Chevy Volts official mileage 93 mpg on electric

first_img Citation: Chevy Volt’s official mileage: 93 mpg on electric (2010, November 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The Chevrolet Volt, manufactured by General Motors, is a plug-in hybrid that can run on electric, gasoline, or a combination of the two. The 16-kilowatt-hour lithium ion battery will operate the car for an estimated range of 35 miles, after which the car will switch to gasoline mode. The battery re-charge time is around four hours on 240 V.A gallon equivalent is the amount of electrical energy equivalent to the energy contained in one gallon of gasoline. The Nissan Leaf, which does not run on gasoline at all, is rated at 99 miles per gallon equivalent. In electric-only mode the Volt requires 36 kilowatt hours per 100 miles, while for the Nissan Leaf the equivalent figure is 34 kilowatt hours per 100 miles. © 2010 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 furthercenter_img The combined estimate of 60 mpg makes assumptions on the frequency of recharging and on how much of the time a typical driver will be running the car on electricity and how much on gasoline. In practice a driver who plugs in the car every night to recharge the battery and who usually travels on short trips may get much better mileage, and may use gasoline only occasionally. A driver who tends to drive longer distances or charges the battery only infrequently will use more gasoline and may get less than 60 mpg on average.General Motors expects to start selling the Chevy Volt next month. The four-seat sedan will cost around $41,000. ( — The Environment Protection Agency (EPA) official mileage ratings of the Chevrolet Volt have been released and show the car will be capable of 93 “miles per gallon equivalent” when running on electric for combined city/highway driving, and will have a range of 35 miles on the battery. Its total range is 379 miles. When running on gasoline, the car will achieve 37 miles per gallon (mpg), giving a total combined estimate of 60 mpg over the long term, which is 10 mpg better than Toyota’s Prius and puts the Volt at the top of the compact car category in fuel economy. U.S. company reveals hybrid car planslast_img read more

Marblar site seeks to clickstart science uses

first_img Marblar describes itself as a creative collective of scientists who take on innovation challenges. Marblar hunts down these challenges and opens them up for “the collective” to unlock their “latent genius.” The team suggests that those who have technology that awaits a second opinion to sign up along with this sea of geniuses who will offer their advice. How Marblar works: Inventors post their science onto Marblar. Bright minds from around the world log in and share their thoughts on how they think this discovery could be used. They talk about the problems the technology might solve and the paths to make it possible. Marblar turns the potential exchanges into a fun game atmosphere where discoveries are posted as “challenges” and Marblars everywhere can have their turn in moving the technology forward. “Marblars” can earn points and cash prizes. The Marblar team acknowledges that it is gamifying science, in that it is making it fun to move science to the real world.Content to be discussed is provided on the site. “How would you use this tech?” asks the site. Blocks of technology entries include Superfoam, where the creator made strong polymer foams that can be easily molded into complex shapes. Also among the entries is an “exceptionally stable” spectrometer.The project statement said, “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all discoveries deserve a second chance, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of New Frontiers.”The team proclaimed that “On this date, the Twenty Second of October – Two Thousand Twelve, Marblars everywhere declare our Scientific Independence. Let the Revolution begin.”On a more direct note, they have written how problems that emerging science can solve are not always obvious. A sound discovery may languish and over time be forgotten. “Indeed,” they said, “by some estimates up to 95 percent of technologies patented by universities never get commercialized.” They lamented how wasteful this is, in the form of taxpayer or philanthropy-funded research that never makes any lives better. They also pointed to another reason good discoveries may never materialize: “Scientists have become fantastically specialized over time,” and it may be difficult for a scientist to recognize real-world relevance of a discovery that was made in a niche field. Marblar co-founders are Daniel Perez, a PhD student at the University of Oxford, who serves as CEO; Mehmet Fidanboylu, a PhD student at King’s College London, in neuropharmacology; Gabriel Mecklenburg, a PhD student in regenerative medicine at Imperial College London. and Tom von Erlach, also a PhD student in regenerative medicine at Imperial College London. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Computer game taps creativity of scientists to solve energy problems © 2012 Phys.orgcenter_img More information: Citation: Marblar site seeks to clickstart science uses (2012, October 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—”That’s a cool lab trick but what’s its purpose?” Marblar wants to tease out great answers from those who log in to participate. With prizes, points and kudos in the mix. Marblar is a new web site that aims to make dream connections possible between scientists and an enlightened audience of innovative thinkers who might collaboratively dream up new uses for unused technology. The Marblar team is coaxing its audience to clickstart a science revolution by coming up with uses that can enable the next big thing. “One thought leads to the next but sometimes to a dead end,” said the site’s video. “Perhaps we can help make ideas click together in a new way.”last_img read more

