Monthly archives: August, 2019

Sex chromosome evolution tracked in fruit fly

first_img Explore further More information: Sex-Specific Adaptation Drives Early Sex Chromosome Evolution in Drosophila, Science 20 July 2012: Vol. 337 no. 6092 pp. 341-345. DOI: 10.1126/science.1225385ABSTRACTMost species’ sex chromosomes are derived from ancient autosomes and show few signatures of their origins. We studied the sex chromosomes of Drosophila miranda, where a neo-Y chromosome originated only approximately 1 million years ago. Whole-genome and transcriptome analysis reveals massive degeneration of the neo-Y, that male-beneficial genes on the neo-Y are more likely to undergo accelerated protein evolution, and that neo-Y genes evolve biased expression toward male-specific tissues—the shrinking gene content of the neo-Y becomes masculinized. In contrast, although older X chromosomes show a paucity of genes expressed in male tissues, neo-X genes highly expressed in male-specific tissues undergo increased rates of protein evolution if haploid in males. Thus, the response to sex-specific selection can shift at different stages of X differentiation, resulting in masculinization or demasculinization of the X-chromosomal gene content. Journal information: Science This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The X and Y chromosomes in the fruit fly are, like the human X and Y chromosomes, vastly different in size and base sequence. In humans the chromosome pair is thought to have begun to evolve about 200 million years ago from an original closely matched pair of autosomal (non-sex) chromosomes. At present the Y chromosome contains only around 50 genes, while the much larger X chromosome contains about 1,000. In most species the evolution from autosome to sex chromosome occurred so long ago their evolution is difficult to track because there are few remnants of their origins.The research team, Assistant Professor Doris Bachtrog and Dr. Qi Zhou of the Department of Integrative Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, decided to try to shed some light on sex chromosome evolution by studying the genome of Drosophila miranda flies, in which “neo-X” and “neo-Y” chromosomes first appeared when the Y chromosome fused with an autosome only about one million years ago. In a related species, Drosophila pseudoobscura, no fusion occurred, and so by comparing the genomes of the two species, the researchers were able to demonstrate how the X and Y chromosomes have evolved in D. miranda.According to Bachtrog, when the neo-X and neo-Y chromosomes formed, about 3,000 genes were sex-linked, with female flies having two copies of neo-X and male flies having one copy each of neo-Y and neo-X. In the million years since the fusion, the Y chromosome shows massive degeneration, with over a third of the neo-Y genes having lost their function. The degeneration was already known to occur, but Prof. Bachtrog said the speed at which it had occurred was surprising.Along with genes that have lost their function, other genes on the Y chromosome have evolved to be beneficial to males and expressed in specifically male tissues such as the prostate gland and testes. A similar evolution is also occurring on the X chromosome, on which genes expressed in female tissues are becoming more dominant. The process of the genes becoming more beneficial to females is thought to take longer on the X chromosome because males also contain a copy of the X, leading to a slower distribution of these genes than in the Y, which is only found in males. The evolution of the X chromosome is not only slower, but includes larger events, such as incorporation of genes from other chromosomes into the X.Bachtrog pointed out that in fruit flies some sex chromosomes have reverted to autosomes, and it is also possible that in Drosophila species the Y chromosome could eventually disappear altogether, and another mechanism for determining sex could then evolve. (Phys.org) — Fruit flies are commonly used in genetics research because their lifespan is short, they are easy to breed in the laboratory, and mutants are widely available. There are about 1,500 known species. Now a new study of one of these species of fruit fly has tracked the evolution of a pair of sex chromosomes that appeared only around a million years ago.center_img Scheme of a Chromosome. (1) Chromatid. One of the two identical parts of the chromosome after S phase. (2) Centromere. The point where the two chromatids touch, and where the microtubules attach. (3) Short arm (4) Long arm. In accordance with the display rules in Cytogenetics, the short arm is on top. Image: Wikipedia. © 2012 Phys.org Citation: Sex chromosome evolution tracked in fruit fly (2012, July 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-07-sex-chromosome-evolution-tracked-fruit.html The story of X — evolution of a sex chromosomelast_img read more

Nobel winning scientist to boycott top science journals

first_img In the article Schekman claims that scientific research is being “disfigured by inappropriate incentives.” He maintains that the top science journals are artificially inflating their stature by keeping the number of articles they publish low. He asserts that the practices of the top journals is causing undo difficulties with young researchers who have become convinced the only true measure of success is publication in one of the top tier journals.He continues by suggesting that because the top tier journals are run by editors, rather than scientists, it’s often the flashiest articles that get published, rather than the best or most relevant.Schekman offered hints of his dissatisfaction with the publication process when he took a position as an editor at eLife, an online science journal that prints research papers—it’s also peer reviewed, but doesn’t charge an access fee.In his article he suggests that many researchers and organizations cut corners in order to focus more clearly on the “wow” factor and as a result the number of papers being retracted by science journals is on the rise, which of course includes some very high profile instances, such as by some who are supposedly involved in the cloning of human embryos.Schekman also takes issue with the concept of paper quality being linked to impact factor (a metric that describes how often a paper is cited)—suggesting it might be as much of an indicator of a hot topic, or even an article that is simply wrong, as it is for describing good science.He concludes by adding to the chorus of supporters of open-access journals and suggests that those that offer funding for research join the effort, as they are jointly responsible for the maintenance of the flawed status-quo due to continuing to base decisions on article representation in high profile journals, rather than on overall quality of work or appearance in lower tier journals.Editors from Nature, Life and Cell have all responded to Schekman’s accusations, and for the most part have denied that their articles are popularity based—insisting that article acceptance is based strictly on science and quality. Explore further Randy Schekman. Credit: James Kegley/Wikipedia , Nature Citation: Nobel winning scientist to boycott top science journals (2013, December 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-nobel-scientist-boycott-science-journals.html , Cell 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. (Phys.org) —Randy Schekman winner (with colleagues) of the Nobel Prize this year in the Physiology or Medicine category for his work that involved describing how materials are carried to different parts of cells, has stirred up a hornet’s nest in the scientific community by publishing an article in The Guardian lashing out at three of the top science journals—Science, Cell and Nature. Flawed sting operation singles out open access journals © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Sciencelast_img read more

