Firefox has ClicktoPlay cure for plugin plague

first_img More information: www.mozilla.org/plugincheck/blog.mozilla.org/security/2013 … -control-of-plugins/ From now on, Firefox users need to manually enable plugins on each Web page. In the manner of Click-to-Play, Firefox will only load plugins when a user takes the action of clicking to make a particular plugin play. The feature “Click-to-Play” will allow users to be in the driver’s seat to choose what they want to run and what they want to avoid. On the other side of the extreme of users who never want to run plug-ins are those who may always want to allow plug-ins to run software or handle different formats; they may see plugins less of a risk and more of ease of use for powering their videos, animation and games of choice. Mozilla said over and above, it’s the user’s choice, and Click-to-Play can be configured to over-ride Mozilla’s defaults.Nonetheless, Mozilla is changing the way Firefox loads third-party plugins because of those instances where third-party plugins present security headaches and offset Mozilla’s attempts to provide the most secure browsing environment possible. Plugins don’t always update automatically, which is the problem. Before the move, Firefox was automatically landing plug-ins requested by a website. As Coates pointed out, “One of the most common exploitation vectors against users is drive by exploitation of vulnerable plugins.” He added that users with outdated or vulnerable plugins are open to malware if they browse to a site equipped with a plugin exploit kit.Third party plugins presenting risks of pauses and crashes in Firefox have now been addressed by the latest moves. “By only activating plugins that the user desires to load, we’re helping eliminate pauses, crashes and other consequences of unwanted plugins.”In addition to playing it safe with Click—to-Play, Mozilla has recommended that users try to make sure that their plugins are up to date. Although Mozilla is giving Flash from Adobe Systems the go-ahead by default, the user must be running the latest version, which is the only version of Flash that is allowed to run by default. If the user’s version is not up to date, then Firefox will relegate it to Click-to-Play. Mozilla offers users a website to see if their plugins are current. © 2013 Phys.org WebRTC puts video chats all in the browser (Phys.org)—Mozilla this week took an important step to strengthening and in some cases restoring confidence in Firefox as a class-act browser. The community issued an announcement by Mozilla’s Michael Coates, director of security assurance, about Mozilla’s latest move to avert plugin plagues. “Mozilla has decided that it’s time to take things to the next level by disabling as many automatic plug-in activations as possible,” he said, in a January 29 post.center_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Citation: Firefox has Click-to-Play cure for plugin plague (2013, January 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-01-firefox-click-to-play-plugin-plague.htmllast_img read more

British project uses 3D printing for prosthetic eyes

first_img Solid Concepts 3D prints world’s first metal gun (w/ Video) More information: www.frippdesign.co.uk/www.dezeen.com/2013/11/26/3d-p … ted-prosthetic-eyes/ Citation: British project uses 3D printing for prosthetic eyes (2013, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-11-british-3d-prosthetic-eyes.html Tthe waiting time for a conventionally made eye may take a little over two months, whereby the 3D printing system can print eyes and post-process them in a fraction of that waiting time. The ocular prosthesis can be 3D-printed in batches; the intricate color details including iris and blood vessels are not ignored. The eyes are available in small, medium and large sizes. The eye image is digitally created and overlayed into 3D form; the components are printed from powder in color using a machine, and the form is encased in resin. According to the company, the prosthetic eye project is now in final stages of refinement of the manufacturing process. The company founder, Tom Fripp, talking to the magazine Dezeen, a publication that focuses on architecture, design and interiors projects, said that the technicality in customizing an iris is demanding, and the firm is working on it. The roots of the initiative date back to December 2010 when Fripp Design and Research and Manchester Metropolitan University entered a collaborative relationship to develop a solution to a global healthcare production problem. India reportedly has expressed strong interest in the 3D printed prosthetic eyes; some people, out of poverty, simply go without eyes that they have lost; coming up with a prosthetic eye that has a low unit cost and high quality may be a key solution; hopefully, eventually, the 3D printed system can deliver a more affordable prosthetic eye.Although not shipping yet, the prosthesis is noteworthy in that, using knowledge of 3D printing and materials technology, the resulting prosthesis has proven to be feasible. Earlier this month, meanwhile, The Guardian reported that the company has been working on a range of facial prostheses that are 3D printed. The patient’s face is 3D-scanned, specific contours are added to a digital model of the new prosthetic part, for an accurate fit. The parts can be scanned from other people or replicated from the patient’s physiognomy. 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.center_img (Phys.org) —A collaboration between UK’s Fripp Design and Research and Manchester Metropolitan University has resulted in 3D printed prosthetic eyes/ The eyes are another advancement from Fripp, a product design and research consultancy having gained special attention recently for its work in harnessing digital modeling technologies to create facial prostheses. The eyes now are making news: Fripp is said to be able to make 150 eyes in an hour, and at a fraction of the cost of eyes traditionally made by hand. The time and money difference is especially seen as potentially advantageous for places globally where poor people cannot afford expensive prosthetics of any sort, including prosthetic eyes. Hand-painted eyes take a longer time to produce and cost in the several thousands whereas Fripp Design would be able to turn out prosthetic eyes at less cost. © 2013 Phys.org Explore furtherlast_img read more

