Black bear in the Canadian Rockies. Image: Wikipedia. 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 Study to monitor bears and hunters by GPS Journal information: Animal Behavior More information: Bears ‘count’ too: quantity estimation and comparison in black bears, Ursus americanus, Animal Behaviour, dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.anbehav.2012.05.001AbstractStudies of bear cognition are notably missing from the comparative record despite bears’ large relative brain size and interesting status as generalist carnivores facing complex foraging challenges, but lacking complex social structures. We investigated the numerical abilities of three American black bears, Ursus Americanus, by presenting discrimination tasks on a touch-screen computer. One bear chose the larger of two arrays of dot stimuli, while two bears chose the smaller array of dots. On some trials, the relative number of dots was congruent with the relative total area of the two arrays. On other trials, number of dots was incongruent with area. All of the bears were above chance on trials of both types with static dots. Despite encountering greater difficulty with dots that moved within the arrays, one bear was able to discriminate numerically larger arrays of moving dots, and a subset of moving dots from within the larger array, even when area and number were incongruent. Thus, although the bears used area as a cue to guide their responses, they were also able to use number as a cue. The pattern of performance was similar to that found previously with monkeys, and suggests that bears may also show other forms of sophisticated quantitative abilities. , Animal Behaviour (Phys.org) — Most people who have worked with black bears tend to believe the animals are pretty smart compared to say dogs or cats; others who have seen them in action, e.g. riding a unicycle in a circus, tend to agree. But, oddly enough, very little actual research has been done to find out just where black bears sit on the animal kingdom’s brainiac scale. Now a pair of researchers in the US has decided to change that by testing some captive black bears to see how they measure up against other animals in discerning the difference in the numbers of things. They have written a paper describing their findings and have had it published in the journal Animal Behavior. The experiment they devised was very simple. Two black bears were trained to look at two groups of dots and to indicate which group they thought had fewer dots. Another bear was trained to do the opposite, i.e. indicate which he thought had more dots. As it turned out, all three bears were remarkably good at “counting” the number of dots in each group, comparing them, and then responding in a way that indicated they understood which group of dots had more and which less.So good were the bears at picking out which group was which, the team described them as equivalent in ability to non-human primates; not bad for an animal that is pretty much a loner. Prior to testing the bears, most researchers had concluded that the ability to count was something that developed among animals that formed social groups of one kind or another. Other than when they are young and still being raised by their mothers, bears tend to hang out alone. Thus, a rethinking of how or why animals brains develop the ability to count or at least recognize which group of something has more or less, will have to be done.To make sure the bears were really on target, the team changed the size of the dots, and the amount of space in which they were surrounded, ensuring that they weren’t just guessing based on the overall physical size of the group. After several such changes, the researchers became convinced that the only way to pick the right group as often as the bears did, was to count the dots. For the bear faced with choosing which group had more dots, the dots were even sent into motion, which for some reason, appeared to make the bear even more accurate.It’s not likely that the bears are actually counting the dots, and in fact, the research team itself doesn’t seem convinced, using quotes to indicate that describing what the bears are able to do as counting might be a big of a stretch. Most researchers would be more likely to describe it as an advanced comparison ability. Citation: Study shows black bears able to “count” (2012, June 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-black.html © 2012 Phys.Org
Journal information: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (Phys.org) —How do bees find their way home? Until now, scientists thought bees navigated by calculating their position relative to that of the sun. Randolf Menzel of the Free University of Berlin and colleagues tested this hypothesis by disrupting bees’ circadian clocks. They found bees were able to navigate successfully, despite being unable to use the sun as an aid, suggesting that bees create cognitive maps. The study appears in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Explore further Citation: Research shows bees might create cognitive maps (2014, June 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-06-bees-cognitive.html To get to the store and back without getting lost, you use a cognitive map. Mammals, and possibly all vertebrates, create cognitive maps, which they update constantly, by remembering landmarks and storing information about their locations in their brains. A cognitive map allows you to point toward your home, even when you’re in a windowless room.Creating a cognitive map is a complex mental task. Scientists believe we form cognitive maps in a part of the brain known as the hippocampus. Bees have tiny brains and nothing resembling a hippocampus. Therefore, scientists thought