Paper supercapacitor could power future paper electronics

first_img More information: Liangbing Hu, Hui Wu, and Yi Cui. “Printed energy storage devices by integration of electrodes and separators into single sheets of paper.” Applied Physics Letters 96, 183502 (2010). Doi:10.1063/1.3425767 Copyright 2010 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. In the paper supercapacitor, all the necessary components are integrated onto a single sheet of paper in the form of single walled carbon nanotubes (SWNTs). High-speed printing could be used to print the SWNTs directly onto a piece of paper – anything from Xerox paper to newspaper and even grocery ads will work. At first, the researchers found that the SWNTs were so small that they penetrated the paper through micron-sized pores, which would cause the device to short-circuit. To solve this problem, the researchers first coated both sides of the paper with polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF), which blocked the pores but still allowed for electrolytes to be transported through the paper. As such, the treated paper could function as an electrolyte membrane and separator without short-circuiting. “The key design is that SWNTs stick well on paper and do not penetrate through paper completely to avoid shorting,” Yi Cui of Stanford University told PhysOrg.com.Once the SWNTs were printed onto the treated paper, they experienced strong bonding forces similar to those experienced when writing with a pen or pencil on paper. Even when rubbed or subjected to tape, the SWNTs remained attached to the paper. After printing SWNTs on both sides of single sheets of paper, electrolyte was loaded to form a supercapacitor. The SWNTs served as both the electrodes and current collectors in the supercapacitor, which had a capacitance of about 3 F/g. The device also showed an excellent cycling stability, with very little loss of capacitance after 2500 cycles. The researchers say the same concept could be extended to make batteries, as well.The fully integrated supercapacitor is based on an earlier version that the researchers made, in which nanomaterials were coated separately onto different anode and cathode substrates and then assembled together with a separator. The advantage of the new integrated structure is that it allows for high-speed printing, which greatly reduces fabrication costs and brings disposable, flexible, and lightweight paper electronics closer to reality. Cui said that, in the future, the researchers plan “to use this new design for real applications.” Citation: Paper supercapacitor could power future paper electronics (2010, May 21) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-05-paper-supercapacitor-power-future-electronics.html Photos at left and center show the paper supercapacitor printed on Xerox paper. The right photo shows the paper supercapacitor printed on newspaper. Image credit: Liangbing Hu, et al. ©2010 AIP. (PhysOrg.com) — All those paper transistors and paper displays that scientists have been designing can now be powered by an onboard power source, thanks to the development of a new paper supercapacitor. Designed by researchers at Stanford University, the paper supercapacitor is made by simply printing carbon nanotubes onto a treated piece of paper. The researchers hope that the integrated design could lead to the development of low-cost, disposable paper electronics. Explore further At Stanford, nanotubes + ink + paper = equal instant battery (w/ Video) 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

Flexible LEDs for implanting under the skin

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Researchers in the US, China, Korea and Singapore have collaborated to develop flexible ultra-thin sheets of inorganic light emitting diodes (LEDs) and photodetectors for implantation under the skin for medical monitoring, activating photo-sensitive drugs, and other biomedical applications. Potential biomedical applications for the LEDs include implantable patches for monitoring wound healing, for use in diagnosis or spectroscopy, or to control the delivery of drugs triggered by light in photodynamic drug therapy. They could also be used in light-emitting sutures or implantable illuminated plasmonic crystals, and may find application in robotics.Rogers has recently founded a company in Cambridge, Massachusetts, mc10, to work on commercializing the new technology, which is a goal he regards as “incredibly appealing.” Rogers said he wanted the technology to have an impact, and that was the end goal serving as the motivation for the work. Explore further Optical image of an 8×8μ-ILEDs array on a thin PDMS substrate in its on state under deformed conditions. Image credit: Nature Materials, doi:10.1038/nmat2879 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: Rak-Hwan Kim, et al., Waterproof AlInGaP optoelectronics on stretchable substrates with applications in biomedicine and robotics, Nature Materials, Advance online publication (2010) doi:10.1038/nmat2879 Ultrathin light-emitting diodes create new classes of lighting and display systems The research, led by John Rogers of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the US, and published today in Nature Materials developed flexible arrays 2.5 μm thick and 100 x 100 μm square, which is much smaller than any commercially available array. They printed circuits directly onto a rigid glass substrate and then transferred them to an inexpensive biocompatible polymer called poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) to create a mesh-like array of LEDs and photodetectors.The PDMS substrate is flexible enough that the circuits can still function even if twisted or stretched by even as much as 75 percent. Rogers said most research has concentrated on organic LEDs (OLEDs), which are extremely sensitive to water and oxygen, but the flexible arrays are encapsulated in a thin layer of silicon rubber, which makes them waterproof and allows them to function well when implanted or completely immersed in biofluids. The design also eliminates the mechanical constraints normally imposed on such devices by the inflexible semiconductor wafers that support them.The researchers successfully tested the LEDs by integrating a sheet into the fingertip of a vinyl glove, which they then immersed in soapy water, and they have also implanted an array beneath the skin in an animal model. Schematic illustration of the encapsulation of an implantable array of μ-ILEDs. Image credit: Nature Materials, doi:10.1038/nmat2879 Citation: Flexible LEDs for implanting under the skin (2010, October 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-10-flexible-implanting-skin.html © 2010 PhysOrg.comlast_img read more

