Google G1 Phone Security Flaw Exposed

first_img Android, Google’s open source software is based on outdated open-source components which had know vulnerabilities and were fixed. Google admitted that they did not incorporate the security fixes into Android.For Google´s G1 phone to become infected, a malicious developer would need to know what the flaw is and then needs to place this malicious code on a website. Unless you are searching for suspicious websites that may be affected, the chances are good that you are safe from infection.Google said it is developing a solution to the problem. “We are working with T-Mobile to include a fix for the browser exploit, which will soon be delivered over the air to all devices, and have addressed this in the Android open-source platform. This incident raises concerns about potential difficulties that the Android community might face in the future. Because Google has adopted an open model with Android, many vendors and operators in the future may offer a variety of phones. If vulnerabilities are found in the future, phone makers and operators will have to determine if their version of the software is affected and then coordinate the distribution of a fix to all users. Citation: Google G1 Phone: Security Flaw Exposed (2008, October 28) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2008-10-google-g1-flaw-exposed.html (PhysOrg.com) — A group of Security Researchers exposed a security flaw in Google´s G1 Android phone. The flaw is in the web browser on the T-Mobile G1 that can potentially allow Trojans and Keyloggers to install themselves on your phone if you visit a website with malicious code. Explore furthercenter_img Malicious apps infect 25 million Android devices with ‘Agent Smith’ malware 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

Observing the Quantum Hall Effect in Real Space

first_img “The real space observation of rather complex phenomena due to quantum mechanics is the key access to a descriptive understanding” of the world that governs quantum physics, Hashimoto continues. Hashimoto currently belongs to Tohoku University and to JST-ERATO in Sendai, Japan, but while he was at Hamburg University in Germany, he started experiments with Markus Morgenstern in a group led by Roland Wiesendanger. Getting support from theoretical groups at Universities of Warwick and Ryukyu, he and his collaborators finally succeeded in showing quantum Hall transition in “real” space. The results of the experiments are reported in Physical Review Letters: “Quantum Hall Transition in Real Space: From Localized to Extended States.”The Hall effect results when an electric current flows in the presence magnetic field with a potential difference across an electrical conductor. As one might expect, the quantum Hall effect is a quantum-mechanical rendering – one that is observed in two-dimensional electron systems and at low temperatures. Hashimoto points out, “The quantum Hall effect as a paradigmatic and nicely tunable example of quantum phase transitions provides a very adaptable access to simple results of complex descriptions.” According to Hashimoto, the experiments done in Hamburg represent “the first real space observation of a quantum Hall transition by performing scanning tunneling spectroscopy on ‘surface’ two-dimensional electron system.” He describes the system as operating at a temperature of 0.3 K and in a high magnetic field of up to 12 T. As a result of these experiments, Hashimoto says that spatial resolution has been increased over other scanning probes by more than a full order of magnitude: “The resolution is now below relevant length scales to probe electronic wave function in quantum Hall regime and, consequently, we could observe for the first time the quantum phase transition from localized to extended states directly.”While the measurements show the quantum Hall transition of how single particles behave in probing states well away from the Fermi level, they do not include many body electron-electron effects. These effects are also important when wants to create a picture of how the quantum world functions. However, Hashimoto points out that what the group found could possibly be extended to a many body system. He says, “In principle, our experiment can extend to two-dimensional electron system at Fermi level where electron-electron interaction can be strong, using p-type semiconductor sample. …We could reveal a wealth of further quantum phase transitions.”With a p-type sample, Hashimoto continues, it would be possible to see greater energy resolution. He believes that if the findings could be expanded and applied in further experiments, it would be possible to truly address universal critical behavior at the quantum level, bringing us a better understanding of the fundamentals of quantum physics. And, Hashimoto points out, the experiments using a p-type sample are starting in a group led by Markus Morgenstern at Aachen University.More Information: Katsushi Hashimoto, et. al. Quantum Hall Transition in Real Space: From Localized to Extended States. Physical Review Letters (2008). link.aps.org/doi/10.1103/PhysRevLett.101.256802Copyright 2007 PhysOrg.com. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. 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. First-ever direct observation of chiral currents in quantum Hall atomic simulation (PhysOrg.com) — When water transforms into steam, or magnetized iron changes to demagnetized iron, Katsushi Hashimoto explains to PhysOrg.com, a phase transition is taking place: “Classical phase transitions…often share many fundamental characteristics near the critical point. Quantum phase transitions also show universal critical behaviors, which are affected not only by temperature but also by quantum mechanics.”center_img Citation: Observing the Quantum Hall Effect in ‘Real’ Space (2009, January 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-quantum-hall-effect-real-space.html Explore furtherlast_img read more

