In Twin Paradox Twist the Accelerated Twin is Older

first_img LSU professor resolves Einstein’s twin paradox 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 scientists then considered a situation where the large body that the twins orbit decreases in mass, while the twins’ orbiting radius stays the same. Under these circumstances, twin B’s orbiting velocity no longer follows Kepler’s laws, and so he experiences an acceleration like twin A. However, the ratio of the twins’ proper times still depends only on their velocities, not on their acceleration. Since the twins’ velocities stay the same, with twin B orbiting at a larger velocity than twin A (who is not moving at all), twin B is still younger.“According to Einstein’s relativity theory, the time measured by moving clocks runs more slowly,” Abramowicz and Bajtlik explained. “If two twins move relative to each other, for each of them the time measured by the other one runs more slowly. There is nothing contradictory or paradoxical about that. Note that, quite similarly, two twins who look at each other from a distance both have the impression that the brother looks smaller. For the twin paradox to occur, they should be brought to the same place. At the reunion the twins will find that they do not differ in size, but they may differ in age. What breaks the symmetry here? The standard answer is the acceleration. However, in many situations in which the absolute motion may be defined, the moving twin is younger, regardless of acceleration.”In the examples so far, the faster twin is younger, regardless of any acceleration. However, if the mass of the large body decreased to zero, the situation becomes the original twin paradox: twin A is not accelerated, and twin B is accelerated. In this special case, twin B is still younger – but not because he is moving faster. As the scientists explain, when the mass of the large body is zero, the explanation for the paradox changes: time dilation here is due to twin B’s acceleration, not his velocity.“The mass causes a non-zero curvature of the spacetime, and curvature gives the spacetime a structure that defines the absolute standard of rest,” the scientists explained. “In Minkowski spacetime there are no such structures, and there is no way to tell who of the twins in moving faster in an absolute way.”This version of the twin paradox is not the first to suggest that the paradox can be explained by a difference in velocity between the twins. As in the current version, previous versions also show that the twin who moves or orbits faster is younger. As the scientists emphasize, this explanation holds true for all situations in which the absolute motion of the twins can be defined in terms of some global properties of spacetime. Possibly, the scientists suggest, the explanation might even be extended to the traditional version of the twin paradox by referring to the sky, although this would require further investigation.More information: Marek A. Abramowicz and Stanislaw Bajtlik. “Adding to the paradox: the accelerated twin is older.” arXiv:0905.2428v1.Copyright 2009 PhysOrg.com.All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: In Twin Paradox Twist, the Accelerated Twin is Older (2009, June 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-06-twin-paradox-older.html Physicist Marek Abramowicz of Goteborg University in Sweden and astronomer Stanislaw Bajtlik of the Nicolaus Copernicus Astronomical Center in Warszawa, Poland, have proposed the surprising new version of the twin paradox, which at first seems to run contrary to the traditional version. However, the scientists show that the traditional version is actually a specific case of a more general concept.“In the best known version of the twin paradox, the twin who is accelerated is younger,” Abramowicz and Bajtlik told PhysOrg.com. “In the version discussed by us the accelerated twin is older. It is quite surprising. It is almost as to say that ‘the older twin is younger.’”In 1905, Einstein described the ideas behind the twin paradox to demonstrate the effects of time dilation according to special relativity. In 1911, physicist Paul Langevin turned the concept into a concrete story involving two hypothetical twins. Ever since then, scientists have offered various explanations for exactly why this aging paradox occurs, and whether it is even a true paradox at all. As Abramowicz and Bajtlik note in their study, it is often claimed that the twin paradox can be explained by the acceleration of the traveling twin that occurs when he turns around to go back to Earth. Abramowicz and Bajtlik show, however, that it is not the acceleration that causes the age difference in most cases. By presenting a scenario in which the accelerated twin is older at the reunion, the scientists show that the final time difference between the twins often depends only on their velocities as measured with respect to an absolute standard of rest, and not on acceleration.In the new scenario, both twins are in circular orbit at different velocities around a large body, with the velocities measured by observers rotating with zero angular momentum with respect to the sky. Abramowicz and Bajtlik considered what happens when twin A stops moving, and so has a velocity of zero, and therefore a non-zero acceleration. Twin B continues to orbit at a set velocity corresponding to Keplerian free orbit and therefore has zero acceleration. Twin A is the accelerated twin, and twin B is not accelerated. As the scientists calculate, contrary to the classical version of the paradox, twin B is younger. center_img Just when you thought you were beginning to understand the twin paradox (maybe), scientists have found something new to ponder. In the original version of the famous thought experiment on time dilation, one twin stays on Earth while the other twin takes a rocket at nearly light speed into space, and returns to find that he is younger than his twin on Earth. But a new version of the story now shows that the twin who experiences an acceleration can be older than the twin who doesn’t accelerate, under slightly different conditions. Explore further Scientists have found that, when twins are orbiting a massive object, time dilation can cause the accelerated twin to be older if that twin is moving slower than the other twin; in this case, velocity is the deciding factor of age, and the twin with the greater velocity is younger. ©2005 Cetin Bal.last_img read more