they must not use cognitive maps and depend on the sun to guide them instead.To test this belief, Menzel’s team tried tampering with bees’ sense of time, so the bees wouldn’t be able to use the sun to calculate their position. The researchers anesthetized a group of bees, leaving them unconscious for six hours. This meant when the bees awoke, they didn’t know what time it was and the sun appeared to be in the wrong position in the sky.The researchers then released the bees in an unfamiliar field and radar tracked them to see if they would be able to find their way back to the hive. If the bees relied solely on the sun to navigate, they would be lost. The bees did start out by flying in the wrong direction, but they soon turned around, getting back to the hive as quickly as a control group of bees the team hadn’t anesthetized. This meant the bees used something other than the sun to get them home. The researchers think this is probably a cognitive map. They believe that in addition to using the sun as a compass, bees create a mental map of the terrain they fly over by looking for landmarks, such as rows of bushes.Menzel and his team say scientists studying the mammalian brain should bear in mind that bees might be able to create complex mental maps despite having brains many times smaller than the hippocampus of a rat. © 2014 Phys.org 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. More information: Way-finding in displaced clock-shifted bees proves bees use a cognitive map, James F. Cheeseman, PNAS, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1408039111AbstractMammals navigate by means of a metric cognitive map. Insects, most notably bees and ants, are also impressive navigators. The question whether they, too, have a metric cognitive map is important to cognitive science and neuroscience. Experimentally captured and displaced bees often depart from the release site in the compass direction they were bent on before their capture, even though this no longer heads them toward their goal. When they discover their error, however, the bees set off more or less directly toward their goal. This ability to orient toward a goal from an arbitrary point in the familiar environment is evidence that they have an integrated metric map of the experienced environment. We report a test of an alternative hypothesis, which is that all the bees have in memory is a collection of snapshots that enable them to recognize different landmarks and, associated with each such snapshot, a sun-compass–referenced home vector derived from dead reckoning done before and after previous visits to the landmark. We show that a large shift in the sun-compass rapidly induced by general anesthesia does not alter the accuracy or speed of the homeward-oriented flight made after the bees discover the error in their initial postrelease flight. This result rules out the sun-referenced home-vector hypothesis, further strengthening the now extensive evidence for a metric cognitive map in bees. Bees dance the light fantastic Similar flight speed and accuracy of bees with (red) and without (blue) clock-shifting. Credit: James F. Cheeseman
Explore further Back in 2005, researchers at Seoul National University reported that they had cloned an Afghan hound, the first dog to be cloned. Since that time, hundreds of other dogs have been cloned, as well, offering an opportunity to learn more about the potential benefits and possible drawbacks of cloning animals for. Now, in another first, the researchers with this new effort report having cloned the clone they cloned.The story started with Tai, a normal Afghan hound. The team cloned him by inserting his cells into the eggs of a female donor after removing the original nucleus and then implanting them in the female’s uterus. By all accounts, he lived a normal dog life on the campus of Seoul National University, which gave his name: Snuppy. At the age of five, researchers there collected stem cells from Snuppy and used them to inseminate other females. In all, 94 embryos were implanted, which led to four successful pregnancies and births. Shortly thereafter, one of the puppies died, leaving three clones of the cloned dog Snuppy. The researchers wrote a paper describing their results, noting that the dogs, which were nine months old at the time, seemed to be healthy and normal. They have only now published that paper.The purpose of the research is to learn more about the viability of cloning animals. Despite a lot of research, scientists still do not know for sure if cloned animals suffer unknown birth defects, or if their life spans are shorter than normal animals. There is a growing consensus, however, that cloning results in neither. A lot of animals have been cloned and studied, and thus far, there is little to no evidence indicating that the cloning process introduces flaws. Less work has been done in studying clones of clones, however, which means that others in the cloning community will be watching for reports on the progress of the now seven-year-old dog re-clones very closely.The researchers note that both Tai and Snuppy died of cancer, though of different types, and that neither was rare or unique. They note also that it is not uncommon for one of a litter of puppies to die, though it is disconcerting that in this case, it was due to a bout of unexplained diarrhea. Citation: Re-cloning of first cloned dog deemed successful thus far (2017, November 22) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-11-re-cloning-cloned-dog-deemed-successful.html Journal information: Scientific Reports (Phys.org)—A team of researchers with Seoul National University, Michigan State University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign has re-cloned the first dog to