Nanoscale heat engine exceeds standard efficiency limit

first_img Journal information: Physical Review Letters (Phys.org) —In 2012, a team of physicists from Germany proposed a scheme for realizing a nanoscale heat engine composed of a single ion. Like a macroscale heat engine, the theoretical nanoscale version can convert heat into mechanical work by taking advantage of the temperature difference between two thermal reservoirs. Because the single-ion heat engine is so small, at the time the physicists noted that it had the potential to tap into the quantum regime and experience quantum effects. Explore further More information: J. Roßnagel, et al. “Nanoscale Heat Engine Beyond the Carnot Limit.” Physical Review Letters. DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevLett.112.030602Also available at arXiv:1308.5935 [quant-ph] © 2014 Phys.org. All rights reserved. The heat engine’s efficiency at maximum power is shown as a function of the squeezing parameter. The results of the Monte Carlo simulations (black dots) show that the efficiency of the proposed heat engine can be increased by a factor of four when the squeezing parameter is equal to or greater than 0.4. The generalized Carnot limit is the efficiency limit for an engine interacting with a squeezed thermal reservoir. Credit: J. Roßnagel, et al. ©2014 American Physical Societycenter_img Can a car engine be built out of a single particle? Now in a new paper, the physicists, from the Universities of Mainz and Erlangen-Nürnberg in Germany, have theoretically shown that a nanoscale heat engine can take advantage of nonthermal effects. “Our theoretical and numerical findings show that the performance of quantum heat engines may be enhanced by coupling them to engineered nonthermal reservoirs, like squeezed reservoirs,” coauthor Eric Lutz, Physics Professor at the University of Erlangen-Nürnberg, told Phys.org. “These results follow from the application of the second law of thermodynamics to a reservoir configuration that is more general than usually considered in textbooks. From a theoretical point of view, they indicate that the second law is less restrictive away from equilibrium.”In their paper, the physicists showed that when the high-temperature thermal reservoir to which the quantum heat engine is attached is “squeezed,” the heat engine’s efficiency at maximum power dramatically increases and can exceed the standard Carnot limit by a factor of two. Since the power of an engine vanishes at maximum efficiency, the efficiency at maximum power is the quantity of prime interest for practical applications.As an expression of the second law of thermodynamics, Carnot’s result places a fundamental limit on a heat engine’s maximum efficiency. However, this limit holds only for the particular configuration that involves two thermal reservoirs at different temperatures. The engine proposed here has only one thermal reservoir, since the reservoir that is squeezed is considered nonthermal. While thermal reservoirs are characterized only by their temperatures, nonthermal reservoirs can be controlled in additional ways, such as by squeezing. As the physicists explain, squeezing is a quantum optics concept that has been shown to be a useful tool in high-precision spectroscopy, quantum information, quantum cryptography, and other areas. However, the use of squeezed thermal reservoirs in quantum thermodynamics has been largely unexplored until now.The physicists’ simulations showed that this heat engine can be experimentally realized with current technology involving a single ion and laser reservoirs. The simulations revealed that such a heat engine could realistically operate at maximum power with an efficiency that is up to four times larger than the efficiency obtained with two thermal reservoirs, and a factor of two above the standard Carnot limit.In the future, these dramatic improvements in efficiency through squeezing could lead to the realization of more efficient nanoengines.”We succeeded recently to trap ions and plan to verify the predicted results in the lab,” Lutz said. “We are currently investigating heat pumps and the options to scale the number of ions up.” Citation: Nanoscale heat engine exceeds standard efficiency limit (2014, January 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-01-nanoscale-standard-efficiency-limit.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.last_img read more

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Flying without wings

first_imgFlying in from Europe to Argentina and over London at the opening ceremony of the last Olympics, they stopped over Delhi to consummate the second edition of the three months long festival of France in India, Bonjour 2013. The Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium arena was brimmed with cheering spectators overwhelmed with joy and awe.The Ambassador of France to India Francois Richier welcomed the gathering and the Indian political mavericks L K Advani , Karan Singh and Shasi Tharoor, who together with the French nationals enjoyed the acrobatic fourteen angels who swung around the Tyrolienne on an octagonal iron dome. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Flying Angels (Place des Anges), directed by Stéphane Girard and the late Pierrot Bidon, showcased angel-like acrobats suspended from zip lines who take over the aerial space and play with their weightlessness while showering white flakes on the spectatorsThe celestials welcomed the crowd with their feather flakes and flowers descended to the earthly for their affability.The French Ambassador in his welcome speech told that sky is the limit for the Indo French relationships highlighting the show as a result of the joined efforts. The angels manifested their diverse skills by performing melancholic ballet dances and nimbly juggling balls on air. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixH.E. François Richier, Ambassador of France to India, said, ‘Organised in partnership with the Ministry for Youth Affairs and Sports, Flying Angels is a splendid occasion to reach out to the youth, and Bonjour India. The whole richness of Indo-French relations is expressed during this great moment. Our French and Indian artists have worked together for three months.’The angels joined the crowds to move together for the Indian Oscar sensation Jai ho in the end and posed with them for pictures of souvenir.When asked ‘What it takes to fly for a normal being?’, an angel replied ‘Fly with your heart’..Indeed they did.last_img read more