Microsoft to release a tablet OS in 2012

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — Microsoft has finally decided to join the tablet OS market. Following in the grand tradition of Kinect (motion controls for video games, which came out after the Nintendo Wii sported them) and Zune (MP3 players, which came out after Apple’s family of iPods was already on the path to market domination) the company is coming late to the market, joining both Apple and Google with a new tablet operating system, but not until 2012. Asus Eee Pad tablet to favor Android over Windows Embedded OS There are several Windows 7-based tablets already on the market, put out by third party hardware makers, but none of them have made much of an impact on the tablet market, in either sales or new features. Some of this may have to do with the fact that Windows 7 OS is not really designed to work with the finger-based inputs of tablets, which puts it at a significant disadvantage when you consider that both Apple’s iOS and Google’s Honeycomb were actually designed with tablet users in mind.There are some rumors that the new tablet OS will come out the same time as Windows 8, which is also expected to have a 2012 release date, but there is no conformation of this at this time. Though recent reports of a tablet-optimized beta version of Windows 8 coming in September have bolstered these claims. The final version is expected to be released in time for the back-to-school season.By the time this tablet comes to market it will not only have to compete with slew of Android-based tablets, but the newest model of RIM’s PlayBook tablets, and the possibly even an iPad 3. Joining an already crowded market will not be an easy task, and the lackluster success of the adoption of Windows 7 phones shows that Microsoft will have to learn from its mistakes and come out with some strong partnerships if they want to have a successful device in the market. Citation: Microsoft to release a tablet OS in 2012 (2011, March 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-03-microsoft-tablet-os.html Explore further © 2010 PhysOrg.com This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Spider is the second most vibrationsensitive creature

first_img Citation: Spider is the second most vibration-sensitive creature (2011, October 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-10-spider-vibration-sensitive-creature.html (PhysOrg.com) — A new study in Austria has confirmed that spiders are extremely sensitive to vibrations, and determined they are the second most vibration-sensitive organism, topped only by cockroaches. Explore further © 2011 PhysOrg.com More information: Force transformation in spider strain sensors: white light interferometry, J. R. Soc. Interface, Published online before print October 26, 2011, doi: 10.1098/​rsif.2011.0565AbstractScanning white light interferometry and micro-force measurements were applied to analyse stimulus transformation in strain sensors in the spider exoskeleton. Two compound or ‘lyriform’ organs consisting of arrays of closely neighbouring, roughly parallel sensory slits of different lengths were examined. Forces applied to the exoskeleton entail strains in the cuticle, which compress and thereby stimulate the individual slits of the lyriform organs. (i) For the proprioreceptive lyriform organ HS-8 close to the distal joint of the tibia, the compression of the slits at the sensory threshold was as small as 1.4 nm and hardly more than 30 nm, depending on the slit in the array. The corresponding stimulus forces were as small as 0.01 mN. The linearity of the loading curve seems reasonable considering the sensor’s relatively narrow biological intensity range of operation. The slits’ mechanical sensitivity (slit compression/force) ranged from 106 down to 13 nm mN−1, and gradually decreased with decreasing slit length. (ii) Remarkably, in the vibration-sensitive lyriform organ HS-10 on the metatarsus, the loading curve was exponential. The organ is thus adapted to the detection of a wide range of vibration amplitudes, as they are found under natural conditions. The mechanical sensitivities of the two slits examined in this organ in detail differed roughly threefold (522 and 195 nm mN−1) in the biologically most relevant range, again reflecting stimulus range fractionation among the slits composing the array. Cupiennius salei. Image: Kuhn-Nentwig, JBC, American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology 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. Assassin bugs trap spiders by mimicking prey (w/ Video) Spiders of all kinds have long been known to be sensitive to vibratory stimulation, since vibrations on their webs or on foliage alert them to the presence of prey. If the vibrations are within a defined frequency and amplitude range, spiders attack the vibration source. Vibrations with characteristics outside these biologically meaningful ranges do not induce an attack response.The new research, led by Clemens F. Schaber of the University of Vienna’s Department of Neurobiology, used scanning white light interferometry and micro-force measurements for the first time to quantify the forces on spider strain sensors that detect vibrations, to try to determine just how sensitive they were. The spider they chose was the adult female Cupiennius salei, the Central American wandering spider, which they had bred in their laboratory, and which they chose for its large size and its hunting style of detecting vibrations in the foliage as their prey moves around nearby. The wandering spider derives its name from its habit of wandering about at night on the trees on which it lives, rather than building a web and waiting for prey to become entrapped. Females can reach a leg span of 10 centimeters, with a body length of up to 3.5 centimeters.Team member Friedrich G. Barth explained that the spider has over 3,000 strain sensors in its body, mostly on the legs and in vibration receptors located near the leg joints. Each strain sensor comprises a series of arrays of tiny parallel slits in the compound lyriform slit sense organs that detect vibrations and movements. When forces are applied the slits are compressed and stimulated.The researchers found that the sensitivity of the slits decreased with their length and that nanoscale compressions from 1.4 to 30 nanometers caused by vibrations and air flows could be detected. These compressions corresponded to forces as low as 0.01 mN.Spiders can also see prey even at low light levels, and can detect odors through hair sensors (pedipalps) on their feelers.The results of the study were published in the Journal of the Royal Society Interface.last_img read more

