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

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

first_img Problem Solvers with Jason Feifer Coinbase, a venture-backed trading platform and digital wallet for Bitcoin, released an iOS app on Tuesday allowing iPhone users to buy, sell and send bitcoins from their mobile phone. The app syncs to your Coinbase web account, so updates will show instantly in both.Coinbase previously launched an app for Android users. With both apps, Coinbase anticipated the concerns of users who might be wary of installing an app that links directly to their bank account: You can set a passcode to obtain a measure of security. And should your phone become lost or stolen, you can remotely disable access to the app.The iPhone app debuts at a time when Bitcoin is riding high on a wave of media coverage and new users. On Coinbase, the buy price for a single bitcoin is about $200, the highest since April. The sell price is about $197.Michael Terpin, co-founder of BitAngels, a group that invests in Bitcoin startups, says the recent price surge is owed largely to increasing Bitcoin adoption in China. On October 14, Baidu, a diversified internet company that runs the No. 1 search engine in China, began accepting bitcoins for the web services offered by Jiasule, one of its subsidiaries.”All of a sudden businesses have at least one example of a large company saying it is going to accept Bitcoin,” Terpin says. Baidu, which trades publicly on Nasdaq, has a market cap of $53 billion. This stamp of approval from a major corporation, aided by official Chinese silence on Bitcoin’s legality, became “a call to action,” he says. There are now at least 10 China-based Bitcoin exchanges, and the largest, BTCChina, sees nearly as much trading volume as Japan-based Mt. Gox, the No. 1 exchange.Related: Payment Processor Dwolla Unexpectedly Cuts Ties With BitcoinAlong with increased interest, however, Bitcoin has weathered a number of shocks in recent months. The most notable was the shutdown of online black market Silk Road and the arrest of its alleged founder, Ross Ulbricht, on October 2. Also this month, payment processing company Dwolla decided to stop serving Bitcoin-related businesses.Emily Spaven, a writer for CoinDesk, a Bitcoin news site, said this week that the global media coverage of Silk Road’s shutdown and its aftermath may in fact have benefited Bitcoin by raising its profile and polishing its image. Some people may feel more confident using Bitcoin now that it is no longer the currency of choice for a famous illegal bazaar.”There are a number of people who feel that with this out of the way, it’s going to be easier to deal with regulatory authorities,” Terpin says.The value of Bitcoin has been climbing steadily for the past three weeks, ever since the news of Silk Road’s closing caused a brief sharp drop in the cryptocurrency’s price. But it may soon level off or decline, according to market watchers.Just as with stocks, “there’s a psychological pullback point,” Terpin says. “It will be a first if this is a long bull market with no pullback. Three weeks has been an eternity in Bitcoin.”But over the long-term, he says, “there are a lot of bulls in the Bitcoin market, including most of the Bit Angels.”Related: Why Bitcoin’s Future Is Bright (Video) Listen Now Hear from business owners and CEOs who went through a crippling business problem and came out the other side bigger and stronger. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 3 min read October 23, 2013last_img read more

first_img Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. When I talk about potential professions with my daughter, the words engineering and technology are the first to come out of my mouth. Granted, she is only 4 and wants to be a gymnast, artist or firefighter — as of this week anyway. When it comes to my retirement, however, I am banking on her becoming a female entrepreneur and founding the next multi-billion dollar tech company.Unfortunately, she and her female counterparts are facing challenges in the tech industry, namely a significant gender gap. By most estimates, women comprise only 30 percent of the workforce in engineering and tech-related fields.In one case, however, an examination of female members on GitHub, one of the leading open-source systems for software developers, showed a considerably lower rate of participation, at 6 percent. Despite the increased awareness of this disparity in the tech industry, the gender gap continues to be the largest it has been in decades.Related: 8 Initiatives That Show Tech Wants to Solve Its Diversity ProblemThis is a problem for tech companies and the tech industry, not just in gender equality or good corporate citizenship, but also for productivity and the bottom line. As Breanden Beneschott, the co-founder and COO of Toptal, a well respected online network of freelance tech engineers and designers, explains, “Men and women are equally intelligent, statistically speaking, so out of the smartest 10 people in the world, five should be male and five should be female. If your team is anything less than an equal balance of men and women, then it is probably not the best it can be.”In 2013, Pinterest engineer Tracy Chou provided an honest look at the underrepresentation of women at her company, which helped spur other tech companies to publish demographic data. These influential organizations recognized the significant gender gap and began spearheading recruitment initiatives to correct it. These initial efforts have demonstrated, however, that recruiting more female engineers alone is not the answer.For instance, Etsy, a peer-to-peer ecommerce site focused on handmade or vintage items and supplies, decided in 2011 to make hiring more women a core value of the company. A year later, only one of its 40 new full-time engineers was female. This poor result was not due to poor recruitment, but rather the lack of female engineers in the job market, as Etsy’s CTO Kellan Elliott-McCrea explained.It turns out the root problem is much more systematic, and it starts when girls are still in school. According to GirlsWhoCode, 74 percent of middle-school girls express interest in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields, yet only 0.4 percent of high-school girls plan to study computer science as a major in college. Young women are simply losing interest in these fields as an area of study and a profession as they progress from middle school to high school to college. Reversing this trend is the place to start.After the company’s failed recruitment efforts, Etsy switched gears. They began by making a significant financial donation to Recurse School, a New York-based programming retreat for aspiring engineers. Furthermore, Etsy Hacker Grants provide needs-based living expense grants to female and minority engineers. The company also sponsors organizations such as CodeNow and GirlDevelopIt, programs focused on assisting girls who want to learn to code. By investing in the education of women in tech, the company is not only creating a more diverse applicant pool but also attracting female engineers through its exemplary commitment to education and inclusion.Related: 5 Ways Both Sexes Can Help Solve the Gender Gap in Silicon ValleyThe payoff for Etsy is already noticeable. One year after it launched Etsy Hacker Grants, the number of female engineers at the firm grew from four to 20.At the same time, Intel announced similar initiatives, such as its massive Diversity in Technology Initiative, which through a partnership with GirlsWhoCode is helping to provide more educational support to a greater number of young women. Moreover, Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has indicated that Intel plans to get involved on a primary-school level with the intention of giving girls a clear path to becoming engineers from a young age.While Etsy and Intel are sponsoring outside-education programs, Toptal initiated a plan to support and educate potential female developers through an in-house one-on-one mentorship program. Toptal Scholarships for Female Developers will award 12 aspiring female engineers of any age and educational background a $5,000 scholarship and a year of weekly mentoring by a Toptal senior developer. This program will provide scholarship recipients with training and an opportunity to gain valuable insight into the life and work of top technologists in the industry.Additionally, Toptal hopes to increase the representation of females on open-source sites such as GitHub by requiring program participants to make meaningful contributions to these sites and publish educational content about their experiences. In addition to providing female developers with experience, Toptal’s goal is to increase the number of female educators and mentors in the industry.It is not an easy or quick path to gender parity in tech. It requires the focus and attention of companies and both men and women to actively encourage and support women in technology through long-term investments in education and mentorship initiatives, all while fostering an industry-wide culture of inclusion. It also requires the engagement and support of parents to send a strong message to aspiring female engineers, developers and programmers to stay the course.Of course, I jest about my daughter being my retirement plan. I am perfectly content with raising a fire-fighting gymnast who paints murals on the weekends. As long as she can help me navigate new operating system updates, that is all the return I need.Related: This Woman Is Waging a Quiet War on Tech’s Gender Gap October 29, 2015 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global 5 min read Register Now »last_img read more