Software allows amateurs to compose professionallooking music sports videos

first_imgScene from World Cup 2006. Explore further YouTube looks to dilute nasty programming with curated educational playlists If a user has editing preferences (for example, they want certain shots to align with certain parts of a song), the system can also work in semi-automatic mode. A user’s stipulations can become fairly complex, as well, overriding the system’s inherent rules.“A computer program won’t create new things unless it’s been taught to,” Wang explained. “In fact, computers are more suitable for tedious or computational tasks, such as selecting precise in/out frames and alignment work. The human must tell the computer what tasks to do. “The difference with our system is that it is able to use some high-level, abstract rules,” he continued. “For example, a user may say ‘I want the music “Hero” and Beckham’s shooting scene from EPL [English Premier League] 2004 to compose a music video,’ and our system can do the rest of the work, finding Beckham’s shooting events and aligning them to the music to achieve smooth shot transitions and understandable video content. The contribution of our system is that, since it is able to execute certain high-level rules for video editing, people can personalize this rule to produce their customized music video.”Even when the system performed fully automatically, the artistic results were impressive to viewers, who consistently rated the system higher in all scoring categories compared with other similar systems. In addition to their sensible structure, the videos also demonstrated a high degree of artistic quality, which may be somewhat surprising for a completely computerized system.“We think that, given limited material, a good selection must follow some rules,” Wang said. “Since we are not artists, we have to do some statistical work to discover these rules. If a music video can satisfy most of the predefined rules, its artistic attribute won’t be bad. But of course, it is usually necessary to conduct subjective evaluation to see how much the predefined rules are suitable.”Wang said that currently the system targets the broadcasting industry, but hopefully general users will benefit from it in the future. “We are definitely doing investigations to support more application areas based on the technique,” he said. “A software program like ‘muvee’ [a currently available program] for the general public is surely one of the best options.”Sample videos created with this software are temporarily available at: … emo/Introduction.htm. Citation: Wang, Jinjun, Chng, Engsiong, Xu, Changsheng, Lu, Hanqinq, and Tian, Qi. “Generation of Personalized Music Sports Video Using Multimodal Cues.” IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, Vol. 9, No. 3, April 2007.Copyright 2007 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Citation: Software allows amateurs to compose professional-looking music sports videos (2007, May 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Scientists Jinjun Wang et al., representing different institutions in China and Singapore, have presented a novel approach to personalized music sports video composition. Their system can automatically detect events, players, or teams, and then smoothly integrate the scenes with music, all while maintaining the artistic quality of professional videos. They predict that home users will easily be able to customize sports videos for themselves, greatly increasing the production of these videos, as well as expanding the audience.“We have introduced a real-time sports event detection and broadcasting system and tested it using FIFA World Cup 2006 games,” Wang told “In addition, with our second-step system, we are able to utilize the detected events to provide value-added services. With the ability to generate music sports video, it is possible to have prelude/postlude, half-break commentary, and summary TV programs using the latest game scenes.”In their paper published in IEEE Transactions on Multimedia, the scientists explain how they optimized the features for the intelligent automatic system. For example, a user can request certain events (such as goals in soccer videos or three-pointers in basketball) to include in a video. To satisfy the request, the system uses “semantic content extraction,” meaning that it searches the text for key words associated with the events. Text not only includes closed captioning, but also web casts from sites such as the BBC and Yahoo, where text often involves very detailed information. Rather than simple word matching, the software (dtSearch) uses techniques to filter unwanted scenes (e.g. ignores “goal kick” when searching for “goal”) and other advanced options.Then, to align the sports scenes with music, the system can automatically choose a song whose phrasing, beats, and lyrical structure matches with the dynamics of the scene shots. “The more different types of events the user need for ‘editing,’ the more processing time is required by our system,” Wang explained. “In an extreme case where all the types of events are required for detection, the system needs around 90 minutes to process a 90-minute soccer game—near real-time. The second step, the ‘editing” step, is quite fast—usually less than one minute for typical pop music.” Although currently the composition of music sports videos requires a tech-savvy professional with an artist’s touch, the future may enable any amateur to create their own personalized video using software in the works by a group of scientists. With its fully or semi-automatic modes, the system would turn a tedious, time-consuming, and skilled task into a hobbyist’s evening activity. 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

KDDIs First 3D Mobile Phone LCD Screen

first_img Explore further Citation: KDDI’s First 3D Mobile Phone LCD Screen (2008, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from KDDI Corporation has released a prototype of the world’s first 3D LCD display, designed for mobile phones. This unique 3D LCD display is designed for mobile phones that are capable of showing still images and video in 3D. By using two separate LCD displays, the images are interlaced and projected on two separate LCD screens. One display outputs an image for the left eye, while the other outputs an image for the right eye. With each image being offset on each LCD display, you have a stereoscopic effect that tricks each eye into thinking that you have a real 3D image. This prototype has been demonstrated by KDDI Corp. using a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. You can view both still images and video on the 3D LCD display. center_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. Digitally programmable perovskite nanowire-block copolymer compositeslast_img read more

