One month on, no end in sight to Darjeeling shutdown

first_imgWith seven dead, hundreds injured and public property worth crores set on fire, it has been a long violent month in the Darjeeling hills. On Saturday, the indefinite strike called in Darjeeling and Kalimpong on the demand for the creation of a separate state of Gorkhaland completed a month. Political observers say in the past three decades — since the setting up of the Darjeeling Gorkha Hill Council (DGHC) in 1988 when the Left Front government was in power — the hills have not witnessed such a high pitched movement for a separate State. Rallies and protest marches in the hills, which are witnessing a near total shutdown, have on several occasions turned violent resulting in pitched battles between the Gorkhaland supporters and the police. Even though the Mamata Banerjee government has expressed willingness to hold talks with the political parties in the hills, it has ruled out any division of the State. The political parties in the hills, including the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM), have ruled out talks with the State government and are keenly awaiting a call from the Centre. Centre’s silence With no solution in sight, even the Calcutta High Court has questioned the silence of the Centre on the issue. In an order issued by Acting Chief Justice Nisitha Mhatre and Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty on July 14, the Calcutta High Court raised questions on the role of the Centre. “The Central Government, it appears from its affidavit, has not bothered to ensure supply of essential goods to the districts of Darjeeling and Kalimpong. This is indeed strange,” the order states. “When there is widespread turmoil and defiance in these two districts, which has been given wide publicity in the media, one wonders why the Central government has not bothered to ensure the supply of essential goods to the people of the two affected districts,” the judgment further adds. The Court asked the Centre to take a proactive stance and directed the deployment of four more CRPF companies.Among the stakeholders in Darjeeling hills, the discontent against the Centre is brewing. “We are dismayed by the silence of the Centre. There are rumblings among the members of the Gorkhaland Movement Coordination Committee ( GMCC) that this cannot go on for long,” Munish Tamang, national working president of the Bharatiya Gorkha Parisang, said. Brewing discontentMr. Tamang said more than the Mamata Banerjee government, which had never spoken in favour of Gorkhaland, protests should be directed at the ruling party at the Centre which won two elections in the hills by encouraging the idea of Gorkhaland. According to Mr. Tamang, the people of the hills were willing to endure hardship as long as the movement did not stray from its course. At this moment, there were no voices in the hills asking for an end to the strike. GMCC is a 30-member body comprising representatives of all political parties in the hills and social organisations to take forward the demand for Gorkhaland. Meanwhile, District Magistrate of Darjeeling Joyoshi Dasgupta said that in the district alone, public property worth over ₹7 crore had been destroyed. This included offices, buses, hydel power stations, health centres and panchayat offices and two heritage railway stations of the Darjeeling Himalayan Railways.last_img read more

Workers remain loyal, asserts Pawar

first_imgWith the Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) threatening to implode as the Assembly polls inch closer, party president Sharad Pawar said on Friday that the leaders who were deserting the party had seen personal growth within the NCP. Mr. Pawar said that while the rank and file remained loyal, it was their leaders who were deserting the party. Speaking at a press conference in Shrirampur in Ahmednagar district, the usually imperturbable Mr. Pawar lost his calm when a television journalist questioned him about his relatives — NCP stalwart Dr. Padamsinha Patil, one of Mr. Pawar’s closest confidantes, and his son, Ranajagjitsinha, the MLA from Osmanabad — who are allegedly on their way out of the party.Dr. Patil is the brother-in-law of senior NCP leader Ajit Pawar, who is Mr. Pawar’s nephew. Responding to questions on the exodus of NCP leaders defecting to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and Shiv Sena, Mr. Pawar said, “For the past 10-15 years the personal growth and development of these leaders has taken place within this very party. Now, perhaps they want more development and the BJP and Sena may have shown them some path to fulfil it. However, what exactly this ‘development’ is and what is its nature, I have no clue.”When a reporter then said not only leaders, but relatives like Dr. Patil, too, were on their way out, the NCP chief flared up. “What is the connection between politics and relatives… this is a highly improper question… why are you bringing up the subject of relatives?” said an incensed Mr. Pawar, demanding that the journalist apologise, and even threatening to walk away from the press conference.A visibly upset Mr. Pawar refused to let the reporter explain himself, remarking to others present that “those who lack civility should not be called for the press meeting.” “You either call him (the journalist who asked him the question) or you call me,” the NCP chief said, refusing to take queries and urging the reporter to leave the conference.After much persuasion from other journalists, Mr. Pawar was pacified and gave his reactions on other issues. Meanwhile, in an indication that he may be switching to the BJP, Ranajagjitsinha Patil has called for an open meeting of his followers in Osmanabad on August 31. In a lengthy Facebook post, the Osmanabad MLA called for a “family discussion” with his supporters “in view of the changing ecological and political conditions in the district,” citing the need to take a decision on the completion of irrigation projects and the creation of employment guarantee schemes. According to observers, the reason for Mr. Patil wishing to switch parties is purely economic as his business concerns are in the doldrums. “The Terna cooperative sugar factory in Osmanabad controlled by the Patil family has incurred losses that run into several hundred crores. The NCP MLA is expecting some form of bailout if he joins hands with the BJP. The latter, on the other hand, will gain a firm toehold in Osmanabad and try to secure control of other local institutions over which the Patils have great influence,” a local observer said. It is believed that Mr. Patil will join the BJP in the presence of party president Amit Shah in Solapur district on Sunday.last_img read more