Best of Last Week – A way to measure variations in the

first_imgFigure of the “freezing surface” of quantum discord-type correlations. Credit: Marco Cianciaruso, et al. Citation: Best of Last Week – A way to measure variations in the speed of light, a slower universe and plucking hair (2015, April 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—It was a big week for physics. First, a trio of researchers proposed a method to measure variations in the speed of light—in alternative theories of cosmology where it has been theorized that time and space can vary. Also, another team showed that the “quantum freezing phenomenon” is universal—this describes conditions in which quantum correlations can be “frozen” in a constant state and remain that way in the presence of noise. Meanwhile another team suggested that “unparticles” may provide a new path to superconductivity—the hypothetical form of matter, the researchers suggest, could play a key role in mediating superconductivity. Explore further Absence of gravitational-wave signal extends limit on knowable universecenter_img © 2015 Also, a team of astrophysicists working at the DOE’s Fermilab suggested that the absence of a gravitational-wave signal extends the limit on the knowable universe—they are working with equipment capable of sensing gravitational waves at frequencies in the range of a million cycles per second. Also, work by two different teams suggested that the acceleration of the expansion of the universe might not be quite as fast as theorists have thought—new data has come to light indicating that supernovae used to measure distances in the universe are more diverse than thought.In other news, researchers at Stanford University have developed an ultra-fast charging aluminum battery that offers a safe alternative to conventional batteries—they say it is less expensive, too. Meanwhile another team at Virginia Tech announced a new discovery that may be a breakthrough for hydrogen cars—a new way to create fuel cells using a biological method. A team of bio-researchers discovered a master protein that enhances learning and memory—similar, they say, to other proteins that allow for enhanced physical abilities. And another team has built a fully functional computer that is about the size of a grain of rice, which portends a time in the near future when computers may be embedded in virtually everything around us.And finally, for those people worried about losing their hair as they age, a team of researchers is plucking hair to grow hair—they found that plucking hair in a certain pattern on mice induced new growth in the surrounding area—evidence of environmental circumstances causing the body to react in unpredictable ways. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers launch plasmons with controlled amounts of angular momentum

first_imgSchematic experimental methodology. Credit: (c) Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj1699 Explore further Citation: Researchers launch plasmons with controlled amounts of angular momentum (2017, March 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—A team of researchers with members from institutions in Germany and Israel has developed a way to launch plasmons with controlled amounts of angular momentum using spiral-like structures fashioned into a smooth layer of gold plate. In their paper published in the journal Science, the group describes their technique and why they believe it could one day provide the basis for a new type of storage device. Journal information: Science © 2017 Phys.orgcenter_img 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. More information: G. Spektor et al. Revealing the subfemtosecond dynamics of orbital angular momentum in nanoplasmonic vortices, Science (2017). DOI: 10.1126/science.aaj1699AbstractThe ability of light to carry and deliver orbital angular momentum (OAM) in the form of optical vortices has attracted much interest. The physical properties of light with a helical wavefront can be confined onto two-dimensional surfaces with subwavelength dimensions in the form of plasmonic vortices, opening avenues for thus far unknown light-matter interactions. Because of their extreme rotational velocity, the ultrafast dynamics of such vortices remained unexplored. Here we show the detailed spatiotemporal evolution of nanovortices using time-resolved two-photon photoemission electron microscopy. We observe both long- and short-range plasmonic vortices confined to deep subwavelength dimensions on the scale of 100 nanometers with nanometer spatial resolution and subfemtosecond time-step resolution. Finally, by measuring the angular velocity of the vortex, we directly extract the OAM magnitude of light. New theory to explain why sun’s surface rotates slower than its core Prior work had shown that it was possible to use orbital angular momentum of photons as a way to store data in the air (because of their different phase advances—each could be used to represent an individual character), which in practical use would be optical fibers. In this new effort, the researchers have found a way to do much the same thing, only on a chip, which allows for it to be confined, making it much easier to port to an actual application.To accomplish this feat, the researchers turned to plasmonics, which are oscillations in quantum particles or quasiparticles. In this case, it was the oscillation of electrons that occurs when photons strike a metal surface. The idea, the researchers noted, was that plasmons allow for confining light, which meant that it was possible to make its wavelength conform to a metal surface. They found they were able to kick off plasmon waves with angular momentum by etching spirals into a gold plate—that allowed for monitoring its motion using an electron microscope. Using it, they were able to see that firing photons at the spiral in the plates caused electrons to be ejected, which was an indirect way to “see” plasmons, which were controlled by the angular momentum of photons. This meant it was possible to use the initial wave advances to represent characters within the confines of a computer chip. That day is still a long way off, of course— the work was more a proof of concept than a finished product. But if a way can be found to mass produce chips using the technique, end users could see a huge increase in the amount of data storage. The work also suggests, the team notes, that it might be possible to do some things with light that have never been possible before.last_img read more