Research pair suggests dark matter could create halos of light around galaxies

first_img More information: Glow in the Dark Matter: Observing Galactic Halos with Scattered Light, Jonathan H. Davis and Joseph Silk, Phys. Rev. Lett. 114, 051303 – Published 4 February 2015. dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevLett.114.051303 . On Arxiv: arxiv.org/abs/1410.5423ABSTRACTWe consider the observation of diffuse halos of light around the discs of spiral galaxies, as a probe of the interaction cross section between dark matter (DM) and photons. Using the galaxy M101 as an example, we show that for a scattering cross section at the level of 10−23(m/GeV)  cm2 or greater dark matter in the halo will scatter light out from the more luminous center of the disc to larger radii, contributing to an effective increased surface brightness at the edges of the observed area on the sky. This allows us to set an upper limit on the DM-photon cross section using data from the Dragonfly instrument. We then show how to improve this constraint, and the potential for discovery, by combining the radial profile of DM-photon scattering with measurements at multiple wavelengths. Observation of diffuse light presents a new and potentially powerful way to probe the interactions of dark matter with photons, a way that is complementary to existing searches. , arXiv Image: Hubble sees spiral in Serpens A light ray from the inner parts of the disc, where the luminosity is larger, can scatter with a Dark Matter particle in the halo, thereby altering its path. Hence, for example, the dashed blue light ray will appear to originate from the outer parts of the disc. This will compete with light which does not scatter on its way to Earth, as shown by the orange arrow. There will also be emission from a stellar halo and scattering from dust outside of the disc, which is not shown here. Credit: Jonathan H. Davis and Joseph Silk, Arxiv.org © 2015 Phys.org Journal information: Physical Review Letters Citation: Research pair suggests dark matter could create halos of light around galaxies (2015, February 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-02-pair-dark-halos-galaxies.html Scientists believe that roughly 80 percent of the total amount of matter in the universe is dark matter—this despite the fact that no one has been able to prove that it actually exists. Evidence for it is secondary—it must be there, the thinking goes, because something has to be keeping galaxies from flinging themselves apart as they spin. The problem with dark matter is that it does not reflect or react with light, making it impossible for us to see it, if it is there—at least that is the conventional view. But, Davis and Silk believe it is possible that there is an exception. In their paper they suggest it might be dark matter that is responsible for the creation of halos of light at the outer edges of galaxies.The two start with the question of just how dark is dark, when theorizing about dark matter. Just because light appears to pass straight through it, they ask, does that mean the mysterious material is perfectly dark? They wonder if it is possible that starlight may be scattered by dark matter, if so, they suggest, it might create a halo effect, similar to a lamp held aloft in fog.They offer as an example, the Pinwheel galaxy M101, which has been well studied. It has a glow around its edges but no one has been able to prove what causes that glow to come about. It could be due to dark matter, they suggest, while acknowledging that it could just as easily be due to other sources. They note that starlight at the edges of galaxies should be at their dimmest, instead there is a glow, which we are able to see because of the limited amount of light coming directly from the stars. They believe that it should be possible to prove if the glow is due to interactions with dark matter, by studying the wavelengths of light emanating from the glow and comparing it with other sources. Explore further (Phys.org)—A pair of researchers affiliated with Institut d’Astrophysique de Paris has suggested that dark matter may impact light in a way not thought of before. In their paper published in the journal Physical Review Letters, Jonathan Davis and Joseph Silk suggest that dark matter could scatter light from stars creating halos of light around galaxies. 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

Enchanting eastern hues

first_imgShowcasing the work of three budding artists, Strokes from the East, a group art exhibition by Kolorbox captures the nuances and diversity of human experience across space and time. The first edition of the three day exhibition will kick off on 28 June in India Habitat Centre. The three artists, Dilip Oinam, Sandeep Jigdung and Deenabandhu Marndi, come from Manipur, Assam and Orissa, respectively.   Their works shall bring alive the local milieu of their birthplace as the artists set down to paint the picturesque landscapes of Manipur, Assam and Orissa.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Known for his larger than life solitary figures, from innocent children to women and couples, Oinam’s paintings are drawn from his personal experiences and mythologies. The multi-layered, complex and painstaking treatments in his works enhance the element of drama. Currently, he is based out in Delhi and has done many group shows. Jigdung is counted as one of the contemporary faces of art in the North-East. His works predominantly reflect his experiences of the place of his birth. The vivid and dominating greens in his canvas can almost be considered as a tribute to his vision and impression of the North-East. His current series of work, again characterized by shades of green, is a celebration of both nature and human existence.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUsing photoink, Marndi depicts people and faces, realistically. His take on art is said to have a semi-autobiographical resonance. He is believed to draw from his memories and experiences of growing up in rural Orissa to articulate his humanistic view of life.Interestingly, their lives have been influenced by experiences out of their native states. Oinam who hails from Manipur is a BFA graduate in painting from the Delhi College of Art; coming from Assam, Jigdung did his MFA from College of Art in Delhi; and Marndi settled down in Delhi after completing BFA from Orissa. All these factors play a role in their lives that are inextricably linked with their existence. Watchout for a dash of metrolife leaving its impressions on the Eastern landscapes.WHERE: India Habitat CentreWHEN:  28 -30  June, 11 am to 8 pmlast_img read more

