The research team of Asst. Prof. Johnpierre Paglione faced significant challenges in designing and implementing an experiment to determine the relative importance of quantum criticality in the cuprates. “The relevance of quantum criticality to shaping the properties of the cuprates is a pivotal question that remains unsolved,” Paglione tells Phys.org. “There are several ‘phases’ of these materials, including insulating, anomalous metallic, superconducting and normal metallic ground states – and understanding how these phases arise, coexist, and interact will allow for understanding the underlying physics that gives rise to them.” This is, he adds, the key impetus motivating researchers to understand the phase diagram of the cuprates.“One of the main challenges in doing so,” Paglione continues, “lies in the fact that there are few actual compounds that can be tuned through the full phase diagram – that is, from parent compound Mott insulator, through the anomalous non-Fermi liquid metallic/superconducting phase, to over-doped ‘normal’ metal. Well-known compounds like yttrium barium copper oxide (YBCO) have a limited range of chemical tuning – by way of oxygen doping or rare earth substitution – which make it difficult to study their properties through all three of these regions of the phase diagram, resulting in the necessity to patch together results from different systems to obtain what is widely held to be the generic cuprate phase diagram.” Luckily, Paglione points out, there are some systems, such as the “hole-doped” (La,Sr)2CuO4 and “electron-doped” (La,Ce)2CuO4 that allow for a wide range of substitution – and ongoing work has made use of these to answer many questions.“Another challenge,” Paglione explains, “lies in understanding the details and importance of some of the anomalous normal state properties, that is, above the temperature where superconductivity exists. In particular, most studies to date have focused on the hole-doped cuprates because their superconducting phases exhibit the highest transition temperatures, but these systems all harbor the infamous ‘pseudogap’ phase (a state where the Fermi surface of a material possesses a partial gap) on the underdoped side of the superconducting phase. Much effort has been spent on understanding whether this phase is a ‘friend or foe’ of superconductivity.” (Phys.org) — Superconductivity is a complex phenomenon that is considerably more intricate than many casual observers realize. This caveat applies equally to the subset of this research known as high-temperature superconductivity – which, it should be noted, is described as such only in relation to the near absolute zero temperature range at which conventional superconductors are found, and furthermore is not to be confused with the loftier goal of room-temperature superconductivity. That said, certain aspects of electronic properties in high-temperature copper oxide, or cuprate, superconductors imply that the absence of conventional metallic Fermi liquid behavior – the standard model of electrons in metals – and the presence of unconventional superconductivity are closely related. While such a partnership often occurs proximate to what is known as a quantum critical point (a special class of continuous phase transition that takes place at the absolute zero of temperature in a material where the phase transition temperature has been driven to zero by the application of a pressure, field or through doping), the role of quantum criticality in the cuprates has remained elusive. Recently, however, researchers at the Center for Nanophysics and Advanced Materials and Department of Physics, University of Maryland, have studied the anomalous properties of the cuprate material La2-xCexCuO4, or LCCO, concluding that quantum criticality plays a significant role in shaping the anomalous properties of these superconductive materials. Copyright 2012 Phys.org All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of PhysOrg.com. Another issue was that cuprate superconductivity is an amazing phase, having the highest transition temperatures and critical magnetic fields of any known material – but for the purposes of studying the underlying ground state that gives rise to Cooper pairing this is actually a key difficulty. ”Specifically,” Paglione notes, “to study the true ground state properties at the lowest energy scales – those approaching absolute zero – superconductivity must be somehow suppressed. Such high temperatures and fields make it extremely difficult to do high-sensitivity experiments in a practical manner.”Addressing these issues required no small amount of ingenuity, as well as the particular LCCO compound used in the study. “Firstly,” notes Paglione, “this compound is unique in that it can be synthesized with a wide range of cerium (Ce) concentrations that span across the entire phase diagram, from insulating (x=0) to overdoped metallic (x>0.175). Secondly, this is an electron-doped system, in which the anomalous pseudogap phase is absent. Therefore comparisons of its anomalous properties to those of its hole-doped counterparts with the pseudogap present has allowed us to identify traits common to both, and therefore not associated with the pseudogap phase.” This includes, most importantly, the linear-in-temperature normal state resistivity that surrounds the superconducting phase. “We can now associate this anomalous scattering with the presence of well-characterized magnetic fluctuations that are almost magnetically ordered, giving strong reinforcement to the well-known hypothesis of quantum critical fluctuations dominating the properties of the normal state,” Paglione explains.The lower transition temperatures and critical fields of this system allowed the team to probe the ground state in their lab using high but practically attainable extremes of temperature (0.020 Kelvin) and magnetic field (17 Tesla). “With this, we discovered a striking quantum critical scaling of the physical properties with the ratio of temperature to field, which is not seen in a normal metal due to an upper energy scale of the electron system – the Fermi energy – that dominates all characteristics of the metal, such that the normally static factor of temperature is now dynamic. This is a telltale sign of quantum criticality.”In addition, Paglione points out, there are other innovations that might be developed and applied to the current experimental design. “Due to the crystallographic nature of the LCCO system, it is only stable in thin-film form and therefore single-crystalline samples cannot be synthesized easily.” This is a drawback, since further study of the thermodynamic properties of the system – such as heat capacity and magnetization, which require more sample mass to detect – in the quantum critical regime would allow further insight into its physical description and origin. “Higher magnetic fields and even lower temperatures would allow us to extend the range of applicability of the anomalous properties and therefore further elucidate the extent to which standard model solid state physics fails to explain these materials,” says Paglione.Relatedly, the team has already defined the next steps to be applied to their research. “Currently we’re most interested in observing the same phenomena in other cuprate materials, allowing for more general conclusions to be