India Today Conclave 2011 Day 1 Highlights

first_imgHighlights 180: See you tomorrow at 10 am for the Day 2 proceedings.#Highlights 179: Day 1 proceedings at the India Today Conclave 2011 comes to a close.#Highlights 178: ElBaradei: We need a lot on electoral reforms.#Highlights 177: How important is sport in Egypt? To which ElBaradei says – Knowing political process is also important for youth.#Highlights 176: ElBaradei says UNSC should authorise nations – on ‘why is not Egypt sending troops to Libya?’#Highlights 175: ElBaradei: Women are more courageous in certain situations – on their role in Egypt post revolution.#Highlights 174: ElBaradei: I was a strong supporter of Indo-US N-deal.#Highlights 173: ElBaradei answers audience’s questions.#Highlights 172: ElBaradei on N-safety: There is no technology, which is 100%safe.#Highlights 171: ElBaradei ends his speech by quoting Mahatma Gandhi.#Highlights 170: ElBaradei: It is fair to ask in what kind of Egypt people should invest.#Highlights 169: ElBaradei: I run single-handedly. But my priority is work with people.#Highlights 168: ElBaradei: We need to have a proper transition.#Highlights 167: ElBaradei: We need to have a Constitution so that there is a civil state.#Highlights 166: ElBaradei: We are on the right track, we are liberated.#Highlights 165: ElBaradei: Despite challenges in Egypt, there are huge opportunities for economic development.#Highlights 164: ElBaradei: We need to reconcile though crime needs to be punished.#Highlights 163: ElBaradei: People did not buy the theory that if Mubarak were to go, chaos would follow.#Highlights 162: ElBaradei: There is no rush, after 30-40 years of repression, to have a new Egypt. It will need time to build the country.#Highlights 161: ElBaradei: The distorted interpretation of things meant that from a Nobel prize winner I became a security threat.#Highlights 160: ElBaradei: As we appealed to them, we had 12 million people.#Highlights 159: ElBaradei: Young people, who lived with Internet, realised that they were about to move from virtual world to real.#Highlights 158: ElBaradei: We felt if something was to be done, we needed to work with young people.#Highlights 157: ElBaradei: When I returned to Egypt last year, there was depression. People’s souls were dead.#Highlights 156: M.J. Akbar, Editorial Director, India Today, welcomes ElBaradei.#Highlights 155: Mohamed ElBaradei, Leader of the Opposition, Egypt and Nobel Peace Laureate 2005, is to address the India Today Conclave shortly.#Highlights 154: Next session – The New Middle-East: Challenges and Opportunities.#Highlights 153: Gopalakrishnan on N-plans: Why should this country pay through its nose. Jaitapur cannot be a testing ground.#Highlights 152: Saiki: It is too early to draw conclusions from Japan disaster.#Highlights 151: Gopalakrishnan on N-deal: The damage has been done.#Highlights 150: Gopalakrishnan on India N-programme: We cannot distinguish between sellers and buyers.#Highlights 149: Gopalakrishnan: AERB operates like a lapdog for PMO and other N-bodies. There is no independence.#Highlights 148: Gopalakrishnan: 650-reactor-type policy for India is baseless in view of what happened in Japan.#Highlights 147: Gopalakrishnan: PM was keen on N-power and it was used by Western powers.#Highlights 146: Gopalakrishnan: We have huge amount of thorium.#Highlights 145: Gopalakrishnan: There is a need for analysis after Japan disaster.#Highlights 144: Saiki: Fukushima plant has 10 reactors, while Japan has 55 reactors in all.#Highlights 143: Saiki: We are faced with a very difficult situation. We cannot deliver food and relief, because of bad weather.#Highlights 142: Saiki: 6,000 die & many missing in Japan. The toll may increase.#Highlights 141: Saiki thanks India for its deep condolences over Japan disaster.#Highlights 140: Saiki: This session has more important implications for audience#.Highlights 139: In India we have 19 N-reactors generating 6000MW power: Raj Chengappa#.Highlights 138: Raj Chengappa briefs the audience about the Japan disaster.#.Highlights 137: After Japan session chairperson: Raj Chengappa, Editor-in-Chief, The Tribune#.Highlights 136: Speakers: Akitaka Saiki, Ambassador of Japan to India & A. Gopalakrishnan, ex-chief, AERB#.Highlights 135: Next session: After Japan: The dilemma of nuclear energy#.Highlights 134: Jaitley on BSY: These are mere charges, but let the last word come.#Highlights 133: Self-obsessed politics is no politics, Jaitley to Mani on 2G, Bofors#Highlights 132: Aiyar to media: You are doing your job, but you are entertainers. But what you are doing is not in national interest.#Highlights 131: Simultaneous LS, assembly polls need of the hour: Rahul Bajaj#Highlights 130: Let’s not be holier-than-thou: Rahul Bajaj#Highlights 129: It takes two hands to clap: Aiyar to corporates on corruption#Highlights 128: State funding may curb corruption in politics: Patel#Highlights 127: WikiLeaks is no evidence, but it corroborates in a big way: Jaitley#Highlights 126: Aiyar asks why we are not getting engaged in real issues that concern us. ‘Everyone is talking about WikiLeaks.’#Highlights 125: Aiyar – A note is not a vote.#Highlights 124: Aiyar: Politics is a daily challenge when it comes to integrity.#Highlights 123: Aiyar: Honesty in politics is not only about money matters.#Highlights 122: The real problem is, we don’t have transparent political funding: Jaitley.#Highlights 121: Patel: I don’t think even a ward member election today can be free from money power.#Highlights 120: Rahul Kanwal, Executive Editor, Headlines Today, in chair.#Highlights 119: Speakers: Arun Jaitley, MP, RS, Praful Patel, Union minister, Mani Shankar Aiyar, MP, RS.#Highlights 118: Next session – Politics & Ethics: Is honesty possible in Indian politics?#Highlights 117: Swamy: Ours is a spiritual society. Hinduism, unlike Islam & Christianity, permits freedom of expression.#Highlights 116: Swamy: I won’t support those Hindus who indulge in violence, but what I say is, Hinduism doesn’t preach this.#Highlights 115: Swamy: All religions are emotional.#Highlights 114: Those who punish people in the name of Islam abuse it, says Madani.#Highlights 113: India’s diversity is its beauty, which cannot be changed: Madani.#Highlights 112: There is no other place like India for Indian Muslims: Madani.#Highlights 111: Maulana Mahmood Madani, president, Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind, begins his speech.#Highlights 110: Aitzaz Ahsan – There is more than religion that drives people to indulge in violence.#Highlights 109: Aitzaz Ahsan – Religions in sub-continent are co-existential.#Highlights 108: Barristor-politician from Pakistan Aitzaz Ahsan begins his speech.#Highlights 107: Swamy – Unless some changes take places, the sub-continent will remain destabilised.#Highlights 106: Janata Party chief S. Swamy: Short answer – Yes, religion has destabilised the sub-continent.#Highlights 105: Roundtable on Religion: Has religion destabilised the sub-continent. Speakers: S. Swamy, Aitzaz Ahsan & M.M. Madani.#Highlights 104: Bharat Bhushan, Editor, Mail Today, to chair Roundtable on Religion#Highlights 103: We should focus on our powers – Democracy, youth power, judiciary: Modi#Highlights 102: Union and state elections should be held simultaneously: Modi#Highlights 101: No riots in Gujarat since 2002: Modi#Highlights 100: Gujarat is a peace loving state: Modi# Highlights 99: Let the Supreme Court deliver its verdict on the Gujarat riots: Modi#Highlights 98: Gujarat has launched a programme to empower women in the rural areas of the state: Modi#Highlights 97: Gujarat has become an energy-surplus state: Modi#Highlights 96: Tourism is a priority for the Gujarat government: Modi#Highlights 95: Development should be made a mass movement: Modi#Highlights 94: Skill gets you job. Knowledge creates job: Modi#Highlights 93: There is a need to impart quality education: Modi# Highlights 92: India should be made a knowledge-based society: Modi#Highlights 91: Gujarat has shown that government machinery works: Modi#Highlights 90: India can emerge as a super power: Modi#Highlights 89: Ajay Kumar, Executive Producer, Aaj Tak, introduces Narendra Modi.#Highlights 88: Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi is set to speak at the India Today Conclave 2011.#Highlights 87: We take some decisions and some of them provoke protests: Ramesh.#Highlights 86: We may pause and look at our systems, but India cannot put a ban on N-egergy: Ramesh on Japan N-crisis.