China Building 30Mile Bridge Connecting Hong Kong to Guangdong Province

first_img © 2009 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. The deep-water port city Zhuhai (Guangdong Province) has become a boom town for tourism, high-tech manufacturing and Macao is noted for its entertainment and gambling endeavors. The completion date of the bridge is set for 2016. The estimated cost of the project will exceed $10 billion, shared among the central government, Hong Kong and Guangdong provinces. According to the most powerful economic agency in China’s governmental structure, the National Development and Reform Commission headed by Zhang Xioqiang, “no efforts will be spared to maximize the economic benefit of the project.” Very low toll fees will be charged to encourage the general population to use the bridge. The Y shaped bridge will employ cutting edge engineering design features which include the ability to withstand up to a 8.0 magnitude earthquake, typhoons and the ability to shrug off the impact of a 300,000 ton vessel. Most remarkably is the planned longevity of the bridge which is designed to last an estimated 120-years. The main part of the sea bridge will feature an 18-mile oversea pass with a 3-3/4 mile harbor tunnel under the South China Sea. Two artificial islands will be created in the Macao and Zhuhai ports that will connect the tunnel and the bridge on the other side. Keeping in mind the aesthetics of the project, millions of dollars are allocated for landscaping, tourist roadside turnouts and preservation of the white dolphin, a natural inhabitant of the South China Sea. South China Sea Bridge. Via China Daily Explore furthercenter_img Citation: China Building 30-Mile Bridge Connecting Hong Kong to Guangdong Province (2009, December 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from China Daily reports the commencement of the 30-mile Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge, the longest sea bridge under construction world-wide. The six-lane expressway will cut travel time from three-hours to around 30-minutes to and from the densely populated and lucrative centers of manufacturing, finance and tourism located in and around Guangdong Province to Hong Kong. Is it a bird, is it a plane, no it’s a bridge!last_img read more

European team suggests new way to measure scientific relevance by city

first_img More information: — Which cities produce excellent papers worldwide more than can be expected? A new mapping approach–using Google Maps–based on statistical significance testing, Lutz Bornmann, Loet Leydesdorff, arXiv:1103.3216v2 [cs.DL]– © 2010 ( — In a move that must have been at least partly aimed at provoking prideful nationalism, Lutz Bornmann of the Max Planck Society in Munich and Loet Leydesdorff from the University of Amsterdam have put together a joint project where they were able to produce what they believe is a graphical representation of the relative importance of the science being done in major cities around the world and have published it on How to Spot an Influential Paper Based on its Citations Citation: European team suggests new way to measure scientific relevance by city (2011, March 24) retrieved 18 August 2019 from They take the basic precept that ten percent of any scientific papers produced in any city, should account for ten percent of citations regarding those papers by others in the field and then mash it onto Google Earth maps with circles representing the relative importance of the science being done there; the bigger the circle, the more work being published; colors are used to denote performance values; red for underachievers, green for over (orange if things come out even, such as is the case with Oxford, England).The results of their efforts can be seen online and are divided by physics, chemistry and psychology. Because it is a Google Maps/Earth application, users can zoom in and out and when they hover over a circle, the name of the city will be displayed. Also, clicking on a circle shows the statistics that were used to arrive at that circle’s size and color.The two authors relied on data obtained from Scopus (circa 2008) for paper publication data, and used citation data up to the beginning of 2011; they focused exclusively on just three of the sciences; physics, chemistry and psychology. Not surprisingly, their work has received some criticism due to metrics that are not so easily quantified, such as whether the language a paper is published in has any bearing on how often it’s being cited by others who prefer to cite articles who write in their native tongue. Also, the authors themselves point out in their presentation paper that their methodology doesn’t allow for actual institutions of learning to be displayed or the density of science paper writers in a city; such as where one city could for example, have a few prolific writers that get mentioned often, while other cities might have many thousands that are seldom individually mentioned.In any case, regardless of how the project is perceived, it’s clear that another step has been taken in the ever ongoing process of measuring the quality of science that is being produced; and that can’t be a bad thing. 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.last_img read more