Bidding adieu to Premchand via theatre

first_imgThe curtains were drawn up, the lights dimmed as the Premchand Thetare festival took off in the Capital. With celebrations spread over five days with ten memorable stories of the bard enacted by school children on the capital stage.The final day of the festival put forth the plays titled Namak ka Daroga and Sachchai ka Uphaar. As many as 400 children from 10 different schools of the capital came together to participate in the workshop and festival that paid homage to one of Hindi Language’s most revered writers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While students from Darshan Academy enacted Namak ka Daroga, which was directed by Vipur Pachauri and assisted by Mohini Sangar, students from DAV Public School Dwarka enacted Sachchai ka Uphaar, directed by Amardeep Garg and assisted by Prashant Negi.The plays were presented by students who have spent their summer vacation honing their literary and theatrical skills at a workshop organised by the Hindi Academy under the Department of Art, Culture and Languages over a month. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix’We are sure when these children go back to their schools they will stir in others a greater interest in Hindi literature and its magnificent writers,’ said Dr Harisuman Bisht, renowned author and Secretary of Hindi Academy.’Premchand is a writer without whom Hindi literature cannot be imagined or talked about. He was a writer who went deep into the roots of Indian society and presented a true picture of it. So if we want to bring our children closer to Hindi literature, the job has to begin with Premchand,’ added Bisht.The Is Greeshma Premchand Hain Bachchon Ke Sang workshop was conducted by 10 directors chosen by the Academy to pay a tribute to Premchand.last_img read more

All things fine and Italian

first_imgShe defines one of the most poignant moment s of her life as the one where her mother got her a canvas to fit her six-year-old frame so as she could draw. For Simona Bocchi, sculptor, painter, interior-designer, jewelry designer, the desire to create forms out of nature grew in her as constantly as her creativity did. Italian by birth and essence, Bocchi has made India her home over the last few years. Bocchi was born in Monza, Italy and her initial enlightenment in her field happened in her academic sojourn through art schools in Milan, Brera, Wimbledon, finally graduating in Carrara. She came to India in 2006, invited to organise an exhibition in Delhi by the Italian Embassy. And then there was no looking back. Her experience in India brought her closer to the spiritual search she had been on forever and Udaipur soon became her home. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The lady who chiseled magic out of the famous Carrara marble pieces, now honed her art along the finesse of miniatures from Jaipur, ethereal sculptures from Khajuraho brought to stunning culmination in the magic called India. Traditional met the contemporary and  through the intricate process of from being to non-being, knowing to unknowing, Bocchi weaves in each experience of creation with its uniqueness into her work. Bocchi dabbles in sculpture, in paintings and in jewelery designs where she pours herself out. She loves creating pieces, working in tandem with interior designers, that create a dialogue with the space explains Bocchi. Her work speaks to her even before the process is on its way, that is just what differentiates simple artistry from pure genius.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixBocchi says that she is fascinated by the balance of the yin and the yang and her creations stem from that like the living, breathing, pulsating mass of energy that transforms a piece of granite, marble, bronze, jute or even silver into a stunning piece of art. When I feel the masculine energy in me I like liberating it by making a piece that needs that kind of physical effort from me, on other days when I feel more feminine I prefer to use soft touches, brush tips to create what I want, explains Bocchi. She likes playing with the sense of movement in metal and wax as much as she likes the raw physicality of a piece of marble. It has happened at times that while I have been working on a particular vision, I cut away a piece of rock to expose a surface that isn’t a part of what I have perceived as my art, but it fits in so perfectly – I let it remain that way says Bocchi.This unique flexibility and adaptability to the process of creation makes every work of her as fluid as they are perfect end products of her vision. That is how nature works, she says, adding that conserving nature is one of the most vital themes for her – that is where the most famous symbol of the tree comes in for her. This fascination with the creative forces is perhaps why the theme of Shiva and Parvati inspires her so much. It is the ultimate cosmic fusion of not only the love of a man and a woman, but of creation and energy, she says.  This fascination has transformed into her creation – Shiva Shakti. Bocchi’s spiritual growth is intricately woven into her India chapter. While she was always interested in the inner universe, her thoughts found form in India, through her travels and her work. She made it a point to visit the Kumbh Mela, in India answers you seek are right there, the people are more open, you come far closer to the real sense of spirituality here than anywhere in the world she says. Currently working on a personal exhibition scheduled for next year and at the same time concentrating on her book, Bocchi has come from the land of renaissance to the land of spirituality and like the indomitable force of nature, her art keeps flowing and growing.last_img read more

Awadhi in Delhi

first_imgThere was an Anarkali (Madhubala) and then there was a Begum Para (Madhuri Dixit-Nene). What is common in them is the exquisite jewellery, a sharara worth crores, pines for their beloved and a huge haveli  to perform in. Do not miss out on the amazing lights, candles, decorations, and all that jazz…we were glad when we found out about it and we hope you’d be too, that Zarina Begum, the only artist from the time of Mallika-e-Gazal Begum Akhtar is performing in our very city. Yes, yes. You’ll get to see this stuff LIVE! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Zarina Begum is one of the last living disciples of ghazal maestro Begum Akhtar. Since Begum Akhtar was the pupil of Gulam Hazrat for a long time, therefore her singing shows the same quality. After the demise of Ustad, Zarina Begum received her remaining training from Begum Akhtar. Begum Akhtar had a quality of never teaching her students through speaking but through singing. This is the reason that the pupils of Begum Akhtar sing in her style. Zarina Begum is one of them. She is not only perfect in ghazal but also in thumri, dadra, and tappa.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo create awareness about Zarina Begum’s work and archive the Awadhi ghazals, Manjari Chaturvedi, a pioneer of her dance – Sufi Kathak, is organising a talk. Titled The Last Song Of Awadh, the event will start with the screening of an excerpt from New Delhi-based film-maker Saba Dewan’s documentary The Other Song, which showcases Zarina Begum and her work. The screening will be followed by a discussion by, among others, music enthusiast and scholar Vikram Lall, thumri singer Kumud Diwan, journalist Prem Shankar Jha, the erstwhile nawab of Mehmudabad, Mehmudabad Amir Naqi Khan, and theatre personality Aamir Raza Husain. At the end, Zarina Begum will perform along with Chaturvedi. You don’t wanna miss this one!When: 23 May, 6:30 pm onwardsWhere: For lectures, films and performances- Auditorium, Indira Gandhi National Centre for Arts, Janpathlast_img read more