Tim Reed regains form to top Ironman 70.3 in Subic

first_imgDA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP PDEA chief backs Robredo in revealing ‘discoveries’ on drug war “I think I had a good race three, four weeks ago in Ironman Australia and another good race in Vietnam so my form is really good.”Reed’s compatriot Tim Van Berkel completed the course at 4:08:37 to come in second while 2018 Full Ironman champion Nick Baldwin followed in third with a time of 4:09:07.Reed added that he was motivated of finding that winning groove once more, a sensation that has eluded him for the past eight months.“For me, I’ve had some success here and once you get that feeling of success, it’s hard not to want it again,” said Reed. “It’s a bit hard because you’re always chasing that feeling.”ADVERTISEMENT Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal eye French Open quarterfinal Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIEScenter_img Tim Reed. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netSUBIC, Zambales—Tim Reed added another title to his already illustrious career after capturing the gold medal in the men’s division of the 2019 Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay here on Sunday.This is the Australian’s 23rd title in the Ironman 70.3 and the second this year. His latest feat, however, didn’t come without adversity.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READ Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too Reed had to catch up in the bike leg of the race after finishing fourth in the swim leg with a time of 24:35, nearly a minute slower than the fastest swimmer Alex Polizzi, who’s a fellow Australian.Once the bike leg started, however, Reed eventually caught speed and got past Polizzi holding on to that advantage all the way to the run leg of the course.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsReed finished the course in four hours, four minutes and 34 seconds seemed to have gotten his old form back after struggling in his past tournaments.“I love coming back here because I always race here,” said Reed, who won the 2017 Ironman 70.3 Subic Bay. “More importantly, my form’s coming back so it’s nice to be racing well again.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krausslast_img read more

The Week Continues Upward Trajectory

first_imgThe Week has been a bright spot in consumer magazine publishing since it launched in 2001, and was one of the only magazines to continuously increase its advertising pages through much of the economic recession. Through the first half of 2010, the magazine has increased ad pages by 10.3 percent, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.And its growth continues in other areas. According to president Steven Kotok, the print magazine is gearing up to raise its rate base again in 2011 from 500,000 to 510,000. It also will be raising the price of gift subscriptions by 17 percent next year. Kotok says the magazine currently offers a bundled “two-for-one” deal for $69.“Our largest source of new subscriptions is from current subscribers introducing The Week to friends, family and colleagues, and that activity just keeps increasing,” he says. Online, the brand has effectively tripled its audience over the last 18 months. In January 2009, TheWeek.com averaged more than 330,000 unique visitors and roughly 1.28 million page views. Last month, the site pulled in more than 1.35 million uniques and 3.5 million page views.On top of seeing a strong amount of returning visitors coming directly to the site each day, TheWeek.com is getting a lot of its traffic from links from other sites. “We see a lot of links to our content from Yahoo News and AOL News—sites that report news events but link to our content for those of their readers seeking a further multiperspective ‘opinion take’ on the news,” says Kotok. “And we see a lot of traffic from links from opinion sites such as Real Clear Politics, Hot Air, Talking Points Memo, Salon and DailyKos.”Kotok says the linking raises TheWeek.com’s profile with Google, and as a result the site also is seeing an increased amount of traffic from search.Online Accounts for More Than a Third of ProfitsInitially, as did other publishers, The Week considered selling advertisements on its Web site as a small add-on for print buys. Today, though, roughly 35 percent of the brand’s profits are generated online. Kotok says a big contributor to this is landing major advertisers that aren’t buying into the print magazine, like BMW and FedEx, to buy ad schedules online.“We see online revenue rising by 50 percent in 2011 and 33 percent in 2012,” he says.Content-wise, Kotok says TheWeek.com is planning to launch a new “Election” page later this month and is developing several “multiplatform programs” which he declined to describe in further detail.“Even though we are considered new and innovtive, we actually put a lot of effort toward not changing what’s already working and toward staying true to what makes us unique,” he says. “And most importantly, focusing on what’s best for our business in the long term. There are so many pressures in this business to make compromises on those principles for short-term benefit, but compromise is not what has gotten us to our successful position today.”last_img read more

