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. Citation: The Raging Windows Worm has attacked over 8.9 Million Computers (2009, January 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2009-01-raging-windows-worm-million.html Explore further (PhysOrg.com) — Last week the global internet community was hit by the Downadup worm also know as Conficker, or Kido. This worm is now using multiple ways of infecting computers, including USB sticks. If someone were to take a USB memory stick from one infected computer and plug it into another, it would infect that computer and the network as well. Once a USB memory stick is infected, there is no Microsoft patch to remove the worm. This attack has been more widespread on corporate networks because companies did not have the patch installed in time. This could have been caused by any number of reasons. For instance an IT Department may have been short handed or have workload related issues preventing the patch from being installed in a timely manner. Microsoft did a good job in having home computers updated with the patch but corporate networks are still being infected. This worm is very sophisticated because it exploits multiple secure flaws in Microsoft’s Windows OS’s. The worm starts by injecting itself into one of Microsoft’s common system process, services.exe. From there it creates a new random five letter DLL file in the Windows system folder. The Windows registry is then edited to make reference to the DLL file and runs when the computer is restarted.Once the worm is in the computer system, it creates an HTTP server and proceeds to download malware from the hacker’s websites. System restore has been wiped clean and reset on the computer making it impossible to restore your system prior to the infection. Each day there are hundreds of dummy domain names being generated by an algorithm coded in the worm but only one site is the actual malware site. With this trickery employed, it makes it very difficult to find what is being installed each day.This worm spreads mainly through corporate networks. An infected computer will scan the network for other computers and gain access through the Windows secure flaw. Even though a password is needed to gain access to other computers, it will guess short passwords by brute force method thereby gaining access to those computers.The only way to stop this worm is by applying Microsoft’s patch MS08-067 before computer networks get infected.© 2009 PhysOrg.com Headless Conficker worm lives in computers
Explore further 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. Big Bang simulated in metamaterial shows time travel is impossible Spacetime analogs is an emerging field of physics in which scientists investigate systems having mathematical links with general relativity, and test their theories about the early behavior of the universe. The latest in a series of such experiments is one that uses spacetime analogs to model the end of time theory, dubbed the “Big Crunch,” at which the universe is predicted to contract and eventually collapse into a black hole. Citation: Metamaterials used to mimic the Big Crunch (2011, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2011-07-metamaterials-mimic-big-crunch.html © 2010 PhysOrg.com More information: Hyperbolic metamaterial interfaces: Hawking radiation from Rindler horizons and the “end of time” arxiv.org/abs/1107.4053 An example of a spacetime analog is the behaviour of light in electromagnetic space, which is mathematically analogous to its behavior in spacetime. Recent developments have enabled scientists to use metamaterials to manipulate electromagnetic space and create electromagnetic analogs to the multiverse, quantum foam and the big bang.Now University of Maryland visiting research scientist Igor Smolyaninov and colleagues have developed an experiment using metamaterials to model the end of time.Metamaterials can be manipulated and forced to behave as various analogs, such as a system with two dimensions of space and one of time, or one with one dimension of space and two of time. The experiments designed by Smolyaninov and colleagues used a metamaterial comprising stripes of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), which were deposited on a gold film.Laser light traveling through the metamaterial is described by mathematical equations that are used to describe space and time. In the gold film the movement of photon-electron waves (plasmons) followed the equations representing a universe with two space dimensions and one time dimension, but in the metamerial they followed the equations of a universe with one space dimension and two time dimensions In the “end of time” experiment the photons became very hot, experiencing a sudden rise in energy and frequency, described as a “higher harmonic generation.”Smolyaninov analyzed what happened when the metamerial was placed at various orientations to the gold and discovered that if they were placed end on, with a space dimension perpendicular to a time dimension, time stops, which is essentially a simulation of “end of time”. When the metamaterial boundary is perpendicular to the “space-like direction” the scientists observed a Rindler horizon, which produces Hawking radiation. If it is perpendicular to the “time-like direction” time ends. The electromagnetic field diverges at the interface between the two materials.The experiment is described in the July 20 edition of arXiv, the physics preprint journal. Future experiments planned include adding quantum dot semiconductors to a metamaterial to allow the researchers to simulate the center of a black hole and look for an analog for Hawking radiation, predicted to exist at the edge of black holes.