Team finds asteroids were bombarded by iron loving elements too

first_img Explore further © 2012 Phys.Org Journal information: Science The end of planet formation, as told by trace elements from the mantles of Earth, the moon and Mars A 700g individual of the NWA 869 meteorite. Chondrules and metal flakes can be seen on the cut and polished face of this specimen. Image: Wikipedia. Citation: Team finds asteroids were bombarded by iron loving elements too (2012, April 6) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Late Accretion on the Earliest Planetesimals Revealed by the Highly Siderophile Elements, Science 6 April 2012: Vol. 336 no. 6077 pp. 72-75. DOI: 10.1126/science.1214967ABSTRACTLate accretion of primitive chondritic material to Earth, the Moon, and Mars, after core formation had ceased, can account for the absolute and relative abundances of highly siderophile elements (HSEs) in their silicate mantles. Here we show that smaller planetesimals also possess elevated HSE abundances in chondritic proportions. This demonstrates that late addition of chondritic material was a common feature of all differentiated planets and planetesimals, irrespective of when they accreted; occurring ≤5 to ≥150 million years after the formation of the solar system. Parent-body size played a role in producing variations in absolute HSE abundances among these bodies; however, the oxidation state of the body exerted the major control by influencing the extent to which late-accreted material was mixed into the silicate mantle rather than removed to the core. ( — A team made up of a diverse group of researchers has found after studying the composition of several asteroids that most such planetesimals had an abundance of highly siderophile elements in their mantles suggesting, as the team writes in their paper published in the journal Science, that they were subject to the same inner solar system bombardment by siderophile laden chondrites as were planets, including Earth. The Earth, like other planets, is believed to have come to its current state by first starting out as a ball or disk, of gas. As time passed the gases began to coalesce due to rotation, causing gravity to occur. The addition of gravity then caused other small elements in the vicinity to be pulled in adding to its size, a process known as accretion. As it did so, iron loving elements (siderophiles – such as platinum, gold rhenium, osmium, iridium, etc.) made their way to the core, where they bound tightly to the iron they found there. Later on however, as the planetesimal continued to grow as a result of asteroid and comet strikes, it eventually grew to become a planet. But because the mantle had grown dense over this period, new siderophiles weren’t able to make their way to the core, so they were left to become part of the crust and then the mantle. This new research suggests that the same thing occurred with asteroids.The researchers made this discovery by studying the giant asteroid Vesta and other smaller asteroids, noting that as with Earth, siderophiles were found in both the cores and mantles, suggesting that they too had suffered bombardment from other objects after settling into a stable core state.Scientists believe that the planets and asteroids that exist in our solar system were created some four billion years ago, and that they had settled into stable entities approximately ten million years later. Thus, subsequent impacts by siderophiles came after that time. But because asteroids are thought to have developed a little faster and earlier than the planets, experts believed they would likely have plenty of siderophiles in their cores, but little outside of them. Thus this new evidence comes as a surprise to the research community and means that estimates of the time period that accretion occurred for such planetesimals will have to be revised. 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

Crowdtalk yields great answers says university team

first_img Citation: Crowd-talk yields great answers, says university team (2012, September 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from © 2012 More information: Research paper: Speaking With the Crowd, The Chorus system. User requests are forwarded to crowd workers, who then submit and vote on responses. Once sufficient agreement is reached, responses are made visible to users. The crowd’s working memory is updated by workers selecting lines from the conversation or summarizing important facts. Credit: Walter S. Lasecki et al. (—Move over, Siri. Some researchers from the University of Rochester in collaboration with a University of California, Berkeley, mathematician/crowdsourcing entrepreneur, have come up with a killer personal assistant approach. “We introduce Chorus, a system that enables realtime, two-way natural language conversation between an end user and a crowd acting as a single agent.” So begins their paper, “Speaking with the Crowd,” suggesting the ideal artificial chat partner is the partner that is actually the work of contributions from many crowdsourced workers. The researchers propose a crowd-powered chat system that behaves as an online collaborative interface. They believe it one-ups existing systems because it can take on more complex tasks. Walter S. Lasecki, Rachel Wesley, and Jeffrey P. Bigham from the University of Rochester worked with Anand Kulkarni, the cofounder of the crowdsourcing company MobileWorks, to create Chorus. They sought to demonstrate that the power of crowdsourcing might be able to go beyond simple tasks into the complex. “What we’re really interested in is when a crowd as a collective can do better than even a high-quality individual,” said co-author Bigham.How the Chorus system works: People talk to Chorus with an instant messaging window. User requests are forwarded to crowd workers, who submit and vote on responses. When agreement is reached, responses are made visible to users. The crowd’s working memory is updated by workers selecting lines from the conversation or summarizing important facts. According to the co-authors of the paper, “Chorus is capable of maintaining a consistent, on-topic conversation with end users across multiple sessions, despite constituent individuals perpetually joining and leaving the crowd. This is enabled by using a curated shared dialogue history.”Put to the test, the researchers found that Chorus was able to keep up consistent conversations between a single user and large numbers of crowd participants. They said the talk was kept on focus. Also, Chorus was capable of retaining meaningful long-term conversational memory across multiple sessions, even as individual users changed. As for accuracy, workers were able to answer 84.6 percent of user queries correctly.In all, say the authors, “These findings suggest that Chorus is a robust interface for allowing disparate members of the crowd to represent a single individual during natural language conversations as an alternative to software agents.”How robust these systems become as technologies evolve remains to be seen. What is known is that personal assistants such as Apple’s Siri are very useful but do not come up to par with the conversational skills of a real person. As the researchers note, robust two-way conversations with software agents remain a challenge. Existing dialogue-based systems generally rely on a fixed input vocabularies or restricted phrasings, have a limited memory of past interactions, and use a fixed output vocabulary. As for where Chorus can fit in the real world, the authors say that “In the future, we expect Chorus will have utility as a conversational partner and as a natural-language dialogue interface to existing systems.” iPhone app uses crowd sourcing to help the blind This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore furtherlast_img read more