Sabpab Trojan seeks out Mac OS X

first_img Citation: ‘Sabpab’ Trojan seeks out Mac OS X (2012, April 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from Hackers hitting Macs with virus: industry experts ( — Three compelling reasons that Mac loyalists say justify their love for Macs have been that Macs are 1) the prettiest computers around (2) ideal for any new-age brain that prefers visually rich knowledge work and (3) their systems are far safer than Windows-based PCs, which have been sneered at as malware magnets. This year, life has got Mac-Liter as now they only have to brandish two good reasons. Researchers at major security companies such as Kaspersky Lab and Sophos say that the Mac has yet another Trojan attacker, following Flashback, that can steal information from a system once infected. © 2012 Phys.Org The Sabpab Trojan represents a second round of malware targeted at users of Mac machines. The earlier Flashback, according to some reports, may have succeeded in infecting as many as 600,000 Mac systems. Flashback was designed to get installed on as many machines as possible so that its operators could profit from scams such as click fraud. Apple resolved the mess by issuing a patch while other companies offered up their own clean-up tools for detection and removal. Observers expressed concerns over how Apple was late in presenting its own tool to remove the Flashback malware, while, outside Apple, other firms had issued their free offerings.With this latest Trojan, the exploiters are able to grab screenshots from infected Macs, upload and download files, and execute commands remotely. According to reports, the malware takes advantage of the same security flaw in Java that Flashback exploited. Two unsettling features of the new malware are that this is a back-door Trojan that does not require any user interaction to infect and, according to Costin Rau, a security expert with Kaspersky, the Trojan is an advance persistent threat (APT) attack in an active stage.The definition of APT varies from one security group to another, but it is not trivial. The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) defines APT as “an adversary that possesses sophisticated levels of expertise and significant resources which allow it to create opportunities to achieve its objectives” using multiple attack vectors. Mandiant, an information security company, calls the APT a sophisticated and organized cyber attack to access and steal information from compromised computers. ”The attacks used by the APT intruders are not very different from any other intruder,” says the company; the difference is in the intruder’s perseverance and resources. “They have malicious code (malware) that circumvents common safeguards such as anti-virus and they tend to generate more activity than wanton ‘drive by hacks’ on the Internet.” The APT threat is using IP addresses that have been known to wage similar attacks on Windows users, according to Kaspersky.Sophos sources, meanwhile, say that the “Sabpab” is not believed to be as widespread as Flashback, but it is yet another wakeup call for Mac users that security is no longer a non-issue. Security on the Mac has become a key issue. 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 furtherlast_img read more

Astronomers detect glitch in a millisecond pulsar

first_imgTiming residuals for PSR J0613−0200 (purple stars: EPOS 1390 MHz green squares: AFB 1400 MHz blue triangles: AFB 600 MHz red circles: AFB 400 MHz black crosses: DR1 including earlier EBPP 1410 MHz). Credit: arXiv:1606.04098 [astro-ph.HE] Explore further More information: A glitch in the millisecond pulsar J0613-0200, arXiv:1606.04098 [astro-ph.HE] present evidence for a small glitch in the spin evolution of the millisecond pulsar J0613−0200, using the EPTA Data Release 1.0, combined with Jodrell Bank analogue filterbank TOAs recorded with the Lovell telescope and Effelsberg Pulsar Observing System TOAs. A spin frequency step of 0.82(3) nHz and frequency derivative step of −1.6(39)×10−19Hz s−1 are measured at the epoch of MJD 50888(30). After PSR B1821−24A, this is only the second glitch ever observed in a millisecond pulsar, with a fractional size in frequency of Δν/ν=2.5(1)×10−12, which is several times smaller than the previous smallest glitch. PSR J0613−0200 is used in gravitational wave searches with pulsar timing arrays, and is to date only the second such pulsar to have experienced a glitch in a combined 886 pulsar-years of observations. We find that accurately modelling the glitch does not impact the timing precision for pulsar timing array applications. We estimate that for the current set of millisecond pulsars included in the International Pulsar Timing Array, there is a probability of ∼50% that another glitch will be observed in a timing array pulsar within 10 years. Citation: Astronomers detect glitch in a millisecond pulsar (2016, June 17) retrieved 18 August 2019 from The ‘glitching’ of the Vela pulsar (—European astronomers have uncovered evidence of a small glitch in the spin of a millisecond pulsar. According to a research paper published on June 13 on, the pulsar, designated PSR J0613-0200, exhibits sudden changes in spin frequency, known as timing glitches. It is so far the smallest glitch size recorded and the second detection of a glitch in a millisecond pulsar to date. Millisecond pulsars have highly stable rotation, thus they are used as extremely precise clocks in timing experiments, and the most stable are used as probes of space-time in pulsar timing array (PTA) experiments. PSR J0613-0200 in particular, is used in gravitational wave searches with pulsar timing arrays.Recently, a team of European researchers, led by James McKee of the Jodrell Bank Centre for Astrophysics, U.K., detected the glitch in PSR J0613-0200, using data from four different telescopes across Europe. For their study, the astronomers employed the Lovell Telescope at Jodrell Bank in the U.K., the Nançay Radio Telescope in France, the Effelsberg Radio Telescope in Germany, and the Westerbork Synthesis Radio Telescope in the Netherlands.According to the scientists, the small glitch was easy to detect with a data set covering a long baseline. They noted that during a detailed analysis of the available data, the effect of the glitch was easily removed without loss of timing precision and concluded that this anomaly does not affect the timing stability of this and other pulsars studied in PTA experiments.”As the glitch is small and the red noise of the pulsar is not well-defined, it is therefore likely that potential unmodeled glitches outside the timing baseline for other PTA pulsars have no significant effect on timing array sensitivity,” the researchers wrote.The team is convinced that the observed anomaly in PSR J0613-0200 is, indeed, a glitch and rules out other possibilities, such as magnetospherically induced variations in rotation and pulse shape, or a gravitational wave burst with memory, caused by a merger of a supermassive black hole binary.”A magnetospherically induced change in pulse shape related to a change in frequency derivative was considered as an alternative [explanation]… but no significant change of the pulse profile associated with the glitch was observed,” the paper reads.When it comes to the ‘burst with memory’ theory, the researchers concluded that although the change in spin-down rate is consistent with zero, the small glitch is still relatively too large for this scenario to take this possibility into account.McKee and his team predict that for the current set of millisecond pulsars included in the PTA experiment, there is a probability of about 50 percent that another glitch will be observed in a timing array pulsar within 10 years. However, it won’t be an easy task.”For future glitches in PTA pulsars, only the pre-glitch data would be usable until sufficient time had passed for the post-glitch spin parameters to be measured, or for any post-glitch pulse profile variation to be recognized in the case of a magnetospheric variation,” they concluded.The research confirmed that glitches are very rare in millisecond pulsars. The results presented in the paper could also encourage the scientific community to conduct further studies regarding the difference between the number of glitches in millisecond pulsars and the general pulsar population. © 2016 This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Cant pay wont pay

