Month: August 2019

Quantum dots could boost performance of mobile phone cameras

first_imgAn image sensor coated with QuantumFilm efficiently captures light and sends the digital signals to the silicon underneath. Image credit: InVisage. (PhysOrg.com) — As it’s becoming more and more difficult for silicon alone to improve the sensors used in today’s digital cameras, a new material may be emerging from physics labs to provide a large performance boost for digital cameras. QuantumFilm, which is made of quantum dots, could offer four times better performance and twice the dynamic range of existing silicon sensors, claim its developers at Menlo, Calif.-based start-up company InVisage. © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: www.invisageinc.comvia: InVisage press release Explore further The main advantage of using quantum dots is that, compared to silicon, these tiny semiconductors are much more light-sensitive, meaning they can turn more of the incoming light into an electric charge than silicon sensors. While silicon-based image sensors today capture about 25% of incoming light, silicon sensors coated with QuantumFilm can capture 90-95% of the light, enabling better quality pictures, especially in difficult lighting conditions. According to InVisage, quantum-dot-based camera sensors can achieve the same performance as today’s digital cameras in a much smaller size. This advantage should be particularly beneficial for high-end mobile phones, giving them the ability to capture stunning images with a quality comparable to today’s digital cameras. As InVisage President and CEO Jess Lee explained, QuantumFilm could transform the current three-megapixel camera found in the Apple iPhone into a 12-megapixel camera that works better in varying light conditions. He also said that the quantum-dot-based sensors would not be more expensive than current sensors. Overall, the problem with silicon-based sensors is two-fold: not only does silicon turn only half of the incident light into electric charge, but metal circuits also block part of the light, reducing the overall efficiency to 25%. “It is becoming increasingly difficult and expensive to develop next-generation image sensors using silicon; essentially, silicon has hit a wall,” said Lee. “The fundamental problem is that silicon cannot capture light efficiently, but until now it has been the only option.”InVisage’s solution to these problems – QuantumFilm – was developed by InVisage CTO Ted Sargent, who is also a professor at the University of Toronto. Sargent showed that, by adding a coat of QuantumFilm to the silicon, he could create sensors that can achieve three times’ greater efficiency than silicon alone. In addition, the design enables the metal circuits to be placed underneath the quantum film, where they don’t block any light.Although quantum dots are commercially produced by other manufacturers, they have never been used for image sensors before. More typical applications include solar cells, displays, and identification markers. InVisage says it will have samples ready for phone manufacturers by the end of the year and the sensors could be in mobile phones by mid next-year. Other applications could include automotive and security cameras, as well as military applications. The technology should be easily integrated into existing semiconductor manufacturing methods.QuantumFilm will be demonstrated for the first time this week at DEMO Spring 2010 in Palm Desert, Calif., and at Image Sensors Europe 2010 in London. Kodak, IBM See Eye to Eye on New Image Sensors Citation: Quantum dots could boost performance of mobile phone cameras (2010, March 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-03-quantum-dots-boost-mobile-cameras.html 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

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Apple applies for two fuel cell patents for use with portable computing