be cloned. In their paper published in the journal Scientific Reports, the group describes duplicating the clone and offers an update on how the dogs are doing. DNA: Yes, Snuppy is definitely a clone The three surviving reclones at 2 month of age. They were dervived by SCNT of adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells (ASCs) taken from Snuppy at five years of age. Credit: Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15328-2 More information: Min Jung Kim et al. Birth of clones of the world’s first cloned dog, Scientific Reports (2017). DOI: 10.1038/s41598-017-15328-2AbstractAnimal cloning has gained popularity as a method to produce genetically identical animals or superior animals for research or industrial uses. However, the long-standing question of whether a cloned animal undergoes an accelerated aging process is yet to be answered. As a step towards answering this question, we compared longevity and health of Snuppy, the world’s first cloned dog, and its somatic cell donor, Tai, a male Afghan hound. Briefly, both Snuppy and Tai were generally healthy until both developed cancer to which they succumbed at the ages of 10 and 12 years, respectively. The longevity of both the donor and the cloned dog was close to the median lifespan of Afghan hounds which is reported to be 11.9 years. Here, we report creation of 4 clones using adipose-derived mesenchymal stem cells from Snuppy as donor cells. Clinical and molecular follow-up of these reclones over their lives will provide us with a unique opportunity to study the health and longevity of cloned animals compared with their cell donors. 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. © 2017 Phys.org
Virtual reality is not new. But, as people search for alternative ways to manage pain — and reduce reliance on pills — VR is attracting renewed attention. Still, there are some unanswered questions, says Zachary Rosenthal, a clinical psychologist at Duke University who has been involved in research on VR’s effect on pain. “Distraction is helpful for pain,” he says. “That’s an understood phenomenon. … But why should VR be better than any other kind of distraction?” he wonders. Imagine, for a moment you’ve been transported to a sunlit lagoon. And, suddenly, it’s as if you’re immersed in the warm water and swimming. That’s what Tom Norris experiences when he straps on his VR headset. … Read the whole story: NPR “It’s fantastic, I really feel like I’m there,” says Norris, who is 70 years old, retired from the military, and lives in Los Angeles with his wife. As dolphins frolic and swim by in the virtual scene, “I get a strong feeling of pleasure, relaxation and peace,” he says.
by Nora Thomas Photo by: Flickr user ercwttmn Audio PlayerYour browser version does not support the audio element00:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Community Gardeners Celebrate Temporary Victory 8.22.19 11:58am Community gardeners in New York City are breathing a temporary sigh of relief. WFUV’s Nora Thomas reports.
Imagine going somewhere and then getting vibes from that place. So much so that your inner self gives you messages which you then transform into poetry and with some help, create music out of it? Sounds confusing? Well, that is exactly what Keiko Koma has been doing around the globe with the help of pianist Idaki Shin. And all this for greater good. The aim? World peace. And they will do it again. This time in Purana Qila. India is a huge influence on both of them. ‘Everywhere in Japan you will find temples divided into many streams and variations of Buddhism. They are not just places of worship but also libraries and museums of old culture — most of them coming from India,’ said Shin with the help of a translator. This is their first visit to India after touring various countries across the world. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’‘At Purana Qila, Koma has received a strong message from the earth. It is a vision of a circle of peace. The music (by Idaki Shin) will be spontaneous and a manifestation of energies that brought us to realise the concert,’ says Shin. Nothing has been composed beforehand so rehearsals for this is out of the question. Both Koma and Shin depend on improvisations on the spot. The instruments they will use include traditional drums, electric guitars, flute instruments, saxophones and more. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow does Koma get this visions? ‘When she visits historic places in the midst of nature, she gets messages which are converted into poems. This is the tradition of the ancient Koguryo kingdom of which Koma is a descendant,’ said Koma with the help of a translator.And what is the consequence of the message? Does it have healing powers? ‘The messages manifest truth about our life. They may not have direct healing powers like medicine, but the power of truth is what works as the panacea. Truth is often not found in personal experiences. But without truth one cannot open up to future. Truth helps one overcome difficulties,’ she further explained. And how does Shin come up with the music thereafter? ‘There’s no structure or prefabricated idea. You need to tune oneself to others. The outcome of the performances can be hard and integral,’ says Shin. So what is in store for Delhi? ‘Each spectator will have his or her individual experiences. We don’t have any visible intention. It is what will be happening at Purana Qila,’ says Koma.So head to Purana Qila this Sunday if you are keen to watch some ancient magic unfold among the historical greens.DETAILAt: Purana Quila When: 2 December Timings: 6 pm onwards For Invites, Call: 08587900626