Swan EGGs in the sky Astronomers conduct radio observations of freefloating evaporating

first_imgCygnus OB2 image at 325 MHz; the synthesized beam is 7.81” × 6.60”, P.A. = 88.6 degrees, the rms is 0.2 mJy beam−1, and the intensity peak is 0.270 Jy beam−1. The boxes in the figures show the regions where the proplyd sources studied here lie: source WDDGGHK 10 in box a, WDDGGHK 7, 8, 9 in box b, WDDGGHK 6 in box c, WDDGGHK 2, 3, 4 in box d. The white stars mark the position of putative ionizing agents. Credit: Isequilla et al., 2019. Citation: Swan EGGs in the sky: Astronomers conduct radio observations of free-floating evaporating gas globules in Cygnus OB2 (2019, April 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-swan-eggs-sky-astronomers-radio.html Externally illuminated photo-evaporating protoplanetary disks, or proplyds for short, are ionized circumstellar disks around young low-mass stars the size of our solar system. Their ionized material is known to form a thermal disk wind with a cometary structure. Most proplyds identified so far have been spotted in the Orion nebula, the closest region of massive star formation to our planet.FrEGGs are proplyd-like objects isolated from their parental molecular clouds. The are also externally ionized and present extended cometary morpologies. However, they are at earlier evolutionary stages than proplyds, with protostars still undergoing strong accretion and with larger molecular masses when compared to ionized protoplanetary disks. Moreover, frEGGs are are about 10 times larger than proplyds, which suggests that they can contain not just one but even several young protostars.For astronomers and astrophysicists, frEGGs are perceived as possible accelerators of cosmic rays, and perhaps even putative gamma-ray sources. Therefore, these objects could serve as new laboratories for the investigation of particle acceleration processes in slow flows, and in addition as counterparts of unidentified gamma-ray sources.FrEGGs were first spotted in the Cygnus OB2 association—one of the most massive stellar associations in our Milky Way galaxy, located some 4,700 light years away from the Earth. In a new study, a group of astronomers led by Natacha Isequilla of the National University of La Plata in Argentina, has focused on radio observations of eight such objects in this association, designated WDDGGHK 2-4 and WDDGGHK 6-10. The observations, conducted with GMRT at frequencies of 325 and 610 MHz, allowed them to learn more about physical properties of these proplyd-like objects.”We present 325 and 610 MHz GMRT continuum observations toward the Cygnus OB2 region and report on the characteristics of the population of externally ionized proplyd-like objects also known as frEGGs,” the researchers wrote in the paper.Based on GMRT observations, the scientists estimated the studied objects’ electronic densities, ionized mass, optical depth and the amount of photons needed to be ionized. They also compared the properties, mainly the ionizing photon rate, with those of other massive stars in the neighborhood. All in all, this resulted in the conclusion that the stellar systems Cyg OB2 #9 and Cyg OB2 #22 are probably responsible for the ionization of the observed frEGGs.”Using their geometry and the photoionization rate needed to produce their radio-continuum emission, we find that these sources are possibly ionized by a contribution of the stars Cyg OB2 #9 and Cyg OB2 #22,” the paper reads.Furthermore, the astronomers found that the main contribution to the continuum radio-emission in the studied frEGGs is thermal, while also regions with non-thermal emission could exist in these objects. In the case of one object, designated WDDGGHK 7 (dubbed the Tadpole because of its morphology) they assume that its emission is not of non-thermal origin. More information: N.L. Isequilla et al. Radio observations of evaporating objects in the Cygnus OB2 region. arXiv:1904.08317 [astro-ph.SR]. arxiv.org/abs/1904.08317 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. Using the Giant Metrewave Radio Telescope (GMRT), astronomers have carried out radio observations of the so-called free-floating evaporating gas globules or (frEGGs) in the Cygnus OB2 region. Results of this observational campaign, presented in a paper published April 17 on arXiv.org, provide more details about the properties of these peculiar objects. © 2019 Science X Network ‘Proplyd-like’ objects discovered in Cygnus OB2 Explore furtherlast_img read more

Paying tribute to Kurt Cobain

first_imgNirvana haven’t lost their mojo. At least nowhere in the party circuit they haven’t. So it isn’t surprising that bands would like to pay a tribute to Kurt Cobain’s cult rock band (they sing their numbers anyway). Latest to take the tribute route is Hundred Octane, who will be paying a tribute to Nirvana in a city music cafe today. We caught up with the band for details. Read on:What will your performance be all about?It is a tribute to Nirvana. We will be playing exclusive Nirvana songs apart from our own compositions. We often pay tribute to these metal bands we have grown up listening to since they are our idols. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What does the name Hundred Octane signify?When we started off, we were a bunch of engineers. Octane is a term used in engineering which is a unit to measure the inflamibility of fuel. So 100 octane is the highest point of fuel inflamation. It is similar to the music we create and the energy we infuse in it.What does music mean to you?It’s passion for us which we have turned into our way of living. There are many other bands in the music circuit. What do you think about the competition? Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWe do not believe in competition. Music is not a car race. Different genres of music have different fan following. We have our own style of playing and belong to the metal genre, hence we have our own audience. We have managed to establish our own independent music.What have been your biggest achievements?Achievements are nothing but mere milestones which come and go. But one of the most memorable moments was when we launched our own album last year. Initially it did not fare well but slowly it made profits. How do you deal with challenges?There are always two ways to face all the odds of life — either you deal with them head on or just kill yourself. Challenges have been a part of our daily routine. It’s something that can never be done away with. How did music come calling?We were always conditioned to study since all of us belong to high academic oriented families. We were always discouraged about off-beat careers like music, art etc and since we scored well, engineering for us was a compulsion, not a choice. Later, we realised we are not cut out for engineering. It’s like when you spread out your wings, you realise you are at the wrong place at the wrong time.Where do you derive your inspiration for your music from?Our daily lives form our inspiration. Whatever comes across in our day to day routine, we compose songs. For example, recently a friend of ours commited suicide, so we composed a song on her and how she broke down under the societal pressures. There is nothing specific behind our numbers. The lighter moments of life (love, hatred, violence) and philosophical content too get reflected in our music.What are your future plans?We do not plan. We as a band just rock and roll with whatever life throws at us. There are also no compromises made with respect to our music. We are a metal band and will continue to play.DETAILAt: Hard Rock Cafe, DLF Place, Saket When: Today Timings: 9 pm onwards Phone: 011 47158888last_img read more

