Kolkata: A person was killed in a road accident on the second Hooghly bridge on the wee hours of Sunday.A Special Utility Vehicle (SUV) rammed into a static container carrier. The driver of the vehicle died on the spot. Police recovered the four injured passengers and rushed them to SSKM hospital. Police sources informed that on Sunday a container carrier was parked there due to some reasons. All of a sudden, the driver of the container carrier heard a noise and felt something hit it from behind. When he got down and went to the back of the vehicle, he saw an SUV had rammed into his container carrier’s back and was wrecked. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHe reported the matter to the police personnel near the toll booth of the bridge. Police tried to recover the persons from inside the car but failed as none of the doors were in a condition to be opened normally. Later, police had to cut off the body of the SUV to pull out the passengers. The driver identified as Banaful Bhuniya (47) was found dead. The other four persons have been admitted to SSKM hospital by police. The sleuths came to know that the car bearing the registration number of Odisha was hired by passengers coming from Egra in East Midnapore. Police are trying to contact the families of Bhuniya and the injured passengers.
New Delhi: The winner of the USD 25,000 DSC Prize for South Asian Literature will be announced at the Kolkata Literary Meet (Kalam) next month, its presenters Wednesday said. Indian authors Neel Mukherjee, Sujit Saraf, Jayant Kaikini and Manu Joseph and writers of Pakistani origin Kamila Shamsie and Mohsin Hamid are in the race for the award, which is now in its eighth year. The winner will be named at the iconic Victoria Memorial Hall on January 25 at a special ceremony during the literary festival that will take place from January 22-27. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The jury is headed by Rudrangshu Mukherjee and has Claire Armitstead, Nandana Sen, Firdous Azim and Tissa Jayatilaka as other members. The partnership with the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet will provide a significant impetus to the literature of the region as both the prize and the festival are strongly focused to further the cause of South Asian writing, the presenters said. Speaking about the partnership, Surina Narula, founder of the DSC Prize for South Asian Literature said, “We see a lot of positive synergies in this partnership as we both share a common vision to promote and highlight South Asian writing to more people across geographies through the forum of literature and the arts.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Malavika Banerjee, director of the Tata Steel Kolkata Literary Meet, added, “At a time when this region is yielding a rich crop of young writers it’s heartening to see a prize that showcases and rewards the best books from this region.” Since 2016, the winner is announced in different South Asian countries by rotation. In 2016, it was awarded to Anuradha Roy at the Galle Literary Festival in Sri Lanka and last year, the prize was given to Anuk Arudpragasam at the Dhaka Lit Fest in Bangladesh. The DSC Prize, instituted by Surina and Manhad Narula in 2010, focuses on South Asian fiction writing. From the 88 eligible entries received this year, the DSC Prize had first announced a longlist of 16 books in New Delhi in October and then a six-book shortlist in London in November.
Are you finding yourself having less discussions with your partner or thinking of an extra-marital relationship? If so, it’s time to consult a marriage counsellor, suggests an expert.Below are some possibilities when you should seek a professional’s help in your marriage.* One of the most important indicators is communication between partners. Communication can be negative, stressful and disrespectful also. If there are no discussions between partners other than children, then that also means professional help is required. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf* If partners are getting attracted to others or thinking of extra-marital relations, that is a clear sign that they are no longer interested in each other.* They have differences, but don’t know how to fix it.* When there are regular arguments and disagreements about issues.* When partners are unable to adjust or respect each others’ families. * Women often dream of a fairy tale marriage and men also have some expectations. But when both or one of the partners find it different, that reduces their attachment to each other. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive* Different opinions about parenting also can lead to differences among couples. * It is found that good friends become good couples. Whenever you feel weak as a partner, friendship helps and you can discuss it. When this kind of a relationship starts missing, gap increases. An early intervention of experts can save the marriage.* One of the basic requirements of any relationship is mutual respect and when respect for each other reduces, that can be sorted out with the help of a professional counsellor.* When partners start keeping secrets with each other and you get to know about it, but don’t know how to ask.