A solar flare. Image: NASA More information: Superflares on solar-type stars, Nature (2012) doi:10.1038/nature11063Solar flares are caused by the sudden release of magnetic energy stored near sunspots. They release 1029 to 1032 ergs of energy on a timescale of hours. Similar flares have been observed on many stars, with larger ‘superflares’ seen on a variety of stars, some of which are rapidly rotating4, 5 and some of which are of ordinary solar type. The small number of superflares observed on solar-type stars has hitherto precluded a detailed study of them. Here we report observations of 365 superflares, including some from slowly rotating solar-type stars, from about 83,000 stars observed over 120 days. Quasi-periodic brightness modulations observed in the solar-type stars suggest that they have much larger starspots than does the Sun. The maximum energy of the flare is not correlated with the stellar rotation period, but the data suggest that superflares occur more frequently on rapidly rotating stars. It has been proposed that hot Jupiters may be important in the generation of superflares on solar-type stars, but none have been discovered around the stars that we have studied, indicating that hot Jupiters associated with superflares are rare. Journal information: Nature Explore further Some giant planets in other systems most likely to be alone 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. Citation: Kepler satellite telescope reveals hundreds of superflares on distant stars (2012, May 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-05-kepler-satellite-telescope-reveals-hundreds.html Scientists have known about superflares for some time, though little is actually known about them. Nonetheless, over the past several years a near consensus had been reached regarding the reasons for their occurrence. Most in the field agreed that they were caused by interactions with what are known as “hot Jupiters,” huge planets in close proximity to the star. This new study undermines that theory; out of 365 superflares spotted occurring with 148 stars, not one of them had a hot Jupiter nearby. Because of this, astrophysicists are once again in the dark and must now go back and rethink the possibilities. Some have already suggested that instead of a hot Jupiter, perhaps there is a hot Earth situation occurring, i.e. a more distant cooler planet interacting with the star. Unfortunately, such an interaction would be far more difficult to observe because such planets wouldn’t change the amount of light observed by Kepler as would hot Jupiters when they pass between our planet and their star.The team also found that superflares occur more often with faster spinning stars; of the 365 superflares observed, only 101 occurred with slow rotating stars. They also found that stars that gave rise to superflares almost always had large sunspots as well. For these reasons, and because there is no evidence of such a large flare over the past 2000 years, the team doesn’t believe our own sun is capable of producing such large flares, which is good, because just one blast would destroy our ozone layer, making our planet uninhabitable in short order.Scientists believe that flares from our sun come about when magnetic field lines that are connected to magnetically active parts on the sun, which we observe as sun spots, snap like a cut wire, sending electrically charged particles into space. Unfortunately, the same model doesn’t appear to hold for superflares because of the differences in scale. Thus, more research will need to be done to see if other models or theories can be built to help better explain this mysterious phenomenon. (Phys.org) — Here on Earth we are occasionally concerned about solar flares due to the impact they can have on our electrical systems. But our solar flares are puny when compared to so-called superflares that occur with other stars. A new research study by a team from Japan’s Kyoto University has found after studying one patch of sky over a 120 day period in 1990 using data from the Kepler telescope, that superflares are rather common, and as they describe in their paper published in the journal Nature, some are a billion times as powerful as those that occur with our own sun. © 2012 Phys.Org
Research shows slight decline in big game antler, horn size Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Trophy hunters target animals with particular body traits, such as a large body or a distinctive color. If this trait is heritable, hunting can remove animals with these traits from the gene pool, resulting in negative selection. For example, if animals inherit body size, and hunters seek out larger animals, then smaller animals will tend to live longer and be more likely to reproduce than larger animals, causing the percentage of large animals in the population to decrease.Earlier studies have shown that the average horn size of bighorn rams in trophy-hunted populations in Alberta and British Columbia has decreased over the past several decades. Trophy hunters prefer rams with the largest horns, particularly 4/5 degree curled horns. Some scientists have suggested that by hunting larger-horned rams but leaving smaller-horned rams alone, trophy hunters have encouraged evolutionary selection for small horns. Traill and his team wanted to see if trophy hunting really was creating an evolutionary response. To do this, they designed a mathematical model to show whether inheritance has a strong effect on body mass in Alberta’s Ram Mountain bighorn population. They studied body mass instead of horn size because there’s a strong correlation between the two, and they didn’t have enough field data on horn size to create a useful model.The researchers examined what would happen to body mass within the population if they increased the mortality rates of adult and senescent males weighing more than 100 kilograms. They found that decreasing the number of large adult males who lived long enough to reproduce had only a weak effect on inheritance.However, the model showed that there was a stronger effect on average body mass among older males and a shift in the sex ratio toward females. This suggests that while trophy hunting does not have a significant evolutionary effect, by removing larger males from the population, it causes average body mass – and therefore, average horn size – to decrease.The team suggests that regulators take such models into account when developing rules to promote conservation. Explore further 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. This Bighorn was seen just below the summit of Mt. Wheeler in New Mexico. Credit: Jwanamaker/Wikipedia Citation: Is trophy hunting affecting bighorn sheep evolution? Research says no (2014, August 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-trophy-affecting-bighorn-sheep-evolution.html More information: Demography, not inheritance, drives phenotypic change in hunted bighorn sheep, Lochran W. Traill, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1407508111AbstractSelective harvest, such as trophy hunting, can shift the distribution of a quantitative character such as body size. If the targeted character is heritable, then there will be an evolutionary response to selection, and where the trait is not, then any response will be plastic or demographic. Identifying the relative contributions of these different mechanisms is a major challenge in wildlife conservation. New mathematical approaches can provide insight not previously available. Here we develop a size- and age-based two-sex integral projection model based on individual-based data from a long-term study of hunted bighorn sheep (Ovis canadensis) at Ram Mountain, Canada. We simulate the effect of trophy hunting on body size and find that the inheritance of body mass is weak and that any perceived decline in body mass of the bighorn population is largely attributable to demographic change and environmental factors. To our knowledge, this work provides the first use of two-sex integral projection models to investigate the potential eco-evolutionary consequences of selective harvest. © 2014 Phys.org (Phys.org) —Trophy hunters prize the Alberta bighorn sheep. They aim to adorn their walls with the largest rams’ horns they can obtain. In the past thirty years, average horn size has decreased, causing some scientists to believe trophy hunting is creating evolutionary pressure favoring rams with smaller horns. However, Lochran Traill and colleagues have created a model that simulates selective hunting and found it does not create a strong evolutionary response. The research appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
Food in Athens with some complicated names for dishes may sound Greek! But even a die-hard Indian-food buff, wanting dal-vegetable-roti-rice on the plate each day, will find the fare in Greece quite welcome.To sum up Greek food, it is all about fresh, seasonal vegetables, extra virgin olive oil, yoghurt, salads, non-processed cheese, a fair dose of exotic herbs and condiments, daily catch of seafood and meats of every kind. Melizanosalata may not be a name that one can come to terms with right away. But this popular dish is made of a coarse puree of grilled or smoked eggplant, with olive oil, onions, tomatoes, garlic and herbs. Does it not remind you of our own bharta? It tastes as well. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Imam Baildi, again with eggplant onion, chopped garlic and tomatoes as main ingredients, literally means the Turkish holy man fainted – perhaps because it was so good, he gorged a bit too much on it.Then you have Tzatziki which is yoghurt blended with cucumber, garlic, dill, little oil and vinegar. Only that the Greek make their version of the raita – or dips – slightly thicker and creamier. It’s a good accompaniment for meze, which are small dishes, hot or cold, spicy or savoury, and grilled, baked fried, or boiled. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘We eat everything. And when I mean everything, I mean every thing,’ said Stephanos, an art collector and gourmet-chef, also a tour guide by passion. ‘It is equally fun to wash it down with some Ouzo,’ he added, with a glint in his eyes, referring to the potent, traditional alcoholic drink flavoured with aniseed (saunf) that turns white and cloudy when water is added to dilute it.Greece, or the Hellenic Republic has many legends. Among them Archestratos, a Greek, is said to have written the first cookbook around 320 B.C. It also has a tradition of gourmet cooking, dating 4,000-5,000 years. Like cooking, Greece also has a long tradition of eating out. Tavernas are eating joints that are a bit more elaborate than our dhabas. Estiatorios are traditional upmarket restaurants. When you go to a traditional Greek restaurant, the starters are usually already laid out and will have most of these and more, including Keftedas – small fried balls of meat or vegetables and a favourite of Greek people. Like our koftas sans gravy.There is also sometimes roundels of egg plant the way you make baigun bhaja in the western quarters of India; only that Greeks let the vegetable taste its own, then spice it up slightly with turmeric or other condiments.One difference is that many dishes, the starters at least, are served cold, unlike the preference for hot in India.
