Astronomers amazed at timing of Markarian 421 blazer

first_img(Phys.org) —The field of view from Earth is being flooded with the brightest display of gamma rays ever seen, the BBC is reporting, at a time when space researchers around the world have just coincidently trained their instruments in the direction from where it’s being emitted—the active galaxy Markarian 421. Hubble Legacy Archive WFPC2 image of Mark 421 and its companion galaxy 421-5. Credit: Hubble Legacy Archive No one knew that Markarian 421 was about to do anything special or unusual. Recently, a program was started to study the active galaxy as part of a routine inspection. But then, just after telescopes around the world focused their attention on the galaxy, it flared, giving observers a spectacular show. As if that weren’t coincidence enough, it also occurred during the annual meeting (April 13 through 16, in Denver, Colorado) of the American Physical Society (APS), which allowed those in attendance to compare notes as the flare-up was occurring.Markarian 421 is known as a “blazer” galaxy—it’s a term used to describe active galaxies with supermassive black holes that emit light across the entire light spectrum in jets that are trillions of times more energetic than the light that can be seen by the human eye—all pointing directly toward our planet. The jets go into overdrive, flaring up, as the black hole consumes matter that is drawn by gravity into their vicinity. Markarian 421 hadn’t shown much life since a flare-up back in 1996, thus there was no expectation that anything new was about to happen.But just as researchers around the world had trained various types of telescopes (from gamma ray to visible light spectrum) at Markarian 421, the blazer began emitting more gamma rays than has ever been witnessed before, giving those at the APS meeting a lot to talk about. The general consensus was that the event was both unprecedented and spectacular, leaving those studying it in awe.The program to study the active galaxy was aimed at attempting to better understand how such huge amounts of gamma rays can be created by the black holes. To that end, researchers were undertaking a project to study the galaxy across a broad range of light—the flare-up has given those working on the study much more to look at than any of them had imagined. 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. Transforming galaxiescenter_img Explore further Citation: Astronomers amazed at timing of Markarian 421 ‘blazer’ (2013, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-04-astronomers-amazed-markarian-blazer.html © 2013 Phys.orglast_img read more

We are not afraid to experiment

first_imgWhere does the name of your band come from? When the band started off, each one of us had a different musical background in-terms of the genre. So, it was more like a wave or a frequency. Guitarist was fond of Blues and Jazz, the Bassist was into Alternative rock and the vocalist into Metal. Hence, we thought it’s like a frequency: high and low. Hence the band name.Tell us about how you guys started off…Frequency started off as a school band, studying, playing and learning together. After school hours, we used to practice and then leave for our tuition together. After we got done with our schooling, the band went through a lot of lineup changes. Hence, we recruited new members and did not end the journey there. Now, Kushal Thapa is the only founding member in the band. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What is your original brand of music? Do you guys have a signature sound? The band was formed while having a picture of a band that can produce Electronic/Experimental sound with heavy guitar riffs and groovy bass lines, equally supported by heavy vocals. We still have the same sound, however we are not afraid of experiments that we do with our music, either live or in the studio.Tell us about the initial years after kick-off till how it has been thus far Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe journey has been full of memories to be honest! Our band was formed in September 2006 and now its 2013. So we’ve been in the circuit for nearly 7 years now. We are lucky to have such an  audience who has stood by us over the years and always encouraged us to make good music. We got our first major recognition at Channel [V] Launchpad 2007 when we landed up as the top four finalists. This high was carried forward by Sandeep Chowta, a well known music producer from Bollywood, who offered us for a deal to make music for him. Top all of that with a kitty full of gigs that we’ve done in India. So, to summarize all of it, in these 7 years, we’ve seen and learnt a lot. And, we thank each and every person, who’s been a part of the Frequency family. How does it feel to perform with three other bands? It was a great experience for us to play with such awesomely talented musicians. They knew their instruments. The great crowd interaction led these bands to deliver a successful show.What plans for 2013? We are planning to launch our 4 Track EP this month followed by a major cities’ tour in order to promote our newly written material and simultaneously work in our studio for our full length album, that we plan to launch by the end of this year.What got you to take part in Metanoia and how do you see this working for you?After the success of Pandemonium, Cacophony Networks approached us for this show and we couldn’t say no to them. Considering the show lineup, we pulled up our socks and were ready to deliver a gig full of excitement and fun.last_img read more