Newsweek Redesign on the Way

first_imgDays after Newsweek and the Daily Beast officially merged, reports come that a redesigned Newsweek is about to make the rounds among ad buyers. The magazine is offering deep discounts according to Adweek, which quotes one anonymous ad buyer as saying, “I can’t fall off the floor with my rates.” Newsweek and The Daily Beast completed their merger on Feb. 1, creating a company called The Newsweek/Daily Beast Co. that is led by four directors: Newsweek buyer Sidney Harman as executive chairman, Daily Beast owner Barry Diller and two others-one appointed from each side. Tina Brown is editor-in-chief of both properties while former Daily Beast president Stephen Colvin is CEO.Ad pages fell 19.8 percent to 895 in Newsweek in 2010, according to Publishers Information Bureau. Former owner Washington Post Co. said the magazine lost $30 million in 2009 before selling to Harman.last_img read more

Sporty OptiShokz Revvez sunglasses integrate boneconduction headphones

first_img Some of the most anticipated tech for 2019 85 Photos Tags Now playing: Watch this: 0 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show. CES schedule: It’s six days of jam-packed events. Here’s what to expect. Post a comment All the cool new gadgets at CES 2019 OptiShokz Revvez audio sunglasses from all angles Bone-conduction headphones, which transmit sound through your cheekbones (or in this case, through the cartilage behind your ear), don’t sound as good as traditional headphones, but they’ve improved a lot over the years and AfterShokz makes arguably the best bone-conduction headphones. I doubt these will sound quite as good as the Bose Frames (which I’ve tried) but they should sound decent and be appealing to runners and bikers who want to hear traffic around them for safety reasons. Also, for those entering race events that prohibit the use of headphones that block your ears, these audio sunglasses would be a good option. As soon as I get some hands-on time with an early unit I’ll update this post with my impressions of their audio performance. Until then, here are the OptiShokz Revvez’ key features: First sunglasses with transducers positioned to transmit sound through the cartilage behind your ear, providing the best bass response and volume.  Bendable two-position titanium temple arms Water and sweat resistant (IP55 certified) Each pair includes three interchangeable silicone rubber nose pads to ensure a comfortable fit Five lenses to choose from: Polarized Grey, REVO Blue, Gradient Grey, Transparent and Bright YellowLenses are interchangeable and molded in Teijin polycarbonate (glasses come with your choice of one lens, and additional lenses are sold separately) Open design leaves ears open and allows you to hear the outside world while listening to audio 6-hour battery life You can charge fully in less than 2 hours Bluetooth 4.2Dual noise-canceling microphones eliminate external noise while enhancing speech volume for phone calls Price: $179, with early-bird pricing of $99 (no word on international pricing) Available around June, though no ship date has been confirmed CES 2019 Enlarge Image AfterShokz In the coming weeks Bose is set to ship its Frames audio AR sunglasses, but if you’re looking for sportier spectacles that have integrated audio, you should keep your eye on the upcoming OptiShokz Revvez bone-conduction audio sunglasses from AfterShokz. Designed to allow cyclists, runners, hikers, golfers, skiers and others to listen to audio and make calls on the go while maintaining “ambient sound awareness,” the OptiShokz Revvez are launching via an Indiegogo campaign on Feb. 19, the company announced Monday here at CES. There are five lens options — the lenses are interchangeable — and early-bird pricing has been set at $99 or a 45 percent discount off the Revvez’ list price of $179. Alas, there’s no prescription lens option. They’re due to ship around June, although delays are always possible. Headphones 58 Photos Share your voice 1:07 CES Products Boselast_img read more

