New Canadian research has found that growing up with a TV in the bedroom may have a negative effect on children’s physical and mental health in their teenage years. Carried out by researchers at the Université de Montréal’s School of Psychoeducation and the INRS-IAF, a research institute affiliated with the Université du Québec à Montréal, the study looked at data gathered from 1,859 Quebec children born between the spring of 1997 and the spring of 1998. Read the whole story: CTV News “The early years are a critical period in a child’s development,” said study author Linda Pagani, who will be discussing the study on Thursday at the International Convention of Psychological Science in Paris.
Kolkata: Aedes Aegypti mosquito which is responsible for transmitting dengue virus into your body is lured by deep colour of clothes. Deep red, deep black and deep blue are the three colours that attract dengue mosquitoes towards a person, said Vector Control Officer of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Debasish Biswas. Speaking at an interactive session on dengue, Biswas said: “These three colours are spotted by an Aedes Aegypti, female mosquito, from a distance of 10 metres. The shadow of these colours help the insect in the sighting and it is attracted towards these colours. So it is better to avoid these colours at least from June to October which are the months in which dengue cases are the maximum.” Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe event was held at Rabindra Sadan organised by the KMC’s Health department on Saturday. Fashion designer Agnimitra Paul suggested roping in cricketers and film stars for the campaign. “I have seen that when some brand is endorsed by a cricketer or a film star, it has more appeal. The same process may also be followed in the KMC’s awareness programmes about dengue,” Paul added. Member Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh welcomed the proposal and said the civic body will give it a serious thought. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedSpeaking at the programme, Ghosh said the objective of the programme was to make all the stakeholders aware of the treatment protocol of the vector-borne disease that is made by the National Vector Borne Disease Control Programme (NVBDCP) every year. “We want that treatment at all hospitals, health centres (both government and private) of vector-borne diseases would be of the same pattern as per the guidelines of World Health Organisation (WHO). We have invited all hospitals, both government and private, in the programme to hand over the treatment protocol. We will also be sending it to other stakeholders who failed to attend the programme,” Ghosh said.He urged the doctors dealing with dengue to consider the treatment to be a part of social cause. Mayor Sovan Chatterjee, in a word of advice to the councillors and borough chairmans who attended the programme, said not to create unnecessary panic over dengue.”The civic body is fully geared up to fight dengue and we will strive in ensuring that there is not a single death due to this disease,” Chatterjee said.He reiterated that deaths due to dengue in the state are much less than most other states in the country.
Kolkata: The body of a 58-year-old person was found in front of an under-construction building at Joyrampur Jala Road under Parnasree police station in Behala on Monday morning. The person was rushed to the nearby Vidyasagar Hospital, where he was declared brought dead.According to police sources, the deceased, identified as Shyamal Krishna Hazra, was a central government employee who worked with All India Radio. “We are not too sure whether the fall was accidental or the person had jumped to death. The matter is being investigated,” an officer at Parnasree police station said. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe man had ventured out of his residence at around 9.30 am and climbed up to the roof of the second floor of the under-construction building a few metres away.Passers-by had found him standing on the roof and some had even advised him to come down when they found him sitting dangerously close to the edge at one side of the roof, with his legs hanging downwards. However, he did not pay heed to the warnings.Sleuths investigating the incident informed that Hazra had been living in his Parnasree residence with his octogenarian mother and a sister for more than 20 years. He was married but his wife had left him when their child was two-years-old.He was reportedly suffering from depression, which had reached its pinnacle after his mother recently suffered a fall and broke her leg, thereby becoming bedridden. “He had been keeping to himself and would hardly talk with any of his neighbours for the last few years,” a person in the neighbourhood said.
Kolkata: A young woman, travelling in a suburban train in Kolkata along with her friend, was harassed by fellow passengers who threatened and intimidated her and pulled her up for her dress. The couple later lodged a complaint with the Government Railway Police. “Yes we have received a complaint against unknown persons. We are trying to establish the identity of the accused and the entire matter is under investigation,” said a GRP officer on Monday. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights The woman, working in a private company here, boarded the general compartment of the Barrackpore-bound local train from Sealdah station along with her friend on Saturday evening. “It was very sultry, there was little place to sit, so I requested a middle-aged man to shift a little so that we could sit side-by-side. He denied, saying he cannot shift as there is no fan,” the victim wrote in her Facebook post. According to her, she and her friend somehow adjusted in the little space without further argument. Even then the man taunted her, saying “this is not a ladies compartment”. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killed When the couple got up, the man shifted to the side he had initially refused to move to. The couple then asked him how he could manage without the fan now. There followed an altercation, which the woman video recorded on her mobile and then shared it on social media. The man was heard saying: “Go home and sit on each other’s lap. The metro incident (when a young couple was assaulted by a mob at the Dum Dum station of Kolkata Metro in late April for allegedly standing close to each other inside a train compartment) took place because of people of your generation.” Another man said: “Do not wear such clothes (t-shirt and jeans) and board the train.” In the video, the man can be clearly seen taunting her, saying “you are a woman, you are a woman, you are a woman, don’t speak too much”. She also retorted, asking him how he could speak about her dress. The woman then raised her voice and asked him to shut up. The woman’s friend said they were also taunted after they deboarded the train. “The taunting continued even after we alighted. When we responded… the language that the elderly man used, I will never expect a man of his age to use such words,” he said. “I just want to say, is this our country where women are meant to hear such things? This is our new society, where such behaviour has become a daily routine on trains and buses? I just want to ask, is this the behaviour which can be expected from the seniors?” the woman questioned in her Facebook post.