Concerns raised about airline boarding pass barcodes

first_img Before Your Flight: A Fingerprint Scan at the Check-in Desk Explore further Citation: Concerns raised about airline boarding pass barcodes (2012, October 26) retrieved 18 August 2019 from (—Boarding passes for travel on airlines in the US (and many other countries) now include barcodes, but an aviation security researcher has now learned that these barcodes can be read by readily available tools and are unencrypted. The barcodes include information on the level of security check the passenger will be required to satisfy when they pass through pre-boarding checks. Credit: Wikipediacenter_img © 2012 The fear that barcode information could potentially be of use to terrorists was first raised in an article in the Washington Post in July this year, but the fear was escalated last week by John Butler in his aviation blog, Puckinflight, when he reported that the barcode information was not encrypted.Passengers can print their boarding passes before they leave home, and Butler said the barcodes can easily be read by online barcode readers or smartphone apps, and this would enable them to see in advance if they have been selected for the Transportation Security Administration’s (TSA) PreCheck security level for the flight.PreCheck security level is applied randomly to frequent fliers and can be purchased from US Customs, who carry out a background check on the applicant before approving the security level. Once approved and enrolled in the system, passengers are eligible to be selected for PreCheck on any flight. If selected, they bypass some of the pre-boarding security measures, are allowed to leave their toiletries and laptops in their carry-on bags, and do not have to remove shoes, jackets or belts as they are screened. They also avoid the controversial full-body scanners.Butler suggested that the barcode could be altered to change the security level to PreCheck simply by reading the barcode, saving the information as a text file, and altering a single digit corresponding to the security level. The altered file could then be uploaded to another website to be re-encoded as a barcode, and this could easily be incorporated into the boarding pass using widely available photo-editing software.Other information on the barcode could be altered in the same way, including the passenger name, and flight details, and as long as the security check level was changed to PreCheck, the passenger would avoid thorough security checking and be likely to get through. The barcodes in US airports are read by machines operated by the TSA, but they are merely barcode readers and do not check the information. The TSA issued a statement that its security systems include “measures both seen and unseen,” but it did not comment on the specifics of Butler’s blog post.In a later blog post Butler said the International Air Transport Association (IATA) standards allow for a validation mark to be included in the barcode on boarding passes to prevent the kind of tampering Butler warned about, but while the barcodes remain unencrypted there is nothing to stop passengers learning in advance that they will be subjected to lower security measures. 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

Physicist warns of problems with speeding up financial markets

first_img More information: Physics in finance: Trading at the speed of light, Mark Buchanan, … eed-of-light-1.16872 Credit: Petr Kratochvil/public domain Explore further Ethnic diversity can deflate stock market bubbles, study finds 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. Author, physicist and former editor, Mark Buchanan outlines technical issues with the global financial trading markets in a comment piece he has written for the journal Nature, where he suggests that more thought should be put into how the system evolves in the future because problems with it could cause very serious worldwide economic troubles.center_img Journal information: Nature © 2015 Tech Xplore Citation: Physicist warns of problems with speeding up financial markets (2015, February 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from For most people, the global financial markets are a murky business, stocks and other commodities are bought and sold, by individuals, companies and most importantly traders every second that the markets are open. As technology has improved, the ability to buy and sell on any of the worlds’ markets (NYSE, Euronext, etc.) has become easy and commonplace. Technology has also changed the way trades are made, with big financial corporations relying on computers running sophisticated software to do the buying and selling for them—it all happens in milliseconds now. Over the past several years, it has become apparent that some corporations have found that the faster they can receive information from a market, process it and then send back a buy or sell order, the more of an edge they will have over competitors. This has led to a race of sorts, to see who can come up with the fastest system. In his article, Buchanan highlights many of the ways that businesses with deep pockets are speeding up their communications systems, such as installing laser systems on rooftops, and then asks if the move towards seeking the ultimate limit, the speed of light, is good for the financial markets, or the rest of the world’s economies.We all know about the dangers of automatic buying and selling by computers, “flash crashes” can cause massive hikes or drops in prices in milliseconds. Buchanan suggests speeding up communications ever more (such as with the new fiber cable currently being installed between New York and London) will likely result in more such crashes or perhaps cause something truly catastrophic in global markets at some point which could set off an economic collapse. He suggests that rather than take the wait and see approach, it would be better to create teams of computer scientists, economists, mathematicians, and perhaps others, to study the virtual ecosystems that are being built to better understand what is really happening, and perhaps, to build in safeguards to keep runaway systems from destroying the global economy.last_img read more