made. In particular,” Paglione illustrates, “the similarities of the overdoped side of the phase diagram between hole- and electron-doped cuprates are striking, and they carry a strong potential statement about what governs the demise of superconductivity with increasing doping but require further verification in different compounds.”One particularly interesting outcome of the study is how the team’s findings impact the development of using the selective response of spin fluctuations and superconductivity to magnetic fields and charge doping to segregate the resulting two distinct signatures of criticality. “The observation of two distinct signatures of quantum criticality is an interesting find. We expected to see only one signature of critical magnetic fluctuations, as given by one set of critical exponents, since an incipient magnetic order and its strong quantum fluctuations are what most people believe lies ‘underneath the dome’ and drives the Cooper pairing. The observation of a second flavor of quantum fluctuations, which we conclude arises from the demise of the superconducting transition temperature to absolute zero, suggests that fluctuations of this separate type of order – that is, superconducting, not magnetic – can also cause anomalous physical properties to arise. These may in fact be the cause of most properties associated with the overdoped side of the phase diagram, including the suppression of superconductivity itself and the strong tuning of the eventual normal metal Fermi liquid ground state.” Paglione points out that a theory exists for this type of superconducting fluctuation, but a calculation of the expected transport properties has not been done. However, he adds that they are working with Prof. Galitski at the University of Maryland to do just this.Finally, Paglione explains, there are other research areas and applications that might benefit from their findings. “The study of quantum criticality is a wide field of research that overlaps with superconductivity in several areas, including the cuprates but also in heavy-fermion systems and the more recent discovery of superconductivity in iron-based materials. Our results have implications for all of these areas, where a strong interplay of superconductivity and magnetism results in an easily tunable phase diagram of the sort found in the cuprates. Beyond that,” he concludes, “a deeper understanding of high-temperature superconductivity in cuprates and iron-pnictides has the potential to allow for crystallographic engineering of new compounds that could harbor even higher superconducting transition temperatures useful for room temperature power, electronic and communications applications.” Explore further Swimming upstream: Flux flow reverses for lattice bosons in a magnetic field Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences More information: Quantum critical scaling at the edge of Fermi liquid stability in a cuprate superconductor, PNAS, Published online before print May 9, 2012, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1120273109 Doping evolution of magnetic field-temperature phase diagrams of La2-xCexCuO4. (A-D) The magnetic field dependence of the evolution of superconducting (yellow), Fermi liquid (blue), and non-Fermi liquid (red, white) ground states of the electron-doped cuprate system La2-xCexCuO4 is shown for several electron doping levels (x). Image Copyright © PNAS, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1120273109 Citation: Copper fields: Quantum criticality in high-temperature cuprate superconductors (2012, June 19) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-copper-fields-quantum-criticality-high-temperature.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
Explore further A greenbottle blue tarantula (C. cyaneopubescens) on a branch. Despite its name, saturated, bright green color rarely occurs in tarantulas. Credit: Michael Kern, thegardensofeden.org A look at the critically endangered gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula (P. metallica) from the underside. Metallic blue color can be seen on the femurs. Credit: Michael Kern, thegardensofeden.org © 2015 Phys.org A look at the critically endangered gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula (P. metallica) from the underside. Metallic blue color can be seen on the femurs. Credit: Michael Kern, thegardensofeden.org A microscopic image of a multilayer nanostructure inside a tarantula’s hair that is responsible for its vibrant blue color. Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego A microscopic image of a multilayer nanostructure inside a tarantula’s hair that is responsible for its vibrant blue color. Credit: Scripps Institution of Oceanography, UC San Diego A front view shot of a critically endangered gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula (P. metallica) and its reflection. Credit: Michael Kern, thegardensofeden.org Scientists have known for quite some time that many species of tarantula have parts that are colored blue, but have not been able to figure out why that is. In this latest effort, the researchers sought to find that answer by looking at digital image of 53 genera, focusing on the different hues between species and the location of the coloring. They followed that up by obtaining samples of several species and examined them under a normal microscope and then used reflectance spectroscopy and electron microscopy to get a better look.Their close analysis revealed that the blue hue comes about due to the arrangement of nanocrystals in the hairs that grow on their body, which reflect blue wavelengths of light, though not all the shades in the different species are the same—they are very close. They also found evidence that indicated that the blue color evolved separately at least eight different times in different species, suggesting there must be a strong purpose for it, though they still do not know what it is. They also found that not all species cause blue light to be reflected in the same way, suggesting that it is not related to a different trait such as an ability to repel water. Journal information: Science Advances In addition to having poor eyesight, the researchers report that the tarantulas do not appear to try to use their blue color to capture the attention of a mate, suggesting the purpose is likely for signaling, such as to help with evading predators, or fooling prey. How that might work though, remains a mystery especially when noting that tarantulas are nocturnal—they hunt at night. Despite not solving the riddle of the blue hue, the work by the team did show that the colorations though bright, are not very iridescent, a finding that with more study could lead to wide-angle lenses for phones that are less energy intensive. More information: B.