Ram Katha redefined

first_imgEver thought of Ramayana depicted entirely through paintings? Well, more than 101 Ramayana based paintings are on display at National Museum titled as Rama Katha — The story of Rama through Indian miniatures.The paintings created between  17-19 century depicts various parts of Valmiki’s story like, the Portrait of Rama, Hanuman carrying the Dongiri mountain Rama breaking the Shiva’s bow in king Janak’s court, Rama, Laxman and the golden deer, fire ordeal of Sita, Ravan on his golden throne among others. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The paintings also throw light on varied interpretations of the same story across stylistic genres like Pahari style, Kalighat style, Rajasthani style, Moughal style and many more. The paintings have been collected from various parts of India and more than 70 paintings are on display for the first time. The selection of art work has been done carefully so that each style is exhibited and viewers can compare, understand and imbibe the styles.The exhibition promises to be an experience of different styles of miniature paintings. Later this year, these paintings will travel to Royal Museum of Art and History at Brussels in Belgium, to be displayed.last_img read more

AYUSH Ministry to clamp down on permits to state govts for opening

first_imgKolkata: Union Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homeopathy (AYUSH) has decided not to give permission to the state governments to open any AYUSH medical college and hospital for the next two years.The Centre, however, claimed that the move has been made to carry out a comprehensive drive to enhance existing infrastructure of the AYUSH medical colleges.For the next two years, the AYUSH Ministry will not accept any applications from any state government. The director of Ministry of AYUSH has already written to the chief secretaries of the states in this regard. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsState governments need to take no-objection certificate from the Centre for setting up an AYUSH medical college. The Union ministry has also decided not to construct any medical institutions under its fold for the next two academic years, as they will concentrate more on the development of existing infrastructure of all these hospitals. In a recent notification issued by the Ministry of AYUSH, all the state governments and universities have been urged not to give consent of affiliation to any institution which is under construction. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe restrictions will be imposed only for the 2019-20 and 2020-21 academic years. The Centre has also requested the states not to receive any fresh application, as the Centre would not entertain any such application.According to sources, there are around 626 AYUSH medical colleges across the country, among which around 17 are in Bengal. According to the ministry of AYUSH, there are areas which require some infrastructural revamp and hence it is the priority of the ministry to put in place adequate infrastructure so that people coming to the hospitals can avail best quality treatment. The ministry, during its inspection of colleges, will examine and assess if they maintain the prescribed standards. There will be a reform in the education system at all the AYUSH medical colleges in the country. According to the sources, the reforms will improve the quality of education, which will have an impact on providing quality healthcare delivery system rendered by the AYUSH system of medicine.The existing AYUSH medical colleges will, however, be able to admit candidates in various undergraduate courses for the next two academic years. The admissions will be made only through the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET).The notification also mentions that AYUSH National Teachers Eligibility Test is to be conducted for appointment of all teachers in AYUSH institutions and an unique verification code for such teachers will be allotted before their appointment.The main purpose of the initiatives is to bring transparency and improvement in the quality of all the AYUSH institutions. The ministry also takes up initiatives to achieve standards in AYUSH medical education in the country.last_img read more

Balurghat meatseller accused of selling decomposed meat

first_imgBALURGHAT: A local meat seller in Balurghat has been accused of being involved in selling decomposed meat to an inhabitant of the civic area. The buyer, Ajay Chanda, who is a state government employee and a resident of Balurghat Khadimpur, demonstrated before the shop, demanding immediate return of fresh meat in place of the decomposed meat.Law enforcers from Balurghat police station rushed to the spot, hearing about the incident from the locals. A probe has already been initiated by the South Dinajpur Food Security department after receiving the complaint from Chanda. Preliminary investigation has revealed that the accused meat seller, Chhoton Mali, has no authorised trade licence to run the shop and trade. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsOn Monday, Chanda purchased meat from Mali’s meat shop located in Sare Tin Number More area. Bad smell of decomposed meat came out while cooking at night.On Tuesday, Chanda reached the shop with the half cooked meat, demanding replacement with fresh meat. Mali denied him of replacement and the duo got involved in an argument. Locals gathered there to know what the matter was. Police reached the spot after being informed by the locals.last_img read more

