Flexible Polymer Transistors Printed Using Ultraviolet Light

first_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. Study results pave the way to programmable electronic inks The procedure for creating UV-printed polymer transistors. (a) A PEDOT-coated mold is placed in contact with the pre-polymer-coated flexible substrate (b) They are illuminated with UV light (c) Upon removing the mold, PEDOT source-drain layers are transferred onto the substrate (d) Active and dielectric layers are “spin coated” on top of the source-drain layers (e) and (f) Using a PEDOT-coated glass substrate, the self-aligning gate layer is contact-printed on the dielectric layer. Image by Hong Lee, © American Institute of Physics (PhysOrg.com) — Computer and television displays made using flexible, bendable polymer materials are technologies of the future, promising roll-up computer monitors and other innovations. Scientists are making progress toward bringing these technologies into our homes and offices. A research group at Seoul National University in Korea recently created a flexible polymer transistor that is printed using a simple process involving ultraviolet (UV) light, described in the November 20 online edition of Applied Physics Letters. Creating transistors in this way is an important avenue toward flexible electronics, as transistors form the basis of most modern electronic devices. Computer processing chips, for example, consist of more than 200 million transistors.”Our printing method is low-cost and could be scaled to the manufacturing level — a requirement for most technologies,” said Hong Lee, the paper’s corresponding author, to PhysOrg.com. “It performs as well as non-flexible polymer transistors and better than similar transistors produced by other research groups.”The researchers started with a commercially available polymer mold etched with a “source-drain” pattern, forming locations for two of the three electric terminals that make up a transistor: the source, drain, and gate. They then coated the mold with a very thin layer (just 100 nanometers) of a conducting polymer material, known in abbreviated form as PEDOT.Next they coated a flexible substrate — a surface on which to build the transistor — with a “pre-polymer” liquid layer. The pre-polymer is key to the process because it hardens and binds to the PEDOT layer when illuminated with UV light.Applying no pressure, the researchers brought the mold and the substrate into contact and exposed them to UV light for 20 minutes. When the mold was removed, the researchers saw that the PEDOT on the mold’s raised areas had been transferred to the substrate, forming the transistor’s source and drain.But unlike ink deposited onto paper by a stamp, in which the paper’s surface remains flat, the substrate underwent topological changes caused by the physical bonding between the pre-polymer and the PEDOT under the UV light during the hardening process. Where the raised parts of the mold met the substrate, the substrate’s surface developed “low” areas. And across from the mold’s low areas, the substrate developed a raised mound between the source and drain, which acts as a channel between them.The substrate was coated with two additional polymers, an “active” current-carrying layer and a dielectric, a material used in transistors to control the flow of current.Finally, the substrate was flipped over and put in contact with PEDOT-coated glass. PEDOT “ink” was transferred to the substrate’s raised area, completing the four-layer printed transistor structure.This method departs from the inkjet-style approaches commonly used to print polymer transistors, in which a printer head moves back and forth across the substrate, depositing the polymer layers in tiny droplets. Inkjet printing has been successful, but ensuring the overall transistor pattern is properly aligned before the ink is dispensed can be difficult. The UV method does not require this step because the formation of the raised mound after the mold and substrate are combined and illuminated acts as a self-alignment mechanism.Citation: Applied Physics Letters 93, 203308 ( 2008) link.aip.org/link/?APPLAB/93/203308/1Copyright 2008 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Citation: Flexible Polymer Transistors ‘Printed’ Using Ultraviolet Light (2008, December 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-12-flexible-polymer-transistors-ultraviolet.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Sony TVs show highend color via quantum dot tech

first_img Citation: Sony TVs show high-end color via quantum dot tech (2013, January 15) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-sony-tvs-high-end-quantum-dot.html “By integrating QD Vision’s “Color IQ” optical component with Sony’s unique display technologies, our Bravia television sets achieve significantly wider color gamut, that provides a far more natural and vivid viewing experience,” said Masashi Imamura, President, Home Entertainment and Sound Business Group, of Sony, in a press statement. QD Vision’s technology works with major LCD applications, including LCD TVs, LCD monitors and mobile displays. The technology harnesses the unique light-emitting properties of quantum dots, which is a class of nanomaterials. The approach used by QD Vision increases the range of colors that an LCD television can display by about 50 percent, allowing for purer colors. QD Vision describes itself as a nanomaterials product company delivering advanced display and lighting solutions, and it has been working to commercialize the technology advances it made at MIT some years ago. Its edge is as, in its words, “the only quantum dot company solely focused on displays and lighting.” The co-founders have worked on their technology along with scientific advisors, MIT professors Vladimir Bulovic and Moungi Bawendi, who the company said ” is considered the father of quantum dot technology.” Bawendi’s work has been focused on uses for quantum dots as alternatives to fluorescent organic dyes and proteins for labeling, imaging, and monitoring biological systems and for better understanding and battling cancer.Technology Review, explaining how QD Vision technology translates into a Sony TV viewing experience, noted how in LCD televisions, each pixel is illuminated from behind by a white backlight, and different colors are created by changing the amount of light allowed to pass through three different filters. QD Vision’s technology eliminates the white backlight and uses quantum dots to enhance the backlight. It starts with a conventional blue LED, which produces pure blue light. The blue light stimulates two kinds of quantum dots that emit pure green and pure red. 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. Quantum-dot LED screens may soon rival OLEDs and LCDs (Phys.org)—Sony’s Bravia LCD TVs, in selected models, have incorporated quantum dot technology to boost sales of these high-end televisions by featuring exceptionally high-end color. The technology is from the Massachusetts-based company, QD Vision, and that technology involves nanoscale particles known as quantum dots. They are to significantly improve color viewing for the new Sony TVs.center_img Explore further © 2013 Phys.org Color IQ promo last_img read more

