The rich have more money but the poor are rich in heart

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — The world could one day be an economically equal place, if the lower-income population have anything to do with it. In an interesting yet disheartening series of socioeconomic experiments, led by a team of UC Berkeley researchers, the findings are that those on the lower-income levels are more likely to give and be charitable than their higher paid counterparts. In one experiment in particular, led by doctoral student, Paul Piff and his researchers, participants completed a questionnaire reporting their socioeconomic status and a few days later were provided with $10 to share anonymously. The findings concluded the more generous of the income brackets were on the lower-income scale. A recent national survey reiterates the results, revealing lower-income people give more of their hard-earned money to charity than the wealthy.At a time when the richest one percent of Americans own more than the bottom 90 percent combined, Piff and his colleagues’ findings are more than a little timely. “Our data suggests that an ironic and self-perpetuating dynamic may in part explain this trend,” the study researchers write, to be published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. “Whereas lower-class individuals may give more of their resources away, upper-class individuals may tend to preserve and hold onto their wealth. This differential pattern of giving versus saving among upper–and lower– class people could serve to exacerbate economic inequality in society.”Piff and his researchers, including Greater Good Science Center Faculty , Dacher Keltner, conducted a second experiment based on the definitive psychological evidence that the less people have, the more they give. The participants did an exercise stating how they felt people should divvy their annual income. They were able to choose from charitable contributions, recreation, food, and other miscellaneous things. The point of the activity was to make them feel higher or lower on the status bar. It showed, again, those on the lower end, thought a higher percentage should be charitable.The researchers also found evidence that the likelihood of executing other compassionate, generous tasks and behaviors might be explained by their higher concern for equality and empathy for others. Though on the other end, when researchers provoked compassion in the higher-class participants, they were just as much — if not more — socially conscious as the lower-class participants. The researchers felt being “rich or “poor” wouldn’t necessarily indicate social behaviors, but it is the starting level of compassion they might feel for others. Prior research, found by Piff and his colleagues, suggests lower income people might be more compassionate because they’re more closely rooted to and dependent on others, therefore more empathetic. It’s also thought the more money the lower-earning people make in their lifetime and the higher their status becomes. As a result of it, the ability to connect with others’ point-of-view disappears, including the low-income population they were once ties to. 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. (c) 2010 PhysOrg.com Citation: The rich have more money but the poor are rich in heart: study (2010, August 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-08-rich-money-poor-heart.htmlcenter_img More information: psycnet.apa.org/journals/psp/ Explore further Rich man, poor man: study shows body language can indicate socioeconomic statuslast_img read more

Security firm finds smartphones lacking in security

first_img(PhysOrg.com) — viaForensics, a computer security firm, has undertaken an exhaustive study to determine just how secure data is on smartphones; their results show that data such as login names, passwords, account numbers and in some cases even social security numbers, aren’t nearly as secure as most people would assume. The company has produced both a white paper detailing its results (including providing results for actual apps by name) and a report on its website detailing its findings. Citation: Security firm finds smartphones lacking in security (2011, August 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-08-firm-smartphones-lacking.html Android users get malware with their apps © 2010 PhysOrg.com The purpose of the report, the company says, is to give owner/users of smartphones (and tablets, etc.) a more clear understanding of the risks involved when using apps on their smartphones to perform various Internet related activities. They broke such apps into four broad categories: Financial, Social Networking, Productivity and Retail. They then set up a grading system of Pass, Warm and Fail. A Passing grade, obviously enough meant that “secure” data on the device was either not present or was encrypted. Warm meant that data was found, but its presence didn’t put the user (in viaForensics opinion) at risk. Fail meant login names, passwords or other data were found and recovered from the device.Overall, the report shows that Financial apps (Fail-25% Warm-31% Pass-44%) were the most secure, while Social Networking (Fail-74% Warm-26% Pass-0%) apps were the least; while Productivity (Fail-43% Warm-49% Pass-9%) and Retail (Fail-14% Warm-86% Pass-0%) apps fell in the middle. Though that might not be saying much since so many apps overall (Fail-39% Warm-44% Pass-17%) were either Warm or failed to secure customer data from financial or identity theft.In addition, the authors of the report found that 76% of apps stored usernames with no encryption, and 10% didn’t encrypt passwords either.To test the devices and apps, viaForensics tested 100 popular apps on running on Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android platform. They installed the apps on the phones via app stores and filled each with normal data. They also used real financial accounts.In the report, the authors note that the most prevalent piece of user data they were able to retrieve was login names, which they point out, means that if someone were to steal the phone, or hack their way in via malware, they’d have half the puzzle of breaking into user data half-solved.Finally, while the authors do mention that once a phone is lost or stolen, the person who finds it would have to have to do some digging to find such sensitive data, they don’t mention the fact that most people who find a lost phone, or steal one for that matter, wouldn’t have the foggiest idea how to dig for such sensitive data, thus the risk might not be as great as indicated; this fact does not mean that apps makers are off the hook though of course, as clearly they have some very serious explaining to do. 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