All rained in

first_imgFirst showers of monsoon are welcomed by everyone. With the monsoons here, let’s alter our food and lifestyle habits according to the season to stay healthiest. From the health and well-being perspective, it is important that we stay in tune with nature so that our physical and mental acuity is high, and our immunity functions at its best. Stick to seasonal fruits and vegetables. For instance, eat mangoes only till the season lasts, not till the end of rainy season. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Well, it’s really comforting to sit at home with a cup of hot chocolate and enjoy the lashing rain. But then there are always comfort foods which will add more warmth to your soul on a rainy day. If you are still pondering over what to make, then you can go ahead and indulge in soup, chips and dips, mini pies, and of course the pakoras, samosas and tikkis that are the ultimate delights for a delhiites in monsoon. And if you are one of those, who love their share of sweet fare, then go for a hot brownie with chocolate sauce. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMy advice on what to try in this monsoon season would be- Bittu Tikki Wala at Karol Bagh, who is famous for its tikkis, pakodas and mutter kulchas. Food joints at C R Park are quiet popular too for its fried delicacies. Daddu’s cutlet shop is one of my favourite place at C R Park for its dhakai paratha, moghlai paratha, piyazi, fish chop, alu chop, mutton chop, egg devil chop, fish fry, chicken seekh kabab rolls, egg mutton seekh kabab rolls and off course mocha chop which is made from banana flower. Apart from giving relieve from the intense heat of the summer season, monsoon brings with itself some health risks as well. Monsoon is the time when the humidity levels are high in the atmosphere and the capability of our body’s digestive system is at its lowest. There’s no need to panic, as some small variations in eating habits will keep problems at bay. Unhealthy diet: Potatoes, cauliflower, cluster beans, kidney beans, urad, sprouted grains should, consume milk can be avoided. Avoid leafy greens altogether or wash in potassium permanganate before cooking. To avoid stomach ailments and other water-borne diseases, avoid cut fruits or any cold street food. You must carry water from home when you head out or insist on packaged drinking water. To keep immunity high, eat fruits and vegetables high in vitamin c, beta carotene and iron (carrots, beets, lime, amla, dates). Add ginger and garlic to your cooking to keep sniffles at bay and stomach ailments down. Enjoy monsoon with French Onion Soup and Lamb lasagna, which are the two monsoon favorites at Olive Bar and Kitchen.last_img read more

A treat of three

first_imgCouple Trouble, a comic satire on men and changing values of marriage in modern times opened the Summer Theatre Festival on 22 June with a laugh riot that left the audience asking for more.Directed by Vikas Bahari, and based on a Marathi play Ankh Micholi, Couple Trouble was a comic take on everyday frustrations of men who feel trapped in a marriage. Originally written by CP Deshpande, the adult comedy is a depiction of the sexual fantasies of such men and aims at exposing their double standards while exploring the changing values of marital relationships in modern times. The play tickled the funny bone of many. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The love story of Priyamwada (Portia) and Basant (Bassanio) unfolded in a unique Indian avatar in the capital today in an Indian adaptation of William Shakespeare’s masterpiece Merchant of Venice. A presentation of The Films and Theater Society, Saudagar, was launched at the Shri Ram Centre Auditorium today on the second day (21 June) of the three-day Summer Theatre Festival. Directed by Atul Satya Koushik, the play recreates Portia and Bassanio’s love story in the Indian heartland albeit with quintessential Shakespearian moods on stage. After all it is an Indian adaptation of one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Adapting a William Shakespeare play is not easy at all. Every word written by him is a responsibility on you as it demands justice. If he chose to write a word, there has to be a reason behind it. In this adaptation, my constant endeavor was to keep the Shakespeare alive in every word that I write, every song that I play, and every emotion that I arise in my audience ‘, says Koushik. The play is garnished with light hearted jokes peculiar of Rajasthani life-style and hummable and rustic folk music along with the royal Rajputani feel to the entire grandeur.  The play had a rich background score and beautiful costumes designed by famous celebrity designer Mumtaz Khan in Bhopal.Staged on the last day of the festival (22 June),Wo Lahore recreated the tragic devastation of India’s partition through the story of a family based in Lahore. Directed by Atul Satya Koushik, Wo Lahore was a musical drama set in the middle of twentieth century India.The play was a story of an ordinary woman Jamuna, a mother of three sons, who tries to keep her family intact amid everything that is happening around.Full of Indian music, the play turned out to be an emotional roller coaster for the audience on the last day of the festival presented by the Films and Theatre Society.  From an adult comedy, to an Indian adaptation of Shakespeare’s Merchant of Venice, the festival featured a wide range of stories and productions over the three-days that was loved and appreciated by all. It came as  a treat for the viewers.last_img read more

Tamangs widow to go on indefinite fast

first_imgBharati Tamang, widow of slain All-India Gorkha League (AIGL) leader Madan Tamang, has threatened to go on an indefinite fast to press for immediate arrest of the 23 Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) leaders against whom a court in Kolkata issued a warrant of arrest.Bharati made the threat on Tuesday, but till this date no action has been initiated after the issuing of arrest warrant, AIGL General Secretary Pratap Khati said today. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJI”No stay order has been issued as yet against the warrant of arrest. So why is the CBI delaying?” he wondered and gave the apex probe agency a 24-hr deadline to initiate the arrest.”The court has directed the execution of the warrant of arrest. We do not know why the CBI is delaying in making the arrest. Since there are no other options with us, I have decided to go on fast onto death,” Khatin quoted Bharati Tamang as saying.  The AIGL has also written to the CBI director and joint director to apprise them about the delay and gave the agency 24-hour time failing which the fast will begin.last_img read more