-K. Hsiung et al. Blue reflectance in tarantulas is evolutionarily conserved despite nanostructural diversity, Science Advances (2015). DOI: 10.1126/sciadv.1500709AbstractSlight shifts in arrangement within biological photonic nanostructures can produce large color differences, and sexual selection often leads to high color diversity in clades with structural colors. We use phylogenetic reconstruction, electron microscopy, spectrophotometry, and optical modeling to show an opposing pattern of nanostructural diversification accompanied by unusual conservation of blue color in tarantulas (Araneae: Theraphosidae). In contrast to other clades, blue coloration in phylogenetically distant tarantulas peaks within a narrow 20-nm region around 450 nm. Both quasi-ordered and multilayer nanostructures found in different tarantulas produce this blue color. Thus, even within monophyletic lineages, tarantulas have evolved strikingly similar blue coloration through divergent mechanisms. The poor color perception and lack of conspicuous display during courtship of tarantulas argue that these colors are not sexually selected. Therefore, our data contrast with sexual selection that typically produces a diverse array of colors with a single structural mechanism by showing that natural selection on structural color in tarantulas resulted in convergence on similar color through diverse structural mechanisms.Press release (Phys.org)—A team of researchers affiliated with the University of Akron and the Scripps Institution of Oceanography has found via lab study that the blue color present in many species of tarantula does not appear to be related to attracting a mate. As they report in their paper published in the journal Science Advances, both genders have limited eyesight and do not appear able to discern the color blue. A critically endangered adult female gooty sapphire ornamental tarantula (P. metallica), native to India. A blue hair is observed under an electron microscope. The hair is symmetric with an array of rod-like, tubular foldings projecting longitudinally on its periphery. Organized multilayered nanostructures were observed, which produced the bright blue reflection as seen under the microscope. Credit: Tom Patterson [upper]; B.-K. Hsiung, UAkron [lower]; D. Deheyn. UC San Diego (SIO) Image: Pluto’s blue sky Citation: Study suggests blue hue for tarantulas not about attracting a mate (2015, November 30) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-11-blue-hue-tarantulas.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
As the planet warms, cities are beginning to feel the pressure of protecting the people that live in them and the assets that keep them running. But to date, the authors note, little research has been done to find out just how much effort is being taken by city planners, as measured in money spent on mitigation projects or how much difference there is between major cities. The authors sought to partially remedy that situation by combing through documents that detail city planning, expenditures and other measures taken by 10 mega-cities across the globe, during the years 2009 to 2015, to deal with environmental problems likely to be caused by global warming, e.g. flooding, water scarcity, increased rates of disease.In looking at the data and analyzing the results, the team was able to generate numbers that represented how much was being spent by different cities along with percentages of GDP for those cities on mitigation efforts, which allowed them to compare and contrast the different efforts between the cities under study, which included New York, Mumbai, London, Addis Ababa, Paris, Beijing, Sao Paul, Mexico City, Jakarta and Lagos.The team reports that it was no surprise to learn that cities in more developed countries have been spending more on such efforts than those in developing countries—the surprise was how huge the differences between them was. They found for example, that New York City spent approximately a hundred times as much as Addis Ababa last year. There were also differences in the amount spent compared to population size—Paris for example, spent approximately 397 Euros per person, whereas Addis Ababa spent just 4.7.The team also reports that though it is difficult to measure, there appears to be a bias towards protecting capital assets over the people that live in the cities and not enough effort is being put into research to determine which threats individual cities face so that funds for mitigation efforts can be allocated more wisely. On an optimistic note, they found that all of the cities in the study were spending more each year on mitigation efforts. © 2016 Phys.org The Manhattan skyline at night. Credit: Michael Mase Explore further More information: Lucien Georgeson et al. Adaptation responses to climate change differ between global megacities, Nature Climate Change (2016). DOI: 10.1038/nclimate2944 Stanford scientist examines ways to put stormwater to use in big cities Citation: Study highlights differences between cities planning efforts for global warming (2016, March 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-03-highlights-differences-cities-efforts-global.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. A small team of researchers with University College London and kMatrix Ltd, Greetham House has conducted a study of urban preparedness efforts by ten major cities around the world in an effort to learn more about how resources are being allocated to deal with changes coming due to global warming. The group has published the results of their efforts as a LETTER article in the journal Nature Climate Change. Journal information: Nature Climate Change
Astronomers discover seven new giant exoplanets Unbinned instrumental r band light curve of HATS-18 folded with the period P = 0.8378434 days resulting from the global fit. The solid line shows the best-fit transit model. In the lower panel we zoom–in on the transit; the dark filled points here show the light curve binned in phase using a bin-size of 0.002. Credit: arXiv:1606.00848 [astro-ph.EP] Explore further More information: HATS-18 b: An Extreme Short—Period Massive Transiting Planet Spinning Up Its Star, arXiv:1606.00848 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1606.00848AbstractWe report the discovery by the HATSouth network of HATS-18 b: a 1.980 +/- 0.077 Mj, 1.337 +0.102 -0.049 Rj planet in a 0.8378 day orbit, around a solar analog star (mass 1.037 +/- 0.047 Msun, and radius 1.020 +0.057 -0.031 Rsun) with V=14.067 +/- 0.040 mag. The high planet mass, combined with its short orbital period, implies strong tidal coupling between the planetary orbit and the star. In fact, given its inferred age, HATS-18 shows evidence of significant tidal spin up, which together with WASP-19 (a very similar system) allows us to constrain the tidal quality factor for Sun-like stars to be in the range 6.5 <= lg(Q*/k_2) <= 7 even after allowing for extremely pessimistic model uncertainties. In addition, the HATS-18 system is among the best systems (and often the best system) for testing a multitude of star—planet interactions, be they gravitational, magnetic or radiative, as well as planet formation and migration theories. In order to find exoplanets orbiting HATS-18, the team used the Hungarian-made Automated Telescope Network-South (HATSouth) to obtain over 10,000 images of this sun-like star. This observation campaign was carried out between April 2011 and July 2013. The astronomers also conducted a series of follow-up spectroscopic observations in 2015, utilizing the 2.3 m telescope at the Siding Spring Observatory in Australia and the 2.2 m MPG/ESO telescope at the European Southern Observatory (ESO) in Chile.The radial velocity signals collected by the researchers allowed them to distinguish a sinusoidal variation in phase with the transit ephemeris, confirming the presence of a massive