New Delhi: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee today sharpened her attack on the BJP over the draft National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam, accusing the party of playing vote-bank politics, while also warning that the issue will “destroy” India’s relationship with Bangladesh. She said only one per cent of the 40 lakh residents, whose names are missing from the draft NRC, could be infiltrators, but people are being “harassed” in the name of infiltrators. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life She said she has appealed to all opposition parties to send their delegation to Assam. The TMC chief said she has also urged former BJP leader Yashwant Sinha to visit the state. She said India has very good relations with Bangladesh. “The NRC will destroy relationship between India and Bangladesh. Out of 40 lakh people whose names are not in the list of NRC, only one per cent could be illegal infiltrators. But the BJP is trying to show that all those not included (in NRC) are infiltrators,” she told reporters at the Parliament. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Yesterday, she had alleged that the NRC exercise in Assam was done with a “political motive” to divide people and warned that it would lead to bloodbath and a civil war in the country. “Bangladesh is not a terrorist country. After Independence, many people from Pakistan came to Gujarat, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Punjab. From Bangladesh too, people came to Tripura, West Bengal, Bihar and many other states. They are not infiltrators or terrorists. Is it a crime that Bangladesh and we (West Bengal) share the same mother tongue? They (the Centre) think, anybody who speaks Bangla is a Bangladeshi” she said. Her comments come in the backdrop of Assam government publishing the draft NRC on July 30. The draft excludes 40 lakh people from the list. “The BJP is playing vote bank politics. The NRC will affect the whole world. Managing the borders is a responsibility of the Centre,” she said. “Central forces see how many infiltrators are crossing into the country. But in the name of infiltrators, they (the Centre) are harassing people. I have appealed to all opposition parties to send their delegation to Assam. I have also urged Yashwant Sinha to go to Assam,” she said.
If your child is impulsive, do not blame him or her. It is something that may have been inherited from you as new research has linked such behaviour with “impulsivity” genes. “Delay discounting” is the tendency strongly influenced by our genetic makeup.It gradually improves as teenagers get older and when given the choice, to take a smaller reward that is available immediately, instead of a larger reward that will be delivered in the future.Identifying the “delay discounting” genes are important for understanding the basis of psychiatric disorders, especially addictions and other disorders that involve impulsive decision-making. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’For this, Andrey Anokhin and his colleagues from the Washington University’s school of medicine did a study of 602 twins.The results suggest that “delay discounting” gradually improves as teenagers get older — such that 18 year-olds have a greater ability or tendency to wait for the larger delayed reward, as compared to younger teenagers. Apart from age, genes accounted for about half of the difference among individuals in their level of delay discounting. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMany genes are likely to influence “delay discounting” and the data suggest that these “impulsivity genes” may include genes coding for enzymes that synthesise the neurotransmitter serotonin and receptors where serotonin binds in the brain.“While it is tantalising to speculate that the associations between delay discounting and serotonin-related genes may ultimately point the way to new treatments for addictions and other disorders involving impulsive choice,” Anokhin said.The report was presented at the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology’s annual meeting in Hollywood, Florida this week.
Kolkata: Dengue has claimed its fourth victim in the city where a woman from North Kolkata died of the disease on Wednesday.The incident took place after an 11-year-old boy died of the same disease at a private hospital in Kolkata on early Tuesday morning. It was learnt that the victim, Krishna Hazra, a housewife was suffering from fever for the past few days. A resident of Muraripukur area in Manicktala, Hazra was admitted to a local nursing home in North Kolkata four days ago. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeHer condition later deteriorated in the hospital. The doctors at the hospital decided to keep the patient at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) for a few days.However, the patient died on late Tuesday night.The death certificate issued by the private hospital says the victim died due to multi-organ failure after she caught dengue. The state Health department is yet to confirm the reason of her death. It may be mentioned that Aarush Dutta (11), a resident of Peary Mohan Sur Lane in North Kolkata, died of dengue at a private hospital at Anandapur on Tuesday. He had been suffering from high fever for the past few days. One Narayan Shrestha (10), a resident of Duttabad road died of dengue at a private hospital on EM Bypass on 30 August.
