Epsons 3D glasses simulate 80inch screen

first_img © 2012 PhysOrg.com At tech events, wearable displays that have showcased in the form of high-tech visors and chunky spectacles or goggles seem to draw measured responses—impressive inventions for private media viewing at home or on the go but silly-looking or even evocative of special-recovery shades for postoperative elderly outpatients. We noticed at least one reference to “grandma glasses.” Epson’s Moverio BT-100 Wearable Display do not look exactly like designer sunglasses but they do have loaded features for gadget collectors who do not think $699.99 is an unthinkable price. Explore further Epson packs features into new Android HMD More information: www.epson.com/cgi-bin/Store/jsp/Moverio/Home.do According to reports, the glasses have pico projectors that are able to create a virtual experience of up to 80 inches’ display at a perceived distance of about 16 feet. According to Expert Reviews, the headset has a tiny pico projector built into each arm, pointing inwards towards an angled mirror in each lens, which projects the image in the center of the wearer’s vision. The dark outer visor is semi-transparent, letting the wearer see surroundings without being distracted by them. The device carries 1GB of built-in storage. Users access downloaded content via the microSDHC card slot (4GB card included) There is built-in WFi connectivity; a lithium rechargeable battery provides around six hours of continuous use. Built-in earbuds provide Dolby Mobile virtual surround sound. Of all the features, much appears to be made of the Android name in Epson product descriptions, as “Android-powered Moverio glasses.” The glasses connect to a control module; this Android 2.2-based handheld device lets the user select the content to view. Moverio is running on an Android 2.2 platform with Adobe Flash support. Epson publishes the kernel and an SDK, but the company is requiring developers to submit apps to them for consideration rather than going through an app store. The good news is that Epson is interested in seeing more new Android-based applications and side-by-side 3D content for its Moverio BT-100. To help support application and content development for Moverio BT-100, Epson is offering programs for developers residing in the United States.Meanwhile, Epson’s end-user vision is to see the product adopted not merely for personal entertainment use but also for business and professional ends. Epson America’s Anna Jen, director of New Business Development, said the Moverio BT-100 may play a role in virtual training platforms, 3D-CAD environments, and visualizing 3-D design renderings. 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. (PhysOrg.com) — Epson America is now shipping Android-powered projector glasses that place your favorite videos, or games, literally in your face, Epson’s Moverio BT-100 wearable display glasses can simulate an 80-inch screen and deliver 3-D viewing. The Moverio BT-100 wearable display launched in Japan last November and is now available in the U.S. The device is on sale through Epson, resellers, or via Amazon. Citation: Epson’s 3-D glasses simulate 80-inch screen (2012, April 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-04-epson-d-glasses-simulate-inch.htmllast_img read more

Renewables can fill 80 percent electricity demand in US in 2050

first_imgTransformation of the Electric Sector (Phys.org) — In the United States, renewable energy sources could supply 80 percent of electricity demand in 2050 just by using technologies commercially available today. That is the word from a new report from the National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Renewable Electricity Futures Study (RE Futures). The report offers a detailed focus on the extent to which U.S. electricity needs can be supplied by renewable energy sources, including biomass, geothermal, hydropower, solar, and wind. 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. Explore further More information: www.nrel.gov/analysis/re_futures/ Renewable energy costs falling: agency The lineup of renewable electricity technologies is discussed from a national perspective. The study’s overall position is that a future U.S. electricity system largely powered by renewable sources is possible and that further work is warranted to investigate “this clean generation pathway.“Reaching an 80 percent-renewables goal by 2050, says the study, will involve fifty percent of electricity coming from wind and photovoltaics. “The analysis treats a variety of scenarios with prescribed levels of renewable electricity generation in 2050, from 30% to 90%, with a focus on 80% (with nearly 50% from variable wind and solar photovoltaic generation).” A diverse mix of renewable energy resources, such as geothermal, solar, wind and wave energy, can support multiple combinations of renewable technologies. The results would be meaningful reductions in electric sector greenhouse gas emissions and water use. The study finds no geographical gaps in achieving the 2050 goal. “All regions of the United States could contribute substantial renewable electricity supply in 2050, consistent with their local renewable resource base.”Hydropower is the biggest renewable contributor, but hydropower plays less of a role over the next few decades. NREL suggests a growing role for offshore wind. NREL also says dedicated biomass power plants, as opposed to just feeding biomass to coal plants, are needed.The study is significant as the most comprehensive analysis of high-penetration renewable electricity of the United States to date. IEEE Spectrum comments that the study may also impact debates over renewable and their future. “The fossil fuel supporters who claim coal and natural gas will always be required to provide baseload power are standing on shakier ground all the time.”The study maintains that reaching the 80 percent goal is not insurmountable, but only if the right changes are made.”While this analysis suggests such a high renewable generation future is possible, a transformation of the electricity system would need to occur to make this future a reality. This transformation, involving every element of the grid, from system planning through operation, would need to ensure adequate planning and operating reserves, increased flexibility of the electric system, and expanded multi-state transmission infrastructure, and would likely rely on the development and adoption of technology advances, new operating procedures, evolved business models, and new market rules.” Citation: Renewables can fill 80 percent electricity demand in U.S. in 2050 (2012, June 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2012-06-renewables-percent-electricity-demand.html © 2012 Phys.Orglast_img read more