planet around HATS-18. According to the study, the newly detected exoplanet has a radius of about 1.34 Jupiter radii and is two times more massive than our solar system's biggest planet. The orbital period of HATS-18b equals 0.84 days. This exoworld is a typical example of a "hot Jupiter"—a gas giant planet with characteristics similar to the solar system's biggest planet. Hot Jupiters have high surface temperature as they orbit their host stars very closely.What intrigues the scientists about the newly found planetary system is that the planet appears to be tidally spinning up the star."The high planet mass, combined with its short orbital period, implies strong tidal coupling between the planetary orbit and the star. In fact, given its inferred age, HATS-18 shows evidence of significant tidal spin up," the researchers wrote in the paper.Penev and his colleagues believe that this system could be one of the best laboratories for testing theories of star–planet interactions and planet formation. They noted that modeling this "spin-up" effect for this system alone would bring promising results regarding the tidal dissipation efficiency."Such modeling may begin to disentangle some of the very poorly understood physics behind tidal dissipation by measuring its dependence on various system properties. (…) Extremely short-period planets like HATS-18b provide a fantastic laboratory to test a range of interactions between the planet and the star, and hence, expanding this sample is extremely valuable for the study of extrasolar planets," the paper reads.The researchers propose performing similar studies on a larger number of exoplanet systems, especially on all planets with extremely short orbital periods like HATS-18b. These future analyses could provide new insights on the dependence of tidal dissipation on planetary system parameters. In conclusion, the team endorses more systematic studies of other giant exoworlds similar to HATS-18b."Clearly, a more systematic effort to analyze all suitable exoplanet systems and properly account for the stellar angular momentum loss uncertainties is bound to yield very meaningful constraints on the stellar tidal dissipation, as well how it changes with various system properties," the team wrote. (Phys.org)—A giant "hot Jupiter" exoplanet has recently been detected by an international team of astronomers led by Kaloyan Penev of Princeton University. The newly found alien world, designated HATS-18b, is an interesting case of a planet tidally spinning up its parent star. Moreover, this planetary system could be a great laboratory for researchers when it comes to testing theories of planet–star interactions. The new findings were presented in a paper published online on June 2 on arXiv.org. © 2016 Phys.org Citation: Astronomers discover a giant planet spinning up its star (2016, June 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-06-astronomers-giant-planet-star.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.
‘It is amazing to bring Dora here. The Indian market is absolutely ready for live shows of this scale and size,’ said Australian director Luke Gallagher, whose company Life Like Touring conceptualised and designed the show.The 80-minute-show titled ‘Dora’s Pirate Adventure,’ based on one of the tele-episodes of Nickelodeon, is scheduled to run at Siri Fort for three days, beginning 27 December, with three shows a day.‘This particular episode is the writer’s favourite and it has always had a wonderful response. Children get involved in this production,’ Gallagher told in an interview. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘Dora the Explorer’ show is based on a girl named Dora and her quest to reach a place. The play promises to be a ‘play and learn’ extravaganza for children.‘Dora will ask children questions and then they will respond to her queries. She will ask them which way she should go and she should do, so in that way she will engage them. It is more like empowering children by giving them an opportunity to speak their mind,’ Gallagher said.The original episode, which is 22 minute long, has been expanded to close to an hour long play with many changes and additions. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘There have been moments added where decisions have to be made going from place to place. The tele-episode typically hosts three locations but for the play it is all about the process of going from one location to another.‘Songs have also been added. Dora will also have her best friend Boots the monkey, Diego and rest of her friends with her in her adventures,’ the director said.‘Dora’s Pirate Adventure is an impressive production. The LED behind the performance will have the animated series going on. It was an intensive process. The background will move, ocean will go on, sea gull will fly by and things like that,’ Gallagher said.WHEN: 27 December onwards, 12 pmWHERE: Siri Fort Auditorium
A bench headed by Justice Pinaki Chandra Ghose did not entertain the petition filed by a group of investors on the ground that it had no locus to challenge the Bombay High Court order granting bail to Shah in the case.The court said that certain individuals had approached it and not the state government or the prosecuting agency. Shah, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Financial Technologies India Ltd, is an accused in the National Spot Exchange Limited payment crisis case. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe Bombay High Court had on 22 August granted bail to Shah on a bond of Rs 5 lakh and a surety of like amount. He was arrested on 7 May for his alleged involvement in the Rs 5,600 crore payment crisis at subsidiary National Spot Exchange. The police have charged Shah with criminal conspiracy, breach of trust, cheating and forgery under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, and under certain provisions of the Maharashtra Protection of Interest of Depositors Act. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsMeanwhile, the turnover of the commodity bourses fell by 52 per cent to Rs 34.52 lakh crore during the April-October period this fiscal due to sluggish volumes in almost all commodities, according to the Forward Markets Commission (FMC).The exchanges had generated a business worth Rs 71.60 lakh crore in the same period last year, the FMC said in its latest report. The commodity markets regulator said that the business fell in almost all commodities — agriculture, bullion, metals and energy on the exchanges platform. Experts attributed the fall in business mainly to higher transaction costs especially after the imposition of commodity transaction tax (CTT) from last year onwards. The turnover from bullion fell by over 62 per cent to Rs 12.13 lakh crore in the April-October period of the 2014-15 fiscal, from Rs 32.17 lakh crore in the year-ago.Similarly, the business from energy items declined by over 53 per cent to Rs 8.16 lakh crore from Rs 17.48 lakh crore, the turnover from metals declined by 43 per cent to Rs 7.51 lakh crore from Rs 13.11 crore in the review period.The turnover from agricultural commodities too fell by 24 per cent to Rs 6.70 lakh crore in the April-October period of this year, as against Rs 8.82 lakh crore a year ago. At present, there are four national and six regional level exchanges operating in the country.
