Month: August 2019

Physicists Explain Why Liquid Optical Fibers Dont Collapse

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “Conversely, if light is propagated in the fiber, then the electromagnetic field exerts a pressure on its circumference, commonly called pressure of radiation, which works against surface stresses (the so-called Laplace pressure). Beyond some threshold in irradiance, radiation pressure overcomes the Laplace pressure. The liquid fiber is thus stabilized by the guided light and its radius is determined by the balance between pressure of radiation and Laplace pressure. Thus not only the liquid fiber is stabilized by the light, but its radius self-adapts spontaneously to the beam intensity. “The radius and the length of induced fibers being respectively micrometric and millimetric, these results allow us to advance a microfluidic approach of self-adapted optical guiding while proposing an original answer to the stabilization of liquid columns, a problem studied for the first time by Rayleigh more than one hundred years ago.”In their demonstration, the researchers used a near-critical phase-separated liquid mixture. They focused an argon ion laser beam down into the cell containing the liquid mixture, which was kept above a critical temperature of 35ºC (95ºF) to achieve a low interfacial tension of the meniscus separating the two coexisting fluid phases. When the beam had a high enough power (at least hundreds of milliwatts), and was aimed directly at the interface from the fluid phase of the largest index of refraction, the interface became unstable and formed into a liquid column, stable and perfectly guiding the exciting beam. The physicists explained that the liquid optical fiber strongly depended on the beam power, among other things. For instance, by adjusting the beam diameter inside the liquid, the scientists showed how the liquid optical fiber would change its properties to avoid collapsing. For example, when the beam “waist” (the narrowest part of the beam) is large, the liquid column’s diameter becomes varied across its length. Having different diameter values at a single time makes the system “multistable.” By understanding the underlying mechanisms of liquid optical fiber stability, the scientists hope their work will lead to the development of reconfigurable light-guiding applications, microdevices with fluid interfaces, and other optofluidics technologies, since droplet microfluidics always involves low interfacial tensions between oil and water by adding surfactants.More information: Brasselet, Etienne; Wunenburger, Régis; and Delville, Jean-Pierre. “Liquid Optical Fibers with a Multistable Core Actuated by Light Radiation Pressure.” Physical Review Letters 101, 014501 (2008).Copyright 2008 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Explore further However, guiding light with liquid fibers has been a great challenge for scientists due to the difficulty of creating stable liquid columns. Liquid columns reach a fundamental limitation called the Rayleigh-Plateau instability which says that, in weightless conditions, a liquid column breaks when its length exceeds its circumference. Now, a team of physicists, Etienne Brasselet, Régis Wunenburger, and Jean-Pierre Delville, from the University of Bordeaux in France, has developed a model to explain how a liquid column of large aspect ratio can be stabilized by light radiation pressure. The physicists demonstrated how the characteristics of a liquid optical fiber can be tuned at will, opening the doors to the further development of stable liquid optical fibers and their applications.In 2004, Delville was part of a team that discovered that light radiation pressure has the unique ability to stabilize liquid columns and overcome the Rayleigh-Plateau limit. Further, their technique enabled the liquid columns to self-adapt to the laser that was used to form them, self-tuning their diameter and adjusting their bending angle. However, no one knew the mechanism behind this stabilizing technique, until now. In a recent issue of Physical Review Letters, the University of Bordeaux physicists explain liquid column stability by a balance between the radiation pressure, which tends to expand a cylindrical column outwards, and the inward constricting interface stresses exerted by the Laplace pressure. Based on their model, the researchers could generate liquid optical fibers with aspect ratios of up to 100 (fibers whose lengths were 100 times greater than their diameters).“Strictly speaking, here is the main idea,” Delville told “Squeeze a drop of water between the thumb and the index finger, and then move the two fingers away from each other. The drop takes the form of a small liquid fiber. Stretch still a little more and this fiber breaks in two daughter drops under the influence of surface stresses in order to minimize the energy associated with the increase in water-air surface due to stretching. That is why liquid fibers are so difficult to stabilize. Machine learning about glaucomacenter_img Citation: Physicists Explain Why Liquid Optical Fibers Don’t Collapse (2008, July 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from One-millimeter-long liquid optical fiber induced and stabilized by the light pressure of a continuous Argon ion laser (a) and associated light-guiding observed from the scattering of the propagating beam (b). Image credit: J.P. Delville. ( — For several years, physicists have known that liquid columns can be used to guide light. By trapping a light beam, a liquid column can act like an optical fiber, but with a liquid sheathing instead of glass or plastic.last_img read more