#Highlights 85: Environment protection is viewed as a formality: Ramesh.#Highlights 84: ‘G’ in GDP stands for green: Ramesh.#Highlights 83: We should target 9% growth, which protects our forests: Ramesh.#Highlights 82: We need laws that should not harass us: Ramesh.#Highlights 81: Ramesh: India needs more regulations, but we could do with less regulators.#Highlights 80: Ramesh: Kudos to Indira Gandhi, who introduced key environmental programmes.#Highlights 79: Ramesh: Big gap between economic growth & real well-being adjusted by environmental factors.#Highlights 78: Growth that we define is not the real well-being: Ramesh#Highlights 77: Economists are grappling to define green GDP: Ramesh#Highlights 76: Public health and sustainability key to green GDP: Ramesh#Highlights 75: The country that’s going to be most affected by climate change is ours: Ramesh#Highlights 74: India’s economy is still dependent on monsoon, whatever we may: Ramesh#Highlights 73: Climate change is here and it’s reality: Ramesh.#Highlights 72: Unless we are unpredictable, we cannot go to a green GDP: Ramesh.#Highlights 71: Activist Madhu Kishwar introduces Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh, who will speak on the way to a green GDP.#Highlights 70: Killing innocent people as informers is detrimental to the Maoist cause: Ashim Chatterjee.#Highlights 69: Maoists should not be branded terrorists: Ashim Chatterjee, former Naxal leader.# Highlights 68: Tahrek-e-Taliban Pakistan is not a monolith. It operates under various warlords: Aziz Ahmad Khan, Former Pakistan Commissioner to India.#Highlights 67: MJ Akbar, Editorial Director, India Today, introduces the panel.#Highlights 66: The Roundtable on Conflict Resolution has begun.#Highlights 65: The Roundtable on Conflict Resolution is to begin shortly.#Highlights 64: I wish to be recognised, so I don’t want privacy. I want to be disturbed: SRK#Highlights 63: I should be able to hold the attention of young people: SRK.#Highlights 62: We should make films which can appeal to all sensibilities.#Highlights 61: We are a self-sufficient film industry: SRK#Highlights 60: I work to bring smile to as many faces as possible: SRK#Highlights 59: I’m a self-centred superstar: SRK#Highlights 58: We need to have a give-and-take relationship with Western cinema: SRK#Highlights 57: Apart from roti, kapda aur makaan, entertainment is the fourth basic human desire: Shah Rukh.#Highlights 56: Shah Rukh says he doesn’t agree with the concept of crossover films.#Highlights 55: No bigger superstar than me: SRK#Highlights 54: See life as a magic as I make movies: Shah Rukh#Highlights 53: Gone are the times when Indian cinema could not compete in the West: Shah Rukh.#Highlights 52: Business has to be looked at when it comes to cinema: SRK.#Highlights 51: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan says magic is a view of life.#Highlights 50: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan begins his speech on Movies, magic, life — Making movies work in a brand new decade.#Highlights 49: Koel Purie Rinchet, actor and TV host, introduces Shah Rukh Khan#Highlights 48: Superstar Shah Rukh Khan to speak on Movies, magic, life — Making movies work in a brand new decade#Highlights 47: The government has started many programmes for children and women: PM# Highlights 46: There are various instruments, which have been made available to young entrepreneurs: PM#Highlights 45: This is the only way to decentralise the power: PM#Highlights 44: Our government started structural reforms five years ago, which we have been pursuing with vigour: PM# Highlights 43: We have to deal with historic inequities: PM#  Highlights 42: There are serious doubts about the veracity of the diplomatic dispatches: PM#Highlights 41: Singh says the government is committed to administrative reforms.#Highlights 40: All of us are bound to follow the constitution: PM#Highlights 39: I did not authorise anybody in the Congress to purchase votes for the trust vote in 2008, says Singh# Highlights 38: Singh refuses to comment on the WikiLeaks cables that had alleged that bribes were paid by the UPA government to win the trust vote in 2008.#Highlights 37: We need a more transparent election process: PM#Highlights 36: India has a strong interest in the security of the sea waves and our Navy is doing a commendable job: Singh# Highlights 35: We can contribute to overcome the recent financial crisis: PM# Highlights 34: Existing institutions of global governance must reflect the changes in the balance of power: Singh# Highlights 33: We are happy to see our brothers in West Asia taking a bigger role in their future: Singh# Highlights 32: Recession is behind us, we are coming up with a plan for a skill revolution in two months: Singh#Highlights 31: Modern sectors of our economy are also beginning to understand the values of public welfare: Singh#Highlights 30: The government is trying to bridge the divide in infrastructure, education and health: Singh# Highlights 29: We have introduced many landmark legislations: PM#Highlights 28: We have sought to make political democracy meaningful: PM# Highlights 27: Shift in power to ordinary citizens: PM#Highlights 26: PM Manmohan Singh begins his inaugural address at the India Today Conclave 2011#Highlights 25: The 9/11 attack introduced another enemy, without a face or geography, to the world: Purie# Highlights 24: The youth can be our Demographic Dividend, but if we don’t get it right, we will have brought Demographic Disaster upon us: Purie#Highlights 23: For the youth in India the world is their must-have oyster: Purie#Highlights 22: The Al Qaeda which so dominated our first Conclave in 2002 has been rendered speechless by the developments in the Middle East: Purie#Highlights 21: My heart goes out to the dignified people of Japan who are battling the nuclear radiation: Purie#Highlights 20: This year we have made a special effort to make the India Today Conclave 2011 as topical and relevant as possible: Purie#Highlights 19: India Today Editor in Chief Aroon Purie begins his welcome address at the India Today Conclave 2011.#Highlights 18: The India Today Conclave 2011 begins.#Highlights 17: India Today Conclave 2011 is due to start in a short while.#Highlights 16:Wael Ghonim, the hero of the Egyptian revolution, will be joining the Conclave live for the Digital Debate session on Day 2.#Highlights 15:ElBaradei will speak on the revolution in Egypt and its ramifications in the session, ‘The new Middle-East: Challenges and opportunities’.#Highlights 14:The last session of Day 1 will feature Mohamed ElBaradei, Egyptian opposition leader and Nobel Peace laureate.#Highlights 13:Japanese Ambassador to India Akitaka Saiki and former Atomic Energy Regulatory Board chief A. Gopalakrishnan will address the gathering.#Highlights 12:The Japan session on ‘The dilemma of nuclear energy’ will discuss the after-effects of the looming nuclear fears in Japan.#Highlights 11:BJP MP Arun Jaitley, Heavy Industries Minister Praful Patel and Congress MP Mani Shankar Aiyar will deliberate on ethics.#Highlights 10:The session on politics and ethics, ‘Is honesty impossible in Indian politics?’, will have senior politicians on the panel.#Highlights 9:The religion panel will comprise Janata Party president Subramanian Swamy, Pakistan barrister-politician Aitzaz Ahsan and Jamiat-e-Ulema-e-Hind president Maulana Mahmood Madani.#Highlights 8:A roundtable discussion on religion will deliberate on ‘Has religion destabilised the sub-continent’#. Highlights 7:Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi will deliver the keynote address on ‘How can India develop in the next decade’.#Highlights 6:Environment and Forests Minister Jairam Ramesh will speak on ‘The way to a Green GDP’.#Highlights 5:Ashim Chatterjee, former Naxal and leader of Communist Revolutionary League of India, Lt Gen (retd) Jacob, former Punjab and Goa governor, and Aziz Ahmad Khan, Pakistan High Commissioner to India, will speak at the session.#Highlights 4:A roundtable discussion on conflict resolution will discuss ‘Can conventional armies defeat terrorism’.# Highlights 3:Superstar Shah Rukh Khan will deliver his speech on ‘Movies, magic, life — Making movies work in a brand new decade’.#Highlights 2:Prime Minister Manmohan Singh is to inaugurate the Conclave and deliver the inaugural address.#Highlights 1:The 10th India Today Conclave is scheduled to begin in New Delhi on Friday, March 18.#advertisementadvertisementadvertisementlast_img read more