The women who have been a foil to the innocent-as-lamb image of the leading lady by their courage, their boldness and their sexual freedom take a centre-stage in this exhibition. It will showcase B-grade horror cinema like – Zibah Khana, Zinda Laash, Aurat Raj from Pakistan and Indian movie Miss Lovely.The debate around representations of women in Hindi cinema and its surrounding cultural production has often exposed the unabashed sexual objectification that the female form has been subjected to. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’This strain of argument, while not altogether false, seems simplistic and buys into the much-contested narrative of the ‘woman as victim’. It is surprising how within the seemingly homogenous fabric of sexualised representations of women on film, there are multiple and diverse narratives of women of the entertainment industry who claimed their sexual identities with pride and earned their living, in spite of perceived social stigma, by generating a sexual ethos through their bodies within the language of Hindi films, an ethos which was central to cinema becoming a truly mass medium. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn a moment of art imitating life, many of the women who played these roles were in reality from backgrounds very different from the prima donnas of Bombay. This exhibition takes a look at visual representations of the second-heroines, anti-heroines and vamps, attempting to interrogate how the tropes have changed and modified over time. Paul noted, ‘ I had been collecting oleographs from calendar art and advertising materials for some years, when a dealer came by with hundreds of lobby cards and posters. These were fragile paper objects and I realised that they would soon be destroyed. It seemed like an urgent project to me, and I started collecting as many such artefacts as I could. I looked for images that had a strong graphic quality; that juxtaposed tradition with modernity; that were amusing or curious in some way; and of course, those that had actors and films I could recognise.’Where: Khoj Studios, Khirkee Extension When: 26 November – 8 December Timing: 11 am to 7 pm
A meeting of the 19-party alliance led by UCPN (Maoist) on Sunday decided to strongly retaliate if the new constitution is bulldozed through majority votes without considering the rights of minorities including the Madhesis.The Unified Communist Party of Nepal (Maoist)-led alliance has accused the ruling parties, Nepali Congress (NC) and CPN- UML, of conspiring to promulgate new constitution on January 22 by mobilising the army, police and government employees. It has also decided to oppose the promulgation of constitution through any such process. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenUCPN (M) Chairman Prachanda proposed the defiance accusing the ruling alliances of trying to adopt the procedural way to draft the constitution without forging consensus among political parties.The political parties have been trying to find common grounds on the key contentious issues such as federalism, judiciary, electoral process and forms of governance in the constitution.They have set January 22 deadline to draft the new constitution. Meanwhile, pro-Hindu Rastriya Prajatantra Party Nepal has demanded to reconvert the country into a Hindu nation. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesmanNepal was declared a secular state through Parliament declaration in 2008 when monarchy was abolished after Maoists came to power.At a function organised here to mark the National Unity Day coinciding with the birth anniversary of late Prithvinarayan Shah, who unified smaller states into a bigger country two and half a century ago, party president Kamal Thapa ruled out the possibility of drafting a new constitution by the stipulated deadline. He said his party will organise protests if the country is not re-converted to a Hindu nation in the new constitution.Former Home Minister Thapa also claimed that national unity and sovereignty of the country have weakened and his party is launching a campaign to strengthen it. Prime Minister Sushil Koirala, attended the function.