Monochromes move aside! Blues, greens and yellows kicked in a touch of summer and spring amidst the darker reds and blacks that dominated the runway in this edition of Fashion week.Chandrani Siingh Fllora took on the ramp with a soothing mix of basic colours to change the feel of the fall-winter collection. Though one would be mistaken to relegate her collection as summer. It is more the feel of some warm autumn sunshine and calm amidst falling leaves. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Fllora’s collection was dominated by flowy drapes and some classy silhouettes. Acing the wearability scale, saris, long skirts, fitted halter necks, high collars and some interesting scarves and sleeveless jackets as accessories dominated the collection.The most interesting factor in the collection was the inspiration of the symbols of the zodiac that dominated the print motifs. Some exquisite embroidery found place in fitted jackets that were teamed up with long fitted dresses. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe saris flowed like water and paired with rather eye-catching blouses were quite the show stealer. We also spotted some solid coloured cummerbunds in some flowy dresses that broke the silhouettes and added the perfect touch.As shoe lovers, we could not help but notice the gold that ruled the footwear in flats and some excellent heels. Subtle and very well chosen we must say! Zero accessories except scarves and fitted short jackets, Fllora’s collection will be quite a steal once they are on the racks!
Artist Ekta Jain is soon going to display her solo painting exhibition with the theme of her exhibition titled Hope and Never Despair. The exhibition which will begin on 9 May will display her abstracts which are reflective of hope and faith and of assurance and conviction. Ekta Jain is a promising star on the horizon of art and artistry. Ekta’s artwork is autobiographical and bears a close resemblance to her never-say-die spirit and cheerful demeanour, finding vivid translation in her aesthetically pleasing formations and fabrications on the canvas. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The core theme of Ekta Jain’s portrayals remain Hope and never to despair which cannot escape the on-lookers attention. The illuminated niches , ray of dance lighting in the dark crevices; beam of radiance dispelling the gloom- are subtle statements occupying the focal point in her creations.There is a symmetrical oneness in her apparently diversified expressions like her name which implies unity, uniformity, solidarity and homogeneity. Her interplay with splashing colours started at a tender age till it metamorphosed into emphatic narrations. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHer journey to urban spaces is punctuated by her desire to discover layers upon layers of soul’s responses to civility or lack of it. The innate desire led her to formulate and execute her concept without any formal exercise in art.Her arches link urban space to traditional architecture. Her paintings are like palimpsest. Elusive at times and evasive too, one thing that is sure is that Ekta Jain’s work never fails to impact, impress and inspire.
Kolkata: The impasse at Jadavpur University (JU) got resolved on Wednesday, with the varsity deciding to conduct the admission tests for six humanities subjects at the undergraduate level.The university also announced that a certain percentage of marks in Higher Secondary or equivalent examination and a certain percentage of marks in the admission test will be taken into account, before preparing the final merit list for admission.The university had temporarily postponed the admission tests on Monday, following which a section of Arts students had gheraoed the vice-chancellor and executive council (EC) members. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”We had sought legal opinion on the matter and the state Advocate General submitted a report on Tuesday night, on the basis of which the EC meeting was convened. We have decided unanimously that the admission tests for all the six subjects that were notified earlier, will be held. But there will be a change in the dates. The faculty council of the varsity will sit for a meeting on Thursday, following which the dates will be announced,” JU pro V-C Pradip Ghosh said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe dates, according to an EC member, will be deferred by only a few days. The admission tests of six subjects- English, Bengali, Political Science, History, Philosophy and Comparative Literature, were earlier scheduled to be held from July 3 to 5.An EC member assured that the classes for undergraduate humanities students will begin as per schedule and there will be no delay in that respect.”The final merit list for admission will be prepared on the basis of 50 percent of the total marks secured in HS or equivalent examination and 50 percent of the marks secured in admission tests for History, Political Science, Philosophy and Comparative Literature. For English, 50 percent of the candidate’s marks in English in HS or equivalent examination and 50 percent of the marks secured in admission tests will be taken into account, while for Bengali, 50 percent of marks secured in both Bengali and English and 50 percent of the marks in admission tests will be tallied for admission,” an EC member said. The EC has also decided that the Admission Committee of the university will monitor the admission process and there will be no role played by any department in the admission.The members of Arts Faculty Students’ Union (AFSU) called off their agitation, immediately after the EC decision was announced. The agitation had been continuing since 8 pm on Monday, after the university temporarily postponed the dates for admission tests, over difference of opinion among EC members.
