Since then no tigers were killed here. The forest officials are examining the trap that was recovered from the spot. The forest officials may talk to the people who live in the areas near forest and at sometimes venture into the woods to get firewood.last_img read more

first_imgKandi/Jangipur: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee launched an all-out attack against the BJP at Kandi and Jangipur rallies on Wednesday. Stating that the regional parties would play a vital role to form the government at the Centre, the Chief Minister added: “The BJP will be voted out of power and the Congress will not be able to form the government singly. The BJP will not get more than 100 seats.”Addressing two rallies at Kandi and Jangipur, she maintained: “The BJP will get zero seats in Bengal, Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. Moreover, if they get fewer seats in Uttar Pradesh and Rajasthan as well, how will they become the hero in the 2019 election,” she said. Jangipur will vote on April 23 while Berhampur will go to polls on April 29. In 2014, Congress candidates had won both the Berhampur and Jangipur seats. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee alleged that RSS and BJP are backing the Congress candidates in these seats and maintained: “The RSS is trying to buy votes. If you see them distributing money, take their photographs and send us. The RSS has no work and they are here to create division among people.” The Chief Minister further said people had lost respect for political leaders and had developed fear in the mind about them. “People are scared of the BJP leaders. The moment you go against them, agencies such as CBI, ED and DRI will harass you. People have never seen a political party with so much vengeance ever. See their body language, it is scary,” she said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateTalking about DMK leader K Kanimozhi, whose residence was recently searched by the Income Tax officials, she said: “They sent the Income Tax department officials to the house of (DMK chief) M K Stalin’s sister Kanimozhi to conduct raids. He is harassing (Telugu Desam Party chief) Chandrababu Naidu and Jaganmohan Reddy in Andhra Pradesh and (Janata Dal-Secular leader) H D Kumaraswamy in Karnataka. “Even Arvind Kejriwal, Mayawatiji or Akhilesh (Yadav) have not been spared. Lalu Prasad has been put to jail. He is harassing everyone. People of Bengal are still living in peace because we are here,” Banerjee said.last_img read more

first_imgIn preparation for the Preparatory Meeting for the ‘Sixth Replenishment for the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (Global Fund)’, the Global Fund Advocates Network Asia-Pacific (GFAN AP) and India Working Group 1 (IWG) for the Sixth Preparatory Meeting co-organised the Communities and Civil Society Planning Meeting on January 16 and 17, at Le Méridian, New Delhi.The meeting aimed to support joint strategizing and create synergies among India civil society and regional and global communities and civil society advocates for a fully funded Global Fund leading up to the Sixth Replenishment Pledging Conference of the Global Fund to be held in October 2019 in Lyon, France. In addition, for the first time in India, community and civil society partners from HIV, TB and malaria have united their voices to strengthen their responses towards the Universal Health Coverage (UHC) agenda and increased domestic financing towards the three diseases. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIndia will make a history by being the first country from the ‘global south’ ever to host a ‘Preparatory Meeting for the Global Fund’s tri-annual Replenishments’ in the national capital, on the February 7-8. This will serve as an important milestone to mobilise funds aimed at accelerating AIDS, TB and malaria responses and building resilient and sustainable health systems across the world. It will also provide an opportunity to highlight India’s contribution to Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through broad public-private partnerships; and through the use of new tools, technologies call attention to India’s leadership in the production and supply of generic medicines and leading conversations around utilizing public health safeguards in the implementation of intellectual property rights.last_img read more