Raising the issue of rising prices, the Sindhi Theatre along  with Sindhi Academy and  Department of Art, Culture, and Languages, Government of Delhi, will present Chukaindasi Kon!. This play is an adaptation of the Italian playwright Dario Fo’s Non Si Paga? Non Si Paga! (Can’t Pay, Won’t Pay).‘Adapting the play is not a problem. It has been translated in Hindi some 20 years back as it has universal significance,’ said the director of the play, Manohar Khushalani. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Known for taking up socially relevant issues, Manohar said: ‘It echoes the current situation that has gripped every nation–that of price rise.’‘The story is about two housewives and the growing price rise in the supermarkets,’ said the director.‘One will go for this play both for its social relevance as well as entertainment value. In this play, if you open your mouth to laugh perhaps you will also open your mind to think on contemporary issues,’ added Manohar. ‘Italian comedy theatre was always about farcical elements, but there is a hint of irony in this play,’ said Meghraj Gurnani, the translator of the play. read more

Russian way or the highway

first_imgAura is Delhi’s only speciality vodka bar offering 55 select and rare vodkas. It effuses classic Russian charm along with a comfortable ambience, perfect for unwinding after hours. The concept of Delhi’s only vodka based bar is reflected in the unique menu offerings. The chilli vodka based cocktail and the raisin infused white rum are only some of the signature cocktails which are sure to appeal to the vodka lovers in the city.  A pioneer in innovative cuisines and F&B offerings, The Claridges New Delhi has also created a unique East European and Russian flavours infused menu to compliment the vodka. Traditional Russian potato dumplings like Pelminis, Ruskies and Perogies, Caviar along with East European and Russian favourites like salmon, cured meats, pickles, etc will be on the menu at Aura.The theme is further enhanced by European lounge music making Aura the first of its kind in the Capital. The rich champagne gold interiors provide the ideal setting for pre dinner drinks and hors d’oeuvres. The hotel is home to award winning restaurants which include Sevilla, Pickwicks, Dhaba by Claridges offering a complete experience for diners.  Timings : 6pm to 1amlast_img read more

Tiger found dead in Bengal forest

first_imgKolkata: The Royal Bengal tiger, spotted on several occasions in forests of West Bengal’s Jhargram, West Midnapore and Bankura districts since early March this year, was on Friday found dead in the state’s Lalgarh forest, an official said. The big cat, which was first spotted on March 2 by a camera trapping exercise in the forest of Lalgarh, formerly a Maoist belt, had escaped several attempts by forests officials to catch it.”The tiger was found dead today (Friday). The reason of the death is not yet confirmed. It could be confirmed after the autopsy,” Principal Chief Conservator of Forests, Wildlife & Chief Wildlife Warden, West Bengal, Ravi Kant Sinha told IANS. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsAccording to local people, several injury marks were found on dead tiger.”It is an unfortunate incident. Forest officials have put best efforts to catch it but they failed. It is obviously a failure. Why could it (tiger) not be captured despite several efforts made by officials?,” State Wildlife Board Member Biswajit Roychowdhury told IANS.According to him, it was an unusual situation for the tiger as the Lalgarh forest is not seen as suitable habitat for tigers given its poor prey base. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedFollowing the reports of killing of cattle, the state Forest Department installed several cameras to confirm the presence of the tiger in the forests and spotted it in one of them installed in the Lalgarh forest, which was not seen as suitable tiger habitat.Since then, several attempts were made to catch it including by laying traps in several locations in the forests and by using drones for searching in forests, but efforts went in vain. Recently, the tiger was caught in a net laid by the officials, but managed to escape.People living in the surrounding areas were terrorised by the presence of the tiger.Forest officials had earlier said that the tiger might have sneaked into the forest from Simlipal reserve in neighbouring Odisha.last_img read more