Capital hit by football madness

first_imgThough cricket seems to have become our national sport, no Indian can entirely ignore football. School and college boys playing a fun game of football come rain or angry sun. Football is an adrenaline fuelled sport and the age old rivalries of East Bengal and Mohan Bagan or Brazil versus the rest of the world is legendary for football lovers. And thanks to the extensive sports coverage, footballs clubs from across oceans have found loyal fans in India. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Something closer to home, Noida witnessed a high-energy football tournament on 24 August. Nine spirited teams from various Bengali associations across Delhi and Noida clashed in the Pushpa Saha Memorial One Day and Night Football Tournament held at Kali Bari Ground, Sector 26, Noida. Aniel Kuumar Saha, CMD of SAHA Groupe, who is an ardent follower and supporter of the sport himself, sponsored the exciting event.The tournament was played with much vigour and enthusiasm by the teams to promote football, a game close to every Bengali’s heart. Anadi Barua, a former Indian international football player and the present coach of Indian women’s football team and India’s football team selector, graced the occasion as a distinguished guest. The games began at 3 pm and continued with rousing cheers for the competing teams till late night. The tournament was organised by the Noida Bengali Cultural Association.last_img read more

Means to what end

first_imgRemember that time in Delhi when over a good few days Anna Hazare held sway over Jantar Mantar? Slogans flew thick and fast, voices were raised, the aam aadmi wanted their rights and how. Then there was another side of the ‘I am Anna’ movement, the crazy bikers who roamed city streets, driving at break-neck speeds, scaring pedestrians and other drivers. I remember the latter more clearly and thus Hazare and his team, his antics or his ideology, never really fascinated me. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While Satyagraha is a movie based on current times, basing the entire movie on what we have seen at India Gate and Jantar Mantar over the last two years kills it somewhat. Based in Ambikapur, the story of Satyagraha revolves around Dwarka Anand (Bachchan), whose honest-engineer son Akhilesh gets murdered (perhaps a reference to the slain NHAI project director Satyendra Dubey); as is the fate of whistleblowers. The government offers compensation to his wife Sumitra (Amrita Rao) which she just cannot get her hands on. Then there is the slimy neta Balram Singh (Manoj Bajpayee) who plays all the cards to his advantage. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnand slaps a government official and gets jailed. His son’s friend Maanav (Ajay Devgn) joins hands with local leader Arjun Singh (Arjun Rampal) along with feisty journalist Yasmin (Kareena Kapoor) to get him out. And the battle begins. While Jha plays it safe by picking actors he has worked with before, we have to give it to the director – he knows how to make them work to his advantage. While Rampal comes across a tad bit flimsy in his role, Kareena flits in and out of her role of a journalist. Devgn and Bachchan steal the show. The ravaged, tired face of Dwarka Anand stays in your mind. Devgn’s character, which doesn’t seem to be modeled on Arvind Kejriwal’s, is one character that holds promise but unfortunately Jha does not flesh him out.The movie works because it takes a relevant argument, thought and action plan to the silver screen. It leaves you disappointed as you are constantly reminded of the Anna Hazare-Kejriwal split and the broom wielding Aam Aadmi Party, the impending 2014 polls and just want to walk out. Satyagraha doesn’t work because Jha should know better than to make it all so black and white.last_img read more

