Balurghat: Ahead of the upcoming Lok Sabha elections, the security in and around district collectorate building here has been tightened.As precautionary measures, the district administration has barricaded around 100 metres adjacent to the collectorate building with temporary bamboo fencing. According to an official source, all poll-related activities will be carried out from the office of district administration. Adequate policemen will be deployed in the area to avoid any untoward incident. According to the guidelines of Election Commission of India, no contesting candidate will be allowed to take out a procession while submitting nomination papers. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”Stress has been given on ensuing free and fair poll in the region. No political party will be given permission for procession from March 28 onwards to April 4. Instructions have been given to police to check the entry of the candidates from the main gate of district administrative building with not more than three vehicles at a time,” said an official. Sufficient Central Reserve Paramilitary Forces will also deploy the area. District Election Officer and district magistrate Deepap Priya P recently conducted a high-level meeting with the police officers and the representatives of various political parties. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateA clear message has been delivered through this meeting that the district administration is determined to strictly implement EC norms. The border close to neighbouring Bangladesh is sealed. The candidates can submit the nominations between March 28 and April 4. Balurghat will vote on April 23, the third in the seven-phased Lok Sabha polls. On April 5, the nomination papers will be scrutinised while the last day of to withdraw candidature is April 8. The closing day for campaigning is scheduled on April 21. A total number of 14, 27, 567 people are expected to vote this year. Four major political parties —The Trinamool Congress, the BJP, the Congress and the RSP — are in the fray. Arpita Ghosh will contest once again from Balurghat seat on Trinamool ticket. Ghosh defeated RSP’s Prasanta Kumar Majumdar in 2014 to break the Left citadel. This time, RSP has fielded Ranen Barman, who had won 1996, 1998, 1999 and 2004 LS polls from Balurghat seat while the BJP and the Congress have fielded Sukanta Majumdar and Sadik Sarkar as their candidates. Both Majumdar and Sarkar are new faces.
Bengal Water Sports will be organizing the Asian School Indoor Rowing Championship 2018 from September 4 – December 2. The event will be inaugurated on September 4 at 4 pm, at Calcutta Rowing Club, Rabindra Sarobar, amidst the respected members of rowing fraternity and students.The earlier edition of Concept2 Indoor Students Rowing Championship 2016 had been a grand success where 6000 students from different schools of Kolkata participated.Considering the phenomenal response from the audience, the organisers are going to take this championship to a new platform by inviting students not only from schools of different states of India but also from countries like Bangladesh, Nepal and Sri Lanka. The plan is to create history and get featured in ‘The Guinness Book of World Records’ and ‘Limca Book of Records’ as this kind of event has never been organised before. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis competition will have two different categories – ‘School Children’ and ‘Special Children (Paralympics)’. The students have already started registering online and it is expected that more than 75, 000 students from West Bengal itself and more than 1.5 lakh students from all over India will be taking part this year.The event aims to make young children aware of sports though Indoor Rowing – an injury free sport which takes very less time to learn, helps to promote teamwork and leadership amongst yound minds. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThere are three different categories for the students to participate: Sub Sub Junior (9 -12 yrs) (boys and girls), Sub Junior (12 – 15 yrs) (boys and girls), Junior (12 – 15 yrs) (boys and girls). From level 1 i.e. Intra School Competition, 18 students from each school (9 boys – 9 girls) are selected for the next phase (Inter State Championship). All the participants will be given e-certificate for participation and the 18 selected students will get medal and trophies along with the certificates. The winners of level 2 will compete with other finalists from 4 countries at the grand finale, students from different States and Countries fighting for glory to become ‘Champion of Champions’.