Researchers find evidence of hot spot that burned eastern underside of US

first_img © 2013 Phys.org Journal information: Nature Geoscience 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. Hot spots are plumes of hot material that rise from deep within the Earth—sometimes, when encountering thin crust, they burst through forming volcanoes such as that which occurred with the Pacific Plate causing the formation of the Hawaiian Islands. Scientists believe that while tectonic plates move around, hot spots do not. Thus, plates sometimes move over the top of a hot spot. In the case of North America, the researchers believe that as the tectonic plate shifted to the west, its underside was burned from below by a hot spot—like a dinner plate passing over a candle. So great was the movement, it left the hot spot hiding beneath the Atlantic Ocean, where it persists to this day.To come to these conclusions, the researchers studied data from the earthquake that occurred back in 2011, centered in Virginia. Because seismic waves travel slower when moving through warmer rock, the researchers were able to discern that there lies a ridge of warm rock beneath the North American tectonic plate—evidence they say of burning left behind by the hot spot, as its depth is roughly equal to the depth of the bottom of the plate. The research data indicates that the scaring reaches from Missouri in the west towards Virginia in the east, then north-east through Maryland, Pennsylvania, New York and Massachusetts before appearing on the underside of the crust below the Atlantic Ocean.Prior research by other scientists has suggested that when a tectonic plate passes over a hot spot, and can’t burst through, the result is oftentimes diamond-bearing formations. In addition to studying seismic waves, the researchers also noted that there is a diamond-bearing formation over one part of the scarred segment—in Kentucky—further proof they say, that their assumptions about the hot spot are correct. More information: Hidden hotspot track beneath the eastern United States, Nature Geoscience (2013) DOI: 10.1038/ngeo1949AbstractHotspot tracks are thought to be the surface expressions of tectonic plates moving over upwelling mantle plumes, and are characterized by volcanic activity that is age progressive. At present, most hotspot tracks are observed on oceanic or thin continental lithosphere. For old, thick continental lithosphere, such as the eastern United States, hotspot tracks are mainly inferred from sporadic diamondiferous kimberlites putatively sourced from the deep mantle. Here we use seismic waveforms initiated by the 2011 Mw 5.6 Virginia earthquake, recorded by the seismic observation network USArray, to analyse the structure of the continental lithosphere in the eastern United States. We identify an unexpected linear seismic anomaly in the lower lithosphere that has both a reduced P-wave velocity and high attenuation, and which we interpret as a hotspot track. The anomaly extends eastwards, from Missouri to Virginia, cross-cutting the New Madrid rift system, and then bends northwards. It has no clear relationship with the surface geology, but crosses a 75-million-year-old kimberlite in Kentucky. We use geodynamical modelling to show that an upwelling thermal mantle plume that interacts with the base of continental lithosphere can produce the observed seismic anomaly. We suggest that the hotspot track could be responsible for late Mesozoic reactivation of the New Madrid rift system and seismicity of the eastern United States. Citation: Researchers find evidence of hot spot that burned eastern underside of US tectonic plate (2013, September 16) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-09-evidence-hot-eastern-underside-tectonic.htmlcenter_img This map shows 15 of the largest tectonic plates. Credit: USGS Explore further (Phys.org) —A combined team of researchers from the U.S. and China has found evidence of what they believe is burning on the underside of the North American tectonic plate. In their paper published in the journal Nature Geoscience, the team describes how they used data from a minor earthquake that occurred in the eastern part of the North America in 2011 to reveal hot spot activity below. New model of Earth’s interior reveals clues to hotspot volcanoeslast_img read more