Security researcher finds SMS vulnerability in social media sites

first_img Citation: Security researcher finds SMS vulnerability in social media sites (2012, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-12-sms-vulnerability-social-media-sites.html Twitter ‘unintentionally’ resets people’s passwords © 2012 Phys.org Explore further (Phys.org)—Jonathan Rudenberg a self described security consultant, developer and researcher has been heavily involved in stamping out an SMS messaging vulnerability he found in Facebook, Venmo and Twitter. He has been posting his efforts on his blog and says that all three companies have finally fixed the problem. Rudenberg says the vulnerability allowed hackers to spoof messages from the services if they obtained the phone number associated with an account. Spoofing is where hackers send messages that appear to be from the true account holder – most users of email have seen examples of spoofed messages in their spam folders. He apparently became aware of the vulnerability in all three services sometime last summer and has been trying to get all three to fix the problem. Twitter was the last to do so, having only notified him that the problem had been fixed December 4.With Twitter the problem came about when users configured their account to accept SMS messages and also didn’t have a personal identification number set up for the account. To spoof a message, hackers would only need to know the phone number that had been associated with the account. Also because of the way Twitter accounts are set up, knowing the phone number would also allow hackers to change profile account information.Rudenberg says he notified Twitter and Facebook that he had found the vulnerability last August and Venmo in November. He was only able to get through to Facebook, he says because he has a friend working with the company. Facebook let him know they’d fixed the problem in November, and Rudenberg will be receiving a bounty check from the company for his efforts. He says Venmo, (an Internet payment system similar to Paypal) responded very quickly and fixed the problem by disabling SMS payments. Twitter however, took longer.Rudenberg says he notified the company about the problem on August 12, and received a response three days later letting him know his concern had been routed to a security team. In September he was asked by the company to not publish what he’d found till they’d fixed the problem. In October, having not heard from the company he requested an update and received no response. By the end of November he’d become frustrated and sent the company a message indicating he was going to go public with the issue. Six days later he received a message from the company saying the issue had been resolved. 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

Caffaus star is a dwarf Gaia DR2 confirms

first_img Explore further Caffau’s star, the most metal-poor object known to date and one of the oldest stars in the Milky Way galaxy, turns out to be a dwarf star, according to an analysis of new measurements provided by Gaia Data Release 2 (DR2). The finding was detailed April 27 in a paper published on the arXiv pre-print server. Caffau’s star, also known as SDSS J102915+172927, is a faint 13-billion-year-old star in the constellation of Leo. In 2011, a team of researchers led by Elisabetta Caffau of Paris Observatory, France, found that this star is composed almost entirely of hydrogen and helium, with extreme under-abundance of heavier elements. This chemical composition surprised astronomers, as with its low mass (about 0.8 solar masses) and extremely low quantities of metals (more than 20,000 times smaller than that of the sun), this star should not exist at all.Although Caffau’s star was a subject of several studies, many of its properties remained uncertain, like its exact stellar classification and distance to it. One scenario proposed by astronomers suggests that the star is a dwarf, with an estimated a distance of 4,400 light years away from the Earth, while the other one proposes that the object is a subgiant star some 20,200 light years away.Now, a new catalog of data from ESA’s Gaia satellite has delivered important information that helped astronomers to find which of the two proposed hypotheses is true. The DR2 dataset, released on April 25, provides high-precision measurements, including positions in the sky, parallaxes and proper motions for more than 1 billion sources in our galaxy. DR2 data allowed a group of researchers led by Piercarlo Bonifacio of Paris Observatory and including Elisabetta Caffau, to confirm the true nature of SDSS J102915+172927.The authors write, “The Gaia mission with its second data release has provided us a very accurate parallax of 0.734 ± 0.073 mas. Thus, the distance is 1.37+0.15 −0.12 kpc, in perfect agreement with that estimated by Caffau et al. Gaia also provides photometry for this star G = 16.548 and a color BP−RP = 0.799. (…) We used the above information to compute the absolute V magnitude using the transformations provided by the Gaia DR2 documentation. This allows us to compare it to the metal-poor 3 isochrones computed by A. Chieffi (private communication) and shown in the figure.”According to the paper, data provided by DR2 exclude the possibility that SDSS J102915+172927 is a subgiant, which confirms that it is a dwarf star. Moreover, it also excludes the assumption that this star was formed from a medium dominantly enriched by a supernova of type Ia.The study published by Bonifacio’s team could be helpful in improving our understanding of such metal-poor, primitive and old objects like Caffau’s star, providing important insight into the process of star formation. It also underlines the role of dust cooling and fragmentation necessary in order to form a star like SDSS J102915+172927. More information: Gaia confirms that SDSS J102915+172927 is a dwarf star, arxiv.org/abs/1804.10419AbstractThe Gaia Data Release 2 provides a parallax of 0.734+/-0.073 mas for SDSS J102915+172927, currently the most metal-poor known object. This parallax implies that it is dwarf star, ruling out the scenario that it is a subgiant. The subgiant scenario had as a corollary that the star had been formed in a medium highly enriched in C, thus making line cooling efficient during the collapse, that was also highly enriched in Fe by Type Ia SNe. This scenario can also now be ruled out for this star, reinforcing the need of dust cooling and fragmentation to explain its formation. Citation: Caffau’s star is a dwarf, Gaia DR2 confirms (2018, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-caffau-star-dwarf-gaia-dr2.html The absolute magnitude of SDSS J102915+172927 derived from the Gaia parallax and the Gaia photometry implies it is a dwarf star. Credit: Bonifacio et al., 2018. 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. © 2018 Phys.org The star that should not existlast_img read more