Sahara desert project aims to power half the world by 2050

first_imgImage credit: Diginfo TV Citation: Sahara desert project aims to power half the world by 2050 (2010, December 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-12-sahara-aims-power-world.html The Sahara Solar Breeder Project aims to begin by building a silicon manufacturing plant in the desert to transform silica in the sand into silicon of sufficiently high quality for use in solar panels. Solar power plants will be constructed using the solar panels, and some of the electricity generated will supply the energy needed to build more silicon plants to produce more solar panels, to produce more electricity…Leader of the Japanese team, Hideomi Koinuma from the University of Tokyo, said while no one has tried to use desert sand as a source of high-quality silicon before, it is the obvious choice and will be of high enough quality. 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. Explore further Desert power: A solar renaissance (PhysOrg.com) — A joint project by universities in Algeria and Japan is planning to turn the Sahara desert, the largest desert in the world, into a breeding ground for solar power plants that could supply half the world’s electrical energy requirements by 2050. © 2010 PhysOrg.com Sahara Solar Breeder Project. (DigInfo TV) The energy generated by the solar power plants will be distributed as direct current via high-temperature superconductors, a process that Koinuma said will be more efficient than using alternating current. He envisages a large network of supercooled high-voltage direct current grids capable of transporting the expected 100 GW of electricity at least 500 kilometers. Even if the grid needs to be cooled with liquid nitrogen, Koinuma said it could still be cost-competitive. (High-temperature superconductors operate at about -240°C.)The Sahara Solar Breeder Project (dubbed the Super Apollo Project by Koinuma) is being developed as part of the International Research Project on Global Issues by the Japan Science and Technology Agency (JST) and Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA). The team expects to have to overcome many problems, including frequent sandstorms, the need to use liquid nitrogen to cool cables and to bury them in the sand to minimize fluctuations in temperature, and so on. The initial aims of the research will be focused on tackling the expected challenges and demonstrating the project’s viability. Training engineers and scientists from Africa in the entire research and development process is also a goal of the project.Another project aiming to harness solar power in the Sahara was launched last year. The Desertec Foundation aims to supply 15 percent of Europe’s electricity requirements by 2050 using high-voltage direct current transmission lines without superconductors.last_img read more

Chicago choir enthralls Capital audience

first_imgEmmy Award winning choir Chicago Children enthralled audiences by singing the national anthem Jana Gana Mana at the India Islamic Cultural Centre here.The award winning group’s India tour will continue till 3 February. The multi-racial choir performed songs in various languages from their diverse repertoire spanning classical, world gospel and popular music under the direction of president and artistic director Josphine Lee.While 45 children from diverse groups of the US kick-started with the national anthem, chorus of Jaya He reverberated throughout the auditorium Saturday. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’United States Ambassador Nancy Jo Powell was also present at the event. The choir, which comprises children of ages between 12 and 18 also performing at Jaipur Literary Festival.Founded during the height of the Civil Rights Movement as a way to unite children from different backgrounds, Chicago Children’s is a non-profit organisation committed to providing multicultural choral music education.It is serving 3,000 children annually through choirs in 51 public schools.last_img read more