Jogen Chowdhury is an eminent Indian painter and considered an important painter of 21st century India. He lives and works in Santiniketan and Kolkata. He graduated from the Government College of Art and Craft, Kolkata and subsequently at École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris in 1967.Jogen Chowdhury developed his individual style after his return from Paris. His most famous paintings are in ink, water colour, and pastel. He has painted in oil as well. Lines and its tactile characteristics to enhance colours is an important material in Indian Art for ages. Chowdhury himself is a master of lines and he is a master in making curves depict the character of his figures. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf Excerpts from an interview: When did you start painting? I got admitted to the Government College of Art and Craft near the Indian Museum in 1955. My father sketched at home, so that talent was there in me. My mother had a passion for design which I inherited. When did I decide to become a painter? Yes, I realized that I can do this well. So I chose this as my profession. When was your first exhibition? My first exhibition was in 1963. I passed out of the Government college of art and craft in 1960. The Academy started in this building in 60. Lady Ranu Mukherjee was heading it in 1963 when my exhibition happened. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive Were you confident about your profession from the beginning itself? I was confident from the very beginning. Everybody was happy with my profession… Who were the teachers who inspired you? The one teacher who inspired me was Gopal Ghose. He used to teach us in the second year. He divided the classroom into a studio-like structure and used to paint there. Ghose mostly painted landscapes, flowers in pastel shades – these I really liked. but the thing is that we don’t learn from any one person, we learn throughout our lives, learn from everybody, from people we encounter including all kinds of artists. There was another artist from East Germany, Kathy Kolwaitz. She held an exhibition at the Indian Museum and I found her drawings to be really powerful. She painted poor people, mother and child and these influenced me a lot. Tell us about the recent Exhibition…. I have taken part in over 100 exhibitions and 25 one-man shows There have been smaller works also. I have exhibited my works at CIMA twice, Vadehra, Hyderabad, Bangalore and abroad. What is the message that you want to give out through your paintings? See, the source of our paintings is our life and surroundings. Our technique is our own and change keeps happening. I am not Rabindranath or Nandalal Bose. I am always on the search for new topics and a different style from all over the world. Topics of national importance must be influencing you..: Yes, they do. Riots, Garbeta, CPIM, and Trinamool conflict. There was one gruesome incident in Russia where kids of a school were shot. Then there were incidents in Iraq when US soldiers went berserk. Women have also been an important theme for my paintings and sketches. What is next? I am planning a big exhibition at the Emami Calcutta Creative centre in September 2019. I am also involved with the Santiniketan society for visual art as their Secretary. We have a young artist’s exhibition every year and I have to be present on these occasions. Personally. I have a collection of 200 paintings and I am in the process of creating a gallery plus I will be putting together at least five books on art. The Charukala Parshad is where I will be spending time and effort too.
Kolkata: The West Bengal Council of Higher Secondary Education (WBCHSE) has introduced a new system through which students who have already appeared for their higher secondary examination can apply for self inspection of their answer scripts. A notification in this regard undersigned by the President of WBCHSE Mahua Das was shared in the website of the council. An online interface will be made available at the council website from July 5 through which the students can apply for self inspection of his answer scripts of the examination by filling up a prescribed format. The student will be able to keep track of the latest status of the his/ her application submitted. The council will make the scripts available and the students will be notified to pay a visit on a particular date. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to the notification the interface for application will be kept open for a period of six months from the date of publication of results of the HS examination of a particular year. This year, the council has announced the Higher Secondary results on May 27. The candidate can also apply for photocopy of the answer script after self inspection to the examination section of the council. ” If a candidate is allowed to see his/ her own answer scripts then their confidence over the examination system of the Council will grow. The guardians will also be convinced of the scores of their wards,” said Parimal Bhattacharjee, headmaster of Jadavpur Vidyapith. However, the maintenance of the facilities may be a tough ask for the council if there are many applications for self inspection. In the existing process, a candidate has to seek RTI query for self inspection of their scripts. In review or scrutiny the candidates cannot self inspect the scripts.
Agaaz, a group show that strikes out to be different – combining a delicate balance between quality art, a relevant theme, and an art coterie of competent practitioners who have managed to breathe fresh aspects into the theme of femininity, has been organised at India Habitat Centre.Artists like Anitta Sethi, Bharti verma, Dhiren Shasmal, Gaurav Chawla, Manan Negi, Manjusha Athani, Nanda Gupta, Nitasha Jaini, Rajib Deyashi, Ruchi Chadha, Sakshi Talwar, Sangeeta Kumar Murthy, Siddharth Jharia, and others have displayed their work, which will be on view until April 11, 2019. ‘We’re adopting a more fluid scale of traits, temperaments, and capabilities, and we have to change our methods of self-evaluation in the process’ is the claim of its participants. In this quest. these artists have turned the feminine image into a vibrant movement. Beyond the thrust to depict a strong message of the new-age feminism that characterises our times, this showing also brings in focus the many sided artistic strengths of the participants. By not compromising on their individuality in a conceived attempt to fall in step, this multi-pronged coterie of artists has widened the scope of their art with visual and sensual takes on the topic, identifying them as a complex integration of opposite binaries, ranging from the tender to the tenacious, from the traditional to the trendy. Besides depicting the womanly images through many interpretations, the show also aims to keep viewer’s interest alive. Visitors will be able to watch an in-situ installation of painted shoes being put up by the contributing artists, taking shape right in front of them. In the exhibition, artist Gaurav Chawla has depicted power and courage within each woman. Artist Ruchi Chadha who is inspired from nature, uses different colours and fluidity to show femininity. Artist Manjusha Athani takes the onlooker into a vibrant mystical world where her mysterious women of uninhabitated sensuality captivates the viewer. Artist Nanda Gupta who works in abstract forms, depicts her journey of life, a life of self discovery beyond the realms of understanding. Artist Nitasha Jaini talks about man and women relationship in the Indian urban environment and how their role play is well defined. She states that a slight shift in attitude can create a sense of imbalance.