Budget cuts portend new direction for Fermilabs LongBaseline Neutrino Experiment

first_imgAt the Sanford Underground Laboratory in Lead, South Dakota, a 34-kiloton LBNE Liquid Argon Far Detector would be located in a cavity either 800 feet or 4,850 feet underground. Credit: Sanford Laboratory. Citation: Budget cuts portend new direction for Fermilab’s Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (2012, March 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-03-portend-fermilab-long-baseline-neutrino.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. At the Sanford Underground Laboratory in the former Homestake mine in Lead, South Dakota, a 200-kiloton LBNE Water Cherenkov Far Detector would be located in a cavity 4,850 feet underground. Credit: Sanford Laboratory. Explore further © 2012 PhysOrg.com Oddone was careful in his postings to note that the project itself is not under threat of cancellation, it’s more that the DOE is unable to fund the project in its current configuration. This leaves the lab with three basic options as it tries to stretch out the time line of the LBNE, phasing it in, rather than going whole hog. The first would be to build the detector in the Homestake mine first, and then use it to study cosmic rays while waiting for the neutrino beam to come online from near Chicago. A second approach would be to build the facility for creating the beam first, and use it to study the interactions between electrons and neutrinos until the detector could be built. The third option, which no one would like, would be to abandon the idea of shooting the neutrinos through the Earth and build the detector on a ground site instead, a choice that would allow for a high amount of background noise.The project is scheduled to undergo a review sometime next week, where all of the available options will be discussed and a future direction likely planned. More information: lbne.fnal.gov/ (PhysOrg.com) — Physicists working at Fermilab, the premier particle physics lab in the United States, have been asked to rework their plans for the Long-Baseline Neutrino Experiment (LBNE) in light of current and expected budget cuts. The request came from William Brinkman, director of the Department of Energy’s Office of Science, which was to provide over a billion dollars in funding for the experiment over the next several years. The director cited proposed cuts to the DOE’s budget by the White House and suggested that such cuts are likely to occur for the foreseeable future. Fermilab director Pier Oddone has responded by posting comments to the LBNE page insisting that the lab will remain committed to achieving its original goals but will need to find another way to reach them. Physicists push for underground testing facility The plan for the LBNE was to shoot a beam of high intensity neutrinos a mile underground from the Fermilab facility outside of Chicago, to a detector in an abandoned (Homestake) gold mine in South Dakota. Specifically, the idea was to shoot one type of neutrino, muon (the other two are electron and tau), from the site and then measure how much of that one type was converted or oscillated to the two other types during the journey. Such oscillations, it is believed occur due to interference in their mass states. By measuring such oscillations, new information could be garnered regarding mixing angles, which could in the end, help explain why there is so much more matter than antimatter in the known universe.last_img read more

XRL robot uses tail for easy landing on springy feet w Video

first_imgTo understand the roots of XRL, UPenn’s GRASP lab subsidiary, Kodlab, explains that RHex is a biologically inspired robot first thought up as part of a DARPA funded consortium. A variety of RHex platforms were subsequently developed and Kodlab stayed hot on the trail of coming up with new versions for studying biologically inspired locomotion, gait control, and sensor-based navigation. RHex platforms all include six legs.The new XRL scores points because it can right itself in midair after being dropped at various angles. It also maintains its orientation as it is made to run off a ledge.The XRL, at 8.1 kilograms, has six very springy legs, which act as shock absorbers. In describing their tests, the XRL team said that they compared the previously published empirical self-righting behavior of the Tailbot, a robotic car with an attached tail developed at UC Berkeley, with new, tailed XRL experiments. They said that they dropped the XRL nose-first from a 2.7 body length height and also deliberately ran it off an elevated cliff, to see it land safely on its springy legs in both cases. The research efforts have resulted in the presentation, “Tail Assisted Dynamic Self Righting,” by Aaron M. Johnson, Thomas Libby, Evan Chang-Siu, Masayoshi Tomizuka, Robert J. Full, and D. E. Koditschek. The study was presented recently at the fifteenth international conference on Climbing and Walking Robots (CLAWAR 2012), from July 23 to 26.Within the field of mobile robotics, scientists at the GRASP Lab point to an area of study focused on “throwing your weight around,“ using appendage inertia. Aaron Johnson and D. E. Koditschek, from the GRASP Lab, note the interesting ability of cats that, when falling, gyrate legs and tail to land on their feet. Lizards use tails to move quickly over uneven terrain. Humans use their arms for balance. Scientists, meanwhile, are focusing on how robots might use appendages for self-righting, dynamic transitions, and efficiency improvements. More information: Kod Labvia IEEE Explore further Citation: XRL robot uses tail for easy landing on springy feet (w/ Video) (2012, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-08-xrl-robot-tail-easy-springy.html © 2012 Phys.org The robot is based on RHex, UPenn’s original hexapod robot, but the most distinguishing features of the newer version are that it is more modular, and it has an actuated tail. The common challenge has been getting mobile robots to land and stay on their feet.center_img Tailbot and XRL. Image: Aaron M. Johnson et al. Falling lizards use tail for mid-air twist, inspiring lizard-like ‘RightingBot’ (Phys.org) — What a difference a tail makes. Robots with tails can fly through the air while maintaining their orientation, evidence that appendages for robots can enhance performance and effectiveness. Past research from UC Berkeley explored what happens when you give a wheeled robot a controllable tail, as that used by the lizard. Now an extremely adept X-RHex Lite, or XRL for short, robot shows it can stay upright no matter how challenging the attempt is to make it do otherwise. The XRL is the result of a collaboration between UC Berkeley and the University of Pennsylvania. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Researchers discover evidence in bones that shows ancient sloths returned to the