PM Modi Google CEO Sundar Pichai among contenders for Time Person of

first_imgPrime Minister Narendra Modi, Chennai-born Google’s CEO Sundar Pichai and the chairman of Reliance Industries Mukesh Ambani are among the 58 candidates for ‘Person of the Year 2015′ honour conducted by The Time magazine.The winner of title will be declared next month and it will be conferred upon the person who “most influenced the news this year for better or worse,” the publication said.”Modi has encouraged foreign direct investment in India and is trying to modernise the world’s largest democracy,” The Economic Times quoted Time, as saying.”But the Indian leader has also faced controversy over what some see as right-wing extremism,” it added.Modi had also found a place among the contenders last year, but did not secure the title. However, he had emerged as the winner of the readers’ poll last year, garnering over 16% of the nearly five million votes.Pichai, who was promoted as the CEO of Google in August, is also among the contenders along with India’s richest person Ambani.”After 11 years at Google, most recently as co-founder Larry Page’s right hand, Pichai assumed the tech giant’s top job,” Time said.After joining as a ‘low key manager ‘ in Google in 2004, Pichai moved up to top ranks at the company following the successful launch of operating system Google Chrome in 2008. He also led the launch of Gmail and Google Maps.In the voting conducted for Person of the Year 2015 title so far, Modi has already secured 1.3% of the votes, similar to that of Pichai and Russian President Vladimir Putin.The other prominent contenders for the title include US President Barack Obama, French President Francois Hollande, Chinese President Xi Jinping, ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, Tesla Motors  head Elon Musk, Apple CEO Tim Cook and last year’s winner Pope Francis.last_img read more

United States China team explore energy harvesting

first_imgCredit: ACS Nano More information: Ultrathin, Rollable, Paper-Based Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Acoustic Energy Harvesting and Self-Powered Sound Recording ACS Nano, Article ASAP, Publication Date (Web): March 19, 2015. DOI: 10.1021/acsnano.5b00618 Six authors have described their work in harvesting energy in a paper titled “Ultrathin, Rollable, Paper-Based Triboelectric Nanogenerator for Acoustic Energy Harvesting and Self-Powered Sound Recording.” Translation: A paper microphone may help charge your cellphone. Jacob Aron in New Scientist wrote about their work; he said one benefit of such a microphone is that it could harvest acoustic energy to top up a phone charge on the go. The team, from the Georgia Institute of Technology in the U.S. and Chongqing University and Beijing Institute of Nanoenergy and Nanosystems, Chinese Academy of Sciences, China, published their paper in ACS Nano last month. Explore further Device captures energy from walking to recharge wireless gadgets Journal information: ACS Nanocenter_img 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. © 2015 Tech Xplore The scientists developed a rollable, paper-based triboelectric nanogenerator with 125 μm thickness. It can deliver maximum power density of 121 mW/m2 and 968 W/m3 under a sound pressure of 117 dBSPL. (The amount of power the microphone provides depends on its size, but it’s around 121 milliwatts per square meter.)What is a nanogenerator? Interviewed last year by Paul Weiss, Zhong Lin Wang of Georgia Tech said: “A nanogenerator is a device that utilizes piezoelectrics, triboelectrics, or paraelectrics, or all three of them, to convert mechanical action, thermal action, or other action into electricity for powering small electronic devices, mostly by converting mechanical energy.” As for the triboelectric nanogenerator (TENG), he explained that this uses the electrostatic charge “created due to the triboelectrification process as a driving force for electron flow to an external load. Using this process today, we can achieve 55 percent energy conversion efficiency, the best so far.”Again, Aron translated what Zhong Wang of the Georgia Institute of Technology in Atlanta and colleagues actually did to their paper. “They used a laser to zap a grid of microscopic holes in the paper, then coated one side in copper and laid it on top of a thin sheet of Teflon, joining the two sheets at one edge. Sound waves vibrate the two sheets in different ways, causing them to come in and out of contact. This generates an electric charge, similar to the one made when your rub a balloon on your hair, which can charge a phone slowly.”The microphone is the size of a postage stamp. Aron said, “The amount of power the microphone provides depends on its size, but it’s around 121 milliwatts per square meter. ‘It can be made into any size you like,’ says Wang, though he admits a stamp-sized microphone fitted to your phone would only provide a small amount of power rather than fully charging your phone.”The authors of the paper said it can be implemented onto a commercial cell phone for acoustic energy harvesting from human talking. Aron, meanwhile, also wrote about another potential application—the recycling of sound energy from the environment, where one could get “free electricity from the ‘waste’ sounds all around us.”The authors said the concept and design could be applied to a variety of circumstances for energy harvesting or sensing purposes. Some examples they gave would be toward wearable and flexible electronics, military surveillance, jet engine noise reduction, a low-cost implantable human ear and wireless technology applications.Via NewScientist Citation: United States, China team explore energy harvesting (2015, April 18) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-states-china-team-explore-energy.htmllast_img read more