Researchers use muon detector to measure electric potential in a thunderstorm

first_imgCredit: CC0 Public Domain As part of their research, the team built a storm simulator to calculate the total electrical potential of a storm based on the drop in muons detected. They report that their simulator showed the December storm had a 1.3-billion-volt electric potential. More information: B. Hariharan et al. Measurement of the Electrical Properties of a Thundercloud Through Muon Imaging by the GRAPES-3 Experiment, Physical Review Letters (2019). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.122.105101 GRAPES-3 muon telescope (foreground) with an artist’s view of lightning strikes. Credit: Pranay Godawat/ GRAPES-3 experiment Russian scientists on the verge of solving the ‘muon puzzle’ Citation: Researchers use muon detector to measure electric potential in a thunderstorm (2019, March 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from A team of researchers from several institutions in India and Japan has found that it is possible to use a muon detector to measure electric potential in thunderstorms. The paper is published in the journal Physical Review Letters. The researchers explain that they noticed muon detection levels drop during thunderstorms, and used that information to calculate electric potential in thunderstorms.center_img Explore further Lightning bolts that flash across the sky are ample evidence that storms produce electricity. Over the past several decades, scientists have sent balloons and planes into storms to learn more about what goes on inside of them. But the sensors used in such efforts have only been able to capture data about very small parts of storms. In this new effort, the researchers developed a way to capture one critical measurement of an entire storm—its electric potential.The electric potential of a storm is defined as the collective amount of work that would be required to move its electrons from one part of a cloud to another. In thunderstorms, the electric potential arises as positively charged water droplets rise and negatively charged droplets sink, and the air between them becomes conductive. Because of their electrical activity, thunderstorms can have an impact on muons, forcing them to lose energy, which prevents muon detectors from detecting them.Muons are one of a type of tiny particles that result when cosmic particles slam into the atmosphere and break apart into millions of bits of debris—they constantly rain down from above. Scientists have built muon detectors to study them. One such facility is the GRAPES-3, located in India. It has 400 muon detectors located on the ground, covering approximately 25,000 square meters. Together, they detect millions of muons every minute. The researchers with this new effort began monitoring changes in detection levels when they noticed that the levels fell when thunderstorms were overhead. They report that they monitored and studied changes to such levels over the time period April 2011 to December 2014. During one particularly large storm that occurred on December 1, 2014, muon levels dropped a full 2 percent. © 2019 Science X Network Journal information: Physical Review Letters 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

We will keep playing till we drop

first_imgWho could have ever thought that the strains of Costa Rican music could merge in with the melodies of Iran and create some magic? Meet Jorge Strunz and Ardeshir Farah. The two musicians have been performing together since 1980.Bringing in the best from their diverse cultural roots in Costa Rica and Iran, they have created an eclectic blend of music adding their own special touch to the traditional acoustic guitar. Merging Afro-Caribbean, Latin American, Flamenco, Middle East and Jazz influences, their album Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ Heat of the Sun spent four months in the top 10 of the World Music Charts and got them a Grammy nomination.The musicians are on their India tour and are raring to give the Capital a taste of what makes these Grammy nominees the talk of town. Millennium Post caught up with the duo  to discuss where it all began for Strunz and Farah.How did it all start? How did you meet and decide to perform together?Jorge was looking for someone to form a guitar duo with and a mutual friend (a Greek/English guitarist) arranged an introduction. We were playing very fast and difficult pieces like Monty’s Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixCzardas at top speed and in harmony within hours of meeting each another. Merging the sounds from Costa Rica and Iran — how did that happen?It happened quite naturally. Since those are our roots, those flavours emerged and they simply worked well together. For example, on the album Guitarras, we did a piece entitled Mirage with the legendary Iranian singer Heyadeh. This was on the one hand very Iranian, but on the other, the rhythm Jorge played behind it was completely Latin folk. It worked very well, adding  a unique propulsion to the piece. Tell us about the making of Heat of the Sun…We were in a transitional state with the band and we went into the studio and made it! As is usually the case, the music had already been performed in public at shows and so it was a natural next step to record the music. What was the thought behind it?The heat and passion of the title piece, among others. What projects are you working on right now, and tell us about the ones in the pipeline…We’re taking our time on a new project. It’s been three decades and counting…what lies ahead?We’ll play until we drop! Playing is what we do best!DETAILWhere: Siri Fort AuditoriumWhen: 5 DecemberTime: 7 pm onwards Passes available at Rhythm CornerCost: Rs 500 onwardslast_img read more