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Prithvi in Delhi

first_imgAll lovers of theatre brace up and keep the weekend free, for you don’t wanna miss out on this lovely thing coming up. The Pad- starring Kitu Gidwani, Capt. Sanjay Nath, Daniel D’ Souza and Saattvic, and is produced by Nishna Mehta – young powerhouse and one of the most sought after stage managers in Mumbai theatre. It explores relationships in contemporary India  among people belonging to communities that most people know very little of and are subject to quick stereotyping. The play looks beyond these biases of stereotype and assumption and looks at the characters for who they really are as people.The play raises questions about the nature of love and its limitations. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ About the play A house in Bandra, Mumbai is witness to two inextricably intertwined relationships between successive pairs of occupants. Pulkit, a banker, has rented a quirky flat in Bandra for the sole purpose of hooking up. One night he meets Sahil, a young PhD student, for sex. Sahil is researching interior design, and is taken by the interiors of the house. He wants to use it for his research, but has to deal with a bitter, cynical and brusque Pulkit. The one night stand turns into something more, as they get to know each other… and uncover the lives of the previous occupants, Jennifer and Fabian. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix The Theatre gropup Frontier Theatre is a new Mumbai based theatre group that aims to create original and relevant theatre that pushes boundaries. Central to our philosophy is the belief that the content and form of our work should reflect and document the exciting and dynamic society we live in – a society that is trying to develop while keeping its roots intact, a society that is struggling to reconcile Eastern and Western values and ways of life, a society that throws up mind boggling inequalities, a society that is on the cusp of becoming a major global power. So get it booked and get going! When – June 7,2014 4:30 pm & 7:30 pm Where – Alliance Francaise de Delhilast_img read more

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Agueros late strike rescues Man City

first_imgSergio Aguero  (in pic) spared Manchester City another embarrassing defeat as the Argentine striker’s late equaliser salvaged a 2-2 draw against QPR on Saturday. Aguero netted his second goal of a dramatic encounter with just three minutes left at rain-lashed Loftus Road, but this was another alarmingly sloppy display from the struggling Premier League champions.Manuel Pellegrini’s team were well below their best again just three days after suffering a shock home defeat against CSKA Moscow that left them in danger of elimination from the Champions League. Charlie Austin had given QPR a deserved early lead and it needed an Aguero equaliser tinged with controversy to level the score before half-time. A Martin Demichelis own goal in the closing stages put second bottom QPR back in front, but Aguero remains the one bright spot in a difficult campaign for City and he came to their rescue in the final moments. Also Read – Khel Ratna for Deepa and Bajrang, Arjuna for JadejaAguero’s heroics couldn’t hide the latest in a growing list of underwhelming City displays and they need to improve quickly to catch leaders Chelsea. The champions looked bedraggled and befuddled as QPR ran riot in the early stages. Austin had the ball in the net in the eighth minute when he headed home from close-range, but the QPR forward had strayed yards offside.Remarkably Austin was denied again in bizarre circumstances from the restart. Joe Hart hit his free-kick straight to Austin, who fired home and wheeled away in celebration only for referee Mike Dean to disallowed it because the City goalkeeper had broken the rules by accidently kicking the ball twice. Also Read – Endeavour is to facilitate smooth transition: ShastriYet City failed to heed the warning of their fortunate escapes and Austin finally made them pay for some more shoddy defending in the 21st minute. Eduardo Vargas tricked his way past Clichy and cut in from the right before sending over a low cross that Austin, played onside by the ponderous Mangala, met with an emphatic strike past Hart.City drew level in ruthless fashion in the 32nd minute. Once again QPR had a grievance with the officials as Aguero made a run from a marginally offside position to brilliantly control Mangala’s long pass with a deft touch as it looped over his head. Aguero then used the slightest touch off his arm to knock the ball down for a cool finish past Robert Green. QPR then were gifted their second goal in the 76th minute. Austin whipped over a cross and when Demichelis challenged with Zamora, the Argentine defender headed into his own net. But Aguero levelled in the 83rd minute with a typically clinical finish. Toure clipped a pass through to Aguero and he showed great composure to jink around Green before cutting back to make space for a powerful shot into the corner.last_img read more