Renowned homoeopath passes away at 84

first_imgKolkata: Renowned homoeopath Prasanta Banerji passed away on Friday in a city hospital, following a cardiac arrest, sources in his family said. He was 84. The medical practioner was best known for establishing ‘The Banerji Protocol’, which has been described by his website as a method to diagnose and cure specific diseases with homoeopathy medicines.He had also founded the Prasanta Banerji Homeopathic Research Foundation.Born in Jamalpur, Bihar, on October 17, 1933, Banerji had worked as an honorary adviser to the Minister of Health and Family Welfare. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi expressed his grief over the demise of Banerji, and conveyed his heart-felt condolences to his family and associates.last_img read more

Crash diets rapid weight loss affects back

first_imgCrash diets and rapid weight loss can be harmful to your health, especially the back, says an expert.Meenakshi Sharma, Spine Specialist at Qi Spine Clinic, shares how:* Undernourished body, weak muscles: Cutting back on essential food items such as grains and fruits by following low carbohydrate diets can make you lose out on some of the vital nutrients required by the body. This type of under-nourishment affects the whole body. Muscles are not able to function properly causing them to become easily strained. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’How it affects the back: Your lower back and abdominal muscles provide a base of support for your spine, holding your body upright. The muscles of the lower back and abdomen are meant to work together to support the upper body and the spine’s alignment. As these muscles might not get the essential nutrients required, their ability to repair may become poor. At the same time the amount of time taken for these muscles to recover from injury may increase. Also the muscles fatigue early if the nutrition is not as per the requirement. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSolution: A well balanced diet including appropriate amount of protein, carbohydrates and fat should be taken. The diet depends on the body type, Body Mass Index and Basal metabolic rate. Percentage of protein, carbohydrates, and fats should be taken according to the body requirement and needs. Along with this, an exercise regime comprising aerobics and weight training should be included.  * Dehydration and spinal discs: Some of the low carbohydrate diets are meant to increase water loss in the body for quick weight reduction. If followed without proper guidance, the body can easily become dehydrated while following these diets. Major content of spinal discs are water. Dehydration could occur in the discs as well.If your body’s water content drops by as little as two percent, you will feel fatigued. If it drops by 10 percent, you will experience significant health problems, such as arthritis and back pain.How it affects the back: Our body is made up of about 70 percent of water. Weight loss that results in a significant amount of water and mineral loss contributes to decreased bone density. Weaker bones can cause spinal misalignments and result in pain. Spinal discs in the body need fluid to maintain height and their ability to absorb shock. Dehydration can lessen the fluids available to spinal discs, which could lead to speedy disc degeneration, bulging or herniation.Solution: Make sure you drink eight to 10 glasses of water daily. Dehydration is no form of weight loss. Also, it doesn’t aid in weight loss. With dehydration, you also lose many important nutrients which are required for the body and the spinal discs. *Over-exercising and back pain: In addition to crash diets, when you are over-exercising, without the correct nutrients, you are accelerating the process of bone loss and muscle loss.How it affects back: Calories are a source of energy and repair for the body. If your body is working your muscles extra hard without minimal fuel, then it becomes susceptible to strains. Not resting enough can also add to the back pain. Not to forget that the high intensity workouts lead to a lot of pressure on the spine in turn jelly i.e. the disc.Solution: Over-exercising and poor nutrition adversely affects your back and may cause back pain. One should also know the right form and extent of exercise required. Wrong forms of exercise loads the spine and could affect the discs and the muscle.last_img read more

20 passengers injured after buses collide

first_imgKolkata: At least 20 people have been injured after a bus collided head on with a truck coming from the opposite direction.The incident took place at Suri in Birbhum on early Monday morning. The incident triggered tension among the locals, some of whom took part in the rescue operation.The injured victims were all taken to the district hospital in Suri. According to the hospital sources, some of the passengers are stated to be in a serious condition. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifePolice said the accident took place near Suri bus depot. A state government-owned bus of South Bengal State Transport Corporation started its journey from the Suri bus terminus at around 4.30 am. The Salt Lake Karunamoyee bound bus was carrying around 35 passengers when the accident occurred.After locals initiated the rescue operation, police reached the spot. They took the injured passengers to the hospital. Frontal portion of both the vehicles have been damaged in the accident. The circumstantial evidence suggests that both the vehicles were running at a high speed when they collided head on.Locals heard a loud thud and rushed to the spot and passengers were shouting for help.Police suspect that the truck driver lost control over the vehicle and this resulted in the accident. The drivers of both the vehicles escaped unhurt.Police are investigating if any of the drivers had fallen asleep at the time of the incident.last_img read more