Hacker modifies toy drone to hack and take over other toy drones

first_img(Phys.org) —Well known hacker Samy Kamkar has figured out a way to program a store-bought drone to take away control of other store-bought drones from their owners, and then to give the enslaved drones commands of its own. He calls the result SkyJack. Even more dramatically, he’s created a video describing how to do it so that others can create their own drone hackers, and has posted it all on his blog. Citation: Hacker modifies toy drone to hack and take over other toy drones (2013, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2013-12-hacker-toy-drone-hack-drones.html Samy Kamkar achieved fame by knocking MySpace offline in 2005 (and going to jail for it). After going straight, he was one of those people instrumental in exposing phone makers that were adding tracking capabilities to smartphones. In this latest endeavor, he’s added off-the-shelf hardware and Internet available code to a commercially sold drone—the quadcopter Parrot—to allow it to hack other Parrot drones.The concept is rather simple, he added a small single board computer (Raspberry Pi circuit board) that runs Linux, to his Parrot, installed some code and then added a little battery and two tiny wireless transmitters. Once airborne, the drone listens for a Wifi signal, if it hears one, it looks for a MAC address from a list it has, if a match is found, the device sends a disabling code, revoking control from the drone’s owner. Then his drone pretends it’s the rightful owner and starts sending control codes to the enslaved Parrot, directing its flight, and/or sending back images from its camera. More than anything, the SkyJack appears to be a stunt of sorts, coming on the heels of an announcement by Amazon that it plans to deliver packages via drones someday soon. The makers of Parrot will obviously be embarrassed by Kamkar ‘s work, but will undoubtedly add security features to them, preventing them from being skyjacked, which they probably should have done before selling them in the first place. His actions do however, highlight the increasing presence of drones in our lives and how those that make them need to be sure that they can’t be hacked, lest pizza’s or mail order socks in the future be delivered to the wrong address, or worse, fall prey to those wishing to create a fleet of enslaved roaming drones darkening our skies with menace. © 2013 Phys.orgcenter_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. Amazon drone technology almost there, regulation nonexistent Explore furtherlast_img read more

Mysterious Siberian hole likely due to methane buildup and release

first_img Explore further What created this huge crater in Siberia? © 2014 Phys.org Last month reindeer herders in the Yamal Peninsula in Siberia came across a mysterious hole in the ground—after reporting what they’d discovered, a helicopter was dispatched and personnel aboard took snapshots of what was found. The photos have since gone viral on the Internet generating speculation about what caused the hole to come about—some suggested it was nothing more than a meteor crater or sinkhole, others seemed convinced it was part of an alien invasion, while others yet postulated that it was probably the remains of a collapsed pingo (a mound of earth covered ice). Now, after visiting the site of the first hole discovered, a team of researchers has concluded that the hole, and others like it that have been spotted, are most likely due to a sudden release of methane as permafrost melts. They note Siberia has experienced extremely warm summers the past two years.After sending a sensor down into the hole the researchers found an unusually high concentration of methane—9.6 percent, as compared to the normal 0.000179 percent. That finding and the fact that mounds of dirt near the mouth of hole indicate a blast of some sort occurred, has the researchers convinced that the warm summers caused permafrost melting which released underground methane. Gas pressure, they believe, built up to a tipping point, then was suddenly released, pushing out the material that had been sitting on top of it. Oddly, the depth of the hole is still not known. The researchers lowered a camera, but the line used was not long enough to allow for reaching the water (likely from melting permafrost) at the bottom. They estimate the depth to the water is approximately 70 meters. They would not even venture a guess as to the depth of the hole below the water.The researchers plan a return visit to the hole to conduct more research but aren’t confident of what they will find—they note that the walls are already collapsing and water movement can be heard, suggesting that whatever evidence exists now, might be gone by the time they return. This frame grab made Wednesday, July 16, 2014, shows a crater, discovered recently in the Yamal Peninsula, in Yamalo-Nenets Autonomous Okrug, Russia. Russian scientists said Thursday July 17, 2014 that they believe the 60-meter wide crater, discovered recently in far northern Siberia, could be the result of changing temperatures in the region. Andrei Plekhanov, a senior researcher at the Scientific Research Center of the Arctic, traveled on Wednesday to the crater. Plekhanov said 80 percent of the crater appeared to be made up of ice and that there were no traces of an explosion, eliminating the possibility that a meteorite had struck the region. (AP Photo/Associated Press Television) Citation: Mysterious Siberian hole likely due to methane buildup and release (2014, August 1) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-08-mysterious-siberian-hole-due-methane.htmlcenter_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. More information: Mysterious Siberian crater attributed to methane, Nature, DOI: 10.1038/nature.2014.15649 (Phys.org) —A team of Russian researchers who visited the site of one of the mysterious holes that have appeared in the ground in parts of Siberia is theorizing that the likely cause is methane buildup and release, the journal Nature is reporting. Journal information: Naturelast_img read more