IPL 2011: Chennai Super Kings vs Kolkata Knight Riders- CSK win by 2 runs

first_imgChennai beat Kolkata by two runs in the nail-biting first match of the Indian Premier League at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday. Score Kolkata needed four runs from the last ball off Chennai’s Tim Southee. Rajat Bhatia was at receiving end, but a fine Yorker from the Kiwi prevented the batsman from going for big hit and Kolkata went down by two runs.This was a far cry from an earlier situation when the Kolkata team was cruising on 93/1 with Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan at the crease.The Kolkata openers Jacques Kallis and Manvinder Bisla started the chase strongly scoring more than seven runs an over. They were cruising along till left-arm spinner Shadab Jakati scalped Bisla on 27 when the team total was 64. The run rate slowed down a bit but Yusuf Pathan ensured that the delay was short-lived and together with Kallis, he set out hammering the opposition bowlers.But, Pathan too could not stay on for long and fell in the 13th over with a run out written against his initials on the scoreboard. But, the scoreboard kept ticking as Kallis was still in the middle.A few balls later Chennai got the man they wanted. Kallis went for the sweep off offie R Ashwin, but failed to get the desired result and ended up getting caught in the deep by Subramaniam Badrinath. He fell for 54 and Kolkata fell to 112/3.And then it was Suresh Raina’s turn to show his bowling prowess and he did it by removing Kolkata’s English import Eoin Morgan on 6 with Dhoni performing the final rites with fine stumping. Kolkata were reduced to 119/4.advertisementA ball later Chennai pressed further and removed IPL’s most expensive players and Kolkata captain Gautam Gambhir on 1 with a run out. Then Manoj Tiwary, who was charging away at the oppostion bowlers, too was forced to walk back with Sri Lankan offie Suraj Randiv getting the better of his in the 19th over. He fell for 27 when the score was 145.Kolkata team could only manage to score 151/7 on board in their allotted 20 overs and ended up on the losing side.Chennai inningsSrikkanth Anirudha scored an impressive 64 as Chennai put 153/4 in their stipulated 20 overs against Kolkata.Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni won the toss and decided to bat, but the things didn’t exactly pan out in the rigth way for his team as opposition spinner Iqbal Abdulla scalped opener Murali Vijay in the first over to reduce them to 5/1.Post that wicket, Srikkanth Anirudha and Suresh Raina got on with a partnership putting a quick 75 for the second wicket before Suresh Raina departed to Yusuf Pathan on 33. The ball was pitched wide on the off and Raina could not connect it properly and gave a catch to Sarabjit Ladda in the deep. Chennai were 80/2 at the stage.In the 18th over, Jacques Kallis scalped Chennai skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni to restrict them to 129/3. Dhoni, who scored 29 runs, put 49 runs for the third wicket with Anirudha.Finally, on the second ball of the last over Jacques Kallis bowled Anirudha to bring to end an impressive innings that saw the batsman scored a 55-ball 64, decorating his innings with six fours and two sixes.Scott Styris and Albie Morkel helped Chennai were unbeaten when the Chennai innings came to an end on 153/4.The opening ceremonyEarlier, the opening ceremony of the fourth edition of the mega cricketing event saw the King of Bollywood Shah Rukh Khan perform in front of a packed MA Chidambaram Stadium. The Kolkata Knight Riders owner wooed audience with his Chakde India to kick start things. Then he went on to do a bit of lip syncing to a Tamil script even as South Indian actress Shriya Saran joined him on the stageThe other Bollywood performer during the ceremony was Sunidhi Chauhan, who sang the popular Hindi number Dhoom Machale.Then there dancers painted in saffron, white and green showcasing their dancing skills to some grooving and heart-racing beats. The evening also witnessed famous percussionist Taufiq Qureshi created some rhythmic melody.last_img read more

