Blue colour of the soul

first_imgThe Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre has organised an exhibition of spiritual paintings titled Planetary Consciousness by Hungarian artist Jeno Balogh that starts on 23 September.  The exhibition will be inaugurated by Prof. Om Prakash Sharma, artist, Former Principal of Delhi College of Art, New Delhi.Balogh expressed, ‘My paintings depict a world without people, warning that this is going to happen if we continue this way of exploitation to the Earth. I mostly paint with blue colour that is the colour of Planet Earth and also the colour of soul. However, I also use red that is the colour of Mars, a lifeless planet. For me painting is a token of energy, coming from my soul.’ Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Jeno Balogh has  been painting for over 40 years now. He was the President of the local Art Association for 23 years and organised several charity exhibitions. He had a number of solo and group exhibitions in Hungary and abroad like Montevideo, Santiago de Chile, Rio de Janeiro, New Delhi. In Athens, he was awarded with a bronze medal at the Cultural Olympics. He is also a member of the International Artists’ Association and the Association of Greek Artists. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Save our Planet and Planetary Consciousness’ are the mottos that my art work is focused on. We have one planet only where we should live in an environment-conscious way and in peace to protect our Planet Earth. In order to be able to implement this consciousness in our daily life, one should have a mindful soul which, I think, people don’t possess anymore,’ explained Balogh. When: 23 September – 17 October Where: Hungarian Information and Cultural Centre, 1-A Japath Timing: 10 am – 4 pm (weekdays only)last_img read more

Dance drama and some more

first_imgThough feminism came much later in the last century the emotions have always been there in pervasive and prevalent form. In the performance of artiste Dimple Kaur, we can see the dreams and longing for love, which is beyond the realms of time and society and the practical reality of the dream, marriage which was beautifully captures in the poem Kuvanri (The Virgin) and is interpreted by the dancer in today’s manifestations of domestic abuse and marital rapes. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The psychological numbness and quietness is portrayed in the poem titled Chup, followed by the poem titled Mere Dost. Ae Mere Ajnabi is poem of hopefulness and yet the transitory nature of love and relationships. The cycle of love and pain continues as the longing intensifies. The next poem is about the undying spirit of the women Suraj Nu Sare Khoon Maaf Han and yet she says ‘I will meet you yet again…’ and I am Swatantra Rooh (A liberated soul). Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixKaur is a performing Indian Classical dancer practicing Bhaartanatyam and VilasiniNatyam dance forms. The artiste commented, ‘This is my unique attempt to bring out in a contemporary form the possibilities and emotions that can be stirred with Punjabi language and I sincerely hope and believe that this will be appreciated by the audience and it will also provide them with an opportunity to experience art and its manifestations in new language.’When: Today Where: Alliance Francaise, Lodhi Estate Ticket Price:  Rs. 500last_img read more

Late SI Amitava Malik to receive CMs Bravery Award 2017 posthumously

first_imgDarjeeling: Late Amitava Malik, Sub-Inspector of Police, will be awarded the Chief Minister’s Bravery Award 2017 posthumously. Other police personnel will also be receiving the Bravery Award and Shourya Padaks. Incidentally, the Darjeeling Hills had been in the grip of agitation since June 8, 2017 which included a 104-day bandh which had ended on September 26. There were incidents of violence, arson, explosions and rioting. As the agitators locked horns with security personnel, 13 lives were lost during the period of agitation. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsOn October 13, 2017, a police team had raided the jungles of Shirubari forest on the banks of Chota Rangeet river, 25 km from Darjeeling, in search of GJM president Bimal Gurung. There was an alleged exchange of fire between the police and Gurung’s supporters. SI Malik, who was in hot pursuit, fell prey to a bullet allegedly fired by Gurung’s supporters.A huge cache of arms, ammunition and explosives were recovered by the police from the spot. His wife was later given a job in the police department. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAlong with Late Malik, other awardees of the Chief Minister’s Bravery Award include Akhilesh Chaturvedi, Superintendent of Police, Darjeeling; Soumyajit Roy, IC Sadar, Darjeeling and SI Abhijit Biswas of Sadar PS, Darjeeling.The recipients of the Shourya Padak 2017 include Nagendra Nath Tripathi, Commandant, SAP (10th Battalion;) Amarnath K, SP (Operations,) Darjeeling; Rahul Pandey, DSP (HQ,) Darjeeling; Kiran Tamang, Assistant Commandant, 2nd IRB and Shyamal Barman, Constable, SAP.Assistant Commandant Kiran Tamang was critically injured on June 17 during sporadic clashes between the GJM supporters and the security forces. The Army had to be deployed on that day to bring the situation under control. The list was notified by Alok Kumar Bhaumik, OSD and Ex-officio Joint Secretary to the government of West Bengal.last_img read more