PBS stares back at 18gigapixel ARGUS drone imaging system

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Explore further More information: www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/military … e-of-the-drones.html (Phys.org)—Described as the next generation of surveillance, and representing the world’s highest resolution camera, the ARGUS-IS, which stands for Autonomous Real-Time Ground Ubiquitous Surveillance Imaging System, is featured on PBS’ NOVA program on drones, which describes the latest technologies behind drones. The program carries a demonstration of the imaging system, which is the result of development work at BAE Systems, a defense, security and aerospace company. The BAE team developed the ARGUS-IS array as a project funded by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). The importance of this surveillance imaging system centers on its unprecedented capability in finding, tracking and monitoring events in real time. The system was demonstrated by Dr. John Antoniades, technical group director for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Exploitation Technologies at BAE. The demo was part of the NOVA episode “Rise of the Drones.” He did not show the real Argus sensor because it is classified. Antoniades said the government, however, gave permission to discuss its basic capabilities. He made reference to the system having the world’s highest resolution camera, which can be attached to the belly of a UAV. Flight-tests autonomous multi-target, multi-user tracking capability Citation: PBS stares back at 1.8-gigapixel ARGUS drone imaging system (2013, January 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-pbs-gigapixel-drone-imaging.html With its capabilities, the system can detail areas within a very broad context, with enough zoom power to see people waving their arms and walking around in parking lots. This is a 1.8-gigapixel video surveillance platform that can resolve details as small as six inches from an altitude of 17,500 feet. He said its imaging power involves basic cellphone technology. The BAE team decided to string together 368 imaging sensors focused on the ground via image-stabilized telescopic lenses. In this manner, the ARGUS-IS array links together images to perform surveillance over enormous terrain in realtime.In February 2010, after completing a flight test of the ARGUS-IS, Dr. Steven Wein, BAE director of optical sensor systems, spoke of its technical edge over previous work in imaging systems. “Very high-resolution imaging systems required for vehicle and dismount tracking typically have a ‘soda-straw’ view that is too small for persistent coverage. Existing wide-area systems have either inadequate resolution or require multiple passes or revisits to get updates.” He said that the ARGUS-IS system overcomes the fundamental limitations of current airborne surveillance systems.In 2007, BAE Systems received an $18.5 million contract from DARPA to develop a new class of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance systems and capabilities. 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 study kinematics of the supernova remnant G109110

first_img(Phys.org)—A team of astronomers from Mexico has lately conducted a kinematics study of a supernova remnant in the Milky Way galaxy known as G109.1-1.0 (or CTB 109). The new research reveals crucial insights into basic properties of this remnant. The findings were presented Sept. 23 in a paper published on the arXiv preprint repository. Search for stellar survivor of a supernova explosion Supernova remnants (SNRs) are diffuse, expanding structures resulting from a supernova explosion. SNRs contain ejected material expanding from the explosion and other interstellar material that has been swept up by the passage of the shock wave from the exploded star. Studies of supernova remnants are important for astronomers as they play a key role in the evolution of galaxies, dispersing the heavy elements made in the supernova explosion into the interstellar medium (ISM) and providing the energy needed for heating up the ISM. SNRs are also believed to be responsible for the acceleration of galactic cosmic rays.G109.1-1.0 is one such remnant located in the Milky Way’s Perseus arm. Previous observations of this SNR revealed that it has a semicircular shell-type morphology. However, the astronomers have not yet definitely determined basic properties of this remnant, such as its distance, age and the amount of energy deposited in the interstellar medium in result of the explosion. Various studies produced significant discrepancies in the results.Recently, a team of researchers led by Mónica Sánchez-Cruces of the National Polytechnic Institute in Mexico City has studied the kinematics of G109.1-1.0, which allowed them to diminish the uncertainties presented in previous papers. Their research is based on observations carried out in June 2015 with the use of a scanning Fabry-Perot interferometer known as PUMA. The instrument is installed on the 2.1 m telescope at the National Astronomical Observatory in Sierra de San Pedro Mártir, Mexico.”We obtained a set of direct images in Hα and [SII]λλ6717,6731 Å using the PUMA focal reducer without the Fabry-Perot interferometer in the instrument optical axis. The exposure time of each of the direct images was 120 s. We also obtained [SII]λλ6717,6731 Å Fabry-Perot data cubes of two regions of the SNR CTB 109,” the paper reads.By analyzing the new images, the astronomers found that the distance to G109.1-1.0 is about 10,100 light years, which is consistent with one study published in 2012. When it comes to the age of this remnant, the researchers calculated it to be between 9,000 and 9,200 years.Furthermore, the authors estimated the initial energy deposited in the interstellar medium by the supernova explosion. According to the research, this value lies between 180 and 520 quindecillion erg.The scientists concluded that the remnant’s relatively young age and the amount of energy deposited in the ISM, indicate that G109.1-1.0 contains simple pulsars. “The age is of thousands of years and the (E0) is rather typical of SNRs containing simple pulsars,” the authors wrote in the paper.Besides determining these basic parameters, the team also found that the remnant’s systemic velocity is approximately –50 km/s, while its expansion velocity equals some 230 km/s. [SII]λλ6717,6731 Å direct images of the different filaments of the SNR CTB 109 taken with PUMA in its direct image mode. Left panel corresponds to the northeastern filaments, while right panel corresponds to southeastern filaments. Credit: Sánchez-Cruces et al., 2017. Citation: Researchers study kinematics of the supernova remnant G109.1-1.0 (2017, October 2) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-kinematics-supernova-remnant-g1091-.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. © 2017 Phys.org Explore further More information: Kinematics of the Galactic SNR G109.1-1.0 (CTB 109) arXiv:1709.07986 [astro-ph.GA] arxiv.org/abs/1709.07986last_img read more