The Singapore Armed Forces (SAF) on Sunday officially ended its deployment in the multinational search operation for the AirAsia plane, which crashed in the Java Sea December 28, with 162 people on board, the SAF said in a press release. The Singapore Navy ship MV Swift Rescue, which found the fuselage of the ill-fated plane, returned to the Changi Naval Base Sunday morning, citing the SAF.Singapore’s Minister for Defence Ng Eng Hen along with senior SAF officers, received MV Swift Rescue at the naval base, and a minute of silence was observed for the victims of the accident. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenNg praised the contributions of those who took part in the search operation. “Our SAF servicemen and women gave their best efforts for the search operations,” he said, adding that “their efforts helped bring closure to the families of the victims and provide answers to the cause of the accident.” The cockpit voice recorder, a part of the black box of the crashed plane, was retrieved on Tuesday from the Java sea floor and the main section of the fuselage of the aircraft was located on Wednesday. Rescue teams have so far recovered 48 bodies out of the 162 people who were aboard the aircraft. The return of MV Swift Rescue marked the end of SAF’s deployment.
American Centre, Motion Picture distribution association, India in collaboration with Cinedarbaar will be organizing a three day Black History Month Film Festival on the 5, 6 and 7 February at the American Center, in the Capital. The festival will show six films docu-fiction that highlights the issues of civil rights, African American citizens and their fight for justice. Beloved starring Oprah Winfrey based on a novel will begin the festival. The film is set after the American Civil war and centers on a former slave and her experiences. The second day of the festival will show films like The Rosa Parks Story by Julie Dash which shares experiences of the life of Rosa Park and her actions in civil rights followed by Talk to Me is a biographical film about a radio personality Petey Greene who was also a community activist in the 1960s. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The festival comes to an end with three contemporary films- 42 is a biographical sports film about baseball player Jackie Robinson who became the first African- American Player, Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom , again a biographical film on South African President. The closing film of the festival is the historical drama and a critically acclaimed film directed by Steven Mc Queen 12 years a Slave.The theme of the festival brings forth the observance of Black History month which is an annual celebration of achievements by black Americans. Black History month owes its origins to Carter G. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWoodsen who started the celebration of Negro History week in February since it coincided with birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass (Social reformer). The festival will discuss such details; highlight the history, contemporary issues through sessions organized before the film screening by American Officials. Quiz on civil rights and black history month will be organized based on the films screened for the audience to win exciting prizes sponsored by the American Centre. Come and explore the dramas, docu fictions and take away the knowledge about the black history month by attending the interactive sessions and win exciting prizes. The entry to the festival is free and open for general public.When : January 5 to 7Where : American Centre
Kolkata: A preparatory meeting for the Bengal Global Business Summit (BGBS) 2019 was held on Monday.In 2019, BGBS is scheduled to be held on February 7 and 8. There were discussions on various aspects of the business summit at the meeting held at Nabanna Sabhaghar, in which senior officials of the Industry department were present.Sources said that the preparation for the summit starts a few months before it is scheduled to take place. It was in 2015 when the summit was organised for the first time and the venue of the mega event was Milan Mela ground till 2017. In 2018, the business summit was organised for the first time at Biswa Bangla Convention Centre. In 2019 also, BGBS will be organised at the same venue. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeRepresentatives of many countries attend the summit. More than 4,000 delegates from different parts of India and 32 countries were present in the summit. Japan, Germany, Italy, Poland, Republic of Korea, France, Czech Republic, UK and UAE were the Partner Countries. There were delegations from Europe, America and Asia as well.Every year, there used to be a road show at different places for promotion of the business summit. Sources said that there were discussions to identify the places where road shows will be organised for BGBS 2019 and to determine if they will take place abroad as well.It may be mentioned that there are several aspects that need to be looked after, to ensure successful completion of the summit and many departments of the state government work together to organise the same. It has been learnt that there was also discussions about better coordination between all the concerned departments. There will be many more meetings to finalise all the issues related to BGBS 2019, said an official.