Minor beaten up by local youths

first_imgKolkata: A minor boy was badly beaten up by some local youths after they suspected him to be a thief.The incident occurred at Rampurhat in Birbhum and triggered chaos. Police said the victim, identified as Nabin Sahani, was beaten up by some local businessmen, who accused him to be a thief. Some of them alleged that the victim tried to steal money from one of the shops. The victim, a resident of a neighboring village, is a mentally retarded boy.He received severe injuries. After being informed, police rushed to the spot and rescued the victim. After conducting a probe, police came to Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeknow about the identity of the victim boy.He was taken to Rampurhat Sub-divisional hospital where he is admitted. According to the hospital sources, the victim has injuries on his body.After being informed, the victim’s mother lodged a specific complaint with the local police against the businessmen, who attacked him. On the basis the complaint, police have started a detailed probe in this regard.A senior police officer in the district assured the family members of the victim that stern action will be taken against those who will be found guilty. Locals are being interrogated in this connection. Police are investigating if there was any motive behind the incident.last_img read more

Award show for excellence

first_imgThe Awards were presented by Dr LB Singhal, Development Commissioner, Noida Special Economic Zone for outstanding Export Performance during the year 2011-12 and 2012-13. Dr. Singhal felicitated all award winners for their sincere efforts in increasing the country’s export.The DC, NSEZ presented export Awards to 18 Prominent EOUs and SEZ, in various categories comprising gem and jewellery, plastic products, electronic, computer hardware, sports goods etc. The prominent awardees included Vikas WSP, Sriganganagar (Rs. 1861.69 Cr), Moser Bear India Ltd ( Rs. 1486.64 Cr), PP Jewellers (Exports) ( Rs 446.96 Cr), Motherson Sumi Systems ( Rs 266.52 Cr), MKU Ltd (100 per cent EOUs) ( Rs 110.04 Cr) etc.   Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While addressing the participants Dr LB Singhal, Development Commissioner, Noida, appreciated the efforts of EPCES Noida region and said that EOUs and SEZs are engine of economic growth in India and contributing well in terms of employment.  He further said that two schemes for export of merchandised and services which are Merchandised export from India Scheme (MEIS) and Service Export from India Scheme (SEIS) has been announced in the Foreign Trade Policy.   Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe incentive under the two schemes MEIS and SEIS would also be available to SEZ units.  There are 27 SEZ developers under jurisdiction of zonal DC Noida.  He also mentioned that the facilities available in the SEZ scheme and SEZ developers are providing world class infrastructure in the zone. Madhup Vyas, IAS, Director SEZ complemented EOUs/SEZ units for their efforts increasing export of the country.  He further said that phase-II of the digitisation and online processing of various activities relating to SEZ developers and units has been launched and this would help in bringing transparency and accountability in official dealing and would also greatly facilitate ease of doing business in SEZ.       While welcoming RM Manroa, regional chairman, EPCES Noida, said that export has gone down for the last seven to eight months. The government departments are working hard to achieve the target of 300 billion dollars in 2015-2016. He further said that in spite of the export going down there is an increase in the IT/ITES sector.  SEZ developers have developed IT/ITES SEZ in Noida, Greater Noida, Gurgaon, Jaipur and other places by investing heavy investment in construction of built up area. He also said that UP government is setting up of electronic park in Greater Noida region to attract investment from overseas companies. Regional chairman complemented awardees for the excellent contribution in increasing export of country.last_img read more

With age sense of smell might become inferior

first_imgOld age brings with it many health problems including the loss of vision, hearing and taste, and a new study says that the ability to smell the food through the mouth decreases with age.Human beings not only pick up aromas through the nose, but also through the mouth while chewing the food. Retronasal smell, which is smelling from behind the nose comes into play when food is chewed and volatile molecules are released in the process.These then drift through the mouth to the back of the nose where the odour is detected.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’But, unfortunately, for some, this ability decreases with age, said Tyler Flaherty from Oregon State University in the US.This might be, among other reasons, because of the prolonged use of medication or physical and mental changes associated with older age, the researchers noted in the study published in the journal Chemosensory Perception. One’s ability to pick up smells through the mouth could also be influenced by, for instance, the use of dentures. The results revealed that many of the older participants found it difficult to pick out specific odours. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHowever, younger participants fared better when individual smells where presented to them in combination with other tastes. “Generally, large individual differences in odour responsiveness become even greater when ageing is considered as a factor,” Flaherty said.The team studied how people experience odours via their mouths, and whether age or gender has an influence on it. They included 102 non-smoking healthy people aged between 18 -72 years old participants in the study.The researchers then rated how intensely they pick up on two tastes (sweet and salty) and four odours (strawberry, vanilla, chicken and soy sauce) put to them. Participants were also exposed to these in combinations that go well together, such as sweet and vanilla, or salty and chicken.last_img read more