Take a bow Tiesto

first_imgThe last leg of Sunburn Arena came to a close in the city with DJ Tiesto playing for a packed ‘field’. And what a performance it was! And though we must mention that the horrors of terrible parking and long lines can be forgotten for the two hours of absolute crazy EDM and the sky touching energy levels at the concert – we do wish we had a little more of the man!The 3-city tour covering Mumbai, Bangalore and Delhi was only the music icon’s second trip to the country in almost a decade. The World No. 2 did not disappoint,pulling off an adrenaline pumping set that brought down the house bringing an electrifying end to the season-ending. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Shailendra Singh, the man behind Sunburn spoke about the growing popularity of EDM in India – the moot reason for a concert like this to function so well – ‘The magic of EDM is the music need not have words. In a multi-lingual and multi-cultural country like ours – that is truly the kind of music that can be understood and enjoyed by all,’ he feels.DJ Tiesto spoke to Millennium Post about what he does best – drive the crowds wild. ‘India is great! Each country is unique but India has great fans with tons of energy. This is my second time in India. I came here back in 2008. I really like India, it has a very distinctive culture,’ says the DJ. So where did the music mania come from? ‘I grew up in Breda. We’re all influenced by our surroundings and Holland had a big influence on me. There are so many great producers and DJs from Holland, so kids look up to them. As a teen I used to listen to a lot of rock music. Def Leppard, Van Halen, Iron Maiden to name a few. Later started DJing for local house parties in my teens,’ he explains. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnd the biggest moment for Tiesto? ‘Performing at Olympics  is one of the memorable experience along with a lot of other amazing performances. I played on the beach in Rio De Janeiro for over 250,000 people which is another gig I can’t forget!’ comes the pat reply!For our ears only, how is Tiesto off the console? ‘I don’t really concern myself so much with titles. I focus on making music, my shows and the fans. I love sports so that’s always a great way for me to unwind,’ says the man and we are all smiles!last_img read more

To the hills we say

first_imgNestled between the hills, Arunachal Pradesh is a traveller’s paradise. Long trails, waterfalls, fantastic architecture, the state is something to behold. Arunachal Pradesh Tourism Minister Sonam Chambey was in Delhi recently and we caught up with him for a candid conversation and he explained why Arunachal must top our list of next holiday destinations and also what lies next on the to-do list. Here are excerpts of the interview.What steps have you taken to increase tourism footfall in Arunachal Pradesh? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The only way to improve tourist footfall is to increase awareness of the destination among the potential tourists. Arunachal Tourism has been making consistent efforts in marketing and promotion by way of participation in major travel fairs, ads in popular magazines etc.Furthermore, to make the stay of the tourists in the state more enjoyable and memorable one, efforts are being made to popularize unique tourism products such as rural/tribal way of life, kiwi farm and apple/orange orchard tours etc. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhich places/activities are you promoting within the state?Arunachal Pradesh is a destination, which has something to offer for everyone!  Adventure seekers- white water rafting, mountaineering, trekking, river crossing, mountain biking etc. A treasure trove of culture and heritage- distinct culture and traditions of more than 26 major tribes and over 100 sub- tribes. Spiritual destination with 400-year-old second largest Buddhist monastery in the world, Hindu pilgrimage such as Parasharam kund, Bhismaknagar and Malinithan With 82% forest cover teeming with life, a bio-diversity hotspot with unique flora and fauna is an ideal destination for nature lovers. Niche products such as angling, bird watching, and wellness are also being promoted. We are also planning to sell the state as a destination for creative people- writers, painters, lyricist etcWhat is the kind of tourist footfall seen over the years? Does AP see many foreign tourists as compared to Indians?Arunachal Pradesh is emerging as a favoured destination for tourists. We are witnessing steady flow of both foreign and domestic tourists and the footfall has been increasing over the years. The percentage increase is very encouraging.What kind of development are you looking in for in the state to make travel easier for the tourists?Massive infrastructural development projects such as the Trans-Arunachal Highway, Railways, Airports etc are making rapid progress and will be commissioned shortly. With completion of these projects, travel for tourists will ease to a great extent. Large number of hotels, home stays have come up and many more are coming up to address the accommodation demands of the tourists.You conducted the International Tourism Mart, in January this year; can you tell us the purpose behind it and the response you got from the mart?The ITM in January was held in Guwahati in which Arunachal tourism also participated. It has been a revolutionary initiative of the ministry of tourism. This has put the entire region on global focus as a tourist destination. Arunachal Tourism in particular has reaped a lot of benefits from ITM. The state tour operators have had excellent networking sessions with both domestic as well international buyers and I am certain that this season will see them getting increased business.Arunachal Pradesh was awarded the most favourite upcoming tourist destination by a popular magazine recently; can you tell us what makes AP a unique tourist destination?Arunachal is the largest state in North East India. The geographical diversity of the state with the foothills, hills and the mountains and its distinct flora and fauna, coupled with as many as 26 different tribes, each with separate culture and history makes it a unique destination. With options from adrenaline rushed adventure to relaxed holidaying in the lap of pristine nature, tourists coming to Arunachal are guaranteed a wholesome and a unique experience.last_img read more

