August 31, 2019

Dreamlab cracks the code to Microsofts wireless keyboards

first_img Citation: Dreamlab cracks the code to Microsoft’s wireless keyboards (2007, December 4) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-12-dreamlab-code-microsoft-wireless-keyboards.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. The IT security center claims that it has developed simple technology that can “sniff out” the keystrokes typed on Microsoft´s Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 and 2000 keyboards. At distances of up to 10 meters, Dreamlab´s technology can capture and decrypt keystrokes that may contain information such as user names, passwords, credit card numbers, and confidential messages. With appropriate technical equipment, Dreamlab predicts that eavesdropping at even larger distances is possible.Companies like Microsoft and Logitech use the 27 MHz radio band for communication between wireless keyboards and a computer. As Max Moser of Dreamlab Technologies says, “Wireless communication is only as secure as the encryption technology used. Due to its nature, it can be tapped with little effort.”Because Microsoft´s encryption technology uses only about 256 possible encryption keys, it did not take many tries for Dreamlab´s software to decode the data. In this case, just a simple radio receiver, a soundcard, and suitable software were enough to break the cryptography codes and tap into the radio frequencies. Dreamlab says it immediately alerted the manufacturer to the security loophole, but it will be a long process to fix the problem. In the meantime, Dreamlab hopes that consumers using wireless keyboards will take caution when using any wireless keyboard. Because Microsoft´s other wireless devices operate on similar technology, Dreamlab warns that these devices might also be prone to attacks. Some of these devices include the Wireless Optical Desktop 3000, Wireless Optical Desktop 4000 and other products in the 27 Mhz-based Wireless Laser Desktop series.Dreamlab has not released the specific tools and methods used to break the code, but researchers at Dreamlab have created a presentation about their work explaining the procedures used and the pitfalls encountered during the analysis. They plan to present their work at future events, mainly for educational purposes. The company hopes that this information will make researchers more aware of the interesting topic of analyzing unknown radio-based data transmission.More information:Dreamlab´s white paper: “We know what you typed last summer”Dreamlab´s VideoCopyright 2007 Lisa Zyga & Physorg.com. All rights reserved. Web Sites and Bloggers may provide the introductory paragraph and a link to the story, but may not copy, redistribute, rewrite or publish the story in whole or in part without written permission of the author or publisher. Anyone using a wireless keyboard might be a little concerned with a recent announcement by the Swiss company Dreamlab Technologies. Microsoft Wireless Optical Desktop 1000 last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Mandrill monkey creates tool for a pedicure w video

first_img While Great Apes like the chimpanzee and orangutan have been observed making tools to aid in the extraction of termites from mounds, this is the first time a smaller species of monkey has been observed making tools. Citation: Mandrill monkey creates tool for a pedicure (w/ video) (2011, July 25) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-mandrill-monkey-tool-pedicure-video.html Chimpanzees use sex tools More information: Observation of tool use and modification for apparent hygiene purposes in a mandrill, Behavioural Processes, doi:10.1016/j.beproc.2011.06.003AbstractTool making or modification to produce a tool of apparent improved functionality has rarely been reported in monkeys, especially when tools are used outside the context of food acquisition. We report on an observation of selection, modification and use of splinters for hygiene purposes in a male mandrill. The zoo-housed animal was video-recorded breaking splinters in sequence to use them underneath his toenails. This record brings forward new evidence that the ability to use and modify tools is not limited to apes and some New World monkeys but is also apparent in Old Word monkeys.via BBC The discovery happened when lead researchers Dr. Riccardo Pansini was filming the mandrill as part of a stress-related behavior study being conducted at Chester Zoo. In the video, a large male mandrill works to pull apart bark on a twig to make the tool as narrow as he can. Once completed, he then uses the newly fashioned tool to clean and remove the dirt out from underneath his toenails.Mandrills have also been seen modifying twigs to clean out their ears and researchers believe they do this in order to prevent ear infections. Pansini believes this new behavior of creating tools for pedicures may be due to the fact the mandrill is in captivity. Because the mandrill is not focused on mating or finding food, he has the extra time on his hands to perform what could be considered as a trivial task. Yet, he has modified a tool that would normally be used for the hygienic purposes of cleaning out his ears and used it on his toenails.However, other researchers are not as quick to call this tool usage. Dr. Amanda Seed from the University of St Andrews argues that the use of this twig for self-cleaning is not something new and is not sure that it really ranks up there with tool usage. The use of objects to help with self-care is just not the same as creating a tool to help find food like the chimpanzees do when collecting termites. 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. © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — In a recent paper published in Behavioural Processes, scientists reveal a film of a mandrill monkey creating a tool from a stick in order to remove dirt from underneath its toenails. This new finding shows that monkeys may be more intelligent than scientists have previously believed. Explore furtherlast_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Research team creates photoelectrowetting circuit