How exactly does watching a sport like cricket reflect one’s masculinity or feminity? While we are in 2019 with men and women all alike, there are people in India who still have trouble believing that women can also watch cricket for non-platonic reasons.They would make all kinds of stereotypical expressions when you are able to differentiate between ‘a cover drive from a straight drive’, ‘a no ball and a dead one’. Enough of those raised eyebrows. All you fan girls out there, instead of bothering about men doubting your sincerity for cricket, plug your ears to these podcasts and get ready to crush the male ego. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIts Cricket Show – World Cup Special This is the world’s first ‘Hinglish language’ cricket podcast, which connects the biggest cricket-loving Hindi-speaking population with a global English-speaking audience. Hosted by Hamid Shaikh, this World Cup special version is for those who love cricket and want to catch-up everything that is going on around the cricketing world, this is the ultimate destination for keeping up to date. AakashVani This 92 episode podcast talks about Indian Cricket. Hosted by Aakash Chopra, a former International Cricket player, and a well-known cricket analyst, this is the absolute go-to podcast for all you cricket fans to acquire all the latest cricket updates. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEdges and Sledges A weekly cricket podcast, Edges and Sledges centres on Indian cricket and the IPL. Conceived by the 1 Tip 1 Hand blog team, there are three podcast hosts who are the average Indian cricket fans based out of Singapore, London and Cincinnati. They collaborate on the platform to talk about the week’s biggest cricketing stories. On Cricket, Off Topic Three hosts; Rahul Bhaskar, Ujjwal Grover, and Abhishek Deshpande take you down the memory lane, talking about their growing up days with cricket during the 1990s and 2000s. Each episode explores. Howzzat! An original series by India’s leading audio streaming app Hubhopper, Howzzat keeps you up to date with the latest news and analysis from the world of cricket. There’s a lot to look forward to with international tours and series, to the IPL and, of course, the World Cup.
The sci-fi worlds of Jules Verne, Hugo Gernsback, and H.G. Wells were initially inspired by the Industrial Revolution in the late 19th century, while their books sparked the imagination of future generations. Fans of these authors are usually prone to develop peculiar interests in science, technology, and invention.For example, in 2006, a team of steampunk enthusiasts created a self-propelled Victorian house. The design was inspired by Verne, Wells, and Neal Stephenson’s Snow Crash, published in 1992, which briefly mentions a mobile Victorian home on tank treads.Neverwas Haul. Photo by nicolas will CC BY2.0This colorful house, “The Neverwas Haul” is a three-story home construed of 75 percent recycled materials and it is filled with a considerable assortment of curiosities collected on the numerous trips made around the world. One such item is a camera obscura from the 19th century.The engine is built on top of a fifth wheel travel trailer which brings its size — 24 foot long and 12 foot wide — to fit the legal highway height and width.Major Catastrophe (AKA Shannon O’Hare ) at the helm of Neverwas Haul. Photo by nicolas will CC BY-SA 2.0The initial idea was for it to function on steam and a boiler was installed, but unfortunately it didn’t work well. Instead it now has a single cylinder diesel engine which drives a hydraulic pump, and it is maneuvered using a wooden ship’s wheel.Originally, The Neverwas Haul was created by the Academy of Unnatural Sciences of Berkley, California, for the Burning Man festival in the Black Rock Desert where it perfectly fits among the hundreds of peculiar oddities exhibited each year.Neverwas Haul. Photo by Peter Kaminski CC BY 2.0The vehicle has three main sections: the engine room, the parlour, and the command deck with the controls for operating. Additional cargo is placed in the engine room where there is enough space for six people. This Victorian house has also a bar and a library.It is kept alive by frequent travels and reconstructions. The original design never changed, but worn-out pieces are regularly replaced.The Neverwas Haul. Photo by DBerry2006 CC BY 2.0The captain who commands the wooden wheel is Shannon O’Hare, along with Kathy O’Hare on board. Shannon wears a 1927 U.S. Navy officer coat and is also known as Major Catastrophe. He has more than 25 years of experience in designing theme-park constructions all around the U.S.The Neverwas Haul. Photo by DBerry2006 CC BY 2.0For the Neverwas Haul, Major Catastrophe was assisted