first_imgSince time immemorial women have been playing significant roles in our society. They are nurturers, supporters, caregivers, and providers of the much-needed balance in our lives.In light of the above statement, an exhibition is being organised to highlight the crucial role played by women in our everyday lives. This group exhibition of veteran artists has been curated by Priyanka Banerjee which brings together exquisite artworks revolving around the theme of ‘Women and Femininity’. Overall, these paintings give a magical and transcendental experience to all the art lovers as they transport them to a different world altogether. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTitled Panorama-14, the art show is starting today (March 1 – 31, 11 am – 7 pm, at Vivanta by Taj, Dwarka. Artists like Dr Zaheda Khanum, Rubeena Husain, Meena Wason, Uma Bardhan, Uma Gupta, and others. The artworks of Archana Das are an impeccable blend of childlike innocence and adult-like wisdom. Uma Bardhan’s works are reflective of Bengal school of Art which showcases women doing their regular house chores. Meghna Agarwal depicts our symbiotic relationship with Mother Earth whose existence is getting jeopardised because of global warming and urbanisation. Uma Gupta uses water colour to commemorate the myriad faces of women. Her paintings are bright and striking. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveDr. Zaheeda Khanum celebrates nature through her paintings. Tulika Kukreti depicts the beauty of womanhood through different geometric shapes and colours. The depiction of women in different mediums depicts Ritu Saxena’s superb command and expertise in artworks. Rubena’s colourful work has a surreal effect and is a pleasure for the eyes. The works of Mridul talk of empowerment through his black and white lady. Nilay Sarkar’s artworks speak tones about the magical effect that colours can have on our monotonous lives. The abstract works of Meena Wason display an unparalleled rhythm in colours and soothe the senses.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A medical aspirant from the state with a hearing impairment moved the Calcutta High Court after he was denied quota seat under Person with Disability (PwD) category on the basis of a report submitted by the SSKM Hospital which the petitioner found ‘faulty’ as there was no appropriate assistive device in the hospital to measure the level of his impairment.The petitioner, Maheboob Laskar, a resident of Mograhat in South 24-Parganas cleared the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) and now seeking an admission under PwD category as he has some problem in hearing. Laskar in his Writ petition at the Calcutta High Court alleged that SSKM Hospital has flouted the Medical Council of India (MCI) guideline where it said that all the candidates with hearing impairment must be examined with assistive device at the hospitals. But it was not done at the SSKM Hospital due to the unavailability of the device. As a result the examination in case of Laskar had not been conducted as per the MCI norms. The candidate eventually failed to achieve more than 40 per cent disability during his examination at the hospital which was one of the prerequisites to secure an admission in the undergraduate medical courses in the state. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMany candidates from the state who are seeking admission in a medical college under the same category have expressed their concern on how they would be examined when there is no device available at the SSKM Hospital to properly determine the level of their impairment. In the writ petition, Laskar mentioned that the MCI Gazette notification dated February 5, 2019 says that “Persons with hearing disability of more than 40 per cent may be made eligible to pursue Graduate Medical Education and may be given reservation, subject to the condition that hearing disability is brought to a level of less than the benchmark of 40 per cent with the aid of assistive devices”. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBut at the time of verification of his disability certificate appropriate method was not followed at the SSKM Hospital and the petitioner he was not tested with device as recommended by the MCI, mentions the Writ petition. The candidate has qualified the NEET obtaining total 113 marks out of 720 (around 42.49 percentile) with OBC category PH ranking of 2130 and all India ranking of 808060. The candidate claimed that he would have obtained more than 40 per cent disability criteria, had he been examined by the proper device.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: A five-year -old girl was allegedly raped and murdered by a middle aged person at Narendrapur in South 24 Parganas a week ago and the body was in a bushy area. The accused was arrested on Saturday and the body was recovered later.According to sources, on July 15, victim’s family members who are residents of Kheyadah in Narendrapur could not found their daughter for more than two hours in the morning. After searching for her till evening the tribal couple went to Narendrapur police station and sought immediate action. They also stated that from their neighbours they came to know that the girl was seen with a person identified as Azgar Ali, who is also a resident of the same area. After a missing diary was lodged and victim’s parents doubted Ali was their daughter’s kidnapper. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataFollowing the complaint lodged sleuths raided Ali’s house and found that he was not home. Thus the doubt grew more. During a check with the database, police found that Ali was arrested two years ago in a snatching case. At that time he was arrested from Park Circus railway station after a few days of search. Despite repeated searches, police failed to trace Ali and locals got furious. One day they even put up a road blockade protesting the police inaction. A few days ago sleuths decided to initiate strict vigil in and around the Sealdah South Section railway stations. On Saturday evening, police got a source information that Ali was seen in Sealdah railway station. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateWithout wasting any time, police rushed to Sealdah railway station and arrested Ali. Later Ali shown the police personnel where he dumped the child’s body. During interrogation, Ali confessed that he lured the child by promising to give a guava and took her to a bushy area. There he raped the child and strangled her to death. Ali was produced before the Baruipur Court on Sunday and was remanded to judicial custody for one day as he needs to be produced before the Special Judge, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, which remains closed on Sundays. He was again produced before the Special Judge, POCSO Act on Monday and was remanded to police custody.last_img read more

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has declared rural Bengal as Open Defecation Free (ODF) and said the target has been achieved much ahead of the schedule. She further added that the state government will now focus on solid waste management.Banerjee in a post wrote: “I am happy to share with you that rural Bengal is now open defecation free. Govt of India has confirmed our achievement which was our mission towards a cleaner and greener environment and safe living. 1.35 crore households have been covered under this Mission Nirmal Bangla programme. Our next focus would be solid waste management. My best wishes to all.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the information available with the Panchayats and Rural Development department, in Mission Nirmal Bangla, the department had provided toilets to 65.96 lakh households since 2013-14 taking the total to 135.35 lakh households with toilets as found during the baseline survey. All villages, Gram Panchayats, blocks and districts are now Open Defecation Free. It may be recalled that Nadia was the first district in the country to be declared ODF by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSenior officials of the Panchayats and Rural Development department said now the biggest job would be to create awareness among the rural people to ensure that they use the toilets. Some NGOs have been deployed to conduct awareness campaigns along with the P&RD department. Maintenance of the toilets will be another important issue as no money will be given if the toilets become defunct. The state government is now emphasising on solid waste management. The Urban Development and Municipal Affairs department has asked all the municipalities and civic bodies to segregate garbage at source.last_img read more