37 poets under one roof

first_imgThe event will be inaugurated by Krishna Dutt Paliwal and Divik Ramesh on 6 Sep at Triveni Auditorium. Harisuman Bisht, Secretary of Hindi Academy said, ‘We  tried to get the entire famous languages poet together, somewhere we are successful in our work. These languages belongs to the Ashtam Suchi in our country. We are looking forward for this’.  The poets participating in the event are – Makrand Pranjpey (English), Rafeeq Raj (Kashmiri), Talib Rampuri (Urdu), Parmita Sathpati (Odiya), Aanido Chaki (Bangla), RajuRam (Rajasthani), Mithlesh Srivastav , Ekant Srivastav, Pratap Singh, Shyam Sakha Shyam and Soumitra Mohan (Hindi), Saiman Martin (Marathi), Deena Shah(Gujrati), Satya Ashokan(Tamil), Remika Thapa(Nepali), Amarjeet Ghumman(Punjabi), Vijay Kumar Karan(Sanskrit), Mohan Himthani (Sindhi), Keki. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’NDaruwala (English), Nand Singh Barkala (Assamese), Rashida Banki(Urdu), Vishnu Surya Wagh (Konkani), Lalchenba Matayi (Manipuri), Nivedita Jha (Maithali), Dharmendra Kumar (Sanskrit), N Krishna Rao (Telegu), Padma Sachdev (Dogri), Manprasad Subba (Nepali), Ravel Singh (Punjabi), Jaya Jadhwani (Sindhi), Vishwa Deepak, LeelaDhar Jagudi, Rekha Vyas, Damodar Khandse, Udhbhrant and Shivkumar Bilgrami(Hindi).When: 6 – 7 September Where: Triveni Auditorium, Tansen Marglast_img read more

India beat Korea reach Asiad final after 12 yrs

first_imgAkashdeep Singh scored a fabulous field goal to guide India men’s hockey team into the finals of the Asian Games after a gap of 12 years with a 1-0 win over hosts South Korea at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium here on Tuesday.After squandered at least three gilt-edged chances to take the lead in the first two quarters, Akashdeep (44th minute) received a superb through ball inside the striking circle and without turning he flicked the ball through his legs in spectacular style into the goal past the South Korean custodian Myungho Lee just one minute before the end of the third 15-minute quarter. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaThe Indian men’s hockey team, which last made it to the final of the Asiad way back in 2002 Busan Games, will now face the winner of the other semifinal between arch-rivals Pakistan and Malaysia in the summit clash on Thursday with the title winners grabbing a direct berth in the 2016 Rio Olympics.The victory was India’s eighth against Korea in the Asian Games in 14 games, against two losses, and was the 29th overall in 72 matches in all competitions. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: ShastriThe win also helped India reach the final, assuring them of at least the silver medal, for the first time since the 2002 Busan Games. They did not make the semis in 2006 at Doha and then four years ago were shocked by Malaysia in the semi-finals.The Indians were by far the dominant side on display against Korea in the entire 60 minutes on Tuesday and controlled the proceedings from the word go.The Koreans played catch-up hockey throughout the match but failed to break the resolute Indian defence.There was hardly any clear scoring opportunity for the Koreans, whereas India threatened the opponent goal throughout the encounter.There was plan, purpose and poise in India’s display and the major difference was the defense which held well right through.last_img read more

Where music meets serenity

first_imgVocalist Rini Mukherjee enthralled the audience by her live performance at 6th annual cultural conclave and musical concert – Sur Sandhya at Sri Sathya Sai International in Delhi. The concert was organised by Le-Rythme, an organisation of promoting Indian music and dance. The event that commenced on January 4 was organised in order to revive the interest in our traditional art forms, both in musical and performing arts and to spread its eminence among the youth. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The different moods of Indian music and composition were highlighted in Rini’s performance. The artiste presented all time hit melodious songs of Asha Bhosle, Lata Mangeshkar and Kavita Krishna Murti. Bengali numbers were also sung by the vocalist. Some of the popular numbers like – Ek Radha Ek Meera, Shyam Teri Bansari Pukare Radha Naam, Yeh Ladka Hai Allah sung by Rini kept the audiences asking for more. Under the tutelage of Padmashree Padmabhushan maestro Pandit Rajan, Ustad Tanveer Ahmed Khan and Biswajit Chatterjee, Rini Mukherjee has carved a niche for herself at a young age and has earned a lot of appreciation. She has proved herself as an established exponent of Indian light classical music, Nazrul Geeti and Contemporary songs. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe audience present there also witnessed the dance performance by the iconic dancers of Ganesa Natyalaya (Centre of Classical Dance and Music of Saroja Vaidyanathan). Apart from this famous Bengali band of Kolkata Creations also mesmerised the audience by their performance. This musical event was dedicated to the Swach Bharat Abhiyan initiated by our Prime MInister, Narendra Modi. Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State Culture and Tourism (Independent Charge) and Civil Aviation and Meenakshi Lekhi,  Member of Parliament were the chief guest of this event. Sheila Sengupta (niece of Netaji subhash Chandra Bose), Padmabhusan Saroja Vaidyanathan, Flute Maestro Pandit Rajendra Prasanna graced the ocassion by their presence. A sum of money was also donated to URJA (United Residents Joint Action) for developmental works.last_img read more