Clicking pictures may help recall the details of what you see, say scientists who found that having camera can help enhance visual memory. Researchers, including those from University of Pennsylvania in the US, conducted two experiments. In the first they had 294 participants tour a real-life museum exhibit of Etruscan artefacts.As the participants toured the exhibit, they listened to an accompanying audio guide. At the end of the tour, they answered multiple-choice questions asking them to identify objects they had seen or complete factual statements from the audio guide. The results showed that those who took photos visually recognised more of the objects compared with those who did not have a camera. However, they also remembered less auditory information than their camera-less peers. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThese findings provided evidence that taking pictures can enhance visual memory, researchers said.For the second experiment researchers designed a virtual art-gallery tour. Participants navigated through the gallery on screen as they would in real life and some were able to take pictures of what they saw on screen by clicking an on-screen button.Again, participants who were able to take pictures were better at recognising what they saw and worse at remembering what they heard, compared to those who could not take pictures. Researchers found that participants who were able to take pictures performed better on visual memory tasks regardless of whether the objects in question were the most or least photographed. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePhoto-takers even had better visual memory for aspects of the exhibit they didn’t photograph, compared with participants who weren’t able to take pictures. These findings suggest that having a camera changes how people approach an experience in a fundamental way, researchers said. “Even when people don’t take a photo of a particular object, like a sculpture, but have a camera with them and the intention to take photos, they remember that sculpture better than people who did not have a camera with them,” researchers said.
Kolkata: The Central Customs department has nabbed three persons and seized approximately 19.5 kg gold biscuits worth around Rs 6.5 crore, from Burrabazar on Friday night.According to Customs officials, they had been getting information regarding gold smuggling through Kolkata for the past few months. Working on the information, sleuths from the Central Customs department came to know that some people were dealing with smuggled gold at a jewellery shop in Burrabazar area. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAfter concrete information regarding the same was received on Friday, sleuths raided a jewellery shop in Burrabazar and found the gold biscuits, about which the owner of the shop had no documents. Apart from the owner, two other persons present there who had connection with the gold biscuits were also detained.Later, sleuths came to know that the gold biscuits had been smuggled into the country from abroad and the accused were about to melt the gold to make gold bars which would be delivered at certain places through agents. Sleuths suspect that a big racket is operating behind this. They might have some agents abroad and airports which help them to smuggle the gold biscuits. The names of several more jewellery shops have come up in the investigation.
Jazz, it is said, is the only music in which the same note can be played day after day but differently each time – because it comes from the soul.Realizing the variety it presents, Alliance Française de Delhi and Kalasetu are presenting Jazz-Express: Paris-Darjeeling-Chennai, a subtle jazz duet, in conversation with a guitar sensation – under the umbrella of In[Chorus] – Season 2. The musical extravaganza on April 12, from 6.30 pm, will be presented at the ML Bhartia Auditorium at the Alliance Française de Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis [InChorus] creation will bring together three jazz exponents: the French singer – Raphaëlle Brochet, the Belgian double bass player – Philippe Aerts, and the Indian guitar player – Pranai Gurung.Raphaëlle’s deep immersion in Carnatic music for 15 years gives her voice and repertoire a unique touch that Philippe embraces beautifully with his impressive technique. The collaboration with Pranai Gurung, one of the top Indian guitar player of Delhi, is expected to turn into a unique fusion of colours, music and virtuosity. Apart from being a brilliant Jazz exponent, Pranai is revisiting the Nepali folk heritage of his area of origin, Darjeeling. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn[Chorus] is a cycle of musical meetings organized by the Alliance Française de Delhi and the Kalasetu organization for the promotion of South Asian Traditional Performing Arts and exchanges between Indian and French artists. It offers a platform for creation dedicated to young promising musicians, of all genres, settled in India and France through residencies, concerts and workshops. The aim is to encourage talented Indian musicians to take part in the development of a musical project or to strengthen an already existing collaboration with a French (or European) artist. The first part of the programme will be dedicated to the Indian artist, followed by a restitution of his collaboration with his French counterpart.Alliance Française de Delhi Director, Jean-François Ramon, said, “After a successful season one of InChorus, we are happy to bring to you Season 2 of the series which brings young and promising musicians of different genres together at a common platform. This stage helps to promote talented artists settled in both India and France.” Born to musician parents, Raphaëlle (vocalist) grew up surrounded by jazz, destined to be an artist. She started her career at the age of 17 and studied music in different French Conservatories and in Canada. She received a scholarship from the Wesleyan University and spent time shuttling between India and the USA where she worked with her teachers, Sarada Thota (India) and Balraj Balasubrahmanyan (USA) for 12 years. She is now teaching at the Royal Conservatory of Brussels and at the Centre Mandapa in Paris.Philippe Aerts (double bass and bass) is a Belgian jazz double bassist. He taught himself guitar and electric bass guitar when he was 11 and started playing the double bass at age 14. He is a member of different jazz groups (Philip Catherine trio, the Ivan Paduart trio). He also has his own trio with John Ruocco (tenor saxophone and clarinet) and Tony Levin (drums) and quartet with Bert Joris.Pranai Gurung (guitar) is among the finest guitarists. He has been writing and collaborating with various musicians for over 15 years. He is as much as ease with Jazz and Bebop as with Funk, Pop, Retro, RnB and the Blues. He is collaborating as well with contemporary Nepali Folk Rock band like “Bipul Chettri & the travelling band”.