Have no concrete plans for Holi yet and are bored with the usual farm house parties in Delhi? Get a car and drive down to Bharatpur, Rajasthan. Three hours and we assure you that you will have the chance to experience a very different kind of Holi. The Braj Holi Festival organised by the Department of Tourism (DOT), Government of Rajasthan and the District Administration is being celebrated with lot of fervor and enthusiasm. The event, which will go on for the entire week ending with the final celebrations of Holi on 6th March, was held across Bharatpur, Deeg and. The district administration conducted a nature walk, photography exhibition and a seminar at the Keoladeo National Park. Spread over 29 square kilometers the reserve, locally known as Ghana, boasts of 366 bird species, 379 floral species, 50 species of fish, 13 species of snakes, 5 species of lizards, 7 amphibian species, 7 turtle species, and a variety of other invertebrates. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Besides a calming dose of a long walk through the reserve, Rajasthani folk artistes performed at the Udyog Mela, Gramin Haat in the evening of 28th February. Renowned singer, Anuradha Paudwal enthralled the audience at a mega evening concert, organised at the MSJ College Ground in Bharatpur. Known for her songs like Dil Hai Ki Manta Nahi and many more, Paudwal got the city ready for Holi, not letting rains dampen spirits. On 1st March, various rural sport competitions like kabaddi, cricket match, wrestling and tug of war were organised at the Lohagarh Stadium. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe Deeg Palace grounds thronged with people as artistes livened the mood with their performances. The sprawling palace grounds were bright with people celebrating amidst fountains of coloured water and spring flowers. Everyone present there, young or old, irrespective of their caste or creed participated happily as the rain clouds gave way to the sun.Later in the evening, the well known Shree Krishna Dance Ballet was performed by the Delhi-based Shree Ram Kala Kendra. At Kaman, various Holi festivals like Gulal Holi, Doodh-Dahi Holi, Laddu Holi, Phoolon ki Holi, Latthmar Holi were organised at Gokul Chandramaji temple, Madan Mohanji Temple, Radha Vallabhji temple, while Rajasthani folk artistes performed at different bazaars throughout the day. At Kot Upar Stadium, Kaman, artists performed at the Maharaas which was the centre of attraction for the audience. Entry to all the events during the festival was free of cost with high security around.The Braj Holi Festival was celebrated with a lot of enthusiasm in the state and the entire region looked magnificent with the beauty of dashes of colors in the air. So if Delhi isn’t cool enough – you know where to head to! Have a great Holi!
With the simultaneous launch of the Atal Mission for Rejuvenation and Urban Transformation (AMRUT), Housing for All and the coveted Smart Cities Mission (SCM) on June 25, 2015, it was a landmark day in the evolution of India’s urban agenda. The message of convergence emerging from the common launch of all three programmes will hopefully be sustained in the future while implementing them.The Smart City guidelines seek the convergence of different schemes like AMRUT,
Kolkata: In a bizarre incident, a person was arrested on charges of sexually abusing a street she-dog inside his residence at Bidhanpally in Patipukur under Lake Town police station area.The person Kamlesh Mahato has been arrested by the police on the basis of a complaint lodged by an NGO that works for animal welfare. According to police sources, one Prantik Chatterjee, a resident of Narayan Roy Road in Barisha under Thakurpukur police station area, who runs an NGO, lodged a written complaint at Lake Town police station regarding this unnatural sexual lust. Also Read – Sowing activities on track with ample rain in S Bengal districtsChatterjee along with some of his friends were passing through Patipukur area at around 9 pm on Sunday night when they found the person luring a street she-dog to his residence. They sniffed something unusual in his act and followed him inside the house.They were surprised to find that he was trying to fulfill his unnatural lust through the animal.He had put a piece of cloth on its mouth to stop her from barking. Kamlesh noticed that Chatterjee and his friends were keeping an eye on him and he somehow managed to flee the spot Also Read – Son-in-law arrested in connection with Garden Reach murder incidentChatterjee and his friends reported the matter to the Lake Town police station, who made arrangements to take the animal to Belgachia Veterinary Hospital.The animal was treated there and the medical test confirmed that she was sexually abused.The police has initiated a case under section 377 (whoever voluntarily has carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal) and arrested Kamlesh in this collection.The arrested person, who is a daily labour, is married and has kids. They are presently at their hometown in a neighbouring state. The incident reminded of a similar incident that had taken place at Bargram under Shyampur police station in Howrah, where a cow was killed by a person after sexually assaulting it.The person Sujal Maity had stole the cow from one of his neighbour’s farm.He was arrested by the local police after the locals caught him and beat him up for such an act.It may be mentioned that Maity had tried to steal a cow six months back before the incident but his attempt was averted by the locals.
Kolkata: Citizens may have to shell out a maximum fine of Rs 1 lakh for littering in public places, as the West Bengal Assembly passed a Bill to enhance the penalty for offenders. The penalty has been raised through an amendment to section 338 of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (second amendment) Act which was passed in the Assembly Thursday. The move comes after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee expressed her displeasure after finding out the newly inaugurated Dakshineswar skywalk was stained with betel juice. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The Bill proposed to impose a minimum fine of Rs 5,000 and a maximum penalty of Rs 1 lakh fine on litterbugs. The earlier law stipulated that minimum penalty for dumping garbage was Rs 50 and the maximum fine was Rs 5,000. It also came on a day, state Urban Development Municipal Affairs Minister Firhad Hakim was elected the new mayor of Kolkata after the exit of Sovan Chatterjee, on the directions of Chief Minister and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee. Banerjee had formed a 11-member committee on Wednesday to check spitting and littering in public places. Hakim said, he will take up a major awareness drive to keep the city clean. A senior citizen, who did not wish to be named, said “The city had earlier failed to impose a fine of Rs 50 for littering, I am not sure how effective it will be this time.”