Exservicemen call off fast as stir enters day 88

first_imgEx-servicemen, who have been protesting for One Rank, One Pension (OROP) for the past 88 days, on Sunday said that they would call off their hunger strike, but continue their agitation till the government accepts all their demands. The hunger strike ended on a positive note with ex servicemen expressing hope that the Centre would work on OROP, which is their right. Jantar Mantar, which has hosted several protests, was a witness to smiling faces and relieved families of retired Armymen. The crowd raised slogans of “vande matram” and distributed food among the 14 ex-Armymen, who had been fasting unto death. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportHawaldaar Ashok Chauhan said: “I have worked for the past 19 years and retired in March 2004. I hope that my pension increases under the scheme. We welcome Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s assurance and hope that our efforts will not be ignored.”Retired Wing Commander Dhawan shared similar sentiments with Millennium Post. He said: “We are happy with the Prime Minister’s announcement about OROP. However, we want a written statement from the Ministry of Defence.” On being asked how much will the ex-serviceman be paid after the implementation if the scheme, he said: “It entirely depends on the document, which we will receive from the government.”Empty chairs and laughter enveloped the protest site as Army officials congratulated each other. Subedar Harcharan Lal, who has served the Army for 26 years, is a relieved man. However, there were some who were not happy with the government’s decision to revise the pension after a period of five years.last_img read more

Doctors give ultimatum say bigger movement will ensue if accused cop is

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Doctors Forum (WBDF) has threatened to organise a bigger movement from Monday if the officer-in-charge of Jadavpur police station, who had allegedly assaulted a junior doctor at Calcutta Medical Research Institute (CMRI) is not arrested.Many of the doctors under WBDF threatened to go on a strike after Monday if steps are not taken against the accused police officer. A rally would be taken out from CMRI on Monday afternoon and it would end near New Alipore police station. Doctors from various organisations in the city would take part in the rally to protest against the assault on the junior doctor. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeIt may be mentioned that Srinivas Geddam, a post-graduate trainee at CMRI, was allegedly roughed up by Jadavpur police station OC Pulak Kumar Dutta when the former had been attending him on Wednesday night.Geddam, hailing from Andhra Pradesh, lodged a complaint with the police on Thursday. Following the incident, some doctors from the institute took part in a temporary cease-work.The police officer was admitted at the plastic surgery department of the hospital for a wrist surgery. Geddam had allegedly been attacked by the officer when he asked the latter about his medication, the prescriptions of which were submitted to the hospital by the officer during admission. The victim mentioned in his complaint that he had suffered serious injuries around his neck. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior doctor of WBDF said that they are planning to file a writ petition at the Calcutta High Court if the accused officer is not arrested on non-bailable charges. “We would urge the doctors’ fraternity at all the government and private hospitals in the state to join the cease-work after Monday. We have given an ultimatum that the accused police officer must be put behind bars within next Sunday. A section of the city police was trying to dilute the issue, which is evident from their Facebook posts. They are trying to defend the OC,” a senior member of WBDF said. It may be mentioned that the Bengal unit of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) on Thursday sought Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s intervention in this regard.Dr Santanu Sen, MP and state secretary, IMA, was of the view that the protest must be intensified if action is not initiated against the accused police officer.Many of the city doctors believe that the incident would affect the confidence building exercise initiated by the city police to check the incidents of assault on doctors by the family members of the patients.”This is an unfortunate incident where an on-duty doctor was assaulted by a police officer. The state government must strongly deal with the issue and steps should be taken against the accused officer,” said Dr Santanu Dutta of SSKM Hospital.last_img read more

Delhi gears up for literature festival

first_imgThe national Capital is gearing up to bring together people from all walks of life for interesting sessions on books, which will be held at Dilli Haat.The fourth edition of Delhi Literature festival will be inaugurated by Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister of Delhi, in the presence of Munawwar Rana, poet; Kapil Mishra, Minister for Art, Culture & Language & Tourism of NCT of Delhi; Baldeo Bhai Sharma, Chairman National Book Trust; Dr Burak Akcapar, Turkish Ambassador to India and Mahesh Sharma, Minister for Culture, Government of India. Festival will witness two book launches as Rakshanda Jalil will unveil her book published by Harper Collins and Neelima Kota will release her latest work published by Penguin.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Sankarshan Thakur, known for his books on Bihar will discuss his latest release ‘The Brothers Bihari’ which deals with social change through the years and the evolution of Nitish – Laalu alliance. It will be moderated by another journalist Ajay Kumar, News Nation.Saba Naqvi, columnist – panelist commentator will be in conversation with Sudheendra Kulkarni, politician, Seshadri Chari, noted social activist, at the session titled ‘Coming of the Age of intolerance’ along with Mani Shankar Aiyar.This time there will also be two sessions in Hindi and Urdu which will focus on poetry. Hindi poets and writers like Om Thanvi, Rasbihari Gaur will be in conversation with Senior Editor of NDTV, Priyadarshan. Kumar Vishwas will also participate in a session dedicated to modern Hindi romantic poetry.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOmair Ahmad, Political Journalist, Analyst, Advisor will discuss his book ‘The Storyteller’s Tale’. He will be in conversation with Madhulika Liddle, Travel and Fiction writer. Advertising Guru and creative strategist turned writer in 2013, Shujoy Dutta with his book ‘Like a Pinprick to the Heart’ will indulge in a conversation with Aditya Sinha, former Editor-in-Chief with DNA.This year’s concluding session is expected to be seminal as it implores for a Rediscovery of India by the young contemporaries based on the vision of their forefathers.  A tribute session in honor of one of Independent India’s first Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru whose life, autobiographies and books like ‘The Discovery of India’, ‘Glimpses of World History’, ‘Letters from a Father to his Daughter’ still continue to inspire many. Pt. Nehru’s great-grandson Rahul Gandhi, Vice-President of the Indian National Congress, will engage in an enlightening session with Barkha Dutt, NDTV.Live performances by Aanch,  from Jamia Millia Islamia University will entertain the audience.With the focus to pique the interest of young budding writers, provide them with useful insights, advice and guide them on to how to get their own book published; the Festival will be hosting Penguin India, Harper Collins, Om Books and Red Ink amongst others. The 4th Delhi Literature Festival 2016, is being Partnered by the Delhi Art, Culture & Language Department, Government of NCT of Delhi. Oxford Book Store is the Official Bookstore Partner for the Festival. The 2016 DLF has an array of current social and public issues amongst its themes with enlightening discussions with Anuj Dhar, author of ‘No Secrets and India’s Biggest Cover-up’.The voice behind the crucial revelations in Aarushi Murder Case: Avirook Sen and Neeraj Kumar, former Police Commissioner of Delhi, presently Advisor to BCCI Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU); together they will explore Voyeurism and Tell-alls in the session with Madhu Trehan, India Today.last_img read more