A winter of Chetans discontent

first_img‘It doesn’t exist! No one knows about him here!’ I mumbled to myself as I looked around the bookstore at Frankfurt airport. The train to Wuerzburg and then the shop at the university library.  Deliriously happy. Yes. The on-campus store had F Scott Fitzgerald, William Shakespeare, George RR Martin, Robert Galbraith and before I could grant them intellectual snobbery – there was a Stephanie Meyer too  and I think I spotted a Nicholas Sparks. No Chetan Bhagat. I had left that horror back in Delhi and didn’t get assaulted with people reading it in Dubai. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘No one’s heard of him here!’ I exclaimed, thoroughly confusing the guy who was helping me around with my registration process (which took one hour – Indian colleges take note please!). I of course then had to explain to him who this guy was and why we (the wannabe intellectuals) love to hate him. Over schnitzel and fries (I had to cliché it up a bit) I told this unsuspecting gentleman about Mr Bhagat. About Five Point Someone, Three Mistakes of My Life, 2 States, One Night at a Call Centre and finally halting at Half Girlfriend. I also pointed out that the movies were exponentially much better than the books and simply because those had very little to do with the author. Just as one of the ‘Indian’ guys here called Honey Singh the Indian Snoop Dogg, I tried in vain to find a worthy equivalent. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAnd that got me thinking. Chetan Bhagat is wholly and thankfully only an Indian phenomenon. The ‘appeal’ of his Rs 195 do not cross over borders unless someone takes the book with them on an international flight. Maybe we should try adding it to the list of illegal items like knives and explosives.Stephanie Meyer, EL James crossed the Atlantic. Bhagat has not made it across a few countries, yet. And I will call this a good thing. While Bhagat has managed to capture an incredible reading audience and has an enviable business model well in place, he has people who read him to loathe him and he has people who read him and go – ‘Oh yes! He knows, he knows how I feel!’ *Sniff* As an author he has played this game better than most of his colleagues. Neel Mukherjee cannot boast of such sales figures, he perhaps never will. He writes about college canteen issues that only we Indians can gorge on to the point of getting sick. Some regurgitate that into rants such as these, some gorge some more. The issues are uniquely and obstinately rooted to the soil – Bhagat takes on IIT, IIM, inter-cultural marriage, 2002 Gujarat riots, Call Centres and in his latest book what can be best described as ‘Biharis-do-not-know-English-and do-not-care-to-learn-till-Bill Gates-can-come-to-save-a-village-school’ aka ‘Wanting-to-date- a-Delhi-rich-is-a-bitch’. Not the communist burden, neither the diasporic problem and never the brave new world. Bhagat is perhaps ill-equipped to take on tropes that matter and it works very well because we, in our domestic help accelerated world, don’t allow too much mind space to such world issues. Prices of onions are more intrinsic and real.Unfortunate. But look at the wonders it did for Bhagat. It is the whole classic ‘us and them’ case which will have the intellectuals ruing the success of this man while the others buy his book anyway.Over the last five years in India, we have had the metro reads phenomenon rearing its ugly head. Describing a series of books that can be read over an hour or a little more (a little less than the time needed to travel from Noida to Dwarka) while one travels. These books aren’t Booker or Pulitzer worthy – never will be. They do not require an ‘intelligent’ mind, they are just in your hands to distract you from the sardine crowd and the lack of deodorant.Bhagat is more the Indian Railways and domestic flight read. Giving the man his due, Bhagat got a huge chunk of the population to read, he got them interested in books again and while it is horrible that these people read (and enjoy) this level of story, plot and language – it is also commendable that he managed this – Rupa owes this man a good few limbs.However, driving the rant home – talking Neil Gaiman and Umberto Ecco with ‘colleagues’ in the department, I sighed in relief that they will not have to fight the battle of bad authors on this continent quite yet and they would not equate Indian writings with the Bhagat phenomenon.But winter is coming. I could tell them his books are excellent replacements for wood.last_img read more