Going above beyond

first_imgRemember the song Sun and Moon? The lyrics went a bit like, “…I’m sorry baby you were the sun and moon to me, I’ll never get over you, you’ll never get over me…” – yes. Those guys. That’s exactly how I heard some friends discuss Above & Beyond. Let’s get a little in deep: these guys have released three studio albums, two remix albums, one side-project album. Their own two labels – Anjunabeats and Anjunadeep, and are among the most respected imprints in the global dance music scene and have released some 23 Above & Beyond albums and compilations in the last 12 years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’There have been dozens (and dozens) of singles and mix albums and offshoot projects, all snapped up by a devoted worldwide fan base that has happily, passionately followed this London-based electronic trio since their formation in 2000. Phew. We spoke to Tony McGuinness about their next album and much more. Read on…How did Above and Beyond come together? What started it all?We came together to do a remix for Warner Brothers – Chakra Home. We were all doing other things at the time but the remix was very successful and pretty soon Above & Beyond became the main thing for all three of us. The name came from a guy in the States called Jono Grant who was a motivational trainer – “Above & Beyond” was his tag line. Our own Jono had found his web site and printed the front page out and stuck it on his bedroom wall. When we’d finished the mix we needed a name and it just jumped out at us. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix How easy (or difficult) was it for Above and Beyond to make a mark in the music scene?It’s hard to know what things we’ve done have had the biggest impact since we’ve never stopped making music and touring, but we’ve had some amazing opportunities and, thus far at least, have risen to the challenge of doing something great when we’ve had the chance. Our first remix was of a club classic that, even though we were unknown, became the lead remix on the package and went to number one in the club chart. Our remix for Madonna was on spec, but she loved it so much she made the video to our mix instead of the Radio edit. We got the chance to do an Essential Mix for Radio 1 in 2004 and the mix won Essential Mix of the year. And our first album, Tri-State, got great reviews across the board. So we’ve had some great bits of luck to get some great breaks but we’ve made sure we do a great job when we do. In addition, what we do, which is act like a band and write songs about our real life, sets us apart from almost all our peers, who usually draft in external singer/songwriters. That doesn’t really result in any consistency or connection.Who and what influences you and your music? Who are your favourite musicians?We each have quite different tastes in music outside of what we make together and sign to the label, which keeps our music very diverse and, hopefully, rich in context. Personally I love singer songwriters like Damien Rice, unique singers like Goldfrapp, FKA Twigs and Kate Bush, bands like Kings of Convenience, Blonde Redhead, Royksopp and War on Drugs and electronic producers from Joris Voorn to Seven Lions. Paavo is especially keen on soundtracks, Jono loves a lot of 80s pop like the Pet Shop Boys.Tell us about your favourite tracks? If you could pick one track from your repertoire to go down in history (over the others) which one would that be?Hmm, it always used to be Tranquility Base Razorfish, but I’d probably pick Thing Called Love or Sun & Moon as they seem to have a life of their own, even now. But the new album is just out and there are lots of great tracks on there just bedding in, so let’s see how it feels a year from now. How has Above and Beyond witnessed the change in the music scene from the time you started to now?We started just as trance music was losing its pop credibility and moving underground, so we’ve always eschewed pop music, per se. But recently a lot of pop EDM has created an explosion in public interest in the scene and whilst we haven’t been deflected by that and remain outside it in many ways, it has provided a lot of oxygen to the scene and we’ve certainly benefitted from that. If you could change one thing about the music industry right now – what would that be?The idea that musicians should not get paid fairly for the work they do is ridiculous and the slow but severe eroding in revenues for recorded music is hurting everyone without the means to support themselves in other ways, like DJing. That sucks.If you could change one thing about the world with your music – what would that be?The internet promised a more connected world and in the music business it delivers that emphatically. But politi cally it seems to be dividing us, extreme views which would have dwindled in a locally connected society gain weight in an interconnected world in a way nobody foresaw. Now anyone with a crazy way of seeing things can find people who share those views in another country, which in turn gives validity to the extreme views. The world is more and more divided by issues of ‘race’ and religion and bigotry is rife. As touring DJs we see things differently. We travel to countries that have supposedly different world views and find that people, on the whole, are all the same. We’ve done shows in the same weekend to countries who remain violently opposed and found the same reaction to our music, the same hopes and fears, dreams and aspirations in the people. It’s one planet, we’re one human race and the sooner we realise that the better things will get. What’s next for Above and Beyond?We’re touring the world in support of our new album We Are All We Need, including our biggest ever US tour – six weeks of high intensity touring to over 100,000 people. Then we have a sold out UK tour to look forward to in April. Tell us about the top five songs on your playlist right now. Our new single is called All Over The World and it’s about a broken father/son relationship, illustrated perfectly by the video which is based on Catch Me If You Can. The next single from the album will be Peace of Mind. There’s an extraordinary new single from Andrew Bayer and Asbjorn, a new Danish singer we’ve hooked him up with. It’s called Superhuman and it’s fabulous. Our recent remix Salva Mea is going off in our sets, we’re super proud of that one. All That Matters by Kolsch feat Troels Abramsen is a particular favourite, it’s a beautiful song and the production.last_img read more