Dekho Re to return on weekends at Lal Dighi from today onwards

first_imgKolkata: The musical extravaganza ‘Dekho Re’ at Lal Dighi will be back on every weekend from October 28 onwards, with more features including heavy discounts on available MSME products.It may be recalled that “Dekho Re” is the brainchild of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, created to develop Lal Dighi as one of the favourite weekend destinations in the city. It was named by the Chief Minister as well.This will be a programme held on every Saturday and Sunday, in which music, food and handicraft goods are available at the one place. Moreover, the beautiful decoration and lighting arrangement will create an atmosphere altogether that no one would want to miss. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life’Dekho Re had started in April 2017, but remained suspended for the past few months due to the monsoon. It is going to start again from October 28, sources said.A high-level meeting was held in this connection on Thursday, in which Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, Minister of State for Tourism Indranil Sen, senior officials of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation and state Information and Cultural Affairs department were present.Sources said that a proposal has come up in the meeting, on whether discounts can be given on MSME products that will remain available for sale at Lal Dighi during the programme of. KMC is the nodal authority to organise the programme. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA letter would be sent to the Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSME) and Textiles department in connection with the matter related to giving discounts on the products that get sold from stalls during the programme on weekends.A senior official said that the initiative will make ‘Dekho Re’ more attractive and at the same time, it will also help in promotion of the MSME products.Moreover, initiatives will also be taken to make different products of Haringhata Meat available at Lal Dighi during the programme.Haringhata Meat is an undertaking of the Animal Resources Development (ARD) department. There will be a talk in this regard with the top brass of the ARD department.With the initiation of ‘Dekho Re’ from October end, people from different parts of the city and its surrounding areas will get another place of attraction in the city in winter.last_img read more

Teen beaten up by shop owner on theft charges

first_imgKolkata: A teenager was beaten up by a local fruit seller after he suspected him to be a thief.The incident took place near Chada Bazar area Bongaon on late Monday evening. The victim has been identified as Alam Mondal. He has received serious injuries in the incident and is fighting for his life at a nearby hospital. The victim is a class VII student from a local school in Bongaon. It triggered tension among locals. Some have, however, raised questions on why the boy was badly beaten up by a local shop owner instead of handing him over to the police. The accused during police interrogation claimed that he managed to catch the boy while stealing money from the shop. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe family members of the victim came to know that one Nani Sarkar, a fruit seller by profession, was badly beating up the victim and rushed to the spot. They found their child lying on the ground and bleeding from various parts of his body. When the family members wanted to know from Nani as to why he had beaten him up that badly, the accused threatened the family members with dire consequences. The accused alleged that the boy was trying to steal money from his shop. He also told police he was away from his shop in the evening when the accused attempted to steal money from the cash box. He caught hold of the boy and beat him up badly. The victim had received injuries on various parts of his body. None of the locals came to his rescue till the matter was reported to his family members. Some police personnel rushed to the spot and freed him from the clutches of the businessmen. The victim was later taken to a hospital by police personnel. Police have started a probe in this regard and are interrogating the locals. The patient is stated to be in a serious condition.last_img read more

Celebrating 75 years of Quit India movement

first_imgOn the occasion of 75th Anniversary of the Quit India Movement and the Azad Hind Fauj, Dr Mahesh Sharma, Minister of State for Culture and Tourism inaugurated an exhibition “Quit India and Azad Hind Fauj–75th Anniversary (1942-2017)” at the National Archives of India, Janpath, New Delhi. Addressing on the occasion, Dr Sharma said that the ‘Quit India Movement’ was an important milestone in the Indian Freedom Movement which made the entire nation determined to attain freedom from the British rule. Millions of Indians responded to Mahatma Gandhi’s clarion call and the mantra of ‘Do or Die’. He further added, “the Prime Minister, in his ‘Man ki Baat’ of July 30, said: ‘Our young generation must know what happened on the 9th of August 1942.’ The forthcoming exhibition is simply following his words.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe exhibition which is based on public records, private papers, photographs, newspaper reports and proscribed literature banned by the British Government which came out during the last phase of freedom movement, will continue till September 1. The exhibition has large digital content which can be accessed through interactive mode. The film, presenting the passing of the “Quit India Resolution”, arrest of freedom struggle leaders, the role of INA and Subhas Chandra Bose is also on display. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe exhibition is spread over four sections viz: The Prelude to the Quit India Movement which displays documents/reports pertaining to the coming of the cripps mission to India and its failure; The Actual Movement – coining of the term “Quit India” and “Do or Die” by Yusuf Mehar Ali, besides Gandhi’s message in his own words ‘Karenge Ya Marenge – Mat Puccho Kyon’; The Impact of the Movement: this section reflects the disturbances that occurred all over the country after the arrest of the prominent leaders on August 9, 1942; and The Indian National Army and Azad Hind Fauj – The important documents displayed in this section consist of Indian Independence League, Tokyo 1942, message of Rash Bihari Bose 1942, and other publicity material.last_img read more