Join these pricks for dinner

first_imgThese guys add a wicked twist to your dinner time. Meet Humour Me, a repertoire that is all set to get you laughing as you tuck in. We spoke to director and actor Dhruv Sachdeva – the man behind Dinner with Pricks. Here’s an insight…Where did the concept of Dinner with Pricks come from?Dinner for Pricks is an absolutely original concept that I came up with early last year. It is an original script that I have written & directed. The musical content of the show has also been written and composed by me. No other entertainment company or performance-based group has ever done something like this. It is Humour Me’s first big showcase of the different kinds of entertainment we seek to offer to our audiences. We have all either experienced or heard of ‘supper theatre’ as a concept, but this is nothing like ‘supper theatre’. Here the audiences get to experience a fictional world and dine at a fantasy restaurant which only pops up for a few hours! Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Humour Me is an entertainment brand that aims to change the way live entertainment is perceived by people. We don’t believe entertainment is confined to an auditorium or a particular performance space. Humour Me tries to provide the most fantastical entertainment in the most unconventional spaces when you least expect it!For example- Imagine you are a working professional at a bank, and it’s just another mundane Monday, when all of a sudden the lights go out! A bunch of armed masked men storm into the bank, threatening to take the people hostage! Suddenly the entire space is magnificently light up with a burst of colours, and dancers appear out of no where. You are suddenly in a 20-minute musical performance of actors singing and dancing. Your very mundane Monday has turned into an adventure like none other! This is no flash mob. This is your lucky day, and Broadway has decided to come to your door step and entertain you! Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe novelty of the concept for me lies in the fact that one does not expect to be dining at a fictional restaurant, and be transported to a different time, setting, whilst the entertainment is not confined to raising of the curtain, or sitting in an auditorium waiting for the show to begin and in turn be entertained. This breaks the conventional approach to entertainment, here the audiences, get the chance to be a part of an experience. Every Humour Me production aims to be different. Expect the unexpected with every Humour Me production. Tell us a bit about the concept.This is the first original musical production in the country, and an experience like none other. We create a fancy French pop-up restaurant from scratch by the name of ‘Le Cigare Volant’ (The flying cigar) purely for the purpose of this showcase. Guests make reservations at a fictional restaurant, where they are greeted by a fantastical service of waiters (actors) & other odd ball characters. To their surprise they are in a full blown musical situational comedy, where the entertainment is the scandalous jabber from the next tables! Dinner For Pricks- is a social statement on the elite of Delhi, and a satire in musical form. How was the cast brought together? Most of the actors in this production are people I have worked with in the past. Over the years I have developed a network of actors & professionals whom I respect and trust in a professional sense. However, because the demands of the creative product are specific, the casting was based on script and the specific needs of the character. This is also a musical production where actors need to be able to sing and dance as well, hence there is only small niche of performers, who have studied this discipline that one can turn to. Have you guys performed this before or is Delhi the first stop?’Dinner for Pricks’ was performed last year, on the 29 July, 2012, and Le Ciagare Volant popped up at the Park Hotel, in New Delhi. There were two shows that played to packed audiences. However, this time around the creative product (script, music, characters & decor) and experience is entirely different. We want our guests to experience something entirely new, each time they visit the fantastical Le Cigare Volant.  If you have performed it earlier what sort of reactions did you guys get?The show got an absolutely overwhelming response from it’s audiences last year. Despite having played out to an audience that is well exposed, and has probably experienced the best of what ‘live entertainment’ has to offer from around the world, the show was thoroughly appreciated! Delhi hadn’t seen original live and musical content  showcased in such a unique way. The talk and buzz from the last show still hasn’t died down, and we were absolutely thrilled. How do you expect Delhi to react to a concept like this?Delhi has suddenly seen a burst of enthusiasm from various spaces on the cultural front. It is almost as if the city has come alive in the last year or so. People from across the city have become more & more receptive to live entertainment as a medium of entertainment. The people of Delhi are thirsty for intelligent entertainment and creative offerings! Thus, Delhi audiences are very receptive to new concepts. The people of Delhi love exclusivity! A show like ‘Dinner for Pricks’ really plays to that exclusivity factor as well, where one can only make reservations for this fantastical journey once in 6 months.From an entertainment perspective, I believe the Indian theatre and live performance space lacks original intellectual properties and content. Our biggest weakness is the lack of original content with some value. We are still far away from being a structured industry where original content can hold value. There is a definite need to start developing original productions.That is where Humour Me is different. We write our own scripts, music, and have content that is our own Intellectual Property. What next for Dinner for Pricks?’Dinner for Pricks’ is a creative property that we aim to bring to the city, and to other metropolitan cities in the country year on year. We want to make ‘Le Cigare Volant’ that fantastical place that people wait for months to dine in and experience.last_img read more

Of love in times bygone

first_imgThe love story between a courtesan and a revolutionary young man was the subject of Janhaar, the play written by eminent writer and theater personality Qudsia Zaidi, performed at the Sri Ram Centre on the fourth day of the 26th Urdu Drama Festival. The six-day festival is being presented by the Delhi government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages in association with Urdu Academy.Narrated in a unique style, with colours of humour, wit and dance, the play tracks the story of Tawaef Zareena, a beautiful dancer in the times of Nawaabs and Zamindars, who has charmed many a heart with her beauty and sensual art. The story revolves around how different men try to win her heart and outdo each other. The special focus is on the love of Javed, a maverick young man. Presented by Living Opera Theatre, the play was directed by Sheikh Khairuddin.The six-day festival being presented by Delhi Government’s Department of Art, Culture & Languages in association with the Urdu Academy is paying tribute to Abbas and Qudsia Zaidi, the pioneer of Hindustani theater. On the fifth day of the festival, Qudsia’s play Khalid ki Khala, directed by Chander Shekhar Sharma, was performed by the Mask Players Art Group. The festival will end on Saturday with Qudsia’s play Dhoban ko Kapre Diye, directed by Danish Iqbal and presented by the Social Pride Welfare Society.When: On till 18 October Where: Sri Ram Centrelast_img read more

CM should to be trusted to decide JK interest Omar

first_imgFormer Jammu and Kashmir Chief Minister Omar Abdullah on Monday said the chief minister of a state should be trusted to decide what is in the interest of his state, otherwise it was better to “dispense” the state governments and rule from the Centre directly. He, however, said that that the decision to release separatist leader Masrat Alam was J&K Chief Minister Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s ploy to ensure that the discourse was about anything but the BJP-PDP alliance. “God knows I hold no brief for Mufti Sayeed but a CM has to be trusted to decide what is & isn’t in the interest of his/her state.last_img