From life to canvas all about love

first_imgRitu Gupta’s solo exhibition Empowering Love opens at the Open Palm Court of the India Habitat Center on the 1 July 2013.  Beginning as a self-taught artist, Ritu’s development as an artist has been possible purely because of her passion to paint, decorate, explore and express. Her paintings demonstrate the influence of the traditional art and culture in a style that is very much her own.  One has to note that the stream of Indian culture paintings and its message can largely traceable in her paintings. Though the works are her way to explore and understand Indian tradition, they begin to reflect the artists understanding of childhood, masculinity, femininity, union and desire. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The current series of works is called Empowering Love, the journey is no longer sharp and steep. One can see the artist settling down into an understanding of human form heavily inspired by the supple slenderness seen in the medieval Indian styles ranging from Chola bronzes, to Kangra paintings. However a key feature to note is that the artist does not seem to be making a school or style centric adaptation. Instead one is reminded of the early 20th century Bengal revivalists and their understanding of an authentic (traditional) Indian form in terms of being soft, supple and feminine (as against the hard(er) masculine  European understanding of human body. This series is devoted to the romantic (divine) love of Radha and Krishna, which in no way is explicitly referred to in iconographic terms. The reference is implicit and subtle.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe artist does away with traditional iconography and instead chooses to focus on the mood of lovers. This series is has very close references to the late Guler and Kangra school not so much in treatment of foliage, moonlight and the romantic mood.  Yet again, she makes traditional narrative her own and by now begins to show a certain mastery over the understanding of the human body in compositional and design terms. Her urge to play and appropriate takes over again and she focuses of backgrounds, detailing and decorative motifs. WHEN: 1 to 7 July, 11 am- 8 pm WHERE:  Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centerlast_img read more

The final call

first_imgThe eleven-week show, The Body in Indian Art has entered into its last week and is slated to conclude on 7 June. The exhibition has broken quite a few conventions and notions in the field of museology besides having lent a novel perspective to the way the body has been depicted in India over the millennia.Curated by art historian Naman P Ahuja, the show has pooled in 365 objects in total from  44 museums, private collectors and artistes themselves, making it the longest-ever line-up of exhibitors at an Indian show in any museum. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Displayed at the exhibition are a few tiny Harappan figures, a monumental Naga Deva, an 8th-century Uma-Maheshvara and a marble tomb of a Mughal lady among others which are being shown for the first time as part of the exhibition. Neil MacGregor, director of the british Museum said, ‘The age-old inclusiveness of Indian culture is second to none globally and a landmark exhibition currently on in the country’s capital mirrors its range and depth. ‘It is a broad spectrum of aesthetics in the representation of the human body, exemplifies the harmonious coexistence of religions in the subcontinent over the past four millennia’, he added. The show has a lot more to offer. If you have not been there yet, it’s the time to head on.last_img read more

Jamini Roy A peep into the rebel artists life

first_imgI was once startled to see a beautiful Jamini Roy painting at the entrance of industrialist and veteran art collector B K Birla’s house. He and his wife, wonderful hosts, told me that many years ago they had picked up the piece for  a paltry Rs 100 on a Sunday morning walk to the artist’s studio in the vicinity. Decades have flown by till art collector and restorer Ganesh Pratap Singh  decided to give us a glimpse into Jamini  Roy’s works and life  through a documentary titled, The Art of Jamini Roy. The occasion: 125 years of the artist’s birth. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Singh, who based his documentary on 300 odd letters written by the artist and about 1000 odd archival material, now plans to show the film on Roy at art museums  across the world which have  a Jamini Roy collection like the Philadelphia museum of Art. This has already been shown at  Max Mueller Bhavan, Gorky Sadan, Christie’s and IIC, Delhi.  Directed by the artist’s grandson Debabrata Roy, Singh and his team made trips to Roy’s ancestral home in Beliatore in the Birbhum district to discover the artist’s roots.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Roy  painted ordinary men and women from the village, scenes from the Krishnalila, often  reinventing popular images from the patua’s repertoire. He broke with many traditions of his time’, Singh told Millennium Post.  The letters were written by Roy to John Irwin, Bishnu Dey, Tarashankar Bandopadhyay, Hemen Mazumdar and Stella Kamrisch.As this 53 minute documentary unfolds the author’s life, it becomes apparent that Roy pulled away from the Impressionistic art trending at the time. Sent to  study at the Government School of Art in Calcutta, he  was taught to paint classical nudes in oil but he soon realised that he needed to draw inspiration from Bengal’s own  folk and tribal art for inspiration.  The Kalighat Pat, with its bold sweeping brush-strokes, also influenced his style. Roy’s idiom was a  reaction against the Bengal school and the western tradition.Singh collected his material from two sources, Roy’s family and collectors of the 50s, like Bishnu Dey, Satsh Sinha, Hemen Mazumder and Atul Bose. Army  officers who were posted in the North East in those years after the World War, often picked up  Roy’s paintings for a song. Now, Roy’s originals fetch in the region of Rs 5 lakh to Rs 20 lakh a piece.Roy was awarded the Padma Bhusan in 1955. His work can be found in many private and public collections such as the Victoria and Albert Museum, London. Singh, who also owns quite a few Roy paintings himself, now wants to write a book on him, using the letters, photographs, clippings and other archival material at his disposal.last_img read more