This Ramzan lose sins not weight

first_imgWhen the sound of the Azan blends in the morning air and wakes us all, we take a resolution to live a new day with decorum. But in the month of Ramzan, the day begins a few hours early with sehri, when one takes an early meal before sunrise and oaths not to sip a drop of water throughout the day until sunset. Upon completion of the day’s fast, during Iftar, it is customary to feed on the best food one can afford. The season of faith, fast and all goodness comes with an added beauty — the art of culinary display. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Various fascinating dishes have been developed and invented over the generations of the Mughals and Nawabs, from which we get an extended access to delicious items this season. Though the morning sehri begins with light and nutritious foods like milk, bread, bananas and sevaiyan, Iftar welcomes some of the most desired dishes and fruits. Exquisite preparations of meat, rice and sevaiyan with a dash of rich dry fruits mix are awaited by everyone post the fast. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTo enjoy the evenings with good delicacies, one not only feasts at home but also steps out often to the finest restaurants in town to savour some of the best dishes. What other place is possibly more welcoming than Chandni Chowk and Chawri Bazaar in the national Capital when it comes to delight a gourmet? If you have had enough of tasting around in the most expensive restaurants in town, you must step in to the Jama Masjid neighbourhood without a second thought. You might be left bemused to choose from the multifarious display of magnificent gastronomy. For meat lovers, there are chicken/mutton biryanis, chicken qorma, chicken chaap, chicken tikka, mutton burra, reshmi kebabs, seekh kebabs, shami kebabs, galouti kebabs, halim, kaleji gosht, malai gosht and murgh mussalam among many others.  “The most sold item during Ramzan are chicken biryani and chicken qorma, people just love them,” explained Md Shahnawaz waving his ladle dripping with chicken qorma gravy. “The place remains crowded since the bazaar is open late till 2-3 am at night for ‘sehri’ during this time. We get customers throughout the day, but like all round the year some of the most sold items would include mutton qorma, tandoori chicken and mutton burra,” said Sohail, owner of one of the famous restaurants in the Jama Masjid neighbourhood.Those who wish to choose vegetarian food will also be delighted to know about some beautiful dishes like shahi paneer, malai kofta, paneer tikka, sheermaal among many others awaiting to be dug upon. Snacks are a favourite round the year; hence with samosas and various pakodas you may as well light up your taste buds. “Keeme ka samosa and paneer jalebi are our speciality during the month of Ramzan,” said a halwai at a sweetmeat shop in Chawri Bazar.How’s a meal complete without a dash of sweetness? Now, here’s the vast range of mouthwatering desserts — phirni, kheer, sevaiyan, mango shrikhand, gulab jamun and jalebi. “There’s no hard and fast rule for one to feed on any particular kind of food. It is said that when Ramzan was started by Prophet Mohammad in Arabia, dates were found in abundance there, hence there is a custom of having dates during Ramzan. Based on the area, people can eat accordingly. At home we usually eat various pakode, choora, chana and chicken. During Iftar it is important to drink something to quench one’s thirst and gain energy at the end of the day, so we drink Rooh Afza or any other sweetened drink,” explained Sagheer Ahmed.With a few more days left of the holy month, do try to explore the various possible dishes from the food-hub of the city and help yourselves create an aromatic and delicious memory.last_img read more

For those with a sweet tooth

first_imgEatTreat, a pan-India community of food lovers, is launching EatTreat Shoppe, an online marketplace for high quality desserts, where some of the best bakers in Delhi have come together to provide their patrons with the best gourmet cakes, cookies and everything sweet. EatTreat serves as a platform for small businesses and home-sellers, who aren’t traditionally available online, and a space where one can get the gooiest and most scrumptious desserts. Customers can place online orders for customisable treats with the press of a button. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe website will constantly bring you recommendations from the community and influencers, and focus entirely on quality experiences and desserts that you will have a hard time sharing with anyone. EatTreat has associated with 30 unique home bakers so far, each showcasing a flurry of their products – bringing you delights from the likes of the renowned Georgia Dakota, Baked Loved by Vatsala, Sinful Bites and a lot of modest bakeries and confectioners, who make unique cakes, alcoholic goodies and gluten-free treats.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe e-commerce platform right now is available in Delhi and further plans to expand to the entire NCR, soon followed by other cities. Additionally, EatTreat’s aim is to bring something that you haven’t sampled before – recommendations from a community delivered to your doorstep. EatTreat offers its readers and customers with information on lost recipes, best places to eat in the city, tips and tricks with fun and interactive quizzes to keep you engaged. The editor of EatTreat, Kasturi Roy says, “EatTreat is a place where you will find your favourite home-baker or seller, who’s currently only operating through word of mouth, text messages or email. We at EatTreat, ensure that your gluten-free, sugarless, egg less or any other requirement is passed on to the seller, and you get exactly the experience you want.” EatTreat believes in exploring the new in food, fun things to eat in the city and delivering the best experience when it comes to gorging.last_img read more

