Bright colours for monsoon

first_imgGetting ready for a casual evening or a corporate event – try bright and bold lip colours that go well with casual, corporate or ethnic wears.Makeup artist Niti Luthra says neon colours like hot pinks, corals, red, orange are very much in trend. ‘Neon shades are perfect for monsoon. Shades like corals, hot pinks and ruby red work well with every outfit. But avoid gloss, as it makes the look stickier,’ said Luthra. Luthra feels a woman should be aware of the best ways to apply a lip colour as it can make or ruin the looks. ‘First, apply a lip balm, then outline your lips with lip pencil and smudge it with a lip smudger. Then fill in the colour,’ she said.The makeup artist also suggests that one should apply long lasting lipsticks, which are non transferable and smudge proof.last_img read more

Making the shift

first_imgThe Shift was all about inspiring young students, aspiring entrepreneurs smart and brilliant young adults to make a SHIFT in their thinking, perceptions and ideas about their lives and their future. The main aim of the conference was to nurture young minds molding them to the best of their abilities so that they could make a right shift in their career.The conference was chaired by a mix of some well known speakers like Dr Karan Singh, Anita Roy, Shiv Khemka, Shantanu Moitra, David Back, Sindhu V, Ani Choying Drolma, Maya Krishna Rao, Gaurav Tekriwal, Suniti Mathur, Aisha Chaudhary  and others who shared their life changing experiences that made a SHIFT in their life. Also there were special performances by Vineeth Vincent doing beatboxing and B Boying by Shane Mendis and Aastik. The conference was attended by almost three hundred students from Delhi’s top schools between the ages of 14 and 18 years of age group. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Dr. Karan Singh (Former Governor of Jammu & Kashmir) shared his deep insights with the young minds, beautifully combining the concept of cosmos and emphasized on how to awake, arise and move forward on the path of life.   Anita Roy, a writer, editor and a free-range thinker shared her views on how to unleash your inner imagination for the budding audience today.Maya Krishna Rao enlightened the audience with her performing art form today. The key message that she tried to convey to the female audience mainly was that, women should work freely in our society.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixSindhu V.  (A Comedian who found her way out of the corporate world) shared a strong key message with the young and budding minds that, ‘No Matter how talented you’re failure will come, embrace it’. She insisted the young minds how to embrace failures and stand back wearing a big smile on their face.Shiv Khemka (Vice-Chairman of SUN Group) shared his views for the audience on how to focus in developing their inner-self alongside their outer personality in their growing years. Ani Choying, is a Buddhist monk who supports her NGO for girl children through her music. She ideally emphasized to develop intellectual capacity as a young mind but without giving a miss to their spiritual development, as well.Shantanu Moitra, the noted music director started his session with a humorous touch to it, by saying always believe in one single phrase, ‘I Don’t Know!! He believes it’s when the whole environment opens up the ways for one. The iconic face also shared short experiences of his own life as how he evolved as a music director today.Vineeth Vincent, professional beat boxer, enlightened the youth mind and souls by introducing and encouraging the concept of choosing and going forward with alternative career options.A truly inspirational young girl, Aisha Chaudhuri, spoke about how she battled a trail of life threatening ailments and stood back in life at a tender age of 17 years. ‘Happiness’ was her key message to the audience. She shared few frames from her own life how she perceived the whole concept of happiness as an attitude and a power tool for herself.last_img read more

AAP students wing welcomes new DU batch with selfies

first_imgOn the first day of the new academic session in Delhi University campus, senior leaders and MLAs of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) came out to woo the freshers in support of their student wing Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti (CYSS); and posed for selfies with them on Monday. The student body of AAP is planning to debut in the DUSU elections this time.The event saw hundreds of students in queue to interact and have a selfie with senior leaders of the party. The party leaders present on the occasion were Delhi state convener Dileep Pandey, Raghav Chaddha, Raghu Ram and Alka Lamba.  Also Read – Company director arrested for swindling Rs 345 crore“It was a first of its kind event and the new students were encouraged in this healthy way of welcoming by their seniors. We are thankful to the senior leaders of the party who took their time out to welcome the freshers in DU campus,” Anupam, head of CYSS said. Welcoming the students who gathered in large numbers to attend the selfie event CYSS Secretary Anuj said: “Together we can build up a healthy campus if seniors and juniors develop mutual respect and regard.” Senior party members and spokespersons visited Ramjas College, Hindu College, Miranda College, Sri Venkateshwara College among others. The party further said that the CYSS is set to contest the DU elections and this exercise seems like a foundation for the party’s campaign.Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal also took to twitter to wish the new DU students, reminiscing about his college days 30 years back. “I greet all students of Delhi University on their first day in college. Reminds of my student days some 30 years ago!,” Kejriwal tweeted.last_img read more