Mexican troops face civilian trial for 22 deaths

first_imgSeven Mexican soldiers being held in the June killings of 22 suspected criminals will be tried by a civilian judge, three of them for homicide, federal justice officials said Sunday.The troops were ordered arrested Friday by a Mexico state judge for dereliction of duty in the June 30 incident.Three of them are charged with aggravated homicide, and one of them with allowing a crime to take place. For now, the soldiers are jailed in a military detention center. In September, a witness said the gun battle itself had left only one dead, and the other 21 were killed in cold blood by the soldiers — including her 15-year-old daughter.The case adds to the shock surrounding a more recent case of 43 students who went missing in the southern town of Iguala in late September. They were allegedly taken away and killed by police linked to a drug cartel.If confirmed, the incident would mark one of the worst horrors in a drug war that has left more than 80,000 people dead since the conflict ramped up in 2006.last_img read more

Modi govt is playing with lives of Indian fishermen NDA ally MDMK

first_imgSlamming the NDA government on fishermen issue, BJP ally MDMK on Tuesday said it is ‘playing with the lives of Indian fishermen’ and its UPA-like approach towards Sri Lanka had emboldened Colombo to treat them (fishermen) with disdain. Alleging that Modi government was ‘playing’ with the lives of Indian fishermen, MDMK founder Vaiko said, ‘I ask the Modi government…why are you insisting with defence ties with Sri Lanka even after this…the lives of Tamil fishermen should not be taken lightly. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIIf the NDA follows the UPA policy on Sri Lanka, the Tamil youth will not tolerate that.’The statement comes in the backdrop of five Indian fishermen being awarded death penalty by a Sri Lankan court for drug-trafficking last week.Slamming the centre on ties with Colombo, from inviting its president Mahinda Rajapaksa for Modi’s swearing-in to the continued defence ties, Vaiko said despite these, Chinese naval ships had recently berthed in Sri Lankan waters, which he said was a direct threat for Tamil Nadu. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: Kovind‘Such an approach by the Modi government towards Sri Lanka was a reason for the five fishermen being awarded death penalty as Rajapaksa controlled his country’s judiciary,’ he told reporters after spearheading a protest here against the court verdict.He warned that the centre may have to face the consequences of such an approach towards Sri Lanka. Vaiko had been critical of UPA government’s ‘friendly’ relations with Sri Lanka, including maintaining defence ties, and had accused it of aiding Colombo in its pursuit against the rebel LTTE, with the last leg of hostilities in 2009 witnessing heavy civilian casualties when Rajapaksa was president.last_img read more

Choicest mangoes

first_imgOur Correspondent Delhi’s mango lovers can look forward to another fascinating display of mangoes, as Delhi Tourism is hosting the 27th Mango Festival at Dilli Haat, Janakpuri which begins on July 3.The festival will be inaugurated by  Arvind Kejriwal, Chief Minister, Govt. of Delhi in the presence of  Manish Sisodia, Deputy Chief Minister, Govt. of Delhi and  Kapil Mishra, Minister for Law, Tourism, Art, Culture & Languages and Water, Govt. of Delhi. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’From the orchards of Saharanpur, where the first festival was organized, the annual event was shifted to Talkatora Indoor Stadium in 1991, and then to Dilli Haat, Pitampura in 2010, and subsequently to Dilli Haat, Janakpuri.With the passage of time, the festival has become a major cultural event of Delhi, attracting thousands of visitors every year. Mango growers across the country including Bihar, Haryana, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand and Uttar Pradesh will gather here to display the traditional and hybrid varieties of mangoes. These traditional growers of mangoes have attained expertise over generations excelling in research and propagation of this fruit.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIt has been observed that Indian summer is incomplete without mangoes and Delhi’s summer is equally incomplete without the Mango Festival. Over 500 varieties will be on display at the festival. The various types of mangoes on display will include Langra, Chausa, Rataul, Hussainara, Ramkela, Kesar, Fazri, Mallika, and Amrapali and other assorted varieties. There are about thirteen farmers and nine government institutions participating in the festival. Major participating farmers are Tariq Mustafa from Mustafa Orchards, Abdul Samad, Ali Mia Jhinjhana, Mohammad Hanif, Tafzeel Ahmad and many more.Besides providing an opportunity for visitors to savor the mangoes, the festival will also offer a package deal of fun and frolic for both children and family members.The king of fruit is believed to be indigenous to the Indian Sub Continent and is as old as the land itself. There are more than 1365 varieties of mangoes all over the world, and in India about 1000 varieties are available. If you want to look at a Mango, which is as small as a grape or as big as a papaya, the 27th Mango Festival is the place to be in.The Festival also provides agro-industries and food processing industries the opportunity to display their products.Where: Dilli Haat, JanakpuriWhen: On till July 5Timings: 11:00 – 8:00 PMlast_img read more