Nusrat banks on message of love to win Basirhat seat

first_imgBasirhat: Tollywood star and Trinamool Congress candidate from Basirhat Lok Sabha seat Nusrat Jahan says she is confident that her message of love will win over the people as they do not like violence. Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee handpicked Nusrat Jahan to replace the sitting MP Idris Ali, who is one of the party’s prominent Muslim leaders. She is pitted against BJP’s Sayantan Basu, Congress’ Abdur Rahim Kazi and Communist Party of India’s Pallab Sengupta. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe 29-year-old actress says that the people have been responsive to her campaign. “I have become Nusrat Jahan, the actor because I was able to connect with my audience very well. They have welcomed me with an open heart,” said Nusrat Jahan. Spending nearly 12 hours a day campaigning in her constituency, the actor is mostly seen in sarees these days as she campaigns at the largely rural constituency, adjoining Bangladesh. Nusrat Jahan interacts with the people, hums a few lines from songs picturised on her, sometimes even has street foods like ghugni and rolls offered to her by vendors.She says she will carefully balance the roles of a Member Of Parliament and actor by being choosy with film scripts. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”Even if I do one film that would be one quality film a year,” says Nusrat Jahan, who made her silver screen debut with Raj Chakrabarty’s Shotru and has acted in around 20 films so far. Asked if her fame will get converted into votes, she says: “It is not about me, the people know that voting for any other party will not cause them any good. I am representing the party, which has worked for their good for years.” Nusrat Jahan, who once served as General Secretary of the Bhawanipur Education Society College Union, says though she was not really inclined towards politics, she has always been open to changes in life. “My biggest weapon is the development that our party has brought in West Bengal. I speak of love and humanity. I am here to bridge the gap. People of all communities love me equally,” she said. The aspiring politician is aware of the drinking water problem in the area and says her party has been trying to resolve it. With her BJP opponent recently courting controversy by asking the Central forces to shoot people in the chest if they tried to capture booths on the polling day, Nusrat Jahan said: “There is always a third party which comes and instigates. This actually breaks out into riots. Riots only cause misery to the people irrespective of whether they are Hindus or Muslims.”last_img read more

BJP workers attack TMC supporters at several places in Hooghly and Bankura

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress workers and supporters were allegedly attacked by BJP workers at several places in Hooghly and Bankura. In protest Trinamool supporters put up a road blockade at Ratanpur near Gurap in Hooghly. Later police assured to take action after which road blockade was withdrawn.From the Martyrs’s day rally which was held at Esplanade, party supremo Mamata Banerjee announced that workers will stage demonstration in those spots on Monday and ask police to take proper action against those involved in the incidents. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataOn Saturday night some miscreants who are allegedly backed by BJP vandalised five buses at Indus in Bankura. In order to reach Kolkata early in the morning, to attend Martyr’s Day meeting, Trinamool workers and supporters started their journey from Bankura late on Saturday night. Around 1 am, when the buses were passing through Rasulpur, all of a sudden some miscreants pelted stones and bricks at the bus. According to Trinamool workers when the bus was between Bagichabandh and Check Post area, miscreants from the dark areas adjacent to the Bankura-Burdwan Road pelted stone. As the windscreen was damaged, driver had to stop the bus. Within minutes other buses following the first bus were also attacked. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateFive buses were damaged due to the incident and a Trinamool worker received injury on his hand due to the attack. Trinamool leadership alleged that other than Rasulpur, BJP backed goons tried to stop Trinamool workers and supporters from going to Kolkata at Indus and Patrasayer. However BJP leadership denied the allegations. In Arambag Trinamool sorkers were allegedly attacked by BJP workers on Sunday night while they were preparing to go to Kolkata on Sunday early morning. It is alleged that on Saturday night when local Trinamool leadership at Bsantapur in Arambag hired a bus and brought the bus to its designated place from where Trinamool workers will board on Sunday morning. All of a sudden few BJP workers attacked TRinamool leaders and workers. Two Trinamool workers were injured due to the attack. Immediately police were informed. Soon police reached the spot and nabbed a BJP worker for attacking Trinamool leaders and workers. On Sunday morning when Trinamool workers were about to start for Kolkata, BJP workers allegedly again created obstruction and tried to block the way. This time huge police force led by a senior police official intervened and managed to provide safe passage to the bus. In another such incident a car coming from Bankura was attacked by BJP workers on the Durgapur Expressway near Gurap. It is alleged that Rathin Dey, president of Bankura District Lawyer’s Cell was going to Kolkata riding his SUV. When the car was passing through Gurap on Durgapur Expressway, few persons from roadside pelted stones on his SUV. As a result window glasses and windscreen of the car were damaged. Later Trinamool worker put up a road blockade protesting the alleged attacks by BJP. Later police assured to take action against the offenders following which road blockade was withdrawn. Due to this several Trinamool workers and supporters reached Esplanade late.last_img read more