first_img More information: “Actuation at a distance” of microelectromechanical systems using photoelectrowetting: proof-of-concept, arXiv:1201.2873v1 [physics.flu-dyn] arxiv.org/abs/1201.2873AbstractWe demonstrate here a proof-of-concept experiment that microelectromechanical systems (MEMS) can be actuated using photoelectrowetting. In order to demonstrate this, a 30 mu m thick aluminum cantilever is actuated using an ordinary white light source. A deflection of 56 mu m is observed using a light irradiance equal to approx 1000 W m-2 at a bias of 7 V. The deflection of the cantilever relies on the recently observed photoelectrowetting effect [Sci. Rep.1, 184 (2011)]. Such “actuation at a distance” could be useful for optical addressing and control of autonomous wireless sensors, MEMS and microsystems. © 2011 PhysOrg.com Explore further Japanese company develops silver ink that requires no heat to harden Experimental setup showing aluminum cantilever, liquid droplet (H2O/HCl, c = 0.01M) and Teflon AF/silicon photoelectrowetting surface. Image from arXiv:1201.2873v1. Citation: Research team creates photoelectrowetting circuit (2012, January 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-01-team-photoelectrowetting-circuit.html Deflection of a 30µm thick Al cantilever using photoelectrowetting on a Teflon AF (265 nm)/p-type silicon (NA =1.8×10^15 cm-3) stack at (a) 0V (dark), (b) +20V (dark) and (c) +20V (illuminated). Image from arXiv:1201.2873v1 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. (PhysOrg.com) — Working together, Matthieu Gaudet and Steve Arscott from the University of Lille (IEMN lab) in France have built a circuit using a phenomenon known as photoelectrowetting, which allows a switch to be turned on by shining a light on it. As the two describe in their paper on the pre-print server arXiv, the circuit is made by using the principle of electrowetting to cause a drop of water to thin resulting in a conducting cantilever to fall towards a second conducting material allowing current to pass through. The circuit built by Arscott and his colleague uses photoelectrowetting to allow for switching from a distance using sunlight. Their circuit is essentially a capacitor, where two conducting materials are separated by an insulator. The substrate is made of P-Type silicon; above it is a layer of Teflon, and above that is a space with one drop of water in it. The drop of water holds up the free end of a cantilever made of Aluminum. The circuit is completed when light is shined on the water, causing the wetting angle to decrease, making the drop of water thinner. When that happens, the cantilever falls towards the electrode completing the circuit.The ability to switch a circuit on from a distance using only light will lead to advances in remote sensors and likely will also aid in the relatively new field of research called Lab on a Chip (LoC), which is focused on constructing self-contained devices that can perform tests on sample materials in remote areas. Electrowetting is a process whereby voltage applied to a liquid causes the wetting angle of the liquid to change. The wetting angle is the amount of rise seen when a liquid sits on a surface and is determined by the adhesive and cohesive forces inherent in the liquid. Differences in wetting angle can be seen when comparing drops of water sitting in a Teflon pan versus on an ordinary countertop. Subsequent research by Arscott showed that the same effect could be achieved by shining a light on a water droplet if it was sitting on an insulated conductor. He called the result photoelectrowetting.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Could fast radio bursts be produced by collisions between neutron stars and

first_img(Phys.org)—Fast radio bursts (FRBs) are short bursts of radio emissions from the sky lasting only few milliseconds. However, their origin is still unknown, perplexing astronomers for years since the discovery of the first FRB in 2007. According to various studies, these peculiar radio bursts could be a product of a supernova, two black holes colliding, a spinning neutron star, or they could be related to hyperflares of magnetars. Now, astronomers from the Nanjing University in China are offering another explanation for this puzzling question, asking if collisions of asteroids with neutron stars are producing FRBs. Artist impression of a fast radio burst reaching Earth. Photo credit: Jingchuan Yu, Beijing Planetarium Explore further Detected radio bursts evidence of ‘exotic phenomena’ © 2015 Phys.org More information: Collision between Neutron Stars and Asteroids as a Mechanism for Fast Radio Bursts, arXiv:1512.06519 [astro-ph.HE] arxiv.org/abs/1512.06519AbstractAs a new kind of radio transient sources detected at ∼1.4 GHz, fast radio bursts are specially characterized by their short durations and high intensities. Although only ten events are detected so far, fast radio bursts may actually frequently happen at a rate of ∼103 —- 104 sky−1 day−1. We suggest that fast radio bursts can be produced by the collisions between neutron stars and asteroids. This model can naturally explain the millisecond duration of fast radio bursts. The energetics and event rate can also be safely accounted for. Fast radio bursts thus may be one side of the multifaces of the neutron star-small body collision events, which are previously expected to lead to X-ray/gamma-ray bursts or glitch/anti-glitches. A paper, detailing the latest finding, co-authored by Yong Feng Huang and Jin-Jun Geng, was published online in the arXiv journal on Dec. 21.The authors of the paper, using the data from about ten FRBs, obtained key parameters that could help solve the mystery of these radio bursts. FRBs were generally discovered through single-pulse search methods by using archive data of wide-field pulsar surveys at the multi-beam 64-meter Parkes radio telescope in Australia and the 305-meter Arecibo telescope, located in Puerto Rico.FRBs are usually detected by large radio telescopes at 1.4 GHz. These events are of extremely short duration, typically lasting for less than a few milliseconds, but are detected with high intensity. The researchers noted that there are four main stages of detecting fast radio bursts.”First, the radio telescopes are uniformly pointing toward the sky at the time of the detections. Second, for the multi-beam receiver system, usually the signal was recorded only in very few beams, typically less than four, especially by adjacent beams. Third, FRBs are characterized by large dispersion measure (DM) values, significantly larger than terrestrial sources of interference. Fourth, the observed behaviors of time delay and frequency evolution of FRBs strongly indicate that cold-plasma dispersion should have been engraved in the radio signal,” the scientists wrote in the paper.The astronomers noted also that FRBs cannot be quickly followed up to catch the counterparts in other wavelengths, as they are generally screened out from archive data, as was done by Huang and Geng in their latest research. Thus, the absence of counterparts poses great difficulties in understanding the true nature of FRBs.The authors of the paper insist that the explanations offered by previous studies are unsatisfactory when it comes to the origin of these radio bursts. They imply that a very strong electromagnetic outburst or multi-band afterglow would be triggered and should be observed tin association with the FRB event. However, non of these phenomena have been observed.The new hypothesis, presented in the study, can account for many of the observational characteristics of FRBs, such as the duration, the energetics and the event rate. They suggest that the collision between asteroids and neutron stars can reasonably explain many of the observed features.Scientists have expected that the collision of small bodies with neutron stars can give birth to some kinds of X-ray bursts or some special gamma-ray bursts. The new research accounts for the possibility that these collisions are behind fast radio bursts.”Our model can naturally explain the millisecond duration of FRBs. It can also well account for various other aspects of FRBs,” the scientists wrote.They hope that the future Chinese 500-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST), which is expected to be ready for observations in late 2016, can contribute to the study of the multidimensionality of such collisions and will reveal new insights into the nature of FRBs. 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. Citation: Could fast radio bursts be produced by collisions between neutron stars and asteroids? (2015, December 23) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-12-fast-radio-collisions-neutron-stars.htmllast_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Meteorite impact caused the highest temperature ever recorded on Earths surface