Forest dept to introduce recruitment board local youths to be employed

first_imgKolkata: The state Forest department has decided to set up its own recruitment board wherein local youths would be recruited as forest security guards, state Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said in the state Assembly on Thursday.”These youths possess knowledge of the area, so they will be able to handle forest related problems in an effective manner than the forest guards, who are recruited through Staff Selection Commission (SSC) examination,” Banerjee said in reply to a question from a Left Front MLA, who wanted to know the steps taken by the state Forest department to curb illegal cutting down of trees in forests. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe reiterated that strong action is being taken against this unfair practice and directed Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman to take up the issue seriously. Taking the cue from the Chief Minister, Barman said the state government has decided to set up Forest Recruitment Board for recruiting forest guards.”We have recently recruited 259 forest guards through SSC. These people after joining their jobs in the forests of North Bengal or the Sunderbans have expressed their reluctance in carrying out their duties and prayed for shifting to other places, where forest cover is much less like Kolkata and Howrah. Recruiting local youths will help address this issue,” the minister said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe minister maintained that the department will recruit ‘Aranya Bandhus’ (friends of the forest) in every Gram Panchayat in non-forest areas. “As per rule, a person has to seek permission of the Forest department before felling a tree in a non-forest area. The person needs to approach the range officer who, then seeks the nod of the Divisional Forest Officer (DFO) and, provides the necessary permission to the person. The process is alengthy affair. The ‘Aranya Bandhus’ will now assist the owner to fast track the process of permission,” Barman added. Local youths will be employed as ‘Aranya Bandhus’ and their income will range from Rs 10,000 to Rs 15,000. “We will also offer training to these people for setting up nursery that will act as an added source of income for them. Some of the trees that they grow in the nursery will be taken by the state for plantation and the rest they will be able to sell on their own,” Barman said.last_img read more

Arms and ammunition seized in Kalyani

first_imgKrishnagar (WB): Several arms and ammunition were recovered from a house during a raid at Atghara in Nadia district, the police said. Acting on an information, police raided the area under Kalyani police station and recovered two firearms and 36 cartridges of various weapons from the house of one Arun Mondal on Monday, Superintendent of Police Nadia Rupesh Kumar said. Mondal was arrested.last_img

How marijuana use leads to severe mental disorder

first_imgCannabis or marijuana use increases neural noise in the brain, leading to a severe mental disorder in which thought and emotions are so impaired that contact is lost with external reality, says an Indian-origin researcher.The team from Yale University found that a primary active constituent of cannabis induces transient psychosis-like effects in healthy participants similar to those observed in schizophrenia.“At doses roughly equivalent to half or a single joint, the compound called ‘?9-THC’ produced psychosis-like effects and increased neural noise in humans,” explained senior author Dr Deepak Cyril D’Souza, professor of psychiatry. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The findings suggest that increased neural noise may play a role in the psychosis-like effects of cannabis. The investigators studied the effects of “?9-THC” on electrical brain activity in 24 human subjects who participated in a three-day study. If confirmed, the link between neural noise and psychosis could shed light on the biology of some of the symptoms associated with schizophrenia.“This interesting study suggests a commonality between the effects on the brain of the major active ingredient in marijuana and symptoms of schizophrenia,” stated Dr John Krystal, editor of the journal Biological Psychiatry that published the paper.last_img read more

Six artists one platform

first_imgWhen artists come together under one roof with different artworks for display, there is no place better than Lalit Kala Akademi, for art lovers. ‘Sadanga’, a group show by six contemporary artists from Kolkata, was inaugurated on Monday, February 29 at Lalit Kala Akademi, in the presence of art promoter, Manjula Singh, eminent artist Amitava Das and curator Ved Prakash Bhardwaj.The exhibition will continue till March 6. It seems that ‘bissextus’ (February 29, the extra added day in the Julian calendar every four years) was chosen especially to make the event memorable. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The show contains works of Jayosmita De, Mrityunjoy Chatterjee, Nilima Goel, Pratibha Sarkar, Samir K Dutta and Sarbani Sarkar, who work at the Lalit Kala Akademi in Kolkata. All artists, painters, print maker and sculptor represent new wave of art. They have been exploring different shades of life in metro cities, with the theme of cultural and social changes being the main focus in their creation. The one common thing is their deep concern about society even when they have separate medium of work.The artworks on display are a mix of different themes and forms, from paper mache works, to bronze sculptures to colourful paintings, all depicting meaningful connotations individually. Some of the most striking works are, ‘The king can do no wrong’ a wood work by Jayosmita De, ‘Travelogue’ by Mrityunjoy Chatterjee which is a work of pen and ink and ‘Pitcher’, a paper mache work by Nilima Goel.last_img read more