first_img © 2011 PhysOrg.com Fuel cells are of course, a means for generating electricity by pushing compressed hydrogen though a membrane and mixing it with oxygen in the air. The only other output is water. It’s a technology that has been widely proposed as an alternative means for powering cars and trucks, but thus far, has not caught on to the extent that some had hoped.In these latest patent filings, Apple is proposing a fuel cell that can be integrated directly into a portable device, rather than, as other’s have proposed, a means of charging it. Thus, the device would never need recharging at all, instead it would need a have its recyclable fuel cartridges refilled. The patent diagrams also show that the design for such a system that would also employ a small rechargeable a battery that would be charged by the fuel cell, but could also send a charge back to run the fuel cell. Such a system could in theory run for days, or even weeks before having to replace the fuel cartridge.One of the major stumbling blocks for implementation of widespread fuel cell technology is the lack of an infrastructure to support it. If Apple were to sell hydrogen fuel cell powered Macbooks, they would also have to develop a means for creating the fuel to fill the cartridges and for selling them through their Apple stores, which they likely are investigating as well.Not mentioned in the patent application is what Apple would do with the very small amount of water that the fuel cell would produce. Cleary simply pumping it out the bottom of a Macbook wouldn’t work, and storing it would add weight. They might also be working on a way to force it to evaporate, but that might be subject to environmental humidity levels. In any case, it’s clear that Apple understands the hurdles it faces as was also noted in the patent applications by the authors discussing how it is “extremely challenging” to figure out a way to create a hydrogen fuel cell system that would be both portable and in the end, cheap enough that the resulting device would still be price competitive. Thus, a fuel cell based Macbook likely is still a ways off into the future. An image from the second patent. Explore further Hydrogen-fueled cars stuck at the gate (PhysOrg.com) — In a move that demonstrates Apple’s determination to create an ever lighter Macbook that is also more environmentally friendly, the company has applied for two different patents that describe ways to use a fuel cell to power a portable computing device, which could of course also include devices like an iPad. In the patent applications, Apple also took the unusual step of adding some bit of political discourse to underscore its motivations in trying to build portable computing devices that are not reliant on fossil fuels. More information: Fuel Cell System to Power a Portable Computing DeviceFuel Cell System Coupled to a Portable Computing Devicevia AppleInsider Citation: Apple applies for two fuel cell patents for use with portable computing devices (2011, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-12-apple-fuel-cell-patents-portable.html 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

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Toray is set to free touchscreens of scratches and smudges

first_img Citation: Toray is set to free touchscreens of scratches and smudges (2013, February 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-02-toray-free-touchscreens-smudges.html © 2013 Phys.org (Phys.org)—Toray Industries has combined its no-scratch, no smudge technologies of 2012 and moved them up a notch with a recent demo at the nano tech 2013 exhibition in Japan. Toray showed off its touchscreen coating that is designed to self-repair scratches and to make fingerprint smudges easy to remove. The goal is to develop this special protective substance for phones and tablets. The special film is said to take care of small scratches and make fingerprints less visible and easy to clean. The self-cure action can remove marks in ten seconds. People in the habit of tablet-browsing while snacking, or accommodating children and friends who do the same, would no doubt appreciate the advancement here as well as users with more fastidious demands for smudge-free screens in tablets and smartphones. The technology involves a “nanometer” structure. Dirt from fingerprints is difficult to evaluate because its appearance and degree of adhesion vary depending on the environment and difference in the material, according to Toray. Other companies are also working on solutions, but Toray says its advantage over other attempts is being able to incorporate its oil-repellent and “nanometre” structure features. Credit: Tech-on Toray ready to mass produce self-repair coating for touch screenscenter_img More information: techon.nikkeibp.co.jp/english/ … _EN/20130131/263531/ There is a “nanochannel” construct, in which island structures are formed by dispersing a lipophilic material in an oil-repellent material. The oil-repellent material reduces the amount of fingerprint oil accumulating on the screen while the “wettability” of the lipophilic material spreads the fingerprint oil and makes it less visible. The company would like to target the film technology at mobile devices with touch-sensitive screens. That target opens wide doors, considering today’s vendor glut of smartphones and tablets in the marketplace.This is not Toray’s first foray into film technologies for touchscreens. The company announced its self-repairing film projects last year. Researchers at that time said they had developed a film for hiding marks. The self-repairing film coating was dubbed Self-cure Coat Film, able to repair itself automatically when scratched. The company also discussed another film for reducing the unsightly buildup of smudges on screens. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

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The Capital gets a delicate pink hue