Kolkata: The state Education department has decided to distribute booklets containing Swami Vivekananda’s address at the Parliament of World’s Religion in Chicago among students.Speaking at the closing ceremony of the Sampriti Saptaha that the state government has organised to celebrate the 125 years of Swami Vivekananda’s address in the Parliament of World’s Religion in Chicago, state Education minister Partha Chatterjee said: “Booklets containing the speech of Swami Vivekananda will be distributed among schoolgoers free of cost. The move has been taken as a character-building programme.” Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAt the same time, Chatterjee said details related to the life, works and messages of social reformers will also be included in the textbooks.The expert committee will be discussing the same and will take the decision in this connection. The committee will finalise the books where such contents would be introduced. They will also decide on the class in which these books would be launched.”After the committee finalises all the aspects in this connection, it will be placed before Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee,” he said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedHe also took a dig at the CPI(M) and BJP and said that there is no single person who takes such decisions and “instead there is an expert committee that regularly works in this field and will take the decision”.General Secretary of Ramakrishna Math and Mission Swami Suvirananda and Assistant General Secretary Swami Balabhadrananda were also present in the programme at Rabindra Sadan in which students were awarded for their performances in essay writing, poster drawing, debate and quiz contests. Indranil Sen, Minister of State for Information and Cultural Affairs department, was also present in the programme.Chatterjee further said that the Chief Minister had taken the initiative and organised the week-long programme.He maintained: “In the past four decades, no steps were taken to circulate messages of the social reformers among the masses. Now, the Chief Minister has taken up this initiative.”Swami Suvirananda said: “Harmony and brotherhood between all religions was the primary tenet of Swami Vivekananda’s life and teachings.”He also urged all to follow Swami Vivekananda in their lives and thanked the Chief Minister for her initiatives to organise the programme.
Kolkata: The full bench of the Election Commission of India met members of nine political parties at a seven-star city hotel on Thursday.With electoral roll cleansing on the radar, instructions have been given to ensure that bogus voters are removed from the list and to ensure that names of the new voters are included properly. The full bench also met the CEO. The full bench of the ECI headed by Sunil Arora, the Chief Election Commissioner, is in the city since Wednesday evening. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe full bench of the Election Commission of India also met representatives of civil society organisations, who demanded necessary security measures in the state during the upcoming Lok Sabha polls to ensure a free and fair election. “The Commission met with… representatives of civil society organisations to elicit their views and suggestions to make the Lok Sabha elections, 2019 more inclusive, ethical, accessible and participative,” a release issued by the office of the Chief Electoral Officer (CEO) here said. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseMeanwhile, leaders of the Opposition parties urged the Election Commission of India to deploy heavy Central forces one month ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Besides leaders of the ruling Trinamool Congress (TMC), those of Opposition parties such as the Bharatiya Janata Party, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Congress called on the ECI’s top bosses. TMC secretary general Partha Chatterjee, who led the party’s delegation at a meeting with the EC, said the party spoke on several issues and the ECI full bench assured that it would look into the suggestions. He, however, did not elaborate. Jayprakash Mazumdar of the BJP said in order to conduct free and fair elections, Central observers should come to Bengal immediately. Debabrata Basu of the Congress opined that the Central forces should be deployed one month ahead of the election and they should conduct route marches in the vulnerable areas. The ECI expressed concern over the absence of Rajeev Kumar, Police Commissioner. Kumar did not come to attend the meeting. The ECI interacted with the District Magistrates and Superintendents of Police and took a stock of the law and order situation. The DMs and SPs were asked to give a full report to the ECI. It will meet the nodal officers on Friday morning along with state Chief Secretary Malay Dey and Director General of Police Virendra to take a stock of the law and order situation. The ECI will hold a press conference before leaving the city on Friday as well. Earlier in the day, the ECI released a photo album that captures the initiatives it has taken to ensure greater inclusion and participation of persons with disabilities into the electoral registration process.