first_img Journal information: Proceedings of the Royal Society B The sloths in question, different species of Thalassocnus, lived approximately four to eight million years ago—their fossilized bones have been found along the coast of Peru, causing some to wonder if the animals actually lived more in the sea, than on land. At the time of their existence, the land area was mostly desert, which would have provided very little for the sloths to eat. A natural move to the sea would have made sense, though it would likely have been difficult at first as most land animals have bones that are not very dense—it keeps weight down thus requiring less energy to move about. When in water, however, such animals are more buoyant. To find out more, the researchers borrowed sloth bones from several museums and put them in a CT scanner to measure bone density. Because the bones had already been dated, it was easy for the researchers to see that as time passed, the bones of the sloths grew more dense (up to 20 percent)—over a period of just three million years—a clear sign of an evolutionary need to be less buoyant.The researchers suggest that as food became more scarce, the sloths more and more took to the sea, first by standing in the water and eating sea grasses, then eventually swimming down to the sea floor in deeper areas as their bone density allowed them do so much easier.Sadly, the evolutionary adaption proved fruitless in the end. As time passed, the Isthmus of Panama closed, preventing the warm waters of the Caribbean from reaching the Peruvian shores. As the water grew colder, either the plants the sloths fed on grew too sparse or the sloths themselves were unable to adapt once again—this time to the cold water. They perished, leaving behind nothing but their bones for modern scientists to examine and ponder. Explore further (Phys.org) —A team of researchers from the Sorbonne Universités have found evidence of an ancient sloth returning to the sea to survive. In their paper published in Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, the team describes how they performed CT scans on a number of fossilized bones and in so doing discovered a change in density—evidence of a move to the sea. More information: Gradual adaptation of bone structure to aquatic lifestyle in extinct sloths from Peru, Proceedings of the Royal Society B, Published 12 March 2014 DOI: 10.1098/rspb.2014.0192AbstractNon-pathological densification (osteosclerosis) and swelling (pachyostosis) of bones are the main modifications affecting the skeleton of land vertebrates (tetrapods) that returned to water. However, a precise temporal calibration of the acquisition of such adaptations is still wanting. Here, we assess the timing of such acquisition using the aquatic sloth Thalassocnus, from the Neogene of the Pisco Formation, Peru. This genus is represented by five species occurring in successive vertebrate-bearing horizons of distinct ages. It yields the most detailed data about the gradual acquisition of aquatic adaptations among tetrapods, in displaying increasing osteosclerosis and pachyostosis through time. Such modifications, reflecting a shift in the habitat from terrestrial to aquatic, occurred over a short geological time span (ca 4 Myr). Otherwise, the bones of terrestrial pilosans (sloths and anteaters) are much more compact than the mean mammalian condition, which suggests that the osteosclerosis of Thalassocnus may represent an exaptation. Citation: Researchers discover evidence in bones that shows ancient sloths returned to the sea (2014, March 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-03-evidence-bones-ancient-sloths-sea.htmlcenter_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. © 2014 Phys.org Thalassocnus skeleton, Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris. Credit: FunkMonk/Wikipedia Ancient giant sloth bones suggest humans were in Americas far earlier than thoughtlast_img read more