Intertwining IndoAfrican dreams

first_imgIndia and Africa are intertwined by their history of freedom struggles against their colonial rulers, as also by their future, pursuing similar developmental strategies to bring prosperity to their citizens. Underlying our strong political relationship are common political perspectives on issues like terrorism, security of ocean routes, larger geopolitical role for developing countries and convergence of interests on climate change. Equally important, the synergy of our economic relations is bolstered by the natural economic complementarity of our respective comparative advantages, the raison d’etre  of  mutually beneficial trade among equals, generating most optimal “Win-Win” options for both of us. Also Read – FM favours cess over additional tax for compensating statesIn fact, the Indian developmental model, especially post-liberalisation of 1991, predicated on large scale public investments in critical infrastructure, followed by domestic entrepreneurial initiatives in consumer goods and services, in a democratic setting, is proving to be a sustainable option and role model for many African countries. India needs immense natural resources to lift its teeming millions out of poverty. We need metals, minerals, coal, oil and gas, to build cities and run industries. Africa needs technology and investments, to leverage their natural resources, but on equal and fair terms, which India offers. Indian technology is “Triple A”, – “Appropriate, Affordable and Adaptable”, which is best for Africa.  Also Read – Indian eves lose to NZ in four-nation series openerThe Continent with the youngest population needs capacity building of its manpower, which Indian companies do well. For instance, the African infrastructure in the hinterland is being built by project companies like OIA, involving construction of thousands of kilometres of electricity transmission and distribution and rural electrification lines or hundreds of kilometres of water pipelines or massive agro-processing plants. We engage local firms and manpower to execute an increasing proportion of the jobs, as they pick up expertise working with us on various projects.  The transfer of knowhow to local partners makes perfect business sense for Indian private sector players, since localisation progressively reduces costs of execution. Significantly, the infrastructure built by Indian firms is changing the face of African economies, since it is not aimed at extracting their natural wealth but linking up with their people, lighting up homes and energising industries and magnifying African agricultural productivity. When the top African leaders arrive in October, Modi is sure to make India-Africa development combination unparalleled and unbeatable.last_img read more

How jogging helps you stay sharp

first_imgExercise can enhance the development of new brain cells that play an important role in learning and memory of adults, new research has found.The process of developing new brain cells in the adult brain is called adult neurogenesis, the scientists explained.The researchers found that mice that spent time running on wheels not only developed twice the normal number of new neurons, but also showed an increased ability to distinguish new objects from familiar objects.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Our research indicates that exercise-induced increase in neurogenesis improves pattern separation by supporting unique and detailed long-term representations of similar but nevertheless different memory items,” explained lead investigator Josef Bischofberger, professor at University of Basel in Switzerland.“Pattern separation is involved in many memory tasks of everyday life. For example, when learning the game of chess, it is critically important to remember the different shapes of pieces like the pawn and bishop,” Bischofberger explained. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFor the study, the researchers tested two groups of mice that were housed either without (sedentary) or with running wheels (voluntarily running) using a novel object recognition task to assess learning and long-term memory. The researchers found that whereas distinct objects were remembered and recognized by both cohorts of mice, only the running mice could faithfully distinguish similar looking objects. Investigators determined therefore that the running mice had developed better pattern separation capabilities than sedentary mice.The study was published in the journal of Brain Plasticity.last_img read more