Study People may use overconfidence to persuade or deceive others

first_img © 2019 Science X Network More information: Peter Schwardmann et al. Deception and self-deception, Nature Human Behaviour (2019). DOI: 10.1038/s41562-019-0666-7 Researchers find breathing-in before doing a task might make you better at doing it Scientists who study human behavior have found through various studies that most people tend to overrate their own abilities or characteristics. Most people think they are smarter than they actually are, for example. And most people seem to think they are better drivers than all the others on the road. But why is this? In this new effort, Schwardmann and van der Weele sought to find out if there might be an advantage to being overconfident—to that end, they carried out a two-stage experiment designed to reveal possible advantages.In the first part of the experiment, a group of volunteers was given an intelligence test; half were told that they would receive €15 if they could convince other people that they did very well on the test. After taking the test, all of the volunteers were given their results and asked to convince other people that they had done well. Unbeknownst to the volunteers, not all were given their actual scores by the researchers. Some were given results that were higher, while others received a lower score. The researchers then studied the behavior of the volunteers as they tried to convince mock employers that they had scored high on the test.The researchers report that those volunteers who were told they scored well on the test reported higher confidence to the researchers than those who were told they scored badly. That was the first result. The second part of the study was designed to find out if overconfidence gave people an advantage when dealing with other people. This involved studying the behavior of the volunteers as they attempted to persuade a mock employer that they had done well on the test. The researchers report that those who were told they scored high on the test, whether they actually had or not, were better able to convince the employer that they had—an example of an advantage for overconfidence Credit: CC0 Public Domain Journal information: Nature Human Behaviourcenter_img A pair of researchers, one from the University of Munich, the other the University of Amsterdam has found that people may behave with overconfidence as a means to persuade or deceive other people. In their paper published in the journal Nature Human Behavior, Peter Schwardmann and Joël van der Weele describe a two-stage experiment they carried out with volunteers and what they found. 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. Citation: Study: People may use overconfidence to persuade or deceive others (2019, July 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-07-people-overconfidence.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Of love and despair

first_imgBegum Akhtar, born in 1914, is a classic example of how personal tragedy is often that differentiating edge between a great performer and a truly exceptional one. Witty, vibrant, and engaging with the world at various levels, here was a remarkable woman who took life head-on, and by many accounts, perhaps a bit recklessly. She braved on regardless, driven by a deep inner quest to pursue love in its purest form, as an end in itself; be it in music or in life. Today her name is almost synonymous with the concept of ghazal gayaki, and her imitable style of singing which immortalised her, and gave her the title of Mallika-e-Ghazal (Queen of Ghazal). Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’As the whole country gears up to celebrate her birth centenary, Kolkata cannot be left behind where Begum had home. Elocutionist and theatre artiste Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee shall present a cultural ensemble on 31 October  at Padatik Theatre, evoking memories of the legendary singer through ghazals and also interesting snippets of her life and times through dramatised readings.Eminent personalities like broadcaster Kishore Bhimani, PR veteran Rita Bhimani, theatre personalities Dolly Basu, Sanchayita Bhattacharya, Nivedita Bhattacharya, Mahmud Alam and Ghazal singer Jayati Bhattacharya and many others shall be a part of this event. The premise of the show has been inspired by the biography of Begum Akhtar written by her student Padmashree Vidushi Rita Ganguly. The show is being supported by Turning Point, Addlife Caring Minds, SREI and Phreedom 4 Ever. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAs Rita Ganguly, a student and companion Begum Akhtar puts it in her book Ae Mohabbat… Reminiscing Begum Akhtar, ‘Her taseer (soulful sound) was the result of years of loneliness, pain, suppression and silence’. Her forte was not necessarily the audibility of her music, for she had a defective area where her voice cracked at a high-pitch, with a limited one-octave range, but she turned it into her virtue for she knew how to mould her voice. The much loved classical diva of 20th century India Akhtaribai Faizabadi, or Begum Akhtar was the last of the great female singers from the courtesan (tawaif) community. Begum Akhtar effortlessly transcended that label to marry Barrister Ishtiaq Ahmed Abbassi of Lucknow.  Ganguly, said, ‘I really admire Sujoy as a sperforming artist and the show he is curating on my Ustad speaks volumes about her inseparable bond with the city where she has been an icon as well.Where : Padatik Theatre, Kolkata When: 31Octoberlast_img read more