Super Bowl World Event Now

first_imgMELBOURNE, Australia — The Super Bowl is a winter event, but in Rio de Janeiro, a mix of Brazilians and expatriates sweltered on a steamy night to celebrate the NFL championship game in their own way.Among the fans jammed into Shenanigan’s Sports Bar, just two blocks from the city’s famed Ipanema beach, Brazilian Milena Lozano — wearing a Patriots jersey emblazoned with Tom Brady’s No. 12 — said she likes American football because it’s “more intellectual” than Brazil’s beloved soccer.“It’s a little different dynamic than our soccer,” the 19-year-old said. “It’s a little more sophisticated than just go and score a goal.”Similar get-togethers were going on in time zones around the world, as international fans of the uniquely American game got together to celebrate Super Bowl Sunday, even in a few places where it was already Monday.Lozano and her friend Dandhara Grammatico watched their first Super Bowl last year, and this time they brought a group of friends for their first experience with the game. They witnessed Brady and the New England Patriots come back to beat the Seattle Seahawks 28-24.“We’ve been waiting the whole year for this,” Grammatico said.American Christian Grant, a graduate of the University of Southern California, said he was in Rio to visit his extended Brazilian family. His mother is from Brazil.“As a USC guy, I love Pete Carroll to death,” he said. “But the first Super Bowl team I loved the best was the Patriots 2002 title — Brady’s first. He’s a man’s man, and his wife is Brazilian — Gisele (Bundchen).”This year’s Super Bowl was broadcast live in 54 movie theaters throughout Brazil.At the Sandals resort in St. John’s on the Caribbean island of Antigua, massive screens were set up beachside and a party planned for vacationers eager to watch the game. Even some of the Europeans visiting who know nothing about American football joined in the revelry.In Tokyo, the start of the Super Bowl coincided with the Monday morning commute. That didn’t stop a large group of hardcore Japanese football fans from taking time off work as a boisterous gathering of about 200 crammed into a Hooters sports bar in the Akasaka business district to catch the game.“I took the morning off work,” said New England fan Yoichi Okano. “I’m a former college player so I do this every year. There is nothing like the Super Bowl.”Okano’s former teammate, Kaz Iijima, took it a step further by taking the entire day off.“This only comes once a year, so it’s worth it,” Iijima said. “I’m a big Seattle fan, so it works out well being here with Yoichi.”Sports fans, in Melbourne, Australia, still drowsy after watching Novak Djokovic claim his fifth Australian Open tennis title the night before, took time off work to settle into one of dozens of Super Bowl parties held at bars and in front of open air screens around the city, including an event in the downtown Docklands district touted as the “Ultimate Aussie Bowl Party” and hosted by former Seahawks wide receiver Terrell Owens.In a country where rugby, cricket and Australian rules football dwarf the NFL in popularity, former Australian rules player-turned-NFL punter Ben Graham — who played in the 2008 Super Bowl with the Arizona Cardinals — was on hand at the Sporting Globe bar to help explain the nuances of the game.___By Neil Frankland, AP Sports WriterAP Sports Writers Steve Wade in Rio de Janeiro, Tales Azzoni in Sao Paulo and James Armstrong in Tokyo contributed TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Meet a new era of materials science at ESC Silicon Valley 2017

first_imgAs designers of embedded systems, we oftentimes end up focusing on (some may say obsessing over) nitty-gritty details about things like microcontrollers and memory architectures. As a result, we may miss a lot of things that are going on around us.For example, I’m convinced we are poised to enter a new era of materials science that could have far-reaching impacts on the systems we develop.(Source: Have you ever stood outside at night and watched moths fluttering around a light? I know I have, but one thing that never struck me is that you never see twinkling points of light reflecting off their eyes. It turns out that this is because the little rascals have evolved a special layer of nanostructures covering their eyes that captures light without allowing any to be reflected. This has inspired coatings that will improve the efficiency of solar cells and the sensitivity of optical sensors, and that will also allow us to view the screens of our smartphones and mobile computers in broad sunlight.Did you ever read The Disappearing Spoon by Sam Kean? If not, do not delay, rush out and buy yourself a copy; you won’t be disappointed. As I wrote in this review, I discovered all sorts of interesting things in this tome, such as a super-acid with a pH of -31 that will eat through glass as ruthlessly as water through tissue paper.Or take the fact that there are about 100 naturally occurring elements. Combining these elements in different ways allows the universe to create all sorts of materials, and to then use these materials to construct all sorts of things, from a humble bacon sandwich (I like bacon sandwiches) to something as astoundingly magnificently complicated as, well, yours truly.Now, suppose that we doubled, tripled, or quadrupled the number of elements; what new materials might we see? Well, we may not be able to increase the number of elements, but we can do unexpected things with the ones we have. As Sam says in The Disappearing Spoon :…for instance, thirteen aluminium atoms grouped together in the right way do a killer bromine: the two entities are indistinguishable in chemical reactions. This happens despite the cluster being thirteen times larger than a single bromine atom and despite aluminium being nothing like the lacrimatory poison-gas staple. Other combinations of aluminium can mimic noble gases, semiconductors, bone material like calcium, or elements from pretty much any other region of the periodic table. The clusters work like this…My chum, Jay Dowling, just emailed me this link to an article about strong, light, and durable materials called schwarzites that feature complex, repeating patterns. First hypothesized by a German scientist, Hermann Schwarz, in the 1880s, these materials feature complex, curved geometries. Now, using 3D printers, scientists and engineers are making schwarzite structures in the lab; in the not-so-distant future, we may well be fabricating schwarzite-based micro-artifacts at the atomic scale.Or what about this paper that describes a nickel-cobalt-iron layered double hydroxide (Ni-Co-Fe LDH) material that can be used to split water into hydrogen and oxygen (nickel, cobalt, and iron are much cheaper than platinum and other precious metals that are currently used to produce hydrogen from water). Suppose we couple this with solar cells whose efficiency has been enhanced using the nanostructure films inspired by moths’ eyes discussed earlier. Could this lead to cars whose only requirement is to be topped up with water?Materials science is just one of the topics we’ll be touching on in the Advanced Technologies for 21st Century Embedded Systems talk I’ll be giving at the forthcoming Embedded Systems Conference (ESC) in Silicon Valley. Happily, this talk will take place in the ESC Engineering Theater, which means it will be open to anyone to attend so long as they are flaunting a Free Expo Pass, but you do have to register.Will you be attending ESC Silicon Valley? If so, be sure to stop me and say “Hi.” I’ll be the one in the Hawaiian shirt. As always, all you have to do is shout “Max, Beer!” or “Max, Bacon!” to be assured of my undivided attention. Log in to Reply “Does this mean that there are now better materials than Aluminum foil for protective beanies if we’re going to be prepared to be terrified? And if so will we be introduced to them?n” 5 thoughts on “Meet a new era of materials science at ESC Silicon Valley 2017” Continue Reading Previous Prepare to be terrified at ESC Silicon Valley 2017Next How embedded hardware development has changed over the past 20 years Max The Magnificent says: elizabethsimon says: “Dang — I should have said “bring you one back to the present as a present” LOL” Share this:TwitterFacebookLinkedInMoreRedditTumblrPinterestWhatsAppSkypePocketTelegram Tags: Industry Log in to Reply Max The Magnificent says: “@Elizabeth: “Does this mean that there are now better materials than Aluminum foil for protective beanies…”nnI fear Next-Generation Aluminum Beanies are still a couple of years out — but if I get my time machine working I’ll bring you one back as a Log in to Reply “You’re punny!” Log in to Reply November 21, 2017 at 5:46 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply You must Register or Login to post a comment. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. 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RRB Group D Exam 2018 begins tomorrow: Last minute tips and tricks