Scientists Make Ink Disappear Make Paper Reusable

first_img Do laser printers emit harmful particles? Citation: Scientists Make Ink Disappear, Make Paper Reusable (2009, October 27) retrieved 18 August 2019 from ( — Despite ongoing efforts to save the trees, many offices print high volumes of paper documents on a daily basis. Although many companies encourage paper recycling, both disposing of and recycling paper have negative environmental impacts. What if there was a way to reuse printed paper by removing the ink and quickly transforming it back into clean, white paper? That’s the idea from Thomas Counsell and Julian Allwood of the University of Cambridge, who have investigated print removal techniques in a recent study. Of course, as Counsell and Allwood note, the idea is not new. Since medieval times, monks have removed the print from parchment to allow it to be reused, and a handful of patents already exist on the concept, though the techniques used are unclear.In 2006, Counsell and Allwood outlined a program of research into toner removal, and their most recent study, published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society A, demonstrates a promising toner removal method. They found that a combination of solvents can remove toner print from paper without harming the paper to make it reusable, although the resulting paper is not quite as white as new paper.In experiments, the researchers used a single toner-paper combination: the toner came from an HP 4200 dtn black-and-white laser printer, while the paper was white, uncoated, wood-free 80 gm-2 Canon copy paper. Upon experimenting with several solvents and combinations, the researchers found that applying a mixture of 60% dimethylsulphoxide and 40% chloroform, followed by an application of ultrasound agitation to separate the pigment from the paper, could make the paper sufficiently reusable. As the researchers found, dimethylsulphoxide alone is poor at removing print but results in white paper, while chloroform is better at removing print but leaves a grey surface. Together, the solvents provide a paper that has a slightly off-white color and a slightly rougher surface than a new sheet of paper, but is still re-printable. The scientists suggest that, in the future, a technique for removing print from paper might be carried out at a central recycling plant or in an office, such as by being integrated into a copy machine, printer, or recycling bin. But while solvents like chloroform would probably be acceptable to use at a plant, some solvents would probably not be considered safe for office use. Before the researchers start considering implementing the technique, more work is needed, particularly in investigating the economic, safety, and environmental implications. For one thing, the researchers want to perform repeated tests on the paper over multiple cycles of reuse and over extended periods, in order to determine the lifespan of the paper. In addition, other paper types and printer types would likely work better with different solvents.In addition to paper lifetime, there are sustainability issues to consider as well. For instance, in the experiments, at least 100 ml of solvent was required to clean a sheet of paper that had been covered with the standard 5% coverage of print that is quoted by printer manufacturers. At 10 sheets of paper cleaned per liter of solvent, the process raises questions about viability and the possibility of reusing the solvent, which would likely have further safety and economic issues. Despite these challenges, the basic principle of removing toner print from paper with solvents appears plausible, and may have benefits if investigated further.More information: Thomas A. M. Counsell and Julian M. Allwood. “Using solvents to remove a toner print so that office paper might be reused.” Proceedings of the Royal Society A. doi:10/1098/rspa.2009.0144Copyright 2009 All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed in whole or part without the express written permission of Explore further Reprinted office paper. (a) For comparison: text on fresh paper, (b) water, (c) dimethylsulphoxide, (d) chloroform, (e) dichloromethane, (f ) acetone, (g) 80% acetone + 20% chloroform (h) 40% chloroform + 60% dimethylsulphoxide. Image copyright: Counsell and Allwood. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Leidenfrost effect drops found to be selfpropelled

first_img PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQuality0SpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreen Citation: Leidenfrost effect drops found to be self-propelled (2018, September 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from More information: Ambre Bouillant et al. Leidenfrost wheels, Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0275-9AbstractAs reported in 1756 by Johann Gottlob Leidenfrost, volatile liquids on hot solids form “gleaming drops resembling quicksilver”, a consequence of their levitation on a vapour cushion. This makes the drops spectacularly mobile, moving away as soon as they are deposited—an observation commonly attributed to gravity or surrounding airflows. This mobility has been exploited to manipulate drops, because tiny forces such as those generated on asymmetric substrates can move them in well-defined directions, a situation that also provides heat evacuation. Here we report that Leidenfrost droplets initially at rest on horizontal substrates self-rotate and self-propel in the direction they are rolling, in the absence of any source of asymmetry or external force. Their rapid internal flow is found to be accompanied by a tilting of their base, which creates a permanent ratchet-like mechanism, entraining the rolling liquid despite the fact that it is not in contact with its substrate. Explore further © 2018 Play Side view of the experiment slowed down by a factor of 40. A water drop with radius R = 1.10 mm is dispensed from a needle at the centre of a hot wafer (T = 350 °C). Tracers (predispersed in the liquid) reveal an internal rolling motion before and after the drop detaches from the needle and self-propels in the rolling direction, like a liquid wheel. Credit: Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0275-9 The researchers also found that the unbalance inside the drop caused the drop to tilt downwards in the same direction that the drop was moving—sort of like a miniature tidal wave. That tilt, they note, worked like a ratchet to keep the drop moving until the drop evaporated completely. They also noted that the drops tended to roll towards a cooler part of the heated surface, suggesting that their movement might be controllable. If so, that could lead to a new type of self-propelled devices. Journal information: Nature Physicscenter_img Behaviour of Leidenfrost drops starting from rest on flat silicon wafers. a, Schematic of the experiment: a quasi-spherical water drop with radius R sits at the centre of a hot wafer with diameter L. Water containing tracers is dispensed from a needle located at a millimetre-size distance H above the substrate. Owing to evaporation, it detaches at a radius R ≈ H/2. b, Chronophotography (timestep of 94 ms) of a water drop with radius R = 1.10 mm. Once liberated, the Leidenfrost drop self-propels on the reflective wafer heated at T = 300 °C. c, Superimposition of 100 trajectories (top views, R = 1.00 ± 0.05 mm) on a wafer at T = 350 °C. All drops self-propel after detachment with straight, isotropic trajectories. The grey zone on the bottom right is hidden by the needle and thus inaccessible experimentally. d, Same experiment for 40 drops with radius R = 2 mm. The roughly straight-line trajectories now follow a common direction. Credit: Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0275-9 A team of researchers at Physique et Mécanique des Milieux Hétérogènes in France has found that Leidenfrost effect drops move around on a hot pan because they are self-propelled. In their paper published in the journal Nature Physics, the group describes their study of the drops and what they found. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Droplet friction found to be similar to that of solid objects When drops of water land on a hot surface they begin moving around in the pan like a hockey puck on ice. Prior research has shown the slipperiness of the drops is due to a thin layer of steam that is created between the drop and the pan—causing the drop to be levitated. As to why the drop moves without prompting, prior researchers have suggested it is due to slight bits of air movement or gravity acting on them. In this new effort, the researchers have found that there is another force involved.To find out why the drops move without apparent cause, the researchers set up an experiment that involved placing a pan on a hot plate surrounded by high-speed cameras which were attached to motion-tracking software. To find out what goes on inside of the droplets, the group injected tiny glass spheres into a small sample of water which was used for generating droplets.In examining the results on their computer screen, the researchers found that larger drops behaved as expected—the glass spheres flowed in a smooth manner and the drops on the hot plate hardly moved. But as the drops on the pan grew smaller due to evaporation, they flattened out and the flow inside of the drops became unbalanced—the unbalance caused the drop to move forward.last_img read more