Centre asks states UTs to issue environment clearances online

first_imgWhile online procedure is already in place for attaining environment, forest and wildlife clearances from the central government, the states and UTs have been asked to follow suit.In states, environment approvals are issued by State Environment Impact Assessment Authority (SEIAA) and State Environment Assessment Committee (SEAC).“The states have been asked to start online submission of environment clearances from SEIAA and SEAC to bring transparency in the process. They have given consent in the matter,” said Javadekar. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIA two-day conference of chief ministers, environment ministers and forest officials on Tuesday concluded brainstorming on giving final shape to various environment laws and strict compliance of green norms. The conference was attended by 30 ministers and over 400 forest officials.Giving details of the resolutions passed in the conference, Javadekar said the states would have to clear the backlog of forest clearances by the end of June. They have been asked to complete delineation of eco-sensitive zones by 30 June. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindSeven states along the Western Ghats have been asked to submit their final reports by April 15 on demarcation of ecologically-sensitive areas in their respective areas as suggested by the K Kasturirangan Committee report.“All states have agreed to give their suggestion by April 15 because after that the eco-sensitive zone will be declared. So, we want input from the states and we have asked them to do ground survey which includes going to each village and taking opinion of the people in terms of development they want,” the Minister said.The states with tiger ranges will constitute state level steering committee and prepare Tiger Conservation Plans including voluntary village relocation from core and critical tiger habitats.last_img read more

Life partially affected in Bengal due to BJP strike

first_imgKolkata: Life on Sunday was partially affected in West Bengal’s Purulia district due to a 12-hour strike called by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) after two of their party workers were allegedly murdered within a span of three days. The body of 32-year-old Dulal Kumar was found hanging from a high-tension tower in Dabha village on Saturday morning.Claiming that the victim was a prominent party worker, the BJP accused the ruling Trinamool Congress for the murder and sought a CBI probe into it. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAnother body of a 20-year-old BJP worker named Trilochan Mahato was also found hanging from a tree in Balarampur area of the same district last week with a message inscribed on the back of his T-shirt, accusing him of supporting the BJP.The Trinamool has, however, denied its involvement in either of the incidents. The state government has handed over the probe to the Criminal Investigation Department.”Law and order situation has been under control. The strike has affected the life partially,” a police official of Balrampur police station said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedMost shops remained shut. Private transports were not seen on the roads while state-owned transports were spotted running on the roads.Twin killings caused tension in the Balrampur area and also in the district and the West Bengal BJP had held demonstrations protesting against the killing of their youth activists.The BJP also demanded imposition of President’s rule in the state, as party chief Amit Shah alleged that the Mamata Banerjee government had completely failed to maintain law and order.Purulia S.P. Joy Biswas on Saturday claimed that preliminary investigation suggested the death of Kumar was a case of suicide.Following this statement, Biswas was transferred by the Mamata Banerjee government to the post of Commanding Officer of State Armed Police 9th Battalion and Akash Magharia was given charge as Purulia SP.last_img read more

Old world charm

first_imgGet ready to experience some enthralling performances as Pierrot’s Troupe is on a performing spree. They will be staging some classic plays in the Capital. The latest one from the troupe is Chacha Chakkan In Action, a humorous reflection of life in and around us which will be staged at Shri Ram Centre on May 2. Written by Qudsiya Zaidi, the play revolves around the quirky misadventures of ‘one and only’ Lucknow-born Aligarh-bred Chacha Chakkan BA LLB.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’It begins with Chacha Chakkan’s chaotic search, one not so fine morning, for his lost ‘eyeglasses’ while sporting the same. By afternoon, he decides to take care of his ailing son to mess it up with giving wrong doses of medicine to the latter. Not discouraged by his idiocy, he, in the evening, decides to take from his wife the job of giving out dirty clothes to the washerwoman: He, this time, ends up with giving away his wife’s gold studded silk shirt. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn the process, the play showcases 24 hours in Chacha’s life. However, in the garb of humor and satire, this stylish play by Qudsiya Zaidi beautifully captures the socio – cultural milieu of our country in 1960s.The next play to be staged on May 17 at the same venue is Ghalib In New Delhi. Directed by M Sayeed Alam, this rip-roaring comedy has the great erstwhile Urdu poet, Mirza Ghalib, revisiting his beloved ‘Dehli’, now ironically ‘Delhi’, in 2015 to witness and relish his posthumous fame. The play deals with Mirza Ghalib’s re-birth in 21st century New Delhi, highlighting his trials, travails and tribulations — from his second birth at the ISBT in Delhi to staying in a Servant Quarterwith a University student from Patna (with the land lady being a Punjaban) to becoming a Page-3 celebrity. The next play to be staged at Sri Ram Centre is Maulana Azad which will be staged on June 17. It is the first ever play on Maulana Azad encompassing his life, his times, his scholarship, his secular credentials a great deal. Maulana’s narrative includes numerous entertaining anecdotes and memoirs characterising his life, personality, thoughts and scholarship. Maulana’s personal relations with Gandhi Ji Nehru, Patel and Jinnah also come under the review in the course of the play. Performed brilliantly by Tom Alter, the play has been rightly billed as the biggest casting coup in the history of Indian theatre.last_img read more