first_imgThe Railway Recruitment Board (RRB) Group D examination 2018 will begin tomorrow, September 17, 2018.All the candidates who will be appearing for the CEN 02/2018 (Level 1 posts or Group D as per 7th CPC) Computer Based Test (CBT) can check all the details here.The Railways Group D Exam 2018 is being held to fill in total 62,970 vacancies. Recently, the Railway Recruitment Board released an important notice regarding the exam date of the upcoming Group D examination 2018.Here are some important tips and tricks by Kiran Tomar, Exam Expert,, to help you with your preparation for RRB Group D 2018 exam:Exam pattern: Note: The above pattern is for the first stage of examination, i.e. CBT or Computer Based Test only.Subject-wise strategy and important topics for preparation:1. MathematicsTo master this area, you need to combine skills with strategy. This section tests your ability to interpret and comprehend graphical data and then answer the questions that follow.It is essential that you need to have an idea of all the types of questions that are asked so that you can attempt them in the correct manner.Important topics: BODMAS, Percentage, Ratio and Proportion, Time and Work, Percentage, Compound Interest and Simple Interest, Algebra, Geometry, and Trigonometry.2. Reasoning abilityThe Reasoning Section, being a vast section, comprised of a number of topics. This section is considered both challenging and exciting part by most aspirants. The only way to excel in reasoning section is developing an in-depth understanding of logic and regular practice.advertisementImportant topics: Analogy, Classification, Blood Relation, Direction, Analytical, Reasoning, Syllogism, Statement Argument and Assumption.3. General science:The preparation for science and technology section is quite different. Piling up a huge stock of books and resources available in the market and cramming them is NOT a solution.Mostly, all of the questions from science and technology section are analytical/conceptual in nature.A lot of them hold relevance because of the events going on around us. So, current affairs across the world go in-sync with your conceptual knowledge. All you need here is the right approach.Important topics: Classification, Life Processes, Ecology, Sources of Energy, Reproduction, Acid Bases and Salts, Metals and Non-Metals, Chemical Reactions, Units and Measurement, Heat, Force, Electricity and Magnetism, Gravitation.4. General awarenessMost candidates are able to secure good marks in this section but there are a significant number of questions which candidates might find confusing. Watch current affair videos daily, read PDFs and newspapers and note down important points and revise them on a regular basis.Maximum questions in this section are generally asked from the topics on current affairs in science and technology, sports, culture, personalities, economics, politics and any other subject of importance.Read: 5 simple steps to check essential details of RRB Group D Exam 2018Eight quick tips to get a high score:Remember you are practicing to crack only the CBT or Computer Based Test. Therefore keep your focus clear and crisp.Learn from your mistakes each time you attempt a mock test.Try to avoid the same mistakes and try to understand by viewing the method or explanation for the correct answer.”The more the merrier”, is a quote apt in every stage of life, but most applicable during exam practice. The more you practice the less are the chances that you will make a mistake in the actual RRB Group D 2018 exam.Avoid stress while practicing. It is necessary to practice, but it is also necessary not to practice too much. If practicing is causing stress, then try to move back to learning and switch to another subject.Try to answer questions you know the answers to while you are practicing.Analyse your correct and wrongly attempted questions. Understand the reasons mentioned in the explanation or solutions.Decrease the time taken to attempt each mock test.Best of luck!Read: RRB releases Group C ALP, Technician answer key 2018, know how to raise objections hereAlso read: RRB releases link to repossess registration ID, check it herelast_img read more

Durga Puja in Kolkata: A celebration of shakti and life | PHOTOS

first_imgGoddess Durga is a symbol of shakti (power) and one of the most celebrated deities in the Hindu pantheon. In West Bengal, Durga Puja is a festival celebrated with zeal and enthusiasm.The pandals in Kolkata, with their unique and beautiful themes, become an attraction every year for crowds from across the country. This year too is no different.The Durga Puja enthusiasm is seen in all folks, be it kids or old people. Age, gender, creed, they take a back seat as the region immerses itself in the festivities of Durga Puja.Due to Durga Ashtami, the pandals witnessed devotees in thousands.This year, the pandals have recreated novel themes ranging from a replica of a bullet train to Chittorgarh Fort as seen in Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s film Padmaavat.#WATCH A Bullet train replica seen at a #Durgapuja pandal on Kolkata’s College Street (@ANI) October 15, 2018India Today’s Manogya Loiwal brings you the celebrations from a couple of pandals in Kolkata, West Bengal.It starts with Sree Bhoomi Sporting Club pandal. Sree Bhoomi Sporting Club pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalThe club has made a 100-ft-tall pandal with Padmaavat theme. Sree Bhoomi Sporting Club pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalEven the jewellery of the Durga idol is made in Rajashtani style inspired by the movie. Sree Bhoomi Sporting Club pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalThe pandal successfully captured the essence of Padmaavat. Sree Bhoomi Sporting Club pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalMoving on to a different pandal with a different theme, it was time for Mudiali Puja Pandal in Kolkata.advertisement Mudiali Puja pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalThis place made made the pandal out of red and white bangles. Mudiali Puja pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalWith the use of thermocol the pandal had beautiful structures that looked like antiques. Mudiali Puja pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalA splendiferous Durga idol mesmerised the pandal visitors. Mudiali Puja pandal in Kolkata | Photo courtesy: Manogya LoiwalRead more on Durga Puja:Where Goddess Durga donates her chunni for daughter’s wedding4,000 kgs of turmeric went into making this Durga Puja pandal in Kolkatalast_img read more

Ricky Ponting suggests hostility to rattle Virat Kohli in Test series

first_imgRicky Ponting wants Australian bowlers to get under the skin of Virat Kohli with some “hostile bowling” spells in the upcoming Test series. The four-match series between the two top cricketing nations begins December 6 in Adelaide.Ponting believes Kohli can be rattled but Australia need the right attitude against the India captain.The India skipper has mellowed down since the previous tour Down Under but when asked if he will be baiting Australia on the field, Ponting said: “Well, he might. I don’t necessarily believe that he is someone you shouldn’t try to get under his skin. I have seen him rattled.”Mitchell Johnson definitely rattled him a few times with some good hostile bowling and some good hostile body language around him. So, I would not sit back and let anyone bully,” Ponting told”The way we go about playing cricket, especially at home, it is about good strong body language. That is the way Australians have always played their best.”Ponting, under whom Australia dominated world cricket, said it would be “rubbish” if the current side doesn’t play with an aggressive mindset.”Yes, Australian teams of the past have always had few words to say but it was always on the back of some good hostile bowling, you can’t do without it. It is rubbish otherwise.”You have to able to impose yourself on the game in a way other than using your mouth. You got to use your actions and skills.”India lost the four-Test series 0-2 four years ago but Kohli amassed 692 runs at an average of 86.25, including four centuries.advertisementHad he been the captain, Ponting says he wouldn’t have allowed Kohli to get a good start.”With someone like him who likes to score freely, he has obviously got a big ego, there are other things you can do. Don’t let him score boundaries early on. Try and ball tight consistent stuff,” he said.”He also likes to run the ball down to third man so may be play around with guys behind the wicket in different areas, just get inside his head as to what we are trying to do.”Another thing I will be doing is going back and looking at who has had the most success against him and why. The first one that comes to mind is James Anderson. He seems to trouble him the most,” added Ponting.(With inputs from PTI)Also read | Have Australia learnt the dangers of needling Virat Kohli?Also read | Watch out Australia! Virat Kohli is coming and he is not aloneAlso read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso read | Will Australia sledge Virat Kohli? Josh Hazlewood and Tim Paine weigh inAlso watch –last_img read more