Cong spared Reliance SEZ of Rs 50cr fine Haryana Min

first_imgAs Opposition leaders raised the Reliance SEZ issue in the Assembly on Tuesday, State Finance and Industries Minister Abhimanyu said the then state government had entered into a MoU with Reliance Industries in 2005 to set up the Special Economic Zone in the Gurgaon-Jhajjar region.“A MoU was signed between HSIIDC and Reliance Ventures Limited on December 12, 2005. Based on the decision of the Haryana Cabinet, HSIIDC signed a Joint Venture Agreement (JVA) with Reliance Ventures Limited on June 19, 2006, for setting up a multi product SEZ over an area of 25,000 acres in Gurgaon-Jhajjar. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI“However, it was later decided to shelve the SEZ project and JVA was terminated on August 29, 2014,” Abhimanyu said, while adding that the previous Congress government had promised “lakhs of jobs” and huge investment in the state from the project. To questions raised by some independent and INLD MLAs, Abhimanyu informed the House that “no tender/competitive bidding process was followed in firming up the project, but a MoU was signed between the two parties….” The minister further stated that many decisions regarding the Reliance SEZ project were taken by the Council of Ministers of the previous Congress government and some even outside the knowledge of the State Cabinet. He also said that Reliance Industries had returned nearly 1,384 acres of land in Gurgaon that was acquired for its SEZ. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindRHSL had last year returned 1,383.68 acres of land in Gurgaon acquired from HSIIDC for setting up SEZs. Responding to a question raised by an INLD MLA, the Minister said that a penalty of approximately Rs 50 crore could have been slapped by the previous Congress government on the company, but it chose not to do so. RHSL, was a joint venture between Reliance Ventures Ltd (RVL), RIL’s wholly-owned subsidiary, and government of Haryana through HSIIDC. The JV was established for development of SEZs/Model Economic Township (MET) project and other infrastructure facilities in Haryana.last_img read more

Space constraint delaying work on foot overbridges Sovan

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Sovan Chatterjee said on Monday that space constraint has delayed the construction of foot overbridges in the city, which have been planned to curb accidents.Responding to a poser from BJP councillor Tishta Biswas (Das) of ward 86, regarding stoppage of work in a couple of foot overbridges on Gariahat Road and in front of Ballygunge Siksha Sadan at the monthly session of KMC, Chatterjee said, “The foot overbridges that we have proposed to construct will have escalators, along with other modern amenities to facilitate the movement of pedestrians. This requires a reasonable amount of space.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We are in constant touch with Kolkata Police and are holding meetings on a regular basis to overcome this paucity of space, which has resulted in delay of work. We are hopeful that things will be sorted out soon,” Chatterjee said.It may be mentioned that KMC is facing problems with space constraints not only at Gariahat Road and Ballygunge Siksha Sadan, but also at Exide crossing. The Mayor said that KMC and Kolkata Police have to ensure that construction of these foot overbridges causes no hindrance to the smooth flow of traffic in the city. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt may be mentioned that KMC has earmarked some spots in the city for construction of these foot bridges under PPP mode, for the safety of pedestrians. The places include – Deshapriya Park, Ballygunge Siksha Sadan, Gariahat Road, South City, Exide Crossing, Turf View Road and Alipore Zoological Gardens. The spots were selected on the basis of their proximity to frequent road accidents.However, KMC and Kolkata Police are worried that the foot overbridges existing in the city are severely underutilised. “Despite the presence of elevators in some of these FOBs, people hardly use them. So we have plans to put up guard rails on the divider to make people use them,” an official in KP’s traffic wing said.The civic body is also planning to take a tough stand to make pedestrians use the FOBs. “We will urge KP to impose fine to the extent of Rs 2,000, to curb this practice,” a senior KMC official said.last_img read more

PCB rules out immediate return of tainted duo

first_imgThe Pakistan Cricket Board has ruled out an immediate first-class return for the tainted duo of Salman Butt and Muhammad Asif, saying that they would have to attend further anti-corruption rehabilitation programs to regain the PCB’s trust.Najam Sethi, Chairman of the PCB’s influential executive committee, said the Board had planned special rehabilitation programs for the two players whose spot-fixing bans expire on September 1, allowing them to return to cricket. Sethi revealed that there were lots of players including some members of the Pakistan team, who were not happy that Butt, Asif or Mohammad Aamir should be rehabilitated back to top cricket. “I don’t think they have to go into first class cricket straightaway when the ban ends. They will have to attend the rehabilitation program of the PCB for two to three months,” Sethi said on Geo Super channel. “We had written to the ICC seeking clarification on some points and they have in reply left it to the PCB to complete the rehabilitation process of these players.” Also Read – A league of his own!Asked about the players who were not happy to see the tainted trio coming back, Sethi declined to take names but said even former Test captain Ramiz Raja had mentioned this in a recent column. “Obviously we have to talk to these players, convince them and give them time to develop trust once again in the players coming back. The PCB itself needs to be very sure that they wouldn’t repeat the past because what happened in 2010 in England was very embarrassing and damaging for Pakistan cricket,” Sethi said.  Also Read – Domingo named new Bangladesh cricket coachPCB to launch logo of long-awaited PSL next monthThe Pakistan Cricket Board said it would launch the official logo of its much-delayed Twenty20 Super League on September 19. A top official, however, said a decision on the venue for hosting the five-team franchise tournament would be taken in two weeks time.“We have two options either hold the PSL as planned in February in Doha or wait until April and host it in Dubai and other venues in the UAE,” he said. He said a recent visit to Dubai to meet the officials there to discuss the use of venues had failed to yield results since in February the Masters championship was being held in Dubai. “They have given us the option of hosting it in April. Our delegation also went to Qatar where their national Olympic committee and cricket association were very welcoming and keen to host the PSL.“Qatar is staging major international events now but cricket has remained out of their calendar but now they want cricket as well and their officials assured us they would offer all cooperation and help to make the PSL a big success in Qatar,” the official said. “Their Olympic committee and cricket association also told us they have got government permission to have the PSL with us,” he said. The PCB official also ruled out any chances of the PSL being put off for a third time in three years’ time.last_img read more