A way to cause graphene to selffold into 3D shapes

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Johns Hopkins University and MIT has found a way to cause flat sheets of graphene to self-fold into 3-D geometric shapes. In their paper published on the open access site Science Advances, the group explains how they prepared the sheets and then used heat to cause them to fold. Temperature induced self-folding of a functionalized graphene flower. Credit: Weinan Xu, Johns Hopkins University PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Temperature induced self-folding of a functionalized graphene dumbbell. Credit: Weinan Xu, Johns Hopkins University Journal information: Science Advances Play Simulation of the temperature induced self-folding process of a functionalized graphene dumbbell. Credit: Zhao Qin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology Graphene has been in the news a lot over the past decade, as its unique properties could lead to the development of a host of new applications. Some likely applications include biosensors and wearable electronics. Before such devices can be created, however, a means must be found to create three dimensional objects from flat sheets of the material. Up until now, most methods have involved etching or applying the sheets to a substrate that conforms to a desired shape. Both methods leave much to be desired; thus, researchers continue to seek a better solution. In this new effort, researchers have developed a micropatterning technique that leads to the flat graphene sheets bending along predesignated lines when heat is applied, causing the sheet to form into shapes—much like origami forms when manipulated by human hands.One of the main benefits of the new approach is that it preserves the intrinsic properties of the graphene, which has been the goal all along—after all, what is the point of using graphene in the first place if you have to diminish its unique attributes to make it conform to a desired shape? Another benefit is that the creases can cause a band gap in the graphene, which graphene notoriously lacks in its natural state. Citation: A way to cause graphene to self-fold into 3-D shapes (2017, October 9) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-10-graphene-self-fold-d.html Explore further Bubble technique used to measure shear forces between graphene sheets Play Simulation of the temperature induced self-folding process of a functionalized graphene flower. Credit: Zhao Qin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology The team notes that the technique is also compatible with traditional lithography and can be applied at the wafer scale. Also, it is highly parallel, which means it should not present manufacturing problems. They also report that they tested their technique by creating 3-D shapes that were used to hold living cells and nonlinear resistors. They also used one in the creation of a transistor device. By creating such useful 3-D structures, the team believes they have shown that their technique could be used to build viable wearable electronic devices and sensors that could be used inside of a living organism. © 2017 Phys.org More information: Weinan Xu et al. Ultrathin thermoresponsive self-folding 3D graphene, Science Advances (2017). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1701084AbstractGraphene and other two-dimensional materials have unique physical and chemical properties of broad relevance. It has been suggested that the transformation of these atomically planar materials to three-dimensional (3D) geometries by bending, wrinkling, or folding could significantly alter their properties and lead to novel structures and devices with compact form factors, but strategies to enable this shape change remain limited. We report a benign thermally responsive method to fold and unfold monolayer graphene into predesigned, ordered 3D structures. The methodology involves the surface functionalization of monolayer graphene using ultrathin noncovalently bonded mussel-inspired polydopamine and thermoresponsive poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) brushes. The functionalized graphene is micropatterned and self-folds into ordered 3D structures with reversible deformation under a full control by temperature. The structures are characterized using spectroscopy and microscopy, and self-folding is rationalized using a multiscale molecular dynamics model. Our work demonstrates the potential to design and fabricate ordered 3D graphene structures with predictable shape and dynamics. We highlight applicability by encapsulating live cells and creating nonlinear resistor and creased transistor devices. 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

Policy Statements on the Effects of Media Overlook Scientific Complexity

first_imgThe authors ofthis research serve as members of the New Media, Public Education and PublicPolicy Committee of the Society for Media Psychology and Technology (Division46 of the American Psychological Association). Most of the statements did not provide detailed information aboutwho produced the statement or how they were selected. They also did notindicate how the data that informed the statements were selected. Using Google Scholar and targeted web searches, the team ofresearchers identified media effects policy statements produced by professionaladvocacy organizations that represent scholars or clinicians in relevant fields(e.g., American Academy of Pediatrics, American Psychological Association).These searches produced 24 public statements, with the earliest issued in theearly 1990s. The statements covered impacts resulting from media violence,screen time, sexual content, and more “general” effects. “Since these are ‘policy statements,’ presumably they are stakingout policy positions the organizations would like to see policymakers moveon. But policymakers may need to be cautious not to mistake these policypositions for a fair summary of current research,” Ferguson says. “The othergroup of concern is parents, since many parents may become needlessly worriedabout media effects when policy statements proclaim the evidence to bestronger, more consistent, or more applicable to real life behaviors than itactually is.”  The research team found that the majority of statements, 19 out of24, showed citation bias, citing evidence that supported a specific conclusionwithout mentioning existing evidence that did not support the conclusion.Similarly, 22 out of 24 statements were characterized by false consistency,implying that the evidence on media effects was more consistent than it was inactuality. And only one statement made any reference to the existence of diverseviewpoints among scholars in that area. Ferguson and his coauthors are all researchers with expertise in some aspect of media effects, although they don’t always draw the same conclusions about the impact of different forms of media. They consider ongoing discussion and debate to be an important part of the scientific process, but they noticed that many organizations’ policy statements about media effects didn’t acknowledge that any such debate was taking place. In general, the researchers found a noticeable increase in thefrequency of media effects statements in the last 30 years. Most of the 24policy statements came from organization-based committees and were produced byscholars who had interest and expertise in the field. The team concluded that 15 out of the 24 statementsovergeneralized results, applying media effects findings to contexts far beyondthe scope of the original research. And 19 out of 24 statements madeexaggerated claims about media effects, suggesting public health or othersocietal impacts without noting the small or trivial size of the effects foundin many research studies. The research team broke into subgroups to evaluate each type ofstatement, using a standardized rubric focused on specific characteristics:citation bias, false consistency, lack of clarity of transparency,overgeneralization, exaggeration, insulation, and noncredible sources.center_img “We were curious to know how often this was happening and, if thiswas happening a lot, point out directions that could lead to more accuratestatements in the future,” says Ferguson. All data and materials have beenmade publicly available via the Open Science Framework. This articlehas received badges for OpenData and Open Materials. As different forms of media infuse everyday life, several organizations and associations have issued public statements about the various effects of media exposure. However, a scholarly review suggests that many of these statements do not accurately reflect the available scientific evidence, offering overly simplified or one-sided accounts of the scientific research. The findings are published in Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science. Ferguson and colleagues suggest that these findings have importantimplications for both policymakers and parents. Acknowledge disconfirmatory dataFocus on the magnitude of effectsAcknowledge limitations of research methodsSolicit balanced viewsAvoid secondary sourcesDistinguish scientific statements from advocacy statementsRelease fewer statementsBe mindful of unintended harmsPrioritize and encourage open science practices “Although there certainly are some pretty good media policystatements out there, many of the policy statements were not very accurate andwhere there were inaccuracies, these tended to lean in the direction ofconclusions that were generally scarier than could be defended by the actualdata,” says psychology researcher Christopher J. Ferguson of Stetson University,who coauthored the paper with fellow media researchers. “There’s noassumption of bad faith, of course, but it seems many professionalorganizations are struggling to develop policy statements that effectivelycommunicate the complicated, messy and nuanced nature of many media effectsfields.” Based on their findings, the research team devised a checklist forbest practices that, if followed, would substantively improve the accuracy andquality of such policy statements:last_img read more