Bartolo Colons workout video is just as incredible as you would imagine

first_imgThey don’t call him “Big Sexy” for nothing. Bartolo Colon is heading into his 20th season in Major League Baseball this year, and he’s not messing around.The portly starter has always had a plus fastball, but Big Bart’s physique has been a, uh, work in progress. He’s roughly built like a bag of pizza dough.Yesterday, a video was posted online of Colon actually working out in the Dominican Republic for the upcoming season, and opposing batters should be very afraid. It shows him doing some kind of resistance training outside of a corner store.It’s not exactly the training scene from Rocky IV, but everybody loves Colon, and we now have visual evidence that he does actually work out.Bartolo Colon is getting after it in the Dominican Republic. He’s chasing Marichal for the most wins by a pitcher from the DR. #Braves— Jesse Sanchez (@JesseSanchezMLB) December 15, 2016 Just because it should be posted whenever possible, here is video of Colon hitting his first career home run in a game against the Padres last year. Bart rakes, too.Gary Cohen and Ron Darling’s call of Bartolo Colon’s home run was 1 of 3 finalists for the 2016 MLB award for ‘Best Call, TV/Radio’. #Mets— In Mets We Trust (@InMetsWeTrust) November 18, 2016last_img read more

Paul George is laying the groundwork for his exit from Indiana

first_imgPaul George is laying the groundwork for his exit from IndianaThe Pacers are down 0-2 to the Cavs in their first round playoff series, and Colin thinks Paul George is already paving the way for his eventual exit from Indiana.George made comments essentially throwing teammate CJ Miles under the bus for taking the last shot of Game 1. Last night, following the Pacers’ Game 2 loss, he called out Lance Stephenson for his out of control and sporadic play.Colin sees it as typical behavior of someone in a relationship that wants out. They nit-pick and pick fights, so they can say it wasn’t their fault when they walk out the door.George has one year left in Indiana, and he’s gone. He’s telling you right now, you just have to listen.“This is what you do before the breakup…You can see this coming from a mile away.” David Fizdale’s viral rant was factually wrong, but he wasn’t wrong for doing itGrizzlies head coach David Fizdale went on a viral rant after losing to the Spurs last night. During his rant, he criticized officials for a disparity in foul calls and free throws, both of which were slanted heavily in favor of San Antonio. Fizdale cited a lack of respect for his team and him as a rookie head coach as the reason they didn’t get calls. Take that for data.Colin thinks the coach is factually wrong in his argument because some players just don’t create contact and get to the line like others, but he understands his motivation in ripping the officials. Fizdale wanted to voice his opinion in the hopes the officials will give his team more calls later in the series. There’s nothing wrong with that. Even if he’s wrong.“It’s a smart move by the coach, but nobody’s got anything against Memphis.”Guests:Byron Scott – Former Laker and Nets head coach and NBA champion is in-studio to talk about Magic as GM, and his take on Memphis Head Coach David Fizdale’s ‘Take that for data’ rant.Pat Mahomes – NFL Draft quarterback prospect and former Texas Tech QB is in-studio to discuss the pre-draft process; when he first knew he had a cannon for an arm; why he stuck with football instead of going pro in baseball; and how he managed to play with a broken wrist.Bob Kravitz – Indianapolis sports columnist joins the show to talk Pacers; if Paul George is leaving Indiana; how long Larry Bird will be around; the latest on Andrew Luck’s injured shoulder; and how much of his injury troubles are the Colts’ fault.last_img read more

Baker Mayfield isnt Brett Favre

first_imgBaker Mayfield isn’t Brett Favre Baker Mayfield is poised to be selected by Cleveland with the first pick in the 2018 NFL Draft, reportedly because GM John Dorsey – who was formerly a Green Bay exec – sees Brett Favre franchise changing attitude in the Oklahoma QB.Colin doesn’t see it and thinks the comparison is off base. Favre was a generational physical talent. As a prospect, Mayfield is undersized and doesn’t have anywhere close Favre’s NFL potential. Colin thinks the real winner is Sam Darnold, who will be spared the chaos of Cleveland and will land in a better situation to set him up for NFL success. Also:– Colin’s final 2018 NFL Mock DraftGuests:Joel Klatt – FS1 College Football Analyst is in-studio talking Baker Mayfield to the Browns reports; why Darnold isn’t in the mix;Clay Helton – USC Head Coach joins the show to talk Sam Darnold and why he can correct his turnover problem.Rod Strickland – Former All-Star NBA Point Guard is in-studio talking NBA Playoffs and why he threw up before games; and his take on why Kyrie Irving wanted out of Cleveland.Daniel Jeremiah – NFL Network Analyst is in-studio discussing the Browns decision to pick Baker Mayfield; and why he likes Lamar Jackson. Cleveland should love LeBron even if he leavesLeBron added another memorable moment to his massive career highlight reel with a buzzer beater to beat the Pacers and take a 3-2 lead in their first round series. Colin still firmly believes the Cavs roster is so bad that LeBron will leave in the offseason, but if he does Cleveland should still show him the appreciation he deserves.LeBron has accomplished his mission of bringing a title to a city labeled a notorious loser, and elevating a franchise that has been a bottom feeder. This time around they should skip the jersey burning and show him respect for the amazing years he has brought to the team and the city.last_img read more