Keeping alive the tradition

first_imgBollywood heartthrob Salman Khan and young star Harshali Malhotra, who featured together in the latest blockbuster Bajrangi Bhaijaan fly high up over the skies in Old Delhi. Not literally though! But pictures of cinestars are featured on a paper kite.As the Bajrangi kite drifts up in the gentle afternoon breeze, its movement is keenly followed by 80-year-old Mohiuddin from inside a small room of his house in the walled city area. Said to be one of the best kite flyers in the country, Mohiuddin popularly known as Bhai Mia, has been in the sport for over half a century and had participated in kite flying festivals in Dubai, Bahrain, New Zealand and other countries. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“What you now see in markets are all Chinese kites. They are heavy, do not rise high in the sky and are more popular among children. People who participate in kite flying games on Independence Day, still prefer the paper ones,” he says.This is usually the time of the year when people in the city, particularly the walled city traditionally participate and showcase their prowess in kite flying games. In Old Delhi where houses nestle cheek-by-jowl along narrow streets, open terraces are ideal for kite flying and provide a beautiful landscape view of the ancient city. Every kite flown by Mohiuddin is fashioned at home and he handpicks all the required materials ranging from the paper, the cross spars besides deciding on whether the kite should be a diamond or a star or some other fancy shape. The professional kite flyer says he fashions his own designs to display at various events on Independence Day every year. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixWith age related ailments, the octogenarian seldom flies now. However, he still crafts several of them for his sons Jamaluddin and Aminuddin who are poised to take forward his legacy. The duo now professional kite flyers operate a business.From giant kites measuring 400 square feet to a small one measuring a mere 2 mm, Bhai Miyan and his sons have flown a large number of kites. On this Independence Day too they have been roped in by DLF Promenade, a south Delhi mall for a kite flying event with Jamal setting his sight on making a record of flying maximum number of kites on a single string. Tanzeem Hussain, whose family has been into the business of making kites for the past 114 years, says that the Chinese kites are popular among children because they have ‘Chhota Bheem’, ‘Donald Duck’ or other cartoon characters on them.Every year kites are based on popular new releases. This year though Bajrangi Bhaijaan designs are hot-selling. Other popular kite designs include Modi and Obama kites besides the usual series of cartoon based ones. .Mohiuddin says that kites may change with time but for Independence Day people still like to see the tricolor soaring in the skies. While one can find all sorts of kites in the market, the veteran recalls that he had once upon a time experimented with making plastic kites but discovered that what he made failed to take off in a good flight due to their extreme lightness.Echoing him is Babloo, a kiteseller in the Lal Kuan area of Old Delhi, who says although he stocks up on a lot of Chinese kites, people still prefer those made with paper. “I have been in this business for almost 50 years now. People come and buy these kites but on Independence Day if you look above, you won’t find a single Chinese kite. I really have no clue where they vanish but I will change my name if you find any Chinese kite flying high in the sky,” says the hawker.Babloo says that there is only about five per cent market for Chinese kites, which usually sell between Rs 15 and can go upto Rs 350. The design and materials used in these kites, makes it difficult for flying, he says. While people may not choose Chinese style kites they don’t hesitate to pick up the Chinese ‘manja’ (string used for kites).“People prefer Chinese strings because it is not easily breakable. But the string is so strong that it injures the birds that hit against it,” says another hawker Mohammad Haseen, who sets up his stall a week before Independence Day every year.Despite domestically produced kitestrings selling cheaper by Rs 50 to Rs 100, the Chinese versions sell more. “People want their kites to be intact and seldom care about its environmental hazards,” says Haseen.last_img read more

Interpreter helps speechimpaired girl record statement a month after rape

first_imgMore than a month after she was allegedly raped by a neighbour in North-west Delhi, the statement of a 10 year-old speech-impaired girl was recorded before a metropolitan magistrate on Monday with the help of an interpreter.The interpreter was provided by the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) after the victim’s mother approached it seeking help.“An FIR in the case was registered a month ago. The child was raped by a 58-year-old neighbour but the statement could not be recorded because of the child’s inability to speak properly. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airport“Despite being instructed by the Magistrate for arranging an interpretor, the police could not find one. The child’s mother then sought help from DCW which provided an interpreter following which the victim’s statement was recorded before the Metropolitan Magistrate under Section 164 of the CrPC,” a DCW official said. The incident happened at Haiderpur in North-West Delhi and an FIR was registered on August 6 at Shalimar Bagh police station.“The victim was sexually assaulted by her neighbour. The accused was promptly arrested. But the statement could not be recorded because of the child’s inability to speak properly.last_img read more