Giving Delhi a comical kick, Magic Creations Moms’ Theatre Group in association with Fenesta Windows and Amplifon presented ‘Shh.. Kaun?!, a play that amalgamates suspense, drama, comedy, romance, and mystery altogether.Held at the LGT auditorium on October 27, the play was staged by an all mothers group of Gurgaon, who came together to claim their ‘creative kick’ back in life. The play is scripted, designed and directed by Binod Sharma whereas the choreography and music are given by Jitendra Bisht. The story revolves around five individuals who are bored of life and are looking to do something different. Fate gets them together and they decide to start a resort in Chamba, Uttarakhand. Guests start coming in and each of them has a different experience altogether. Creepy, scary, funny, mysterious …What is this all about? What is the mystery of the resort? What is the story behind it? The play answers all these questions. The story keeps the viewer gripped, seeking more with each passing scene. The play also imbibes a strong message that evolves as the story progresses. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe concept, which has not been picked by the directors for live theatres since ages, and the execution involving amazing visual effects, makes it a pleasure to watch.Talking about the Moms’ Theatre Group, Geetika Goyal, founder, says, “Our thought behind the launch of this group was to give the mothers in Gurgaon a creative corner, where they come, unwind and discover themselves all over again. As of now, the group is of 20 passionate mothers who have come to challenge themselves and find some ‘ME’ time while taking a break from their everyday routine.” Among the important guests, Alok Mittal, IPS, Inspector General – National Investigation Agency (NIA), Manoj Rajput, Actor, D R Ankur, Ex-Director NSD, and NSD’s faculty Saoti Chakrabarty and senior NSDian, writer and director Sushila Varnekar, marked their presence at the event.
Kolkata: Several devotees could be seen waiting outside temples of Lord Shiva with umbrellas on Monday, as they celebrated the occasion of Maha Shivratri. However, although the city did not witness any spell of rain in the morning, the evening saw a light drizzle.”Several districts of Bengal, including Kolkata, received light to moderate amounts of rainfall throughout the day. The city may also witness light to moderate amounts of rainfall on Tuesday due to cyclonic circulations which continue to prevail in Bangladesh and Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Boseother adjoining regions. There is also a possibility of thunderstorm and lightning occurring in the city, along with gusty winds,” said an official of the Alipore Meteorological department. “The maximum and minimum temperature in the city is likely to be around 28 and 21 degree Celsius respectively on Tuesday,” he further added. On Monday, while the minimum temperature in the city stood at 21.1 degree Celsius which is slightly more than normal, the maximum temperature was recorded at 28.7 degree Celsius, three degree lower than the normal temperature. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataMeanwhile, the maximum relative humidity in the city was recorded at 93 percent, with the minimum relative humidity standing at 65 percent. In the previous week several districts of Bengal, including Kolkata, witnessed rough weather conditions due to Western disturbance, as thunderstorms along with strong gusty winds swept the region. Six people were killed last week due to inclement weather in the region, while there were several reports of material damage. Daily life was disrupted for almost a week in the city, as several pockets witnessed traffic snarls and moderate waterlogging. “However, this time the cause of the turbulent weather condition in the city is going to be different. A cyclonic circulation has occurred in Bangladesh and other adjoining regions, which is the primary reason,” the official said.
KOLKATA: In a major change to the Bengal IPS cadre, state Director General of Police (DGP) Virendra was replaced on Friday.In a notification issued late in the day by the additional Chief Secretary of the Home and Hill Affairs department, 1987 batch IPS officer Sanjay Chander has been directed to take over as the new DGP, with effect from July 1. Chander is presently posted as the Additional Director General of Police, Counter Insurgency Force (CIF). He has now been placed in the post of DGP, CIF, until further orders. The sudden removal of Virendra possibly comes in light of the spate of violence in Bhatpara following the Lok Sabha poll results and more recently in Gurap. It is apprehended that his inability to prevent the law and order situation from spinning out of control on multiple instances in this connection has triggered the government to take the step.
Travelers are welcomed to spice up their journeys at Plaza Premium Lounge in India. Located at New Delhi airport, Hyderabad airport and Ahmedabad airport, Plaza Premium Lounge presents Street Food Festival for travellers to indulge in delectable Indian flavors from all over the country at the airports. Guests visiting the place in Domestic Departures of Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi can sample Ragda Kachori, Tale Aloo ki chaat, and Misal Pav. When: Until August 14, 2019 Time: 11:00 AM- midnightVenue: Indira Gandhi International Airport, Delhi
For centuries, the Scottish clan Buchanan has been without a chief. The clan can trace its origins back to 1010 A.D., and has millions of members, not just in Scotland, but also in America, the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, and Jamaica, according to the BBC. Clan Buchanan’s last chief was John Buchanan, who died in 1681 without a male heir, leaving the clan without a chief for 337 years – until now.John Michael Baillie-Hamilton Buchanan, with his dog (Photo by : Clan Buchanan)The clan will now be led by 60-year-old John Michael Baillie-Hamilton Buchanan, who runs the Cambusmore Estate, near Callander, Scotland. He will now be known as “The Buchanan.” He first made an informal claim to the role 20 years ago.A romantic depiction of a clan Duine Uasal (pronounced Dunnie-wassal) illustrated by R. R. McIan, from James Logan’s The Clans of the Scottish Highlands, 1845.In September of 2018, the Lord Lyon King of Arms, head of the Lyon Court which regulates Scottish heraldry, formally upheld a petition from Mr. Buchanan to assume the chiefship.Buchanan’s claim is based on the work of genealogist Hugh Peskett. Peskett, who is known for tracing President Ronald Reagan’s Irish ancestry back in the 1980s, came to the field 50 years ago when his grandmother, herself