TMC removes Congs name from its logo

first_imgNew Delhi: Twenty-one years after officially separating from the Congress, Mamata Banerjee-led TMC has removed the grand old party’s name from its logo. The new logo has Trinamool written in green with twin flowers and blue background. It has been in use for a week now, party sources said. It was way back in 1998 that present West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee broke away from the Congress and formed the TMC over differences of opinion on dealing with the then ruling CPI(M). Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose “TMC is called Trinamool and after 21 years, it was time for change,” a party leader said. The Congress name has been dropped from party banners, posters and all communication material. However, it will remain registered with the Election Commission as Trinamool Congress, party sources said. The official Facebook and Twitter pages of the party, the CM, her nephew Abhishek Banerjee, and Trinamool’s leader in the Rajya Sabha Derek O Brien already have the new logo.last_img read more

Mamata counters Modis barbs on her describes him as Expiry PM

first_imgDinhata (WB): West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday launched a blistering attack on Prime Minister Narendra Modi describing him as “Expiry PM”, and strongly contested his allegations against her as being a ‘speedbreaker’ in the path of state’s development. Banerjee gave point-by-point rebuttal of charges levelled by Modi at rallies at Siliguri and later at Kolkata’s Brigade ground during the day, to nail the “lies” spoken about performance of her government. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The war of words between Modi and Banerjee heated up the battle of Bengal in the ongoing general election. Bengal sends a total of 42 members to Lok Sabha, the third largest after Uttar Pradesh’s 80 and Maharashtra 48. Modi kickstarted BJP’s campaing in the state Wednesday launching onslaught on TMC supremo. Banerjee, whose partymen see her a PM candidate, preponed start of poll campaign in the state with a rally at Dinhata in Cooch Behar district to coincide with PM’s public meeting Wednesday. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Describing Modi as “Expiry Babu” and “Expiry PM”, Banerjee questioned what his government at the Centre has done for the welfare of people of the country. She dared him to participate in direct debate with her in television or in a public rally. Claiming that her government in West Bengal has done a lot for the welfare of the people of the state, Banerjee told a public rally here that income of farmers in the state has increased three times under her rule. “I am not Modi,I don’t tell lies,” she said, alleging that the PM has made false claims on performance of TMC government in West Bengal. She claimed that 12,000 farmers committed suicide during Modi rule in the country. The West Bengal chief minister said that her government has implemented several welfare schemes for the people of the state, like ‘Kanyashree’ for girls, ‘Yuvashree’ for the young people. “PM should not lie. You claim to have a 56 inch chest and u are resorting to lies,” she said. Banerjee said that West Bengal has been awarded by the Government of India for being the best among all states in implementing the 100-day minimum work guarantee scheme. “Its not my claim but your government has given the award for the achievement,” the firebrand leader said. Banerjee was termed as a speedbreaker in the path of the state’s development by the PM a couple of hours back in a rally at Siliguri. Rejecting Modi’s claim of doing everything for the welfare of tea garden workers, she said “you had promised to reopen seven closed tea gardens, but you have not done anything.” She said that Modi had promised before the 2014 elections to give every poor person Rs 15 lakhs in their bank accounts, but has not given a single penny. Banerjee also said that the BJP government at the Centre has not done anything for the Rajbanghsis, an ethnic group with a sizeable population in the North Bengal despite having made “tall claims.” Regarding Modi’s accusation that Banerjee has deprived the people of West Bengal of benefits under Ayushman Bharat scheme, she said the PM was seeking all credit for it though the state government had to shell out 40 per cent of the cost of the programme. “Why should I give it to you, I will do it myself,” she said. She said that her government will introduce a scheme that will benefit 7.5 crore people in the state. Charting out achievements and welfare schemes of her government that has been in power in Bengal since 2011, Banerjee said that she has introduced insurance for farmers and waived mutation fees for farmland sales. Livid at the PM’s accusations against her on the Pulwama attacks and the Balakot airstrike in Pakistan, Banerjee said “we are nationalists and not fascists.” She said that the Centre had prior intelligence on a possible terror attack on the CRPF convoy, but despite that the Pulwama incident happened in which 40 troopers were killed. Saying that Modi should not try to teach her nationalism, she said “you had information, but without taking action you led the CPRF jawans to death.” Banerjee said that Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has insulted that the Armed forces of the country by terming them as ‘Modi Sena’. She alleged that ‘Modi Sena’ are those who indulge in rioting and assaulting people who do not conform to their ways, and terming the country’s Army the same is an insult to the bravehearts who serve the country. Regarding Modi’s claim that her boat was sinking in Bengal, Banerjee said “Agey Delhi samla, tarpor dekhish Bangla (First manage Delhi and then look at Bengal).” Claiming that the “Chowkidar is acting like a fascist,” she said “you are talking of air strike, you will see voter strike.” She claimed that in Assam NRC, 22 lakh Hindu Bengali voters have been excluded, while 23 lakh Bengali muslims have been left out of the citizenship register in the north-eastern state. The chief minister said that though Modi has assured the Gorkhas in Darjeeling and other places in the state that they have nothing to worry about the NRC, she said that there are several elements in it for the Gorkhas to fear. “Go to Assam to see how many people have died and how many families have been devastated because of NRC,” she said. Banerjee claimed that if the BJP government returned to power in the general elections,they will change the Constitution and there will be no democracy in the country. Claiming that the Modi government intimidates anyone opposing it by raids and other tactics, she dared the PM saying “Catch me if you can, touch me if you can.” “I am also from a Hindu family. ..but I don’t go by your Hinduism. My parents did not teach me this type of Hinduism where you hate people,” she said.last_img read more