Kolkata: Those who could not make it to the theme-based Puja pandals in the city will get a second chance to witness some during Jagadhatri Puja.A number of theme-based pandals in the city that have witnessed a staggering footfall during the Puja days is all slated to live a second life on Jagadhatri Puja at Chandannagore, Hooghly. All the four innovative themes churned out by artist Gouranga Kuila for Tridhara Akalbodhan, Mudiali Club, New Alipore Buroshibtala and Barisha Sarbojonin have bagged takers from four Jagadharti Puja committees at Chandannagore. “It is indeed a proud moment that the art décor at the pandals that have received so much appreciation will continue to attract Puja revellers during Jagadhatri puja as well. The sea of humanity that descended at the pandals right from the day of Chaturthi is the reward for the hard work that has been put in,” Kuila said. It may be mentioned that Tridhara Akalbodhan near Deshapriya Park had tried to revive the lost artisanal traditions of Bengal through theme — ‘Prakriti Ratan e Shajabo Jotone’ with an aim to acquaint generation Y with the of art of clay and jute works. The Mudiali Club has created a unique blend of dokra with Banglar Patachitra through its theme ‘Mayer Aanchal’. Tridhara pandal will be on display at Niyogibagan Puja, while Mudiali will be for Char Mandir Tala at Chandannagore. The Barisha Sarbojonin in Behala that drew attention by portraying the life of the Jarowa tribes of Andaman will live a second life at Chandnangaore’s Palpara. Buroshibtala which, through its theme Bangashur Badh, heralded a new morning free from communal tension at a time when there is fear of communal riots looming large in the country will again come alive at a pandal in Mankundu, Hooghly. Among the major crowd pullers in South, Kashi Bose Lane that based its theme on ‘Balcony’ will be on display at a Kali Puja in Kamarhati followed by Jagadhatri Puja at Chandannagore. Theme maker Sanatan Dinda said: “The greatest reward for an artist is to have appreciation from more and more people. It is an inspiration for an artist to work towards excellence.” A number of other Puja committees like Dum Dum Park Tarun Dal, Hindustan Park in Gariahat, Chakraberia Sarboninin in Bhowanipore are also in talks with Jagadhatri puja committees at Chandanngore.
Kolkata: An aircraft of Biman Bangladesh suffered a bird hit at Kolkata Airport while landing at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport on Monday morning. As no major damage could be traced, the flight took off for Dhaka around 12 pm.According to the sources, on Monday morning, around 10:30 am, an aircraft of Biman Bangladesh coming from Dhaka was about to land at NSCBI Airport. After the landing gear was opened, the pilot felt a hit below the front door of the aircraft. Immediately, the Air Traffic Control (ATC) Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifewas informed. Upon receiving the information, the ATC officials arranged for an immediate landing of the aircraft. Emergency measures were taken. Around 10:30 am the flight landed safely and the passengers were evacuated. There were 162 passengers and seven crew members on board. The aircraft was declared grounded immediately. Later, the engineers checked with the aircraft for damages. As no major damage could not be identified, the flight was given the clearance to take off. The aircraft then took off from Kolkata for Dhaka around 12 pm. Significantly, the number of bird hit incidents are increasing in Kolkata as garbage is being dumped in the adjacent areas. In several occasions, the Airport Authority met with the civic bodies requesting removal of garbage from the area. Though municipalities and corporation in the adjacent areas of NSCBI Airport strictly ordered residents not to dump garbage, no one bothers.
At the IIC, you can be rooted or you can transport into a magical realm of novel stories by the talented designer turned artist Bakula Nayak, who has her solo exhibition until August 28.Old paper, decadent sepia-toned stunners become backdrops for a series of stories with birds an animals and mushrooms and shrubs and bushes and plants and flamingoes. Bubbling with wit and romance and conversations that wind in and out here is a show that can wrap you in its narrative. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn an interview, Bakula said: “I realised that it’s my imagination about what I could do with it, that excites me – rather than the paper itself. To me, old sheets of paper are my canvas and I can visualise all kinds of stories that others can’t. It’s a glimpse into somebody’s world.””I’m not an illustrator who knows how to tell a story, I’m a storyteller who knows how to draw,” he further added.’Draw’ is just an understatement, here are meticulous moorings, minimal and maximal, full of a contoured dexterity rarely seen in today’s world where art students do not want to draw. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveBakula’s tensile and intricate pen and ink drawings and illustrations, jam-packed with witty, delightful and queerly curious characters just tumble out – there are birds with hats, penguins that dive, fish that wear pirate eye-patches, friendly cats who dine with fish, and snails that pile on top of one another in gay abandon.Bakula’s works are both full of vintage vitality sometimes traditional sometimes contemporary. But absolutely out of the ordinary and at the same time ageless and unique for their treatment and tale bearing affinities. At the heart of Bakula’s work are her – romantic inclinations and her love affair with all things antique.You can sense that she has hung around hrift shops, antique stores and lived in the West. She knows how to sniff out old magic stifled in everyday elements and with a few leaves and flowers and shrubs and a few creatures threw in elevates the mundane into delightful, dreamy and illusion incantations through her art.Her collection of 3,000-odd papers include legal documents from pre-independence princely kingdoms in India, music sheets from across the world dating to the 1920s, old maps of India and America and unusual notes like a love letter written on the letterhead of the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).Her love for old paper and old things belonging to yesteryear come to fore – some objects belong to personal history, when she says: “An example is when my father worked with Dr Abdul Kalam and they were at the Thumba Rocket Launching Station. He wrote a letter to my mother on one of the documents saying how bad the food is there and how he learned to make the custard, which is all he was making for dinner. The rocket painting was my first.”Bakula’s friends hand over old forgotten worn out things to her. “I bring out hidden stories that have been alive for over a 100 years now. I feel like I am the keeper of memories,” she says.
With the aim of providing luxurious living and once in a lifetime experience to pilgrims visiting Maha Kumbh in 2019, the UPSTDC (Uttar Pradesh State Tourism Development Corporation) and Hitkari productions and creations (a company specialising in high-end events) in association with Davik consummate services, have introduced ‘Indraprastham – city of eternity’, first time in the history of Kumbh Mela.The eternal tent city will offer privacy and convenience for individuals, families, and small groups visiting Kumbh 2019. The official website of this experience-driven entity, which will facilitate the bookings of the tents and villas for the travellers – www.kumbhtentcity.com, was launched today during an event held at Renaissance Hotel, Lucknow. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfUnder the aegis of ‘Indraprastham – city of eternity’, the tourists will get to choose across a range of spacious and luxurious tents and villas categorised as Atri (deluxe), Angirasa (super deluxe), and Gautama (suite), the rental costs of these tents starts from ₹10,000 per day.Launching the official website for booking, Rita Bahuguna Joshi,Tourism Minister, Uttar Pradesh said, “Kumbh is more than just a heritage event; it is a part of an extensive society that reflects the glory of our nation’s ancient values and Sanatana Dharma.There is a massive footfall of tourists and pilgrims in our state every time Kumbh is organised. In 2019 as well as in the consecutive years to come, we are hoping to provide a better and advanced experience for the visitors, and will put in best efforts to ensure convenience and safety for everyone.” Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveUnveiling the prototype of the tent Awanish Kumar Awasthi, IAS Addl, Chief Secretary and DG, Tourism,Government of Uttar Pradesh said, “With the roll-out of this initiative, expectations areskyrocketing as Kumbh evolves into a truly global event. We are hopeful that this auspicious extravaganza will have a positive impact on the overall tourism scenario of our state. The state government expects a massive footfall of 15 crorepilgrims this time in Kumbh 2019. The representatives of Hitkari productions and Davik consummate services said, “The construction of the tent city shall begin next month onwards, and the bookings for the same have already started. Facilities like separate help desk for foreign nationals; restaurants with daily buffet; fully wi-fi enabled campsites; CCTV surveillance, will be offered.””The core idea is to indulge the visitors in an experience that would be cherished for a lifetime,” they added.