For music and a concern

first_imgAdvaita – an eclectic fusion band will be performing at the event. Manzil Mystics has been performing for/with different NGOs in Delhi on social issues such as environment, gender-based violence, governmental corruption, honor killing, failure in education system in India, and many more. Men who pause is a four-member band from New Delhi, India known for being one of the first bands in India to distribute their music for free over the internet and kickstart the DIY ethic in India will also enthralling the audience. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This year the theme for the event is around social inclusion which in the urban context is considered not existent but is always prevalent and is over looked by. The volunteers have already been going to communities in Delhi that are considered to be non-existent, they are talking about the issue and using theater, music, films etc as mediums to express their thoughts. There a lot of collaboration with the communities and they are part of the event as well. They are not only including the communities but also taking a bunch of young volunteers along with them and making them go through the journey to self to society.last_img read more

Doctor caught sneaking in mobiles liquor marijuana into Alipore jail

first_imgKolkata: A doctor was arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle mobile phones, narcotics, alcohol and razor blades into Kolkata’s Alipore Central Correctional Home on Friday night.Police said Dr Amitabha Chowdhury – a medical professional attached to the prison, who is a retired Army doctor – was caught red-handed late on Friday night. They recovered five packets of marijuana and 4/5 litres of alcohol besides 35 cell phones, chargers and Rs 1.46 lakh in cash, from his possession. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsUjjal Biswas, minister for Correctional Administration, said a high-level inquiry has been ordered and added: “Following the information that the inmates are keeping cell phones and drugs I have asked the guards in different correctional homes to intensify vigil. I have also told them that some insiders must be involved in the matter and my apprehension has come true.” The news of inmates of different correctional homes using cell phones and drugs is not new. Recently, the correctional home authorities in Burdwan found that cell phones were being smuggled inside the jail inside religious books. Recently in Alipore Correctional Home, it was found that the inmates were using cell phones and even electric heaters and following the incident the involvement of a section of the employees has been suspected. The bags of wardens and other employees are checked when they join duties and while leaving after work as well. But the doctors of the correctional homes do not undergo such checks. Some senior officials of correctional home administration had suggested that the bags of doctors attending the hospital should also be checked. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedFor quite some time, the behaviour of Dr Chowdhury and his closeness with some of the inmates had raised suspicion. It was decided that his bags and belongings will be checked on Friday. Accordingly, the super of Alipore Correctional administration along with the deputy super and other officials waited inside while another team under DIG (correctional home) in plainclothes waited outside the correctional home campus. Dr Chowdhury arrived at the correctional home around 10 pm on Friday. When he was entering the hospital ward, Superintendent of Alipore Correctional Home went to him to check his bag. He was carrying two suitcases. He refused to show them and threatened to quit the hospital. He argued with the senior jail officials that under no circumstances he would allow them to check his bags as those of the doctors are never checked. But when the jail authorities insisted, he decided not to join duties and refused to go back home. When he was leaving the correctional premises, the team under DIG stopped him and tried to check the bag. A heated exchange followed but the bodyguards of DIG took the bags from him and opened them. There were 35 cell phones, 4/5 litres of alcohol and 5 packets of ganja. When the guards conducted Dr Chowdhury’s body search they found Rs 1.45 lakh being kept in a hidden pocket of his trousers. Dr Chowdhury gets a monthly pension of Rs 50,000 from the Army and another Rs 90,000 from the Correctional Administration as contractual remuneration. He confessed during the investigation that he used to get Rs 60,000 per month from the dreaded criminals for smuggling money and other items inside the correctional home. He told the police that Rs 1.45 lakh was meant for some dreaded criminals who run an extortion racket from inside the jail premises.last_img read more

Greek lawmakers debate third bailout deal

first_imgLawmakers in Greece began on Thursday debating a third international bailout, ahead of a vote on the 85-billion-euro (USD 94.8-billion) rescue package, on which eurozone finance ministers are to give their verdict on Friday.”The timetable is tight so we are forced into this emergency procedure,” Gerasimos Balaouras, a lawmaker from the leftist Syriza party of Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras said, kickstarting the debate in parliamentary committees.Balaouras reminded parliamentarians that Athens had to repay 3.4 billion euros owed to the European Central Bank by August 20 and that by adopting the European-International Monetary Fund bailout hoped to unlock default-saving funds on time.last_img read more