first_imgAlleged to be a Soviet spy of the 1920s and considered the ‘brain’ behind founding of the Communist Party in Britain, the story of Salme Dutt, along-with her sister Hella Wuolijoki written by Finland’s Foreign Minister, showcases an intriguing Indian connection.A historical biography titled A Delicate Shade of Pink revolves around the life and times of the sisters – Hella Wuolijoki, an author and playwright who was considered to be a ‘spy’ of the Soviet Union along with her sister Salme, who came to Britain as a representative of the Communist International Party. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Salme married Rajani Palme Dutt, a very affluent, Oxford educated, writer and thinker and member of the Communist Party of Britain. Dutt, whose father was an Indian had founded in 1921 a monthly magazine Labour Monthly, a publication which he edited until his death. He frequently used to write about India and issues related to India.The book by Erkki Tuomioja was first published in Finnish even though it was originally written in English.‘I am genuinely delighted to have the opportunity to release the book by the minister who has already authored 19 books already… A significant figure in the European and international affairs, he has honoured us with a very special intriguing Indian connection in this book,’ said Union Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shashi Tharoor after releasing the English version of book here. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe English rights of the book, which was first published in Finnish in the 2006, have been bought by Delhi-based publisher Wisdom Tree, which is beginning a new imprint Wisdom Tree Bridging Roots, focused on inter-cultural literature. The book, has been based on real accounts from the archives of British Secret Service that Tuomioja says has been accessed by former British Foreign Secretary Robin Cook and Soviet accounts through Former Russian Foreign Minister Igor Ivanov. ‘It gives an interesting exploration of European History through the two World Wars, with an intriguing Indian connection,’ said Tharoor.‘Hella Wuolijoki is incidentally the grandmother of the author but nonetheless, the story of the sisters is compelling.Rajani Palme Dutt is better known in India than he deserves to be. He was perhaps the most well known of those who write about India,’ said Tharoor. ‘Despite all these it was seen that his wife Salme was believed to be the secret controlling power and was calling the shots in the party and the marriage,’ said Tharoor quoting from the book.Commending the Finnish minister for his efforts, Tharoor said, ‘My only complaint about this book is the absence of the photos of young Salme, who was a remarkable beauty. She seemed to have lovers among a whole range of communist and pre commuinist leaders… before settling down with Rajani Palme Dutt.’ He added that it is just not the Indian connection that makes the book interesting both Hella and Salme were illustrious characters to read about.Speaking at the release, Erkki Tuomioja said, ‘The book’s title is based on a comment by the then foreign officials of Britain, who refused a visa to Hella, suspecting her of being a Soviet spy, and termed not as a Red Revolutionary but a Delicate Shade of Pink which I tried to explore.’ Hella, who is the maternal grandmother of Errki, was a dramatist and director of the Finnish Broadcasting Company.She, along with her sister Salme, was deeply involved in trying to expand the influence of Communism in Europe.‘I have penned down the personal lives of the two women and how the world changed around them in the inter-war period’ said Toumioja. He added that he did not get an access to the Soviet secret archives, ‘If I do so I will definitely write a second book on that,’ he said.‘I did not know it turned out into much more fascinating work and in asking for help from some of my colleagues and also the British archives national where I found the personal files collected on Salme and on Rajani Palme Dutt. I almost immediately recognized Rajani Palme Dutt, he worked extensively on India and colonial issues. Generations of people in India have read his books,’ said the minister.Shobit Arya, founder, Wisdom Tree said, ‘This evening is really special and this very evocative book marks a new imprint for us.’ The new imprint is titled Wisdom Tree Bridging Roots, inspired from the living root bridges of Meghalaya, which form a natural link across a river.last_img read more

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The Russian Ambassador and his Delhi connect

first_imgHonouring our diplomatic ties with Russia, Delhi Study Group celebrated the silver jubilee of Alexander M Kadakin, a veteran Russian ambassador to India. Vijay Jolly, the president of the group, presided over the event to elaborate on the bilateral relations between India and Russia.The ambassador was presented with a flowers, trophy and citation for his years long services to promote the ties between the two countries and its people. Mayors of South and North Delhi, Sarita Chaudhary and Master Azad Singh and Deputy Mayor of East Delhi, Mahender Kumar Ahuja, graced the occasion with their benign presence. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’In his address, Vijay Jolly proclaimed that during Kadakin’s tenure, the bilateral relations got a boost and we worked together successfully in the field of science, technology, space, education, military hardware and two way trade between the nations.  Kadakin, who is fluent in Hindi, French, Urdu, Romanian and Russian languages was a great force in bolstering the relations. It was a nostalgic moment for the ambassador who recollected his memories from 25 years. He also narrated his close relations with various former Indian Prime Ministers & his intense love for India.A photo exhibition relived  his moments in India with pictures of him interacting with great Indian leaders like Late Smt. Indira Gandhi, Late Morarji Desai, Late Rajiv Gandhi, Late Narsimha Rao, Atal Bihari Vajpayee, Lal Krishna Advani and Manmohan Singh during his long innings in India.last_img read more