3D virtual birth simulator may help avoid complicated births

first_img Citation: 3D virtual birth simulator may help avoid complicated births (2013, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-3d-virtual-birth-simulator-complicated.html Explore further More information: medicalxpress.com/news/2013-11 … birth-simulator.html Researchers pioneer first patient-specific 3-D virtual birth simulator © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The team prepared their presentation last month for the International Conference on E-Health and Bioengineering in Romania, which took place from November 21 to November 23. Dr Rudy Lapeer, from the university’s school of computing sciences, said, ‘We are creating a forward-engineered simulation of childbirth using 3D graphics to simulate the sequence of movements as a baby descends through the pelvis during labor.” The study is titled, “Towards a Forward Engineered Simulation of the Cardinal Movements of Human Childbirth’.” The authors are Zelimkhan Gerikhanov, Vilius Audinis and Rudy Lapeer.The user inputs the patient’s relevant anatomical data –size and shape of the pelvis, the baby’s head and torso, for example. The simulation software will see ultrasound data used to re-create a geometric model of a baby’s skull and body in 3D graphics as well as the mother’s body and pelvis. This will make the medical team more aware of scenarios that can take place during birth. For example, one would see if the baby’s shoulders could get stuck during childbirth. According to the university release, “Programmers are also taking into account the force from the mother pushing during labor and are even modeling a ‘virtual’ midwife’s hands which can interact with the baby’s head.”Lapeer said, “We hope that this could help to avoid complicated births altogether by guiding people in the medical profession to advise on caesarean sections where necessary.” Lapeer has cited his general research interests as “mainly in medical visualization, surgical navigation and simulation, physics simulation and biomechanics.” He also described what he and his team have done in the specific area of human childbirth mechanics. “We have studied fetal head moulding using finite element analysis and more recently investigated the effect of forceps delivery on the fetal head and the biomechanics of shoulder dystocia.” (Phys.org) —University of East Anglia last month announced that UEA researchers have pioneered a patient-specific 3D virtual birth simulator. The research’ aim is a virtual birthing simulator that can help doctors and midwives prepare for unusual or dangerous births. “Patient-specific” is the key aspect of their work, as the program takes into account the mother’s body shape and the position of the baby to predict what might take place during the birth event.last_img read more

When Australian Masterchef comes for breakfast

Bringing together the hospitality fraternity, a breakfast session with Masterchef Australia host George was organised in the Capital recently. This early morning session, organised by Fine Food India, brought the who’s who from the hospitality business, chefs and restaurateurs to talk about food. George Calombaris made up for the absence of his co-host Gary Mehigan and said: ‘Gary is totally Bollywood. He would have loved to be here had he felt better.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Goerge said what is special about Masterchef Australia is that it has roped in cuisines from across the world. There was a whole round of questions the restaurateurs and the public asked George. On being asked about his status as a celebrity chef, he said: ‘I deny the concept of the celebrity chef. I am a chef, that’s it.’For the young food enthusiasts who had gathered there who dreamt of becoming chefs in future, George said, ‘It is very important to engage oneself in cooking and also know where the raw material comes from. The farms ideally and not the supermarkets.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘I buy only my toilet papers from the supermarket,’ quipped the chef.About Indian food he said Gary knew more than him. ‘He could actually tell you when and where the food originated and how was it used and all that.’ As for himself, the chef admitted that he couldn’t help wonder about the Indian food especially jalebis which are fermented lactose. ‘It is amazing to see such diverse food culture wherever we go,’ said the 34-year-old chef.When asked whether it is more important to have technical skills or creative ones, he said that it is a mix of both. ‘There are a lot of chefs with so much technical skills and then there are those who does it differently. So we need both these.’‘There is also Nigella, who absolutely makes anything out of the leftovers. This is also something different,’ he added.  The event was concluded with an elaborate breakfast spread. read more