Knotty affair with summer

first_imgScarves are summer must haves, they not only save your skin from the scorching heat but can also act as a style statement, say experts. Here are some styles that you can flaunt with a scarf.4Knot at the end: The conventional way to style a scarf is to loop it around your neck bringing the ends to the front side. Tie the ends together in a knot for a refined look.4The shrug look: This would work with a larger scarf. Fold the scarf diagonally making a triangle shape of the scarf. Drape the scarf around your neck keeping two ends of the triangle in front. Wear a stylish high waist belt over the scarf at your waist to accentuate the look. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf4The airhostess bow knot: In case you want to go for a more subtle look, the best way is to fold the scarf until it becomes a two to four inch rectangle. Loop it around your neck and with the ends, tie a big bow on the right hand side of your neck for that sexy-yet-professional style statement.4Choker style: Fold a long scarf in half, lengthwise. Grab the diagonal ends and knot them together. Put it over your neck as a necklace and then twist it and loop again.4Bandana style: Fold your scarf in a triangle shape and put the biggest side over your head like a headband. Now tie the ends together behind your head.4Tie style: Drape the scarf evenly around your neck and let it hang. Cross and tie the two ends in the centre. Adjust so that one is layered over the other to give it a tie look.last_img read more

BJP seeks police permission for sitin at Mamatas dharna spot

first_imgKolkata: The BJP’s West Bengal unit has sought permission from the Kolkata Police to conduct a dharna later this month at the same spot in the city where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had organised a sit-in demonstration last week. The party has already sent a letter to the city police seeking permission for the dharna at the Metro Channel in the heart of the city between February 21 and 23, BJP state general secretary Sayantan Basu told PTI Monday. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose An email would also be sent to the police on this matter, he said. The “Save Democracy” dharna will raise demand of “restoring democracy in the state”, he said. Basu said, “Whenever in the past we had asked for permission to organise a sit-in demonstration at the Metro Channel, the police denied us permission citing traffic rules. But if the Trinamool Congress was allowed to organise a dharna there, why can’t we do it?” Banerjee, also the Trinamool Congress supremo, was on dharna from February 3 to 5 at the Metro channel in Esplanade area to “save the Constitution” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata after the CBI’s failed bid to question Kolkata Police Commissioner Rajeev Kumar in connection with chit fund cases. “We hope that we will also get the permission. We will not use loudspeakers as it is examination time,” the BJP leader said. When contacted, officials of the Kolkata Police said they were yet to receive any such application from the BJP. “If we receive it, we will take a call,” a Kolkata police official said. The Metro Channel is the same spot where Banerjee had held a 26-day fast against the acquisition of farm land for the Tata Motors small car unit at Singur in 2006.last_img read more

NSD campus witnesses cultural extravaganza

first_imgAn enthusiastic audience, comprising children, parents and underprivileged kids from different NGOs witnessed some great treat as traditional art groups and special folk theatre artists weaved their magic with enchanting performances on the fourth day of the prestigious ‘Bal Sangam’ at NSD campus. Making a mark with today’s marquee performance was Changu Mangu ki Gatha (Nautanki), a special theatre performance presented by Mayur Rangmanch hailing from Allahabad. Mayur Rangmanch established in 1986 has been constantly working to preserve theatre activities. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe performance Changu Mangu ki Gatha (Nautanki) is a folk theatre of UP. It’s a traditional story with a moral value on how conflicts in family dominate the love and affection of blood relations resulting in the loss of near and dear ones. Among other traditional groups that graced the NSD campus with their performance included: Chokhreng Culture and Drama Society (Tripura) – a cultural organization in the state of Tripura established in1986. It has been promoting and preserving the original art of tribal folk dances of Tripura. The organization has trained more than 100 artists from different tribal communities of Tripura. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLebang Boomani – Both men and women participate in the Lebang Boomani dance. The men use bamboo clappers called Tokkas to set a beat while the women join them by waving colourful scarves to catch the Lebang, a delicious insect. The rhythmic play of the clappers is thought to attract the Lebang out of their hiding places allowing the women to catch them. The dance is accompanied by musical instruments like the flute, Khamb, the percussion instrument Pung, and sarinda. Since its inception, Kala-O-Kalakar (Sambalpur, Odisha) has been endeavouring to create a link between the ancient and modern-art, culture and music, and is striving to promote as well as to take the responsibility of preserving the same for the future generation. Apart from this, it imparts education on drawing, painting and Odissi dance. Presided by Prof. Waman Kendre, Director, NSD, the tenth edition of the ‘Bal Sangam’ concluded on Tuesday with Manoj Joshi, eminent theatre and film actor as the chief guest, Vibha Chibber, renowned theatre and television personality as the guest of honour and M.L. Srivastava, Joint Secretary, Ministry of Culture, Govt. of India as the special guest.last_img read more

DMs asked to remove banners festoons with photos of PM CM

first_imgKolkata: The office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) has instructed all the District Magistrates in the state to remove banners and festoons carrying the photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister, from various government buildings within the next 24 hours.At various places in the city and districts, festoons and banners mentioning various projects of both the state government and the Centre with photographs of the Chief Minister or Prime Minister were still seen. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseThe election officials have started a drive to remove these, since the model code of conduct was implemented following the notification of the polls. The CEO’s office on Friday issued directives to the DMs to remove all the banners from both government and private places under their jurisdiction. All the DMs have to submit a compliance report to the CEO’s office in this regard. Senior officials of the CEO’s office on Friday held a video conference with the districts officials to take stock of the poll-preparedness a day ahead of the arrival of an ECI team in the city. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, the CEO’s office also directed the ADG (Law and Order) to submit a list of those who have been arrested so far in the state. The ADG has also been asked to prepare a detailed list of the people who might cause trouble in the districts during the elections. It has also been learnt that the election officials in the state have issued directives to some districts where there have been past incidents of violence. North Dinajpur district administrative officials have been asked to keep an eye on Chopra area of Raigunj, where a student was killed during a clash.last_img read more