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Capering with the Cape Town boys

first_imgOn a Saturday afternoon in Capetown, basking in a corner of the Old Biscuit Mill- an erstwhile mill turned into a buzzing art and craft market- Jeremy strummed his guitar inconspicuously. Taken in by his music, Motheo walked into the picture with a polite request, ‘If I may rap along?’ This was back in 2010.Fast forward to 2013: Jeremy Loops is a rage in South Africa, after having performed in Rocking the daisies and Oppikoppi festival to over 10000 plus audience. And on this World Music Day, they came to the Capital as an upcoming international music band under Viacom 18’s emerging artistes platform – Emerge.  Jeremy,  armed with his loop peddle, harmonica and guitar; Motheo Moleko with his engaging rap; and Jamie Faull with his smooth saxophone tones made a debut in Delhi with some balmy notes, a heart full of curiosity for India, and exuberance writ large on their faces. Millennium Post catches up with Jeremy.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How’s India, going by the first impressions?I have been here since today morning but I always dreamt of coming to India as a little boy.  The things that I thought of imaginatively, I have already sensed them: the smells, the people, the crazy motorcyclists…Growing up in South Africa, I had quite a few Indian friends. So, it’s not foreign for me.Looping live on stage post a degree in finance was a big transition. What did you set out for?I am a creative person by nature who was balancing the creative side with academics while growing up. I did my B.Sc in property development and finance. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe academic pressures made me go more creative. By the end of four years of college, when I had to take up a corporate job, I wanted to be in a band. I knew a lot of bands never take off or fail quickly and I had never sung before. I could only play guitar, so nobody would have accepted me back then. So, in 2007, I sailed off on a yacht and carried a set of loop peddles to escape for a few years. That extra time on my hands, my solitude, night time photography and music forced me to be more creative and dreamy. I have always loved Neil Young’s ’Dreaming man’, I connect to the song that goes this way: I am a dreaming man but that’s my problem.. I can’t say when I am not being real. It is wonderful to travel around the world with my music.  Was meeting Motheo in the Old biscuit mill, a significant juncture for your musical journey?Old biscuit mill is this organic place to go to for food and craft markets. I had just come back from sailing then and didn’t know what to do with my life. I was in a dark space. I had all this material I had been writing and I wanted to be in a band but I had never performed. I was making folk music and he jammed in with rap. Two weeks later, I was invited to play a gig in a club that made me believe, ‘maybe I can do something.’Quoting you, ‘I was scared of walking on stage to a gathering of 20000 people…’ Does the fear still overpower the performer in you?People always tell me that the scare would subside while excitement grows on.Standing amidst so many people out there, you have to grow over your personal barriers and insecurities. Its your music that you are putting out there and if people don’t like it, it gets personal.  With looping, we make our music live, so there are more chances of mistakes but the fear dissipates sooner now. What inspires you as a musician?Folk movement in the last few years by bands such as Mumford and sons.Ten years ago I couldn’t have been making my kind of music, but now the folk electronic music is commercially feasible. And I love music– live music by real people. Of my own songs, I really connect to ‘Power’. I made it to motivate myself and listening onto the radio, people connect to it in the same way, while starting their day in the morning.Is there a dream platform where you want to perform?I think I told myself, when I play in Glastonbury festival in UK, I will believe I have really achieved. But my goals are constantly changing. That’s the problem with human nature!Now, I am trying to set my goals as to where I want to spend my time. I don’t want to be a band that tours all around the world the entire year because it is incredibly taxing to be on road all the time. It will be better for us to find places where we resonate with the people to make them our strongholds. Eventually I would love to jam with the tabla and sitar players in India. It would be great if there could be a musical exchange between South Africa and India.last_img read more