New evidence suggests particles detected in Antarctica dont fit Standard Model

first_imgThe ANITA-IV experiment in Antarctica, prior to being launched on a balloon. Credit: Drummermean/CC BY-SA 4.0 More information: The ANITA Anomalous Events as Signatures of a Beyond Standard Model Particle, and Supporting Observations from IceCube, arXiv:1809.09615 [astro-ph.HE] Journal information: arXiv A team of researchers at Penn State University has found new evidence that suggests some particles detected in Antarctica do not fit the Standard Model. They have written a paper outlining their arguments and have posted it on the arXiv preprint server. Explore further This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img Citation: New evidence suggests particles detected in Antarctica don’t fit Standard Model (2018, October 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2018 Prior research has shown that when low energy cosmic particles encounter the Earth, they are likely to pass right on through—high energy particles, on the other hand, are almost certain to run into something else, preventing them from passing through in one piece. Instead, they cause an avalanche of collisions, creating a shower of particles that eventually emerge on the other side of the planet. But what if a high-energy particle were to make it all the way through without creating a particle shower? That would mean there likely exists a particle that is not described by the Standard Model—and that is exactly what researchers studying particles detected over Antarctica are reporting.To date, two odd particle events have been detected by a sensor attached to a high-altitude balloon hovering over Antarctica as part of a project called the Antarctic Impulsive Transient Antenna (ANITA)—the first detection was back in 2006, the second in 2014. Both indicated that a high-energy particle had somehow made its way through the planet without encountering anything. The first detection was attributed to equipment problems or some other unknown factor. The second caused more concern—but not enough for anyone to seriously consider challenging the Standard Model. In this new effort, the researchers report that they have found other evidence of the same type of particle, suggesting the two anomalies might truly represent unknown particles.The new evidence came in the form of sensor data from the IceCube experiment in which sensors buried in the Antarctic ice continually detect particle events. Data from the sensors showed that three events with unexplained properties had occurred. The researchers suggest the two unconnected sources of data indicate that it is time to start asking whether the anomalies hint at the possibility of particles beyond the Standard Model. Hunting for dark quarkslast_img read more

Debate Stage Cut In Half For 1Night September

first_img by NPR News Jessica Taylor 8.29.19 9:09am The Sept. 12 Democratic debate stage is set with just 10 candidates, ensuring there will be a one-night event in which the front-runners will finally come face to face. Making the cut are: former Vice President Joe Biden, New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, California Sen. Kamala Harris, Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar, former Texas Rep. Beto O’Rourke, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren and entrepreneur Andrew Yang. It’s the third debate so far this cycle and will take place in Houston hosted by ABC News and Univision. Stricter qualification rules from the Democratic National Committee required candidates to hit both polling and fundraising benchmarks. That means the debate field from June and July has been slashed in half, the biggest demarcation yet in the race to determine who will take on President Trump. For Democrats frustrated by the massive field of 20 candidates, the smaller focus on those running who have the best shot to actually win the nomination is a welcome development just over five months before the first votes are cast. “I’m looking forward to getting to the place — assuming I’m still around — that it gets down to a smaller number of people so we can have more of a discussion instead of one-minute assertions,” Biden told reporters after a campaign event in Spartanburg, S.C., on Wednesday.Notably, Biden will finally face off against a surging Warren, who is quickly emerging as his top rival. Thanks to a random drawing to determine debate order for the first two meetings, the two have yet to share the same stage. “I’m just gonna be me. And she’ll be her. Let people make their judgments. I have great respect for her,” the former vice president said of a matchup with the Massachusetts senator. There have already been ramifications from the DNC’s decision to curtail the debate size next month, with the past two weeks seeing the most departures yet from struggling candidates. New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand on Wednesday became the latest to drop out, citing failure to make the stage as part of her calculus. Former Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper and Washington Gov. Jay Inslee also recently ended their long shot bids. Other candidates, however, are vowing to stay and fight, despite the decreased exposure and mounting odds they face now that the field is beginning to winnow. Colorado Sen. Michael Bennet’s campaign sent a letter to DNC Chairman Tom Perez demanding clarification on how the debate criteria were chosen — reaching at least 2% in four state or national surveys from pollsters recognized from the DNC, along with hitting 130,000 unique donors from at least 20 states. “To date, the DNC has not provided information on how or why its unprecedented debate qualification requirements were set nor what the criteria will be for the eight future debates,” Bennet adviser Craig Hughes wrote. “The least we owe the Democratic voters is transparency about why and how decisions are being made on their behalf to ensure a fair process as the primary continues.”On MSNBC Wednesday, Montana Gov. Steve Bullock bemoaned that there won’t be a rural voice onstage. He’s touted his victory in a state Trump carried by 20 points. “If you look at really being the only one that’s won in a red state — if we can’t win Michigan, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, if we can’t make a difference in those areas, even those that voted Obama-Obama-Trump, it’s going to be that much harder to win this election,” Bullock argued. Others who narrowly missed out tried to see a silver lining — the same rules will be in place for the October debate, meaning that while the same 10 candidates are guaranteed a spot, others have more time to qualify. That could mean an expansion back to two debate nights instead of one. Billionaire activist Tom Steyer is the latest major candidate to enter the race, reversing an earlier decision not to run. He used his wealth and contacts he built over a long campaign for Trump’s impeachment to hit the donor requirements. He hit 2% in three polls but missed out on the crucial fourth. Now he has several more weeks to hit that mark. “While we believe that voters in these states deserve to see Tom on the debate stage in Houston, we understand the rules established by the DNC and respect the process,” Steyer campaign manager Heather Hargreaves said in a statement. Hawaii Rep. Tulsi Gabbard has also hit the fundraising threshold but needs two more polls to make the stage in October. Author and spiritual adviser Marianne Williamson has also acquired enough donors but needs three more surveys where she registers at least 2%.Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit NPR. Paul Sancya Debate Stage Cut In Half For 1-Night September Showdown last_img read more