Hyundai enjoys record monthly sales Maruti Tata accelerate

first_imgHowever, Honda Cars India and Mahindra & Mahindra reported decline in sales last month reflecting “fragmented recovery” that the auto industry is witnessing. Market leader Maruti Suzuki India said its domestic sales increased by 8.6 per cent during the month to 1,06,781 units, as against 98,304 units in August 2014.Sales of mini segment cars, including, Alto and WagonR, increased by 8.6 per cent to 37,665 units as compared to 34,686 units in the year-ago month, MSI said in a statement. The company’s newly launched premium crossover vehicle S-Cross clocked sales of over 4,500 units during the month.  Also Read – Punjab & Sind Bank cuts MCLR by up to 20 basis pointsRival Hyundai Motor India saw its highest ever monthly domestic sales at 40,505 units last month as compared to 33,750 units in August 2014, up 20.01 per cent. “The growth has been led by the new SUV Creta, Elite i20 and i20 Active. While the Creta has done about 7,400 units, other models have also contributed to the overall growth,” HMIL senior vice-president (sales and marketing) Rakesh Srivastava said. Hyundai recorded highest-ever single month sales with a volume of 40,505 units and growth of 20 per cent over the last year, led by strong youthful product portfolio, he added. Also Read – ‘The great gold bull market has begun’Tata Motors’ sales of passenger cars in August were higher by 19 per cent at 9,814 units, as compared to 8,229 units in same period of last year. Its domestic passenger vehicles sales rose 2 per cent at 11,194 units as against 10,975 units in the same month of previous year.“The growth that we are seeing in the industry is because of the new models. If you take out the new models, industry growth will be in the negative,” Tata Motors President (Passenger Vehicles Business Unit) Mayank Pareek said. This is a concern as August is the time when usually sales start picking up, which hasn’t happened this time, he said, adding that the ‘pain areas’ of the industry were mainly dip in consumer sentiment and expectation of a cut in interest rates making customers postpone purchases. He further said that the narrowing gap between petrol and diesel prices has hurt demand for utility vehicles, which also had been affected due to the hike in excise duty. Honda Cars India reported 6.58 per cent decline in its domestic sales at 15,655 units in August, despite the launch of its new Jazz in July.Utility vehicle major Mahindra & Mahindra saw its domestic sales decline 3.10 per cent to 32,122 units last month as against 33,150 units in the same month last year.“While currently we are witnessing fragmented recovery in auto sales, we are hopeful that the upcoming festive season will provide a much needed fillip to the auto industry,” M&M Chief Executive (Automotive Division) Pravin Shah said.Ford India August domestic sales stood at 8,331 units, up 22.49 per cent, compared to 6,801 units in the same month last year, driven by robust sales of recently launched compact sedan Figo Aspire.Toyota Kirloskar Motor (TKM) reported 1.29 per cent increase in its August sales at 12,547 units as compared to 12,386 units in the same period of last year. Commenting on the sales performance, TKM Director and Senior Vice-President N Raja said the growth can be partly attributed to the new Camry.Volkswagen sold 4,191 units in August, up 4.59 per cent, as compared to 4,007 units sold in the corresponding month of the previous year. In the two-wheeler segment, Honda Motorcycle & Scooter India (HMSI) reported 1.86 per cent increase in total sales at 3,95,262 units in August.Yamaha Motor India reported 15 per cent increase in domestic two-wheeler sales at 61,440 units in August. Royal Enfield, the two-wheeler division of Eicher Motors, posted sales of 41,600 units in the domestic market, up 59.25 per cent, from 26,121 units in the same month last year. ptilast_img read more

Panel to handle emergencies when Mamata is away

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government has formed a committee comprising group of ministers and senior administrative officials to deal with emergencies when Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is away temporarily, an order issued by the government said. Banerjee is likely to visit Frankfurt and Milan from September 16 to 28, the order, issued Wednesday evening, said. The group of ministers, under the chairmanship of Education Minister Partha Chatterjee, would include Panchayat Minister Subrata Mukherjee, Urban Development Minister Firhad Hakim, Transport Minister Suvendhu Adhikary, PWD Minister Aroop Biswas besides six other ministers, the order said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life The group of officers in the committee would be headed by additional chief secretary of the irrigation, waterways and agriculture department Naveen Prakash, it said. The officers in the committee also include Home Secretary Atri Bhattacharyaa, state security advisor Surajit Kar Purakayasta, state DG Virendra, ADG (law and order) Anuj Sharma and city police commissioner Rajeev Kumar. The order said that during temporary absence of the chief minister, the group of ministers and the committee of officers would deal with any emergency in the state.”last_img read more