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Its all about her

first_imgCoinciding with the International Women’s Day and at a time when issues about women’s safety and their place in society are raging issues, the show brings to you a multimedia interactive exhibition on the topic, right in the heart of Delhi, at Palika Parking Rooftop CP and Dilli Haat.The artists Cécile Plantin and Gael René create a magical environment with 100 curtain like translucent veils, each carrying video projections images and music. Using art in public spaces to sensitize people on such social issues helps connect with them in a new manner. The public can listen to many testimonies by women and navigate from ‘veil’  to the other. Head over and hear the stories of these aspiring ladies.The performance lasts for three hours (6 to 9 pm) with short  breaks of 20 mins. During these breaks the artists capture testimonies from the audience and give voice to your view weaving them into their next projection…interactive and an innovative in its intent. Using art in public spaces to sensitize people on such social issues helps connect with them in a new manner.last_img read more

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Foodies FIFA

first_imgEnjoy the thrill and action of this FIFA World Cup along with some great food as The Imperial brings it together. The matches will be shown on big screens which can be enjoyed along with the special Football Burger which would be available with four soft beverages and four imported beer bottles. Also the Global gourmet offers snacks combo with refreshing drinks while following the heat of the matches. The menu includes specialties from almost all the major Soccer regions in the world like fish and chips, Bratwurst and caramelised onions, Tortilla de patatas, Yakitori and Sushi, Barbecue pork ribs, battered onion rings, Imam Bayildi, Hummus and Pita and Panini Caprese. When: 4 – 13 July Where: 1911 Bar, The ImperialPrice: Rs 4500 – 5500 plus taxeslast_img read more

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Singer Carlisle to drive rickshaw in India for charity

first_imgFormer lead vocalist of music band Go-Go, Belinda Carlisle has revealed plans to drive an auto-rickshaw across India to raise money for charity.The 56-year-old ‘Heaven Is a Place on Earth’ singer has just got her motorcycle license in Los Angeles in preparation for the 1,135 mile journey.“I’m doing a rickshaw ride in India in March from Kolkata to Udaipur,” Belinda shared in a video shot in her LA living room with her pug Bam Bam.“So why not make a donation in somebody’s name this holiday season – that person who is impossible to buy for.”  Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenCarlisle has a fund-raising goal of USD 25,000 to help the Animal People Alliance (APA), which works to improve the lives of slavery survivors with economic empowerment and education strategies.The charity helps to “train and employ vulnerable youth and women as veterinary technicians, dog handlers and animal caregivers” in India.Fans of the singer can donate to get signed copies of Carlisle’s studio albums, a Skype call from the star and a chance to ride the rickshaw with the singer on the last day of the journey.last_img read more

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Art space

first_imgMobel Grace in collaboration with Gallery Stupa 18 present Jugalbandi – an art exhibition that brings together paintings and art inspired furniture. The artists who are part of the show include Sudhir Tailang, Alka Raghuvanshi, Vilas Kulkarni, Shridhar Iyer, Manisha Gawade, Partha Sengupta, Anita Kulkarni and Ranjit Singh. The show is on from March 20 to April 15 at 343 Sultanpur, near Pillar NO 28-B, Sultanpur Metro Station in the Capital.The show is a jugalbandi of furniture and paintings as they co-exist together in our spaces.  “Art used in private and public spaces in residences and offices must have a balance of aesthetics so that their common link is visible. Paintings are integral part of interior designing and we strongly recommend it. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“In this show we have tried juxtaposing them together so that the two can be viewed in unison and we have chosen art works that speak the same language as our furniture,” says the interior designer Meenakshi Goyal and director Mobel Grace. “The artists featured in this show all believe that the elements of paintings and furniture work in tandem to bestow a unique character to space. Alka Raghuvanshi’s vibrant and metallic colours add grandeur to the space. Anita Kulkarni’s works showcase passionately flowing colours which breaks the monotony of straight lined walls. Manisha Gawade’s lingering and bold lines blended with sophisticated colours hold the viewers thoughts,” says Varsha Bansal, director of Gallery Stupa 18. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSimilarly Shridhar Iyer’s elegance radiates energy and blends with the space wonderfully. Vilas Kulkarni unifies the traditional as well as modern to compliment the natural shades of the space. Sudhir Tailang’s pithy drawings are perfect for the study and coffee table area where one can ponder upon life experiences. Ranjeet Singh’s paintings capture the expression of children portrayed in bright hues. Partha Sengupta’s bold and expressive countenances are energetic and reflect people’s personality. “Art has a universal language that it can be experienced by all those who view it. Given India’s vast history and culture of paintings dating back to cave paintings from Bhimbetka they are an integral element to energise spaces – be they work arenas or home spaces.  “Art can either be a statement or can blend sympathetically with a room’s design and colour palette. It is a way of personalizing a space,” says Deepak Goyal, the managing director Mobel Grace.last_img read more