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Heavy clashes and air strikes in Yemen’s third city Taez left at least 36 fighters dead on Sunday, army sources said, as aid workers struggled to make medical deliveries.The fighting between Saudi-backed pro-government forces and Shiite Huthi rebels and their allies killed at least 21 rebels and 15 loyalists, the sources said. New clashes broke out when loyalist forces tried to take back a presidential palace on a hill overlooking the city’s east. Also Read – Nine hurt in accident at fireworks show in French resortLoyalists control the centre of Taez, encircled by the Huthi rebels and allied forces loyal to ousted president Ali Abdullah Saleh. The city in central Yemen has been a key battleground as forces loyal to President Abedrabbo Mansour Hadi seek to regain ground from the Iran-backed Huthis.In a statement on Sunday, aid group Doctors Without Borders (MSF) said essential medical supplies it hoped to deliver to a besieged enclave of the city were being blocked. Also Read – Pakistan Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesman“It is very frustrating that, after weeks of negotiations, we have made no progress in convincing officials of the need to provide impartial medical assistance to the victims of the ongoing fighting within this enclave,” Karline Kleijer, MSF’s emergency manager for Yemen, said. She said that this was despite MSF’s support to health facilities in Huthi-controlled areas.Only six of 20 hospitals in the city of more than 600,000 continue to function due to the conflict, and often only partially, MSF said. “They lack staff, fuel and essential medicines, and are overwhelmed by the high numbers of wounded seeking to access their emergency services on a daily basis,” it said.
Haryana Governor Kaptan Singh Solanki visited the Haryana Pavilion set up in the ongoing India International Trade Fair 2015 at Pragati Maidan in the national Capital. The Governor viewed in the products produced in the industrial units set up by women entrepreneurs.Speaking on the occasion, the Governor said, “Haryana Pavilion has been decorated as per the theme of ‘Make in India’. The progress of Haryana has been made explicit through the decoration. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’While looking at the stall of ‘Skill Development’, he added “This would provide employment opportunities to the youth of the state. He said that skill development should also be propagated and publicised in the rural regions of the state so that rural people could also be benefitted through it.”The talking dustbin equipped with sensors displayed by the students of Manav Rachna University Faridabad also attracted attention. The Governor highly appreciated the foot wears of Jhajjar and artificial jewelry displayed by women belonging to Gurgaon and Faridabad.Prof Solanki also over viewed the food products displayed by Haryana Dairy Development Co-Operative Federation , Vita and HAFED. Secretary of the Governor Neelam P Kasni, Resident Commissioner and Chief Administrator of Haryana Trade Fair Authority Anand Mohan Sharan, Administrator of Haryana Trade Fair Authority Shyamal Misra and various other dignitaries were present.
A 27-year-old life convict, who allegedly fled from the custody of police soon after being admitted at a hospital here in June, has been arrested, police said On Saturday.The accused, identified as Karambir, alias Sonu, has been a sharp-shooter with a criminal gang and has allegedly been involved in several heinous crimes, including robbery and murder, police said.According to police, the convict is a history-sheeter and has previously served imprisonment terms in jails of Gurgaon, Faridabad and Sonepat. On June 27 this year, Sonu had developed some medical issue for which he was brought to Safdarjung Hospital here from where he had escaped and was nabbed on Saturday, police said.
Babies as young as two-year-olds are adept at using touch screens, and can swipe, unlock and actively search for features on smartphones and tablets, a new study has found.This level of interactivity is akin to play, the researchers said, suggesting that the technology might have a potential role in childhood developmental assessment. They base their findings on 82 questionnaires on touch screen access and use, completed by the parents of children aged between 12 months and three years. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Nine out of 10 parents who owned a touch screen device said their child was able to swipe.Half of them said their child was able to unlock the screen, and nearly two-thirds felt their child actively searched for touch screen features. In 1999, the American Academy of Paediatrics recommended that screen time be discouraged in children under the age of two. However, the researchers involved in the study suggest that these recommendations were made before the advent of touch screen media, which might have a different impact on the developing brains of toddlers.“Interactive touch screen applications offer a level of engagement not previously experienced with other forms of media and are more akin to traditional play,” they wrote.The findings were published in the journal Archives of Disease in Childhood.