Added colours of smile on Holi

first_imgThe show aimed to bring the Urdu and Hindi poetry and literature back into mainstream awareness with showcasing the awesome talent that exists in this sphere. This was a part of the ongoing series of concerts/programs which are being organized to bring high quality artists to public and easily accessible stage for the discerning audience with an evening of fun and laughter.The objective of the show was with the purpose of attracting the present generation to the rich heritage of these Indian Languages.With this overriding thoughts in mind stalwarts like popular Meeruthi, Razi Amrohi, Nashtar Amrohi, Iqbal Firdausi, Famous Khataulvi, Ahmed Alvi, Mamta Kiran, Asim Peerzada, Moien Shadab, Raees Siddiqui were invited and they regaled the gathering with a volley of rib tickling couplets.last_img read more

How about a golf game

first_imgGroup Silverglades, specialising in golf-based leisure developments and luxury residential housing projects hosted the Annual Family Carnival and Skinners Cup Golf Tournament at its flagship project Tarudhan Valley Golf Resort, Gurgaon on December 21. Tarudhan Valley is India’s first gated golf community carefully designed to include exotic Golf Homes dotted around an exceptionally designed 9-hole golf course.Anubhav Jain, Director Group Silverglades, said, “We at Silverglades take great pride in creating addresses that are timeless and iconic and the Tarudhan Valley is a sterling example of this vision. The Skinners Cup Golf Tournament reflects the brilliant connect of sports, lifestyle and modern luxury at Tarudhan Valley. The annual gala showcased outstanding performances on the course, unforgettable moments and worthy winners.”The Tarudhan Valley offers apartments, villas and balinese style wooden cottages for gracious living, as well as a well-appointed Clubhouse, Resort Hotel, Conferencing facilities and Golf Driving Range. Besides golf, families also enjoyed themselves at the games stalls with the youngsters having a good time doing pottery and tattooing while the ladies indulged themselves in a relaxing spa session.last_img read more

Mythology redux

first_imgStarting on February 25, the festival will see Ahalya as its opening performance. Ahalya,  the wife of the sage Gautama Maharishi, believed to be seduced by Indra (the king of the gods), cursed by her husband for infidelity, and liberated from the curse by Rama. The performance is portrayed by Arupa Lahiry – disciple of Guru Chitra Visweswaran.The next act for the day will be Draupadi. Chaste and virtuous, divinely beautiful, endowed with youth and intelligence, she was a warrior princess whose anger destroyed the sinful Kauravas dynasty. This act is portrayed by Soundarya Srivathsa – disciple of Late Guru Narmada. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The second day of the festival will open with Soorpanakha. Soorpanakha was the sister of the main antagonist, Ravana, King of Lanka, is the catalyst of the chain of events leading directly to her brother’s demise. This production is portrayed by Dakshina Vaidyanathan – disciple of Gurus Saroja Vaidyanathan and Rama Vaidyanathan.The next act is Karna. He was the son of Surya and one of the greatest warriors in the Mahabharata, who fought against misfortune throughout his life and kept his word in every circumstance. Karna is portrayed by Sathyanarayana Raju – disciple of Late Guru Narmada. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixUsha Rk : Arts Consultant: Dance became her companion during her schooling days. Training under the venerable Gurus of the Raja Rajeshwari Bharata Natya Kala Mandir, Gurus CR Acharya and Vempati Chinna Satyam, Usha chose to take up research and academic aspects of dance that enabled her to develop her dance writing skills. A pioneer in the sphere of organising cultural and artistic initiatives,  Usha Rk has carved a niche for herself as a nurturer and propagator of immense talent. Conceptualising and creating some of the path breaking dance and music festivals, Usha worked with many of the legends in the music, dance and film worlds.  Whether it was thematic festivals like “Swarna Sankhya” or the grand music festival “Raga Tala” and  “Nritya Dhara” celebration of International Dance day, featuring over 175 dancers or the PR led concerts of music and art, almost all her endeavours have been successful and appreciated.Interesting thematic dance programs like Thyagaraja Vaibhavam, Margam – a festival of varnam, Rama Katha, Diksha – based on the compositions of Muthuswamy Dikshitar, Padams and Javalis, Dwaaram, Radha Madhurya etc by Usha have attained exceptional success.Her complete dedication to promoting and propagating the arts is significant and noteworthy, where for the past seven years she has been presenting artists and performances with a view to preparing the next line of superstars in classical dance basis goodwill and personal resources primarily.last_img read more