Going miles for Mediterranean

first_imgInspired by the beautiful, chic city of Seville in Spain, the restaurant is an ode to the colours, style, local ambience and tastes of the umber chic holiday destination. Sevilla with its newly launched menu put forwards an exquisite Mediterranean cuisine which surpasses any other brunch offering in the capital. Live Pasta and Risotto counters and a selection of cured meats and cheese stations are only few of the delectable offerings at the city’s much loved Spanish restaurant. The Josper oven, one of its kind in the city promises a culinary delight with offerings like the milk fed Australian lamb chops, Chilean sea bass and kalamata olive stuffed ricotta cheese steak to name a few. The dessert spread with over 13 much loved sweets include Blueberry Pannacotta, Cannocini, Winter Berries Tart, and lot more.last_img read more

For pension son stores mothers dead body in freezer for 3 years

first_imgKolkata: In a sensational incident, a 45-year-old leather engineer who is a resident of Behala’s James Long Sarani, preserved the body of his mother inside a commercial chest freezer at his house for nearly three years after dissecting her body.The accused, Subhabrata Majumdar (45), has already been arrested. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the accused used to withdraw his mother’s pension of Rs 50,000 per month by obtaining the thumb impression of the deceased. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsThe deceased, Bina Majumdar, was a retired employee of the Food Corporation of India (FCI). Her husband and the accused’s father, Gopal Majumdar, who also worked with the FCI, was probably threatened with dire consequences if he revealed the incident.Police said the accused worked in a leather company and had detailed knowledge about how chemicals could be applied for preservation of a dead body. What appears to be more shocking to the cops is that the accused dissected the deceased’s body from throat to lower abdomen to remove various organs which could trigger a foul smell in the neighbourhood. The incident came to light after the police, on specific information, raided the house on Wednesday night. Police are also investigating the role of the victim’s husband as to why he kept mum for almost three years despite knowing everything. It aroused the suspicion of the local residents who found that two air-conditioning machines were recently installed at the ground floor where the freezer was kept. Their suspicions rose as no one stayed on the ground floor and the machines used to run all the time. It was also learnt that the accused who did not mix with the neighbours for the past couple of years told some of them that he had kept his mother in the peace heaven. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe elderly woman died at Behala Balananda Brahmachari Hospital and Research Centre in April 2015 due to high blood pressure along with age-related ailments at the age of 84. Instead of cremating the body it was kept in a chest freezer and the accused son used to administer various chemicals to preserve the body. Police are also interrogating the hospital officials in this connection. Preliminary investigation suggests that the accused used to blackmail his father by saying if he makes the incident public then the accused would leave the house. The elderly father might not have revealed the incident due to his constant threats. He also concealed the death certificate inside the house. He used to withdraw the pension with the help of fudged documents. Police also found ink marks on the deceased’s thumb. The investigators seized various chemicals from the house. During interrogation, the accused has told the police that he could not bear the shock of his mother’s death as he was very close to her. He also told the police that he believes that human cells do not die. The accused further clarified that keeping the cells alive meant keeping the dead person alive. This was the reason behind preserving the body, he claimed.Police are also investigating as to why the accused, who used to work as a senior official at a leather company, had preserved the body of his mother inside a freezer for three years. He might have committed the crime to get his mother’s pension, police suspect. The accused used various foreign languages during the course of interrogation. Cops are also probing if he had any mental ailment. However, cops are investigating all possible angles behind the incident, including interrogation of the victim’s husband.last_img read more