Kolkata: Fifty street children will receive education and counselling support at a state-run school in the city as part of an initiative aimed at providing “safe spaces” to them, an NGO official said.The idea is to provide underprivileged children an opportunity to play, learn and interact with each other, the official of Child In Need Institute (CINI) said Saturday.The premises of Shyambazar A V School, next to a metro station in north Kolkata, will be thrown open for these 50 children – ones living on footpaths and frequenting traffic signals to eke out a living – from 5 pm to 7:30 pm, after school hours, the official said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”The school shelter, made available with support of Women Development and Social Welfare Minister Shashi Panja, will provide educational, nutritional and counselling support to the children and seek to ensure their holistic development,” he said.CINI, in collaboration with NGO ‘Save the Children’, aims to help and support the underprivileged and abandoned children of this city, he stated.”We have created 91 such ‘safe spaces’ for the street children in the city. The Shyambazar school will be an addition to the initiative,” he explained.Of these 50 children chosen for the programme, 30 are eligible for Aadhar cards, the CINI official said.”The NGO has approached UIDAI authorities for a pilot project to link these children with Aadhaar. Our aim is to facilitate Aadhaar benefits for them and their families,” the official added.
Gold has always been a precious gem for everyone and MMTC’s Festival of Gold has added on spark to it. The festival was inaugurated by AK Bhalla, Additional Secretary of Ministry of Commerce on May 6 and will continue till May 10 in the national Capital.The lustre of the glittering event was further enhanced by the visit of celebrated model and Femina Miss India International 2011, Ankita Shorey on Saturday. She spoke about her jewel inspirations and expressed her delight at being able to visit the one-of-its-kind festival. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’One of the highlights at the Festival of Gold this year is the Indian gold coin, the first ever national gold offered by the Government of India. MMTC (Metals and Minerals Trading Corporation of India) launched the Indian gold coin, now being retailed through the Company’s outlet and Indian Overseas bank branches across India. Soon, it will also be available through India Post and other bank branches across India.Ved Prakash, CMD, MMTC, said, “It is our endeavour to encourage consumers to choose the Indian gold coin as their preferred purchase by offering it at IOB branches and our own retail outlets across 31 cities in India”. To beat the rising heat, city residents are getting their hands on one of the best studded jewellery from across the country. The grand exhibition-cum-sale by MMTC, has returned to fulfil popular demand on the occasion of Akshay Tritiya. They present a hand-picked collection of jewels from ten states of India, gold and silver medallions in the 999 purity and latest range of Sanchi silverware. The traditional and cultural appeal of gold, combined with its strong fundamentals, remains central to millions of Indian households.
Kolkata: A Bangladeshi national has been arrested at Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose International (NSCBI) Airport in Kolkata for allegedly carrying foreign currency illegally worth Rs 20 lakh.The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) personnel have nabbed the person identified as Farman Chowdhury Reza and immediately handed him over to the Customs department officials. According to the CISF officials, Reza was about to board a flight to Chittagong scheduled to take off at 11:10 am. During the security check around 10:40 am, on-duty CISF personnel saw Reza behaving suspiciously in the Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifesecurity check queue. While he was walking, it seemed like Reza had something inside his shoes as the pace was slow and unnatural. Smelling a rat, a CISF official was informed by the jawans. Reza was immediately ordered to step out of the queue. He was questioned on the spot. As Reza fumbled, the CISF official detained him and took Reza to the CISF facility at the airport. Reza was then interrogated. Though he claimed to be clean, the CISF officials asked Reza to take off his shoes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHaving no other way out, Reza had to follow the orders. After he took off his shoes, the CISF officials found a huge amount of foreign currency denominations of several countries concealed inside his shoe soles. Following which Reza’s baggage was opened. The bag had more foreign currency denominations and some other valuables. He was asked about the foreign currency and other valuables but failed to produce any valid reason and document. The CISF informed that they have found 6,700 USD, 6,000 Australian Dollar, 2,400 Canadian Cent, 1,720 Bangladesh Taka, 13,540 INR, five expensive wrist watches and two expensive mobile phones from Reza. All the articles were seized. Later, Reza was handed over to the Customs department for further action.