A selfless guardian Cop donates entire salary every month to school for

first_imgKolkata: Time and money may be vital things for everyone but things are different for a traffic constable of Kolkata Police. In a startling display of selflessness, Arup Mukherjee, traffic constable in the South Traffic Guard, has spent all his savings to set up a school for the children of the extremely backward ‘Sabar’ tribe in Purulia.Mukherjee started his efforts towards setting up the school at Puncha village in Purulia in 2010. He even obtained loans from various organisations for the same. In 2011, the school started its journey on November 13. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to Mukherjee, he had a hidden desire to do something for the Sabars since his childhood. “I used to hear that Sabars are antisocial elements. They had a criminal instinct within them. If any incident such as theft or snatching was committed, my grandfather used to say the Sabars were behind it.”Mukherjee informed that his grandfather had once told him that the Sabars were that way due to lack of proper education and sufficient income for a decent livelihood. Since then, Mukherjee was determined that he would build a school and educate the Sabar children to give them better life. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe joined Kolkata Police as a constable in 1999. Since then, he used to save money for his dream. In 2011, the school started with 20 Sabar children, which has increased to 112students in 2018. At present, the school houses students up to Class IV with boarding facility.”Till date we have not received any government help. The school is running with contributions from some people. I myself contribute my entire salary every month for the school,” Mukherjee added. When asked how his family makes ends meet, Mukherjee replied with a smile: “My father retired as a sub-inspector from West Bengal Police. He happily spends his pension for us.” Mukherjee also informed that all of his family members feel proud of him despite all odds.After running the school for a few years, help arrived at the doorstep. Some students of the 1985 batch of Ramkrishna Mission Vidyapith, Purulia, heard about the school. Later, they contacted Mukherjee and since the last two years, a team of approximately 45 members have been constantly helping him run the school.Sanjay Tripathi, owner of a publication house in College Street, Kolkata, is one the members of the group. According to him, the school needs more help to survive in future.”We got information approximately two years ago. Then some of us went there to see exactly what was going on. Later, we decided that we must help the school. If some government help is offered, it would be very easy to secure the future of the Sabar children,” he said.Another person who still remains behind the curtain is Khirod Sashi Mukherjee, a resident of Puncha. Hearing Mukherjee’s desire, Khirod had donated approximately 12 cottahs of land to build the school and hostel.last_img read more

This Puja Park Street to come alive in all its glory

first_imgKolkata: The only street in the world renamed after ‘St Teresa of Calcutta’ has been decorated during Durga Puja.It may be mentioned that during the Puja, lakhs of people throng Mother Teresa Sarani, popularly known as Park Street, because of the famous eateries and the ambience.The place happens to be one of the favourite destinations of people in midst of pandal hopping. Park Street becomes the first choice of many while eating out during the puja days with their near and dear ones. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeFor the first time ever in the city’s history, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had taken the step to decorate Park Street during different festivals. During Christmas, the place gets illuminated in resplendent shades.Similarly, during Durga Puja as well, initiative has been taken to decorate the place and lights have been put up across the street.There are permanent iron structures across the road on which lighting arrangements are put up, giving a new look to Park Street. It may be mentioned that the state government has taken several steps to attract foreign tourists to Bengal and thousands of foreign tourists, who visit Kolkata, like to go to Park Street at least once for its never-endingstreet food collection. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe state government also organises Durga Puja immersion carnival every year and it takes place on Red Road, situated close to Park Street. The immersion carnival attracts tourists from different parts of the country and abroad as well. This year, the carnival will be held on October 23 in which Durga idols of famous Pujas in the city and its outskirts will be passing one after the other on decorated tableaus.Thousands of people gather along Red Road to get a glimpse of the extravagant carnival and people from different parts of the world too visit Red Road for the same.last_img read more

