Month: August 2019

Swedish firm offers fighter jets under Make in India with full control

first_imgSwedish defence major Saab has offered to manufacture its fifth generation Gripen fighter aircraft here with technology transfer to India, in a renewed bid for a pie in the multi-billion dollar worth IAF modernisation plan.Saab, which had lost out in the Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft tender in 2011, which was won by French firm Dassault Aviation, anticipates that the Indian Air Force (IAF) will need more the 36 Rafale fighter jets that India is buying from France to beef up its fleet. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damSaab is not only offering to set up a base in India but also help in the development of aerospace capability for the next 100 years and partner in developing the next version of indigenous Light Combat Aircraft Tejas and the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft (AMCA), being developed and designed by Aeronautical Development Agency.Ulf Nilsson, head of Saab’s aeronautics division, said the company is already doing its homework and identifying partners for collaboration. Nilsson said the offer of technology transfer would be real as they are offering India ‘full system control’ and ‘full software control’. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeSaab (India) chief Jan Widerstrom said the company is also ready to stick by New Delhi’s negative list, as was made clear by Defence Minister Manohar Parrikar had said last month that when it comes to exporting fighter aircraft from India to other countries.“We have almost an identical system back in Sweden when it comes to defence exports. It is decided by the government and we too can’t export to specific countries which is almost the same as that of India,” Widerstrom said. Saab CEO Hakan Buskhe said the company will offer any help to the indigenous light combat aircraft project.The IAF had in October said it would need at least six additional squadrons comprising 108 Rafale fighter jets or similar jets to shore up its capabilities. With the government cancelling the multi-billion tender for 126 MMRCA, there is renewed hope in the aviation industry that India may go in for fresh bids to fill up the gaps.last_img read more

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Purity in relationships best predictor of bonding

first_img“Purity” is indeed the moral foundation of human relationships, say researchers, suggesting that conflicting values of purity are responsible for driving people apart while shared values of purity bring them together.After analysing 731,000 tweets, the researchers were able to map the social networks of 188,467 users and analyse the social distance between those users.They then used computational text analysis to measure those users’ moral concerns. The results showed the degree to which Twitter users expressed moral purity, over all other moral concerns, could accurately predict how close their social interactions were. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The moral concern of purity, out of all the moral values, was the best predictor of distance between two people,” said Morteza Dehghani, lead author from University of Southern California.The researchers tested how social distance between people would be affected by five groups of basic moral concerns — care and harm, fairness and cheating, loyalty and betrayal, authority and subversion, and purity and degradation.“We started by observing relationships on Twitter, and by looking at distance between people – who they follow on Twitter and the type of rhetoric that they use,” Dehghani added. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixConcerns about purity could have to do with physical purity, like disgust or cleansing, but also a kind of spiritual purity.“These are things like treating the body like a temple instead of a playground, resisting our lower carnal desires in favour of a higher, divine nature,” noted study co-author Jesse Graham.“It has a spiritual-moral dimension to it, but it’s not necessarily explicitly religious,” Graham added in a paper published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General. Additionally, purity did not simply divide the liberals from the conservatives, as one may think, Medical Daily reported.When the researchers separated the Twitter users into two distinct political groups, purity still predicted social distance within each of those groups.“This could have potential implications for understanding political migrations, both in online social networks and in real life,” Dehghani pointed out.When people believed they matched highly on purity, they wished to be physically and socially closer to that person and vice versa.Again, purity, above all other moral domains, had the most influence, the authors said.last_img read more