Kolkata: Pradip Majumdar, Advisor to Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Agriculture & Allied Sectors, said on Tuesday that the Central procurement system should procure more from the state through Food Corporation of India (FCI), for farmers to get optimum benefit.”Policy-wise Bengal remains adept in maximising welfare for farmers, through crop diversification, Bangla Shashya Bima Yojana (fully borne by the state government) and Bangla Sech Yojana for micro irrigation practices. However, the Central procurement system should procure more from the state through FCI for farmers to get the optimum benefit,” Majumdar said at the Bengal Rice Conclave, organised by Indian Chamber of Commerce. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to Majumdar, land usage is very high in Bengal and the state contributes to around 5 percent of global rice production, higher than the U.S, Latin America and Africa taken together. “In a surplus situation like this, it is important to look at commercially gainful disposal methods of rice, so as to maximise the benefits for paddy growers,” he added. He further said that the state encourages crop diversification, which is the cultivation of crops other than paddy such as oilseeds, pulses, maize etc. in those lands which are less conducive to rice production, to ultimately cater to the greater good of the farmers. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe focused deliberations in the conference primarily centered around the rice production of the state, procurement process of paddy across the state, mandi and market linkage in paddy sector in Bengal at district and village levels, marketing, branding, storage and supply of the rice to processors, rice millers, traders, retailers and exporters across the value chain. Experts opined that water efficient varieties of rice should be cultivated with use of technology for better cultivation amid water shortage.
As Buddhism spread across Asian countries over the past centuries, various forms of Buddhist schools and teachings emerged as the religion came into contact with many local cultures. Some Buddhist monks observed that all life is sacred, and their school taught followers to move around the temple with the utmost caution, that they should not even by accident squash an ant or any other tiny insect. Other schools and teachings have, however, adopted fairly bizarre beliefs and practices, like learning how to self-mummify in order to achieve an advanced level of enlightenment. This did not produce your typical mummy such as those embalmed in ancient Egypt. Self-mummifying was attempted, most notably in the Japanese Yamagata Prefecture in the north of the country, starting in the 11th century and lasting until the 19th century, when the Japanese government ruled this was a form of assisted suicide. But there were still devotees of the process who self-mummified, even after there was an active decree against that.The obscure practice first saw the light of day thanks to a monk known as Kūkai, the founder of the Buddhist Shingon school during the early 9th century. This was an esoteric school, more or less. Two centuries after Kūkai died, his hagiography surfaced and said that he had not passed away but rather entombed himself in a special meditative state. Upon his reemergence, millions of years in the future, he would help others ascend into the state of nirvana, the hagiography reportedly claimed.Yamagata Shingon monks are today counted among the ones who most frequently attempted to become living Buddhas, in their own flesh. The monks subjected themselves to severity before entering the meditative state in their tombs, where their lives ceased and some of them turned into mummies–Sokushinbutsu.Luang Phor Daeng Payasilo, the mumified monk, at Wat Khunaram, Ko Samui, southern Thailand. Photo:Per Meistrup CC BY-SA 3.0Before they were to self-mummify, there were steps to take and cycles to fulfill. For instance, in the beginning, each devotee followed a rigid raw diet to prepare the body for the process. The first special eating ritual lasted for a thousand days and was followed by another cycle of a thousand days, all designed to dehydrate the body and, more importantly, to eliminate all bacteria and maggots that feast in our remains as we decompose after death.The Buddhist monks did not see this process as anything like suicide, rather they saw it as the pathway to ultimate enlightenment. If they were to achieve the Sokushinbutsu form after the preparation stages, if their corpse was found intact a thousand days after their death, this meant that the spiritual quest had been accomplished.So, the preparation began with a limited diet in which monks were allowed only water, fruits, nuts, and seeds that were collected in the forests and mountains. Such a raw diet choice helped the body lose bulk and muscle. In the next phase of the preparation, they proceeded with consuming things like roots and bark from pine trees. A tea made from urushi, the toxic sap of lacquer tree, was also consumed. Take a closer look with this video:The tea especially helped cleanse the body’s internal organs of any parasites, to prevent the disintegration of the corpse as the time approached. When the preparation process was completed, the monks placed themselves alive into their tombs, which merely had enough room to fit them sitting in the lotus pose. In the tombs, the monk had a tube that allowed them to breathe, plus a bell which they rang each day to notify the temple they are still not dead. As soon as ringing halted, it was assumed the devotee had passed. People opened the tomb, removed the air tube, and sealed the site for another thousand days.After that, the graves were reopened and the monks were checked for signs of decay. Some sources claim there are about 24 “surviving” Living Buddhas, whose mummification process was confirmed a success. Others say there were many more but they were lost in the maze of time. If a mummy was found inside a tomb, it was taken out of it, dressed in lavish robes, and displayed in temples for worship. The rest of the monks whose remains had disintegrated were paid a more simple tribute; they were left entombed but were still praised for their endurance, resilience, and effort.Sokushinbutsu (mummy) of Huineng, in Shaoguan, Guangdong, China.Just a portion of the existing monk mummies can be seen in temples across Japan. And one of the most praised mummies of all is that of Shinnyokai-Shonin, who lived from 1687 until 1783. Shinnyokai subjected himself to becoming a Sokushinbutsu when he turned 96 and allegedly after 42 days of total abstinence. He rests in a lotus position and is situated in a separate shrine at the Dainichi-Boo Temple, a site associated with monks who pursued self-treatment. Shinnyokai is dressed in an embellished garment that is regularly changed during special rituals. His old garments are used to produce amulets that are then sold to visitors who come to the temple.Related Video: Mummified Cats, Scarab Beetles Discovered In Ancient Tombs near CairoThe last person to accomplish Sokushinbutsu did so after the government banned this form of brutal self-treatment in the latter years of the 19th century. It concerns a monk named Bukkai who died in 1903, and who, as he subjected himself to the enlightenment process, was called a madman by contemporaries. His remains were kept untouched until the early 1960s, when university researchers finally proceeded to inspect him, only to find them to be in an exceptionally well-preserved condition.Related story from us: The Chinese Sleeping Beauty: analyzing the best-preserved mummy ever discovered, scientists know what she ate hours before her deathToday, Sokushinbutsu is a thing of the past, but the interest in seeing one has never ceased, and visitors flock to those temples storing a mummy. Besides Japan, cases, where priests have willingly subjected themselves to mummification, have been recorded in other countries such as China and India.