No major impact on supply of medicines despite ravaging fire BCDA president

first_imgKolkata: A devastating fire that engulfed Bagree Market on Sunday will have no major impact on the supply of medicines in the state, said Bengal Chemist and Druggist Association (BCDA) president Sankha Roychoudhury.Around 25 wholesale medicine shops have been completely gutted but the extent of the loss is yet to be confirmed. According to Roychoudhury, it would take some time to ascertain the loss as all the electronic gadgets including the computers which keep a record of the total stock of medicines were completely damaged. Bagree Market has wholesale markets of medicines which supply various important drugs including that of cancer to various places. People get medicines at a much cheaper rate.Though a huge amount of medicines has been destroyed in the fire, it would have no major impact on the market as most of the wholesale shops are situated in Mehta Building, BCDA president said. The electricity connection of the Mehta Building has been disconnected since the fire incident took place at Bagree Market.Roychoudhury apprehends that if the electricity connection in Mehta Building is not restored within the next few days, it may have an impact on the supply of medicines. Many of the important drugs need to be refrigerated and if the load-shedding continues, it would certainly affect the supply in medicine, feels the BCDA president. He also assured that their organisation will extend all possible help to the people whose medicine shops have been damaged in the fire.”As many as 25 shops have been completely destroyed in the Bagree Marketfire. We have already spoken to the distributors to find out a way if compensation could be arranged as many people are facing huge losses. It has become little difficult to ascertain the extent of the damage as all the computers have been gutted,” Roychoudhury said.”There is nothing to worry as of now and it would hardly have any impact on the medicine supply as we have enough stock of medicines in Mehta Building as it houses the maximum number of wholesale medicine shops,” Roychoudhury added.last_img read more

The day of love made happening and trendier

first_imgDiamond rings, disclosed to be associated with divorce and other failed relationships, are sold at lower prices than rings without a negative history, the study into the re-sale of diamond engagement rings has revealed.That suggests previous academic research that claimed a single, clearly-defined market category is associated with a product’s success, is not the whole story, said the study’s researcher Anne Bowers, associate professor at Rotman School of Management University of Toronto in Canada. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’ The assumption there is that consumer expectations are fully met when an item cleanly fits into a category. “In some sense, these findings are the exact opposite,” Bowers noted.“Here’s a product that technically speaking, fits exactly the criteria for an engagement ring, and yet you still have problems,” Bowers said. Two parts to the study revealed similar findings. Analysis of data from 1.5 million eBay listings of diamond solitaire engagement rings over a 13-month period showed rings with no disclosed negative history were most likely to sell and at a higher price.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRings, where sellers disclosed a divorce or other failed relationship – marked by comments such as “not going to happen,” or “right ring wrong guy”, were less successful.A separate attitudinal survey showed that even though participants believed a diamond ring from a divorce was most likely to be authentic – compared to the same one from a happy marriage or a jewellery store – it was the opposite when it came to how much they’ would be willing to pay for it.  The study was published in the journal Advances in Strategic Management. Along with this, gifting personalised goodies seems to be a new fad, with couples taking to “print” their love for their beloved this Valentine’s Day. Lovers are not only investing time and creativity to impress their loved one but are also ready to spend a lot to make them feel special and loved.“Valentine’s is the week of lovers and they leave no stone unturned to impress their bae (lover). People go for scrapbooks, love cards, t-shirts, explosion box and love jars to pamper their partners,” said Radhika Aggarwal, co-founder, Go Grab Gifts (G3).“Everyone wants to stand out from the crowd and there is no better way to show how much a person means to you than a unique personalised gift. In earlier days, we used to manually invest time and resources in personalising gifts for our loved ones and now we are enabling people to impress their love in minutes,” said Bipin Narang, co-founder and global CEO, Printvenue.“Our biggest consumers are people whom other printers/sellers find unprofitable. We provide our consumers the choice to order single quantity, at world-class quality, and at affordable pricing,” said Narang.“In the last one year, our business has grown significantly as more customers are discovering the convenience, choice and quality,” he said.Accoring to Narang, the current market size was close to $20 billion and around 5-10 per cent of the total market is addressable to Printvenue.Printvenue offers over 600 products to customise and thousands of design templates to choose from so that people can express love uniquely in as less as Rs 200.“The joy of seeing your loved one appreciate the effort behind your personalised gift has to be experienced because the efforts put in personalising goodies show how much a person means to you,” said Aggarwal.According to the survey, men clearly understand what women want and are planning to gift what women desire.Since Valentine’s Day, this year, is on a Sunday, 33 per cent respondents were planning to relax at home, while only 16 per cent were planning a trip.While most people resort to conventional romantic dinners to celebrate Valentine’s Day, the more adventurous choose to take their beloved on a helicopter ride, said a recently conducted study.According to the survey by deals platform Nearbuy of about 3,000 people, “45 per cent of the respondents opted for the option of taking their partners on romantic dinners, 39 per cent preferred to give a personalised gift and about 18 per cent people chose to take their special someones on a helicopter ride!” However, the survey showed that most people preferred to stick to a budget ranging anything between Rs3000 to Rs 5000 and not splurge mindlessly on the occasion. While 40 per cent Indians are willing to fork out an average of Rs 3,000, just about 10 per cent would go over the Rs 5000 bracket to buy presents for their partners. “People today are ready to spend and are yet not spend thrift when it comes to Valentine’s. They are online-savvy and are always on a look-out for great offers,” said Ankur Warikoo, CEO and Co-founder, Nearbuy.last_img read more