RamMahabharata connection

first_imgFrom Lord Ram’s birth date to the Mahabharata war dates, an ongoing exhibition here claims to have answers to many intriguing questions historians are still trying to crack.According to the exhibition, Cultural Continuity from Rigveda to Robotics, Lord Ram was born on January 10 at 12.05 hours, 5114 BC and the Mahabharata war started on October 13, 3139 BC.With astronomical evidence, it is stated that Hanuman met Sita at Ashok Vatika in Lanka on September 12, 5076 BC. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Contesting theories of Aryan invasion, the organisers of the exhibition said that Aryans were indigenous and that the Mahabharata and Ramayana were historical texts. ‘The genetic study of the world population say that indigenous civilisation has been developing in India for the last 10,000 years. Aryans were originals of India. Studies also showed that the genes of north Indians, Dravidians and tribals are the same,’ said Saroj Bala, director of the Delhi chapter of the Institute of Scientific Research on Vedas (I-Serve). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBala added that they have sufficient evidence to prove that Ramayana and Mahabharata were historic and not mythological texts.‘Rigveda goes back to 7,000 years back, and Ramayana references goes back to 7,000 years, whereas Mahabharata goes back to 5,000 years back,’ she said. ‘Ramayana and Mahabharata are the history of the period. Vedas are the composition of knowledge of subjects including astronomy, physics, chemistry, medicine, botany and more,’ Bala said. The organisers claimed that the findings were based on astronomical and scientific evidences and followed extensive research. ‘It is a result of 10 years of extensive research work. The software used for astronomical references is called Planetarium Gold,’ said Peeyush Sandhir, associate director, I-Serve. Sandhir added that the references to astronomical dates in Rigveda, Ramayana and Mahabharata were corroborated by oceanographic, archaeological, geological, remote sensing and anthropological proof. The exhibition has also displayed evidence of archaeological excavations carried out in the Indus, Saraswati and Ganga regions. The artefacts include utensils, ornaments, weapons and infrastructure. The exhibition is on at Lalit Kala Akademi till September 23.last_img read more

Mamata greets PM Modi on his birthday

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday greeted Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 68th birthday. “Birthday greetings to Prime Minister @narendramodiji,” Banerjee, who is currently on 13-day official tour to Europe, tweeted in the morning. Modi will celebrate his 68th birthday in his parliamentary constituency of Varanasi. The PM is scheduled to spend the day with children of a primary school, aided by a non-profit organisation. In Tamil Nadu, the BJP celebrated Modi’s birthday by gifting gold rings to newborns.last_img read more

Bidhannagar Mayor launches prePuja fair at Swapno Bhor

first_imgKolkata: Sabyasachi Dutta, Mayor of Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation (BMC) and MLA Rajarhat, New Town, inaugurated a five-day pre-Puja fair at Swapno Bhor on Saturday.The fair has been organised by the Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO) along with senior citizens.Thirty stalls selling sarees, food items, books, handicrafts etc have been set up. The fair was tagged with the International Day of Older Persons that falls on October 1. It will be jointly hosted by the HIDCO and the Department of Women and Child Development and Social Welfare. The fair is a one-of-its-kind in the state. Shashi Panja, Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeMinister of State for Women and Child Development and Social Welfare, will be present at the fair on October 1. The fair will remain open from 12 noon till 8 pm.New Town has the state’s only senior citizen’s park called Swapno Bhor. Senior citizens from outside New Town will take part in the fair as well. There is a two-storeyed building inside Swapno Bhor that houses a library, an office, two banquet halls and a coffee shop. There is an auditorium on the first floor as well. Throughout the year, senior citizens take part in cultural activities.last_img read more