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Fivestar menu to celebrate Vday

first_imgIn order to make Valentine’s Day special by providing great food and ambience, Shangri-La’s-Eros Hotel will offer an array of exquisite and lavish offerings to those who want to make their day of love extra special and romantic.Tamra provides the perfect ambience with romantic tunes, beautiful flower arrangements, decorations in colours of red and white and heart shaped balloons further elevating the theme of Valentine’s Day, which will create the perfect atmosphere that one would enjoy being in with their loved one. Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi and his talented team will put across an international menu. Buffet with a glass of champagne or a glass of wine priced at Rs 6000 plus taxes for a couple. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’With the theme-”Love is in the air” at Sorrento (the new Italian restaurant.), an extravagant five-course degustation menu where each course has been specially curated by Executive Chef Neeraj Tyagi and Italian Chef Luigi Ferraro with love and interestingly titled as love birds, fire and passion.The five-course degustation menu with a glass of champagne has been priced at Rs 8999 plus taxes for a couple. A menu is incomplete without a desert course and so Mister Chai has come up with a special menu curated by Executive Pastry Chef Sukanta Das, which will fill the hearts of the lovers with sweetness.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Valentine special artesian chocolates have been exclusively crafted with unique flavour combinations such as Red Lips in which green chili is infused in lemon juice and is blended in ivory white chocolate, Tamarind Dark in which sweet tamarind puree is imbued in Belgium dark chocolate and more. Chocolate stilettos and chocolate heart with artesian chocolate have been specially prepared for the day of love.In addition to these, Mister Chai has specially concocted a Valentine’s Day mocktail – “Amour De La Vie” signifying the love of life prepared with fresh strawberries and soda.last_img read more

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Decomposed body of aged man found inside Garfa house

first_imgKolkata: Tension spread at Pratapgarh area in Garfa after a decomposed body of an aged person was found inside a house on Mahalaya.The neighbours identified the deceased as Nantu Pal, alias Santu (52). No foul play could be detected as till the last report came in. According to locals, Pal’s wife and their only son left the home a few days ago over some family disputes. The neighbours often used to hear sounds of altercations from Pal’s house. A few days ago, the situation got heated up that made his wife and son leave the house. Since then, he used to leave alone in the house. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources informed that the neighbours did not see Pal for the last couple of days. As Pal was depressed after his wife and son left, the neighbours did not doubt anything. On Monday morning, some of the locals found foul smell coming out from Pal’s house. They went to his house and found the door locked from inside. Some of them called Pal but there was no response. Immediately, Garfa Police Station was informed. A team from Garfa Police Station went there and broke the main door to gain access inside the house. As police entered the house, they found Pal’s body lying on the floor. According to an assumption by the police, Pal might have died at least 4 days ago. The body was immediately recovered and sent for an autopsy. A case over Pal’s unnatural death has been initiated. No foul play could be suspected.last_img read more

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What happens in the brain when you take difficult decisions

first_imgAs the difficulty of making a decision increases, activity in a part of the brain that is crucial to making coherent thoughts also increases, a study says. Researchers found a strong positive correlation between perceptual difficulty and activity in insular cortex which is generally divided into anterior insula, middle insula, and a posterior insula. Perceptual decision-making is the process in which sensory information is gathered and used to influence our behaviour. For instance, if a person is driving and suddenly sees an object in front of the vehicle, he or she must decide what action to take, such as whether to slow down or bypass the object. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“This study found that the activity of the anterior insulae can predict how well the sensory information is perceived or what the difficulty level of the perceptual task is,” said Mukesh Dhamala, associate professor at Georgia State University in the US. “This research is important because the anterior insulae, along with two nearby brain structures, make up the salience network, and when this network is impaired, it affects the ability to switch between tasks and make coherent thoughts,” Dhamala noted. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“Impairment in this network could possibly be linked to psychiatric illnesses, such as schizophrenia, dementia and autism, so it’s essential to learn more about how this brain area should be functioning,” he explained.The findings were reported in the journal ‘Neuroscience’. The study involved 33 people with normal or corrected-to-normal vision and normal neurological history.  They completed four tasks, in which the researchers manipulated the visual and audiovisual stimuli to create varying degrees of task difficulty. In all four experimental tasks, researchers found that anterior insulae activity consistently increased with task difficulty.last_img read more