Kolkata: Despite strict vigilance and preventive measures undertaken by the Kolkata traffic police, overcrowded auto-rickshaws seemed to have gained a momentum in several pockets of the city.The auto-drivers plying in the routes of Rashbehari-Behala, Kadapara-Mechua, New Alipore-Tollygunge, Hazra-Khidderpore and others, have been reportedly plying more passengers than the permissible limit after dusk and also on the rainy days. “The auto-rickshaw drivers on the Hazra-Khidderpore route are always taking extra passengers at night to earn some extra penny. They are supposed to take four passengers at once, which is three in the back seat and one in the front seat. But instead the number often goes up to five or sometimes even six, which is two or three people in the front apart from the driver”, said Prasun Mukherjee, a daily commuter of the route. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseWhile another passenger, Payal Dey who travels on the Rashbehari-Behala route said, “Overloading has become a menace for daily passengers like us. We are compelled to sit uncomfortably on the front seat with one half of our body almost dangling outside the auto and with one hand clutching the metal handle, praying for our lives. When I am seated at the back, there are guards on both sides but at the back, even that is missing. It also becomes highly unsafe for children who often travel on this route as there are many schools en route.” Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBut even the customers resort to travelling in such unsafe conditions due to infrequency of auto-rickshaws during the after-hours as well as during the rainy seasons. Mukherjee further said, “We are helpless in this case as the frequency of auto-rickshaws slowly decreases in the area as the clock strikes 9pm. So we are compelled to travel in such unsafe conditions. If we protest or tell them that we are going to complain to the police, they threaten us to get down from the auto or resort to bad behavior. In the end, we are hardly left with any option.” According to sources, there are multiple sections in the Motor Vehicle (MV) Act which are being used to prosecute the auto-rickshaw drivers for overloading and violating the registration norms. Deputy Commissioner (Traffic) of Kolkata police said, “If any such complaint comes to us, strict action is being taken.” Apart from ferrying more passengers than the permissible limit and the occasional irate behaviour, the auto-rickshaw drivers have also been reportedly resorting to hiking fares unnecessarily, using other routes to ply passengers as well as plying passengers through their own decided routes.
Kolkata: Numerous arrests in connection to fake currency rackets have been recently reported in the city. The Special Task Force of Kolkata Police has nabbed a Fake Indian Currency Note (FICN) racketeer from Bowbazar area on Tuesday evening.According to a source, since the past few months, fake currency notes racketeers have been spreading their networks across the city. After being informed by the intelligence units about such activities, STF had commenced an extensive search operation and kept strict vigil in the city to crackdown on the fake currency rackets operating here. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe Special Task Force nabbed several FICN racketeers before the Lok Sabha election seized huge amount of fake notes from them. On Tuesday afternoon, STF sleuths got a tip-off that a FICN racketeer had come to Kolkata to deliver a consignment of fake notes. Working on the information, officers came to know that a man in Bowbazar area had some payments at some shops using fake notes. Around 5:30 pm, sleuths detained a man named Vinod Kumar Yadav of Muzaffarpur in Bihar while he was purchasing something using fake notes. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateDuring questioning, it was revealed that Yadav majorly carried out his activities in Bihar and he came to Kolkata to expand his network. While searching the place he was staying, sleuths found 225 notes of 2000 denomination and 100 notes of Rs 500 denomination worth Rs 5 lakh. On March 9, STF officers had nabbed two fake currency racketeers from Chandni Chowk. As the STF officers had prior information, they were keeping a strict vigil in the area. Around 1:45 pm, sleuths noticed two persons and one of them was carrying a bag. The duo, identified as Dipak Mandal alias Bhola and Joy Mandal, was intercepted and detained immediately. During questioning the duo fumbled while answering the sleuths. On suspicion, the police checked the bag and found that the duo was carrying a good number of fake notes. Immediately, both the accused persons were taken to the STF facility at Lalbazar. Later, it was found that the duo was carrying 400 notes of Rs 2000 denomination, which is worth Rs 8 lakh. After the duo was remanded to STF custody, sleuths interrogated both of them and came to know about another FICN racketeer. Dipak stated that a person named Tofajul Hoque from Malda would come to Kolkata with another consignment of fake currency notes. But he could not confirm the exact date. Based on the information, officers started gathering information regarding the suspect. On March 18, they got a tip-off that Hoque had arrived in Kolkata and was shortly about to meet a prospective buyer of FICN. Working on the information STF personnel kept a strict vigil in and around Moulali area. Around 6 pm, sleuths identified Hoque as per the description given by Dipak, and surrounded him near a petrol pump on CIT Road. During search, sleuths found 100 fake notes of Rs 2000 denomination worth Rs 2 lakh from his possession. He was arrested immediately.
Kolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim alleged bias on part of the Election Commission when it comes to issuing instructions for removal of banners and hoardings with images of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The outburst from the Mayor came after the Commission wrote to the Municipal Commissioner, urging him to take steps to remove hoardings and banners with images of Mamata Banerjee that are still found in some parks under the Kolkata Municipal Corporation. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”We have already removed most of the hoardings or banners with picture of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee immediately after the Model Code of Conduct (MCC) came into effect. I have instructed my officials to remove any more such banners with immediate effect. We are always ready to abide by the norms of elections and instructions of the Commission in this regard. But I am sorry to say that several such banners exist on national highways and petrol pumps, with pictures of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The PM’s pictures have been found on rail tickets too. But the Commission has turned a blind eye to many of these. Such bias is unfortunate,” Hakim said. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe also lashed out at Union Home minister Rajnath Singh, over his statement at a political rally at Amta, Howrah that if the saffron party is voted back to power, he will let the Opposition know where they stand. “Why shouldn’t the Commission ban him for such a remark? He is presently the Home minister and we do not know whether he will be in power after the election results are announced. So such arrogant statements are undesirable,” Hakim said.
Kolkata: Calcutta High Court set up a single-member committee to probe the April 24 incident in which Howrah police resorted to lathi-charge on the Howrah District Court premises.On Wednesday, the division bench of Justice Biswanath Somadder and Justice Arindam Mukherjee said what the police did on April 24 on the Howrah Court premises was wrong. Justice Somadder and Justice Mukherjee engaged former Chief Justice of Andhra Pradesh High Court Justice (Retd.) Kalyanjyoti Sengupta to conduct a probe and submit a report before the bench within three months. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe two justice bench also ordered seven police officers, including a few IPS officers, not to enter the court premises till the report is submitted. Calcutta High Court instructed the police not to investigate the cases lodged against the lawyers. On April 24, a major clash took place between the lawyers and staff of Howrah Municipal Corporation (HMC) over vehicle parking at Howrah Court area. It was alleged that when the HMC staff asked a lawyer not to park his vehicle at the paid parking area, they got into an argument. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe argument heated up when some lawyers and law clerks allegedly arrived there and physically harassed the HMC staff and a security personnel. Within minutes more HMC staff members arrived and there was a clash between them. It was alleged that both HMC staff and lawyers started hurling bricks at each other. Later, the Rapid Action Force (RAF) had to be called and the police resorted to lathi-charge. The situation took an ugly turn when the lawyers retaliated and attacked the police personnel. To disperse the violent mob, the police fired a few tear gas shells on the Howrah Court premises. Commissioner of Police (CP), Howrah, Vishal Garg had visited the spot later.
Kolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has conveyed her best wishes to East Bengal Football Club, which marked a century of its existence on Thursday. The CM greeted all present and former players of the club on this occasion. “Today is the centenary of East Bengal FC. The club has had a glorious association with football, contributing to the sport’s promotion. My best wishes to all present and former players, officials and supporters of @eastbengalfc,” she tweeted. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata East Bengal Football Club was formed on August 1, 1920, by noted industrialist Suresh Chandra Chaudhuri. Most of its members hailed from East Bengal (now Bangladesh). Meghalaya Governor Tathagata Roy on Tuesday stoked a controversy when he asked if it was appropriate to support the football club while living in West Bengal. “East Bengal Athletic Club (basically soccer) is celebrating its centenary. Has it struck its office-bearers or any of its supporters why they are supporting East Bengal while sitting in West Bengal?” Roy had said on his official Twitter handle. Later, however, he issued a clarification after being stung by netizens over his observation. “Abuses pouring in, basically due to lack of understanding. Many of us have forgotten our East Bengali roots, but support the club of that name. The fact that I support East Bengal while sitting in West Bengal shd constantly remind me that we were driven out because of our religion,” he had tweeted.
Kolkata: Putting an end to speculations, Chief Election Commissioner Sunil Arora on Friday said there is no possibility of conducting the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Bengal till the Supreme Court verdict is out.”Let the Supreme Court come out with a verdict. At the moment it is for Assam. The Supreme court has not given the verdict. I cannot give a verdict and cannot forecast,” he said. Arora is in the city to attend events organised by the West Bengal National University of Juridical Sciences and IIM (Calcutta) on Friday and Saturday. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataIt may be recalled that after getting landslide victory in the general election, BJP leaders in Bengal had said the NRC will be conducted immediately and the infiltrators will be pushed back. The purpose of the NRC, which is being updated in Assam under the Apex Court’s supervision, is to identify bonafide Indian citizens living in the state and weed out illegal migrants. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has said over and again in her election speeches as well as while addressing party leaders that the NRC in Bengal will not be allowed. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe matter came to head after the names of 42 lakh people belonging to the Hindu and Muslim communities got deleted from the NRC. The names of the family members of former President Fakhruddin Ali Ahmed had been dropped from the list of citizens. As a mark of protest, Banerjee sent party MPs led by Kakoli Ghosh Dastidar in Assam to meet the aggrieved people. However, the Assam government did not allow them to come out of the airport and were sent back. Banerjee had said during her election speeches that the Centre had asked for certain documents that the people find difficult to furnish. “If they ask someone who is above 70 years old to give a copy of the birth certificate, then the person will find it impossible to submit the document as it was not issued during his childhood. On the basis of this, if his name is dropped from the NRC then it is entirely unjustified.” In almost all the election meetings, she had strongly condemned the Centre’s role to conduct the NRC as “it was an attempt to isolate a particular community.” On her instructions, all the Trinamool Congress leaders had spoken against NRC as it was an attempt to scare people. Banerjee had threatened to launch a movement if Centre decides to conduct NRC in Bengal.