The street names of Hollywood have become as famous as the movies the community is known for. While Mulholland Drive was immortalized in 2001 as the location of a surreal mystery thriller by David Lynch, the actual Drive played host to its own saga of debauchery and nightmares. In the 1970s Mulholland Drive became associated with not one, not two, but three legendary Tinseltown hellraisers: Jack Nicholson, Warren Beatty and Marlon Brando. The street was actually renamed “Bad Boy Drive” in their somewhat dubious honor.Mulholland Drive signpost.All were famous for a catalog of outrageous exploits, but the men themselves were arguably very different. Nicholson reportedly ran an open house, bought with the proceeds from the drug-fueled yet generation-defining road movie Easy Rider (1969).In a 2009 article for the Express, promoting author Richard Sellers’ book Bad Boy Drive, Nicholson’s unusual approach to housewarming was revealed, where he “spent three months walking around completely naked from dawn till sunset whether he had visitors or not.”Jack Nicholson signing autographs at a ceremony for Dennis Hopper to receive a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Photo by Angela George CC BY-SA 3.0The laid-back star had no shortage of callers, drawn to the secluded nature of the property. It was “Tucked away in a private canyon” and soon became “the epicentre of the era’s drug-soaked social scene… its owner has described it as a ‘goofy little tiny mountain cabin.’”However, the decadent vibe turned dark during a visit by director Roman Polanski in 1977. Polanski brought with him an underage model and the result was a situation where he fled the United States, following charges of rape.Roman Polanski in Paris at the lunch of the César awards nominees. Photo by Georges Biard CC BY-SA 3.0On a lighter note, Marlon Brando was known to drop by for a snack or two. It was something he found difficult in his own place, owing to the lock he’d placed on his own fridge. Brando had to be forcibly separated from food and constantly battled his cravings. When Jack went out for a stroll, Marlon went in for a bite.Marlon Brando. Photo Lou Wolf49 -Flickr CC BY-SA 2.0Unlike Nicholson with his welcoming hideaway, Brando lived in what was described as a “fortress, protected by vicious dogs and armed guards.” It was probably appropriate, as the house saw some violent behavior over the years. As with Nicholson and Beatty, Brando was a womanizer, but his romantic inclinations would sometimes produce disastrous consequences. His relationship with actress Rita Moreno being a case in point.Rita Moreno, 1963. Photo by Jac. de Nijs / Anefo – Nationaal Archief CC BY-SA 3.0 nlA 2017 Vanity Fair article quoted Moreno, who talked about her dramatic association with the master method actor. She said that “meeting him that first day sent my body temperature skyrocketing as though I had been dropped into a very hot bath… He broke my heart and came close to crushing my very spirit with his physical infidelities and, worse, with his emotional betrayals.”Cruising at night in Los Angeles it can get confusing which way to go at some of these intersections.Brando was already cheating on his first wife Anna Kashfi. When he decided to move on from Moreno however, he got more than he bargained for. The devastated actress “tried to kill herself on his doorstep,” according to the Express.Even worse was to come in the shape of a tragic homicide at the house involving two of Brando’s children, Christian and Cheyenne. Believing Cheyenne was being abused by fiancé Dag Drollet, Christian shot and killed him in 1990. The bride to be was reportedly suffering from mental health issues, and Christian claimed what happened was an accident. He received a five year sentence for manslaughter.Jack Nicholson Mulholland Drive Estate – a modest 4 BR 3 BA 3303 square foot home. He is known to jump from the second floor balcony directly into the pool, and loves to smack golf balls into the canyon below. Photo by Philip Ramey/Corbis via Getty ImagesWhereas Nicholson was comfortable in his unconventional domestic environment and Brando put up walls to keep people out, Warren Beatty was less of a homebird. He’d resided in hotels before heading to Mulholland Drive. The Express mentions that he “moved to number 13671 in the mid-Seventies to be near his pal Nicholson.”Scenes from the movie Bonnie and Clyde with Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Produced by Warner Brothers Studios. Getty ImagesThere are serial seducers and then there’s Warren Beatty. Biography.com states he “has been linked to numerous co-stars and other celebrities. He had a romance with Natalie Wood, whom he’d met while filming Splendor in the Grass.” That ended when Beatty skipped dinner with Wood to have a 3 day romp with an employee of the restaurant they were in.Biography writes he has “created a lasting legacy for his many dalliances with his leading ladies and other high-profile women.” His eventual settling down with Annette Bening, coupled with Brando’s passing, has left Nicholson the last of the so-called Bad Boy trio.Read another story from us: Glitz, Glamour and Debauchery – Inside the Legendary Chateau MarmontMulholland Drive is a less exciting place now. But listen carefully and you may hear the echoes of former triumphs and tragedies, generated by these three extraordinary individuals.