Mamata congratulates the new CJI

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee Wednesday congratulated Justice Ranjan Gogoi on being sworn in as the 46th chief justice of India. “My humble congratulations and best wishes to the 46th Chief Justice of India, Hon’ble Justice Ranjan Gogoi, on assuming office. We are all very proud of you,” Banerjee wrote on her Twitter handle today. Justice Gogoi, who took the oath in English in the name of god, will have a tenure of a little over 13 months and will retire on November 17, 2019. He succeeds Justice Dipak Misra who retired Tuesday on attaining 65 years of age.last_img read more

Suvendu unveils new vessels smart gates at Millennium Park

first_imgKolkata: In a first, smart gates have been installed for tickets entry, to ensure smooth management of passengers availing vessel service on river Hooghly from Millennium Park. Suvendu Adhikari, the state Transport minister, inaugurated the same on Tuesday.It is a pilot project and with its success, similar smart gates will be installed at different such points. With installation of the smart gates, tickets or cards will no longer have to be checked manually and it will help in proper maintenance of the system. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAdhikari said that installation of the smart gates will make the functioning of the entire system much better. He further said that all steps have been taken to develop the infrastructure for a better service in the inland waterways. It will reduce pressure on roadways. Moreover, people will also enjoy a more comfortable journey.He said that a major project has been taken up to give a new dimension to the waterways transport facility from Haldia to Farakka. The entire project will be funded by the World Bank and the work of the project will start as early as possible.At the same time, Adhikari also inaugurated 15 passenger vessels and RoRo vessels that will operate on river Hooghly on Tuesday. The vessels include 11 wooden and four steel vessels. Each of the vessels has the capacity of carrying 100 passengers at a time.last_img read more

2 separate road mishaps in city none injured

first_imgKolkata: The city witnessed two separate road accidents on Sunday morning that could have turned fatal had they taken place in the rush hours.It was around 4.40 am when a private car hit a light post on Southern Avenue. Though there was no report of any injury, the police took the car to the police station. The preliminary investigation revealed that the driver of the car had lost control and the vehicle hit the light post. The front portion of the vehicle was damaged. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe driver of the car had, however, managed to escape from the place soon after the accident. The police are trying to ascertain the exact reason behind the accident. The investigating officers are also trying to find out whether the driver was in an inebriated state. Another accident took place near Zoological Garden at Alipore in which a car moved onto the pavement after the driver suddenly fell ill. According to the police, it was a narrow escape from a major accident as the car moved onto the pavement that remains congested in the rush hours. The car was headed towards Vidyasagar Setu from Chetla side. There were two persons sitting on the rear seats of the car. They found that the driver was feeling unwell and soon he lost control on the vehicle and it went up onto the pavement. The passengers sprinkled water on the driver’s face and he was finally taken to hospital in another car.last_img read more

Street plays set to spread awareness on Swasthya Sathi

first_imgCooch Behar: Cooch Behar district administration is set to organise street plays to launch a massive awareness campaign for the Swasthya Sathi project.Kaushik Saha, district magistrate and Sumit Ganguly, chief medical officer (health) launched the campaign and flagged off the tableaux. The main purpose will be to inform the people about the Swasthya Sathi project. Saha said that in Cooch Behar, the total number of beneficiaries has crossed 4.66 lakh. Attempts are on to bring more people under the scheme. Samir Karmakar, head of Natya Dal, said that they will enact street plays to create awareness among the people, over the next 10 days.last_img read more

Medical Bank urges youth to donate blood

first_imgKolkata: Medical Bank, the organisation engaged in blood donation movement for the past three decades, has urged youths to come forward and donate blood to strengthenthe movement. Medical Bank was established on December 9, 1980. One hundred and fifty two people donated blood to mark the occasion. The donors were given a certificate and saplings as a part of the Save Green and Stay Clean programme of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee. D Ashis, secretary of Medical Bank said a workshop was organised to create awareness on blood donation among youngsters. There is a ban on people with tattoos donating blood but concealing the fact many are donating blood. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeD Ashis said more stress should be given on blood donation movement. Around 15 lakh units of blood are required in Bengal against the annual collection of 11 lakh units. The national requirement per year is 1.30 crore unit while the annual collection is 94 lakh units. There are 70 state-run blood banks in Bengal along with 35 private blood banks and 16 blood banks that are being run by the Centre. The blood donation camps in Bengal received a major set back after clubs stopped giving gifts to the donors. Gitanath Ganguly, president Mohun Bagan, Mala Saha, Trinamool Congress MLA and Sujay Chanda, joint commission of Kolkata Police among others were present at the function.last_img read more