Pros and cons of consuming ecigarettes

first_imgEvidence has suggested that increased use of e-cigarette can dramatically decrease cigarette smoking among youth and young adults, the researchers said, adding that vaping is likely to provide positive health benefits that outweigh the harm. “E-cigarettes can provide the potential to reduce harm and also improve the public health if used as an alternative to cigarette smoking,” said lead author David Levy, Professor at Georgetown University in Washington, US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’However, these e-cigarettes can also increase the harm if people become smokers as a direct consequence of first trying e-cigarettes, the researchers warned.The “recent claims by some scientists that e-cigarettes are likely to act as a gateway to the use of tobacco products are overstated,” Levy added. The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently banned the use of e-cigarettes by youth younger than 18, said the paper published in the journal ‘Nicotine & Tobacco Research’.”We want to discourage use of all nicotine and cigarette products,” Levy said, supporting the move.Despite the estimates of an overall public health benefit from e-cigarettes, use of these products in youths needs to be continuously monitored, since use patterns are likely to change as the product and awareness about the product changes, the researchers concluded.last_img read more

Nurturing musical talent

first_imgGurugram witnessed a musical concert which was organised on the weekend at the ‘Theme Music World’, DLF Mega Mall Gurugram. Minu Puri, a Music composer and pianist, performed in the concert along with her students where she was accompanied by French jazz pianist and composer, Benjamin Barria, who tried his hand on some of her compositions. Minu Puri heads a school in Gurugram for piano lovers. Her concert featured one of her youngest students Gauri Mishra, who is just 10 years old and is also among the most talented people in her group. She played some of the famous Bollywood numbers and completely won over the audience by her heart-warming performance. Gauri Mishra has created the national record of being the youngest piano player at the tender age of 9. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe evening was further graced by a performance by Francis Barria, a singer, composer, and animator with forty years of experience in this field. He was the producer and animator for 11 years of the French show “La nuit des clips” in French National Tours. Francis sang a few jazz numbers and thrilled the audience by singing Hindi songs composed by Minu Puri. Also, he raised the excitement level of the audience by singing a famous Bollywood song ‘Mera Joota hai Japani’. His wonderful rendition forced the audience to leave their seat and dance to their heart’s content. The students of Minu Puri were praised and awarded for their great performances.last_img read more

60 years of IndoFrench alliance

first_imgTo celebrate 60 Years of Alliance Francaise de Delhi, a 3-day festival would be hosted which would have have an exhibition of photography, round table, musical performances, DJ night and performance by well known artist Ustad Amjad Ali Khan. The first day of the event includes Kal Aaj Kal (Round Table around Indo – French Cultural Cooperation) at 4:30PM followed by the inauguration of a photography exhibition titled ‘The surface of Things’ by Uzma Mohsin, Srinivas Kuruganti, Sukanya Ghosh and Edson Dias. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOn the second day of the programme, one may find solace in the mesmerising performance of Ustad Amjad Ali Khan at 7PM, while the final day hosts a variety of events. At 11AM the Video Games Space would be inaugurated for gaming enthusiasts. In the afternoon one could take out some time to attend a play by L’Avare by Moliere.The evening on Saturday will host a concert by Jean Du Voyage (French Electronic Music) followed by the most awaited DJ night – Jean Du Voyage feat. DJ RoliWhen: November 24-26Where: Alliance FrancaiseTiming: Day1- 4PM onwards; Day 2- 7PM; Day 3-11AM onwardslast_img read more

3day Sur Jahan festival to be inaugurated on February 1

first_imgKolkata: Sur Jahan, a three-day world peace music festival will be inaugurated at Mohar Kunj on February 1.The festival has been organised by Banglanatak dot com. Music for all and music for peace is the motto of the festival. The festival is non ticketed and open to all. Artistes from Hungary, Spain, Cyprus, Egypt, Cape Verde and Germany will take part in the festival. There will be workshop on the concept of international music and peace in the morning and folk performances will be held in the evening. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalMawlawiyah, a group of Egyptian folk artistes will perform on February 2. The group was set up by singer Amer Eltony to safeguard Egypt’s Mevlevi heritage. The group has enthralled the audience across the world and had performed in Sur Jahan then known as Sufi Sutra in 2011. Folk artistes from Bengal will take part in the festival. A band led by Debaleena Bhowmick will present different genres of folk music that is going to take the audience through the traditional music stream of Bengal. Bauls of Bengal will also take part in the three-day festival. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThere will be Chhau dance and Raibenshe dance along with Jhumur and Baul songs. Bhawaiya song and Dhimat dance will be presented at the festival. Bhatiyali songs and Newar dance will be performed by the artistes. The artistes will come from both the South and North Bengal. There will be stalls on handicrafts to showcase various products. It should be mentioned that there are around 2 lakh folk artistes in the state who have received monthly stipend. Moreover, to assist them financially, the artistes are invited to perform at fairs and other functions organised by the state government.last_img read more