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When art heals reforms

first_imgWith an opportunity to reach out to the society and earn acknowledgment, pHREEDOM4EVER, with the permission and support from the Department of Correctional Services, Government of West Bengal and in association with Flight to Harmony Foundation is coming up with a unique exhibition of paintings done by the inmates. The event is poised to take place on May 19 at Jamini Roy Gallery, ICCR and is being looked upon as a differential equation to the culture loving people of the city. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfpHREEDOM4EVER thrives on offering quality productions in terms of events, brand promotion, brand activation, PR – media and CSR activities with endeavour to traverse into different territories and excel in each attempt which are distinct and telescopic.pHREEDOM4EVER has also been instrumental in catering to various CSR and welfare related activities and has extended its services to enrich lives of people in terms of financial and collateral gains. Their endeavor has always been to extend their outreach beyond boundaries and constantly seek to stretch their hands for any kind of social services. The organisation’s friends in such activities have been BP Poddar Hospital, Medica Super Speciality Hospital, Hitayshini for Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign , Rotary Metro City for HIV Awareness, Rotary Club Of Calcutta City Of Joy for Awareness On Wellness for the Society to name a few. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChaity Ghosh, Proprietor, pHREEDOM4EVER shared her thoughts about this exhibition, “We draw inspiration from certain activities that motivate the society to act progressively. I consider myself to be blessed to get this opportunity to be associated with this cause and the inmates and also feel satisfied to be able to add some value to the lives of few people and to the society as a whole in a very little way that I can. pHREEDOM4EVER always try to associate with such enrichment programs for a better tomorrow.” pHREEDOM4EVER’s major endeavor is the upliftment of rural talents to urban audience wherein the rural artists of various genres showcase their expertise to the urban audience during festive periods and special events.There will be an opportunity where the paintings can also be purchased by the visiting guests. Noted elocutionist and performing artist Sujoy Prosad Chatterjee shall be facilitating the walk through with his intrinsic style to fascinate the present guests.As put in by the DG & IG, Correctional Center, West Bengal, Arun Kumar Gupta, “Culture therapy has been proved to be one of the most successful methodology of correction through the creative vehicle of art, music, and dance. Art in prison has been a common platform of Correctional Services, Government of West Bengal and Flight to Harmony Foundation to chisel out the hidden artist among the inmates.” The exhibition will start at 2 pm on the said date and an inaugural function is being arranged at 4:45 pm in the presence of Minister, Bratya Basu, Mayor In Council, Debashish Kumar, Pramita Mallick, Subhaprasanna, Sudeshna Roy, Abhijit Guha, Jogen Chowdhury, Rita Bhimani, Nandita Pal Chowdhury, Eleena Banik, Nayantara Pal Chowdhury, Chaitali Dasgupta, Sudarshan Chakravorty, Arindam Ganguly to name a few. Considering the genre of the exhibition and the movements initiated by the Correctional Home Authorities, a host of socially prominent personalities are likely to attend the event. Inspired by Shree Chitta Dey, an eminent artist and sculptor and the man behind Flight to Harmony Foundation who has been an inspiration to millions with his dreams and ability to make dreams possible is the main figure behind this initiative. It is his introspective and his deep association with the lives of the inmates, that this exhibition is able to see the daylight. Chitta Dey has been instrumental in creating a team of artists out of convicts and is relentless in his efforts till this time.This is a sincere effort by pHREEDOM4EVER to venture into newer valleys and bring up some social issues not really discussed in our daily lives but is as relevant as a sunrise or sunset.last_img read more