first_imgAn international team of researchers has found evidence of an ancient meteorite colliding with ground rock on Earth, producing the highest temperature ever recorded on the planet’s surface. In their paper published in the journal Earth and Planetary Science Letters, the team describes their findings after studying an impact crater in Canada and how they were able to calculate the temperature for an impact that occurred so many years ago. Citation: Meteorite impact caused the highest temperature ever recorded on Earth’s surface (2017, September 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-09-meteorite-impact-highest-temperature-earth.html Planetary scientists believe that Earth was bombarded on a regular basis during its formative years—by meteorites and other space rocks. Some of those collisions left behind evidence that is still observable today in the form of craters. One of them is Mistastin Lake crater located in Labrador Canada, which is approximately 28 kilometers across, suggesting that the object that struck the Earth there was large. The researchers dated the collision that caused the crater back to approximately 38 million years ago.Most craters, the researchers note, do not have much if any evidence of the object that caused them—they vaporize on impact. Likewise, most of the material struck by meteors tends to vaporize, as well. Because of this, it has been difficult to learn more about the nature of the space rocks and the conditions that occurred when they struck. One thing scientists do know, however, is that when collisions occur, a lot of energy is released in the form of heat—the question is how much. In this new effort, the researchers found a way to measure the heat produced when the object struck the ground in Canada.In studying the crater, the researchers found evidence of zircon, a common mineral, being changed into cubic zirconia. Prior work with both minerals has shown that temperatures of 2370° C are required for that to take place. Thus, the heat generated by the impact had to have reached at least that temperature. The finding represents the hottest temperature ever found to exist naturally on the surface of the Earth. The researchers note that this is the first time zirconia has ever been used to calculate the heat of an impact and also shows that some rocks can get hotter naturally than has been thought. More information: Nicholas E. Timms et al. Cubic zirconia in >2370 °C impact melt records Earth’s hottest crust, Earth and Planetary Science Letters (2017). DOI: 10.1016/j.epsl.2017.08.012 Transformations to granular zircon revealed: Meteor Crater, Arizona Credit: CC0 Public Domaincenter_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. Journal information: Earth and Planetary Science Letters Explore further © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Love happens without intimation