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Keys notes

first_imgThe Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, in cooperation with Delhi Music Society and India International Centre, organized a flute-piano concert by the musical-duo Dávid Simon and János Palojtay from Hungary on January 24 at the Capital’s India International Centre Auditorium.Opening the evening, Tibor Kovács, The Director of Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, welcomed the audience and introduced the musicians to everyone. The theme was based on classical music with the presentation of various complementing pieces by J S Bach, W A Mozart, Ferenc Liszt, Francis Poulenc, Erno Dohnányi, and Béla Bartók.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The performance of Dávid Simon, on Flute and János Palojtay, on Piano was well accepted by the audience with the melancholic sounds and tones of their musical instruments. The dense sound and wide range of piano created a smooth amalgamation with the brilliant unity of the lyric and smooth tone of the flute. The musicians maintained an active relation with the attendees by presenting a brief explanation and relative connection of each musical piece, they played. The pianist held Kovács’s cordial support, during the performance.last_img read more

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Ferrer downs Nishikori for 4th Mexico title

first_imgDavid Ferrer won a record-equalling fourth Mexican Open title with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Kei Nishikori in the Acapulco hardcourt final. The Spanish world number nine’s triumph put him level with Austrian Thomas Muster with four Mexican titles having also won the tournament three times from 2010-2012 on clay. It was Ferrer’s third title this year after Doha and last week’s win in Rio de Janeiro and 24th of his career, ending a run of five defeats to the Japanese top seed. Nishikori now leads Ferrer 7-4 in their meetings. “I played very aggressive, without mistakes. I’m very happy. To win here a fourth time is a dream. In important moments, he made more mistakes and I took my chances. I feel very confident with my tennis now. I’ve won three tournaments this year and we’ve only began the season,” Ferrer was quoted as saying on the ATP website.last_img read more

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Toilet at home must for govt employees in rural Chhattisgarh

first_imgImparting momentum to Prime Minster Narendra Modi’s Clean India mission, the BJP-ruled Chhattisgarh government has made it mandatory for its employees in rural areas to have toilets at their houses in order to spread awareness about hygiene in remote areas.A circular in this regard has been issued by Chief Secretary Vivek Dhand, a senior official of the state Public Relations department said on Monday.”The circular instructed that under Clean India Campaign, it is compulsory for government officials/employees posted in rural areas to build toilets in their homes and use the same,” the official said. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJISince they live among villagers, they should promote use of toilets by setting personal example of themselves and bring about a major change in the attitude of people regarding the importance of hygiene, the official said.The circular has been conveyed to the Chairman of Revenue Board at Bilaspur, Departmental Heads, Divisional Commissioners, District Collectors and CEOs of Zilla Panchayats in this regard. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindIt said under the Clean India Mission (rural), the Union Ministry of Drinking Water and Sanitation has suggested that all government, semi-government employees and those receiving honorarium for their service to the government and local bodies, posted in rural areas, should have toilets in their homes.In case any of these employees do not have toilets in their houses, they should have it within next three months, the official said. “The circular also stated that to ensure compliance to these instructions, permanent officials/employees should be made to sign affidavit and avowal that they have toilets in their houses and they are using it,” the official said.While the contractual employees’ term would only be extended when they ensure construction of toilets in their houses and submit affidavit along with avowal regarding the same, the service period of daily wagers and employees on honorarium will be extended only when they go for construction and use of toilets in their homes, he said.It also asked the departmental heads to ensure that these instructions are compulsorily followed by employees as well as teachers, police constables, anganwadi and health workers, civic officials, literacy inspirers and patwaris posted in rural areas.last_img read more

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Govt police agree upon putting end to commission system in buses

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to check bus accidents, the state government and the police have proposed to do away with the commission system in bus services.The matter was discussed in a meeting held on Tuesday. State Transport minister Suvendu Adhikari, Additional Chief Secretary Alapan Bandyopadhyay, other concerned officials of the Transport department and senior police officers held the meeting, with representatives of bus owners’ associations.Sources said that the Transport department and the police have proposed to put an end to the commission system. Under the existing system, drivers and conductors get a commission from the fare collected from passengers. As a result, buses of same routes race among themselves to get more passengers, which leads to accidents. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIt may be mentioned that doing away with the commission system is an old issue and it crops up whenever there is any major bus accident. The Left Front government had remained indifferent to the issue. Now, the Mamata Banerjee government is trying to put an end to it, by removing the commission system for good.There are private buses in which there are two conductors. In such cases, the two conductors and the driver of the bus get 24 percent of the total amount of the bus fare they collect in a day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThere are some buses, mainly the mini-buses, in which there is one conductor and a helper. In such cases, the driver gets 14 percent and conductor gets 9 percent of the total fare collected, while Rs 250 is given to the helper per day.The commission system is in place only in five districts, namely Kolkata, Howrah, Hooghly and North and South 24-Parganas. In all other districts, the driver and conductor get salaries at the beginning of every month from bus owners.Representatives of the bus owners’ associations have urged the state Transport department to frame a guideline in this connection.last_img read more