Pick easy experimental fashion this festive season

first_imgBe more experimental and choose easy styles and accessories like flats or pre-draped saris for your look during the forthcoming festive season, says an expert. The festive season has already begun and online shopping websites are offering full-fledged sales. Instead of pondering on  the latest fashion trend, one can choose comfort and look pretty. One can go easy with make-up and can wear right shoes as this will complete the overall look. Bhuvi Kathpalia, assistant manager, content (creative),, an online marketplace for Indian fashion, has shared some dressing tips: Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Colour paletteThere is a swift acceptance of a different colour palette which comprises of shades like peach, champagne pink, marsala, wine, aquamarine blue and green, coral, and pastel hues. Since the festivals run over a long period of time without any differentiation in day or night, one should opt for ensembles that are effortless, comfortable, yet chic.EmbellishmentDo not go overboard with the bling. A hint of defining embellishments go a long way to reflect the overall zest of the celebrations. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixFloralsMacro florals have made a huge comeback and this is a great time to wear them with grace. Opt for a floral skirt and team it up with a flattering crop top. Experiment with bold colours at the bottom like vermillion red, but take the look a notch lower with a pastel hued crop top or blouse. Always keep a golden blouse handy that suits your body type and can be used at any time to complete the look. Experiment with a layered or dhoti style skirt that will factor in the element of comfort in your look. Traditional embroideriesDelicate embroideries, bold block prints, tie-dyed silhouettes, foil prints, golden shimmers and sequins, vibrant phulkari, luxurious brocades, are trends that one should experiment with. Choose ethnic wear staples that can transit easily from day to night without adding anything more than a piece of accessory.Opt for hybrid lookThe hybrid look, that is the convergence of traditional sensibilities and contemporary convenience, is making its way into experimentation due to its festive appeal. Choose anarkali dresses crafted from cotton or cotton silk, adorned with block printed motifs to keep a balance.Easy to wear sarisIf you want to keep it simple with a sari, try pre-draped saris or go for fabrics like chanderi and experiment with ombre hues to look taller. Incorporate a zipper into your blouse or kurta, combine a structured phulkari embroidered jacket with an edgy maxi dress, try statement neckpieces or maang tikas for extra bling.last_img read more

Minor girl molested beaten up by child trafficker

first_imgKolkata: A minor girl has been molested by a local youth, who might have been a part of child trafficking racket,police said.The incident took place in Taldi village under Canning police station in South 24-Parganas. It was learnt that the accused brought the victim girl to Canning from Nadia’s Chapla. The victim is resident of Paruigachi village under Chapla police station.The victim used to live with her step mother who often tortured the girl. The minor girl was driven out of the house by her step mother a few days ago. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe girl was roaming aimlessly near her house when the accused promised her job and took her to a house in Canning.She was kept confined to the house for a couple of days. It was alleged that the accused, whose identity is yet to be confirmed by the police, had an intention to sell of the minor girl in some other state. After being kept in confinement for a few days, the girl told the youth to take her to her house.But the accused allegedly beat her up. The victim who later managed to flee told the police that the youth had assaulted her physically. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn Saturday night, the victim somehow managed to escape from the house.She met some locals at Jalkalyan More, a few meters away from the house, where she was kept in confinement. She narraated what she had been subjected to. The locals took the girl to the Canning police. The victim told the police that she was kept in the house for the past five days.The victim was taken to Canning Sub-divisional hospital for medical tests. Police are conducting raids to nab the culprit who has been at large since the incident came to light.According to the preliminary investigation police suspect that the youth might be a part of a trafficking racket and had an intention to sell the girl.last_img read more

Air India goes Khadi way

first_imgThe popularity of Khadi products is growing and latest addition is Air India, who has decided to use natural and eco-friendly Khadi products for its International  flights and has placed an order worth Rs 1.21 crores  to Khadi & Village Industries Commission(KVIC) for the supply of 25,000 units of amenity kits. The products will be supplied by Khadi Gramodyog Bhawan, a flagship showroom of KVIC. The amenity kits are given by Air India to its First class and Business class International passengers.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The kits includes Khadi hand sanitizer, Khadi moisturizer lotion, Khadi lemongrass, Khadi handmade soap, Khadi lip balm, Khadi rose face wash, essential oils etc. KVIC will supply 25,000 kits by 31.01.2016 to Air India in which 5000 kits are for First Class passengers and 20,000 kits for Business Class. This order will generate more than 60,000 man hours which will be a boost to the workers. VK Saxena, Chairman, KVIC, informed that the following appeal made by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, through ‘Man Ki Baat’ for purchasing at least one product of Khadi and support the rural artisans, there have been tremendous encouraging response in sale of Khadi and more and more people are purchasing Khadi especially the youths and teenagers.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixShri Saxena also informed that Airport Authority of India has conveyed its consent for allotting space in the important airports of the Country to develop modern  Khadi outlets.Recently KVIC has also taken up its marketing efforts with Government Departments like Defence, Paramilitary Forces, Railways and Delhi Police etc for procurement of bulk orders to support the Khadi & Village Industries. Director General of Home Guards, Maharashtra has already expressed interest in purchasing Khadi for uniforms and shoes for their forces. CBI also placed an order of 400 Silk ties and scarves for its International Conference held last month. Focused efforts are being made by KVIC to boost Government supply as well as exports for Khadi & Village Industry products. He further informed that in the recent IITF exhibition, KVIC pavilion attracted large number of visitors and the preference for Khadi was revealed by the record sale of Rs 5.51 crores and a footfall of more than one lakh people in the pavilion. He added that the Khadi wave has come to stay. In the recent days, KVIC has also taken many marketing initiatives including organising Khadi Utsav in colleges and Universities bringing out fashion wear, designer wear, Khadi products like Khadi denim, jeans, jackets, t-shirts, skirts etc.last_img read more