Landscaped

first_imgDelhi based artist Vikash Kalra has created an exclusive body of landscape based works for an exhibition titled The Alchemist – Alchemy of Landscape Painting. Reputed for his expressionistic paintings, drawings and sculptures, Vikash Kalra takes a special interest in creating mindscapes, in which he recollects the journeys that he has undertaken during his formative years. He paints them with nostalgia, care and passion, but with an expressionistic verve, transforming them into new experiential zones. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’These landscapes done in an expressionist fashion is one of the pivotal components of Vikash Kalra’s oeuvre, which otherwise also includes faces, couples, erotic scenes, chemical drawings, figurative sculptures as constituting elements. In this focused exhibition of his landscapes, one could see the artist bringing all his experiences and memories into condensed landscapes. Though Vikash does not like to be known as a landscape artist, depicting them is one of the most exciting artistic processes for him. For a devoted landscape artist, any kind of land becomes a trigger; he could elaborately paint it with all the details or abstract it to its essence. But for majority of the artists landscape painting is something unavoidable. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWhether it is Benode Behari Mukherjee or Ram Kinkar Baij, Zarina Hashmi or Nilima Sheikh, even when they practice a different sort of painting, landscapes occur in their creative processes, at times challenging them with its beauty or at times cajoling them with its simplicity. Those artists who would like to go beyond the academic restrictions and theme based practices are charmed by the allurement of landscapes and painting landscapes gives them a sort of freedom that they do not otherwise get from their abstract or figurative works. Expressionists, unlike the figurative artists bring out landscape as very strong memory registrations. Vikash Kalra’s landscapes belong to this tradition of landscape painting. This contemporary dynamism that he creates, is a way to understand the artist’s grip not only on the contemporary life around him but also his knowledge about the classical and modern landscapes. An initiated viewer may see these landscapes as expressionistic ones and also they could connect these works to some mid 20th century Indian masters. WHERE: Art and Aesthetic, F- 213/ A, 1st Floor, Old MB  Road, Lado Sarai, WHEN: 2 August to 27 August, 11:00 am- 7:00 pm (Monday to Saturday)last_img read more

Flavours to savour

first_imgWake up your weekends with a free flowing Champagne Brunch at Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel’s new all day dining restaurant Tamra. This newest addition is a gastronomical bouquet, offering authentic South East Asian cuisine as well as Japanese, Indian and European fare from its five interactive cooking theaters. The cooking theatres at Tamra each featuring a different culinary style showcase the restaurant’s ‘world on a platter’ concept as well as stages for our talented Chef’s engaging performances. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The exquisite buffet menu offers you a plethora of choices, featuring an exotic live grill where you can order medium rare Tenderloin cooked in red win and prawns grilled to perfection and served with a creamy sauce. The California Maki rolls, Spicy Tuna Sushi and Ebi Tempura make up an impeccable Sushi platter. The Asian Oriental cooking theater offers braised Pork Belly with Thai Chili sauce and exquisite flavorful dim sums. For the big finish, indulge yourself with the silky sour Lemon Meringue in a crispy Filo pastry or a decadently sinful creamy, airy Blueberry mousse. The Sunday Brunch at Shangri-La’s – Eros Hotel, New Delhi is nothing but decadent.Every Sunday, Tamra organises a special menu for kids inclusive of a do it yourself sundae counter with all the works.last_img read more