State Fisheries dept to set up stall at Ahmedabad Puja

first_imgKolkata: The State Fisheries Development Corporation (SFDC) is coming up with two food stalls at Ahmedabad Kalibari Durga Puja — the biggest Durga Puja in Gujarat.”The Durga puja at Ahmedabad Kali Bari in terms of pomp and grandeur is one of the most well known Durga Pujas in the entire western India. It is a big challenge for us as this is our maiden venture there. We are taking all possible measures to live up to the expectations of the fish lovers with our variety of fish items,” said Soumyajit Das, managing director of SFDC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeA member of the Ahmedabad puja committee said last year SFDC had set up its stall at a puja in Bengaluru and through one of our contacts we got in touch with the MD of SFDC and expressed our desire to have their presence during the Puja days. “After a written proposal from us, they agreed and will be serving fish items of Hilsha, Prawn, Chingri (both Galda and Bagda), Tangra, Pabda, Koi for lunch, dinner and also snacks prepared from fish. We are excited as quality and variety of fish is often a scarcity in this part of the state and producing good quality fish items is also not up to our expectation,” he added.Anal Mukherjee, the treasurer of the Puja committee said the puja covers an area of more than 2 lakh square feet and 50 stalls are set up in and around the pandal from October 13 to 19. “Among the stalls, the focus will be on food stalls. There will be around 25 stalls consisting of non-veg items and 14 of vegetarian items,” Mukherjee added.The SFDC will also sett up their stalls in as many as 23 Pujas in north and south Kolkata.last_img read more

To dad with love

first_imgSome super heroes don’t have capes; they are called ‘fathers’. Sunday is father’s day, the day when you celebrate the man who made you. You may love your old, super-cool dad, but there is certainly a doubt on the observance of the day. The day is half as popular as the mother’s day.Every year, we observe a number of such days to honour mothers, daughters, siblings and grandparents but barely do we consider and recognise the contribution fathers and fatherly figures make to our lives. Albeit the exact origin is not known, it is rumoured that around 4,000 years ago Elmesu, a young boy carved a message on a clay palette and wished his Babylonian father good health and a long life and this marked an initiation to the celebration of the day.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The widely accepted story remains of Sonora Dodd, from Washington, who came up with the idea to commemorate fatherhood after hearing a Mother’s day speech in 1910. There after the day is celebrated on the third Sunday of June, birth month of Dodd’s father.Apparently, the concept of father’s day is hardly a decade old in India and is not recognised in a large extent as much as mother’s day. It is not about acknowledging their efforts just on a particular day, but the point is the comparative difference in popularity and celebration of the two days as that shows the two individuals are at different pedestal for children. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhen asked why mother’s day is more famous than father’s day, Anam, a 19 year girl said, “It’s psychological; children are likely to be close with the figure (mother) who’s more supportive and active throughout their lives. Whereas my father was surprised, when I went up to him to get my tenth board form signed. He never had an idea in which class I studied.” It’s true that fathers do not express their emotions and feeling whereas mothers are more considerate. “It was my teacher who reminded me about mother’s day and insisted us to make a card. But now during the vacations no one told me regarding father’s day”, said a little boy who promised to make a card for his father, on coming to know about Sunday being  father’s day. It’s happy to note that mothers, the full-time caretakers are given appreciation and acknowledgement for the love they shower, but fathers too deserve the same. They have an equal contribution to our achievements and are happy albeit they look not interested; they are just fatigued by the day’s work. “The day my children start working hard and achieve great  heights, that day will be father’s day for me, this is the only gift I wish for,” said S.K. Anand, Vice President at a FMCG.last_img read more

Two Facebook comments a day can keep worries away

first_imgJust 60 comments from close friends in a month – two comments per day – can impact your feelings of well-being and satisfaction with life just as much as getting married or having a baby, suggests new research.What really makes people feel good is when those they know and care about write personalised posts or comments. Passively reading posts or one-click feedback such as “likes” do not make much of a difference, the findings showed.“It turns out that when you talk with a little more depth on Facebook to people you already like, you feel better,” said one of the researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“That also happens when people talk in person,” the researcher noted.The study, published by the Journal of Computer-Mediated Communication, was based on 1,910 Facebook users from 91 countries who were recruited with Facebook ads. Each agreed to take a monthly survey for three months.By considering mood and behaviour over time, the study revealed that Facebook interactions with friends predicted improvements in such measures of well-being as satisfaction with life, happiness, loneliness and depression.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“We’re not talking about anything that’s particularly labor-intensive,” said a research scientist at Facebook who earned a PhD. in human-computer interaction at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.“This can be a comment that’s just a sentence or two. “The important thing is that someone such as a close friend takes the time to personalise it. “The content may be uplifting, and the mere act of communication reminds recipients of the meaningful relationships in their lives,” the researcher  noted. The findings run counter to many previous studies based on user surveys, which often have shown that time spent on social media is associated with a greater likelihood of loneliness and depression.“You’re left to wonder – is it that unhappy people are using social media, or is social media affecting happiness?” the scientist said.The new study was able to resolve this “chicken-or-egg” dilemma by using Facebook logs to examine counts of participants’ actual Facebook activity over a period of months. The new findings suggests that people who are feeling down may indeed spend more time on social media, but they choose to do so because they have learned it makes them feel better, the researcher said. “They’re reminded of the people they care about in their lives,” the researcher noted.last_img read more