Ministry of AYUSH goes for centralised data collection of patients

first_imgKolkata: Union Ministry of AYUSH (Ayurveda, Yoga, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy) has initiated efforts for centralised collection of data regarding the number of patients being treated by the various institutions of AYUSH across the country.The ministry has already taken initiatives for the collection of morbidity statistics pertaining to various systems of medicine like Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy. In assistance with Ayurveda, Siddha and Unani research councils, the ministry has developed Morbidity Codes and Standard Terminologies of Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha systems of medicine. The centralised portal developed for this purpose is recognised as National AYUSH Morbidity and Standardized Terminologies Portal (NAMSTP). Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAccording to the ministry, the portal has the potential to revolutionise morbidity statistics data collection and may have a huge impact on the future policy making decision by bringing to light the contributions of various AYUSH systems in the healthcare delivery system of the country.The key features of the portal includes the Morbidity Codes and Standardized Terminologies of all the AYUSH systems for unambiguous reporting, electronic data submission through individual institution login IDs and also an integrated Electronic Health Records (EHR) system for detailed data collection for individual institutions. It may be mentioned that the Central Council for Research in Ayurvedic Sciences (CCRAS) and Ministry of AYUSH have jointly conducted a two-day training programme on documentation of information on the National AYUSH Morbidity and Standardized Terminologies Portal (NAMSTP). Around 74 nominated AYUSH professionals from across the country took part in the training. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedRajesh Kotecha, the Union AYUSH secretary, has emphasised on taking forward the documentation of Morbidity Statistics across all healthcare setups in the country in a sustainable manner. He further stressed the mandatory requirements of AYUSH colleges and institutions funded by the Ministry of AYUSH under various schemes. He said it would facilitate in mass documentation of AYUSH morbidity statistics in an effective manner. He also urged the AYUSH professionals, who are undergoing training, must take initiative to disseminate the capacity building in an effective manner across the stakeholders in different states.World Health Organisation (WHO) has already tied up with the Ministry of AYUSH to chalk out a detailed plan on how traditional modes of treatment can be adopted in foreign countries. The AYUSH Ministry also signed ‘Project Collaboration Agreement’ (PCA) with the WHO for co-operation on promoting the quality, safety, and effectiveness of serving provision in traditional and complementary medicine.last_img read more

Missing officer found at fatherinlaws flat

first_imgKolkata: After almost a week, the state Criminal Investigation Department (CID) has tracked down Arnab Roy, the missing WBCS officer of Nadia, from his in-laws’ residence in Howrah on Thursday.According to sources, CID sleuths were trying to track the tower location of Roy’s mobile phone. But as his mobile phone was switched off, they were in the dark. Later, CID started scrutinising the call records of Roy and his family members. There, sleuths found a specious mobile number. When the number was traced, police found that it was active in Howrah’s Shibpur area. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataImmediately on Thursday morning, CID officials went to the location and found that it is a government housing complex for police personnel. When sleuths went up to the traced flat, they found Roy. He was immediately taken to Shibpur police station. Later, his wife and top government officials were informed about his recovery. Sources informed that CID has taken him to Bhavani Bhawan, to question him about his disappearance. His wife has also come to Kolkata. Though details of the incident are not clear yet, CID may question Roy and his wife. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring preliminary investigation, CID officials came to know that the flat from where Roy was found, belongs to his father-in-law, who is currently posted as a Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) in Diamond Harbour Police District. Questions arose on where Roy got the keys to the flat and more importantly, why he left his duty as nodal officer despite being in charge of the Electronic Voting Machines (EVM) and Voter-Verified Paper Audit Trails (VVPAT). Roy had gone missing mysteriously on April 18 from Nadia. His wife had lodged a missing complaint at Kotwali police station three days later. On Thursday, District Magistrate (DM) of Nadia Sumit Gupta said: “We are happy to know that he is ok. Further things will be found in due course.”last_img read more

Onduty BSF jawan suffers bullet injuries on his chest

first_imgDarjeeling: A Border Security Force (BSF) trooper suffered bullet injuries on his chest on Wednesday while on duty.The incident occurred at around 10 am at Goalpokhar block, Islampur, Uttar Dinajpur district on the Indo-Bangladesh border when he was on duty. Two bullets is said to have pierced his chest. The injured, 26-year-old Prem Singh of Punjab was rushed to the Islampur Hospital. As his condition was reported to be critical, he was referred to the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital in Siliguri. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThough BSF officers were present at the Islampur Hospital, they preferred to remain tight-lipped. There are strong rumors that the trooper had tried to commit suicide and had shot himself with his service arm. The trooper was in the 171 battalion and was on-duty at the Natabartola border outpost under the Goalpokhar block when the incident occurred. Sachin Makkar, Superintendent of Police, Islampur Police District stated: “The BSF has not given anything in writing. However we are aware of the incident.”last_img read more