Congress set to have 2 members in Lower House of Parliament from

first_imgKolkata: It is for the first to since Independence that the Congress party will have two members in the Lower House of Parliament from Bengal.Congress candidates Adhir Chowdhury from Berhampore Lok Sabha seat and A H Khan Choudhury from Malda South are leading. In two other seats— Murshidabad and Jangipur — Congress candidates are trailing. Trinamool Congress had fielded Apurba Sarkar, an aide of Adhir Chowdhury and Congress MLA from Kandi, who left the Congress and joined the party against Chowdhury. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThough the lead of Chowdhury, who had won the seat by 3.56 lakh votes, has come down substantially but he is still able to maintain his lead. Over the past two decades Chowdhury came out as the most powerful leader of Murshidabad. He was the president of West Bengal Pradesh Congress. Trinamool Congress appointed Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, to look after Murshidabad and Adhikari very successfully brought the district under the party’s control. In the Panchayat election in 2018, the Trinamool got control over the Zilla Parishad. The municipalities in the district are also under the TMC. In the past one year, Chowdhury has been cornered politically. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateAll India Congress Committee (AICC) replaced Chowdhury by Somen Mitra as PCC chief. Chowdhury is known to be political rival of Mitra and had pleaded strongly for alliance with the CPIM, which was turned down by AICC. But despite being cornered, Chowdhury continue to nurture his Lok Sabha seat and this has paid him dividend. Trinamool Congress alleged that Chowdhury had secretly struck a deal with RSS who helped him to consolidate his vote. However, he failed to have his control over Jangipur and Murshidabad. In Jangipur, Abhijit Mukherjee ranked third while Khalilur Rahaman of Trinamool Congress is leading. Mafuza Khatun, who joined the BJP from CPIM is holding the second position. In Murshidabad, Abu Taher Khan of Trinamool Congress is leading. The Lok Sabha poll of 2019 has clearly shown that Chowdhury’s control over Murshidabad is over.last_img read more

Cops nab stalker for harassing Arunima Ghosh

first_imgKolkata: The Cyber Crime Cell of Kolkata Police has arrested a person identified as Mukesh Kumar Shaw, for allegedly stalking and posting abusive words on social media against eminent Tollywood actor Arunima Ghosh.According to police, Ghosh had lodged a complaint at the Cyber Crime Cell on May 30, stating that a person was continuously harassing her on Instagram since the last six months. Ghosh alleged that not only did the accused use abusive words, but he also threatened her with dire consequences if she did not reply to his messages. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataDespite Ghosh blocking the accused person’s profile, he continued stalking her through multiple fake profiles he had created. He even managed to get information regarding her family members as well. While probing the case, sleuths managed to identify the Internet Protocol (IP) address by tracking the profiles which Ghosh had blocked earlier. After the IP addresses were detected, sleuths got hold of the address of the accused. Shaw owns a grocery shop in Survey Park area. On Monday morning, after final information came regarding Shaw’s address, police raided his shop in Survey Park and arrested him. Shaw was produced at Bankshall Court and was remanded to police custody till July 28. Sleuths are trying to ascertain the motive behind the crime. It is suspected that Shaw might have been doing the act out of perversion. On Monday, after getting the news of Shaw’s arrest, Ghosh thanked the Kolkata Police and stated that she was finally relieved as the culprit has been arrested.last_img read more

Video of Last Surviving Witness of Lincolns Assassination Recounting the Event

first_imgTo most people, the name Samuel J. Seymour will sound unfamiliar. Seymour, born in Easton, Maryland, in 1860, was the last surviving person who was witness to President Lincoln’s assassination. He was present at Ford’s Theater on the eve of April 14, 1865, when John Wilkes Booth fired a deadly shot at the President. Some nine decades had passed since the event anchored itself in American history when Samuel J. Seymour, at the age of 96, took the hot seat on I’ve Got a Secret.I’ve Got a Secret was a TV game show which originally aired from 1952 until 1967. The format was similar to What’s my Line? — a panel of four famous people were challenged to guess a contestant’s unusual or entertaining secret.Photo from the television program I’ve Got a Secret. From left: Garry Moore, Lindsay Crosby, Betsy Palmer, Phillip Crosby, Dennis Crosby.The secret was shown to the studio audience, as well as everyone watching on television, then each panelist was left with 30 seconds ask the contestant questions. When Seymour appeared in the studio on February 9, 1956, he whispered his secret to host Garry Moore: “I saw John Wilkes Booth shoot Abraham Lincoln.”The four panelists for the day were: Bill Cullen, Jayne Meadows, Henry Morgan, and Lucille Ball.Shown in the presidential booth of Ford’s Theatre, from left to right, are assassin John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Harris, and Henry Rathbone.Cullen was first to try and crack the secret of the elderly man. He would ask him if his secret held a historical and political significance. Cullen eased the job for Meadows, who was next, that this concerned a famous person who held a political office.“You witnessed something to do with Abraham Lincoln,” correctly guessed Meadows, quickly proceeding to ask if the memory was pleasant. “Not very pleasant I don’t think. I was scared to death,” replied Seymour. See the rest in the video below.Seymour was five-years-old when he accompanied his father on a working visit to Washington, D.C. As his father was absent due to his work, the young boy stayed with his nurse, Sarah Cook, and his godmother, Mrs. Goldsboro. The three of them attended the play “Our American Cousin” at Ford’s Theater.Samuel James Seymour was the last surviving person who had been in Ford’s Theatre the night of the assassination of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln on April 14, 1865.Seymour remembered the theater and the balcony, adorned with the American flag, reserved for President Lincoln. The President showed up and waved at the crowd. This was apparently the more pleasant memory of the evening.The unpleasant one was made as the play reached its third act, and, as shared by Seymour, “all of a sudden, a shot rang out–a shot that always will be remembered–and someone in the President’s box screamed.”Painting depicting President Lincoln’s assassination.Before appearing on I’ve Got a Secret, Seymour’s account of the assassination night featured in the February 7, 1954, edition of the Milwaukee Sentinel. A clip of the newspaper was shown by host Garry Moore as the episode concluded.“I saw Lincoln slumped forward in his seat. People started milling around and I thought there’d been another accident when one man seemed to tumble over the balcony rail and land on the stage. ‘Hurry, hurry, let’s go help the poor man who fell down,’ I begged. But by that time John Wilkes Booth, the assassin, had picked himself up and was running for dear life,” recalled Seymour.Samuel J. Seymour on I’ve got Secret.John Wilkes Booth was on the run for 12 days after the assassination until he was found hiding in a barn.Read another story from us: The misfortune that haunted the couple by Abraham Lincoln’s side on the fateful nightSamuel J. Seymour passed away shortly after his television appearance in 1956 and a few days ahead of the 91st commemoration of President Lincoln’s death. He was laid to rest at Loudon Park Cemetery in Baltimore, Maryland.Stefan A. is a freelance writer and a regular contributor to The Vintage News. He is a graduate in Literature. He also runs the blog This City Knows.last_img read more