Tougher men less likely to be honest with doctors

first_imgThe study also says, if they do go, they are more likely to choose a male doctor and are less likely to be honest with that doctor about their symptoms.The researchers found that men who held traditional beliefs about masculinity — that men should be tough, brave, self-reliant and restrained in their expression of emotion — were more likely to ignore medical problems, or at least put off dealing with them, than women or than men with less traditional beliefs. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The question that we wanted to answer was, why do men die earlier than women?” said Diana Sanchez from Rutgers University in the US. “Men can expect to die five years earlier than women and physiological differences don’t explain that difference,” Sanchez added in the paper published in the journal Preventive Medicine. For their study, researchers asked about 250 men participants to fill an online questionnaire designed to elicit their opinions about manhood and relative attributes of men and women. They also answered questions about the preference of doctor. The higher they scored on the masculinity scale, the more likely participants were to prefer a male to a female doctor. They were more likely to choose a male doctor, based on the belief that male doctors were more competent than female doctors. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“That’s because they don’t want to show weakness or dependence to another man, including a male doctor,” Sanchez explained.The researchers then recruited 250 male undergraduates at a large public university and had them fill out similar questionnaires.Each subject was interviewed by male and female pre-medical and nursing students about their medical conditions.Ironically, the researchers found that men tend to be more honest about their medical symptoms with female doctors, because to be honest about vulnerabilities causes them no loss of status with women.last_img read more

Govt takes up intervention programme to grant better lives to tribal groups

first_imgKolkata: The state Tribal Development department has undertaken a special intervention programme for the development of vulnerable tribal groups like Shabar (Lodha), Birhore and Toto.The department has conducted a survey following the instruction of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. According to the 2011 census, Shabar population in the state is around 40,000, of whom 18,000 reside in Jhargram. There are 1,500 Totos who stay in Madarihat-Birpara block of Alipurduar, while there are 365 Birhores who live in the Ayodhya Hills of Purulia. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe Tribal Development department has provided a special budget of Rs 12.90 crore in the current fiscal for implementation of the schemes. These are likely to enhance their livelihood opportunities, arrest migration and improve social habits. It has been decided that new dwelling houses under Bangla Awas Yojana will be constructed, while the houses that are in bad shape will be repaired or renovated. The state government will also conduct a special drive to provide drinking water in the tribal habitations. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSelf-Help Groups (SHG) will be set up to provide better livelihood. Cattle and goat rearing, backyard poultry, horticulture and floriculture, orchard and kitchen gardening will be encouraged. Tribal department officials, along with the local Gram Panchayats, will visit the areas to encourage the beneficiaries and make them aware of the various schemes that are being taken up by the state government. Agriculture will be boosted by improving the irrigation system. Special emphasis will be given on the traditional handicraft products and attempts will be made to give them skill training and design development. Artisan clusters will be developed and soft loans will be given to the artisans under various subsidy schemes. It may be mentioned that supply of rice at Rs 2 a kilo by the state government has helped the tribal people enormously. The people are now getting two square meals a day. Awareness campaigns will be launched about the schemes taken up by the state government and how they are going to benefit them.last_img read more

Smelling food may make you fat

first_imgThe ability to smell food may be making you fat, while its absence may trick the body into thinking that it has already eaten, scientists say. Researchers, including those from University of California, Berkeley in the US found that obese mice who lost their sense of smell also lost weight on a high fat diet.The slimmed-down but smell-deficient mice ate the same amount of fatty food as mice that retained their sense of smell and ballooned to twice their normal weight, they said. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe team also found that mice with a boosted sense of smell – super-smellers – got even fatter on a high-fat diet than did mice with normal smell.The odour of what we eat may play an important role in how the body deals with calories. If you can not smell your food, you may burn it rather than store it, researchers said.Sensory systems play a role in metabolism. Weight gain is not purely a measure of the calories taken in, it is also related to how those calories are perceived, they said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsive”This paper is one of the first studies that really shows if we manipulate olfactory inputs we can actually alter how the brain perceives energy balance, and how the brain regulates energy balance,” said Celine Riera, a fellow at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in Los Angeles in the US.Researchers noted that mice, as well as humans, are more sensitive to smells when they are hungry than after they have eaten, so perhaps the lack of smell tricks the body into thinking it has already eaten. While searching for food, the body stores calories in case it is unsuccessful. Once food is secured, the body feels free to burn it.Researchers used gene therapy to destroy olfactory neurons in the noses of adult mice but spare stem cells, so that the animals lost their sense of smell only temporarily – for about three weeks – before the olfactory neurons regrew.The smell-deficient mice rapidly burned calories up by regulating their sympathetic nervous system, which is known to increase fat burning.The team noted that the mice turned their beige fat cells – the subcutaneous fat storage cells that accumulate around our thighs and midriffs – into brown fat cells, which burn fatty acids to produce heat.Some turned almost all of their beige fat into brown fat, becoming lean, mean burning machines.In these mice, white fat cells – the storage cells that cluster around our internal organs and are associated with poor health outcomes – also shrank in size.Researchers found that the obese mice, which had also developed glucose intolerance – a condition that leads to diabetes – not only lost weight on a high-fat diet, but regained normal glucose tolerance.The study was published this week in the journal Cell Metabolism.last_img read more