Celebrating 50 years of education

first_imgOutlining the journey of Kendriya Vidyalaya Sangathan, a travelling photo exhibition kicked off in the capital today to carry forward the institute’s Golden Jubilee celebrations. Inaugurated by the Minister of State, Human Resource and Development, Jatin Prasada in the presence of Comissioner of KV Sangathan, Avinash Dixit and other senior officials of Ministry of HRD and KVS, the exhibition was followed by a vibrant cultural evening by students from different central schools. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Beaming in their uniforms, student scouts marched in the corridors of Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts to welcome the arrival of dignatories. After watching the visual journey depicted through the pictures and paintings of students and teachers of KVS, Jatin Prasada commented,’ The photo exhibition portrays the commencement of KVS, its glorious past and the road ahead for its future. The paintings put up by the students are delightful.’ The travelling photo exhibition, planned in 14 cities in India starting from New Delhi, will showcase the journey of KVS from 20 schools to 1093 vidyalayas and dwell on its initiatives and innovative practices for promoting quality education and capacity building of its teaching staff. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe exhibition about growth and evolution of KVS will spread awareness about the institute’s role in the field of school education. It will be stationed at 14 cities, namely, New Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Patna, Jaipur, Kolkata, Guwahati, Bhopal, Ahmadabad, Mumbai, Bnagalore, Trivandrum, Chennai and Hyderabad. The Golden Jubilee celebrations began with the inaugral function organised at Vigyan Bhawan on 6 July. The Prime Minister of India, Dr. Manmohan Singh unveiled the new logo of KVS during this ceremony. In the cultural presentation today, Jatin Prasada addressed the audience and discussed the imperative issues related to education in our country. He emphasised, ‘We are grappling with the issue of an imbalance in education. Inequality pervades on the basis of gender, caste and class even in this field. We need to provide skill based education and I hope that KVS would continue delivering quality education.’last_img read more

Revealing the charm of Cham

first_imgIndira Gandhi National Centre for the Arts (IGNCA)  is hosting an International Conference on Cham Art Heritage of Vietnam. The Cham people are the inhabitants of mountainous region of Central-South Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos. The Cham civilization has been focus of studies and conferences in the field of history, language, religion, culture, art and architecture. However, its inner connections and its external relations have so far not been studied in depth.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The two-day international conference will comprises of academic sessions and cultural programmes on both the days and Odishi dance recital by Madhavi Mudgal and disciples on its closing day. The event will be inaugurated on 25 April at IGNCA. The conference will be carried out in six sessions and one sub-session.The proposed panels of the conference are: Polynesian, Indian and Indigenous context of Cham art, interface of art and ecology in Cham art, connections of Cham art with Indian and South East Asian art styles, Cham architecture and its connection with India and South East Asia, Chams musical instruments in the wider context of Indian and South East Asian traditions, many research on Champa based on epigraphy and recent field work including Bhasa and Sahitya sastriya study of the inscriptions of Champa. The various sessions will be chaired by eminents like- Satya Vrat Shastri, Anton O. Zakharov, Phan Thi Thu Hien, Ganga Nath Jha, Philippe Delanghe, Himansu Prabha Ray, Zsuzsanna Renner, Claude Jacques and Lokesh Chandra.last_img read more

Baby dies in womb after doctor gives wrong injection to mother

first_imgKolkata: Family members of a pregnant woman on Wednesday alleged that the baby in her womb died because of medical negligence of doctors in the Kharagpur Chandmari Sub-divisional hospital. But the hospital authorities denied the charge.The incident had triggered tension among the patients undergoing treatment in the hospital following the incident. The family members of the victim staged a protest demonstration inside the hospital campus creating chaos. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsA huge contingent of police rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control. The demonstration was lifted by the family members following the intervention of the senior police officers who assured them that the matter would be looked into.The family members of the woman Jhunu Patra, a resident of Benapur area, said was brought to the hospital on Saturday. She complained of labour pain on Tuesday night. It was alleged that the on duty nurses called up the doctor under whom the patient was admitted. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The doctor allegedly told the nurses to administer an injection on the patient. The family members of the patient alleged that she felt relieved after she was administered the injection but stopped feeling any movement of the baby following the incident. When the caesarean delivery was performed on the patient, the baby was found dead.This infuriated the family members of the victim. They staged a demonstration alleging negligence on the part of the hospital. They also demanded a high level inquiry into the incident. They questioned the authority and said why would the doctor instruct an on-duty nursing staff over phone to administer a particular injection without seeing the condition of the patient. The baby died in the mother’s womb as wrong injection was administered on the patient, alleged the family members of the victim.A senior official of the hospital said the death of the baby could be due to many other reasons. He also denied the charges of medical negligence. The doctors in the hospital might have been trying for a normal delivery of the dead baby, he said. Post-mortem of the dead baby may be done to ascertain the real reason for the death.last_img read more