Star Wars James Bond and Thunderbirds Star Shane Rimmer Passes Away at

first_imgThe actor Shane Rimmer has passed away aged 89. Arriving in England from Canada in the late Fifties, he started life as a cabaret singer and enjoyed a long career which spanned over half a century. He appeared in major movie franchises such as Star Wars, James Bond and Batman. However, to generations of fans he will always be the voice of Scott Tracy in Thunderbirds. Produced between 1964-66, the series famously used elaborate puppets instead of actors to depict the heroes of International Rescue and their array of world-saving vehicles. These marionettes were part of an approach dubbed “Supermarionation”.The brainchild of Gerry and Sylvia Anderson (who voiced character Lady Penelope), Thunderbirds was arguably their biggest hit. In a 2015 interview for the site Sci-Fi Fantasy Network he said, “For Thunderbirds, he (Anderson) had heard my voice on a BBC series, and thought it might suit Scott Tracy. You still had to come in and put your voice down on audition, which happened, and two weeks later I got a call asking would I like to do the part… I thought it was going to be quite a brief exercise, but that was fifty years ago!”Gerry AndersonRimmer also contributed to other Anderson series, notably Stingray and Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons. He wrote scripts as well as lending his voice. When the company made live-action shows like UFO (1970) and Space: 1999 (1975 – 77) he appeared in front of the camera. He had a shot at playing the lead in an Anderson pilot called Space Police in 1986, but the show was reworked as Space Precinct in the mid-Nineties. He was replaced by Ted Shackleford.Related Video: Surprising Facts about James BondScott Tracy – the pilot of every child’s dream ride Thunderbird 1 – played a massive part in his success and he looked back fondly on the experience. “Gerry always insisted that we record in a circle with one big central mic,” he revealed to the Washington Times in a 2017 interview. “He said, ‘You’re out in space, for God’s sake. You don’t have all the conveniences. Act like it!’ I think that worked. Usually in situations like that you have individual cubicles. Somebody does their bit in cubicle A, somebody else in B, another in cubicle C. This was all together.”Billboard for the 1989 production of the stage show tribute Thunderbirds: F.A.B. at London’s Apollo Photo by Theatre Bachcell -CC BY-SA 3.0Thunderbirds hit the big screen in two movies, Thunderbirds Are Go (1966) and Thunderbird 6 (1968). Rimmer went beyond the world of puppets and strings to gadgets and girls, featuring in 3 Bond films – You Only Live Twice (1967) Diamonds Are Forever (1971) and The Spy Who Loved Me (1977). He also lent his vocals to Live and Let Die (1973). Aside from actors playing recurring roles he is the performer to have appeared most in the franchise.Speaking about his part in Stars Wars Episode IV (1977), he commented, “They were doing one phase of the picture up there with a small unit while the main unit was downstairs doing the main action. It never stopped. [George] Lucas was a kind of a genius that he could keep all this sort of thing in hand.”Stars Wars Episode IV (1977)Getty ImagesOn the small screen, he acted in Doctor Who (1966’s The Gunfighters) and played two characters in British soap opera Coronation Street in the Sixties and Eighties respectively.Read another story from us: Stunning Bond Girl from “Goldfinger” Passes Away at 77In the twenty-first century, he played a small but prominent role as a water technician in Batman Begins (2005). He never lost his association with Gerry Anderson. After Anderson’s death he worked with son Jamie, most recently on “Ultramarionation” pilot Firestorm.A cause of death has so far not been mentioned. Anderson Entertainment made a Twitter statement, saying his death had come “as a real shock” before going on to say they would be “celebrating Shane’s amazing life and career” in a podcast.last_img read more

VIDEO Mountain Man Sammy Scaff almost got his face ripped off by

first_imgThere have been many boxers that have put together better careers than Mike Tyson, but none was more dominant at their peak than Iron Mike. Before he derailed he skyrocketed to the top of the heavyweight division and won the title at 20 years old.Among the trail of bodies Tyson left in his wake were some all-time tomato cans, including ‘Mountain Man’ Sammy Scaff. Scaff had the unfortunate luck of running into a 19-year-old Tyson in 1985 and whoever sanctioned the fight should probably be in prison.Scaff looks like he should be doing security detail, not fighting Tyson, and he just gets plowed. Mike turns Scaff’s face into a pile of bloody hamburger meat in about 30 seconds before the fight eventually gets called. At one point, the announcer asks if Tyson partially tore Scaff’s nose off his face.Good god vintage Mike Tyson was a monster.Throwback: Michael Jordan losing a game of one-on-one to a 45-year-old mutual fund CEO at his 2003 fantasy camp is an all-time upsetlast_img read more