High “star rating” of medical apps does not necessarily reflect accuracy or value, say scientists who warn users to not trust such platforms just based on reviewsResearchers from Johns Hopkins University in the US screened 250 user reviews and comments for a once popular – but proven inaccurate – mobile app that claims to change your smartphone into a blood pressure monitor.”People tend to trust user reviews when shopping online and use them to decide which products to purchase, but that doesn’t cut it for medical apps,” said Timothy Plante, a former fellow at the Johns Hopkins. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”There are certain thresholds of accuracy that need to be maintained, and a five-star rating doesn’t replace clinical validation studies and FDA review,” said Plante, who is now an assistant professor at the University of Vermont in the US.The researchers said that unregulated mobile health app use could give people a false sense of security, which could lead to dire health consequences.In the study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association, the physicians call for medical professionals to be more sceptical of apps that do not have scientific studies backing them. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe researchers analysed 261 user ratings and reviews from the app store before the it was taken off the market for reasons that were not made public.The average star rating of the latest version of the app was four out of five stars, and 59 per cent of the reviews assigned the app five stars. Commentary praising the accuracy of the app based on anecdotal experience comprised 42 per cent of the reviews, and 10 per cent of the reviews mention inaccuracy. Yet, 24 reviews – 10 per cent – claimed to use the app for medical purposes, with 11 people using it to manage their high blood pressure treatments, one person using it to manage kidney disease and another person using it to monitor blood pressure after a heart transplant.”The data showed that disclaimers aren’t a complete solution. Consumers will continue to use these devices to manage their health care, which could be dangerous if they are substituting the app for medical care with a professional,” said Seth Martin, assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University.
Kolkata: Train services were affected in both Howrah and Sealdah divisions, after a gusty wind along with scattered rain hit some parts of South Bengal on Sunday evening. Train services on the Barrackpore-Ranaghat-Krishnanagar section of Eastern Railway’s Sealdah division were affected since 6.05 pm due to a banner flag getting tangled in an overhead wire at Simurali on the Up line due to the storm. A tower van was dispatched immediately to conduct repair work on a war footing. Normal services were resumed after the repair work was completed at around 7.10 pm. As a result, 6 EMU locals were delayed. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAt Krishnanagar, there was a signaling problem due to the weather since 5.50 pm, causing late running of trains. Works are on to rectify the defects for resumption of normal services. In the Howrah division, there was moderate rain and storm since 4.30 pm. Though services were maintained, the trains have been running late for observance of safety stipulations. Normal services have been maintained in Asansol and Malda divisions.