Police chart out measures to implement SC cracker ban

first_imgKolkata: The police are gearing up to prevent the use of banned firecrackers in the state. According to sources, both Kolkata Police and the West Bengal Police are getting ready to keep a strict vigil during the two-day festival across the state.On Monday, the Supreme Court directed the state governments to arrange for extensive public awareness campaigns to inform people about the harmful effects of firecrackers. The Apex Court also clearly mentioned that on Diwali or any other festivals when firecrackers are being used, it would strictly be restricted between 8 pm and 10 pm. In the case of New Year celebrations, the time has been restricted from 11:55 pm to 12:30 am. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeWhile directing the administration, Justice A K Sikri and Justice Ashok Bhushan mentioned that the police will ensure that no banned firecracker sales take place and will also look after that the time limit is not flouted. The major direction to the police is that if any violation of the order is found then the Officer-in-Charge (OC) or the Station House Officer (SHO) of the concerned police station will be held personally liable and would face proceedings. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedKeeping these points in mind, the police across the state are preparing themselves to comply with the Apex Court order. Sources informed that Kolkata Police have already started gathering information about firecracker factories from the surrounding areas, especially in South 24-Parganas. Senior officials are also mulling to initiate a special raid few days before the Kali Puja to ensure that no banned firecrackers are brought into the city. Apart from Kolkata Police, Bidhannagar Police are also ensuring stringent action against the law violators. Deputy Commissioner (Headquarters) Amit Javalgi said: “We will publicise the court order through media before Diwali. If any complaint comes, we will definitely intervene. We will strictly enforce the timings. Drive against illegal firecracker manufacturing and storing will commence soon.” Meanwhile, the West Bengal Pollution Control Board (WBPCB) welcomed the Supreme Court’s order which permitted the sale and manufacture of low emission “green” firecrackers countrywide but fixed a two-hour time period on Diwali and other festivals. According to reports, the Board had already put in force a mechanism to stop the supply and sale of firecrackers beyond permissible decibel sound limits (90 decibel) since the past couple of years.last_img read more

5 students injured after WBTC bus collides with school bus

first_imgKolkata: A West Bengal Transport Corporation (WBTC) bus collided with a school bus under Kankurgachi rail bridge on Wednesday morning injuring five students less than 13 years of age. All of them were rushed to ESI Hospital near the HUDCO crossing where the doctors treated and discharged them.According to police sources, an empty WBTC bus that was being used for Gangasagar pilgrims was headed towards Maniktala from Kankurgachi. At the same time, a school bus full of students of a private English-medium school in the Ruby Park area was also headed towards Kankurgachi. Under Kankurgachi rail bridge, the WBTC bus hit the right portion of the school bus as a result of which five students fell inside the bus and got injured. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalOn-duty traffic police personnel rushed to the spot and evacuated the students. With assistance from locals, police rushed the injured students to ESI hospital. Meanwhile, the school authority was informed and another bus was arranged. After a while, the other school bus arrived and picked up the other students and dropped them at school. They were all taken for a check-up to a local hospital but none was found to be injured. Later, police seized both the buses and detained the drivers. Both the buses were removed to Phoolbagan police station. A case against the offending WBTC bus driver was initiated on charges of rash driving or riding on a public way (279 IPC) and causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others (338 IPC).last_img read more

2019 Lok Sabha elections Party representatives meet EC officials

first_imgKolkata: Representatives from various political parties on Monday met senior officials of the Election Commission of India (ECI) in the state raising various issues related to the process of conducting the forthcoming Lok Sabha elections.Senior Trinamool Congress leaders including Partha Chatterjee and Subrata Bakshi brought to the notice of the Chief Electoral Officer a number of concerns. They have demanded that the ECI must inform them about the total number of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trails (VVPATs) which will be used during the seven-phase elections in the state. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe TMC leaders also wanted to know from the ECI officials as to in what type of media publications the candidates should publish their affidavits. It was not clearly mentioned in the ECI notification if a candidate has to publish his/her affidavit in national or regional newspapers. It was said that the candidates must publish the affidavits containing criminal antecedents, assets, liabilities, dependents, educational qualifications of candidates and the like in both print and electronic media. In the notification, it has been made mandatory that the candidates must publish their details in the media. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataChatterjee told reporters: “In some instances, there is a gap of 14 to 20 days and polling is being held in just two constituencies. Why has this happened? We have raised the issue with the EC officials.” In pursuance of a judgment of the Supreme Court, the ECI has made it mandatory for all candidates contesting the Lok Sabha elections to file an affidavit along with the nomination paper and the candidates are required to fill up all the columns. If any column in the affidavit is left blank, the Returning Officer will issue a notice to the candidate to submit a fresh one, duly filling up all columns. After meeting the election officials at the CEO office, Partha Chatterjee said that the polls will be conducted in seven phases. There are some religious rituals of a particular community in May as a result of which voters belonging to that community may face problems. He also added that his party has nothing to worry about as people in the state have witnessed the development works carried out by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her set of ministers. The number of total days allotted for the campaign by the candidates contesting the elections in various phases is different from one phase to another, Chatterjee pointed out. All the Opposition parties in the state — Congress, BJP and CPI-M leaders who met the ECI officials stated that the hoardings and posters carrying the photographs of TMC leaders at various places have not been removed yet. They also urged the ECI officials to ensure that all voters can safely reach their polling stations without any fear. The ECI officials assured them that all their demands would be looked into.last_img read more