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Dont get inspired by Bollywood glamour in fitness Celebrity trainer

first_imgCelebrity trainer Abbas Ali, who has worked with Bollywood personalities Shahid Kapoor, Shilpa Shetty, Sonakshi Sinha and Zareen Khan, among others, says fitness is not a three-month fat-loss package but a lifestyle and it’s important to understand the purpose and reason of choosing it as part of your life than opting for it just because some actors are doing it.”Don’t get inspired by the glamour of Bollywood in fitness. If you want to be fit and healthy, first know the reason and purpose of choosing fitness as lifestyle,” Ali said. “In today’s day and age, our mind is leading another life and our body is going in a different direction. Fitness is not a three-month fat-loss package it’s a lifestyle. we need to incorporate fitness as a lifestyle and not as a concept.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We, as media and celebrities, inspire Indians when it comes to fitness and that’s where we have gone wrong. Fitness is science. Do your research before starting a fitness regime or a healthy lifestyle from a fitness expert,” he added. Also master trainer of brand Reebok, Ali says Bollywood stars, too, take fitness seriously and for them, it’s more of a purpose-driven exercise.”They all are great in their own way, because they all are purpose-driven and that’s why they are successful in every area of their life. Every client of mine had a different purpose for health and fitness and as a coach, I show them the most efficient way to achieve a fit body rather than going to extreme levels and using short cuts,” said Ali. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAli says that true success and satisfaction in his career came through his own transformational experience. An eight-month transformation, to be precise, that saw him go from 95 kg to 79 kg. It was then that he continuously strove to combine different forms of fitness such as calisthenics, parkour and other such forms to create his own signature design of programming. He says that “health is not a monkey see, monkey do business”.”You can’t ape people because we all come from different cultures (food), different lifestyle, genetics, and body types. Know your body, know your fitness goals, do your research, consult a sport nutritionist and a fitness coach who can guide you for health and performance rather than following a celebrity or media article on fitness,” he said. However, he feels that Indians have become more health and fitness conscious now than ever.”Today, an average Indian contributes to his or her fitness by incorporating small changes like morning walks, changing from sugar to sugar-free, from eating white carbs to brown carbs, and avoiding gluten and unhealthy fats, junk, packaged food and aerated drinks,” he said.last_img read more

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Kolkatans to enjoy winter chill till Saraswati Puja

first_imgKolkata: The cold condition may last in the city and some of the South Bengal districts till Saraswati Puja, predicted the Regional Meteorological Centre in Alipore on Thursday.City dwellers will continue to feel the winter chill for some more days due to uninterrupted flow of the northwesterly wind. According to a weather expert, the western disturbance has lost its intensity, as a result of which the northwesterly wind has gained power. The weather office also said that the temperature will not drop below 12 degree Celsius, as a result of which people may witness a comfortable weather in the city. The western disturbance had led to the rise of temperature in the city for while, causing an adverse impact on the northwesterly wind. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe mercury started sliding down couple of days ago as the northwesterly wind intensified. The condition may prevail till Saraswati Puja, which falls on February 10 this year. There may be no significant rise and fall in the temperature as the lowest temperature would hover around 13-15 degree Celsius in the next few days. During night, the temperature will go down by a few notches, compared to daytime. The cold breeze that had gone missing a week ago due to the impact of western disturbance, has started blowing again for the past two days. The city on Thursday recorded its lowest temperature at 12.5 degree Celsius. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose”The temperature may not go down further in the city. It will hover between 13-15 degree Celsius in the city, but in case of some districts it may remain below 10 degrees for the next few days. The cold wave condition is here to stay for a few days,” said a senior official of the Alipore MeT office. It may be mentioned that Panagarh on Thursday recorded its lowest temperature at 7.6 degree Celsius, while Purulia saw 7 degree Celsius, Bankura 9.4, Berhampore 11.6, East Burdwan 10.8 and Barrackpore 10 degree Celsius.last_img read more