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46yearold rickshaw puller commits suicide over domestic dispute

first_imgKolkata: A 46-year-old rickshaw puller was found hanging from the bamboo ceiling at his residence on Lockgate Road near the railway siding in Chetla on Saturday night.As per preliminary probe by the police, the victim Tapan Debnath hanged himself. According to local sources, Debnath was a drunkard and used to quarrel with his wife over his alleged inability to earn a decent living. He returned at around 10 pm on Saturday and had a heated exchange with his wife. After the quarrel, his wife went out for some work. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe victim’s mother, who works as a domestic help at a nearby residence, returned home at around 11.15 pm and found Debnath hanging with the help of a dupatta. The woman raised a cry and the person was rushed to MR Bangur hospital where he was declared brought dead. “We have noticed no external injury on the body of the deceased. Locals have informed us of the family discord. It appears to be a case of suicide. We are waiting for the post-mortem report to ascertain the cause of death,” an officer of Chetla police station said.last_img read more

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Bank employee murdered in Domjur torso found in sack

first_imgKolkata: A bank employee was brutally murdered at Makardaha, Domjur in Howrah on Wednesday.Police recovered the beheaded body of the victim, Partha Chakraborty (27), after getting intimation from locals. His body was later identified by his family members.He worked as a cash collector at the Salap branch of a private bank.According to some colleagues of Partha, he stayed at the same building where the bank is situated. Every morning, he used to go and collect monthly installments from women of several Self-Help Groups, who were granted loan by the bank. After having collected the money, Partha used to come back to office within 1:30 pm. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeOn Wednesday, as Partha did not reach office by his usual time, his colleagues and seniors tried to contact him and found his phone switched off. In the meantime, some locals noticed an abandoned sack with blood dripping from it. The locals immediately informed Domjur police station. At around 2:30 pm, a police team from Domjur police station reached the spot. As the knot on the sack was untied, police were stunned to see a chopped body inside. The torso was only left. The head, hands and the lower portion from the knees were not found inside the sack. The body was sent for an autopsy. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWhile the police were trying to identify the dead person, around 4 pm, some of Partha’s colleagues went to file a missing complaint.Hearing the missing person’s description, the police obtained his family’s phone number and informed them about the unidentified body.On Wednesday night, Partha’s family members went to Domjur police station where they were shown his undergarments and the sacred thread found from his body.The family members identified Partha from the tags on his undergarments. “When we found that Partha did not reach office on time, we tried to call him. But his phone was switched off. Then our branch manager decided to send us to the places where Partha had supposedly gone for cash collection,” said one of Partha’s colleagues.He also added: “We came to know that he visited the second last point at around 12:30 pm. We then decided to go to police for help. He had Rs 3 lakh cash with him which had also gone missing,” Police sources informed that investigators have found the number from which Partha had received the last call, after going through his call records.They found out that the number belonged to a woman, but police are yet to verify it.According to the investigators, the murder might have been committed to seek personal revenge because if the motive was to rob him, his body wouldn’t be found mutilated in this manner.About the investigation, Police Superintendent of Howrah rural Gaurav Sharma said: “Investigation is on. We are trying to find the missing partsof the body.”last_img read more

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Street kids exploited due to nonimplementation of laws

first_imgAnju Talukdar from Multiple Action Research Group (MARG), which works with women and children and unorganised labour, said there has been no realisaton of the existing child-sensitive laws, leaving the lives of street children unchanged.Talukdar was part of a discussion titled, “The Invisibles– A dialogue” organised by Youth ki Awaz and Save the Children.The session aimed at speaking up for child rights and “fight for the rights of India’s most vulnerable citizens,” by discussing the issue from various angles and suggesting feasible solutions. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf“We have a special law for children on sexual act with special measures for children, child friendly measures – police procedures to medical procedures all focussed on children. But, the gap is in the implementation. There is a big problem of street children in all smart cities,” Talukdar said.Two youth advocates, who used to live on the streets before being rescued, also shared their stories.15-year-old Salmaan, who was rescued by one of Save the Children India’s partner NGOs, aspires to become an actor, besides a powerful advocate for children’s rights. His short play is scheduled to be staged soon. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive“I lived on the streets before. I was not doing anything at that time. We were not given any importance by others, they didn’t even bother if we passed out in front of them,” Salman said. Often spotted cleaning tables or getting chai at dhabas, street children are not just subjected to exploitation but are also stripped off any identity of their own, with every child being addressed as either a “Raju”, “Chotu” or a “Kalu”.“I don’t know whether you have noticed, boys who are employed at the dhabas and other shops are often called ‘Raju’, Kalu’ or ‘Chotu’, we don’t have a particular name. There are thousands of children like us in the country. We also dream to study,” he said. Nisha, now a class IX student, used to work as a domestic help to support her family. After being rescued, she was enrolled in an English medium school, where she not only excels in studies but also aims to become a doctor someday. “I had to do the job of ‘dusting’ when I was nine. But I wanted to study and I got the opportunity to get it”.Besides living a difficult life on the streets, Nisha also faced the challenges of being a girl, particularly in a poor family. “For you, it was very easy to reach 8th standard. But for me, it was a difficult task. I had to work for my family from the age of nine because in our society, people think, what is the need for a girl to study? I know that I have to work hard to become a doctor. But, whenever I hear that girls can’t do anything, I get angry because I am also a girl!” she said.The discussion also saw experts detailing the legal framework safeguards and enforcements.“According to Right to Education Act, for a street child, he can go to a government school and get the right to education. In case of private schools, 25 per cent seats are reserved for disadvantaged students which also include street children (in some states only),” Anju said.“The poorer we are, the weaker we see the government machinery against us. According to the Juvenile Justice Act, if a child does not have a place to stay, take the child to the child welfare committee and the committee will take him/ her to a home or a place of safety,” she said. Kalikesh Singh Deo, MP from Odisha who also attended the session, asked the youth to be aware of the problems faced by street children. “Use the voice for the children, start a campaign from your college itself. Use your power to make a change,” he said.last_img read more