Playing Lady Macbeth gave Marion Cotillard panic attacks

first_imgThe 39-year-old Academy award-winning actor, who stars as Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender in the titular role in the feature film adaptation of the Shakespeare play, said she pushed to her complete physical and mental limits for the role, reported New York Post.“When I start a movie I usually freak out … This time it was pretty physical and intense. Panic attacks … I never had panic attacks before. What was funny is I didn’t know what a panic attack was, but I had studied it for the role I did before (in Two Days, One Night).”  Also Read – A fresh blend of fameThe mother of one feels playing a role like Lady Macbeth is equal to living a nightmare.“When (I had one) I knew exactly what it was and I was like, ‘Are you kidding me? Am I having a panic attack?!’ But I just had to accept I would freak out the whole shoot long.“That was not very comfortable, but you don’t expect to be comfortable playing Lady Macbeth… You make the choice of living a nightmare and you deal with it,” she said.last_img read more

Sweet Homecoming

first_imgShe reveals to Millennium Post that she is super excited about showing the country’s cultural heritage to her sons and she hopes to make this trip the best experience for her family.What are the activities that you indulge in(other than music) when you visit different countries to perform?I love how much I have travelled as I learned through travelling when I was a child and teenager. I had very rich life experiences at a young age and learned how to interact with people from all cultures with ease and comfort. I would love my son to have that as well, but I certainly want to balance that to the best of my ability with a solid base he can call home. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Now that you are performing in India after two years, How do you expect the crowd to react? It’s been a long gap of two years since I last performed in India, because I was heavily pregnant with Mo (Mohan) last winter and therefore didn’t come to visit. Naturally I’m very much looking forward to the concerts, as playing in India is always a special experience. We will be taking a holiday together over New Year’s and I look forward to showing Zubin many things about our country and culture, as at nearly five years old he is now old enough to create memories and understand so much more. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixYou are an internationally recognised classical musician after your late father. Do you think a musician requires more recognition especially when the art is left with few noble hands? How does this recognition make you feel? I believe honesty and integrity are paramount to making music of value. Everyone has something unique to offer the world, and as an artist if I can tap into that internal core when I make my music, then I am bringing something of value into the world. You are carrying the legacy of your late father. Does this responsibility make you emotionally or creatively vulnerable? And in your personal space, do you take decisions in life with his essence or thought in mind? One thing my parents were really smart about when I was growing up was avoiding letting me feel too much pressure as it’s difficult enough to be disciplined enough to commit to learn the sitar or any skill set properly and with the right frame of mind. Also, my father was never harsher on me to prove a point to other students that he’s not favouring me either because that’s not who he is as a person. For him, the commitment is yours for you to take responsibility of. Without that personal commitment, there’s no real understanding of the art form.What is your schedule like and how do you prepare for a concert? Any special routines? I enjoy my routine before a show as it calms me and helps me prepare. I do a thorough sound check with the band and then spend an hour or so doing stretches and hand warmups, getting dressed and putting on makeup. Just the act of sitting at a makeup table alone can be a nice quiet time to think, before the frenetic activity on stage. What kind of music do you listen in your spare time? My music taste is quite eclectic and diverse. I enjoy a wide range from both Indian and Western classical to alternative artists like Bjork, electronica from the Chemical Brothers and world music such as Tinariwem.Tell us about your new studio and the experience of recording the album Home. Oh, I can’t say how pleased I am to have my own studio! It’s totally changed the way I work, both on Home and on the next album I’m working on. It’s so freeing to have my own space and to feel comfortable and casual whilst recording. The need arose in recent years as a parent, to be able to work from home more. However, writing and trying to create whilst surrounded by the noise and chaos of young children is very difficult! Having my own studio at home is a dream, as I have a totally sound-proof room I can escape to when I need to write, and I have an impeccable room to record in. My studio was built with a team of experts to record the sitar at the highest level possible, and I’m very happy with the results.last_img read more