by a team of twelve other people in the construction that lasted for six months.The creators imagined the concept for the Haul as the home of Irish Gypsy women who move around with their families while their husbands roam the lands exploring, fighting battles, or even selling their horses to buy alcohol.Neverwas chandelier. Photo by Caitlin Childs CC BY-SA 2.0Instead, it travels around with the will of Major Catastrophe — maybe to very unusual places where modern engines can’t go — where he collects all the strange objects with which his Victorian home is filled. When the Haul is not stationed and exhibited for amusement, it travels towed, with the two top stories paced down so that the engine can be transported safely. It usually moves at a speed of about five miles per hour.Neverwas Haul. Photo by Peter Kaminski CC BY 2.0Interestingly, the Haul had a predecessor – a wooden Victorian clock tower built a year earlier. It all started when a group of people gathered together to build various steampunk engines.Read another story from us: How the Sleek Nazi “Car of the Future” Backfired on Them…LiterallyBefore this, the Burning Man Festival didn’t have a steampunk section. Because of the popularity of The Neverwas Haul, O’Hare and his team have created several similar structures, including a steam-powered carriage, named The Parlour Car – a replica of the famous San Francisco cable car.
The biblical Noah may have survived the flooding of the planet with the construction of his ark, but for the owners of the 510-foot-long Noah’s Ark replica in Northern Kentucky, stretches of heavy rain presented such a crisis that they are suing their insurers over water damage. The Noah’s ark replica itself made it through the rain intact, a representative for Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky, informed CNN. But the rainfall in 2017 and 2018 caused a “significant landslide” on the property, which undermined an access road that leads to the wooden vessel. The harsh terrain made it dangerous to use the ship, according to the lawsuit.Noah’s Ark – a life-sized reconstruction of Noah’s Ark, built according to the dimensions given in the Bible. Williamstown, KY. Photo by Jameywiki CC BY-SA 4.0Melany Ethridge of Ark Encounter said that the waters failed to reach biblical proportions. “Contrary to some reporting, the damage to certain areas of the Ark Encounter themed attraction was not caused by a ‘flood,’ ” she said in an email to CNN. “The ark was built on bedrock and was never in jeopardy.”The repairs cost around $1 million, according to court documents that say insurers told the owners of the ark that opened in 2016 to go ahead with the repairs. But since then, the insurers have reportedly only paid “a very small portion” of the cost. The 77-page lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court asks for compensatory and punitive damages.Ark Encounter in Williamstown, Kentucky.“You got to get to the boat to be on the boat,” Ethridge told the Courier-Journal.A spokesperson for the law firm filing the suit said, “The lawsuit speaks for itself. We don’t have anything to add at this time, other than to say that we are highly confident of the merits of our case as we seek a fair resolution to the matter.” The statement also said Ark Encounter guests have been unaffected by the work being done at the access road. “Hours of operation were never affected.”Noah’s Ark exhibit at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Photo by Chris Light CC BY-SA 4.0On its website, Ark Encounter said, “Prepare to be blown away as you explore the life-sized reconstruction of Noah’s Ark. Built according to the dimensions given in the Bible, Ark Encounter is a jaw-dropping structure you’ll want to bring your whole family to see.”Related Video:The park website asks: “How big was Noah’s Ark? How did Noah fit all the animals? How did Noah feed and care for all the animals? How did Noah build the Ark? We built the full-size Noah’s Ark to answer these questions—and more! As you enter Noah’s world aboard the massive Ark, you’ll tour three decks filled with scores of world-class exhibit bays. These stunning exhibits allow you to experience what Noah’s life may have been like.”Ark replica in Dordrecht, Netherlands. Photo by Ceinturion CC BY-SA 3.0A one-day ticket to the Noah’s ark replica costs between $15 and $48. Ark Encounter has claimed attendance of at least 1 million visitors a year, though that number has been disputed.Ark Encounter opened on July 7, 2016, a date (7/7) that was selected to link to the 7:7 passage in Genesis: “And Noah and his sons and his wife and his sons’ wives entered the ark to escape the waters of the flood.” Answers in Genesis, a creationist religious organization that believes