TT star accused of physical and mental torture by wife

first_imgBarasat: Olympian Soumyajit Ghosh has been accused of mental and physical torture by his wife just five months after their marriage and she has lodged a formal complaint with the police. The FIR lodged against the star table tennis player by his wife also alleged criminal breach of trust, police said. The others whose names figure in the FIR lodged at Barasat police station in North 24 Parganas district are his parents Harishankar and Mina Ghosh, his two uncles and a cousin, the police said. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalThey have been booked under Indian Penal Code sections 498A (physical and mental torture), 406 (criminal breach of trust), 195A (threatening to give false evidence) and 34 (common intention), he said. Ghosh has rubbished the allegations by his wife and described them as false. In March last year Ghosh was accused of rape by his wife, then his girl friend. Following it the two-time Olympian was provisionally suspended by the Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI). Ghosh patched up his relations with his girlfriend and had married her on August 3, 2018 after she withdrew her rape charges against him. It was only in December, 2018 that TTFI had revoked his suspension.last_img read more

35yearold man found in pool of blood at Nakhoda Masjid

first_imgKolkata: A 35-year-old man was found lying in a pool of blood inside Nakhoda Masjid on Tuesday morning. A housekeeping staff saw the man and informed his seniors. The victim, identified as Shaikh Faisal, was rushed to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital (CMCH).According to sources, the staff had gone to the second floor of the masjid for cleaning at around 8:30 am on Tuesday morning. On entering, he saw Faisal lying in a pool of blood and a hammer found beside him had blood stains on it. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe masjid authority informed the Imam of Nakhoda Masjid, Shafique Qasmi, and Jorasanko police station. Police rushed to the spot and took the victim to CMCH where he is currently admitted. “Our cleaning staff saw the injured person and informed us. Apart from Fridays due to Jumma Namaz the masjid remains less crowded. As the second floor on Tuesday had no devotees, none of us visited. Police are investigating the case. The accused person is believed to be a Bangladeshi and might be known to the victim,” said Qasmi. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseAccording to sources, Faisal regained consciousness around 2:30 pm and informed the sleuths that he lives at the nearby Jeliatola Lane. He had recognised the accused but could not recollect his name. The only thing he knows is that he is a Bangladeshi national. Based on the information, the sleuths have initiated a case on charges of attempt to murder. Police are checking the CCTVs of Nakhoda Masjid for clues. Forensic experts had visited the masjid and collected samples from the spot. It is learnt that Faisal deals with foreign currency exchange. The sleuths suspect that he might have had some deal with the accused and a conflict had occurred.last_img read more

KMC looking to boost filtered water supply in Tollygunj Jadavpur

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) is taking a slew of measures for improving the supply of filtered water in Tollygunj and Jadavpur areas and at the same time, minimising the use of groundwater through big diameter tubewell.”Our emphasis will be to overhaul the supply of filtered water in parts of Tollygunj, Jadavpur and Garia, where the pressure of water is relatively low in comparison to other parts of the city. We have taken up several projects and most of them will be completed in a year,” said Mayor Firhad Hakim. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseElaborating on the steps taken in this regard, a senior official of the Water Supply department said that a 1,000 mm dedicated pipeline is being laid from James Long Sarani to Deshapran Sasmal Road for transportation of treated surface water from Garden Reach Waterworks. The capacity of Bansdroni Booster Pumping Station reservoir has been increased by an additional 1.2 million gallon by constructing a new reservoir. “We will soon complete laying of 1,000 mm diameter dedicated pipeline at Raja Rammohan Roy Road in Behala, to feed the new reservoir,” the official said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe construction of a small booster pumping station at Bangur Park in ward 93 and Babubagan in ward 92 has already started. A reservoir with additional capacity of 2 million gallon is being constructed inside the campus of Anandapur Booster Pumping Station to improve water supply in the adjacent areas. The Water Supply department has also taken up projects to reduce exploitation of groundwater with big diameter tubewells and to ensure supply of treated surface water. A booster pumping station of 3.2 million gallon capacity is coming up at Subhash Pally in ward 111, while another reservoir of 0.25 million capacity is being set up near the Japan Consulate office in ward 97. “Four small booster pumping stations with reservoir are being constructed at Panchannagram in ward 107, Kayasthapara in ward 106, Panchasayar in ward 109 and Achena Park in ward 101. We are hopeful of reducing groundwater extraction considerably once these projects are completed,” the official added. Some works have already been taken up in other parts of the city for minimising groundwater extraction that includes construction of an underground reservoir cum booster pumping station of 3 million gallon capacity at Shakuntala Park, which is expected to be completed by October 2019. Soon after taking over as the Mayor of Kolkata in December last year, Firhad Hakim has stressed upon stopping extraction of ground water totally in the city. He has already held a meeting with the state Water Resources Investigation department and will soon come out with a scientific action plan. Hakim, who placed the budget for the 2019-20 fiscal, has proposed an allocation of Rs 406.89 crore for development of water supply.last_img read more