The Hilariously Botched Coronation Ceremony of Queen Victoria

first_imgQueen Victoria’s reign of 63 years was, until February 2017, the longest ever rule by a British monarch (now Queen Elizabeth II holds that honor). Yet however successful and glorious Victoria’s time on the throne might have been, her coronation was beset by disaster.When she was born, she stood fifth in line to the throne and an unlikely contender. However, her father along with his brothers and their heirs all died before William IV did on June 20, 1837, leaving Victoria as the next monarch.Queen Victoria aged 80, 1899.Victoria was 18-years-old at the time but it is reported that she conducted herself very regally and calmly.Despite being just 4ft 11 (not quite one and a half meters), she still managed to be seen and heard at the meeting of her privy council — even if she had to be seated on a raised platform to do it.A 1859 portrait of Queen Victoria by Franz Xaver Winterhalter.Her coronation was held on June 28, 1838, almost a year later. Victoria kept a journal and wrote on her coronation day: “I shall remember this day as the proudest of my life.” As it turned out, she had great cause to be proud since she managed to get through five hours of bungling and mistakes with the grace and patience of a true queen.Victoria’s journey to Westminster Abbey was witnessed by an astonishing number of people, since the opening of the railways made it easier for people to reach London.St. Margaret Church, Westminster Abbey in London, England.Since the ceremony was so long, the queen changed her outfit twice. When not required before the main altar, Victoria and others would retreat into St Edward’s chapel. She noted in her journal afterwards just how appalled she was to find it in such a state:“I then again descended from the Throne, and then repaired with all the Peers bearing the Regalia, my Ladies and Train-bearers, to St Edward’s Chapel, as it is called; but which, as Lord Melbourne said, was more unlike a Chapel than anything he had ever seen; for, what was called an Altar was covered with sandwiches, bottles of wine etc.”Sir George Hayter’s view of the coronation.Part of any coronation involves the placing of the crown on the monarch’s head. While this seemed to go without any mishap, problems arose when the Archbishop of Canterbury tried to put the Coronation Ring on the queen’s finger. The ring was sized for Victoria’s pinky finger but the Archbishop tried to force it onto her fourth finger.According to Carolyn Harris, a Toronto-based royal historian, poor Victoria really struggled to get the ring off after the ceremony and was forced to soak her hand in ice-water to try and reduce the swelling.Coronation of Queen Victoria by Edmund Thomas Parris.The Bishop of Durham apparently didn’t do much better since he gave her the ceremonial orb at the wrong moment.But the clergyman to make the gravest mistake had to be the Bishop of Bath and Wells, who accidentally turned over two pages of the Order of Service at once. Unfortunately, it was quite a crucial bit that he missed out, forcing him to call Victoria back so that he could do it again properly.Coronation of Queen Victoria by John Martin, depicting the Queen advancing to the edge of the platform to meet Lord Rolle.As part of the ceremony, peers of the realm were expected to come before the queen and pay their respects. Lord John Rolle was the largest landowner in Devon at the time and was 88 years old.As he started to ascend the steps toward the new queen, he not only fell over but rolled down the steps. Luckily, despite his infirmity, he was unhurt. He got himself up and started up the stairs again, determined to do his duty.Sir George Hayter’s coronation portrait of the Queen.Charles Greville, a diarist of the time, wrote of Victoria’s astonishing act of kindness upon seeing Rolle fall down:“[The Queen’s] first impulse was to rise, and when afterwards he came again to do homage she said, “May I not get up and meet him?” and then rose from the throne and advanced down one or two of the steps to prevent his coming up, an act of graciousness and kindness which made a great sensation. It is, in fact, the remarkable union of naiveite, kindness, nature, good-nature, with propriety and dignity, which makes her so admirable and so endearing to those around her.”The crown made for Queen Victoria.Victoria might have been gracious, but others were not so kind-hearted. Poor Lord Rolle found himself not only the subject of a painting by John Martin the next year which depicted the event, but also included in a poem by the humourist poet, Richard Harris Barham.In Mr Barney Maguire’s Account of the Coronation, Barham penned the following verse:Then the trumpets braying, and the organ playing, And the sweet trombones, with their silver tones; But Lord Rolle was rolling; — t’was mighty consoling To think his Lordship did not break his bones!According to historian Roy Strong, Victoria’s coronation was the last in a long line of botched ceremonies, since the Victorians subsequently put together a programme that has been used ever since.Read another story from us: Royal Family Scandal: The Friendship between Queen Victoria and her Indian ServantWith Victoria on the throne for 63 years, they certainly had a lot of time to plan the next one properly.last_img read more