Weaving Magic

first_imgEven though a great deal of effort is being done to sustain the rich Indian heritage and culture; much more remains to be done. And while Indian handlooms are being celebrated and adopted the world over, the weavers in our country are in a pitiable state. The reasons are plenty – meagre income, middlemen cornering all profits and not enough takers in the market. With the next generation bidding adieu to weaving as a livelihood option – beautiful, hand woven sarees are going to be relics of the past. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfDespite the fact that India has a long heritage of handloom weaving that is distinctly unique and largest in the world, it is only recently that the government started paying attention to the myriad hand-woven ‘Made In India’ fabrics. Several government and private entities are coming up with their own versions of hand-woven or handloom fabrics giving it a modern makeover to make it appealing to the present generation. Some are into manufacturing and selling these fabrics to newer market while others adopt innovative strategies to promote the ethnicity and the many facets of culturally rich India. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOne such platform – devised by DLF Place Saket – is ‘Weaves of India.’ The month-long festival, which will go on until August 15, will showcase traditional fabrics from across the nation.As you enter the mall, in the western court of the mall, you will get to see a unique installation, decorated by various accessories used in fabric-making. Spools of thread, measuring tapes, a button tower, are all exaggerated to create an ethnic ambience. Turn towards the eastern court and you will find a quirky point with turbaned rural balloons and colourful thread designs. Beautiful and creative installations will take you to the main place where weavers from several states have set up stalls to display their products – from lavish looking carpets and rugs from Uttar Pradesh, camel leather bags from Rajasthan, Banarasi sarees weaved with zari and colourful resham, Assam silk scarves and sarees, to Punjabi suits and salwars – you will be left awe-struck with the authenticity and variety on offer. The plus point of this festival for many vendors is that they get a free space to sell their products.A vendor at the Punjab stall, who has come from Dilli Haat to sell phulkari work, loves the environment at the mall. He says, “I hope such festivals are held more often. The customers here don’t bargain, which is very refreshing, and we are being provided with all the facilities to make things easier.”Talking about the sale of camel leather bags, a vendor from Rajasthan stall exclaimed, “This is my first time of displaying my products in a mall. We are getting customers who understand the craft and there is a great demand. Because the event is promoting handicrafts, it is exciting to see people to come and see the collection.”As DLF Place Saket is trying to promote ethnic wear and the various fabrics of India – the premium brands in the clothing industry have also participated. While Ritu Kumar is offering three brands under one roof for its customers in DLF Place Saket, Anita Dongre – with the motive of promoting cottage industries – offers the best of Banaras silk, mal fabric, Khadi and hand-woven designer pieces. The good news is that these designer brands come at a price tag that is reasonable.From installations, knowledge sharing zones to exhibition and sale kiosks, giveaways, souvenirs as well as regional entertainment, the mall promises myriad ways of reconnecting with our rich legacy and diversity through Indian weaves and ethnic wear.With Teej and Raksha Bandhan falling in the month of July and August respectively, DLF Place Saket will be adorned with stalls and installations, drawing inspiration from these festivals. And days before Independence Day, the mall will be organising several functions and stalls to keep the fervour alive.last_img read more

3day Budget session to kick off at Assembly today

first_imgKolkata: A three-day Budget session will be started at the Assembly on Friday, with Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi delivering his inaugural speech. The first day of the Assembly session coincides with the day when the Centre will present its last vote on account in Parliament.State Finance minister Amit Mitra will present the state government’s Budget at the Assembly on Monday and discussion on the same would taken place in detail on Tuesday. Like every year, Governor Tripathi will highlight various projects of the state during his speech, as well as the achievements of the government in the last one year. The Opposition parties on Thursday raised their protests saying that no question-answer session on the Governor’s speech is scheduled to be held. They claimed that the incident is unprecedented. A senior minister of the state government has, however, refuted the Opposition’s claim saying that the question-answer sessions would take place later. Citing some examples, the minister said the question-answer sessions were held later in some earlier occasions as well and is nothing new.last_img read more

FDDI Resurgence of new ideas in 2018

first_imgRecognizing the efforts made by Footwear Design and Development Institute (FDDI) in the fields of education, skill development and nation building, the institute has been awarded the status of ‘Institution of National Importance’ under Footwear Design and Development Act, 2017. On this achievement, FDDI hosted Resurgence 2018 at its Noida Campus. The day’s events began with the auspicious lighting of the lamp. Minister of Commerce and Industry, Suresh Prabhu was supposed to be present as the chief guest but he was not able to make it to the Noida campus due to busy schedule. But the minister didn’t disappoint and made sure to convey his message through a video call. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHe said, “This is a rapidly growing sector. In the coming future, such institutes are going to prove beneficial to both students and industrialists alike. FDDI has now achieved the status of being a University and it will continue growing like this in the future too.” Whereas, Arun Kumar Sinha, Managing Director, FDDI in his addressal speech said, “For the first time, FDDI has organised to provide an opportunity for its first and second semester students to showcase their talent at international and national level respectively.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”Coming years will see India giving a tough competition to China. We don’t lack behind in anything,” added Sinha. Many renowned leather industrialist also joined in the celebration which was followed by a sassy fashion event which envisaged an assimilation of new ideas, thoughts, shapes, colours, textures and silhouettes. The garment and textile sector seems to be a huge affirmation to the achievements of the ‘Make in India’ campaign. The leather and muslin sequence at the ramp highlighted the portray of skills and talent of the youth of India today. Next came Medusa on the ramp. Getting inspired by the famous Baroque painting, Medusa by Caravaggio was conceptualised and designed showcasing the Royalty of Baroque era and venomous nature of Medusa.Taking inspiration from African culture and pop art, students at FDDI showcased a mix match of shady and poppy colours under the theme of Samburu. ‘Femme fatale’ was next in line, where a character of a mysterious and seductive woman whose charms ensnare her lovers, often leading them into deadly situations. Life in Kashi was captured by the students in a creative way by focusing on the little things in life. A slight touch of ‘Midas’ turned everything into gold and this is what happened at FDDI’s Noida campus when ‘Midas’ designs walked the ramp.A small film on FDDI exhibited the various dimensions where FDDI has worked and tried to contribute to nation building. The event saw the participation of the who’s who of the footwear and leather goods industry, which includes Puran Dawar, Mukhtarul Amin, Inderdev Singh Musafir, Tauseef Mirza, RK Jalan and N Mohan. Dileep Kapoor, Abhay Gupta were present as the guests of honour at the programme, while Deepak Chabbra, Abhishek Lal, Aakash Sehgal, Uttam Kumar, Virender Awal, Nikhil Dua and Vivek Mohan were recognised as the Star Achiever Alumni of FDDI. The event concluded with a vote of thanks by the Executive Director of FDDI, Adarsh Kumar.last_img read more