Soon Bangladesh to open Visa office in Siliguri

first_imgDarjeeling: Bangladesh would soon be opening a Visa office in Siliguri that will be extending consular activities. After establishing air links with Guwahati, scheduled for mid 2019, Bangladesh has plans to connect Bagdogra by air link as well. These steps will boost people-to-people contact, thereby benefitting both the countries.The Integrated Checkpost at Banglabandha border is a few kilometers away from Siliguri. Addressing media persons in Darjeeling on Tuesday, Syed Muazzem Ali, High Commissioner, Bangladesh High Commission, Delhi, stated that relations between both the countries has reached a new high with efforts from both the countries and the Visa office in Siliguri would boost exchange between the two countries. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”This is the golden era of India-Bangla relations. After 68 years, the enclave issue has been resolved. There are no border disputes between the two countries, whether on land or water. There have been no security problems in the past 9 years” stated the High Commissioner. Stress is being given to improve communication. Before 1965 there were 8 railway links with India. After 1965, services had come to a grinding halt. “Already, 6 of these links have been revived. The remaining two will be revived soon,” stated the High Commissioner. Soon, a railway link will be established between Akhaura in Tripura and Chittagong port in Bangladesh.last_img read more

First Suvidha Train from Gorakhpur to Delhi on July 13

first_imgThe first Suvidha Train will be shown green flagon July 13. It will run between Gorakhpur and Anand Vihar (Delhi). The booking is open from Wednesday. This train will run from July 13 to July 30.The train number 05027 Gorakhpur-Anand Vihar biweekly Suvidha special train will start every Monday and Wednesday from Gorakhpur at 08:55 pm and will reach Anand Vihar next day at  11am. It will have stops at Khalilabad, Basti, Gonda, Lucknow, Muradabad. In the other direction, the train number 05028 Anand Vihar biweekly Suvidha special train will depart every Tuesday and Thursday at 2 pm and will reach Gorakhpur next day at 05:10 am.last_img read more

Students stranded train services affected due to Adivasi agitation

first_imgKolkata: Train services in South Eastern Railway’s (SER) Kharagpur division were affected from Monday morning due to a blockade put up by an umbrella organisation of the Adivasis, who demands official recognition of their language.Around 72 students accompanied by 12 teachers of Ballygunge Siksha Sadan are reportedly stuck since afternoon while on their way to the city. The group had gone on an educational tour. Railway Recruitment Board Examination has also been cancelled. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA spokesperson of SER said members of Bharat Jakat Majhi Marwa squatted on tracks at several stations such as Balichak, Nekusini, Salboni, Chattna and Khamasuli affecting train movement. A number of mail, express and local trains were detained at various stations of Kharagpur-Howrah, Kharagpur-Tatanagar, Kharagpur-Bhadrak and Kharagpur-Adra sections. A good number of trains were cancelled due to the agitation that included Howrah-Hyderabad East Coast Express, Howrah-Mumbai CSMT Duranto Express, Howrah-Yesvantpur AC Express, Shalimar- LTT Express, Santragachi-Puducherry Special, Santragachi-Chennai Central Antyodaya Express, Howrah-Puri Sri Jaganath Express, Shalimar-Bhanjpur Express. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe agitators also blocked roads at different places of Salboni, Khemasuli, Nekusini and Khirpai in West Midnapore district, said Superintendent of Police Alok Rajoria. It may be mentioned that all the cancelled trains were scheduled on Monday. Three of the express trains were short terminated. The Howrah-Titlagarh Ispat Express was terminated at Mecheda. Titlagarh-Howrah Ispat Express was short-terminated at Tatanagar and ran from Tatanagar to Titlagarh. The Howrah-Puri Dhauli Express was short-terminated at Belda and further service to Puri was cancelled. The Santragachi-Anand Vihar Express was short-terminated at Uluberia, according to a release by SER. “Arrangements for drinking water and food have been made at major stations for the stranded passengers,” a senior SER official said. The Adivasis during their agitation also caused road blockade on National Highways in the state leading to disruption of traffic movement. Traffic movement in districts like Jhargram, East Burdwan, Purulia, Birbhum, Hooghly, North Dinajpur, South Dinajpur, East Midnapore and West Midnapore bore the brunt of the agitation. However, the police removed the squatters within a few hours. Demanding fulfilment of their nine-point charter of demands, including the propagation and promotion of Olchik script of Santhali language in various schools and colleges of the town, members of Bharat Jakat Majhi Pragana Mahal (BJMPM), the largest outfit of tribals had carried out the protests.last_img read more

SC Aadhaar verdict vindicates my stand Mamata

first_imgMilan: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday welcomed the Supreme Court judgement upholding its validity but restricting it to disbursement of social benefits, saying it vindicates her stand. “People should have some rights. If bank and mobile phones are linked to Aadhaar card then everything about the person will come into public domain. That this logic is correct and irrefutable has been proved today,” Banerjee told the media here. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life “We don’t compromise or raise questions on government security or internal security. But if my account number becomes public, I may be cheated. This has already happened in ATM transactions,” said Banerjee, who is visiting Italy in a bid to rope in investment for her state. Similarly, if the mobile phone number is linked to Aadhaar, “then the messages you send, or the calls you make, all information gets leaked”. Calling the verdict a victory of the people, she said she has neither linked her bank account nor her mobile number to Aadhaar and have also asked people not to do so. In a majority judgment, a five-judge bench headed by Chief Justice Dipak Misra held that Aadhaar would be voluntary and not mandatory with an option to exit.last_img read more