Diabetic foot syndrome requires special care say doctors

first_imgIn an attempt to create awareness about diabetic foot syndrome, Amrapali Hospital in association with the Uttar Pradesh Diabetes Association (UPDA) organised a seminar (CME) on diabetic foot management on the occasion of ‘Doctor’s Day.’ More than 50 doctors attended the meet.Dr Swapnil Shikha, Director Amrapali Healthcare emphasised on increasing the awareness of diabetes and its complications among the Indian population. She said, “since diabetic foot is the most common skeletal and soft tissue infection in a patient suffering from diabetes, educating people about this dreaded complication will help curb the need for amputations.” Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Presentation on diabetic foot pathophysiology and management was given by Dr Amit Gupta, Dr Saurav  Srivastava, Dr Vipin Mishra and Dr Amitesh Aggarwal. The diabetologist  Dr Vipin Mishra said that “every diabetic patient must get his foot examination done annually.  Diet control and cessation of smoking have a major preventive role in the development of diabetic foot.” The event was concluded by Ritik Kumar Sinha, Director Amrapali Hospital who said, “Amrapali healthcare is soon coming up with facilities providing complete medical care for a diabetic patient”.last_img read more

Legends of soulful music

first_imgOne of the most versatile exponents of the Delhi Gharana, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan opened the second evening of the Delhi Classical Music Festival on October 18, followed by a soul-stirring performance by legendary violinist Dr N Rajam. Organized by the Department of Art, Culture & Languages, Govt. of Delhi and Sahitya Kala Parishad, the five-day festival is being held at the Kamani Auditorium. The event is hosting a series of exponents of different classical music traditions – vocalists, sitar players, veena vadaks, violanists to santoor maestros – all the one stage.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe ‘Khalifa’ or Custodian of the Delhi Gharana and an active promoter of the Hazrat Amir Khusrau tradition of Indian music, Ustad Iqbal Ahmed Khan is known worldwide for the versatility of his vocal expression. On the other hand, Dr N Rajam is a veteran violinist who is the pioneer of the revolutionary Gayaki Ang.“Hindustani classical music has a rich repertoire of traditions and gharanas, each of which has contributed a unique style and tributary to the country’s musical culture. Over the centuries, our classical music has enriched itself by incorporating different traditions and by intermingling of regional as well as international subtexts. Indian classical music is a true representative of our rich identity and the Delhi Classical Music Festival is a wonderful representation of this richness,” said Pt Jasraj who had opened the first evening of the festival on October 17. “Contrary to popular perception, our classical music is not losing out to the modern pop culture. This is validated when we see bright young artists eager to master the art and spread it around the world. Events like the Delhi Classical Music help expand the reach of our young virtuosos and encourage more young musical talents to take up the art. It is a great pleasure to perform before Delhi’s discerning audience,” said Vishwa Mohan Bhatt, the Grammy award winning player of the Mohan Veena. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveKalpini Komkali, a talented vocalist who is the daughter of the legendary Pandit Kumar Gandharva performed on the third day of the festival, followed by the Pt Vishwa Mohan Bhatt.The fourth evening on October 20 witnessed the performances by vocalist duo – Ustad Mazhar Ali Khan & Ustad Jawaad Ali Khan – and Flautist Pt Ronu Majumdar, who is one of the finest flute players of his generation. Ustad Rashid Khan, an exponent of the Rampur-Sahaswan Gharana, will open the today’s evening of the festival, which will draw to a close with the performance of Santoor maestro Pt Satish Vyas.Gharana, will open the today’s evening of the festival, which will draw to a close with the performance of Santoor maestro Pt Satish Vyas.last_img read more

Bangla Sangeet Mela a great platform for rural performers Sen

first_imgKolkata: Bangla Sangeet Mela will be held in as many as 10 venues in the city from December 14 to 22 this year in which an estimated 2,000 singers, including those from districts, are expected to perform.The Biswabangla Lok Sanskriti Utsav will also be held side by side from December 14-18 at Ektara Mukta Manch. Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee will inaugurate both the festivals from the open air auditorium at Uttirna in Alipore on December 14. A number of eminent musicians will be awarded by Banerjee as well. “Around 2000 singers, 450 artistes who are adept in playing different musical instruments and 180 comparers will take part in the Sangeet Mela. There will be performers from the city as well as the districts. It is indeed a great platform to showcase their talent,” said Indranil Sen, minister of state for Information and Cultural Affairs (I&CA) at a press conference in Nandan IV. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThis is for the first time when students from 32 schools and 16 colleges will be participating in the Sangeet Mela. The young artistes who have taken part in various music competitions and workshops that are organised by the state government from time to time will also be given an opportunity to perform. A senior official of the state government informed that Rabindra Sadan, Sisir Mancha, Rabindra Okakura Bhavan, Phanibhusan Bidya Binod Jatra Manch, Mohor Kunja, Hedua Park, Madhusudan Mukta Mancha, Ektara Mukta Mancha, Deshapriya Park and Rajya Sangeet Academy Mukta Manch will be the venues for the mega event. Last year, there were nine venues for the same. Deshapriya Park will see performances from promising Bangla bands and budding artistes. There will be musical performances titled ‘Paray Paray Sangeet Mela’ from December 15 to 22 in different localities in the city too. There will be an exhibition of a variety of musical instruments titled “Banglar Lokbadya” at Gaganendra Pradarshanshala in the Nandan complex from December 15 to 22. The Ektara Mukta Mancha will host a discussion on basic Bengali songs and Bengali film songs on December 22. The Sangeet Mela will conclude with a night long musical programme at Rabindra Sadan on December 22.last_img read more