first_imgI’m 32, married for 5 years. I love my husband but I think I’ve fallen in love with someone else. What should I do?Love happens without intimation and ‘love’ as a feeling can never be defined or dictated. I understand that the feeling of love for someone outside your marriage can lead to a suppressed feeling of guilt. But, honestly speaking – cool down, relax! As long as you are happy with this new season of love and its colors, don’t bother your nerves. Always remember, anything that ensures peaceful sleep and constant happiness is welcome. Just one word of caution, keep your personal life to yourself. Don’t speak about it to others. Have a happy life dear. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’I’m from South Delhi. I recently got engaged, I have physical intimacy with my fiancé. But somehow, I fantasise about her sister a lot.There’s a problem for sure! Specially if the ‘fantasy’ doesn’t maintain its secrecy! Its  all in your mind. There are millions who fantasise models, actors while getting intimate with their partners. And no rule book for penalizing such acts. All I can say, Be careful!Your ‘would-be’ would be really shattered if she knows it. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSo either concentrate and take her more seriously and get the sister out of your mind or marry the sister. Or change your mind and marry a completely new person who probably has no ‘sister’.But whatever you do, be quiet about it. I am 59. Met a young girl on internet. She’s taking a lot of interest in me. I’m getting nervous. What should I do?Congrats! That’s amazing!  Age should never be a reason to hold you back from exploring. If you’re happy with this ‘new episode’ of internet buddies, just get happier! You’ve nothing to win or lose and mental happiness over all is the biggest trophy. So, dear friend, just browse on, just flow on. We have two kids and I love my wife. But couple of months back, my old girlfriend got in touch and I got to know that she’s divorced. We are in touch and I went out for coffee with her twice. I’m very guilty suppressing it from my wife as I fear if she hears, her heart will break. What should I do? Depends on your personal equation with her. Tell her only if you guys are real good friends. Its sometimes very difficult for Indian woman to accept any face beside her man easily. So, let the ice melt on its own. Don’t rush to reveal. Let the coffee breaks continue peacefully  so that life remains happy for all.I love my wife but don’t enjoy our physical chemistry as she’s damn frigid. I don’t know how to make it better.You should start from the basics. Begin from the beginning. Start from adding small touches of love, surprise kisses, hugs. Just holding on and longer can turn it magically. Try to seduce her at any unexpected moment – the kitchen, the garden, the, those corners of home that remain unexplored. Get wild there. You can watch porn together and talk about it. Intimate conversations during sex and talking about sex may work for her. Keep exploring, read books and keep loving her. At the end of the day we all know what stays.I am in high school. I have developed the habit of watching porn everyday. I am unable to stop. What can I do? Is it normal. Listen dear, you have to come out of it gradually. Pornography is unreal and if you continue then you might lose interest in having sex with your partner/partners in the future. The virtual is a fantasy and it has to get over someday. Watch them but less.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Symphonies of Yore

first_imgCapital’s music enthusiasts got together to pay  a tribute to the yesteryears singing sensation Geeta Dutt on her 41st Death Anniversary at Kamani Auditorium in New Delhi. Team Svarpana, a Delhi-based group of 10 classically-trained, passionate music enthusiasts of all age groups and walks of life. Pawan Naidu, the fountainhead for the group designed this very presentation weaving the great singers’ story alongwith her songs. The rather melancholic life that she lead with untold events that marked her career and personal journey. The evening titled  Geeta Dutt…Aik Adhoora Sapna will have 17 ever  green, joyful and  melancholic songs of the veteran including  Ai Dil Muje Bata De, Babuji, dheere chalna, Koi  Chupke se aake,  Na jao saiyya,  Mera sundar Sapna beet gaya,  Vaqt ne kiya,  Janoo Janoo Re, Meri  jaan. These songs will be sung mainly by Shetal  accompanied by Jyoti and Stuti in duets – all classically trained singers. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’When asked why a tribute to Geeta Dutt, Pawan replied ‘because no one remembers her,’ he has devoted 25 years to present a ‘no nonsense live concert of Geeta Dutt by a solo artist to make his dream come true. Who remembers that this week on July 20th was Geeta Dutt’s death anniversary?,’ he asks adding  that they had been  paying tribute to her every year since 2007 to packed houses across the country. ‘We have taken special care that the songs have same expressions as she would ingrain in her intoxicating voice. Since she was not deeply trained in classical, expressions dominated most of her songs which struck the right chord with all and sundry, everyone could sing her songs.’ Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAdds Shetal, the lead vocalist for evening, ‘I read in Geeta Dutt’s blog maintained by her daughter in which she says that ‘no one pays tribute to my mother’ so she had prepared Pal a music CD dedicated  to her some time ago. We are trying to contact her to say that we have not forgotten her.’The evening is called Aik Adhoora Sapna to indicate at the loneliness the versatile singer lived almost all through her life.  Says Mr. Naidu, ‘Geeta Ghosh Roy Chowdhury,  a highly qualified woman hailing from an aristocratic zamindar family of Faridpur (before Partition) was at the peak of her career when she married Guru Dutt to become Geeta Dutt  –  then a struggling assistant to different directors. Dutt hailed from a Saraswat Brahman family and their union was a taboo affair in their families.’He adds, ‘If a person of Guru Dutt’s sensibilities could fall for Geeta Dutt, she must have had some tremendous qualities, yet he could not sustain respect for this relationship. He fell for Wahida Rehman, and Geeta was left alone’.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