5 refreshing drinks to beat the heat

first_imgThe blazing summer heat can leave us dehydrated, sweaty, fatigued and thirsty, making it imperative to increase our fluid intake. But for those who are bored of drinking the normal regular water, beat the heat with a few desi, cool, homemade drinks.”Go back to your Indian roots and satiate your thirst with desi thirst quenchers”, says Saumya Shatakshi, Senior Nutritionist at Healthians. She has suggested a few natural homemade drinks, with no added preservatives: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAam Panna: This tangy healthy beverage is very popular in North India and is the perfect summer thirst quencher. It can be made by scraping, boiling and taking out the pulp of some raw green mangoes and adding water, some salt, cumin and pepper to it. Aam Panna has heat resistant properties and is a great remedy for heat stroke, dehydration, gastrointestinal disorders.Saunf (fennel seeds) Sharbat: It is a popular summer beverage of Gujarat. Usually, mishri is added to sweeten the drink and it can further be flavoured with cloves and cardamom. Another variation of saunf sharbat is with lemon juice and black salt. Fennel seed is a coolant and is good for digestion. It relieves abdominal cramps, gas and bloating. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveChaach or Mattha: It is one of the most popular summer drinks in North India. Chaach is low fat and is three times faster to digest than regular milk. All you need are four ingredients i.e. yoghurt, water, salt and jeera (cumin) powder to enjoy a delicious glass of Chaach. Bael Sharbat: Bael ka Sharbat or wood apple juice is made by beating the seeded pulp of Bael, mixed with the water. It boosts the immune system, fights bacterial and viral infections, gives relief from piles and respiratory disorders, act as a natural laxative and is good for skin as well.Sattu Drink: Sattu is a popular flour in U.P and Bihar. This traditional energy drink can be made with roasted gram flour, black salt, roasted cumin powder, lemon juice and water.It is a desi detox drink that helps to cleanse our system and remove all toxins. It aids in weight loss and has a low glycemic index, hence recommended for diabetics as well.last_img read more

No chance of Pulwama rerun in Bengal says Bratya Basu

first_imgBALURGHAT: State minister and Trinamool leader Bratya Basu made a scathing attack on the BJP government and Prime Minister Narendra Modi here on Tuesday.Addressing a poll campaign for party candidate Arpita Ghosh, Basu said there was no chance of a terror attack on the Army convoy like the Pulwama incident in the soil of Bengal. He termed the incident as an example of failure of Centre’s intelligence department. “This is my earnest appeal to the terrorists if residing in the district to repeat the Pulwama incident at Farakka Bridge ignoring the security measures of the state government. I am requesting anyone to cross the bridge in a scorpion car with 300 kg of high-intensity explosives just the way it happened in Pulwama,” he said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBasu said the incident was the result of carelessness by the Central government. “It is quite surprising how the terror attack took place when there is at least one army base camp in every 30 feet and one police check-post after every 40 feet approximately,” he said. He further said everyone knew the road had been under security protection and at the same time there had been several restrictions to get entry particularly when a military convoy was crossing the road. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”It is shocking. The military convoy comprising 78 vehicles was crossing the road while an organised terrorist group rammed a scorpion car loaded with more than 300 kg of high-intensity explosives leaving 40 dead,” he said. Bratya said following the attack, the Modi government conducted the Balakot surgical strike but surprisingly neither the Prime Minister nor anyone of his minister came up with what exactly happened following the airstrikes. “We are yet to receive any information regarding the matter. We want to know how many terrorists have been killed in the Balakot surgical strike. In a statement, Amit Shah said 250 terrorists were killed but it was not official and his statement differed with others,” Bratya said. Comparing Narendra Modi with former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Bajpayee, he said: “After the Kargil war in 1999, the Bajpayee government had officially made it clear how many terrorists were killed but this government has failed to provide the answer to the questions of common public after the airstrike. Modi and his followers are only interested to retain power for the second time. All the BJP leaders are eying on Bengal to grab as many as seats for the upcoming polls but I can assure him and his supporters that we will win all 42 seats.” Apart from Basu, former PWD minister and local leader Shankar Chakraborty, outgoing Balurghat municipality chairman Rajen Shill along with many theatre personalities from Kolkata took part in the poll campaign.last_img read more