Drunk fashion designer mows down pedestrian

first_imgKolkata: A pedestrian was killed in a road accident on Sunday morning, after a car ran him over near Science City crossing on Park Circus Connector. Later, police intervened and arrested a female fashion designer identified as Aditi Agarwal, who was driving the car.Sources informed that on Sunday morning at around 6:30 am, a person identified as Harimohan Ram (40) was waiting for a bus near Science City crossing on Park Circus Connector to reach his workplace, somewhere in the Leather Complex area. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAll of a sudden, Agarwal drove her car from Park Circus direction rashly and hit him. As a result, Ram fell on the road. Some pedestrians saw the incident and informed the traffic police officers at Science City crossing about the same. Police personnel then went to the accident spot and asked Agarwal to step out of the vehicle. When Agarwal tried to speak, the officers understood that she was heavily drunk and was not in a condition to either speak or stand. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to some pedestrians, the vehicle was running at a very high speed. Later, police managed to take her to the Pragati Maidan police station and also towed the vehicle away. Meanwhile, with the help of people gathered there, police rushed Ram to Chittaranjan National Medical College and Hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead. Police sources informed that as per the statement of Agarwal, she was coming from a party which was organised somewhere in South Kolkata. She dropped some of her friends on her way home. Later, a case was initiated against Agarwal under relevant non-bailable sections of law and arrested her. The vehicle, bearing registration number WB 08F 3438, was seized.last_img read more

TMC leader shot dead in Purulia accused absconding

first_imgKolkata: A Trinamool Congress leader was shot dead by some unidentified miscreants in Purulia. Police are yet to arrest anybody in this connection.The incident has triggered tension in the Daspara area near Adra in Purulia after the victim, Hamid Ansari (55), a Trinamool Congress leader was shot dead. The victim suffered multiple bullet injuries. The victim was going to Adra from Raghunathpur riding his motorcycle at around 11 am on Friday when some miscreants stopped him on his way. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey fired around 9 rounds of bullets at the victim. Some of the locals heard the gun shots and rushed to his rescue. After receiving bullets, the victim fell on the road. Locals rushed the victim to a local hospital where he was declared brought dead. The body was later sent for an autopsy. The miscreants fled the spot immediately after the incident. After being informed police reached the spot and started a probe. The motorcycle which the victim rode was found lying on the road side and seized by the police. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedCops have collected some samples from the spot and started a detailed probe in this regard. They are yet to ascertain if the victim was murdered following any personal rivalry or there was any political angle into the incident. The district Trinamool Congress leaders said the victim had been instrumental in strengthening the party’s organisation in the area and this could be a deliberate attempt to weaken the organisation. They have also demanded a high-level probe into the incident. Police are interrogating locals and the family members of the victim.last_img read more

Stay smart during the wedding season

first_imgWho doesn’t love the wedding season and all the beautiful ensembles, gala festivities and lively cheer that it comes with? But amidst all this, one must not forget that the indulgent food and drinks during this time can seriously affect digestion. However few easy ways can protect your body and its digestive functions.Here are a few easy tips to stay in top form, look your best while being the most enthusiastic baraati or bridesmaid. * Snack on fresh fruits and salads: You needn’t be a diet snob on weddings and act like someone who simply can’t eat any of the food on offer. But what you can do is scout out the healthiest options and snack on them first. Most weddings have a salad bar or a fresh fruit counter these days. First fill your plate up with these so that you’re almost full before you hit the greasier stuff. You can obviously enjoy the latter as well but you’ll feel like eating it in limited quantities when you have had your dose of the fibre rich fruits and salads already! Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* Keep your body well hydrated: This is the easiest way to keep your digestion healthy during shaadi season. Drinking at least 2-3 litres of water every day will keep you feeling and looking your best. If you’re having a couple of alcoholic drinks at your friend’s sangeet, make sure that you have a glass of water or two after each beverage.You can also add sliced lemons, cucumbers, ginger and chopped mint leaves to your bottle of water and sip it regularly for enhanced cleansing. This will not only help to flush out toxins but will help in digestion as well. Coconut water, jeera water, cinnamon water, fennel water, coriander water are the other varieties you can experiment with Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveto cleanse your body naturally and get healthier looking skin.* Improve digestion with herbal teas: If you’re looking for a perfect drink to aid weight loss and improve digestion, then sip herbal teas at least 2-3 times a day. Healthy options such as green tea, chamomile tea and peppermint tea are caffeine free and therefore don’t dehydrate your system. They help to boost metabolism, aid weight loss and keep you in shape. While peppermint tea effectively aids digestion, helps relieve stomach gas and bloating, green tea reduces intestinal gas, digestive disorders and regulates the digestive system. * Avoid bloating with the right foods: A bloated abdomen can make you feel uncomfortable and conscious, especially when you’re wearing that slinky blouse with your new lehenga. The best way to avoid abdominal bloating and gas is to avoid eating certain raw vegetables like broccoli, kale, cauliflower and cabbage.Another trick to reduce bloating is to control your sodium intake. Stay away from processed foods as they are high on sodium. Having potassium-rich foods such as bananas and nut butter for breakfast can help to counteract the ill-effects of sodium and reduce bloating.* Munch on healthy nuts and seeds: Nuts and seeds such as almonds, walnuts, pistachio, flax seeds, chia seeds and sunflower seeds are packed with nutrients, minerals and healthy fats. They provide energy which we all certainly need to cope with the wedding celebrations and even boost overall nutrient intake. Add these nuts/seeds in your meals to enhance the taste and improve your health.* Keep your gut healthy with probiotics: Often referred to as good bacteria, probiotics aid digestion and guard you from feeling bloated after heavy meals that you may end up eating at weddings. After all, who can resist an aromatic plate of butter chicken with a sinful garlic naan? Fermented foods like kefir, yogurt kimchi and kombucha offer a healthy dose of probiotics that help to curb cravings, keep your gut healthy and are good for the skin as well. The good bacteria present in these foods break down lactose and other sugars in the food, making digestion easier.last_img read more