In search of Love

first_imgEveryone seeks love, but barely recognise what love is or the countless ways it can thrive. True love involves all beautiful virtues of friendship and is like magic. Love can transform one’s life and fill it with sweetness and grace. But sadly, the artist says that we hardly step into our inner world to enjoy that depth of love, it is the language that every heart speaks and understands, which cannot be expressed in words.“I have tried to express the feeling of love through my paintings. I have created a mystery in each of my artwork for the viewers to unfold in their own way. Love has motivated me to express my dreams and thoughts into action in the form of my exquisite paintings,” said the artist.“Mystery of Love” resolves around the notion of mystic womanhood which is powerful beyond measure and beautiful beyond description. The paintings represent the understanding of love from a feminine point of view and has some amounts of surrealism to them. One may explore the “Mystery of Love” through this personal portrayal of the most sought after word in the globe.last_img read more

A step towards preserving culture

first_imgTo preserve India’s rich heritage and culture and the performing arts, a Delhi-based NGO ‘Routes 2 Roots’ in association with the ministry of culture launched India’s largest interactive digital learning of performing arts, titled ‘VIRSA’ at Indian Habitat Centre in the national Capital. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of state for culture and tourism, inaugurated the program in the presence of Alok Kumar Verma, Commissioner of Police, Delhi and eminent Kathak maestro Pandit Birju Maharaj and Famous Sitarist Pandit Debu Chaudhury, KK Sharma, DG-BDG. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’VIRSA is a digital platform which aims to give free digital learning classes of Indian culture and music to children across India. It will be done in collaboration with renowned artists and legends like Birju Maharaj, Violinist Dr L. Subramanium, Singer Kavita Krishnamurthy, Danseuse Shovna Narayan, Singer Shafqat Amanat Ali, Actor Juhi Chawla apart from many other famous personalities.Though launched for the entire country it will initially cover states like Jammu and Kashmir, Himachal Pradesh, Uttrakhand, Punjab, Delhi, Rajasthan, Bihar, West Bengal, Meghalaya, Maharashtra and Gujarat while work for rest of the states is under process, thus aiming to cover all parts of India. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDerived from ‘Virasat’ which means Heritage, ‘VIRSA’ focuses on two major art forms, i,e, dance and hindustani music. It has 10 different genres of Indian classical music and dance, which includes hindustani vocal instruments like tabla, harmonium, carnatic vocal and carnatic violin, guitar, keyboard and dance forms like Kathak, Bharatnatyam and Theatre. In a five- day schedule, two cultural activities will be taken up. The classes will begin from August 8 where students will be given direct opportunity to interact with the board of advisors and teachers alike.  ‘Routes2Roots’ has constantly strived to bridge the socio-cultural gap between India and the world through music, art, culture and heritage. The General Secretary of R2R, Tina Vachani is extremely hopeful about their new project and believes that it will definitely succeed in reaching out to the people who are talented as the inaccessibility was barring them from learning the things they want to but now with VIRSA there would not be any such issues and the students will easily be able to learn directly from the eminent personalities.last_img read more

Progressing towards making a better india

first_imgThe national Capital is all set to attract and entertain crowds as it gears up for two major events during the month of August. Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley will be inaugurating the 2nd edition of the India International Footwear Fair (IIFF) – the premier specialised B2B event of the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) and Confederation of Indian Footwear Industries (CIFI) on August 5, 2016 at Pragati Maidan, in the national Capital.The IIFF (August 5-7) is being organised with support of apex bodies including the Council for Leather Exports (CLE), Central Leather Research Institute (CLRI), Indian Shoe Federation (ISF), Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) and Indian Footwear Components Manufacturers Association (IFCOMA) and Indian Finished Leather manufacturers’ Association (IFLMEA). This year, as many as 263 leading companies from India and abroad will be participating in the fair. These include over 160 Indian companies and 103 overseas from Brazil, China, Iran and Taiwan. Also Read – American Crime Story 3 to chronicle Clinton’s impeachmentThe IIFF will be showcasing a wide range of products including footwear, raw materials, finished leather- shoe components, synthetic materials, footwear machinery among others. Apart from unveiling the export potential of India in footwear and leather industry, the event aims to project India as an ideal investment destination.Shortly thereafter, the Union Minister for Science and Technology and Minister of Earth Sciences, Harsh Vardhan will be inaugurating the 22nd edition of Delhi Book Fair on August 27  at Pragati Maidan. The fair is being organised by the India Trade Promotion Organisation (ITPO) in collaboration with the Federation of Indian Publishers (FIP). The Book Fair will cover a wide range of fiction and non-fiction, academic books besides, children’s literature, classics and other categories of publications including digital innovations.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTo make the fair more interactive for visitors, ITPO has planned to introduce book reading sessions, band performances, on- the- spot painting competitions, screening of films, G.K. quizzes, Nukkad Natak and storytelling sessions.This year, the fair aims at highlighting initiatives of the Government under ‘Sarv Shiksha Abhiyan’ for higher education and computer literacy. Besides this, the Theme Pavilion will comprise of the ‘Selfie Stations’ which focuses on the national campaigns of the Government of India. These include, ‘Make in India’, ‘Swachh Bharat Abhiyan’, ‘Digital India’, ‘Skill India’, ‘Standup India’, ‘Smart Cities’, ‘Startup India and ‘Umang (Unified Mobile App for New-age Governance).ITPO’s other concurrent events, the 18th edition of Stationery and 2nd Office Automation and Corporate Gift Fair 2016 will  be the added attractions for the visitors.last_img read more