KMC to put up awareness hoardings on electrocution

first_imgKolkata: In a bid to prevent death due to electrocution from wet light posts or feeder boxes during monsoons, the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has decided to install awareness hoardings at a number of light posts across the city.In October last year, an elderly man had died of electrocution after he touched a trident lamp post while wading through a water logged street on Hossain Shah Road under Ekbalopore police station area.The hoardings will be installed with the awareness message that no one should touch light posts or feeder boxes, particularly at the time of rainfall or during water accumulation or with wet hands. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed”The advertising department of the KMC will soon finish the preparation of such hoardings. After that tender will be floated for fitting these hoardings to light posts,” Member Mayor-in-Council (Light) Manzar Iqbal said.It may be mentioned that the lighting department of the KMC has already identified certain areas in which the feeder boxes are not in proper condition.Apart from the steps taken by the civic body, a senior official of KMC’s lighting department said CESC should increase their vigil to prevent rampant hooking in certain areas. “Feeder boxes are often opened by the people for hooking that increases the risk of electrocution,” he added. Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPIn the case of Maksud Alam, who died on October 10 last year, it was found that the level of water was over the red tape of CESC’s feeder box. “The person was unable to see that the feeder box was open,” the KMC official said.In August 2016, a 14-year-old boy Yash Bengani returning home from tuition was electrocuted as he grabbed a trident lamppost to balance himself while wading through thigh-high water on Ramesh Mitra Road in Bhowanipore after a heavy downpour.last_img read more

Parties bracing for popularity test in municipal polls

first_imgThe elections will be held on October 3 and the results are to be announced on October 16.The contest, which will be a four-cornered one with Trinamool Congress, CPI-M, BJP and Congress as the key players, holds immense political significance as it will be the last polls before the Assembly elections in April-May next year.The ruling TMC, which had registered a massive victory in the last municipal and KMC elections in April, is looking to inflict a whitewash on opponent parties. Also Read – Punjab on alert after release of excess water from Bhakra damThe party said it is looking for a full tally in the Bidhannagar and Asansol municipalities, which have 41 and 106 seats, respectively.The Asansol municipal corporation was formed by merging Raniganj, Jamuria and Kulti municipalities while the Bidhannagar corporation was constituted by merging Bidhannagar and Rajarhat-Gopalpur municipalities.“We are not only confident about victory. We are eyeing a whitewash by winning all seats in Bidhannagar corporation. People will vote in favour of the development work that TMC had done during its tenure in Bidhannagar municipality, when it had not been merged with Rajarhat-Gopalpur,” state food supplies minister and TMC North 24 parganas district president, Jyotipriyo Mullick, said. Also Read – Union Min doubts ‘vote count’ in Bareilly, seeks probeAlthough TMC has been on top in every poll in Bengal since its historic win in the 2011 Assembly elections, the Lok Sabha polls last year had seen the party take a beating in several wards at the hands of BJP in Bidhannagar despite clinching the Barasat Lok Sabha Constituency, under which Bidhannagar and Rajarahat-Gopalpur fall.Although the TMC-led state government has termed the formation of the municipal corporation a necessity to get more funds from the Centre, the move is being seen as a ploy in some quarters as Rajarhat-Gopalpur has been a bastion of the TMC with sizeable minority votes. Apart from BJP’s rise in various wards, another factor that TMC has to deal with is factional fights between various groups of TMC in Rajarahat-Gopalpur and Bidhannagar.The seriousness of the infighting issue can be gauged from the fact that TMC Supremo and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee herself had conducted a meeting with various TMC groups led by MLA Sujit Bose, MLA Sabyasachi Dutta, and Tapas Chatterjee, a CPI(M) leader who had recently switched over to Trinamool. CPI-M, which appears to be on the path of recovery following back-to-back “successful” political programmes last month, too, has high stakes in the Bidhannagar municipal polls and has pitched former state finance minister Asim Dasgupta as the mayoral candidate for Bidhannagar. The good response that the Left party’s candidates are receiving during campaigning has infused fresh vigour into the party leadership with some exuding confidence that a free and fair polls will result in the victory of the Left Front.“If the polls are held in a free and fair manner, then no one can stop the Left from winning Bidhannagar,” said CPI(M) state secretariat member Rabin Deb. BJP, which had high hopes in Bidhannagar after its showing in last year’s Lok Sabha polls, seems to have lost steam due to an apparent lack of leadership and infighting. Allegations by political opponents of an understanding with the ruling TMC seem to have begun to take a toll on the outfit in the key eastern state. However, BJP state president Rahul Sinha, who has been accused by a section of party workers of not working hard enough as state president, had put up a brave face and stated that free and fair elections would ensure a good performance by BJP candidates.Congress, too, has put up candidates, but is not in a position to offer a fight except in a few wards.In Asansol, an industrial-coal belt where BJP had taken a lead in several wards in last year’s Lok Sabha polls, the tide ahead of the municipal corporation elections seems to be in favour of TMC with opposition parties in disarray.“We are hopeful we will do well in Asansol as Jamuria and Raniganj are our bastions. But all depends on whether the polls will be be free and fair,” Deb, meanwhile, said.BJP, which had high expectations in Asansol, seems to be losing ground due to infighting within the state unit.Fight for seatThe elections will be held on October 3 and the results are to be announced on October 16  The four-cornered contest holds immense political significance as it will be the last polls before the Assembly elections in April-May next year  The ruling TMC, which had registered a massive victory in the last municipal and KMC elections in April, is looking to inflict a whitewash on opponent parties  The party said it is looking for a full tally in the Bidhannagar and Asansol municipalities, which have 41 and 106 seats, respectivelylast_img read more