Deaf Sports Day A Success

first_imgOn Wednesday, 19 June, the third annual Active Deaf Kids Sports Day took place at Belconnen Stadium, Canberra, with the event attended by Federal Minister for Sport, Kate Lundy.The day looked to raise awareness of Deaf Sports Australia and encourage children with hearing impairments to participate in sport. The day allowed the children that attended to participate in various sports clinics, including one run by Touch Football ACT.Senator Lundy gave a short speech over morning tea which recognised Touch Football ACT, along with several other sporting organisations, for their work with Deaf Sports Australia.She also implored the kids present to get involved in sport, pointing towards both the health and friendship advantages that participating brings.“[There are] wonderful benefits of playing sport. Being fit and active is part of it, but also sport is something that unites us all,” she said.The event was also the forum for an announcement that $60,000 extra funding would be put forward by the Federal Government to go towards deaf sports stars attending the Deaf Olympics.Related LinksDeaf Sports Daylast_img read more

Initial Betting Line Is Set For The Alabama-LSU Game

first_imgHead coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to enter the field with his team prior to facing the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 26: Head coach Nick Saban of the Alabama Crimson Tide prepares to enter the field with his team prior to facing the Tennessee Volunteers at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 26, 2013 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)Ahead of what might be the biggest game of the college football regular season, betting lines are out for the Alabama-LSU game.According to SportsBookReview, the Crimson Tide have opened up as a whopping -14.5 favorite on the road against the Tigers.Alabama have been nigh-unstoppable so far this season, racing out to an 8-0 start.The Crimson Tide offense has been unstoppable, scoring 39 or more points in every game this season. The historically good defense has not missed a beat either, holding five opponents to 14 points or less.Bama opens -14.5 at LSU, Georgia -12 at Kentucky. College football odds are out from @SBRSportsPicks. Full list here:— Clay Travis (@ClayTravis) October 28, 2018However, LSU are no slouches.Despite a mid-season loss to Florida, LSU have scored 30 or more points in five of their seven wins. Defensively, they’ve allowed over 21 points just once this season (in the aforementioned loss to Florida).Trends don’t favor the Tigers though. Alabama have won each of the last seven meetings, dating back to the BCS National Championship game played between the two sides in 2012.last_img read more

Gibson MR Segment Sees Positive Developments

first_imgzoom Although the overall performance in the product tanker market remains disappointing, some positive dynamics have been seen in the MR segment, according to a report from Gibson Shipbrokers.MRs have fared somewhat better than larger product carriers in recent months despite the continued weakness in spot earnings. Since November 2016, average MR earnings for representative voyages both in the East and in the West have been above those for LR2 and LR1 tankers trading on benchmark trades in the East.The support has come primarily from the Atlantic Basin. Typical delays and disruptions during the winter in the Northern Hemisphere provided opportunities for temporary firming in rates, while the market has also been aided by robust Former Soviet Union (FSU) clean petroleum exports and strong chartering demand into West Africa.The anticipated pick up in US gasoline demand in summer due to the driving season could aid domestic gasoline production and seaborne imports into the US Atlantic Coast. However, stocks remain at very high levels, potentially limiting tanker trade, according to Gibson Shipbrokers.In the US Gulf (PADD3), both gasoline and distillate stocks are also at or close to their five year high for this time of the year. In contrast to the developments on the Atlantic Coast, high inventories in the US Gulf could translate into strong product exports out the region, with gasoline mainly flowing to Latin/South America and distillate heading both to Latin America and to Europe. Distillate exports to Europe, in particular, tend to be stronger during the summer.“If the same trend continues this year, it could support MRs trading out of the US Gulf but at the same time could lead to a build up of tonnage in the UK Continent and the Mediterranean, particularly if the gasoline trade from Europe to the US Atlantic Coast remains weak,” Gibson informed.The North West European market could also be threatened by the fact that Russian clean petroleum products exports tend to slow over the summer/early autumn and there is no indication that this year will be any different. Furthermore, indications are that there will be an increase in LR stems out of the Baltic at the expense of MR cargoes in the months ahead.Although these potential developments do not look positive for MRs trading in Europe, strong product demand into West Africa could prevent or at least reduce the risk of building up tonnage availability.“Besides, there is also a wild card – the US hurricane season. It is impossible to predict how active this year’s season will be but potential disruptions to transatlantic trade in either direction and thus the risk of a temporary spike in rates should not be ignored,” Gibson Shipbrokers said.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Highway 103

first_img Road crews will be carrying out repaving work between 6 a.m and 9 p.m. -30- Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle, flashing lightunits, barrels and traffic cones. Local area office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 Highway 103 between Exit 12 and the Northfield overpass will havealternating lane closures from Tuesday, July 6 to Friday, Julylast_img

NSLC Retail Stores Closed on Labour Day

first_imgAll Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation’s (NSLC) retail stores will be closed on Monday, Sept. 5, in honour of Labour Day. NSLC retail stores will resume normal business hours onTuesday Sept. 6. For more information on NSLC store hours,please visit and click on Store Locator. The Nova Scotia Liquor Corporation, the largest single banner retail business in Nova Scotia, generates more than half a billion dollars of revenue a year, returning more than $200 million profit annually to the province. It employs more than 1,500 Nova Scotians, offering over 7,000 products from aroundthe globe through 159 retail outlets, and 2,100 licensees. The NSLC is driven to be a sustainable and community focused organization helping to make Nova Scotia an even better place to live. -30-last_img read more

Les jeunes apprennent à gérer les relations les conflits

first_imgLes jeunes à l’échelle de la Nouvelle-Écosse apprennent de nouvelles façons de gérer les relations et les conflits en réfléchissant à la façon dont leurs gestes affectent les autres. Ramona Jennex, ministre de l’Éducation, et Mat Whynott, adjoint ministériel pour la jeunesse, étaient à l’école élémentaire Sycamore Lane de Lower Sackville, aujourd’hui 24 octobre, pour annoncer, au nom du ministre de la Justice Ross Landry, l’expansion des approches réparatrices dans les écoles. La Nouvelle-Écosse sera la première administration canadienne à lancer une approche réparatrice à l’échelle de la province. « L’école est une partie importante de la vie des jeunes, et ce qui se passe à l’école peut les guider dans l’établissement de relations saines et dans la résolution de conflits dans tous les autres aspects de leur vie, a dit Mme Jennex. Les approches réparatrices auront également un impact direct sur l’intimidation et d’autres comportements répréhensibles, et elles auront des répercussions dans leur foyer et leur communauté. » Cette approche aide les élèves à comprendre les relations et les conflits, et leur donne les connaissances et les compétences nécessaires pour les gérer efficacement. Les avantages de cette approche incluent une réduction des conflits dans les écoles, une augmentation du temps d’enseignement, une amélioration du moral des élèves et un lien plus fort entre les élèves et leur école. « Les écoles qui ont utilisé cette approche ont remarqué une importante diminution du nombre de renvois au bureau du directeur et de suspensions, a dit M. Whynott. Les élèves sont plus respectueux envers les autres, et le personnel des écoles a remarqué que les élèves sont plus calmes. » L’approche utilise un certain nombre de méthodes, y compris des cercles en classe où les élèves discutent de l’impact des comportements ou partagent quelque chose à leur sujet qui les aide à établir des relations avec leurs camarades de classe. Les élèves peuvent également éviter les préjugés liés à un renvoi au bureau du directeur ou à une suspension. Ils apprennent plutôt à faire face aux comportements avec leurs camarades de classe et leurs enseignants. « Je n’étais pas certaine des approches réparatrices au début, mais maintenant je vois de nombreux avantages, a dit Eva Clement, enseignante de 4e année à l’école Sycamore Lane. Mes élèves trouvent leur voix. Ils commencent à reconnaître les enjeux auxquels ils doivent peut-être faire face dans leur vie quotidienne à l’école, à la maison et dans la communauté. Il s’agit d’une expérience d’apprentissage pour nous tous. » Un programme panprovincial sera élaboré selon le programme adopté dans les 27 écoles qui utilisent déjà une forme quelconque d’approche réparatrice. Une approche réparatrice dans les écoles appuie les efforts de prévention du crime du gouvernement provincial. Ce dernier investit dans des programmes qui appuient la prévention du crime et la sécurité communautaire, notamment le programme Phares, le programme d’ajout d’agents de police et les tribunaux de la santé mentale et de la violence familiale. Une approche réparatrice dans les écoles appuie également le plan du gouvernement provincial Priorités aux jeunes et à l’apprentissage, qui vise à aider chaque élève à réussir. Pour en apprendre davantage sur les approches réparatrices dans les écoles, consultez le ou le (en anglais seulement).last_img read more