Kamal Haasan to campaign for TMCs Andaman candidate

first_imgKolkata: Actor-turned-politician and founder of Makkal Needhi Maiam Kamal Haasan will campaign for the Trinamool Congress candidate of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Haasan announced the same after holding a meeting with Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna on Monday.”The meeting was excellent. Makkal Needhi Maiam is in alliance with Trinamool Congress for Andaman and we hope this special relationship will evolve in future. I am going to campaign for their candidate in Andaman and for this I am going there on April 6,” Haasan told reporters after his meeting with Banerjee that lasted more than an hour. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Chief Minister said that Trinamool Congress has forged an alliance with the party which Hassan had floated on February 21 last year, from his hometown of Rameswaram. “He came to wish me well. There will be a public meeting at Andaman in support of Trinamool’s candidate, which Haasan will address. On behalf of our party, Sujit Bose will be present,” Banerjee said. Trinamool Congress has nominated Ayaan Mondal to contest for the Lok Sabha seat in the islands. Mondal is the grandson of eight-time MP from the Andaman and Nicobar Islands Manoranjan Bhakta, who had won on a Congress ticket. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateBishnu Pada Ray of BJP is the sitting MP of Andaman and Nicobar Islands. In 2014, he had won by a margin of 7,812 votes. When questioned whether Haasan will campaign for Trinamool in Bengal, he said: “I will consider this. But right now my hands are full. There are 40 seats in Tamil Nadu and my first concentration will be on that state. But my love for Bengal and Kerala will continue.” He also maintained that MNM is a small regional party and the alliance will be taken forward step-by-step, following discussions with the Chief Minister. It may be mentioned that Andaman and Nicobar Islands has only one Lok Sabha constituency, which represents the entire Union Territory. Haasan has recently proved himself to be a sharp critic of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, calling him a “rich man’s guard.”last_img read more

With merchandise EC calls for voters Caesar moment

first_imgKolkata: The Election Commission (EC) has released merchandise with the catchline ‘Veni, Vidi, Vote’ — an improvisation on Julius Caesar’s “Veni, Vidi, Vici” — urging people to be a proud voter in the world’s biggest democratic exercise. “Veni, Vidi, Vici” is a Latin phrase which means “I came, I saw, I conquered”. Caesar had used these words in a letter to the Roman Senate after easily winning a war. “To spread awareness about voting, the Election Commission has sent some merchandise such as key chains and badges which will be distributed among voters before the elections,” Additional Chief Electoral Officer Sanjay Basu told reporters here on Friday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe quirky merchandise, includes bags, coasters, mugs, caps and T-shirts with slogans like ‘Ready to vote, proud to be a voter’ and ‘Let’s get inked’. “We are also planning to use Bangla phrases in some of these items for West Bengal,” Basu said. Basu also informed about the awareness initiatives undertaken by District Electoral Officers across the state. ‘Somanubhuti Jatra’ (Journey of Equality) is a bus with election-related information moving around East Burdwan district. “This bus has been launched under Awareness on Wheels to answer the election-related queries and encourage people with disabilities to cast their vote,” he said.last_img read more

Smartphone locking habit can reveal your age

first_imgOlder smartphone users tend to rely more on their phones’ auto lock feature compared to younger users, said researchers, adding that they also prefer using PINs over fingerprints to unlock their phones. A study found that older users are more likely to unlock their phones when working at a desk or sitting at home. “The study is the first to explore the link between age and smartphone use. As researchers working to protect smartphones from unauthorized access, we need to first understand how users use their devices,” said Konstantin Beznosov, Professor at the University of British Columbia. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”By tracking actual users during their daily interactions with their device, we now have real-world insights that can be used to inform future smartphone designs,” Beznosov said. The analysis also showed that older users used their phone less frequently than younger users. For every 10-year interval in age, there was a corresponding 25 per cent decrease in the number of user sessions. In other words, a 25-year-old might use their phone 20 times a day, but a 35-year-old might use it only 15 times. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe study tracked 134 volunteers, ranging from 19 to 63 years of age, through a custom app installed on their Android phones. According to the researchers, for two consecutive months, the app collected data on lock and unlock events, choice of auto or manual lock and whether the phone was locked or unlocked while in motion. The study also found gender differences in authentication choices. As their age, men are much more likely to rely on auto locks, as opposed to manually locking their devices, compared to women.last_img read more

On a mission to curb human trafficking

first_imgThe British Deputy High Commissioner to Kolkata, Bruce Bucknell joined a rally to mark the World Day against Trafficking in Persons on July 30. “We need everyone to come together to tackle the dangers from trafficking and protect the human rights of those affected,” he said.Bucknell participated in the rally organised by the NGO, Association for Social and Humanitarian Action (ASHA) at Minakhan, North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. Prasun Bhowmick, member, State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, West Bengal and Kamrul Islam, Block Development Officer also joined the rally. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe British Deputy High Commission is supporting projects in East and North East of India to tackle the issue of human trafficking. This includes project ‘Jagaran’, implemented by ASHA. “I am glad that we are working with local partners to tackle this problem,” Bucknell added. “Such projects can empower people to raise concerns, and work with authorities to address the dangers of human trafficking.” Sanjeev Kumar Singh, Secretary, ASHA said, “We have been trying to address trafficking in the vulnerable pockets along the Indo-Bangladesh border and the riverine belt in West Bengal. We are also working in the tribal community of Chhattisgarh and tea gardens of Assam. Poverty, ignorance, gender and caste based discrimination in the community and lack of political will are responsible for trafficking to flourish. We have initiated the process for sensitising the community on the various modus operandi of trafficking, empowering the adolescents, rejuvenating the block and village level Child Protection Committees and bridging the gaps between the community and the government machinery.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveA signature campaign and a street play on the causes and concerns related to human trafficking were also part of the event. Local panchayat representatives, community leaders, block and district level officials and police officers were also present at the rally. India-UK stand united in a force for good partnership and everyone needs to come together to tackle the dangers that trafficking poses and protect the human rights of all concerned. Improving the lives of girls and women is one of UK’s top priorities for development around the world – including India. UK activities include a number of projects focusing on empowering women; capacity building for marginalised women, women’s legal rights; combating sex trafficking, child labour and bonded labour. The plan builds on demonstrated expertise in working with the poor communities, law enforcement agencies, improving policies and implementation and encouraging ethical businesses.last_img read more