Private tutor held for beating up child with hot spatula

first_imgKolkata: Police have arrested a private tutor for allegedly torturing a 5-year-old boy. The incident occurred at Howrah’s Belur.Police said the victim boy, a student of a private English medium school in Belur, used to take private tuition with a local teacher for sometime. On Thursday, the victim, who is an upper KG student, went to the tuition after returning from school. The victim told the police that the teacher asked him certain questions which he had failed to answer. This made the woman teacher angry and she brought a hot cooking spatula from the kitchen and started beating up the boy with the same. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe child has burn marks on his upper arms, knees, fingers, thigh and both palms after the home tutor tried to harm the child the with hot spatula.There are some injuries on his body as well.Locals staged a demonstration in front of the house of the accused teacher after the matter came to light.The victim was wreathing in pain after being beaten up.The victim fell seriously ill following the incident. The family members later lodged a complaint at the local police station on Thursday night following which the police raided the accused’s house and arrested her in this connection.last_img read more

24 units to come up in Cooch Behar Industrial Growth Centre

first_imgKolkata: With the development of necessary infrastructure in the industrial growth centre in Cooch Behar’s Chakchaka, 24 units producing different types of goods will start functioning within the next few months. It will lead to the generation of around 2,156 jobs.Amit Mitra, the state Commerce and Industry minister, in the Assembly on Tuesday said 24 units will come up in the industrial growth centre on a land of 20.68-acre.He said authorities of the companies, who will set up 21 out of 24 units, have already made the payment that is required to set up the units. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThey have also got the plots where the units will come up and it is expected that the units will start functioning in the next eight to ten months.The 21 units will be set up on around a land of 16.51 acre in the industrial growth centre. He further said: “There will be generation of 2,038 jobs in the 21 units.” In the same breath, Mitra said as per the detailed project report, there will be a total investment of Rs 6831.98 lakh. For the 21 out of 24 units, there will be an investment of Rs 5886 lakh. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIt has also been stated that the authorities of the remaining three units will take the necessary move forward soon to set up their units in the industrial growth centre.It may be mentioned that the industrial park at Chakchaka was set up during the Left Front regime and it was actually developed as a Jute Park. But there was no proper infrastructure. As a result, it failed to attract investment.After the change of guard, the Mamata Banerjee government took initiative and given a major facelift to the Jute Park and developed it as an industrial growth centre where units for production of different products can be set up instead of only jute factories.Mitra said: “Our government has developed infrastructure including 1.85 km long road, 56 street lights, laying of pipeline for a stretch of 1.2 km, overhead water reservoir for supply of safe drinking water, surface drainage system, power sub-station and administrative office in the industrial growth centre and it played a key role in attracting more investment.”last_img read more

Stop treating Google as your doctor

first_imgAre you among those who log in to Google every time you are down with body ache, fever or cold, only to get more confused and scared? Many young Indians with smartphones in their hands are falling prey to the “Google-as-your-doctor” phenomenon and the dangerous trend is on the rise in the country, health experts feel.Although there is nothing wrong in checking your symptoms or trying to find more about your illness on the internet, they say that one should know where to stop. The ideal situation is to use search engines only when someone is diagnosed with a certain medical condition and wants to know more about it. The information available on internet should be used to educate oneself rather than trying to find a cure for the disease. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“The biggest problem is that internet is loaded with enormous information which could be correct too but then your symptoms could be similar to some other disease which may cause confusion. Therefore, correct diagnosis of your health abnormality is very important,” said Dr Satnam Singh Chhabra, head (neuro-spine surgeon) at the Sir Gangaram Hospital.He has observed many young Indian adults getting hooked to the internet to look for every little thing, even self-diagnosis. For instance, if one has a health abnormality, then the instant reaction is to Google the symptoms before seeing an expert or a doctor. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“But one should be careful as people normally look for symptoms to get rid of curiosity and anxiety but to the contrary, it just worsens the scenario and leaves them more anxious,” Chhabra said.According to Dr (Prof) Raju Vaishya, senior consultant (orthopaedic and joint replacement surgeon) at Indraprastha Apollo Hospital, one should beware of getting trapped into “Google as your doctor” behaviour as this may cause more harm than good.“Yes, there is an increasing surge in young Indians with smartphones who google common health symptoms. I find more such patients coming to me with queries related to hand, wrist and elbow,” said Vaishya.  Dr R K Singal of the BLK Super-specialty Hospital had an interesting case study to share: “Once a patient in his mid-30s came to me with severe headache. He told me that he thought he had a brain tumour. After diagnosis, we found that headache was due to prolonged sore throat and rhinopharyngitis (common cold).” “The patient visited me after a month of self-diagnosis through internet. Whatever he found on the internet made him believe that he had a brain tumour,” said Singal.According to Singal, people in the 25-40 age group are more hooked on to the internet and such self-diagnosis only increases one’s anxiety. Dr. Rahul Gupta, senior neuro and spine surgeon at Fortis Hospital in Noida, is attending to many young Indians who come to him with weird health queries after scanning Google. “Self-medication via the internet can be dangerous. Patients at times do not follow our advice and waste our time with silly questions,” he stressed.Another danger of self-diagnosis is that you may think that there is more wrong with you than there actually is.“For example, if you had insomnia, inattention and depression, you may believe that you have a sleep disorder or major depression. Thus, you may make things worse by worrying more as well,” Singal noted.Self-diagnosis is also a problem when you are in a state of denial about your symptoms. One may think that generalised body aches started with a worsening of mood, but a doctor may elect to do an electrocardiogram for chest pain that reveals possible coronary artery disease, the experts felt. Are health websites trustworthy when it comes to answering health symptom queries? “I don’t see any harm in doing that because it’s about your health after all. In fact, a lot of times my patients come back with queries after surfing about their health abnormality on the internet,” Chhabra said. So, educate yourself as much before or after you visit your doctor, but let the experts do their job. Let your doctor prescribe you a treatment well-suited for your ailment.“One should be wise enough to understand which is an authentic website with relevant content as there are a lot of paid sites which exist only to make business,” Chhabra advised. Vaishya asked youngsters to share their internet-acquired knowledge with the doctor but not to force it upon the doctor to follow it.“Trust your doctor more than Google,” Gupta summed up.last_img read more