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Efforts to impose Hindi will meet with protests Bengal academics writers

first_imgKolkata: Academicians and writers in West Bengal on Sunday opposed the draft National Education Policy that recommends making teaching of Hindi compulsory up to class 8, saying efforts to impose any language would meet with all-round protests. Former Rabindra Bharati University Vice-chancellor and renowned linguist Pabitra Sarkar said the K. Kasturirangan Committee’s suggestion with regard to mandatory teaching of Hindi would “put more pressure” on the students of primary classes. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata He said while students of class 6, 7 and 8 could be taught Hindi, it was not be proper to make the language compulsory from class 1. “The present education system already puts too much burden on the students. Let us not increase it,” Sarkar told IANS. He said it was wrong to “impose anything from above”, and pointed out that the southern states had already protested against any such move. Instead, Sarkar suggested that in non-Hindi speaking states, the Hindi speaking people should also learn the main regional language. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state “For instance, in Bengal, the Hindi speaking population should learn Bangla. This will help in the spread of regional languages as well as in national integration by upholding India’s core philosophy of unity in diversity,” he said. Legendary Bengali author Shirshendu Mukhopadhyay took heart from the Central government’s assurance that there would be no imposition. “This is only a draft. I think if there are protests, they won’t impose this on us. South India is already protesting. There will hopefully be protests in Bengal too. “Imposing anything is not right. What language an individual should learn must be a voluntary decision,” Mukhopadhyay told IANS. The Sahitya Akademi awardee also refused to say if the NEP draft was part of the Centre’s efforts to “saffronise education”. “Efforts to impose Hindi on the country’s non-Hindi speaking people have been going on for a long time. Some sections in the Hindi belt have been doing this. So I don’t think this is saffronisation of education,” said the octogenarian, who has penned nearly 100 books of short stories and novels for the adult readers, and 34 for teenagers — most of them bestsellers. Jadavpur University vice-chancellor Suranjan Das refused to comment, saying he was yet to go through the complete draft. Famed poet and academician Subodh Sarkar had a different take on the controversy. “If they want to make Hindi compulsory upto class 8, I’ll ask why not Bangla? With 25 crore speakers, it is a more international language. In the world ranking of languages, Bangla mostly figures above Hindi,” Sarkar told IANS. Sarkar said any imposition of Hindi would not be acceptable in a country like India. “There are so many other languages like Marathi, Urdu, Malayalam and so on. Why just Hindi? These languages must be given their due importance,” he said. Dividing states into Hindi speaking and non-Hindi speaking, the Kasturirangan Committee recommends teaching of Hindi in non-Hindi speaking states in addition to the regional language and English. In the case of Hindi speaking states, the Committee suggests teaching of Hindi, English and one of the modern Indian languages from other parts of India. However, it has not specified what the modern Indian language would be. Tamil has been accorded a classical language status by the Central government.last_img read more

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17year old teenager makes India proud

first_imgMahum Siddiqi, a 17-year-old Indian-American teenager recently competed in the ‘Digital Transformation Hackathon! Changing Business, Changing Education, Changing Lives’ competition at the prestigious Ivy League, Cornell University and won the first prize.She was the only non-undergraduate/graduate student competing with her team of MBA students. They together formulated progress towards her grand prize winning idea. Mahum’s aim was to cure the problem of the “pain diagnosis process’ subjectivity”. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfElaborating more on her idea, Mahum said, “It’s incredibly upsetting and problematic how hypothetical the concept of pain diagnostics is. Doctors have no way of knowing how little or how much pain someone is truly experiencing when they go in to be diagnosed”. Together with her team, Mahum designed a pain detecting device that will use the neurological activity occurring in one’s brain to help doctors more efficiently determine someone pain levels. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveMahum and her team are now working with representatives from companies such as Microsoft to produce prototypes of their pain detecting device. “We need to design a system where patients are looked at as a whole, and doctors are able to know for sure, using our device/pure science, how much pain a patient is experiencing instead of just their personal description/perception of their own pain”. Mahum’ s plan for the coming next few years is to attend university to study the incredibly important organ – brain, and on the side continue to further progress her innovation with her team to change the lives of millions of people that all experience the same thing, pain.last_img read more

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