WB entertainment industry gets new BJPbacked organisation

first_imgKolkata: Aiming to make the Bengali film and television industry an organised sector and ensuring equal rights for all, a new Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)-backed organisation has been launched here. The Eastern India Motion Pictures and Cultural Confederation (EIMPCC) was launched on Saturday evening in the presence of West Bengal BJP President and Vice President Dilip Ghosh and Jaiprakash Majumdaar, respuectively. However, eminent designer Agnimitra Paul, who recently joined the BJP and was appointed as the President of the newly formed body, stressed on the apolitical nature of the organisation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata “This platform belongs to everyone working in the cultural fields including films, television, theatre and so on. There will be no interference and be assured that all problems in the entertainment industry will be dealt with. If needed, the matters will be taken to Delhi,” Ghosh said before a gathering of hundreds of artists and technicians. Stressing on the EIMPCC’s focus on genuine talents, Paul said: “Talented artists are not getting work till they are becoming ‘yes-men’ while many are getting opportunities due to political connections. But our organisation is completely apolitical. We won’t give work to people, but will stand by them in times of need”. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Without naming the Trinamool Congress, she said currently “there wass a lot of interference from a political party” and on many occasions filmmakers are instructed to take particular artists they recommend. Paul condemned the current practices of the industry where “there is no liberty”. She mentioned that she will see to the issues of non-payment, shutting down of single screens and so on. “I repeat that we have no colour and many political parties have endorsed our work, seeing our honesty and integrity towards our work.” It is the organisation’s aim to see that the members of the industry get benefits like health insurance, extra payment for over time and provident fund, Paul added. Director Sanghamitra Chaudhuri, who is the vice Chairperson of EIMPCC, said it should be a collective fight against corrupt practices. Actor George Baker, one of the two nominated Anglo-Indian members of the Lok Sabha, became nostalgic while vouching for unity among the artists and technicians. He said everyone working in front and behind the camera should get their due respect. Trinamool leaders Aroop Biswas and his brother Swarup Biswas hold key positions in existing bodies Eastern India Motion Pictures Association (EIMPA) and the Federation of Cine Technicians and Workers of Eastern India (FCTWEI). Speaking on the occasion, Jaiprakash Majumdaar said their party wants a change and bring back the halycon days of the Bengali film industry which has been enriched by the creations of legendary directors like Mrinal Sen and Satyajit Ray. He said that they will see to end of the dominance of Biswas brothers. Negating Trinamool’s allegations against the BJP for politicising the entertainment industry, Paul said: “We are trying to break the existing political practices here and BJP leaders like Dilip Ghosh, Jaiprakash Majumdaar have endorsed us and rendered their support.”last_img read more

Wellness guide to quit smoking drinking

first_imgMost lifestyle advice tells you to give that glass of wine or cigarette a miss. Serving as a reminder, a new book on healthy living reiterates the advice we know too well, topped off with practical tips that finally help you say ‘No. ‘Live Well To 101’, a wellness guide by doctor and television presenter Dawn Harper, lists useful tips to quit smoking and drinking: Cigarettes don’t contain just nicotine but a range of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals you wouldn’t want near your body. Next time you reach for a cigarette that looks quite appealing, imagine yourself licking tarmac or chewing on rubber cement. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIf you get the opportunity to talk to a smoker who has developed diseases as a result of smoking, knowing their stories might help put off your habit. To quit, go public! Telling everyone will keep you motivated. Also put aside cigarette money for something special. It’s easier never to start than it is to quit. Spread the message. Don’t wait for warning signs. They may not come. Be honest with yourself about your consumption and start putting in dry days in your diary. Recognise your triggers and work on them. For instance, if you reach for the bottle when your kids are asleep, find ways to keep yourself occupied and not be tempted.last_img read more