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A refreshing perspective on naturescapes

first_imgAt a time when forest fires and uncontrolled felling is fast leading to the depletion of trees in our country, an art show by Delhi-based artist Renuka Varma brings to notice the pertinent issue of environmental degradation. It is her passion for the subject that has led to this debut solo show at the age of 63! As she says, “It’s never too late and one is never too old to talk about what one feels strongly about.”Four years ago, she lost all her paintings to water-logging and it took her nearly three years, after that distressing experience, to pick up the paint and brush again. Renuka, a self-taught artist, is now readying to exhibit paintings done over the last year and half in her debut solo show in the Capital. Titled ‘Shakhein: Another Tree, Another Sky’, the show has been curated by Dr Alka Pande and depicts a refreshing perspective on nature and environment, especially trees. Including nearly 30 paintings in oils and acrylics on canvas, the show will be inaugurated by renowned poet and lyricist Gulzar on March 1 at the Visual Arts Gallery, India Habitat Centre. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfRenuka’s paintings not only reflect her passion as an artist but also a deep concern for the fast depleting forest cover in our country. Naturally so, as she spent her childhood in the lush green forests of Mussoorie where every summer and winter holiday meant endless hours spent amidst picturesque landscapes.She says, “Gulzar ji calls me ‘painter bhabhi’ and very few people know that he himself is a great artist. My husband has translated several of his books and one of them is titled ‘Green Poems’. I will be also exhibiting a poem from this book at the exhibition.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”I grew up in the foothills of the Himalayas – the mountains were lush green, there was ample snow in winter, and the valleys were full of flowers in summer. I spent most of my spare time sitting outdoors, watching the changing moods of the forest, and listening to the sounds of nature. I often go to Mussoorie even now and I’m pained to see how the landscape has changed. These forests have almost disappeared as the hills have been vandalized by all of us. I still live in those forests, and relive those monsoon sunsets, the green hills turning pink, purple and gold. In my mind, I touch again those mountain slopes, sway again with the trees, and walk amidst the lush undergrowth of the forest. I have tried to paint some of these memories that refuse to leave the recesses of my mind. The forests are disappearing and this is true for the entire country. Through my work, I want to not only revisit my childhood but also bring back focus on why environment and its protection are important,” she says. Renuka is a law graduate from Delhi University and after getting married to Pavan K Varma, whose foreign postings as an Indian Foreign Service diplomat took her to various countries, she continued to paint what inspired her. It was in Bhutan in 2012 that Renuka lost her paintings and she reveals that it has taken her a lot of courage and “great support” from her husband to be able to debut in Delhi as an artist.As Dr Alka Pande, curator of the show puts it succinctly, “Nature has been a recurring leitmotif in art and literature from the ancient Indian tradition when the Kalpavriksha or wish fulfilling tree came out of the Samundramanthan (churning of the ocean). Thus, through her works, emerges a novel approach to an age old visual language that goes back to the earliest examples of Roman frescoes and the rich murals at Ajanta and Ellora in India. To this she is adding a new dimension with her mastery for portraying movement through her brushstrokes, demonstrating an astonishing eye for dynamism. Amidst cottony clouds and chirping birds, trees in different stages of movement are depicted with vigour and skill.”Speaking of ‘Shakhein’, Renuka reveals that she has painted trees in her more recent works while also painting majestic mountains and flower-laden fields. Interestingly, she uses a bottle and nozzle as her instrument to create a flowing, swaying movement of the trees, while brush and knife also come handy when creating the textural effect on her canvases. Her colour palette ranges from the bright red of a work titled ‘Poppies’ and tangerine yellow of ‘Genda Phool’ to misty whites of Himalayan ranges and verdant green of the forest cover.When: March 1–6Where: Visual Arts Gallery, Indian Habitat CentreTiming: 10 am – 8pmlast_img read more