A compound found in olive oil may help prevent cancer developing in the brain, a study says.Research on oleic acid – the primary ingredient in olive oil – has shown how it can help prevent cancer-causing genes from functioning in cells.The oily substance – one of a group of nutrients known as fatty acids – stimulates the production of a cell molecule whose function is to prevent cancer-causing proteins from forming.”While we cannot yet say that olive oil in the diet helps prevent brain cancer, our findings do suggest that oleic acid can support the production of tumour-suppressing molecules in cells grown in the lab,” said lead researcher Gracjan Michlewski of the University of Edinburgh in Britain. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”Further studies could help determine the role that olive oil might have in brain health,” Michlewski added.Their findings, published in the Journal of Molecular Biology, point towards possible therapies based on the oil to prevent brain cancer from occurring.The scientists analysed the effect of oleic acid on a cell molecule, known as miR-7, which is active in the brain and is known to suppress the formation of tumours.They found that oleic acid prevents a cell protein, known as MSI2, from stopping production of miR-7.In this way, the olive oil component supports the production of miR-7, which helps prevent tumours from forming, the study said.Researchers made their discoveries in tests on human cell extracts and in living cells in the laboratory.
First edition of the highly awaited Pop Streer Lifestyle exhibition and Fashion show finally concluded on February 16, 2018. The exhibition, which was also dedicated towards the support of MANTHAN SVK- Holistic Education Program of DJJS for the underprivileged children, saw various designers coming under one roof to showcase the best of their collections. A major highlight of the event was the launch of Dormio, a mattress brand (Made in India) by its parent company, Thomsen (Germany). Jyanti Maingi, Founder of The Popstreet Exhibition said,”We are extremely glad and overwhelmed with the response of the visitors. This exhibition was a huge success. We will be coming soon with the second edition of the exhibition.” The event was organized at The Lalit, New Delhi. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfSome of the well-known fashion and jewellery designers such as VIP Jewellers, Prarena Grover, Pam Mehta, Varija Bajaj, Hardika Gulati, Bani Couture, Devanshi Renu Jewels participated and showcased their latest magnificent collection. The fashion show opened with the designs displayed by Pam Mehta followed by designers like Prarena Grover whose costumes were inspired by international military uniforms. Fashion designers like Bani Couture showcased their collection of different types of cuts, fabrics, and silhouettes. A boho collection by Varija Bajaj came with a message of universal peace and love. The collection basically focused on pastel colours, asymmetrical hem lines, and sustainable fabrics to enhance this very chic resort wear collection. Pam Mehta’s designs with playful colouring and asymmetric cuts created a beautiful distraction from the regular designs observed every day. Traditional jewellery was the main focus of the collection displayed by VIP Jewellers. Their models wore traditional pieces with a hint of modernity in every day and statement pieces. Ethnic designs were the mainstay for Devanshi Renu Jewels. Gracieux by Charu and Richa, Home Struck , Sangavi brand and Pashmina by United Crafts were some companies who took part in this lifestyle exhibition. Above all, what grabbed everyone’s attention was the fashion show by underprivileged children educated by Manthan SVK. Also, an exhibition of the organically prepared cosmetic brand “Becharmed”, by a 14 – year – old girl Siyaa, appealed the audiences.
Kolkata: Many Trinamool Congress activists received injuries after they were attacked allegedly by a group of BJP-backed miscreants. Some of the injured persons have been undergoing treatment in a nearby hospital.The incident, which took place at Nandagram village of East Burdwan district on Monday morning, has triggered tension among the local residents. Incidentally, it may be mentioned that elections were conducted at Burdwan East Lok Sabha constituency on the same day. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe district Trinamool Congress leaders have alleged that some BJP-backed goons tried to influence the voters at Nandagram village on Monday morning, when the Trinamool Congress workers intervened. As they tried to dissuade the miscreants, it led to a heated altercation between the TMC workers and the BJP assisted goons. The miscreants soon overpowered the Trinamool Congress workers and beat them up. They fled immediately after the incident, before the local residents could reach the spot. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe injured victims were rescued and rushed to a nearby hospital by the local people. Senior TMC leaders later visited the hospital to see the injured workers, who are stated to be in a stable condition now. In another incident, a party office of Trinamool Congress at Joynagar in South 24-Parganas was set on fire by some miscreants. The district party leaders of TMC have accused BJP of setting the party office on fire, which was badly damaged in the incident. The BJP leaders from the district have, however, denied the allegations.