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VisvaBharati setting up Yoga Gram with central grant

first_imgKolkata: The Visva-Bharati has received Rs 5 crore central grant for setting up a ‘Yoga Gram’ in the university campus, a senior professor said today. Surrounded by fruit plants, small ‘yoga’ themed cottages with tiled or straw roofs would be built in the ‘Yoga Gram’ where even tourists can attend sessions, said Prof Samiran Mondal, Head of Department of Yogic Art and Science. “We will introduce people to the undiluted, purest form of yoga dating back to the ancient times,” he told PTI. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights Work for the first phase of the project has started on 15 acres of land in the compound of the ‘Vinay Bhavan’, the Institute of Education of the central university. “There will also be books and audiovisual aids on our 2000-year-old yoga culture. The first cottage will come up soon after our visit to Belur Math to study the meditation rooms there,” he said. “The project has already started at the Vinay Bhavan compound and the first phase will be completed soon,” said Officiating Vice-Chancellor Prof Sabujkali Sen. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed The first phase has been funded by the Ministry of Human Resources after the authorities submitted project details before the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, also the Chancellor of Visva-Bharati, to the university last month, Mondal said. The Dinbandhu Andrews Hospital set up by Tagore to provide non-allopaethic medicine to the poor at low cost, will be renovated in the second phase of the ‘Yoga Gram’ project, Mondal said. An ayurvedic garden with medicinal plants would also be coming up in the vicinity of the hospital, he said adding that the AYUSH ministry has been approached for funding the second half of the project.last_img read more

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IGI to get its own charkha

first_imgAir travellers are in for a surprise as Khadi & Village Industries Commission (KVIC) has decided to install World’s Largest Charkha at Terminal 3 of Indira Gandhi International Airport. Dimensions of the Charkha are nine metres (27ft’) in length and five metre (15 ft’) in height.VK Saxena, chairman, KVIC was pursuing this from the company GMR, who have the statutory right on Terminal-3 for the allotment of the land and space in and around T-3. KVIC feels that the Charkha is the symbol of independence of the country and 2016 being the centenary year of the arrival of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa, it has different significances for Khadi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Saxena  added that the display of this world’s largest charkha at national Capital’s ‘busiest airport’ will inculcate the feeling of Indianness and Swadeshi amongst the domestic and international travelers.In a meeting held on January 13 between VK Saxena, chairman, KVIC  and I Prabhakar Rao, CEO, GMR; the company agreed to allot this space for putting up large wooden charkha at IGI Airport, Terminal-3 at departure forecourt between Gate No. 4 and 5. KVIC will install the Charkha in one month’s time, which will be viewed by approximately 1,50,000 passengers every day at T-3.last_img read more

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State has seen finances improve despite huge burden inherited from Left Front

first_imgKolkata: State Finance and Industry minister Amit Mitra placed statistics, highlighting the improvement in the last seven years with regards to the economic and financial parameters of Bengal. The turnaround, according to Mitra, has occurred even after a huge debt burden left by the previous Left Front regime in the state.In response to a query from Congress MLA Asit Mitra at the state Assembly, the state Finance minister pointed out that the debt and GSDP (gross state domestic product) ratio has actually gone down by almost 5 percent in seven years from 2010-11 to 2017-18. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The ratio was 40.65 percent in 2010-11, from which it has gone down to 35.63 percent. The revenue deficit to GSDP has also dropped from 3.75 percent in 2010-11 to 0.96 percent in the 17-18 fiscal. The fiscal deficit has also halved during this period, to 2.83 percent from 4.24 percent,” Mitra said. According to Mitra, the Left Front government’s huge loan had been caused by their inability in implementing the Financial Regulation and Budget Management Act (FRBM). “Bengal had also lost grant of the 12th and 13th finance commission because of this and the Left Front had left a loan of Rs 1,91,835 crore,” Mitra maintained, adding that for repayment of the loan the state had to borrow Rs 1,53,741 crore, taking the total loan to Rs 3,45, 577 crore. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedChief Minister Mamata Banerjee also pointed out that the Left had not acted correctly in taking loan from small savings. “Loan from small savings is always an area of concern as it involves common people’s money. They did not sign FRBM and took loan from small savings, which is not right,” she added. According to Mitra, the present government is in a debt trap because of the previous Left Front government. “We have increased the revenue through fiscal discipline and e-governance, but still we are compelled to pay a huge amount because of the loan taken by the previous government,” he said, adding that the state has a debt repayment burden of Rs 47,000 crore in the current fiscal. Mitra asserted that the planned expenditure has grown over 5 fold from Rs 11,837 crore in 2011-12 to 56,604 crore in 2017-18. The capital expenditure has grown over 8 fold from Rs 2,225 crore in 2011 to 19,368 crore in 2017-18.last_img read more