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Easter brunch at 1911

first_imgCelebrations call for lip-smacking delicious food without which any glamorous event falls dim. With Easter coming up this weekend, 1911 at The Imperial has arranged an array of rustic European dishes for foodies to gorge onto. Entering 1911, you’d be greeted with several paintings of various representatives of the armed hierarchy during British India, hanging on the wall, which would take you back to the early 1900s. Thereafter, the aroma of beautifully lined up dishes would direct you straight to the plates and ladles! Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMeat lovers will be on cloud nine to find an array of freshly cooked duck, chicken, lamb, pork, and salmon for brunch. Warm up your tummy starting with Beetroot soup and some delicious salads, for the upcoming amazing main course dishes.The Roasted beer chicken and the Spinach and salmon strudel are flawlessly presented and might make one wonder which to taste first. Their Ratatouille will be a huge delight for your tongue with the supple and soft veggies melting in your mouth. As you go ‘nom nom’ on it endlessly, do not forget that there’s a lot more out there to be eaten. An exceptionally good dish and a personal favourite is the Minced lamb pie! The smell of the crunchy pie crust complementing the perfectly cooked lamb stuffing is what food lovers need to uplift their mood in the worst of times. Reminiscing the aroma of the lamb pie alone would transfer one back to the buffet even after a week! Another outstanding dish is the Baked rigatoni – the melted cheese, and the pasta with assorted veggies spreading all over your taste buds are yum! Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveLike a dramatic entry is appreciable, a spectacular conclusion is always welcomed by awe-inspiring eyes. With the entry of a plate of Baba Au Rum, into the dining area, all eyes would focus on the fresh hot yeast-based cake soaking in a syrup rich in rum. Why dramatic you ask? Well, the cake’s on fire – literally. The rum and the sugary syrup is inflammable with a touch of Indian spices in it, and is lit while serving guests for a definite visual appeal. They also have some amazing chocolate eggs and bunnies, for you to gift on Easter, which you might find difficult to munch on, for how beautiful they look. Hop into The Imperial and head straight to the restaurant for a memorable rustic European Easter brunch.last_img read more

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SSC to recruit 42000 teachers staff

first_imgKolkata: The School Service Commission (SSC) will fill up vacancies of about 42,000 teachers, non-teaching staff and Group D employees in schools right from upper primary to the higher secondary level by March 2019.”I will stress upon filling up the vacant posts in schools and take all necessary measures to expedite the process as it will be employing so many job seekers,” said Soumitra Sarkar, chairman of SSC. Sarkar has taken charge of the SSC from January 9. Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalElaborating on the vacancies, Sarkar said the highest number of teaching vacancies lies in the upper primary level with 13,080 posts to be filled up. “Their counselling will begin by the end of January and accordingly the list will be forwarded to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education (WBBSE) for handing over the offer letters,” Sarkar said. Speaking on the vacancies at the Madhyamik level (Class IX and X) which is 12,905, he said the SSC has already finished counselling of 6,524 and sent the list to the WBBSE for necessary action. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”The second phase counselling will start by last week of January or beginning of February,” he added. The vacancies exclude 10 percent that should be filled up with para teachers as per directions of the court. The list of headmasters to fill up the existing 2,243 vacancies will be published by Wednesday evening. The counselling dates will be January 22, 24 and 25 and then it will be sent to the West Bengal Board of Secondary Education for handing over the offer letters. At the higher secondary level, the final vacancy is 5,711 of which SSC has already counselled 4,889 candidates. The next phase of counseling for filling up the remaining 822 vacancies will be done soon. “The filling up 1,034 vacancies in physical education and 1,099 in work education will also be completed by March. 2,057 vacancies for clerks and 3,955 for Group D staff will also be done by March,” Sarkar maintained. He further added that already 19,406 candidates have got jobs through various stages of recruitment process that started from July, 2018. The remaining 22,678 vacancies will be filled up by March. Sarkar mentioned that there has been a misconception among some people regarding Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s plans to have graduates as interns for teaching in colleges where there is a dearth of teachers. “It has nothing to do with the process of recruitment of the SSC which will continue to be in the same fashion,” he maintained.last_img read more