Some of the most epic works of art produced by Renaissance artists were inspired by episodes and characters from the Bible. Although many of these artistic renderings remain true to what is written in the Bible, claims have been made about all sorts of hidden messages in various paintings.There is a brain in ‘The Creation of Adam’One of the most iconic works of Michelangelo is ‘The Creation of Adam,’ one the panel images featured on the Sistine Chapel’s ceiling.The great Florentine artist spent four years working on the Vatican chapel’s ceiling, adding the final touches in early November 1512.That would have been enough time to think of what other images he could embed in the paintings there.Creation of AdamIt is traditionally thought that his Creation of Adam recalls the Biblical episode in which God breathes life into Adam. But a human brain cleverly hidden in the picture adds an extra dimension to interpretations of his work.The brain is concealed in the image of God and went unnoticed until 1990 when American physician Frank Meshberger described his realization in the Journal of the American Medical Association. He saw a splendid illustration of the brain’s anatomy.God with the “brain cloud” around HimOn closer inspection, the Sylvian fissure that separates the brain’s frontal lobe from both the parietal and temporal lobes can be recognized. “It is represented by a bunching up of the cape by one of the angels and by a fold in God’s tunic,” writes Psychology Today.Different areas of the brain are represented by those otherworldly, divine figures surrounding God, altogether composing an entirely brain-looking realm of the panel picture indeed.AdamMore difficult to answer is whether Michelangelo truly knew the human brain in such great detail. He may have worked on real human corpses to explore anatomy, but did he really get the chance to ponder on the brain constituents such as the cerebellum or the pituitary gland?A thorough knowledge of the brain areas was not commonly known to scientists until bit later than the Renaissance. If Michelangelo truly had an accurate understanding of the brain’s composition, he accurately showed it off with the language of art.The handsOr maybe the similarities between features in The Creation of Adam and pictures in a modern anatomical textbook are entirely a work of chance.One may keep wondering: is the artist perhaps hinting that God is merely an invention of the human mind?There is more than one brain in the Sistine ChapelAmong the last pieces which Michelangelo did for the Sistine Chapel project was his take on ‘God Dividing Light from Darkness.’Michelangelo normally portrayed bodies to perfection, however, in this panel God appears to wear an anatomical anomaly around his neck.Four ignudi and two shields or medallions surround the image of God in the Separation of Light from DarknessIt has been proposed that Michelangelo added a concealed image of a brain stem, with both eyes and the optic nerve.The detail can be spotted by superimposing the original Michelangelo with an image of the human brain photographed from below.Sistine Chapel, fresco MichelangeloThe idea is that the two images show how Michelangelo’s anatomical oddity on God looks the same as the image of the brain.The robe that God is wearing is also found to have a strange roll that could further represent the human spinal cord, according to Scientific American.Suk and Tamargo proposed that there are three concealed neuroanatomical images in the Separation of Light from Darkness, the first panel in the Genesis series. photo by Nus1937 CC BY-SA 3.0So, what could possibly be the hidden message here, if Michelangelo ever intended one? Perhaps ‘God Dividing Light from Darkness’ was the artist’s response to the ongoing friction between religion and science that was omnipresent at the time.Flying saucers on 15th-century paintings?Another painting, called ‘Madonna with Saint Giovannino’ and attributed to another Florentine, Domenico Ghirlandaio, might reveal nothing unusual at first sight.But a closer look at the painting reveals a large speck looming in the sky, to the left of the image’s central figure.The painting, which was produced in between 1449 and 1494, today is said to lure crowds to the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence, precisely to see this weird speck.Madonna with St. GiovanninoFor conspiracy theorists, it’s more than a speck. It reminds them of a flying saucer. And there is more: a man in the background seems to be observing the mysterious-looking object that emits radiant rays of light. A dog next to him is apparently