Where Art Meets Technique

first_imgThe rendezvous of technique, style, Indian designs, comfort and wide variety can be spotted at the sixth edition of Home Expo India, where exhibitors prove innovation, buyers learn about trends and industries come together for business. It is a culmination of Indian furnishings, floorings and textiles, accessories shows and Indian houseware and decoratives show.Organized by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH), the Expo has been put up as a response to the industry demand and International trend of organizing sector specific shows enabling better focus on specific requirements of buyers and is well recognised by International visitors who can easily spot what they are looking for instead of getting lost in a myriad of products. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe show opened at world class state-of-the art India Expo Centre & Mart, Greater Noida.”The fair which will be held from April 18 to 20 is a must visit as it is one of the leading business-to-business shows where a wide range of tableware, home textiles, kitchenware, homeware and bathroom accessories are displayed by Indian exporters engaged in manufacturing and exporting of these products”, informed Rakesh Kumar, Executive Director, EPCH. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe major markets for exports for these products are USA, Canada, countries in European Union like France, Italy, UK, Netherlands etc. in addition to UAE, Japan and Switzerland.Udit Saran Agarwal, President, Home Expo India2017 informed that about 500 companies in permanent marts are exhibiting their collection of furnishing, flooring, textiles, furniture and houseware and decorative categories under one roof. The key feature of Home Expo India is the participation of a large number of top buyers, buying houses, import houses, chain stores, boutique owners and interior decorators from leading markets like USA, European Union, Far East and African continents to visit and source at this show including domestic retail volume buyers. EPCH is a nodal agency for promotion, development and increase of exports of handicrafts from the country and create brand image of Home, lifestyle, fashion. The emphasis laid by the Council has popularised this show as a “Home Total tag” show amongst the International buying community and made it a benchmark event for household items.The council has thrown light upon specialties of select regions of India at this show. In this direction, separate arenas for products from North Eastern Region (NER) and themes of products made bycrafts persons from central, northern region and Uttranchal have been set up. Cane and Bamboo products from North east and glass decorative, brass craft, home decor, candle stands have been displayed by craft persons from central region.”The Handicrafts exports during the year 2016-17 were Rs. 24530.25 crores with overall 13.79% increase in comparison to last year. This year it is expected to generate huge business inquiries,” said the Executive Director, EPCH.last_img read more

Arijit singh lends his voice to Amazon Obhijaans first track

first_imgSVF, Eastern India’s largest movie production house released the first song for its upcoming mega-budget film, Amazon Obhijaan. Titled ‘Chol Naa Jai’, the song has been sung by popular playback singer Arijit Singh, composed by ace music director Indraadip Dasgupta, and lyrics have been penned by Prasen. ‘Chol Naa Jai’ (which literally means Let’s Go) is full of vigour, curiosity, grit and zeal, all packed into a harmonic soundscape that blends aptly with the landscape that Shankar sets his foot on. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe song is also available on iTunes, Hungama, Spotify, Idea Music Lounge and Wynk. Subscribers of Vodafone, Idea and Airtel can also set it as their caller tune.Set to release on December 22, Amazon Obhijaan is the sequel to the 2013 blockbuster Chander Pahar which, at the time, broke all records for being the most successful Bengali film ever made in Bengal. The story of Amazon Obhijaan written, scripted and directed by the doctor-turned-director Kamaleswar Mukherjee delves into the deep jungles of the Amazonia. The expedition led by the Bengali cinestar Dev playing the explorer Shankar Choudhury is touted as a visual treat to watch for families specially children who love adventure. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveVeteran Brazilian actor David James plays the role of Marco Florian and Indian based Russian actor Svetlana Gulakova plays Marco’s daughter Anna Florian who joins Shankar to the mysterious yet endearing journey to El Dorado.Recently the film set a world record by unveiling the biggest poster for a Bengali film ever pegged at 60,800 sq ft in size cover to cover. The film is also available in the graphic novel format for children to get a feel of the story. This film is the only Bengali movie ever made to be released simultaneously in six languages – Bengali, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Odiya and Assamese.last_img read more