Born in 1797, what connection could an author have with the second world war? His premonition of the horrors to befall 20th century Europe are eerie to say the least. Heinrich Heine, the author in question, was born to a Jewish family in a time when antisemitic sentiments were rife among the yet-to-be unified German kingdoms.Next door, the French government chose to ignore the Damascus Affair in 1840 because it didn’t want to aggravate the Catholics nor the push forward for colonization of the Middle East, permitting antisemitism to continue to grow in Europe.Though interested in the faith on a historical level, Heine was never a particularly devout Jew. He converted to Protestantism in 1825 in order to circumvent a Prussian law that prevented Jews from occupying academic posts.Essayist, poet, and critic, Heine was popular during his lifetime in spite of (or perhaps because of) his penchant for revolutionary ideals. Though fiercely nationalistic, Heine supported liberty and equality unknown in the conservative, monarchical Germany of the time.Damascus AffairCensorship of the time had a funny rule that books under 320 pages were to be reviewed before publication. Anything larger was considered to be uninteresting to the general public and not worth the censors’ time.Heine’s publisher flouted this law by printing his clients’ work in large font, increasing the page count and bypassing the censors, but still spreading revolutionary texts. 1834 saw an end to this loophole, and as Heine refused to be censored, his work went unpublished in Germany. He had settled in France where he would remain for the rest of his life.Heine, 1829.A relative of Karl Marx, Heine would influence the writings and development of the political theories made famous by his cousin. As both were exiled in Paris, they published writings together until Marx was deported, after which their close relationship began to fade as time went on and Heine developed a distaste for Marx’s communist ideals.Karl MarxPlagued by criticism and censorship, Heine didn’t make life any easier for himself. He regularly involved himself in liberal factions at the universities he attended, held questionable and unrequited romances, and challenged 10 different people to duels throughout the years.Though regarded as a literary celebrity, his exile in Paris was also fraught with dissidence within the Young Germany group, exacerbated once again by Heine’s tendency towards provocation, culminating in his last duel in 1840, which he survived.Despite his uneven popularity, Heine is credited with writing the most widely known book of German verse, Buch der Lieder, in 1827.First page of first edition of Heine’s Buch der Lieder, 1827.He is credited with an impressively long list of publications, all of which were written in German, and many of which were set to music by admirers such as Brahms, Tchaikovsky, Schubert, and Wagner — just to name a few.Banned by the German authorities during his own lifetime, Heine’s works faced backlash again when they were posthumously banned by the Nazis in the 1930s. Censorship went beyond bans and up in flames, when in 1933 Nazi students and youth began a nationwide book burning in Berlin.Book burning, 1933.The first works attacked were those of Marx. His cousin’s would soon follow suit. Never mind an author’s actual political leanings or literary message, under the Nazi regime, Jewish authors were all censored, “regardless of subject matter.”Ominously, a character in Heine’s play Almansor (1821) declares “That was but a prelude; where they burn books, they will ultimately burn people as well.”Read another story from us: Separated at Birth – How Identical Twin Nazi and Jewish Brothers Found Each OtherOne can’t help but wonder whether or not the Nazi censors were aware of the terribly ironic scene they enacted in Opernplatz that repressive evening, or if anyone could have guessed at the tragedy to come.
“You gotta play physical. It’s the Finals. Every single second counts. Every single second. you can’t let a guy cut across the lane and not get touched. Or when you’re defending somebody. let them feel your body a little bit.”Davis looked back at his brief tenure with the Clippers, and admitted that a widely held criticism of the All-NBA point guard Chris Paul among teammates is that he dribbles way, way too much.“‘I’m Chris Paul, give me the ball. I’ll dribble, dribble dribble, dribble, dribble, dribble, dribble, dribble….dribble. Might pass if it looks good, or….I’ll shoot.’”Davis currently has a beef with the Clippers organization. He alleges they failed to disclose the severity of an ankle injury he suffered while playing for the team. After entering free agency, he discovered his ankle was broken.He was forced to sit out the past season while recovering from surgery on the ankle, and blames the Clippers for having to sit out. Advertisement When eight year NBA veteran, and NBA champion, Glenn Davis jumped in The Herd today, nobody was off limits. That included Steph Curry, the Clippers organization, and former Clipper teammate Chris Paul.When Colin asked how Steph Curry and his game would hold up if the NBA started allowing hand checking again, Big Baby was blunt in his assessment.“Steph would be tossed around like a little kid if the hand check came back. Because you got to think about it, He’s what,180 pounds.”He thinks the physical approach the Cavs took with Curry and the Warriors in Game 3 is the only approach when its win or go home.