New Town to be first in state to get AC electric buses

first_imgKolkata: New Town is going to the first area in Bengal, where air-conditioned electric buses will be introduced soon.The vehicles will be introduced in the areas that are not connected by buses. Three buses will be introduced, which will follow a circular route. Two buses will be for Action Area I and one for Action Area II. The buses will go up to Unitech, covering the campus of St. Xavier’s University and Karigari Bhavan. The average speed of the buses will be between 40-50 kmph. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe fare of the buses will be Rs 10. There will be no conductors. The drivers will collect the fare and a machine will be installed to generate the tickets.The bus drivers will be given special training to handle the buses along with collection of tickets. The battery needs to be charged and charging stations have come up. The body of the buses with 32 seats has been built by Eicher, while Karnataka based KPIT has installed the electrical systems. The buses are likely to be introduced in the middle of May. Trial runs are being made.New Town has been declared as a green city and steps have already been taken by Housing Infrastructure Development Corporation (HIDCO). Cycle sharing, an eco-friendly scheme, has become a great success and discussions are on to introduce e-vehicles on sharing basis as well. LED lamps have been installed in street lights to conserve power.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

WB panchayat poll on May 14 State Election Commission

first_imgKolkata: Panchayat election in West Bengal will be held on a single day on May 14, the State Election Commission (SEC) announced today. Earlier, the SEC had announced that the polling would be held in three phases on May 1, 2 and 5. The polling had to be deferred after opposition parties moved courts alleging violence and intimidation by the ruling party during the nomination process. “The panchayat election will be held on May 14,” a spokesman of the SEC told newsmen here.last_img

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August 31, 2019

Dead murder accused case HC asks Delhi Police to probe

first_imgThe Delhi High Court has directed city police to probe whether some of its officers suppressed facts in a case pertaining to identification of a body as that of a murder accused who had jumped bail.The accused had allegedly connived with his family members to show the unidentified body as his own to get him declared dead by Uttar Pradesh Police.A special bench of justices Kailash Gambhir and Sunita Gupta directed the DCP concerned, under whose jurisdiction the Seelampur police station falls, to “carefully go through report of UP police” and file a status report by next date of hearing.It issued the direction after noting that UP Police in its report has said that some officers of Anti Auto Theft Squad of Seelampur police station were “guilty of suppressing the facts in the matter”.“Conduct of all these officers is not above suspicion. It was a very serious issue where a decomposed body of some person came to be identified as that of the appellant.“As per the UP police report the officials here are trying to come in the way of justice. It will not be allowed in this case,” the court said, while issuing the directions to Delhi Police. The bench also made it clear that “the necessary facts shall be fully inquired into and no casual approach will be entertained” and directed that the status report be filed in four weeks.The court was hearing the appeal of Rajbir against his conviction by a trial court here in a murder case. During pendency of his appeal in court, he had obtained bail and then went missing.Despite repeated summons, when the court had failed to get his presence in the appeal case, it had decided to direct the police in Ghaziabad to trace him since he belonged to that district.Later information, through UP Police, was received by the court that the accused is dead. UP Police had said family of the accused had identified the clothes found on the body as those worn by Rajbir. The body was handed over to them and they cremated it and got a death certificate in his name.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

STF reconstructs plot of smuggling firearms

first_imgKolkata: The Special Task Force (STF) of the Kolkata Police reconstructed the plot in connection with the smuggling of firearms from Rifle Factory Ishapore to the Maoists. A team comprising senior police officers from the STF took one of the six arrested persons, Umesh Ray, alias Bhola, to the spot and reconstructed the plot. Bhola is a resident of Ishapore near Surkikal Kumarpara at Noapara in North 24-Parganas. During reconstruction, the investigating officers have come across the spots from where they used to take scrap firearms out of the rifle factory without getting noticed by the security personnel. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSources said during reconstruction Bhola showed the window with broken grill at the rifle factory from where they used to take out firearms. Police have found some revolvers, quite similar to those recovered on Tuesday, lying near the window. They suspect that there were plans to take out the same from the room.He also showed the spots from where they used to scale the fences while taking out scrap firearms to avoid getting noticed by security personnel. He also took the investigating officers to the place at the factory from where the firearms were stolen. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedPolice have also found that there was no inventory or record of the scrapped materials and it helped them to carry on with their work for the past ten years without getting caught. Police have also seized two revolvers during the reconstruction of the plot. The same will be used for comparison with those seized from the arrested persons on Monday. During reconstruction, names of some more staff and contractors of scrap items have cropped up. Police said they will be summoned for interrogation in this connection. Further investigation revealed that Bihar resident Ajay Pandey, alias Guddu Pandit, who was arrested in connection with the incident, knows more people who are involved in the racket and with the help of the same people; AK-47 was procured from North East states. Police have recorded the moments of the reconstruction of the plot.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Tihar inmate kills self inside cell

first_imgA 27-year-old inmate lodged in jail number one of Tihar prisons allegedly hanged himself to death inside a cell on Monday. The deceased person, identified as Ravinder, was jailed in connection with a murder and robbery case at his own locality in South-east Delhi’s Govindpuri. Ravinder was reported to be a habitual offender, who was first lodged in Tihar around 11 years ago. He was reportedly upset after his wife failed to come and meet him in the jail in the previous week, said a police official. On Monday afternoon, Ravinder allegedly hanged himself to death with his clothes tied to a high grill in his own cell (number 8) in the first ward of Jail number 1, said a police official. This was the 19th death and the fourth suicide case, so far this year.last_img