IAF DIARIES ART INDUS

first_imgArt Indus brings to the IAF two important and serious of practitioners of art – the first is the legendary sculptor and mentor Rajinder Tiku and the second is Neeraj Bakshi. Both artists are deeply introspective and contemplative individuals who have been practicing for at least four decades. Tiku is both sculptor and thinker and he plays with the idea of metaphors in the medium of materiality. According to him art needs to be understood and internalised as an attitude that helps us to imbibe tradition and effort to transcend it to build a new psychological makeup. When he had his show at Threshold in Delhi he said: “Looking at this phenomenon from the point of view of human perception also, one understands that a society’s grasp of its part becomes a source of creativity in the present. It stimulates all forms of contemporary expression, allowing the meaning to seep through images, shapes and a plethora of the other cultural activities. While looking at this phenomenon of past and present as a continuum, where lines of distinction between historical memories and personal experiences blur (if not disappear), we realise an eternal source which energises us to flow on to be a part and parcel of the same.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfBased broadly on this understanding, Tiku has been trying to bring out a tangible form, the seemingly intangible aspect of the silent and sacred embedded in our civilizational life and tradition – you can see this message in his works that translate the idea of the shrine. Inspired by shapes of objects ranging from mundane ones located in our immediate surroundings, to the visual grandeur of monuments located in the trajectory of the timelessness, Tiku’s brilliance lies in his ability to create in stone images that have been perceived from a quantum of images and symbols that usher technical, intellectual and philosophical human endeavours into realm of the universal. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveNeeraj Bakshi’s hand is one of stealth and serene minimalism. Travel and experience have shaped his understanding – a few years ago Bakshi travelled to Africa and toured the forests in the east of the continent. His entire perspective changed. This was reflected in his work, and the watercolours breathed both beauty and substance in the idea of living. They reflect his concern with humans and the surroundings they share. These watercolours at Art Indus are fresh and have a transparency that makes them look as if they radiate a soft light. His figures mirror a definite international influence, as he spends time soaking rich artistic and architectural heritage of the places he visits. While the works look gentle there is also great pain, his works are associated with ritual iconography, but they are put together in the context of the everyday living. Bakshi buttresses deep environmental concerns with a sensitive balance of line and colour, which gives his work the ambience of a lighter prism. The inbuilt tenor of pathos and pain both add to the realm of solitary creation within his own orbit of compositional clarity.(The above mentioned story is part of the series on India Art Fair 2018, which will be carried till the fair ends.)last_img read more

Heat relief mission State introduces AC tram for daily passengers

first_imgKolkata: The state Transport department has introduced an air conditioned tram for daily passengers in the city.Till now, the air conditioned trams were only used on special occasions such as birthdays of dignitaries and celebration of events. Such trams were hired for some time with a designated charge on hourly basis. “At present, we have only four AC trams in our fleet and we have introduced one of them for daily commuters. It is aimed at providing relief to passengers in the summer months,” a senior official of West Bengal Trasnport Corporation (WBTC) said. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe AC tram, which is plying from the end of April, has a fare of Rs 20 per head. At present, the tram is plying in Shyambazar-Esplanade and Nonapukur-Esplanade routes. The tram having a single bogey is perfectly suited for city roads, which is congested due to heavy traffic. In fact a number of tram routes in the city have been affected due to metro project work. The service of the tram is available from 10 am to 7 pm daily. “We are getting a good response and after monitoring the number of passengers for some months. We may roll out one or two more AC trams in future,” the official added. The seating capacity of the tram is 28. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe two special AC trams — Banalata and Charuibeti — that are being used for joyrides particularly during weekends have basic kitchen facilities for making tea, coffee and serving hot snacks. But, the AC tram for daily commuters will not have such facilities. The AC buses have contributed reasonably in boosting the exchequer of the state Transport department particularly during the summer months. “We are hopeful that the AC tram also will also be a hit,” the official said.last_img read more

Bagwani Utsav to be a treat for plant lovers

first_imgMarking the onset of Spring season, Delhi Tourism and Transportation Development Corporation Ltd is organising the Bagwani Utsav at Dilli Haat Janakpuri, from January 25 – 27, 2019.It will be a treat for Delhiites who are fond of plants and gardening. A variety of seeds and plants will be available for sale during the Utsav. Besides this, cultural performances, magic show and stand-up performances have been organised to engage the visitors. Proffering various local dishes and delicacies, Dilli Haat Janakpuri will also have a dedicated shopping street, along with camel rides and swings for children. A perfect event for all family members, the cost for admittance remains the same as the entry ticket. From time to time, DTTDC has been organising Bagwani Utsav to propel cultural activities and promote community building for all. Dilli Haat Pitampura will host its own Bagwani Utsav from February 1 -3, 2019, for the residents of North –West Delhi.last_img read more