Baluchari silk makes comeback in Bengal thanks to state project

first_imgKolkata: The sale of Baluchari silk has seen a sharp spike in Bengal, after the state government launched the ‘Baluchari’ project a few years ago, aiming to revive the textile which harks back to the colonial times.”In collaboration with the West Bengal State Handloom Weavers’ Cooperation Society (Tantuja), the Directorate of Textiles had launched the Baluchari project, which has been a major success. The sale of this particular kind of silk has increased on a major scale as we roped in weavers from Bishnupur, who blended some old and new designs, keeping in mind the current trend and demands of the consumers,” said Director of Textiles Debasis Ghosh on Wednesday. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseBaluchari, a quintessential textile of Bengal, which found a home in Bishnupur of Bankura district after its place of origin Baluchar in Murshidabad, had succumbed to the vagaries of nature. Even in Bishnupur, the design, looms, weaving technique and the thread used underwent drastic change with time, leaving the originality of the textile in shambles. In such a scenario, the Baluchari project has aided its grand revival, with the hike in sales figures. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataGhosh further said: “After the launch of the project, the West Bengal State Handloom Weavers’ Cooperation Society eventually undertook its marketing duties and launched an exclusive showroom in Park Street which specialises in Baluchari silk, among others. The annual turn- over of the showroom has reached crores.” Tantuja procures handloom fabrics from cooperative societies and artisans through 12 procurement centres and two training-cum-production centres. It has 83 sales outlets all over India. Speaking about the initiative taken by the government to help the farmers in cultivation of silk, the extension officer of the directorate of textiles Partho Pratim said: “There are 59 government sericulture farms in Bengal which cultivate superior-quality seeds. These seeds are then given to the farmers at a subsidised rate, who then produce the raw silk. When the raw silk is sold in the market, the farmers earn good revenue. The weavers who buy the raw silk spin it into sarees, shawls and other garments.”last_img read more

Police should take suo motu action against BJP leaders for encounter comment

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee said on Wednesday the police should take suo motu cognizance against those BJP leaders who advocated the “Uttar Pradesh model” of encounters in the state to wipe out criminals. Banerjee also condemned the lynching incidents across India, saying the country belonged to each and every citizen irrespective of his or her caste, creed and religion. “Some BJP leaders are threatening to conduct encounters in West Bengal. I don’t know why the police did not file a suo motu case against them and take action. The police should take suo-motu cognizance,” she said while speaking on the floor of the assembly. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata The Trinamool Congress supremo’s comment came in the backdrop of two senior state Bharatiya Janata Party leaders saying on Monday that the party would follow the “Uttar Pradesh model” of giving free hand to the police to wipe out criminals in encounters if it comes to power in the state. Referring to the incidents of lynching in the country, the chief minister said: “I strongly condemn what happened in Jharkhand. People are living in fear. They are killing people.” Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state Tabrez Ansari, 24, was allegedly tied to a pole and thrashed with sticks by a mob in Jharkhand’s Seraikela Kharsawan district last Wednesday on the suspicion of theft. The newly-married youth was purportedly seen in a video being forced to chant “Jai Shri Ram” and “Jai Hanuman”. He succumbed to his injuries on Saturday. Banerjee accused the BJP of promoting communal divide in the country. “The country is for all — for Muslims, Hindus, Chirstians, Jains, Sikhs. I fear that the BJP might change the Constitution,” she said. “Is it a fault of someone to be born in a certain religion or caste? Is it my fault that I have a certain surname?” “The Union Home Ministry is sending advisories to Bengal over law-and-order issue. But what about the law and order issue in Uttar Pradesh, Jharkhand or Haryana? Did they send any advisory to these states? The answer is no. This (sending of advisories) is politically motivated to malign Bengal,” she said. The chief minister said the administration would take stern action against those who indulge in engineering riots and spread fake news. Banerjee claimed that the entire administration was taken over for the past six months by the Election Commission because of the Lok Sabha election, accusing the poll body of functioning at the behest of the BJP. “I admit that there were some gaps in last six months as the entire administration was taken over by the EC. Just like in other part of the country, the BJP has undermined each and every institution in the state,” she said.last_img read more