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State to set up Fire and Emergency Services Welfare Board for employees

first_imgKolkata: The state government has decided to set up West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services Welfare Board.The board will be recommending work that needs to be carried out to put forth better facilities for the employees of the West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services department. There is a welfare board for the police as well and now there will be a welfare board for the employees of the West Bengal Fire and Emergency Services department. The state Fire minister, Firhad Hakim, announced the decision of the state government with regard to the setting up of the welfare board after the cabinet meeting at Nabanna on Friday. He said: “Fire fighters work day and night and most importantly they risk their lives to save others. Hence, in a bid to ensure a better living for them the state government has decided to approve the setting up of the welfare board.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe further said the welfare board will be recommending what can be done for better living of the employees of the department and subsequently, the department will be taking the next course of action. Besides the central level welfare board, there will be separate boards for districts. Director General of Fire Services will be the chairman of the central level board with maintenance superintendents, station officers, chief mobilisation officers, fire operators and drivers of fire tenders will be the members of the board. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken a series of steps in the past seven years to improve the infrastructure to ensure better fire fighting. Since pre-independence to 2011 as many as 100 fire stations had come up in the state and in the past seven years, 41 fire stations have come up in Bengal and around 20 are under construction. Moreover, the process of setting up another 41 is also going on.last_img read more

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Shattering the unbroken view of society

first_imgCelebrating the talent of fresh and new makes a compelling case for contemporary art in the city. Such is the case of exhibition ‘Panorama-9’. Curated by Priyanka Banerjee, this exhibition will host over 30 artists who will bring to the viewers a varying range of interpretation of ranging contemporary issues.The exposition delves into the contemporary issue of social relevance, such as feminism, ethical treatment of animals, spiritual harmony, global warming and so on. Nature, for instance, is explored through the mutually symbiotic relationship of flora and fauna. Urbanisation and industrialisation have exploited the natural layers of our ecosystem, and its awareness becomes paramount to awaken our collective consciousness. As each artist touches upon subject the subjects that have been paralysed by the society, their canvas becomes a window for us all to explore the possibilities. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn a one of its kind initiative, this five-day exhibition is wholly funded by the participating artists. The participating artists are Meghna Agarwal, Shalini Varshney, Shyam Porwal, Mahua Sinha, Jolly Sharma, Meena Wason, Babun Ghosh, Mahesh Kumar, S.K Chouhan, Vatsala Ranjan, Jasmeet Khurana, Gaurav Dahiya, Kritika Mitra, Aman Anand, Rama Sharma, Ram Kumar, Amit Kumar, Tapan Das, Abid Zaidi, Sheikh Abdullah, Uma Bardhan, Alpana Kataria, Mridul Chakraborty, Nilay Sarkar, Pulakesh Mondal, Ravi Verma, Veena Singh, Punam Rai, Darshan Sharma, PurnenduMondal, and Archana Das.Dabbling in a diverse range of mediums, from watercolour, oil and pen and pencils to mixed media, the artists bring to their canvas emotions that reverberate with social significance. The colours, shapes and emotion have emerged from the very soul of the Capital, and together they will converge at Visual Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre this autumn from September 11-15.last_img read more

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