Creating a skilled pool of Indian coders top priority AWS

first_imgWashington: As disruptive technologies begin to touch every part of our daily lives, the world today needs builders who can write Cloud-driven smart algorithms to help companies deliver customer experiences — be it retail, banking, food, transportation or health sector. According to Amazon Web Services (AWS), the Cloud arm of retail giant Amazon, India that produced amazing software engineers in the first wave of technology is now set to create builders for the future. Also Read – Spotify rolls out Siri support, new Apple TV app “The whole idea is to write smart codes. With our ‘AWS Educate’ programme, we’re sort of setting new records in India where several institutions have signed up a number of students for the programme. The response to join the next phase of skilling has been tremendous for us in the country,” Peter Moore, Regional Managing Director for APAC and Japan, Worldwide Public Sector at Amazon, told IANS. “AWS Educate” has over 30 career pathways to choose from which essentially belong to four big job families — Big data and analytics, cloud architecture, system/engineering support and software/web development. Also Read – New Instagram tool to help users spot phishing emails “Rather than focusing on specific certification of technologies — which has been the traditional approach by the IT companies — we focus on learning pathways where you basically focus on what is the outcome that you want like if you want to become a data scientist,” Moore explained. Globally, over 10,000 educators and more than 2,400 institutions are today using “AWS Educate”. It is available to students aged 14 and older around the world, helping young students learn fundamental cloud principles. Students, while receiving hands-on training and access to content prepared by some of the top computer science institutions from across the world, also get free Cloud credits into their accounts. The Indian Institute of Technology-Kharagpur is the latest institution to adopt “AWS Educate”. “We are happy to introduce AWS Educate programme to provide AWS Cloud Computing experience and AI-enablement for all our students, irrespective of their branch of study. We look forward to some really innovative solution ideas coming out of this,” Professor P.P. Chakrabarti, Director, IIT Kharagpur said in March this year. According to Rahul Sharma, President, Public Sector, Amazon Internet Services Private Limited in India, “AWS Educate is designed to upskill students with the latest advancements in cloud computing technology and provide them with an environment to experiment on AWS Cloud, without worrying about cost or access challenges”. Tens of thousands of students in India are already part of the “AWS Educate” programme. “India has a brimming community of developers, start-ups and young entrepreneurs. Once the country has smart builders, the growth across the spectrum would see no boundaries,” said Moore. The Andhra government last year launched a Cloud-based initiative with AWS, where it will skill 60,000 students across the state’s over 300 engineering and non-engineering colleges by 2020. The move to prepare builders is critical at a time when the country is facing a huge skill gap in emerging technologies. IT industry’s apex body NASSCOM last year highlighted that around 1.4 lakh jobs remain vacant in the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data Analytics segment across various sectors in India, out of the total demand of 5.1 lakh employees in the country. “The time is to go beyond providing training and certification to now help students grab relevant openings in Cloud,” stressed Moolast_img read more

Iranian hackers wage cyber campaign amid tensions with USA

first_imgWashington: Iran has increased its offensive cyberattacks against the U.S. government and critical infrastructure as tensions have grown between the two nations, cybersecurity firms say. In recent weeks, hackers believed to be working for the Iranian government have targeted U.S. government agencies, as well as sectors of the economy, including oil and gas, sending waves of spear-phishing emails, according to representatives of cybersecurity companies CrowdStrike and FireEye, which regularly track such activity. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: LondonIt was not known if any of the hackers managed to gain access to the targeted networks with the emails, which typically mimic legitimate emails but contain malicious software.The cyber offensive is the latest chapter in the U.S. and Iran’s ongoing cyber operations targeting the other, with this recent sharp increase in attacks occurring after the Trump administration imposed sanctions on the Iranian petrochemical sector this month. Tensions have escalated since the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran last year and began a policy of “maximum pressure.” Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassadorIran has since been hit by multiple rounds of sanctions. Tensions spiked this past week after Iran shot down an unmanned U.S. drone an incident that nearly led to a U.S. military strike against Iran on Thursday evening. “Both sides are desperate to know what the other side is thinking,” said John Hultquist, director of intelligence analysis at FireEye. “You can absolutely expect the regime to be leveraging every tool they have available to reduce the uncertainty about what’s going to happen next, about what the U.S.’s next move will be.” CrowdStrike shared images of the spear-phishing emails with The AP. One such email that was confirmed by FireEye appeared to come from the Executive Office of the President and seemed to be trying to recruit people for an economic adviser position. Another email was more generic and appeared to include details on updating Microsoft Outlook’s global address book.last_img read more

ISRO releases first Moon image captured by Chandrayaan2

first_imgBengaluru: The first picture of Moon captured by India’s Chandrayaan-2 satellite, currently in the lunar orbit, was released by space agency ISRO on Thursday.The picture of Moon was taken by Chandrayaan-2’s LI4 Camera from an altitude of about 2,650 km from the lunar surface on August 21, the city-headquarters Indian Space Research Organisation said. “Take a look at the first Moon image captured by #Chandrayaan2 #VikramLander taken at a height of about 2,650 km from Lunar surface on August 21, 2019. Mare Orientale basin and Apollo craters are identified in the picture,” ISRO tweeted along with the picture. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe space agency had on August 4 released a first set of images of the earth captured by Chandrayaan-2 satellite. ISRO had on Wednesday performed second lunar bound orbit maneuver for Chandrayaan-2 and said all spacecraft parameters are normal. There will be three more orbit manoeuvres before the lander’s separation from the Orbiter on September 2 and eventual soft landing in the south polar region of the Moon, planned on September 7. India’s Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle, GSLV MkIII-M1, had successfully launched the 3,840-kg Chandrayaan-2 spacecraft into the earth’s orbit on July 22.last_img read more

The Elders Call For Restraint And Reforms After Kenyan Elections

first_imgThe Elders expressed grave concern about the political crisis in Kenya that has erupted in the wake of the recent presidential election.