a Buchanan, urged him find the rightful chief.Sir Francis Grant, Lord Lyon King of Arms (left), and the Duke of York (center) proceeding to St Giles’ Cathedral in 1933.According to the Telegraph, The Buchanan believed himself to be the rightful chief as he is a descendant of Francis Buchanan of Arnprior, who was executed for his part in the Jacobite uprising of 1745, and whom Sir Walter Scott named as the true Buchanan leader.The Buchanan’s father first told him of the family connections, and although he had never made an official claim for the title, he decided it was something to investigate.Sir Walter Scott by Henry Raeburn, 1822.He was quoted by the BBC as saying, “My family has been acknowledged as leaders of one of the principal clan septs, the Buchanan’s of Leny and Arnprior, for many years, but we have also believed that we had a good case for the overall chiefship. We first approached the Lyon Court informally over 20 years ago, and it has taken decades of research to back up our claim.”He also thanked Peskett for his work and his enduring tenacity. In a letter to the clan, The Buchanan noted that he had commissioned Peskett to do the research 15 years ago, and that the case Peskett compiled consisted of 100 pages, went back to 1370 in places, and referenced some 300 documents.Relationship of John Buchanan of Buchanan to Francis Buchanan of Arnprior. Photo by Scabd buchanan CC BY SA 4.0With The Buchanan’s identity now proven, the Telegraph quoted Peskett as saying, “As a clansman of the clan Buchanan, it was absolutely fascinating to delve into the history and ancestry of one of the oldest clans in Scotland.My research took decades to compile, and unequivocally confirms the chiefship claim.” He went on to note that it was a historic moment, and he thought that his grandmother would be proud of what they achieved. Peskett is no stranger to tracing lineage in Scotland.In 2003, Peskett’s work meant that a London banker replaced a farmer as clan chief to the Oliphant family. Peskett has tracked down more than 12 chiefs in total, although finding The Buchanan has a special significance, owing to the family links.The CBSI was founded in 1970 as the Clan Buchanan Society in America at the Grandfather Mountain Games in North Carolina. The name was later changed to the Clan Buchanan Society International, Inc., to reflect its expanded membership and purpose, according to the Clan Buchanan website. The CBSI is divided into sixteen regions, and has members in the United States and around the world.Read another story from us:Scotland’s bitter feud comes alive with discovery of 16th century clan sealDavid Byrne, the president of the Clan Buchanan Society International remarked, “This is a day many of us believed would never happen in our lifetime, so it’s a time to celebrate for our members.” He also noted that it has been the Society’s goal since its inception to maintain and preserve the clan’s traditions against the day that a new chief might be named.
They also made a statue that looks like a confused man walking into a thunderstorm in his long johns.They may not be Michelangelo, but It’s the thought that counts. A bust and statue in front of the Madeira Airport in Portugal was dedicated to native son, Cristiano Ronaldo. It more closely resembles Sloth from Goonies. Not surprisingly, it’s getting killed on social media.I defy you not to feel better after viewing this picture of Cristiano Ronaldo alongside his portrait bust. pic.twitter.com/kBCc7RtoUC— Tom Sutcliffe (@tds153) March 29, 2017 Advertisement
Chris Paul is headed to the the Thunder in a swap for Russell Westbrook and his falling out with James Harden only reinforces the narrative that he’s a playoff choker and locker room cancer.FS1 NBA Analyst Kenyon Martin was a teammate of Paul’s in 2012 with the Clippers, and isn’t exactly a fan. He stopped by the show last summer and explained why CP3 rubs some teammates the wrong way.Martin described Paul as a ‘politician’ with his own agenda that teammates felt they couldn’t trust. He added that Paul had a reputation as sneaky in dealing with locker room issues by running to management, which didn’t sit well teammates. The interview is an oldie, but it seems relevant today.Watch K-Mart explain the issues some teammates have with Paul:Donnie ‘The Master of Disaster’ Long boldly predicts easy win over 19-year-old Mike Tyson
Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals This story appears in the December 2005 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » December 1, 2005 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Google’s new Google Talk isn’t the best VoIP phone service; Skype is. It isn’t the best IM service; that title goes to AOL Instant Messenger. Google Talkis likely to disappoint both high-volume VoIP and IM aficionados.But casual users will find it a convenient blend of both mediums nicely integrated with Gmail, whose responsiveness and innovative message archiving make it an acceptable office e-mail system. Unlike AOL, MSN and Yahoo! web mail, Gmail is useful for something more than personal or backup messaging. What Google brings to the party is the successful integration of several hot-hot-hot communications technologies under one intuitive and sprightly interface.Still, there’s no way the first version of anything can be best of breed from a feature standpoint. Unlike the AOL, MSN and Yahoo!IM programs, Google Talk can’t send photos and videos or videoconference. It can’t connect to landlines or encrypt messages like AOL Callways and Skype. And each Google Talk competitor has added its own little gems over time, such as customized backgrounds, calendaring and online gaming.So if you can temporarily live without skins and emoticons, the only challenge in Google Talk is getting buddies to join you. The major services have been largely successful at walling in their users. On the other hand, Skype signed up 54 million users in two years, and Google Talk sets up easily enough.You have to sign up for Gmail first, though, and that requires a cell phone number. Supposedly, that’s a way to verify your identity if you forget your password. But by the way, do you mind if Google keeps your number around so you can get alerts on “topics that interest you” and future, unspecified “Google Mobile services”? Translation: “Our text ads are perfect for a tiny phone display, and we’ve got big plans for those 1 billion-plus cell phone users.”That number will double by 2009, by which time no one will even remember that e-mail, IM, cell phones, VoIP and landlines were once separate. Google Talk isn’t for everyone, but it’s all most folks need for now. 2 min read Register Now »