Odisha man kidnapped by IS returns home says abductors did not harm

first_imgReleased from the captivity of abductors in war-torn Libya, Pravas Ranjan Samal on Friday said the militants did not torture him though he was traumatised at every passing moment. “Suspecting the abductors as members of the ISIS, we were traumatised. Every moment was a moment of uncertainty,” said Samal, who reached the city accompanied by officers of the Ministry of External Affairs and Intelligence Bureau.“Now, I am Ok. But, when they abducted us, a lot of negative vives were going on back of my mind. I had heard a lot about cruelty by IS outfit. Still then, I had not stopped hope,” said Samal, who was working as a biomedical engineer in a hospital in Sirte in Lybia since 2002. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra dam“Since 2011, we were sensing difficulties in every passing day. But as health workers, we considered ourselves as social workers. We did not expect that the health workers would be target for any terror groups. But one night, some groups came and raided our quarters and asked us to follow them,” he said.Samal, a resident of Kendrapara district, was among the two Indians abuducted by the terror outfit.  Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probe“We were blindfolded and taken to some undisclosed locations. With me, there was another Indian. We were held captive for about 10 days. I don t know about the other people who were held captive,” Samal said.On the 10th day, Samal was, however, released with the help of some influential locals. “From there, I reached Tripoli and the Indian Embassy. The Embassy officials made all arrangements to feel me at home and sent me back to Delhi,” he said.While claiming that he feel proud to be an Indian, Samal pointed out that he was given all possible facilities by the officials of the embassy. “I express my profound gratitude to the Government of India, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and External Affairs minister Sushma Swaraj for their relentless efforts for my safe release,” he said.“Can any one imagine that the great person like Ajit Doval would stand up and hug me like a family member? I have seen happiness on his face over release of an Indian. This is India and its affection towards fellow countrymen,” an emotional Samal said.Describing his release as a “miracle”, Samal thanked the Almighty and did not forget to thank the people of Libya who were equally concerned over his abduction by terror group.last_img read more

GSI joins hands with Darjeeling administration to bring early landslide warning to

first_imgKolkata: The Geological Survey of India (GSI) in a joint effort with the Darjeeling district administration, has deployed a People-Centric Landslide Early Warning System (L-EWS), for the first time in the country at Giddapahar village at Kurseong block in Darjeeling.”This is an experimental L-EWS, wherein community plays an important role in managing the warning for rainfall triggered landslides. Giddapahar is one of the most landslide prone areas in Darjeeling district, where landslides are being reported since 2003. The village is located over the crown of an active rock slide, which reactivated several times in the last two decades,” a senior GSI official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the houses and grounds have developed cracks and show signs of active mass movement. In 2016, the Landslide Studies Division of Geohazards Research and Management (GHRM) Centre of GSI Kolkata had studied this landslide zone, with an aim to develop an early warning system. The area has been studied using modern InSAR technology by putting five corner reflectors and rainfall threshold analysis for landslide initiation within the Kurseong area and finally, the results culminated in the development of the People-Centric L-EWS. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedGSI, being the nodal agency for landslide studies, is working on different aspects of landslides. But with villages being located in remote areas and examples of landslide disasters happening at night (Limbudhura village landslide in Mirik, Malin landslide located slightly away from main centre, Malpa landslide located in remote high Himalayan terrain etc.), warning people about the impending danger has always been a challenge for GSI. Shallow, fast moving rainfall-induced landslides are one of the most common types that kill several people every year. “People Centric L-EWS is ideal for landslides as their spatio-temporal forecasting is extremely difficult, particularly from a remote distance,” the GSI official said. It may be mentioned that the local community is the first responder in case of a disaster and therefore they should be made aware of the surroundings where they live, the hazard present and ways to monitor them for timely response. A billboard showing all details of landslide warning has been erected at Giddapahar and at Paglajhora, to make the local community aware of the system and also to spread awareness among the people. “This is a significant step in reducing landslide risk in the area. An effective utilisation of the system will ensure reduction in loss of life due to landslide. We are taking all measures for that,” a senior district official in Darjeeling said.last_img read more

Kol Police STF arrests 40yearold with counterfeit notes worth Rs 496L

first_imgKOLKATA: The Special Task Force (STF) of Kolkata Police arrested a 40-year-old man from Amherst Street on Friday on charges of possessing counterfeit currency.Police seized the counterfeit currency worth Rs 4.96 lakh from the person. Acting on a tip off, the officers of the STF conducted a raid and arrested Ferajul Seikh, who is a resident of Babupara, Pardeonapur village at Baishnabnagar in Malda. A team comprising officers of the STF went to Shraddhananda Park near Amherst Street at Muchipara after receiving the tip off and arrested the person. They found him carrying a bag containing counterfeit notes. The counterfeit currencies were in denomination of Rs 2,000. He will be produced before the court on Saturday. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice are now trying to find out from whom he had received the counterfeit currency. They suspect that he came here a few days ago to handover a part of the counterfeit currency to his counterpart in the city. Police suspect that he also had plans to circulate a part in the city markets. Meanwhile, cops have arrested two persons on charges of stealing Rs 19.76 lakh from the office of one Manish Chowdhury at Burabazar. The duo used to work at the office and they have admitted to have stolen the money during the interrogation. Police have managed to recover Rs 17.90 lakh and are continuing the probe to recover the remaining part of the stolen money.last_img read more