Munch on dry fruits to stay fit

first_imgTreat yourself to dry fruits like apricots, walnuts and pistachios to be healthy. It is a known fact that dry fruits and nuts are packed with essential nutrients. Though available in small packages, they are an abundant source of proteins, vitamins, minerals and dietary fiber. Right from skin benefits to medicinal benefits, dry fruits and nuts give you every reason to include them in your diet. From keeping heart diseases at bay to preventing anemia, maintaining cholesterol, to improving haemoglobin levels, dry fruits are a complete package. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfAlmonds: It is a healthy substitute for conventional snacking options, which are generally high in sugar, and can be enjoyed anytime. Almonds are rich in anti-oxidants and have zero cholesterol. They are known to provide relief from constipation, respiratory issues and heart disorders, besides being great for hair, skin, and teeth.Cashews: These nuts are loaded with health benefits and are a rich source of Vitamins E and B6. What’s more? They can also be used to bring a rich texture and flavour to various dishes. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveRaisins: Raisins are made from dehydrated grapes and are used in both sweet and savoury food preparations. They are good for health and have been known to reduce acidity and aids digestion.Walnuts: This shelled nutty delight is extremely nutritious. It is loaded with vital Omega-3 fatty acids, dietary fibres, proteins, anti-oxidants, vitamins and minerals.Pistachios: Pistachios are good for the heart as they help in lowering bad cholesterol level. They also help prevent diabetes and boost immunity. Dates: They are used in different types of sweet dishes and can also be consumed on their own. The dry fruit is rich in vitamins, proteins, minerals, and natural sugar and is believed to provide relief from constipation, apart from treating anaemia.Apricots: Apricots have 47 per cent of your daily Vitamin A needs in a single serving and are a good source of potassium, Vitamin E and copper. Vitamin E, like all anti-oxidant vitamins (A and C), is vital in protecting the cells from damage caused by free radicals. This is especially important in the summer months when the sun is at its strongest. It contributes to healthy skin, eyes and immune system.last_img read more

Giving a new definition to Sufism

first_imgThe beauty of Sufism lies in the translation of poetry into music, which not only makes up for an enriching experience for the listeners but also let them embark on a journey of soul-searching. Nizami Bandhu has a 700-year old rich legacy which they have upheld through centuries of dedication and tireless striving to perfection. They embraced Qawaali seven centuries back and since then, have contributed to the growth of this soulful genre of Sufism. The responsibility of carrying the legacy forward is presently being shouldered by Ustad Chand Nizami, Shadab Faridi Nizami, and Sohrab Faridi Nizami i.e., the Nizami Brothers. In a free-wheeling conversation with Puja Banerjee, the artists talk about the evolution of Sufi music, their views on remix culture and a lot more. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf How has the Sufi music evolved through the years?Sufi music has a long and golden history of more than 700 years. We have carried the legacy, which was handed over to us by Late Ghulam Farid Nizami. It has always been our responsibility to maintain the authenticity of Sufi music while we try to sync it with modern demands. Earlier, the sole objective of Sufi music was to spread the message of love, faith, and happiness. It was used to inspire people to do good deeds, however, with the passage of time, the music got transformed, and now we have the commercial version of it. Originally Sufi music was performed in shrines of dargahs, but now it is performed for the people across the globe. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveWhy do you think Sufi music is popular in Hindi movies?Sufi music has a different beat and appeal. It transcends you into a different world. Moreover, we also feel that any new work is always appreciated by people, especially when it comes to music. Sufi music has added a new flavour to the traditional forms of music that we have, and this is the reason why Sufi music has been able to carve a discernible niche for itself in the film industry. Your views on fusion music and remixes? Music is the reflection of our culture, thinking, and beliefs. Any kind of change is indispensable, but it should be for the betterment. The way music is nowadays mixed and presented to people hampers the originality of the song and its essence. We are not against remixes or fusion music, but it should keep the real meaning of the song alive. Apart from this, what concerns us the most is the kind of lyrics we have in today’s songs, they are demeaning and sometimes derogatory. Many singers now use offensive language which unfortunately gets propagated to millions of people. As creative people, it’s our responsibility to spread the message of goodness. Your opinions on the reigning government banning Pakistani artists in India, which is the land of Sufi music?Well, if the government has decided to stop them, we abide by their decision. But at the same time, we would like to mention that music and creativity have no boundaries. Although there has been a taboo on the work of Pakistani artists in India, we cannot stop their creativity reach our land. We would like to keep politics and creativity separate.last_img read more