hostile to the intruder.Close-up of the alleged “UFO”. Source: YouTubeThe Madonna’s posture is also “purposefully” turning her back to the hovering object, shielding the children from any harm that might come from it.Her halo also seems somewhat obscured, possibly by the UFO.However, the UFO speck may be dismissed as just another stellar object. The Nativity star shines brightly just on the left upper corner of this beautiful painting.Hidden images and harmonious music in ‘The Last Supper’The halo used to designate the status of someone as sacred proves to be problematic in other Renaissance paintings.In fact, in Da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper,’ which depicts Jesus having his last meal in the company of the 12 Apostles and just before he is betrayed, there is a total absence of halos.In earlier renderings of this scene from before the 15th century, the halo is present almost everywhere. Da Vinci sort of downplayed the convention of how the Biblical characters should be represented. Perhaps he wanted to show all of them, Jesus included, as mere mortals.Last SupperBut the halo question is not the most intriguing one that revolves around this mural painting that was produced from 1494 to 1494 in Milan’s Church of Santa Maria Delle Grazie.A more interesting claim is that the painting features a hidden image of a woman holding a child. The Dan-Brown-oriented suggestion was made in 2007 by Italian scholar Slavisa Pesci.The hidden figures show up only when Da Vinci’s painting is superimposed with its mirror image. The two images need to be further adjusted for their translucency so that the figures appear before the spectator.A study for The Last Supper from Leonardo’s notebooks showing nine apostles identified by names written above their headsMany were fast to assert the figure was that of Mary Magdalene, but more acclaimed critics received the news with reserve as they deemed the double-image too blurry to be conclusive.Besides the woman, a goblet also emerges with the help of the mirror image. It appears in front of the portrayal of Jesus and might stand for the blessing of the bread and wine that is laid for the supper. Two of the disciples at the table transform simultaneously into knights.Detail of the “beloved disciple” to Jesus’s right, identified by art historians as the apostle John, but speculated in The Da Vinci Code and similar works to actually be Mary Magdalene in disguiseOthers have linked the painting with music, finding harmonies in the way the food is placed on the table and the how the hands of the characters are positioned. Italian musician and computer technician Giovanni Maria Pala has proposed there is an entire 40-second-long composition left in the painting to accompany the scene.Pala has said the composition “sounds like a requiem,” and that it is “like a soundtrack that emphasized the passion of Jesus,” according to Live Science.Musicians are instructed to read the hidden musical signs from right to left and use a pipe organ if they want to hear the best results.Mona Lisa’s eyes are full of letters and numbersDebates regarding the Mona Lisa demonstrate that secretive codes are not limited only to paintings that feature Biblical figures.The most famous of Leonardo Da Vinci’s works has been closely examined for cryptic messages left there on purpose.Mona LisaIn 2010, Italian researcher Silvano Vinceti reported that he saw more than an enigmatic smile when he zoomed in on hi-resolution photographs of the Mona Lisa.Alphabetical symbols and numbers, specifically the letters LV, appear to be embedded in the woman’s right eye, perhaps the initials of Da Vinci’s own name. The symbols contained in the left eye were allegedly more difficult to pin down, but Vinceti spotted either the letters CE or just the letter B.Scrutinizing the background, he found more numbers and letters. These include the number 72, or alternatively L2, and on the back of the painting, the number 149_, with a blurred fourth symbol. One explanation for 149 is that Da Vinci worked on this portrait in Milan during the 1490s, albeit it’s generally agreed the portrait was created between 1503 and 1506.Not everyone is enthusiastic about Vinceti’s efforts, who also wants to exhume the remains of the great painter from his grave in in Amboise, France.Read another story from us: Portrait of the Devil? Hidden Image in Vosper’s Famous Painting “Salem”“The ‘discovery’ of initials in Mona Lisa’s eyes” is just a “crackpot idea,” Stephen Bayley writes in the Telegraph. He also refers to Vinceti as “a rather sensationalist television presenter.”