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August 31, 2019

Cabinet nod to Lucknow metro rail project phase1A

first_imgThe union cabinet on Tuesday approved the Lucknow Metro Rail Project Phase-1A, which will cover a length of 22.878 km with 22 stations, an official statement said.The decision was taken at a cabinet meeting chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The cost of the project will be Rs.6,928 crore which will be supported by the central government with Rs.1,300 crore in the form of equity and subordinate debt.The project, stretching from the Chowdhary Charan Singh Airport to the Munshi Pulia, will be implemented by Lucknow Metro Rail Corporation (LMRC), which will be reconstituted into a 50:50 jointly-owned company of the central government and Uttar Pradesh government. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damOut of the total route length, the elevated stretch will be 19.438 km while underground route length will be 3.440 km. It will have 19 elevated and three underground metro stations.The project will come under the legal framework of the Metro Railways (Construction of Works) Act, 1978, the Metro Railways (Operation and Maintenance) Act, 2002, and the Railways Act, 1989, as amended from time to time.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

LPG plot hatched well ahead of Centres notification Police

first_imgKolkata: Police investigation into the LPG dealership scam in which several people were allegedly duped have revealed that the plot for the scam was hatched days before the Union Petroleum ministry came up with the notification for LPG dealership.According to police sources, BJP leader Ranjeet Majumder who was arrested in connection with this case in the month of September, had made plans a fortnight ahead of the Centre’s notification and had e-mailed the same to a number of district presidents of the party asking them to send names of people who are interested in taking up distributorship. The list was prepared on the basis of this e-mail and amounts ranging from Rs 4 to 7 lakh were collected from each person. The entire transaction was done in cash. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe sleuths, on the basis of this e-mail, have learnt that money was collected from more than 234 persons. It may be mentioned that Majumder was arrested on the basis of a complaint lodged at Jorasanko police station by Ashoke Sarkar, a former BJP leader, alleging “criminal conspiracy” that was “hatched” by some “senior BJP and RSS leaders of Bengal”. Sarkar, in his complaint, had urged the police to carry a thorough probe in the matter and punish the offenders as per law. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedAccording to sources, allegations of financial corruption associated with LPG connection against BJP leaders have come up from Murshidabad and Sonarpur in South 24-Parganas and could go up to the tune of a few crores. The central division of Kolkata Police had constituted a Special Investigation Team (SIT) of nine officers to probe the complaint. The sleuths are also probing the role of some more BJP leaders in connection with the case. Some leaders in Murshidabad district have been quizzed in this connection by the SIT. A senior BJP leader, when contacted, denied the involvement of the party in the matter. “If somebody is found to be involved then he has to take his own responsibility. The party will not stand by him.” It may be mentioned that in January 2017, Sarkar had filed an RTI with Ishwarchandra Vidyasagar Polytechnic in Jhargram, alleging that BJP state president Dilip Ghosh had lied about his educational qualifications. He had alleged that the information furnished by Ghosh in his affidavit for the Assembly election regarding his educational qualifications was false.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Starvation death reports in Jhargram untrue says Mamata

first_imgJhargram: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday said that reports about the starvation deaths in Jhargram district were absolutely untrue and that there were elaborate arrangements to provide food to the locals of the area.Addressing the administrative meeting held, she said: “There have been no starvation deaths in the district as the state government has been running several welfare schemes in the region which was once a Maoist bastion.” She said the state government is giving a kilogram of rice for Rs 2 to ensure that every person gets food. “Every person gets 8 kg rice and 3 kg wheat per month. However, I have come to know that people who don’t require the grains sell part of their quota in the open market,” she added. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeShe also directed the district administration to include the Sabars in the schemes under 100 days’ work. Sabar community is an ethnic tribe, mainly residing in Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh and Bengal. Banerjee also expressed concern over the elephant-man conflict. Elephants are entering the district from nearby areas of Jharkhand and destroying crops. This has been happening for quite some time. The elephants use a pathway near Lalgarh forest. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedBanerjee has been asking the district administration for quite some time to take steps to stop the conflict. Many youths have been recruited to assist the Forest department as well. The Chief Minister asked the district administration to take up projects so that the beneficiaries become self-reliant. Self-Help Groups have been set up all over the state and they can be used for floriculture, cashew cultivation and fish cultivation. She said plates made out of saal leaves have tremendous potential and they can be kept even at the Biswa Bangla stores. “The Self-Help Groups are doing excellent work in many areas and if proper training can be given, they can do a miracle,” she said. It may be mentioned that in Nadia, some women belonging to those groups have become self-reliant by doing fish cultivation. The state Panchayat department has helped them to dig tanks where they are doing fish cultivation and selling their produce in the market. Banerjee urged the Panchayat members to work for the people. “Go to the people and listen to their grievances. Give them a patient hearing and then take up schemes to resolve the problems. We know all the problems cannot be solved but one should deal with them sympathetically.” It may be mentioned that in every party meeting, Banerjee is urging her party workers to go to the masses and work for them. “You cannot do politics from home. You will have to go to the people and talk to them,” was her advice to her party colleagues.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