The Epic Female Warrior who Trained the Heroes of Irish Mythology

first_imgThere are many Celtic, Gaelic, and Irish myths and legends that many consider to be based on real people and real events; King Arthur and Cú Chulainn are just two such figures. Some, like these two, are very well known, and others, like the legendary figure of Scáthach, are more mysterious, even if no less formidable.Scáthach (also referred to in Gaelic as Sgàthach or Sgathaich) is a female figure from Irish mythology, particularly of the Ulster Cycle – one of four large series of Irish mythologies. She is believed to have originated (or even lived) around 200 BC.Isle of Skye, ScotlandShe is of Scottish origin and is commonly associated with the Isle of Skye, the largest and most northerly island in the Inner Hebrides.The island has been occupied since the Mesolithic era, and it is teeming with Scottish history, both of the actual and mythological kind.In some accounts, she is referred to as the daughter of the King of Scythia, which made up parts of Eastern Europe and Asia.Scythia et Serica, 18th century map.It is said that Scáthach was a martial arts teacher, responsible for training the warrior Cú Chulainn, as noted in the Tochmarc Emire, or “The Wooing of Emer,” which is an early Irish story in which Cú Chulainn performs several tasks to prove that he is good enough to marry Emer, the daughter of a chieftain by the name of Forgall Monach.Illustration of Cuchulainn and Emer by Harold Robert Millar, published in Celtic Myth and Legend by Charles Squire (1905)He first receives training from the warrior Domnall, and is later sent to Scáthach for more training in order to demonstrate his worthiness of Emer’s hand. However, Forgall was hoping that Cú Chulainn would die during this training, as Scáthach’s combat arms education was well known for being incredibly intense.It is at Dún Scáith, the Fortress of Shadows, where she trained Cú Chulainn and his friend Ferdiad, as well as many others, in armed combat. She is said to have created her own weapon, a Gáe Bulg (literally “spear of mortal death/pain”), which was a type of harpoon spear with a barbed end.“Cuchulain in Battle”, illustration by J. C. Leyendecker in T. W. Rolleston’s Myths & Legends of the Celtic Race, 1911It was apparently made from the bone of a sea monster called the Coinchenn, and was a nasty weapon, according to the Book of Leinster: “The Gáe Bulg had to be made ready for use on a stream and cast from the fork of the toes. It entered a man’s body with a single wound, like a javelin, then opened into thirty barbs. Only by cutting away the flesh could it be taken from that man’s body.”Scáthach saw great potential in Cú Chulainn and trained him for a year. He then fought alongside her when she battled a neighboring chieftain named Aife (or Aoife) – who also happened to be Scáthach’s sister.“Cuchulainn Carries Ferdiad Across the River”, illustration by Ernest Wallcousins from Charles Squire, Celtic Myths and Legends, 1905Together with the use of the Gáe Bulg, Scáthach is also said to have educated many other Celtic mythological heroes in things like pole vaulting, in order to jump over the walls of fortifications, and underwater combat.In addition to being a fierce female warrior and teacher, Scáthach is also believed to have been a prophetess and powerful sorceress. She eventually evolved into one of the most popular figures of the “otherworld” as the Celtic Goddess of the Dead, leading those who perished in battle to Tír na nÓg, or the Land of Eternal Youth.Read another story from us: The Legend of the Handless Warrior who Replaced his Limbs with KnivesHer stories were passed down orally, as is common for many mythologies, until around 1300 AD when they were written down. In 2016, a character loosely based on Scáthach appeared in the television series American Horror Story: Roanoke, and was portrayed by Lady Gaga. She also features in the origin story for Red Sonja in which she appears to a 17-year-old girl seeking revenge for the murder of her family.last_img read more