Tips to enjoy a petfriendly vacation

first_imgPets are an integral part of your family. Let alone planning vacations, people who have pets are even worried to even go out of their homes.Veterinarian and dog care experts have given certain tips for people who want to take their pets along, while going for a vacation:Prepare your pet for the trip: The basic step is to make sure your pet is comfortable with the trip. You can do it by taking them on short drives first, and increase the distance gradually. Analyse how your pet reacts to a long distance journey. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfMake lodging plans in advance: It can be a challenge to find rentals that will accept your pet, particularly at the last moment. By booking ahead, you will ensure that both you and your pet have a safe place to stay.Keep your pet safe and secure with proper ventilated carrier: The carrier you will take along with you should be hygienic and spacious for your pet, so that if their muscles get tired after sitting, they can stand in it. If you forget the carrier, don’t allow your animal to ride with its head outside the window. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsivePrepare a pet-friendly travel kit: You should carry their basic kit like bowls, plastic bags, medication, first aid box and documents like identity proof. You can also keep a pillow or a favourite toy with them.Feed your dog with easy to digest food and bottled water: You should always feed your pet with healthy food so that they can easily digest food while travelling. You should make sure that dogs eat in moderation and consume distilled water only.last_img read more

Senior TMC leaders launch Janasanyog Yatra after CM prod to reconnect with

first_imgKolkata: Mayor Firhad Hakim flagged off Janasanyog Yatra from Chandrakona Road in West Midnapore on Friday to win back the confidence of the masses.Abhishek Banerjee, the all-India Trinamool Youth Congress president, was also present. The walk was carried out following the instructions of party supremo Mamata Banerjee. It will be carried out in all the Assembly constituencies and the block leaders will also take part in it. The first phase of the walk will end in early July and will start again after the Martyrs’ Day meeting on July 21. Banerjee has said over and again that intense contact needs to be set up with the people. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataHakim said the sole purpose of the rally will be to win back their confidence. “People should realise whom they had voted for? Did they vote to bring back violence in Bengal when innocent people will be killed or to live in a society that will be divided on the basis of communalism,” he said. Hakim added that people will eventually understand their mistake and will stand by Mamata Banerjee. Asked to comment on the action taken against leaders involved in taking cut money, Hakim maintained: “It is a canard spread deliberately by some people with vested interest. Less than 1 percent leaders are involved and our party chief has the guts to come out in the open and criticise those who have taken money from the beneficiaries.”last_img read more

Air India salutes women achievers

first_imgOn the occasion of International Women’s Day, Air India Eastern Region organised cultural and creative engagements for its women employees and honoured few of its women achievers who have braved all odds to come out in flying colours.To ignite the creative spark among employees, pottery and mask-making workshops were organised in which the women employees explored their creativity and aesthetic sense. An informative workshop ‘Good Health and Good Diet’ was held where an eminent woman doctor and an acclaimed lady nutritionist addressed issues on woman health. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfHighlight of the celebrations was the felicitation of three women employees who have performed brilliantly in their professional fields at Air India – overcoming all the obstacles in their personal life through sheer grit and determination. These employees shared their inspiring story of overcoming difficult terrain of life in a panel discussion ‘Soaring High to Success’ moderated by GM Personnel ER Navneet Sidhu at the airline’s Kolkata office recently. The event concluded with a cultural programme – mapping the journey of women empowerment through poetry and songs. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAll over its network, Air India operated a record of over 50 flights to domestic and international stations by an all-women cockpit and cabin crew to salute women power. An all-women crew flight was operated between Kolkata and Bhubaneswar early on Women’s day to mark the occasion. A number of women-related cultural events, creative engagements and talks were also organised by Air India throughout its network– reiterating the airline’s constant endeavor to encourage women to have equal standing in every sphere of its activities.last_img read more