These Foods Are The Oldest Ever Discovered By Archaeologists

first_imgWhen archaeologists dig under the ground in search of the remnants of ancient societies, they typically expect to find objects made of stone or metal. However, very occasionally, they unearth something much more rare and exciting – a piece of ancient food that has been miraculously preserved from the elements and survived thousands of years.These discoveries are worth their weight in gold for archaeologists of the ancient world, offering a unique insight into diets and customs of the distant past that would be otherwise impossible to find.Some of the oldest foods ever found have resisted decay for thousands of years. However, although they may get historians excited, it’s unlikely they will tempt modern diners.2,000-Year-Old Pickled FishIt is unlikely that the Romans who pickled this fish anticipated that it would last for quite so longIn 2012, marine archaeologists working in the Mediterranean discovered the remains of an ancient shipwreck near the town of Varazze on the Italian coast.AdChoices广告inRead invented by TeadsBelieved to have been travelling from Italy to Spain around 2,000 years ago, this incredibly well preserved wreck included a cache of sealed jars containing grain, oil, wine and pickled fish.Pickling was (and remains) a common way to preserve food, but it is unlikely that the Romans who pickled this fish anticipated that it would last for quite so long. The tightly sealed jars protected the fish from hungry sea creatures and decay.2,400-Year-Old Flavored OilsAncient Greek olive oil production workshop in Klazomenai, Ionia (modern Turkey)In a similar discovery, marine archaeologists excavating a wreck off the coast of the Greek island of Chios found a number of sealed jars with traces of olive oil flavored with oregano.Ancient roman amphorae found at the wreck site contained traces of flavored oilAccording to NBC News, the team investigating the finds believed that oregano and other herbs were often used to flavor and preserve oil in ancient Greek society, producing an early form of salad dressing. The amphora that contained the oil was particular to the ancient Greek culture of Chios, dating to around 2,400 years ago.4,000-Year-Old NoodlesA bowl of noodles was discovered at the site, dating to around 4,000 years agoLajia, also known as China’s Pompeii, was an ancient Chinese settlement on the Yellow River that suffered a series of natural disasters during the Bronze Age.The rich sediment of this fertile area has proved invaluable to archaeologists, preserving organic matter and leaving behind tantalizing insights into ancient Chinese society.In 2002, a bowl of noodles was discovered at the site, dating to around 4,000 years ago. According to National Geographic, this incredible find showed that the Chinese have been making noodles from millet for thousands of years, forming a crucial part of ancient diets.6,700-Year-Old PopcornHomemade popcorn is the perfect snack for movie days at homeWhile we might think of popcorn as a relatively modern snack, best enjoyed in front of a movie, the ancient Peruvians were clued into this treat thousands of years ago.According to Live Science, archaeologists discovered evidence that people living on Peru’s northern coast in the 5th millennium BC ate corn in a wide variety of ways, including wrapping the cobs and placing them over hot coals in order to pop the kernels.Many ancient husks of corn were found preserved at the two sites of Paredones and Huaca, dating to between 6,700 and 3,000 years ago.3,000-Year Old HoneyHoney had many uses in ancient Egyptian society, from embalming the dead to treating woundsHoney was a very important commodity for the ancient Egyptians, used as a foodstuff, in healing and also for embalming bodies before mummification. It may come as no surprise, therefore, that while excavating ancient pyramids in Egypt, archaeologists found many jars of honey.Read another story from us: The oldest bottle of wine in the world remains unopened since the 4th CenturyMiraculously, however, this important foodstuff was still edible. Honey contains a number of natural preservatives that can give it an extremely long life, and according to National Geographic, the samples taken from the pyramids were still perfectly edible, even 3,000 years after it was first produced.last_img read more

The Cowboys need to start looking hard at life after Tony Romo

first_imgColin says:You can agree with Kaepernick’s right to protest it and also disagree with the way he did it.Most employment decisions are made when you aren’t in the room.Deshaun Watson should refuse to go to Cleveland next year.How many games is Romo worth? Colin updates his preseason NFL Predictions.Why NFL teams playing 4 preseason games is as ridiculous as smoking on airplanes.Guests: Michael Lombardi – NFL Insider is in studio to talk about how situations like Colin Kaepernick’s affect a team, what he expects from Jimmy Garoppolo in New England, and when Ram fans should panic over Jared Goff.Ian Rapoport – NFL Network Insider joins the show to discuss the mood within the Cowboys organization about Tony Romo, if he should retire, the league buzz surrounding Colin Kaepernick, and what to make of Jared Goff’s struggles.Bill Romonowski – Former All-Pro linebacker for the 49’ers and Broncos joins the show to scorch Colin Kaepernick over his anthem protest, losing the “it” factor, the Harbaugh effect, and how the Cowboys are dealing with the Romo injury news.last_img read more

Draymond Green mocked LeBron for flopping after flagrant foul call Video

first_img Advertisement It’s actually refreshing to see two teams hate each other this much. Last night, Draymond Green and LeBron continued their on-court beef that dates back to last year’s NBA Finals between the Warriors and Cavs. Green was suspended from Game 5 of last year’s Finals after LeBron baited him into throwing a punch. Green’s absence in Game 5 helped pave the way for the Cavs 3-1 comeback and championship win. It doesn’t take Dr. Phil to figure out these two don’t like each other.The Warriors smashed the Cavs last night at Oracle, 126-91, but the Green/James subplot continued to develop during the second quarter, when Green picked up a Flagrant Foul I for taking down LeBron as he dribbled down the court in transition.Cavs fans will say LeBron “Sold” the call, while Warriors fans say he flopped. Eye of the beholder. Green was furious over the call and even mocked LeBron on the sidelines for flopping.The hate is real between these two teams and the inevitable Finals grudge-match looks like it will be a classic.last_img read more

VIDEO Youth softball umpire unapologetically makes the worst call ever may actually

first_img Advertisement Being a youth umpire is a lose/lose proposition. No matter which call you make, it’s always going to piss off one group of overly emotional, overly invested parents.One youth softball umpire actually deserves every ounce of ridicule that ends up getting thrown his way after making one of the worst blown calls in the history of sports at any level.The egregious call came when a batter laid down a bunt and clearly legged out a single. Even though the batter beat out the throw to first by about six steps, the ump incredibly punches her out with the certainty of a 30-year MLB umpire. It’s really remarkable.People give youth sports officials way too much grief, but this guy deserves it. Time to find another hobby other than ruining kids dreams, bruh. Check out the blown call of blown calls by the Don Denkinger of the youth softball circuit.the umpire called her out.. RT if you think she was safe— kayla jasper (@kaylajayyyy4) March 10, 2017last_img read more