Two dead in Guinea prepoll violence

first_imgAt least two people were killed and a score hurt in clashes between rival political parties ahead of Guinea’s presidential election Sunday, the head of the gendarmerie said.The clashes near the city’s large Madina market Thursday between supporters of incumbent President Alpha Conde, and leading opposition rival Cellou Dalein Diallo, left two dead, General Ibrahima Balde, the gendarmerie chief-of-staff, told AFP. Interior Minister Mahmoud Cisse meanwhile cited hospital sources as saying one person had died and 20 had been injured, while a security source speaking on condiiton of anonymity said “two to three people died”.The minister appealed for calm and warned that “no threat to public order will be tolerated.”last_img read more

Partha urges people to attend office keep shops open on Sept 10

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress secretary general Partha Chatterjee has urged shop owners to keep shops and markets open and people to attend office on the day of Bharat Bandh on September 10, as Trinamool Congress by principle is against calling bandhs to voice protest.Congress has called the Bharat Bandh to protest against the sharp rise in the price of petroleum products.”We support the cause but oppose the bandh. Trinamool Congress is against calling bandhs as it believes that man-days should not be wasted by calling strikes,” he said, adding: “We should remember that 80 lakh man-days were lost during the time of the previous government.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that the state government has issued a memorandum in this regard, stating that all government offices will remain open on September 10 and employees will have to report for duty as usual or face a pay cut.He said there will be a rally to protest against the hike in the price of petroleum products by the Centre, from Moulali to Dorina Crossing on September 10. Trinamool Congress leaders and workers will take part in the rally. In the districts, rallies and street corner meetings will be held on that day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedWithout naming CPI(M), Chatterjee said for over three decades, Bengal’s work culture had been destroyed due to bandhs and strikes. Bandhs were called without any rhyme or reason. Business was also badly affected as a result.He said after coming to power in 2011, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has tried her best to restore the financial health of Bengal. Schemes were taken up and Bengal has made tremendous progress. “Under such a situation we are not going to bring back the older days and bring back the culture of wasting man-days.” Chatterjee said it was Mamata Banerjee who had raised her voice against the Centre. “The government at the Centre is a corrupt government and absolutely shameless,” he said.It may be mentioned that Trinamool Congress workers had earlier staged agitation at different places on September 3 against the skyrocketing fuel prices. On August 31, Mamata Banerjee had tweeted: “Rupee suffering from low fever. Petrol and Diesel prices highest ever. Foreign Exchange Reserves have fallen by $21.84 Billion between March end and August 3. Current Account Deficit is moving up towards 2.8 percent of GDP.”last_img read more

One killed three injured in two separate accidents

first_imgKolkata: One person was killed and three others injured in two separate road accidents in two different districts.The first incident took place near Berhampur in Murshidabad on Tuesday morning, when a motorcyclist was killed after being hit by a speeding truck. The victim has been identified as Surat Kumar Mondal (66), who was riding his motorcycle along National Highway 34. The accident occurred when he was crossing Bhagirathi Bridge. According to the police, the victim was going to Berhampur from the Gathla area of the district. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe truck, which was coming from the opposite direction, knocked him down. Local residents rushed the injured victim to a nearby hospital, where the doctors pronounced him brought dead. The incident caused traffic jam on National Highway 34 for some time in the morning. Police later brought the situation under control. The truck driver had fled from the spot along with the vehicle, immediately after the incident. Police are conducting raids to nab the driver. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedOn the other hand, three persons were injured in another accident that took place at Ashokenagar in North 24-Parganas on Tuesday morning. The victims were hit by a truck when they were crossing the road. Local residents staged a demonstration, protesting against the rash driving of vehicles in the area. A huge contingent of police swung into action to pacify the irate mob. Some local residents even engaged in heated altercations with the police. The demonstration lasted nearly four hours, paralysing traffic movement in the area completely. The agitation was later lifted, following intervention of senior police officials. All the injured victims were taken to a hospital in Habra, a few kilometres away from the spot. Two of the victims have reportedly received serious injuries in the accident. The truck driver had fled from the spot along with the vehicle, following the accident. Police have started a probe in this regard. Raids are being conducted to nab the absconding driver.last_img read more