Eye on Assembly polls Mamata to hold meeting with TMC leaders tomorrow

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress chief Mamata Banerjee will preside over a crucial meeting with all her party MLAs and leaders at Netaji Indoor Stadium in Kolkata on Monday. A set of dos and don’ts, organisational changes and fresh initiatives, with focus on the grassroots level, are likely to be announced.During the Martyrs’ Day rally on July 21, chief minister had hinted at a number of long-term initiatives and programmes for the party. According to party insiders, such programmes are likely to be announced during the meeting. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataTrinamool Congress received a setback in the Lok Sabha polls, in which BJP got 18 seats, while TMC won 22. With the crucial Assembly polls in 2021, the TMC chief is in no mood to relent any political space to the BJP in the state. After the polls, Banerjee held a series of meetings with party leaders to ascertain the weaknesses and find ways to tide over them. Secondly, the TMC is also facing challenge from BJP over the ‘cut money’ issue at the grassroots level. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in state”We are all waiting for her to speak at the meeting on July 29. During the Martyrs’ Day rally, she showed the road map. This meeting will focus on the concrete steps to be taken and long-term party programmes to be chalked out to combat the BJP and reach out to people. Some organisational changes are also expected along with the possibility of some leaders being pulled up,” said a senior Trinamool Congress leader, who is close to the CM.”Earlier during the meeting with state-level leaders, the CM made it clear that a turnaround is possible and Lok Sabha and Assembly polls are different. She had earlier asked MLAs and other public representatives to reach out to people. Due to absolute majority, a minor section of party leaders had been found to be detached with the masses. The CM had warned us against this,” said the senior leader. According to party sources, Banerjee wants to stress on the booth-level organisation this time. She is likely to make proper and permanent party teams at the booth levels. There are around 77,000 booths in Bengal and the party wants to make special booth committees or teams who will work round the year.Banerjee had earlier stated that she will stress on the party as much as she stresses on governance in Bengal.”Our chief minister keeps a tab on all MLAs and party leaders. She has her own network. She had earlier made it clear that her directions had to be followed by the book and negligence will not be tolerated. We expect that she will announce a statewide movement against the BJP as well as stress on booth-level party organisation,” said a TMC MLA.Party insiders also stated that this time Banerjee will be careful in choosing candidates for the Assembly polls. She is keen on planning for programmes, through which party leaders and MLAs will reach the doorstep of every voter in every booth of the state.”She is also likely to announce major programmes against the BJP in Bengal. Using the cut money issue, BJP is trying to harass our grassroots-level leaders. It’s time to hit the streets ourselves and confront them,” said another MLA.On Friday, during an administrative meeting at North 24 Parganas, Banerjee was heard asking the MLAs, “I have done a lot of development work in your area, given you a number of projects. What will you give me now?”(With inputs from Indian Express)last_img read more

Anveshi Jain launches a new song and official mobile app on her

first_imgThere couldn’t have been a better gift for Anveshi Jain than the launch of her new song ‘Mind Blow’, as well as, the mobile app on her birthday (June 25).Grateful to everyone who has put their efforts in making it possible, Jain says, “I couldn’t have asked for anything better as a gift on my birthday. These wonderful people I have been associated with have been so thoughtful to release my song and the app together on my special day. I am overwhelmed with gratitude.” Also Read – Add new books to your shelf’Mind Blow’ is the second track by Sukhbir Gill after ‘Next Level’ – which became a massive hit among the music lovers. Produced by ‘Slay record’, a Mohali based company primarily into Punjabi music and movies, ‘Mind Blow’ has been shot beautifully with Anveshi. Anveshi came up with this idea of having an app of her own, after a fan created a mobile application of the same sort, and was highly lauded by the audience. “There were 40 thousand downloads of that app in a day, which is quite a big number. It was then that I decided to have my app, and fortunately, at the same time, I got approached by Armsprime Private Limited. They worked hard on it, and it’s finally here,” she says. Explaining how fans can use the app to be in direct contact with her, Anveshi says, “I am going to be handling it personally. This way, not only my fans will come to know me more closely, but also I will get to know who my biggest fans are. And the best part is, they might even get a chance to meet me,” she concludes.”last_img read more

Nick Wright Dak Prescott should be running away with the NFL MVP

first_imgThe Clippers got drilled by the Warriors last night. It’s the Clippers seventh straight loss to the Warriors, and Nick says it wasn’t because they played a bad game, it’s because they can’t, and will never be able to compete with the Warriors. On paper, the Clippers should be one of the toughest matchups in the league for Golden State, but they’re the most entitled team in the league, and feel like they’re owed respect, instead of having to earn it. The Clippers have the pieces, but they’re soft. Check them off the list for contenders in the Western Conference.“It was an embarrassing performance from the team that thinks we owe it to them to take them seriously.”Nick Wright (@getnickwright) explains why last night was a sad night for NBA fans— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 8, 2016Guests:Baron Davis – Former NBA All-Star and joins the show to talk Russell Westbrook, how his trade to the Cavs changed today’s NBA, if the Clippers can ever challenge the Warriors, and the significance of his business Altidore – Toronto FC striker joins the show to talk about the upcoming MLS Cup Final against the Seattle Sounders, how a club final is different from playing for the national team, when he first knew he had a chance to play professional soccer, and how professional soccer has given him the opportunity to help his family get from Haiti to the U.S.Daryl Morey – Rockets General Manager joins the show to talk NBA, the Western Conference, his assessment of the Rockets, the biggest public misconception about the league, and why  James Harden is an underrated defender.Chris Broussard – FS1 NBA Insider is in-studio to talk about why the Clippers won’t ever beat the Warriors in a 7-game series, why they still need to earn respect, and why Russell Westbrook averaging a triple-double for the season would be the greatest statistical year in the history of modern basketball. The Cowboys are 11-1, and by any measure of analysis, Dak Prescott is having the best year of any rookie quarterback in NFL history. Nick thinks Prescott should be the clear cut favorite for league MVP, and typically the quarterback on the league’s best team is. He believes the only reason that Dak isn’t the favorite is because people aren’t accustomed to a 4th round pick being this good, and they can’t wrap their head around giving him the award as the league’s best player. Hand him the hardware already.“If everything were the exact same. Numbers, record. Everything’s identical, but it was Romo instead of Dak, who’s the overwhelming favorite to win the league MVP?”Nick Wright (@getnickwright): Dak deserves to win NFL MVP— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) December 8, 2016last_img read more