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Register Now » Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Video games have come a long way since Pong and Pac-Man. But with high tech comes even higher price tags, a source of pain for plenty of passionate gamers. Enter Sean Spector, who, in 2002, co-founded Gamefly, an online company that is to gamers what Netflix is to movie lovers. The company was venture-backed from the start–even on the heels of the dot-com bubble burst–and is now profitable. Spector, who now serves as Gamefly’s senior vice president of business development and content, shares some of his secrets to online success.What inspired you to start Gamefly?I had a voracious appetite for video games, and I couldn’t afford to buy all the games I wanted to play. I think that’s the conundrum for most gamers: They want way more than they can afford. I looked at the traditional rental model–which is the brick-and-mortar model–and realized that it was pretty good for movies, but it was broken for games. I figured there had to be a better way, and it really came down to my personal desire to play more games than I could afford to buy.What were some of the hurdles you faced during startup?When we started this company, it was post-bubble burst. Nobody was really looking at funding dot-coms. They had sort of gone out of fashion–especially dot-coms that held inventory. So it was definitely a contrarian play, for us as well as for the investors. It was a really good time to start a company, not that dissimilar from the way things are today. Really good companies are going to emerge from this shakeout, and I think the same thing happened back in 2002. Real business models need to be created to sustain growth and become profitable. I knew from Day One that we would have a real business model that generates real revenue, and not the reliance upon “If we build it, the profitable model will come.” That’s the critical thing: To have a business model from Day One is the better route to take rather than trying to say you’ll figure it out a couple of years in.How do you deal with the obvious comparisons to Netflix?We embrace it because Netflix is a great company and they run their business extremely well. It’s definitely a form of flattery because they’ve done an amazing job of making sure that they focus on their customers. I think all businesses can take a page out of Netflix’s playbook and see how well they’ve done by focusing on their customers.What’s your advice for aspiring online entrepreneurs?We had a pretty good idea, but ideas are a dime a dozen. You’ve got to be willing and able to execute the idea, even though people are going to tell you you’re making a mistake or you’re wrong or you’re crazy. You’ve got to be willing to fail if you’re going to succeed. It sounds cliché, but it’s true. Even if people are going to tell you you’re going to fail–and they may be right–you’re going to come out of it learning a lot, so the next time you do it, you’re going to do things differently. You wouldn’t have had that experience or that knowledge if you hadn’t tried. 3 min read Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals June 25, 2009
Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global While technology is supposed to make our lives easier, it has also left many of us feeling more stressed. We have emails rolling in at all times, phone calls in the car and, thanks to Wi-Fi, we can conduct business almost anytime from anywhere. The workday never seems to end — and that’s not healthy.It may be impossible to unplug your life, so try these five, free apps for your iPhone, iPad or Android phone to help relieve stress: 1. Breathe2Relax: This simple app guides you through a series of deep, controlled breathing exercises that can relieve stress and leave you feeling more energized. Breathe2Relax uses a combination of visual and audio cues to slow your breathing rhythm while soft music plays in the background. The app allows you to adjust the inhale and exhale length, as well as the number of cycles.Available on: iPhone, iPad and Android2. Relaxing Sounds Of Nature Lite: If your work area is filled with distractions, put on headphones and launch one of the soothing sounds in this app. The Relaxing Sounds Of Nature Lite app comes with nature sounds such as whale calls, rain and a variety of beach sounds. You can also use the mixer to combine sounds for your own personal soundtrack or the night timer to automatically fade the sounds as you fall asleep.Available on: iPhone and iPadRelated: 7 Simple Ways to Relieve Stress Now3. Zen Spaces: If you’re faced with a creative block, try spending a few minutes rearranging your own virtual Zen garden. Free your mind as you rake patterns in the sand and decorate with realistic stones and leaves. The app comes with four soothing background sounds or you can add songs from your iTunes playlist for a more personalized experience.Available on: iPad and Android (Zen Garden Lite)4. Pocket Pond: When you have too much on your mind, take a break and watch colorful fish swim through crystal clear water while soft nature sounds play in the background. The free version of the Pocket Pond app allows you to add additional fish, lilypads and dragonflies to the pond. You can also feed the fish and “touch” the water. There’s even a thunderstorm mode that is both entertaining and invigorating.Available on: iPhone and iPad5. Relax Lite with Andrew Johnson: If you have trouble unwinding at the end of the day, try one of clinical hypnotherapist Andrew Johnson’s guided relaxation apps. Johnson speaks slowly and softly, prompting you to relax one muscle at a time. The free version, Relax Lite, is designed for use while sitting in a chair and runs for 15 minutes.Available on: iPhone, iPad and AndroidRelated: The Secret to Getting It All Done at Work and Still Having a Personal Life Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. min read October 27, 2012 Register Now »
May 7, 2014 2 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Yesterday Google updated its mobile Maps app for iOS and Android with new features that will make it easier to stay on track even when you’re offline.In order to better prepare for road trips and vacations, Maps now lets users save and name locations for reference when service isn’t available. Travelers can pull up their saved maps from the profile icon in the top right corner.The new lane guidance feature helps drivers avoid wrong turns and wasted time by showing them which lane they need to be in for their next turn or exit. This feature appears to have been carried over from Waze, a social navigation app that Google acquired last June for $966 million.Related: 5 Morning Rituals to Keep You Productive All Day LongFor those who use public transit, integrated schedules and the “depart at” and “last train home” features will keep riders from missing the train or becoming stranded far from home.For even more travel options Maps now lets city-dwellers compare transit options and routes with Uber. Users who have the Uber app installed and select the option will be taken straight into the app.For shopping and dining, new search filters for finding nearby businesses based on their hours, cost and reviews are aimed at making it easier for users to find exactly what they need right away. No more going to the museum only to find it’s closed on Mondays.Related: I Removed Every Inessential Thing From My Website. Here’s What Happened (to My Life). This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free