Will not let Mamata down says confident Mimi

first_imgKolkata: Within 24 hours of being nominated from the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat, noted actor Mimi Chakraborty started her election campaign in full swing on Wednesday morning.She was accompanied by state Public Works department minister and Tollygunge MLA Aroop Biswas. Later in the day, party supremo Mamata Banerjee met all 42 nominees and discussed the poll strategy with them. Chakraborty shot to fame for her roles in popular Tollywood movies like Criss Cross, Dhananjay and Posto. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWhen asked whether she was feeling nervous about facing the first election in her life, Chakraborty said: “When Mamata di has selected me for the seat, I will never let her down. I will seek the blessing of the people of Jadavpur, work for them and stand by them in their hour of need.” The name of Mamata Banerjee had become a household name in Bengal, after she defeated Somnath Chatterjee in the Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat in 1984. CPI(M)’s Malini Bhattacharya, a teacher of English in Jadavpur University, was an MP from Jadavpur. Krishna Basu and her son Sugata were also MPs from the seat. Jadavpur was the Assembly constituency of Buddhadeb Bhattacharjee as well. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe seven constituencies under Jadavpur Lok Sabha seat are Tollygunge, Sonarpur North, Jadavpur, Bhangar, Sonarpur South, Baruipur West and Baruipur (SC) East. The Left-Congress alliance and BJP are yet to announce their candidates in Jadavpur, where CPI(M)’s Sujan Chakraborty was defeated by Sugata Bose in 2014. Aroop Biswas said though the campaign for Mimi has just begun, the response of the people is very positive. “It will pick up further with time. All the Assembly segments will be covered and Mimi has tremendous popularity in the rural belt,” he added.last_img read more

Couple on empowerment mission

first_imgSulochana Chaudhary, a mother of three successful daughters, was watching TV with keen interest as Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed the audience while launching the “Beti Bachao, Beti Padhao” campaign in Jhunjhunu on March 8. But long before the girl child became a campaign slogan for the current Prime Minister, Sulochana went against all odds to educate her children and inculcate a strong sense of values in them – in a Marwari society which looked down upon a woman giving birth to multiple daughters. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”The entire Churu society to which we belonged had something bad to say to me when I delivered my third daughter. Their frequent taunts, soon after the delivery, left me and my husband tormented and pained. But I took my daughter in my lap, kissed her and told her, ‘You are going to be my third son. I will give you the best so that you too can serve the nation following in the footsteps of Indira Gandhi and Mother Teresa’,” said Sulochana.As the girls grew up, she took them frequently to visit the village. “I wanted them to know that this was the real India and they had to help the poor here. So they grew up with a vision and mission of improving the socio-economic standards in rural India,” she said, adding that “we also gave them wings to fly abroad and spread their horizons… to do their best”. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThey were never made to feel that they were weaker or inferior in any way to the boys.Sulochana’s husband N.K. Chaudhary said, “I knew I had three daughters, but I decided they will build my future and realise my dreams. Although society left no stone unturned to make me feel unlucky for having three daughters, my best English friend, Ilay Cooper, who has written many books on the Shekhawati region, inspired me with his positive thoughts.”He made the Chaudharys realise why it was important to treat their girls at par with boys – and that often women were more efficient and capable than men. “I decided to give the best education to my daughters. As they grew up, I decided to send them to the US so that they could bring best practices to my business,” Chaudhary said.The girls joined the family business, Jaipur Rugs, after finishing their education, with Archana Chaudhary heading the operations in the United States and Asha Chaudhary becoming the CEO. Kavita Chaudhury became head of the design department. “They took the business to heights which I might not have been able to do alone,” says the trio’s father.Kavita is extending the business by engaging rural artisans and allowing them to transfer their thoughts and ideas into rug designs which are making waves across the globe. Recently, one of their weavers, Vimladevi from Aaspura village, was taken to Germany to receive the prestigious German Design Award she had won. “We want to create more such Vimlas in India,” says N.K. Chaudhary.He says they are always trying to boost the confidence of their grassroots weavers. “We want more daughters to become empowered, to stand on their own. We are employing more women and setting up doorstep opportunities for them so that they can recreate the magic of success at different levels,” he added.Kavita says there was a lot of pressure from their Marwari relatives on her parents to treat their girls in accordance with traditional societal norms – where girls were hidden within the confines of four walls at home and limited to kitchen-related work.”However, my parents trusted Cooper and, since early childhood, provided us with the best education and nurtured our personal interests, including sending us abroad.” All this despite their limited resources.Asked if her parents motivated the sisters to pursue their dreams, Kavita said it was not really that. “As children, we did not know what it meant to have dreams that could be fulfilled. They simply created a nurturing space for us to grow and experience life. They motivated us to learn the things we loved to do. And they greatly trusted us,” she said.The Chaudhary family business is now working with the most modern versions of enterprise resource planning, the design studio has been computerised and the products are being counted among the best, inviting global awards.N.K. Chaudhary believes strongly in the concept of women empowerment. Nature, he says, gave sufficient time to man to prove himself and contribute to the society. “But now it is women who are scripting success stories in each field with their untiring efforts.”last_img read more