Exposure to environmental pollutants can cause alterations in brain development that affect sexual development and fertility for several generations, a study has found. Researchers from the University of Liege in Belgium monitored the sexual development of three generations of rats. Pregnant rats were exposed to a mixture of common endocrine-disrupting chemicals (EDCs), at doses equivalent to those commonly experienced by people. Their offspring showed impairments in sexual development and maternal behaviour that were passed on through several generations. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe female rats born in the first and second generation showed impairments in their care for their own pups. However, the female rats in the second and third generation exhibited a delayed onset of puberty and altered reproductive cycle and ovarian follicle development, indicating that their fertility was affected, even though they were never themselves exposed to the EDCs. “Our results raise real concerns about the effects of these pollutants in our environment. We found effects of EDCs in generations of animals that had not been directly exposed to the chemicals,” said Anne-Simone Parent from the University of Liege. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe findings suggest that current levels of EDCs in our environment may already be causing long-lasting harm and that people and agencies should take measures to minimise exposure. We are exposed to hundreds of these pollutants in our daily lives, as they are used in the manufacture of plastics, pesticides and medicines. However, the extent of damage being done to our health and the consequences to future generations remains unclear.
Modern art often gets a reputation for being strange, obtuse and somewhat pretentious. Of course, this reputation isn’t entirely unearned. There have been plenty of strange and overblown pieces of art, sometimes selling for hundreds of thousands of dollars, all while looking relatively thrown together or mundane.Some might look at these sales and see it as injustice, others might see ingenuity. Still, the fact remains, modern art does sell, and sometimes it sells really well.Marcel Duchamp, Fountain, 1917.All art is subjective, as they say, and beauty is in the eye of the beholder.The traditional styles of art such as paintings are easily identified as artistic in nature.A viewer at a gallery who sees a painting in a frame might not like the painting, but would be quick to agree that the painting itself it art.“Art – the expression or application of human creative skill and imagination” (Oxford English dictionary). Is this museum display a work of art?With modern art, things can be a little more difficult to discern. Sometimes a modified urinal or stains on a wall can be part of an exhibit.Take for instance the work of art known as When It Starts Dripping From The Ceiling. This sculpture had been carefully crafted by Martin Kippenberger, a German artist known for his varied and interesting styles. This work, composed of a wooden tower, had a black rubber trough underneath it.Martin Kippenberger Exhibit at MOMA 2009. Photo by Carl Mikoy CC By 2.0This trough had a thin layer of paint spread inside it, in order to represent the dripping stains from rainwater. It looked stained, but this was the intention of the artist.Yet, the stain was convincing enough to fool a cleaner who had been working in the Ostwall Museum in Dortmund, Germany, where the sculpture was residing.This woman had been busy cleaning the entire building overnight, only to come across the clearly stained trough. Without realizing that it was part of the actual art piece itself, she knelt down, got her scrubbing tools out and went to work.Museum Ostwall, Dortmund, Germany.Within a short time she had scrubbed it completely clean, destroying the integrity of the piece and wiping out all traces of the paint.Without realizing what she was doing, she had severely damaged the work of art.While the sculpture was still intact, the main purpose of the trough was now violated and could not be restored, especially since creator was long dead.Unfortunately, the problem stemmed from the fact that the cleaning team wasn’t in-house, but rather was an outsourced company.Another sculpture by Martin Kippenberger. Photo by Kamahele CC BY-SA 3.0While memos had been issued to the crew telling them that they needed to keep a safe distance away from all of the exhibits, it is difficult to know if she had received that information.The sculpture’s overall value was £690,000, which is no small amount. To make matters worse, When It Starts Dripping From The Ceiling didn’t even belong to the museum — it had been loaned by a private collector.Modern art Installation by Robert Filliou entitled La Joconde est dans les escaliers. Photo by Fred Romero CC By 2.0Fortunately the sculpture was insured, but it would never be restored to its rightful state again.Mishaps like this aren’t frequent, but they can happen, especially when the art is difficult to accurately identify as an artwork.In one instance, a cleaner thought that a pile of empty beer bottles, ashtrays and newspapers was trash that needed to be removed, not realizing that it was actually part of a display by Damien Hirst, another contemporary artist.While these cleaners certainly learned an intense lesson about the dangers of cleaning modern art, there is a bigger lesson to be learned here.Read another story from us: $47 Million worth of artifacts recovered in raids across EuropeArt is subjective, and one man’s trash can certainly be another man’s art installation.Andrew Pourciaux is a novelist hailing from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where he spends the majority of his time writing and podcasting.