God created the Earth in six days and that the world is 6,000 years old, is the force behind the building of the modern-day re-creation.Noahs ark replica in the port of Schagen, Netherlands. Photo by Ceinturion CC BY-SA 3.0While Noah is said to have taken from 55 to 75 years to build his ark, the new ark was raised in Kentucky in two years. Once it was constructed, Noah herded the world’s animals, two by two, into his vessel. There are no live animals in the ark in Kentucky, but lots of models for visitors to see.Related Article: Titanic II to Set Sail in 2022 Retracing the Original RouteThe ark, which cost a rumored $100 million to build, has been the subject of controversy all along. Answers in Genesis was awarded a tax break by the state, which led to cries of separation of church and state and ensuing legal fuss.Nancy Bilyeau, a former staff editor at Entertainment Weekly, Rolling Stone, and InStyle, has written a trilogy of historical thrillers for Touchstone Books. Her new book, The Blue, is a spy story set in the 18th-century porcelain world. For more information, go to www.nancybilyeau.com
March 5, 2014 2 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Image credit: Who Is Hosting This Register Now » Bitcoin is a fickle thing. As one U.S. Senator recently admitted, it confuses “the heck out of us.” If you still don’t quite fully “get it,” you’re far from alone.Ok, so by now most people — fine, maybe only a few — understand that Bitcoin is virtual cash that’s generated (“mined”) by computers, lives on the internet and is used to purchase real and digital stuff online and in person.But where exactly did it come from and why is it suddenly in the news so often? Is Bitcoin really the future of money? If so, what can you buy with it right now?Related: Bitcoin: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly Bitcoin users can purchase thousands of legal items on the straight and narrow with the controversial cryptocurrency, like tickets to a Sacramento Kings Game, fresh beef in Australia or even tuition for the University of Nicosia. And before the takedown of Silk Road, people reportedly swapped bitcoins for countless shady illegal goods, including dime bags of weed, stolen guns, forged documents and possibly even hitman services. Creepy, right?The more we know about the curious currency, the weirder it gets.For an entertaining yet educational eyeful of just how bizarre the Bitcoin story is, from its mysterious beginnings to its rise as a kind of, almost, on the brink of mainstream currency around the globe today, take a look at the revealing infographic below from WhoIsHostingThis.com.Click to Enlarge+ Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box.
Hear from Polar Explorers, ultra marathoners, authors, artists and a range of other unique personalities to better understand the traits that make excellence possible. How Success Happens This story originally appeared on TechnoBuffalo With the launch of Apple Music looming, Google is calling attention to its own (excellent) streaming service. The search giant on Tuesday said it’s adding a free component to Google Play Music—something that’s very important when trying to improve adoption numbers. Giving potential subscribers a taste is a smart move on Google’s part, especially with Apple Music on the horizon.Google’s ad-supported formula is a little different than something like, say, Spotify. Rather than giving users access to an ad-supported on-demand service, Google Play Music will offer curated playlists, a component Google introduced late last year. Not only will this option give music lovers a way to enjoy what Google Play Music has to offer, but it’ll showcase one of the best parts of the service.The curated playlists aspect offers up selections based on a certain mood, time of day or genre. And it’s impressive how well Google’s curation works, though some might find it limiting; users don’t quite have full control when there’s no on-demand component. That’s why it wants people to subscribe. Google says these ad-supported playlists offer more of a “lean back” experience, which is apparently what most listeners are after.In addition to being restricted to just playlists, the ad-supported side of Google Play Music only offers six skips per hour, and there’s no rewind or scrubbing through songs. You can’t even see what’s coming up next, which is a bit perplexing. If you’re a subscriber, you have full control over the experience, and can even edit, rename and save playlists for offline playback.When Apple Music launches on June 30, the Cupertino company’s service will offer three free months, which will no doubt be huge in Apple’s pursuit to be the dominant streaming provider. June 24, 2015 2 min read Listen Now