They urged political leaders and their parties to demonstrate statesmanship in order to avoid further deepening the polarisation of Kenyan society.

The Elders believe that the crisis can only be resolved through dialogue and due process.

They noted with dismay reports of violent clashes between police and protestors, which are enflaming the situation.

They urged the security forces to discharge their duties with restraint. Their mission is to protect and serve their people.Graça Machel, co-founder of The Elders, said: “The eyes of the world are on Kenya. It is incumbent on all political leaders to show integrity and insist their supporters react calmly, peacefully and democratically in the days and weeks ahead.”last_img read more

InFocus Truth and Reconciliation Commission

first_imgIn this edition we put the 7th and final national event of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, InFocus.For the first half residential school survivors share their views on reconciliation now that the TRC’s statement gathering has come to an end.And in the second half, a panel of youth share how Canada’s residential school legacy has impacted them.last_img

Somalia UNESCO condemns latest murder of journalist

Koïchiro Matsuura, the Director-General of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), issued a statement offering his condolences after the death of Hassan Kafi Hared, who worked for the Somali National News Agency.Mr. Hared died last Monday when a remote-controlled mine in the south-western port town of Kismayo blew up a vehicle belonging to the non-governmental organization (NGO) Médecins Sans Frontières. Shooting followed the explosion. Two MSF aid workers and their driver were also killed in the attack.“I wish to pay tribute to the dedication of Hassan Kafi Hared and his colleagues, who carry out work essential for national reconciliation and reconstruction at tremendous personal risk, as tragically shown by this event,” Mr. Matsuura said, extending his condolences to MSF as well.“Journalists must be able to work in conditions of reasonable safety if they are to exercise the fundamental human right of freedom of expression and keep the population of Somalia and of the world informed about events in the country.”Seven journalists were killed in the line of duty in Somalia last year and, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), it is now the second-most dangerous country to be a journalist, behind only Iraq. 4 February 2008The head of the United Nations agency mandated to defend press freedom today deplored the killing of a reporter in Somalia and called for measures to improve the safety of journalists in the country, which has become one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists to work. read more

Not just science nerds Unpublicized speech reveals glimpse into Canadas shadowy eavesdropping

OTTAWA — According to geek-laden lore, Canada’s top-secret eavesdropping agency was once staffed by such a crew of oddball science nerds that one intelligence analyst cut her hair at her desk.[np_storybar title=”People flock to DuckDuckGo search engine in wake of NSA spying scandal” link=”″%5DThe phrase “DuckDuckGo it” doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as smoothly as “Google it,” but you could be hearing it a lot more soon.Privacy-focused search engine DuckDuckGo has attracted hordes of news users in the wake of revelations that Google and other prominent tech firms have been handing over user data to U.S. intelligence agencies. [/np_storybar]Another built a chicken-wire enclosure around his work area to keep other people away.And there was a popular joke among the codebreakers and computer wizards of Communications Security Establishment Canada. How do you tell an extrovert at CSEC? He’s the one looking at the tops of other people’s shoes, not his own.The more than 2,000 staffers of the electronic spy service headquartered in Ottawa’s south end are generally forbidden from discussing their highly sensitive pursuit of foreign intelligence.The agency barely even commented amid the frenzy of public concern about leaks from one of its key allies — the U.S. National Security Agency — that revealed NSA access to a huge volume of phone calls and emails, raising basic questions about privacy.But one of CSEC’s senior members opened the blinds a crack in an unpublicized speech a few years ago — providing a rare glimpse of the modern intelligence analyst at the shadowy agency.The Canadian Press obtained a copy of the candid address under the Access to Information Act.Though the May 2010 speech by CSEC signals intelligence chief Shelly Bruce was delivered to a quasi-public audience of intelligence officials and educators, the Defence Department, CSEC’s parent department, fought to keep portions of it secret. Only a complaint to Canada’s information ombudsman dislodged the complete text.Bruce joined CSEC in 1989 after studying in France, Russia and Canada, graduating from the University of Toronto with a master’s degree in Slavic language and literature. During almost two decades with the spy agency, she worked in intelligence collection and analysis, strategic planning and information-technology security.Following a stint in the Privy Council Office, she returned to CSEC in June 2009 to head up the SIGINT — or signals intelligence-gathering — program.The CSEC monitors foreign communications — from email messages and phone calls to faxes and satellite transmissions — for intelligence of interest to Canada.The contemporary SIGINT analyst is neither narrow specialist nor generalist, Bruce told her audience at a downtown Ottawa hotel.To be good at all of this you have to be smart, smart, smart“He or she must be good at everything, a Renaissance man or woman. It’s not enough that you know a rare language. You have to be a brilliant speaker, a competent Java coder, a master of social media, a social psychologist, a political scientist, a tactician, a statistician, a geospatial expert, and an expert navigator of the bureaucracy,” she said.“To be good at all of this you have to be smart, smart, smart.”One-quarter of CSEC’s analysts have an advanced degree. Whereas they used to come from political science, history, languages and other arts, half have degrees in technical subjects, especially computer science, software engineering or digital cartography.Spying is no longer a man’s world. Most of the agency’s intelligence analysts are women, Bruce said. Many of its managers and the majority of its most senior executives are female.According to Bruce, it’s a far cry from the Cold War-era image of pipe-smoking men sifting through reams of intelligence intercepts.An analyst routinely begins the day at 7:30 a.m., perhaps spending a few hours reviewing data compiled for her overnight by software that she partially wrote herself.“She has constructed a hypothesis about how her targets may be using certain communications technologies to further their cause,” said Bruce. “Unfortunately, the data will take a lot of tweaking before it’s ready to reject the hypothesis.”Good analysts don’t come from a particular school or program, she said.“Yes, we have political scientists and historians, but we also have doctorates in comparative literature, many librarians, lots of computer scientists, physicists, musicians, philosophers and, as God is my witness, someone with a three-year degree in the Japanese Tea Ceremony.“We don’t have anybody who specialized in intelligence per se. Almost none of these people are working predominantly in the field of their education, especially the Tea Ceremony guy.”CSEC also likes recruits who have travelled, especially off the beaten tourist path to places like Algiers or Beijing. “This makes them harder to clear, but it’s worth it.”Good analysts love technology, Bruce noted. “They play with it, they disassemble it, they use it to create whatever it is they like to create. We hate that they take away our iPods at the front door.”Successful analysts are also intensely curious and prone to detours. “Their college transcripts, or their extra-curricular study, are littered with strange diversions and investigations outside the prescribed route.”Many CSEC employees know more than one language — and the agency seeks out those who speak uncommon ones.“Our experience is that training people from scratch to learn difficult languages just doesn’t pay off, and it doesn’t impart the cultural instincts that are so valuable,” Bruce said.And today’s CSEC intelligence analysts are social creatures.“The stereotype of the SIGINTer as an introvert incapable of looking you in the eye was never altogether inaccurate, but increasingly we have a cadre of well-spoken, well-rounded and outgoing young people,” Bruce said.“They overcome their introversion because the subject matter so enthralls them that they have to share it.”The Canadian Press read more