Exploring panIndian cuisine

first_imgOver the ages master chefs have rustled up numerous culinary delights. At present we have access to loads of variety to treat ourselves with. Speaking of variety, our own nation is home to numerous cuisines and outstanding dishes of which very few of us have an experience.The Suryaa’s Sr Executive Sous Chef Pankaj Kumar Jha has taken a step ahead to replenish the charm of Indian cuisine and remind gourmets in the national Capital about the various options they have in traditional dishes.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfWhen one thinks of kebabs, the only idea that strikes one, is usually the image of meat kebabs, but here at The Suryaa, there are some delicious vegetarian kebabs that fitness freaks and vegetarians can happily dig into. As you bite onto the Doora Sheekh kebab, a lamb preparation, you can taste the multiple flavours exploding in your mouth giving a party to your taste buds. This is a special kebab which is prepared on a wooden stick wrapped up with a long silk thread. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveApart from some lip smacking chicken kebabs like Gulnari Murgh Tikka and Rane-e-Murgh there is a fish kebab, a mushroom kebab and a baby potato kebab called Tinka Aloo  that will straight away win your heart. Moving on to the main course, if you have never had Hyderabadi Haleem, definitely try your luck here as the light flavours will sooth your tongue. Biryani lovers may find solace in the spices of life enjoying it with some gravy dish like Sabz ka Mela, Jodhpuri Aloo or Patiala Shahi Murgh. For vegetarians they have the most tasty Dal Makhani, Paneer Hushnara and Vegetable Chilman Pulao. As per the chef, the team has incorporated pan Indian dishes in their menu every night which will enable guests to explore the taste of India.Something that you should never forget to try before stepping out, is the classic ice cream they serve. It is not the flavour that will make you go ‘Wow!’ But it is the way they prepare it. Cold stone ice cream Teppanyaki is traditionally a Japanese form of cuisine. Following this style, a trained chef smears ice creams of your choice of flavours on a cold stone and mixes it with caramel, chocolate sauce, nuts and much more. Then the smeared mixture is allowed to set on the stone for a couple of minutes and scraped up into rolls of delicious ice creams.The cafe at Suryaa offers new items on the menu everyday for dinner, hence when you visit the place you may be greeted with some other surprises. But what remains constant is the multifarious option they have for starters, salads and definitely desserts! With a huge area dedicated to pastries you can indulge in your sweet journey with deadly cakes, tarts, ice creams and truffles.last_img read more

ART FOR KERALA CERAMICS

first_imgArtist and sculptor Vipul Kumar brought two works all the way from Jaipur for the NGMA Art for ‘Kerala floods sale’. A distinguished installation artist, who does ceramics with Buddhist elements in dictates of design has donated a brilliant work called Chorten Vessel.”In this series, organic forms referencing Himalayan landscapes interact with the architectural “chorten” forms. Conceptually the work is about time and timelessness – the lines on the landscape forms allude to the layering of time, a reference to finite or chronological time. The chorten itself is a reliquary, but also a signifier of ancient wisdom – a finger pointing towards the timeless, self-perpetuating nature of existence,” says Kacker. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe small pot of Jyotsna Bhatt from my collection goes back to nearly 20 years. I picked it up for Rs 300 from the Art Heritage summer sale which I would visit every year. As a gallery, Art Heritage stands on its own stead. It has always supported ceramics and recently had the historic exhibition of G.Reghu. Jyotsna Bhatt is a Gandhian, a mentor and a ceramic artist of great merit. This small pot with stripes is a quaint creation.Another wonderful work has been donated by the brilliant Leena Batra an artist who used to work at Garhi many years ago. Leena has donated a beautiful vase for dry flower arrangements. A small cute plate with a pair of hands has been donated by artist/architect and mentor Manjari Sharma. Manjari excels at stoneware is known for her quixotic creations. This work belongs to her show at Lalit Kala Akademi. Textures and tones combine to give Manjari’s work a certain edge in terms of creative zest. Manjari believes that doing anything with clay is about explorations and experiments. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhile Jyotsna Bhatt is a precision and perfection ceramic artist, Vineet is an artist who weaves deep meditation and research elements into his work. Vineet’s Chorten Vessel at once invites the contemplation of the human gaze. Vipul Kumar’s porcelain work has a rough-hewn and indigenous signature but his generosity of spirit is what is charming. The beauty about this sale is that Adwaita Gadanayak NGMA Director General has breathed life and graciousness into the exercise and inspired so many artists to donate. It is his pragmatism too that has held the whole show in good stead.The show at NGMA ends today. All proceeds go to Chief Minister’s fund in Kerala.last_img read more