5 books to read in December 2018

first_imgIt’s the last month of 2018, a year that saw the release of several impressive novels and nonfiction works on subjects of contemporary interest. December will ring the final bell before the arrival of literary festivals, and these new offerings across various subjects and tastes will keep you company. If political books are making much noise lately, brace for some more as former Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is on a spree of releasing books critical of the ruling dispensation, will be publishing ‘Changing India’, a unique series chronicling the country’s changing economy and polity over seven decades. This set of five volumes offers a selection of his writings, speeches, interviews and press conferences from his days in academia during the 1950s, through his career in the civil service during the 1970s and 1980s, as India’s Finance Minister in the early 1990s and as Prime Minister of India from 2004 to 2014. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfReaders of mythology will not be disappointed as Devdutt Pattanaik, who has authored over 30 books on subjects related to ancient Indian scriptures and mythology, is returning with a new book. It is a popular belief that the Ramayana is idealistic while the Mahabharata is realistic. “Yet these two epics have identical building blocks, identical themes, and identical history,” believes Pattanaik, who in ‘Ramayana vs Mahabharata’, explores the similarities and dissimilarities between the two epics in a “playful analysis” accompanied by his signature illustrations. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive’Why I Am a Liberal: A Manifesto for Indians Who Believe in Individual Freedom’, by Sagarika Ghose, will ask its readers whether they are liberal, or dislike liberals. It argues that whatever the case may be, the liberal is at the centre of public debate today. “From discussions on nationalism to religion, freedom of speech, freedom to dissent and women’s rights, the liberal is regarded as a crucial voice. However, once influential, the Indian liberal is under attack from many who feel liberals have got it all wrong. Liberals stand for individual freedoms and argue against Big Governments. Yet, today, are individual freedoms such as the right to eat, worship, dress, love, marry, set up businesses, free speech, have opinions, read and write what you want in serious danger? Is the dominance of a Big Government or Big State stamping out individual freedom in an unprecedented manner?” asks Ghose. The author shows how deep liberal traditions in India are and how the founding vision of India was a thoroughly liberal one. This is a compelling and thought-provoking book, a book one might want to read to know about individual freedoms. And then there is ‘A Rural Manifesto: Realising India’s Future through Her Villages’, by Varun Gandhi. The book, published amidst a national conversation on rural distress, highlights the potential solutions to putting the village economy on an even keel, while exploring how the vast majority of India ekes out a living. “In this heartfelt and timely book, covering facets of the Indian rural economy, Feroze Varun Gandhi shines a bright light on the travails of the marginal farmer and asks searching questions on why the rural economy remains in doldrums, six decades after Independence,” the publisher said. The book is said to explore rural India’s innate perseverance and highlight potential solutions in development policy with a focus on making the rural economy resilient. ‘Where Some Things Are Remembered: Profiles And Conversations – Dom Moraes’, edited by Sarayu Srivatsava, will emphasise that Dom Moraes was not only one of India’s greatest poets, but also an extraordinary journalist and essayist. He could capture effortlessly the essence of the people he met, and in every single profile in this sparkling collection he shows how it is done. “The Dalai Lama laughs with him and Mother Teresa teaches him a lesson in empathy. Moraes could make himself at home with Lalu Prasad Yadav, the man who invented the self-fulfilling controversy, and exchange writerly notes with Sunil Gangopadhyaya. He was Indira Gandhi’s biographer – painting her in defeat, post-Emergency, and in triumph, when she returned to power. He tried to fathom the mind of a mysterious ‘super cop’ – K P S Gill – and also of Naxalites, dacoits and ganglords,” publisher Speaking Tiger said, giving a backround of the book. It said that the collection is literary journalism at its finest.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Woman tortured for dowry in Beniapukur

first_imgKolkata: A woman was allegedly tortured and sexually harassed by her in-laws for dowry in Beniapukur.On Wednesday, she lodged a complaint at the Beniapukur police station against her husband and father-in-law. Till Thursday, no one was arrested. According to sources, the woman got married in December 2000. At the time of her marriage, a lot of valuables were given to her in-laws as dowry. It is alleged that after a few years of marriage she her husband and in-laws started torturing her to bring more dowry. The victim woman said since her family was not able to fulfill the demands made by her in-laws she was subjected to torture. She alleged her husband and her father-in-law had been torturing her for a few years. She said she was forced by her husband to see a pornographic video. Despite she refused to watch it, her husband had forced her to do so. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHowever, a few months ago, her husband started behaving properly with her. She thought he changed due to some reason. But the situation turned ugly after she came to know that when she was in a compromising position with her husband, her father-in-law filmed her. She was shown the video and told to bring dowry. Having no other way, she went to her father’s house, which is also in Beniapukur. On Wednesday, she lodged a complaint against her husband and father-in-law. On the basis of her complaint, a FIR has been initiated under sections 498A (husband or relative of husband of a woman subjecting her to cruelty), 354A (sexual harassment and punishment for sexual harassment), 354C (voyeurism) and 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) of the IPC.last_img read more