Yogarelated injuries on the rise

first_imgThe number of people with serious Yoga-related injuries are on the rise, according to an Australian study that warns people to practice yogic poses with caution. Researchers from Central Queensland University in Australia analysed all yoga injuries presented at emergency departments between 2009 and 2016 in Victoria.They found that Yoga-related injuries that were serious enough to land people in local emergency department rose by almost 80 per cent during that time and ranged mainly from knee injuries, shoulder dislocations to head and neck injuries. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”I think people know the correct technique, but they might be pushing themselves too early, especially if you look into the influencers on social media,” said Betul Sekendiz of Central Queensland University.”There is a high focus on pictures to attract likes, so people may be pushing themselves without enough preparation or warm up to get into those poses just for the sake of a picture,” said Sekendiz.”I think on social media, the most frequent pose we see females performing is the headstand,” he said. The study found 66 recorded cases of yoga injuries and almost 10 per cent of those injuries were serious enough for the person to be admitted to hospital for further treatment. “I am not saying we should stop doing yoga, but we need to look into what’s going wrong here,” Sekendiz said. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAn article published in The New York Times investigating the prevalence of yoga-related injuries found that several factors seem to be related to the rising number of pulls, tears and sprains prevalent among yogis. A major contributing factor is a shift in both those who teach and practice yoga. More than ever before, adults who are mostly otherwise sedentary and unfamiliar with the practice are turning to yoga to improve flexibility and strength. While this can be helpful in many instances when students are properly guided, a tight, inactive or aging body mixed with a vigorous practice or an experienced teacher can also sometimes serve as a recipe for disaster. “As with any other form of physical practice, yoga should be practiced carefully under the guidance of a qualified instructor in order to reduce risk. If you’ve been injured in the past, or have been mostly sedentary, consider skipping some of the riskiest poses all together”, suggests draxe.com.Five ways to avoid injuries1. Gently stretch tight areasStretching (and similar dynamic movements like calisthenics) should always be done mindfully, gently and slowing. Take your time loosening tight areas — such as the hips, calves or hamstring — being careful not to move too quickly into any poses. Try to warm the body up before any vigorous practice with some dynamic stretching, since this helps to loosen muscles that might be prone to pulls. It’s okay to feel mild to moderate resistance while stretching or bending, but be careful not to push past your limits.2. Reduce muscular compensations through regular strength-trainingIn addition to doing yoga, resistance-training and “functional exercise” can help reduce compensations by building strength in weak areas. Focus on regularly doing cardiovascular and full-body resistance exercises several times per week based on your physical abilities. 3. Practice yoga cautiously (Especially if you’re a beginner)You should always practice yoga with a trained and qualified teacher, but still be careful to listen to your body during practice. Don’t assume that any teacher knows exactly how to modify postures to suit your specific needs, and don’t assume that you should be able to bend or move in ways that other students can.4. Consider sticking to gentler stylesIf you’re susceptible to dizziness, muscle cramps or the effects of heat and dehydration, keep in mind that hot yoga (Bikram) might not be the best match for you. Try to ease your way into any yoga practice by attending basic/beginner classes or workshops, or even trying restorative/yin yoga at first which move at a slower pace.5. Use props for supportProps including yoga blocks, straps, blankets or even a wall or chair can really come in handy. These are especially useful for yoga newbies, the elderly or those recovering from injuries.last_img read more

EC to closely monitor PMs rally at Brigade Parade ground today

first_imgKolkata: Election Commission officials would capture videos of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s election rally at Brigade Parade ground on Wednesday.The commission will also keep a tab on the rally to ascertain if there is any violation of the Model Code of Conduct (MCC). The commission will also carry out an assessment to know if the entire cost of organising the rally has been spent as declared by the state BJP leaders, while taking permission for it. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe commission will also monitor to see if the controversial theme song of the party sung by its Asansol MP Babul Supriyo is played during the rally. The song is yet to receive permission from the EC. Meanwhile, Special Central Police Observer Vivek Dubey will hold meeting with all the observers at Siliguri Circuit Bench on Wednesday, to take a stock on the poll-preparedness in the two districts that will go to poll in the first phase on April 11. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateSeven companies of Central Forces have been sent to North Bengal for the first phase of polls. The first phase of elections would be held in Alipurduar and Cooch Behar. Sanjay Basu, additional Chief Electoral Officer, said that seven companies have been taken from the existing 10 companies which have been presently deployed in the state. The forces have been sent to the North Bengal districts as a part of the confidence boosting measure.last_img read more