VIDEO Troll hijacks 2nd round of NBA Draft by yelling out picks

first_imgIt’s no secret that you can find out NBA draft picks before they are officially announced at the podium. One fan weaponized this information and expertly trolled the league by yelling out the second round picks before NBA Deputy Commissioner Mark Tatum could officially announce them.Tatum looked shocked at first, but seemed to have a laugh over it. There are no safe spaces for NBA Draft picks anymore.The fans at Barclays Center are announcing picks before Mark Tatum can pic.twitter.com/YLkvOubGTh— Sports Illustrated (@SInow) June 23, 2017 Video via SIThe dudes at the #NBAdraft keep spoiling the picks. Good shtick.?? pic.twitter.com/QqdzQJKvy6— Sports Funhouse (@SportsFunhouse) June 23, 2017Video via SportsFunhouse Advertisementlast_img read more

VIDEO Golfer born without hands sinks seriously impressive holeinone

first_imgUCF linebacker Shaquem Griffin’s put on an inspirational performance at the NFL Combine, despite having only one hand. We have another seriously impressive performance from an athlete with disabilities. This time from the golf course.Brandon Canesi was born without hands, but uses adaptive clubs to play golf. Last week, he stepped up to a Par 3 and aced it like a boss.Hole-in-one’s are always special, but this has a little something extra.NSFW LangugeNo hands, no problem! Adaptive golfer Brandon Canesi gets a hole in one!⛳️🏌🏼‍♂️#holeinone #golf #golfing #golfer #limbdifference #adaptiveathlete #golflife #RetweeetPlease #golfchannel @nikegolf @Nike @Titleist @ABC @TODAYshow @CallawayGolf pic.twitter.com/QnOuGr4r7t— Hole High (@Hole_High) March 2, 2018last_img read more

New Years Tech Resolutions for Small Businesses

first_img Brought to you by PCWorld Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. January 13, 2011 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Register Now » 7 min read There’s no telling what the future will bring, but one thing is sure: In the world of technology, nothing stays the same for very long. The year 2010 wasn’t terribly turbulent for tech, but 2011 is shaping up to be more of a thrill than you might expect. From Android’s scorched-earth march across the industry to malware threats that we have yet to wrap our arms around, it seems as if everything is about to change. With that in mind, here are nine resolutions for the small business operator to think about for 2011.1. Ignore Android at Your PerilOnce upon a time, Android was a quaint alternative to the iPhone, a phone OS that only a hacker could love, and even then it was more like a sisterly love than a romantic attachment. Those days have quickly gone away. Now Android is a legitimate contender, and, in some markets, it’s outselling the iPhone. In fact, many a prediction has been made that Android will overtake the iPhone’s market share in 2011, which means that if you’re still developing apps only for the iPhone, it’s time to branch out. You also need to prepare for Android moving heavily onto larger platforms, as the more tablet-friendly Android 3.0 arrives in 2011.2. Start Prepping for Windows 8That’s right, you still haven’t learned all the secrets of Windows 7, but Windows 8 is fast approaching. Microsoft hasn’t announced an official release date, but most rumors and pundits figure it’ll ship in 2012. That means the Windows 8 beta will almost undoubtedly arrive sometime next year, and you’ll have to start tinkering with it so you’re not caught off guard when it ships.And if you haven’t yet done so, it’s time to start thinking seriously about getting off of Windows XP. Though minimal support has been extended until 2014, it’s getting awfully rickety as a platform, and some newer hardware is no longer supporting the OS.3. Accept Tablets as Mainstream DevicesWill the tablet PC replace the notebook computer as we know it? Not in 2011, but the damage is being done to the laptop world faster than you may think. Netbook sales have been the hardest hit, and the damage isn’t finished. Your employees are probably already clamoring for iPads and the like, and why not? It makes sense for a warehouse worker to tap updates on a screen rather than having to scribble numbers on paper and transcribe them later on a PC — or, even worse, trying to balance a laptop on his or her forearm and input the numbers one-handed. And in consumer electronics, no one istalking any longer about last year’s buzz category, 3D television. Instead, they’re all trying to figure out how to get into the tablet world.4. Make Mobile Security a Big DealThe app rush is far from over, and the growth of both smartphone and tablet PC platforms is about to create a bonanza for malware creators looking to cash in via the back door. Mobile exploits already exist, but so far they’ve largely been theoretical, limited in scope, or crudely crafted. That’s about to change — as the Chinese learned last month — and whether you are deploying phones and tablets to your employees or developing an app of your own, it’s time to get serious about securing those platforms. Yes, even if you’re an all-Apple shop.5. Leave No Stone Unturned When It Comes to SecurityWe’re putting security on this list twice, because that’s how big a deal it’s becoming. Facebook? Twitter? Great for reaching customers. Terrible for security.Attacks targeting workstations continue to grow in sophistication, to the point where “sandboxing” — relegating questionable applications to a walled-off portion of the OS — will become commonplace. And if the crooks can’t find their way into your company, they’ll simply go after the customers directly: Credit and debit card fraud is becoming rampant, some say because outsourced, offshore businesses with lax (or no) security measures now process the bulk of card payments. You can’t wait for an attack to hit you anymore. Now you have to be proactive about fighting it.On the other hand, security firm Solutionary’s Chief Security Strategist Jon Heimerl notes that some things won’t change: “We will see errors in operating systems, configuration errors or lapses, errors in applications, and errors in judgment by people who fall for social engineering attacks. Most of what we will see in 2011 will be nothing new.”6. Develop a Flash/HTML5 StrategyAre you going to develop your Website in Flash or the newcomer HTML5? Sadly, you’re probably stuck with both, at least for now. Click Here offers some advice on when you might want to consider one or the other: Flash if you’re heavily into Webcams or need DRM, HTML5 if mobile and Apple devices are a concern. But even this digital ad agency thinks that clients will need to pursue development on both technologies for the foreseeable future.7. Get Ready for VideoIt’s everywhere. From Youtube to Netflix to Skype conversations, video streams are clogging up the pipes everywhere from the backbone to your internal Wi-Fi network. You’ll need to prepare to upgrade capacity appropriately, or try (in futility) to lock down your network and keep video out. Given the increasing importance of video as a sales and customer service tool, though, the latter is probably a fool’s errand.8. Put Your Social Media in OrderIt’s Facebook’s world now. We just live in it. Today, there’s nothing that isn’t affected by social networks, and shopping is increasingly driven by Facebook, Twitter buzz, and even Youtube videos.Of course, Groupon and its ilk play a huge role here, too. Old Spice’s “I’m on a horse” commercial reportedly doubled sales after it became a Youtube hit and social news meme, and the trend — called “social selling” — is on the rise.Joshua Bixby of Web acceleration firm Strangeloop predicts that next year, 15 percent of all sales will come via social media and mobile apps. Even so, the Guardian Life Small Business Research Institute found in a new study that, for small businesses, their Websites were more important as sales-generation tools than any social media strategy.9. Figure Out the CloudCloud computing is being dragged, kicking and screaming, into the next decade. It’s not just about putting a spreadsheet on Google Docs or signing up for Salesforce.com anymore. The cloud now encompasses just about everything: Hiring contractors to develop apps remotely, real-time collaboration, and storing anything you have in a digital, distributed format.Security remains a serious and unavoidable concern: 58 percent of banks in one survey said they had no faith in the security safeguards of cloud-based technology. The outlook may be hazy for cloud technology, but it’s nonetheless certain to grow and become an increasing part of your business.Whether that growth will be through something like Microsoft’s new Office365 service (now in beta) or something more profound remains an open question, although one possibility is the evolution of hybrid cloud models that combine the scalability and low-cost benefits of cloud computing with the uptime and security benefits of dedicated hosting.last_img read more