How to get bridal glow

first_imgWe all know that every to-be bride wants to look flawless on her wedding day and it is very important to follow a proper skin care regime to have that glowing and hassle-free skin on your big day. Experts list down some pre bridal skin care regimes every bride should follow to look her best on her D- Day:4Diet: A perfect diet is a must for a to-be bride to get in shape. You can start working on your diet 2-3 months prior to your wedding. However, if you’re short on time, it is highly recommended to start with the diet right away! Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThings to be avoided include spicy food, tea, coffee, cigarettes and rich, fatty foods. It is recommended to include lots of fruits and green vegetables in your diet to keep your skin hydrated and glowing.Drink minimum 2-4 litres of water every day. It not only keeps your body fit and helps lose weight but also helps to keep your skin hydrated and acne free. Besides diet, a small tip is to keep your worries away as it aggravates oily skin. Do it yourself skin care Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive4For iily skin mix 5 tablespoons of fullers earth, Orange peel and Sandalwood powder each. Mix this all well and keep in a jar. Remember to exfoliate your skin twice a week. Whenever you wish to exfoliate, mix it with rose water and two drops of tea tree. Apply, massage for a minute and rinse off.4For dry skin mix 1 large pinch Oatmeal, 1 tablespoon Fresh Cream, 1 crushed almond and 2 drops of sandalwood oil. Damp your face with water. Massage this scrub cream gently and rinse off. 4For combination skin mix 1 tablespoon cream, ¼ tablespoon granular coffee powder. Use two drops of rose oil with it to exfoliator.Facial oils4For oily skin mix 2 drops of Tea Tree oil, 1 drop Lemon oil and one drop Jojoba oil. Take a few drops of this mixture and gently massage into your skin. Apply a hot towel as a compress to your face for a few minutes to aid penetration of the oil.4For dry skin, It is important to layer your moisturizers and conditioners for this skin type to trap in the moisture and oil. Mix 3 drops of Sandalwood oil, 1 drop of geranium oil, 1 tablespoon almond oil and 2 teaspoon castor oil. Take a few drops and apply on your face and don’t forget to massage well. You can use a hot compress and apply a moisturizer to get a soft and smooth skin.4Go for excellent skin treatments available to treat various skin issues. Diamond polishing, Beauty light oxygen therapy,Vitamin C serum oxyjetting, oxy clear face therapy, are excellent treatments for above issues. Rather than opting for regular facial choose any of these in consultation with your Dermatologist. 4Brides undergo a lot of stress and get nervous worrying about their D-day look. In order to prevent headaches, restlessness and dark circles, they should drink plenty of water and have a minimum of 7-8 hours sleep. 4Brides should also try having green vegetable juices like aloe vera, cucumber, spinach etc.They have anti-oxidant properties that help in bringing natural glow along with benefits that creams and lotion promise.4In the mornings, use a good cleanser that is suited for your skin type.4At night, use a good make-up remover along with cleanser. Keeping make up overnight clogs the pores and leads to breakouts.4Use a moisturizer daily and protect your skin from sun by using a good sunscreen4Use a good exfoliant to exfoliate your skin at least thrice a week.last_img read more

IHC to showcase breathtaking performances

first_imgFrom Brazil to Italy, Iceland to Tunisia – the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival has once again travelled across the world to curate its fantastic line-up for 2019. They are celebrating their 17th anniversary with a diverse range of breathtaking performances, which communicate across language barriers and define the social, cultural, and emotional bonds humanity shares together.Besides the display of Indian art, performers from across the four continents also have come together once again, to showcase a dazzling array of talent. From the traditional to modern forms of puppetry, ranging from rod to string puppets; to mixed performances with dance, theatre, music and more – the audiences of all ages will enjoy this new magical journey. The 17th edition of the festival will take place from February 1-9, at Indian Habitat Centre. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSince its inception in 2001, the Ishara International Puppet Theatre Festival has now grown into one of Asia’s largest and most prestigious puppet festivals. Graced by thousands of visitors each year, it has thrilled, moved and inspired audiences from across the globe. The festival is nurtured and supported by the Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust, the country’s leading established platform for Indian and International puppetry. For over thirty years, the trust has been the center for creative and innovative puppetry work, with a mission to educate, enrich, and transform communities. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveProduced by Teamworks Arts, the festival’s creative environment enables puppeteers, artists, and performers to stretch their imagination and to deliver unforgettable and stunning performances. With tremendous acclaim and support from groups and performers across the world, the festival has brought to India over 150 international puppetry companies and promoted numerous indigenous productions. Countries which have participated and showcased their works include the UK, Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Taiwan, Japan, Italy, Germany, USA, among others. “It’s been over thirty years of Ishara puppet theatre and the love for puppetry has grown in people. For us, 2019 is the year of celebration, and one will witness that in the performances of the new groups from Brazil to Iceland along with various unconventional acts like the one by Italy using soap bubbles as a medium for puppetry. There’s a lot in store and we are delighted to have the audience experience it all”, says Dadi D Pudumjee, Founder, The Ishara Puppet Theatre Trust.last_img read more