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Treasure trove KMC unveils online archive of information about Kolkata its history

first_imgKolkata: Now everyone will be able to access authentic information about Kolkata and its history from any part of the globe by a simple mouse click.The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has unveiled the website of its archive www.kmcarchive.in to enable people across the world gather information about the City of Joy simply by logging onto the website. The website was inaugurated by Mayor Firhad Hakim on Saturday. “KMC is the only municipal corporation in the country that has an archive of its own. The website of the archive is surely a new feather in the cap of the civic body,” Hakim said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe website will be of immense benefit to those who want to pursue research activities about Kolkata and how it has evolved through the passage of time. It contains information about the Mayors of Kolkata since its inception, their works for the development of the city, the similarity between the residences of the United Kingdom and Kolkata, how the city was founded and so on. “If somebody wants to have additional information about any specific content Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bosein the website, he/she would have to write an e-mail and necessary input will be provided,” a senior official of the civic body said. It may be mentioned that people from different parts of the world have a curiosity about Kolkata’s history and heritage. There have been instances of researchers from Boston, Cambridge, Oxford and other universities coming to the civic body’s archive section, seeking information about the city. “Now, people don’t need to come physically. Information can be accessed right from their homes at the click of a mouse,” the official maintained. The archive section has set a target of uploading information about nearly one lakh subjects related to Kolkata on its website. The archive of KMC had started its journey on February 3, 2015. It has been named after scholar Amol Home, the first editor of the Calcutta Municipal Gazette, the publication of which started on November 15, 1924. The archive contains documents, charts, maps, drawings and paintings of early Calcutta, various articles like history books on Kolkata, photographs of persons and places of interest, newspapers, street list (1889 – 2014), civic receptions, list of heritage buildings, etc.last_img read more

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30 Italian delegates at BGBS

first_imgKolkata: Thirty delegates from Italy will the join the two-day Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS), which will be held at the Biswa Bangla Convention Centre in New Town, on Thursday.Italy is taking part in the Bengal Global Business Summit as a partner country for the third time in a row, with the presence of the Italian Ambassador Lorenzo Angeloni. Delegates from two different places in Italy — Lombardy and Caserta — are coming this year. Fabrizio Sala, vice-president of Lombardy, and minister for Research, Innovation, University, Export and Internationalisation are heading the delegation from Lombardy. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseFollowing Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s visit to Italy in September 2018, the talks with President Attilio Fontana, which were fruitful, has made Italy more enthusiastic in forging ahead with Italy and Bengal ties. A Memorandum of Understanding for regional cooperation will be signed in course of this year’s BGBS. Areas of interest are manufacturing and industrial cooperation, technical skill development, research and innovation, promotion of industrial growth, technology and manufacturing including investments. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataLuca Donelli, part of the Lombardy delegation and president of Lombardy Energy Cleantech Cluster and Prof. Gianpiero Mastinu secretary general cum Cluster Manager of Lombardy mobility cluster will accompany the Lombardy delegation. Caserta delegation is being headed by Luigi Traettino, president of Confindustria, Caserta. The delegation will have more than 20 delegates representing companies coming from the Italian province active in various sectors such as jewellery, dairy products, tourism, freight forwarding, plastics, building and construction materials,” stated Damiano Francovigh, the Italian consulate general to Kolkata. United Kingdom is sending a big delegation to the summit. Crispin Simon, Her Majesty’s trade commissioner to south Asia will come to attend the meeting along with Helen Dowberry senior portfolio manager, UK research and innovation. Rakesh Roshan, CEO OxSight Limited, will also join the BGBS. Japan is sending a 22-member delegation to the event as well. To attract investment, this year’s Summit would focus on priority areas like agri-business, IT and ITes, MSMEs and skills, hospitality and tourism, logistics and transport, and infrastructure. The sessions would include sector-wise discussions to project possibilities and potential of Bengal.last_img read more

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Supriyo engages in altercation with local youths over coal mafia dig against

first_imgKolkata: The outgoing BJP MP from Asansol Babul Supriyo, who is contesting the Lok Sabha elections from the same seat, lost his cool during his election rally on Thursday morning when some local youths protested against him for accusing his political rival Trinamool Congress of running a syndicate with coal mafias.The incident sparked tension at the Dhandadihi area of Andal, where Supriyo was conducting a road show. Some youths, who the BJP claimed to be Trinamool Congress supporters, protested against Supriyo as he was accusing TMC of being involved in a syndicate operating out of coal mine areas. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThis allegedly made Supriyo so angry that he engaged in an altercation with the youths. He also claimed that TMC might have deployed the youths to disrupt his road show. The irate BJP MP allegedly instructed his party workers to ‘throw them out’. The BJP workers finally dissuaded the youths from protesting and dispersed them. Curious onlookers were stranded on both sides of the road. The district election officers are currently looking into the matter. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateIt may be mentioned here that some BJP workers were earlier found sitting in a car with a sticker on it reading ‘On Election duty’. The car was spotted close to the residence of Supriyo in Asansol and there was a BJP flag on the bonnet of the car. The incident has led to a political slugfest between the BJP and Trinamool Congress leaders in Asansol. Supriyo has been under the scanner of the Election Commission after he was found playing the controversial theme song of BJP, defying the commission’s instructions. He has since stopped playing the song but controversy seems to still surround him. A section of TMC leaders in West Midnapore district are saying that Supriyo is losing his cool as BJP is apprehending defeat in the seat in the ensuing Lok Sabha elections.last_img read more