Colin was a scorching 4-1 in Week 13 for one of his best weeks of a solid season. He’s 36-23-1 on the year, and can’t wait to keep the momentum rolling with a bunch of winners this week.Here are Colin’s Week 14 NFL plays:Vikings (-2.5) at Panthers – Colin likes Minnesota as 2.5-point road favorites against an inconsistent Carolina. The Vikings are 5-0 ATS over their last 5 games, while the Panthers are just 2-3-1 ATS over their last 6 at home. A Carolina offense that’s failed to gain 300 Yards 7 times this year will face a Minny D that just held the Falcons offense to seasons lows in Yards, Pass Yards, and 3rd Down %, on the road. It could be a long day.Once labeled a liability, Case Keenum is just the 3rd player in Vikings History to have a Passer Rating of 100 in 4 straight games, and completed all 13 passes in the 2nd Half in Atlanta. He’s the best QB in this matchup. Take the Vikings, lay the 2.5. 28-23, Minnesota. Advertisement 3. 49ers (+3) at Texans – Colin likes Jimmy G and the Niners getting a field goal on the road in Houston. 49ers are 5-2 ATS over their last 7 on the road, and Garoppolo completed over 70% of his passes in his 1st start for San Francisco. He should carve up Texans Pass D that has allowed opposing QB’s to throw for 13 TD’s, only 3 INT’s, and a Passer Rating of 107.4 in their last 6. The 49ers have averaged 126.7 Rush YPG in winning 2 of their last 3, while Houston has allowed 168.5 Rush YPG in their last 2 games (both losses).Take Jimmy G and the Niners, the field goal, and the outright win. 28-26, San Fran. 4. Titans at Cardinals (+3) – Colin likes Arizona as a home underdog against Marcus Mariota and Tennessee. The Titans are 1-4 over their last 5 on the road and 2-3 overall in their last 5, while averaging just 14.6 PPG, 248.8 YPG, and almost 3 Giveaways per game. In his last 4 road games, Mariota has 2 touchdowns, 8 picks, and a pathetic passer rating of only 62.1. Arizona has forced 6 turnovers in their last 3 games.Since the bye in Week 8, Larry Fitzgerald is averaging 10.2 Targets/PG, 7.4 Rec/PG, 76.8 YPG, 2 TD, and he could do damage against a Titans D that has allowed 7 Passing TD’s in their last 4. Take the Cardinals, the field goal, and the home win. 28-20, Arizona. 2. Bears (+5.5) at Bengals – Give Colin Mitchell Trubisky and the Bears getting 5.5 on the road against a beat-up Bengals team in his favorite pick of the week. Trubisky is coming off his career high in Passer Rating (117.2), and will face a Bengals secondary without Adam Jones (groin) and Dre Kirkpatrick (concussion), who were injured in Week 13. Safety George Iloka will also be out while serving his one game suspension for his helmet-to-helmet hit on Antonio Brown.Look for Trubisky to manage the game and for the Bears’ 12th ranked rushing offense to pound it it on the ground against Cincy’s 28th ranked Rushing Defense. Take the Bears the 5.5, and the upset. 24-23, Chicago. 5. Redskins (+6) at Chargers – Colin has been talking up the Chargers lately, but he likes Washington getting 6 on the road at the NFL’s best soccer stadium. The Redskins are 12-5 ATS over their last 17 on the road, while the Chargers are 2-8 ATS over their last 10 at “home.”Kirk Cousins’ 105.1 road Passer Rating is the 5th best in the NFL, and he leads the league in 25-yard + completions (33). L.A. just allowed 5 25-Yd+ Completions to the pathetic Browns last week. Cousins will keep it close enough to cover getting 6, but the Chargers win a close one, 27-26.? Blazin’ 5 is 36-23-1 through Week 13 ?@ColinCowherd makes his Week 14 picks? and they’re ? pic.twitter.com/igWrz9muyh— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 8, 2017
Watch Colin explain why Sixers fans should still be excited about the future, even if the Boston series has been a massive disappointment.“You add Paul George to Philadelphia, you’re going to vie for the title…You’ve got to feel really, really good if you’re a Sixers fan today.”@ColinCowherd on the Sixers’ bright future ahead pic.twitter.com/omhpSpTCfH— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) May 8, 2018 The Sixers avoided a sweep by winning Game 4 of their second round playoff series against Boston, and although he believes they’ll still lose the series, Colin thinks there are plenty of reasons for optimism in Philly.Despite trailing 3-1 in the series, the Sixers could easily be leading if not for late game mistakes stemming from their youth and inexperience. It’s safe to assume that Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid will improve come playoff time next season, and for years to come.In contrast, Toronto may have to blow everything up after getting swept by the Cavs in their second round series because it’s clear they just don’t have the players to seriously contend. The trajectories of the two teams are polar opposites.The most notable hole on the Philly roster is the lack of a knockdown shooter on the wing, but Colin believes they would immediately contend for a title if they could somehow land Paul George in free agency. If George chooses L.A., as reports indicate, big time free agents will still come eventually. Advertisement
Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Road-warrior entrepreneurs and wanderlust travel enthusiasts know that there is nothing worse than struggling with your luggage. A lost bag can turn a weekend getaway into an expensive headache pretty quickly.That’s why a team of self-described “group of geeks” with “a passion for travel, technology and design” have come together to raise the bar when it comes to baggage. Their Bluesmart crowdfunding campaign running on Indiegogo has raised more than $1 million, which is more than 2,000 percent of its $50,000 goal.The Bluesmart suitcase pairs with an app on your phone. You can lock the suitcase from your phone, track its location, and, thanks to a sensor in the handle, get a digital weight reading by lifting up the suitcase. Sensors inside the suitcase automatically lock the travel-on size suitcase if you part from your bag.Related: With Help From Zuck, This Campaign Just Became Indiegogo’s Most Funded Project YetThis next feature is clutch. How many times have you wandered around an airport searching for an outlet behind vending machines and in scuzzy hallway corners? An electronic charger built into the suitcase allows travelers to charge two devices at once with the Bluesmart and the suitcase charger has enough power for six smartphone charges at a time.The product also aims to be a Fitbit of sorts for your travel life. It will track your miles traveled, airports visited and time spent in each country and display it on your Bluesmart app. Synced with your digital calendar, the app will also send you travel and packing reminders.The modern-looking, blue and black suitcase has a front pouch that make for easy laptop and tablet access, making fishing out your tech gadgets in the airport security line so much less stressful.Related: 12 Facts About the Human Brain That Will Make Your Marketing More Successful (Infographic)Super early adopter rates of $195 have sold out, but for $235, a donor to the crowdfunding campaign can get a Bluesmart suitcase when they come out in August 2015. The suitcases are expected to retail at $450 or more. Its makers say they have a working prototype that has been manufactured by a third-party partner and needs the crowdfunding funds to ramp up production.The team behind Bluesmart isn’t a group of amateurs; some of its members have founded other companies, others have backgrounds in aerospace engineering and product development. The team also has a sense of humor. The crowdfunding campaign promises to make you the “coolest kid in the airport” and “the ultimate travel baller.” “Take that, James Bond,” the pitch says.Related: Indiegogo Co-Founder: When What It Means to Be a Fearless Entrepreneur ChangesHave a look at their crowdfunding campaign video, embedded below. It’s pretty hilarious. Register Now » 3 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. November 17, 2014