The Herd Weekend Edition Podcast – The Oscars

first_img Advertisement Welcome, to the first episode of The Herd: Weekend Edition Podcast. Every Saturday, from now until the kickoff of the football season, Colin will be sitting down for unfiltered, in-depth conversations with the interesting guests from the world of sports, entertainment, business, or whatever’s relevant and making news.It’s Oscars weekend, so today Colin is talking with movie critic Ben Mankiewicz from Turner Classic Movies to discuss the nominees in all the major categories, and if this year is going to end up in the La La Land coronation everybody is predicting, or if Moonlight or Manchester By the Sea can pull some upsets.And the winner is…… Download and subscribe to The Herd: Weekend Edition Podcast exclusively at, iHeart Radio, Google Play, or iTunes. Get your weekend Herd fix.last_img read more

VIDEO Take a virtual tour of LiAngelo and LaMelo Balls new home

first_imgVirginijus Seskus, coach of Prienu Vytautas, who is considering signing LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball, has been described to me as “the LaVar Ball of Lithuania”. Very high energy guy apparently. Loves to get technical fouls. They’ll get along great, despite him speaking no english.— Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress) December 11, 2017 With all the talk about the Ball boys moving to Lithuania, it got us wondering what the town they’re moving to was like. Well, we found a virtual tour of Prienai on YouTube, and let’s just say, it ain’t Los Angeles. There isn’t any Southern California nightlife, but there is a park.After watching this, it’s hard to see this publicity stunt lasting more than a couple weeks. Hopefully, LiAngelo can keep his hands off the local merch.Here’s the tour, you may need a cup of coffee: In a head-scratcher of a career move, LiAngelo and LaMelo Ball have signed a 1-year deal with the Lituanian club Prienu Vytautas, located in the bustling town of Prienai, Lithuania.Many think the move is a disaster waiting to happen based on news that the team doesn’t have enough money to practice everyday, and the coach has been described as the “LaVar Ball of Lithuania.”From ESPN: “The team has no GM and doesn’t practice regularly due to the poor financial situation.”That is not correct. Might not always run the hard-nosed two-a-day usual for European hoops but ‘doesn’t practice regularly’ & ‘due to poor financial situation’ is tall tales.— Simonas Baranauskas (@LithuaniaBasket) December 11, 2017last_img read more

Colins NFL Wild Card Weekend Preview Podcast

first_imgThe NFL Playoffs are upon us, and today, Colin sits down with down with RJ Bell from to preview this weekends’ NFL Wild Card Games, where the wiseguys stand on this weekend’s betting action, and Monday’s College Football Championship Game.Colin didn’t release a Blazin’ 5 this week, but he gives his picks ATS for the games; discusses trends for betting NFL playoffs, and the wiseguys position on Alabama/Georgia.Picks:Tennessee (+9) at Kansas CityAtlanta (+6.5) at L.A. RamsCarolina at New Orleans (-7)Buffalo (+9) at JacksonvilleCFP Championship Game – Alabama (-3.5) vs. Georgialast_img read more

VIDEO 67 370 pound 8th grade offensive lineman is already getting big

first_img6’7”, 370 pound offensive lineman Kiyaunta Goodwin has the size that big time football programs drool over in a prospect. He’s also an eighth grader.The 14-year old from Louisville, Kentucky has already received scholarship offers from Georgia, Louisville, Kentucky, and Western Kentucky, and has taken visits to Ohio State and Michigan. He’s the odds on favorite to be the top prospect in the class of 2022, and currently holds his own in practice drills with DI players who all say he’s the real deal. He isn’t some kid who is being forced into playing because of his size. His coaches say he loves the game and has a passion to be great. That’s scary. He always keeps a copy of his birth certificate handy that confirms he was born on Nov. 14, 2003.For scale purposes, Goodwin posed for a picture with 6’6” Hall of Famer Anthony Muñoz, and already dwarfs the all-time great. Doctors project that he could break 7-feet when he eventually stops growing, whenever that might be. He already wears a size 18 shoe. There aren’t many clips of him in action, but he was profiled by a local news station last year, when he was a meager 6’6”, 345 pound 13-year-old. He’s also interested in robotics and engineering because he doesn’t want to put all his eggs in one gigantic basket.Watch Goodwin in action. You hate to say anyone is can’t miss, but it’s hard to see this kid not being dominant. Read an in-depth profile of Goodwin from Bleacher Report’s Adam Kramer if you want to to learn more about the next next.center_img Advertisementlast_img read more