An Early Russian Leader Converted the Country to Christianity Due to Alcohol

first_imgIt is no secret that Russians like vodka. Though many nations in Eastern Europe claim that they invented the alcoholic drink, Russia is the nation that is most closely associated with it. Even the word “vodka” reflects its importance. “Voda” is the Russian word for “water.”“Vodka” literally means “little water.” How did it come to pass that a nation is so closely linked to an alcoholic drink?An old Ukrainian vodka still. Photo by Arne Hückelheim CC BY-SA 3.0The story begins in the time before Christianity became the religion of Russia and Northern Europe.Like their close kin in Scandinavia, the people of the Kievan Rus (yes, Kiev is now in Ukraine – but before the rise of Moscow in the 1100s, Kiev was the center of Russian culture) worshiped many gods.Realm of Kievan Rus’ at its height (with dependent lands) Photo by Koryakov Yuri CC BY-SA 2.5Some of these gods were analogous to the familiar gods of Scandinavia: Odin, Thor, etc. The reason for that is simple – the ruling classes of Kievan Rus had their roots with the Swedish Vikings who sailed down the rivers of Russia looking for trade (and plunder – you can’t be a Viking without plunder).Though historians are divided on this issue, many believe that the word “Russia” derives from the Slavic word for the Swedes, “Rus,” meaning “red” and referring to either or both their reddish hair/beards or their ruddy skin-tone.The Invitation of the Varangians by Viktor Vasnetsov: Rurik and his brothers Sineus and Truvor arrive at the lands of the Ilmen Slavs.Whatever the origin of the name, one thing is clear: the Vikings liked to drink. In Scandinavia, their favorite drinks were ale and mead. Richer Vikings drank imported wine. (Later in history, the Scandinavians developed “akvavit” or “water of life,” made from grain and potatoes).Whatever they drank, the Vikings loved their alcohol. This love continued as they settled down in Kiev, intermarried with local ruling families and became the Kievan Rus, who ruled a vast kingdom from about 879 AD with the Viking chieftain Oleg and ended sometime in the 11th century after the death of their ruler Yaroslav the Wise.Yaroslav the Wise’s consolidation of Kiev and Novgorod as depicted at Zoloti Vorota mosaics.In Denmark, King Harald Bluetooth adopted Christianity in the 960s. One reason is that it allowed his people greater access to trade in Christian cities.Another was because he had a powerful Christian neighbor to the south, Holy Roman Emperor Otto I. Harald’s conversion meant that Otto would not invade.Vladimir I became the leader of the Kievan Rus in 978, with the help of Norwegian kinsman Haakon Sigurdsson, ruler of Norway from 975-995. He, like his Norwegian cousins, was a pagan. He built temples for the gods throughout his lands.The Baptism of Saint Prince Vladimir, by Viktor Vasnetsov (1890).He built temples to honor the gods of the local Slavic tribes as well others, in order to appeal to as many of the people in his lands as possible.However, by 987, many of his people had begun to convert to Christianity, as had many of the powerful tribes nearby.Saint Vladimir Monument on Saint Vladimir Hill in Kiev, often depicted in paintings and photographs of the city.The richest city in the world, Constantinople, was Christian, and Vladimir did much trade with the city.The Rus and Vikings also did much trade with the Muslim lands of the Middle East, most specifically, Persia. There was also a significant Jewish population near the Black Sea of his kingdom, and Vladimir had heard tales of their wisdom.The Baptism of Kievans, a painting by Klavdiy Lebedev.He thought long and hard and in 987, he called a council of his lords and sent them abroad to investigate the merits (and demerits) of these three religions. When they returned they gave him their report…To paraphrase: “The Jews are good tradesmen and they have an ancient religion, but it seems God is unhappy with them, as everywhere they are attacked.”Ivan Eggink’s painting represents Vladimir listening to the Orthodox priests, while the papal envoy stands aside in discontent“They were even thrown out of their capital, Jerusalem. They also show their devotion by circumcising their young. They also don’t eat pork.” Vladimir decided not to convert to Judaism.“The Christians of the North are bland and dull, but powerful. The Christians of the East are lively, and their churches are beautiful, as is their art. They are also both very rich and getting richer.”“The Muslims are powerful but seem glum. They pray too often and do not seem to enjoy life. They seldom dance or listen to music, and…they forbid drinking.”Read another story from us: Mitchell WerBell – The Man Who Was Involved in EverythingVladimir famously replied: “Drinking is a joy to the Rus, we can not do without it.” Islam and Judaism were out, and the Orthodox Christianity of the Eastern church was in.last_img read more

Colin and Clay Travis discuss the intersection of politics sports and sports

first_imgThis week, Colin is joined by founder of Outkick the Coverage, and host of Outkick the Show, Clay Travis.Colin and Clay discuss the intersection of politics, sports, and media; why Michael Jordan is still showing that political neutrality is profitable; why current sports media is alienating conservative consumers; controversial NFL Combine questions; and why Peyton Manning’s best career move is to head into the announcing booth.Download and subscribe to get all of Colin’s Saturday podcasts exclusively at TheHerdNow.com, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes.last_img