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Cops recover body of woman from lodge room rescue baby

first_imgKolkata: Police recovered the body of a woman and rescued her one-and-a-half-month-old baby, who was found beside her, from a room at a lodge at Dankuni in Hooghly on Wednesday night.According to a source, on Wednesday, around 1:30 pm, a couple along with a baby arrived at the lodge located near the Delhi Road and hired a room. They posed themselves as husband and wife. Around 4:30 pm, some lodge staff heard the baby crying. As the baby didn’t stop crying, one of them went to the room. He found that the door of room was open. When he entered the room he saw the woman identified as Pinki Ghosh (25) was lying unconsciously and the baby was crying on the bed. Dankuni police station was immediately informed. Later, the police rushed Ghosh to a local hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. It is suspected that Ghosh died of strangulation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataWhile scrutinising the documents provided by Ghosh and the unknown youth at the time of check-in, the police came to know about her identity and address. Police sources informed that they came to know that Ghosh was resident of Bhattanagar at Liluah in Howrah from her Aadhar card. Accordingly, the Liluah police station was informed and Ghosh family was informed by officers of Liluah police station. After her family members lodged a complaint, police officers initiated a murder case against the unknown youth. Police officers checked the CCTV camera footage of the lodge where the youth was seen moving out of the lodge during the evening. Cops are also checking the documents provided by him to verify if they are original or not. Till Thursday night, the suspected youth could not be traced.last_img read more

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No domicile B henceforth to medical aspirants from other states CM

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted on Thursday that her government would henceforth not issue domicile B certificates to students from other states, thereby not allowing them to study undergraduate medical studies in the government-run medical colleges in the state.It may be mentioned here that Bengal is such a state where medical aspirants from other states secure admission on the basis of domicile B issued by the state government. The candidates who are entitled to get domicile B are the residents of other states whose parents live in Bengal. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt has often been found that candidates seek domicile B from the state government after they fail to secure medical admission in their respective states. Many of these candidates find place in Bengal’s medical colleges, thereby depriving the state’s own candidates. Candidates enjoy domicile A of a particular state if they have stayed there for ten years. “We would now try to admit more students from the state in MBBS course. We used to allow outside candidates to study medical studies in our state. We spend Rs 25 lakh for each medical student. When they become doctors they move out of the state in most of the cases, while in some cases they join private establishments. We would impose restrictions on domicile B so that Bengal candidates get more opportunities. Earlier, the medical entrance used to be conducted by the state government,” Banerjee said, while addressing a gathering at SSKM Hospital on Thursday. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAll the medical aspirants across the country have to appear and clear the nationwide National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET), before they secure an admission. Many including a city-based doctor had earlier raised questions on the procedure of issuing domicile B certificate. The Supreme Court in its ruling said that a candidate cannot enjoy more than one domicile when the NEET is a single medical entrance examination. Dr A K Maity, a city-based doctor, had written to the Chief Minister, urging her not to issue domicile B to outside candidates as it deprives the students from Bengal. Dr Maity had also called the process ‘unconstitutional’. “Bengal allows filling up of domicile B form and admits outside candidates in various medical colleges. The other states do not issue domicile B to Bengal candidates and do not allow them to study medical studies. Many candidates from other states secure admission in Bengal only because their parents stay here. A candidate cannot seek admission to medical colleges in two states simultaneously. I hope our Chief Minister will now take some steps in this regard,” Dr Maity had said in his letter.last_img read more

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State sees major reshuffle in IPS cadre

first_imgKolkata: In a major reshuffle of IPS officers in the state, Superintendent of Police (SP), Hooghly (rural) has been changed. 19 more IPS officers’ postings have been changed as well. According to the order published on Thursday, SP, Hooghly (rural) Sukhendu Hira has been posted as the Deputy Commissioner (DC), Reserve Force (RF) in Kolkata Police. Tathagata Basu, who was the DC (headquarters) in Chandannagar Police Commissionerate, will replace Hira. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSanjay Chander, Director General (DG) of Counter Insurgency Force (CIF) has been made the DG Establishment, while Siddh Nath Gupta, who was the Additional Director General (ADG) Establishment, has been transferred to the post of ADG, CIF. Vishal Garg, Inspector General (IG), Presidency Range, has been made the IG, Criminal Investigation Department (CID) II. Meanwhile, Kallol Ganai, IG, Burdwan Range, has been made the IG, Traffic in West Bengal Police. Tanmay Ray Chaudhuri, who was the Deputy Director, Directorate of Economic Offences, has been transferred to the post of DIG, Burdwan Range.last_img read more

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