International film festival to showcase literature and cinema

first_imgJD Centre of Art is all set to treat cinema and literature lovers by curating the 12th edition of its International film festival. The three-day non-competitive festival, “Imaging the Arts”, will be inviting filmmakers, critics, and artists from around the world to attend the event. Organised by the film forum of the JDCA, the film festival will be held between January 12 to 14 at the IDCOL auditorium in Bhubaneshwar, Odisha.During the festival, long and short films – narrative, documentary, animation, and film essays – in addition to panel discussions, lectures, and workshops will be held. An exhibition displaying traditional handicrafts, handlooms, and art books will also be organised alongside the festival, with stalls showcasing traditional Odisha crafts.Every year, the ‘International Film Festival on Art and Artists’ is organised with a different theme, in addition to its annual celebration of the art and culture of Odisha. This year, the focus will be on literature and cinema. JDCA will open this year’s festival by paying respect to Martand Singh, renowned curator and textile expert. Excerpts from his interview with Prasad Bidapa, about the importance of handmade fabrics in India, will be showcased. Also, JDCA will show four major award-winning films apart from six films by alumni of Film and Television Institute of India, including five works by Nirad Mohapatra. Major highlights of the festival will be The Salesman (Forushande) by Asghar Farhadi; The Secret in Their Eyes (El Secruto de sus Ojos); My Life as a Zucchini by Claude Barrass, and Life in Metaphors: A Portrait of Girish Kasaravalli. Other works to look for include animation films from France; experimental films from Germany, Australia, Canada, and Iraq. There will also be a number of events featuring Delhi-based filmmakers, including a workshop on digital filmmaking by Nandan Saxena. Moreover, The Face Behind the Mask by Nirmal Chander Dandriyal, and Faces: The Enigmatic World of Himmat Shah by Vinod Bhardwaj and Rohit Suri, will be among the other screened movies. The festival will also see artist Bryan Mulvihill conducting a workshop on calligraphy, entitled ‘Imaging the Word’, while actor/director Nandita Das will give an illustrated lecture on her upcoming film, Manto.last_img read more

Vitamin C may lower BP sugar levels in diabetics

first_imgTaking vitamin C supplements can help diabetics by lowering elevated blood sugar levels throughout the day, a study has found. The research, published in the journal Diabetes, Obesity and Metabolism, also found that vitamin C lowered blood pressure in people with type 2 diabetes, suggesting benefits for heart health too. According to Glenn Wadley from Deakin University in Australia, the results may help millions currently living with the health condition. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”We found that participants had a significant 36 per cent drop in the blood sugar spike after meals. This also meant that they spent almost three hours less per day living in a state of hyperglycaemia,” Wadley said. “This is extremely positive news as hyperglycaemia is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease in people living with type 2 diabetes,” he said. “We also found that the proportion of people with hypertension halved after taking the vitamin C capsules, with both their systolic and diastolic blood pressure levels dropping significantly,” Wadley added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe dose of vitamin C used in the study was about 10 times the normal dietary intake and readily available from most health food stores, researchers said. “Vitamin C’s antioxidant properties can help counteract the high levels of free radicals found in people with diabetes, and it’s encouraging to see this benefits a number of the disease’s common comorbidities, such as high blood pressure,” he said. “While physical activity, good nutrition and current diabetes medications are standard care and very important for managing type 2 diabetes, some people can find it tough to manage their blood glucose levels even with medication,” he added.last_img read more

Tom Bradys trench coat was the star of the Patriots win over

first_imgI know where Tom Brady got that coat… #TheExecutive— Justin Hardie (@OrangeHardie) November 21, 2016 Who wore it better:Fred McGruff (retweet)Tom Brady (favor)— Clayton (@ClaytonPruett) November 21, 2016 Advertisement Twitter gave Tom the business for sporting The Executive. The comparisons ranged from Dick Tracy, to McGruff the Crime Dog, to Inspector Gadget.Brady was unavailable for comment on the social media buzz. He was too busy heading home to his mansion after another win to go sleep with his supermodel wife on a king size bed covered in money.Tom Brady’s trench coat… @MelodyMendezTV and I feel like we’ve seen this look before ?— Nick Emmons TV (@emmonsnick) November 21, 2016center_img Yesterday was a homecoming in San Francisco for San Mateo native Tom Brady, who made his first career road start against the Niners. He grew up a San Francisco fan, and famously attended “The Catch” game as young boy.But, the headline of the day on social media wasn’t about Brady’s bay area return, or his 280 yard, 4 touchdown dismantling of his childhood team in the 30-17 Patriots win. It was his fashion-forward, Inspector Clouseau trench coat that he wore as he arrived at Levi Stadium, and later at the postgame press conference.Tom Brady arrives at Levi’s Stadium on the first team— Вoston Вlabber (@bostonblabber) November 20, 2016 When asked, Brady swore he had no idea where in the world Carmen San Diego might be #Patriots #NFL #TomBrady— John Hill (@JohnBrentHill) November 21, 2016last_img read more