Domicile policy accepted in principle by JU executive council

first_imgKolkata: The executive council of Jadavpur University on Monday accepted in principle the ‘domicile policy’ for admissions at undergraduate level at Jadavpur University.The faculty council of engineering and technology of the varsity on March 6 had adopted a resolution calling for reservation of 90 percent of the engineering seats in the general category for home students, the ones who pass their plus-II exams from Bengal. “The domicile policy has been accepted in principle by the executive council which is the highest decision making body in the varsity. A committee has been formed which will talk with students in this regard,” a member of the council said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe member said they would soon communicate the matter to the Directorate of Technical Education, state Higher Education department and West Bengal Joint Entrance Board as this is a major policy change. It may be mentioned that 13 of the 16 departments of Engineering and technology had communicated to the dean of engineering and technology that they want to back the system. The other three departments at the faculty council meeting did not oppose the system. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the member, seven departments had proposed that 85 percent of the seats in the general category be reserved, while the remaining nine had rooted for 90 percent. The Indian Institute of Engineering Science and Technology, Shibpur, and the NIT, Durgapur, have reserved 50 per cent of their seats for candidates from Bengal. A student from Bengal can be admitted as a home student or as a non-home student at both these institutes. The Council also deliberated upon the admission process to be adopted this year for undergraduates. After there were disparity in marks in admission tests for six arts subjects— JU had formed a two-member committee to enquire into the irregularities. The committee had submitted its report last month.last_img read more

Tallurs Terracotta JKK

first_imgTensile terracotta greets your gaze at Jaipur’s Jawahar Kala Kendra which houses India’s first Ceramic Triennale Breaking Ground. Internationally renown L N Tallur’s Man Exhibiting Holes has been assembled using hollowed-out terracotta and cement. Tallur marries space and terracotta pieces to create a distinct sculpture placed on a pedestal.Tallur’s work reaffirms the place of man in the path of progress. The reason he stands apart in conception and ingenuity is his ability to challenge the infinite quantum of materiality and his felicity with the design. The head of a man with its evocative expression tells us that as an artist and a sculptor, Tallur reaches deep into dichotomies between what is tangible and what is tactile. He measures and balances the figurative and the abstract, to create new corollaries in the conceptual to bring forth new meanings on contemporary existence. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTallur often quotes Albert Einstein to illustrate his aesthetics. “Matter and energy are really different forms of the same thing. Matter can be turned into energy, and energy into matter. This process involves the complete destruction of matter and occurs only when that matter meets an equal amount of antimatter … a substance composed of matter with a negative charge.” Man Exhibiting Holes is about multiple possibilities -it fuses history, concrete manifestations of the real and ephemeral, and expressions of the human predicament. The terracotta plates neatly arranged and cemented speak to us about the transformation of thought, as well as the inevitable decay of organic substances, and Tallur’s ability speak the language of metaphors a Tellurian trait. Throughout his production run the durable threads of well-considered content but also an astonishing discernment in regards to formal attributes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe ingenuity in Tallur’s work is the way he uses materials to bridge the past, present, and future and point toward thematic interconnectedness through time through lucid design elements. Tallur’s art speaks the language of installation like a natural lyric. Over the years he has built his creative instincts on the foundation of ‘ an eclectic approach which includes the traditional techniques of modelling, carving, and casting but also the more radical gestures of assemblage and appropriation.’ Curator Peter Nagy has noted that it is Tallur ‘s polyvalent facility which enables him to explore both ancient and contemporary dilemmas simultaneously, an astonishing feat in actuality. At the JKK Tallur’s work tells us that an artist has to keep reinventing his language so that he maintains his place in the map of contemporary practices. And this reaffirms the importance of thought and imagination in the mind of the artist.last_img read more