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August 31, 2019

Raj Thackeray to arrive in city meet Mamata on Wednesday

first_imgKolkata: Maharashtra Navnirman Sena (MNS) supremo Raj Thackeray will arrive in the city on Tuesday evening. He will meet West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at state Secretariat Nabanna on Wednesday. “They are likely to discuss electoral reforms, demand for return to ballot papers and the political situation in the country,” a source close to the MNS chief told PTI. TMC sources said that Thackeray had called up Mamata Banerjee and expressed his desire to meet her for discussing the issues. Banerjee, a strong advocate of electoral reforms and return to ballot papers, had accused the BJP of winning the 2019 Lok Sabha polls by tampering EVM machines.last_img

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August 30, 2019

The Oldest Known Person in America Passes Away at the Age of

first_imgLessie Brown, believed to be the oldest person in America, died on January 9, 2018, at the age of 114. Brown’s daughter, Verline Wilson, confirmed with cleveland.com that she died at approximately 10:45 a.m. in her home in Cleveland Heights, Ohio.She became the oldest person in the United States in May 2018 at 113, according to the Gerontology Research Group in Georgia.Sweet Happy birthday cakeUSA Today reported that Brown said in 2013 it was God’s will that she had lived so long. “Others in her family attributed her long life to the fact that she ate a sweet potato nearly every day until she was well past 100.”“Oh, I don’t know. A lot of them say it’s because I ate a lot of sweet potatoes, but I don’t think that’s it. I don’t know, God’s will,” she told WJW-TV when she celebrated her 109th birthday.Born in 1904 in Georgia, Lessie Brown grew up on a farm near Stockbridge. She was one of 12 children.Stockbridge City Hall. Photo by McFortner CC BY 3.0According to NPR, Brown’s grandparents were slaves in Georgia. Brown left school after the eighth grade, working full time on her parents’ farm. At 16 years old, the family moved to Cleveland.She married in her early twenties and had five children, three girls and two boys. Her husband, Robert Brown, died in 1991. They’d been married for 66 years.For more than 70 years, she attended Emmanuel Baptist Church in Cleveland.Brown’s daughter, Verline Wilson, told Cleveland.com that her mother responded, “That’s good,” when she told her in May 2018 that she was the country’s oldest person following the May 9, 2018, death of 114-year-old Delphine Gibson, of Huntingdon, Pennsylvania, according to USA Today.President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama sent Brown a letter on her 112th birthday, her grandson Ronald Wilson told the media.The Obama family“That meant a lot to her because in the era that she grew up in, she never thought she’d be able to vote for a black president,” he said. “But she did — twice.”While some supercentenarians — those who live to at least 110 years of age — have attributed their longevity to whiskey, Brown avoided alcohol, her family says.Her oldest daughter Vivian Hatcher told a TV reporter in May, “It’s her belief in God, and he’s allowed this, and I’m thankful for that. We’ve been together for years and I’m grateful.”“She is such a Godly woman,” granddaughter Gayle Chambers told Cleveland Magazine. “She inspired all of her kids and grandkids, including me, how to pray. She even prayed on her knees at the side of her bed until she couldn’t kneel anymore.”Read another story from us: The Oldest Generation of People to Ever be PhotographedAccording to the Gerontology Research Group, there are now 34 remaining supercentenarians worldwide whose age has been validated; all but one of them are women, reported NPR. The oldest living person is Kane Tanaka of Japan, who recently turned 116.Tanaka said the secrets to a long life are family, sleep, and hope.last_img read more

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August 30, 2019

Drew Brees should test free agency

first_imgDrew Brees should test free agency In the NFL, very few players have any leverage when it comes to contract negotiations, and those that do rarely use it. A small group of franchise quarterbacks do have the ability to swing the leverage hammer, and Colin can’t understand why they always rush to re-sign with their teams without even exploring other options.Drew Brees is due for a new contract and finds himself in the leverage position with the Saints. He can’t be franchised, is free to sign anywhere, and Colin thinks he should at least test the free agency market. He won’t, but he should.The Vikings shouldn’t overpay for Case KeenumNo one thinks rationally when they’re highly emotional, and after the miracle last-second touchdown to beat the Saints, Skol nation is ready to lock up career backup to a lifetime deal. Colin thinks Keenum has had a storybook season, but when it comes to signing him to a big money deal, Colin would pass.Colin wouldn’t use the franchise tag on Keenum, and would have no problem letting him walk if he demands to be paid like a top-tier quarterback. Colin’s opinion is blasphemous in Minnesota today, and will be even less popular if the Vikings win it all, but it’s clearly the right call when the emotion is removed from the situation. Someone will overpay for Keenum, but it shouldn’t be Minnesota.Also:– Colin’s 19 reasons why the Pats will beat the JagsGuests: Mark Schlereth – FS1 NFL Analyst is in-studio to discuss Case Keenum as the long-term answer in Minnesota; if Drew Brees should explore options outside of New Orleans; and why the Steelers need to grow up, from the top down.Peter King – Founder and Editor-in-Chief of The MMQB joins the show to talk New England’s unprecedented dominance; and if the Vikings should sign Case Keenum, long-term.Rob Parker – FS1 Analyst and college professor is in-studio talking to give his 19 reasons the Jags will beat the Patriots.last_img read more

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