Five Rules for Bring Your Own Device Teams

first_img Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read It wasn’t long ago when employees knew exactly which tools they would be using to get their work done. Their information technology department gave them the standard-issue BlackBerry, workstation password and perhaps a dedicated laptop, and then sent them off to work.Those days are almost over. Now that smartphones have become a necessity for more people and tablet computers are flying off store shelves, it’s becoming more possible for businesses to adopt a “bring your own device” policy for their IT needs. Meaning, instead of supplying the technology themselves, businesses allow workers to use their personal devices to interact with the company’s network and data.But the benefits of having a BYOD policy can come with challenges. While businesses can save thousands of dollars on equipment purchases, and employees enjoy working on the devices they prefer, the transition can create a migraine-sized headache for IT departments. A study by Mountainview, Calif.-based security software maker Symantec Corp. found that 78 percent of business owners believe permitting employees to use the smartphone of their choice either has no impact on or only somewhat decreases the overall security of their company’s networks and information. This isn’t the case. Companies must address some serious concerns before making the switch.Related: Dumping Your BlackBerry? Join the Club Like many technology decisions, going through the BYOD transition opens up all sorts of network security issues. Each employee device must be checked to ensure that it has proper virus protection and can handle any other potential security issues, especially if the company’s network contains sensitive data. This can involve constant software updates, which are difficult to track over a variety of machines. Fail-safes should also be put into place to wipe the data from the device in the event that it is lost or stolen. For businesses that don’t have a dedicated IT staff, it can be a logistical nightmare.That doesn’t mean a small business shouldn’t consider a BYOD office policy. Under the right conditions, it can be one of the best decisions you can make. If you’re considering making the switch to a BYOD infrastructure, here are five questions you should ask yourself:1. Are my employees tech-savvy? If so, you’re a prime candidate for the BYOD switch. Such workers typically will have reliable equipment and will understand how to update and maintain it from a security standpoint. This makes the transition much easier.Related: Is Technology Killing Your Productivity?2. How sensitive is my company data? Some businesses can’t afford even one slip-up when it comes to proprietary data. A legal, financial or medical office, for instance, might be wary of adopting a BYOD policy. If one instance of stolen client data could result in serious consequences, having employees on a variety of different tools is probably too big a gamble.3. How many employees should be able to choose their devices? If only a few employees are interested in using their own devices, the switch to a BYOD workplace may not be worth it. Those workers might not be happy with the decision, but if you won’t see much benefit, why open yourself up to the risks?Related: Ways to Back Up Your Smartphone4. How quickly is my business growing? If your company is expanding fast, the benefits from a BYOD policy could be huge. It reduces the potential technology costs for new hires and can make remote work situations more feasible, reducing the number of on-site workers and opening up office space.5. Can I trust my staff to stay focused? We’ve all seen Web surfing and other tech-related time wasting in the office. When employees can use their own gadgets with their own apps and games, it might not a stretch to expect they would be even more distracted. If your particular staff has a hard time staying on task, giving them access to their personal devices might be counterproductive.Depending on your answers to these questions, you might want to seriously consider a switch to a BYOD policy. Just be aware of the inherent risks and stay focused on security. November 16, 2011 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Enroll Now for Freelast_img read more