More power to TMC as several representatives join party

first_imgKolkata: As many as 56 public representatives from Jhargram district joined the Trinamool Congress on Saturday among whom 40 had won the Panchayat elections with BJP’s ticket. The rest had won contesting as Independent candidates. The joining of the representatives was announced by party secretary general Partha Chatterjee from the dais of the Martyr’s Day programme of the party at Esplanade.It may be mentioned that all these representatives have won seats in the Gram Panchayats and Panchayat Samitis in the Panchayat polls held in May. The TMC had lost 22 Gram Panchayats and two Panchayat Samitis to the BJP in Jhargram. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChatterjee visited Jhargram in June and prepared a report card of the party’s performance after holding a meeting with the district-level leaders.TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee while addressing the extended core committee meeting of the party on June 21 had said that she herself will supervise the party’s work at Jhargram in Jangalmahal.The TMC earlier in July had changed Sabhapatis offive out of eight blocks in the district that included those of Jamboni, Sankrail, Lalgarh, Belpahari and Jhargram Gramin. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn a major setback to the Congress, four of its MLAs from Malda and Murshidabad joined the TMC which includes the likes of Samar Mukherjee, Abu Taher Khan, Sabina Yasmin and Akhruzzaman.Mukherjee is an MLA from Ratua Assembly constituency in Malda, Taher Khan is an MLA from Nowda in Murshidabad, Yasmin is from Mothabari constituency in Malda while Akhruzzaman is from Raghunathganj in Murshidabad. Congress Councillor of Ward 140 of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation Abu Mohammad Tarik also joined the TMC. Yasmin said: “It is a bit late but we understood that to develop the district of Malda and the state, we need to hold CM Mamata Banerjee’s hand. This is why we are joining the TMC today.””Nowadays, the BJP is spreading communalism across the nation. We thought TMC is the only one to stop them in Bengal,” Akhruzzaman said.Moinul Hassan of (CPI-M), Mizoram advocate-general Biswajit Deb and Narendra Nath Tiwari, general secretary of Malda Congress were among the others who joined. Expelled CPI(M) leader Ritabrata Banerjee who has recently been appointed as the Chairman of the newly-constituted Tribal Development Commission was seen on stage.Chandan Mitra, a former BJP MP, was also seen on the podium.last_img read more

Trinamool to protest against NRC in Bengal districts today

first_imgKolkata: On a day BJP President Amit Shah is slated to address a public rally here, West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress would hold rallies in the districts of the state on Saturday to raise its pitch against the publication of the draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) in Assam. The Trinamool has decided to leave out the metropolis from the programme, said its Secretary General Partha Chatterjee. Shah would address the rally on Mayo Road in the heart of the city. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life Chatterjee said the party would take out a rally in Kolkata on Sunday in protest against the NRC. Alleging that the names of lakhs of Bengali speaking people have been dropped from the NRC draft, Chatterjee demanded that they be included in the register. “We won’t let them make a person refugee in his own country,” he said. Enraged over the Trinamool’s decision, state Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Dilip Ghosh dubbed it as an attempt to foment violence during Shah’s rally and warned that people would give a befitting reply. “The only reason they have taken up this political programme is to prevent our workers and supporters from attending Amit Shah’s rally. They want to foment violence. But I would like to warn them that if they stir up trouble, people will give them a befitting reply,” he said.last_img read more

New breast cancer drug may combat other cancers too

first_imgA new oral drug whose efficacy in combating breast cancer has been demonstrated alone and in combination with endocrine therapy, also has potential to combat other types of cancer, new research has found.The drug palbociclib targets the rapid division of tumour cells by inhibiting the activity of the enzymes CDK4 and CDK6, which propel cell division and increase in number in most cancers, the study said.“All living cells undergo cell division and palbociclib’s unique capacity to halt the cell division process (also known as the ‘cell cycle’) therefore has potentially broad applicability,” said the study’s lead author Amy Clark, assistant professor at Perelman School of Medicine, University of Pennsylvania in the US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’“Pairing palbociclib with other anti-cancer therapies such as endocrine therapy, chemotherapy, and targeted therapy can create a powerful combinatorial effect with real promise for addressing a variety of cancers,” Clark noted.Assessing 130 relevant publications in the literature, as well as interpreting their own continuing studies, the research team found that in addition to its safety and effectiveness in fighting certain types of breast cancer, early trials of palbociclib have shown promise of effectiveness in cases of lymphoma, sarcoma, and teratoma, tumours that while rare, often afflict younger patients. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixIn both breast and other cancer trials, palbociclib has been shown to be safe with once-daily dosing, and its main adverse effect is reversible neutropenia, an abnormally low count of neutrophils, a type of white blood cell that helps fight infections. “This drug has minor effects on normal cells other than neutrophils (white blood cells),” study senior author, Peter O’Dwyer, professor at University of Pennsylvania, noted.“In tumours, it can cause shrinkage, or more commonly, arrest of growth. As we discover new functions for the CDK4/6 target of this medicine, we are likely to use it in combinations to make other anti-cancer agents work better,” O’Dwyer said.The study was published in the journal JAMA Oncology.last_img read more

Body of sisters found at home with throats slit

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the death of two sisters whose bodies were with their throats slit inside their house at Barbaria village under Bhawanipur police station in Haldia.The incident occurred on Sunday evening. The victims have been identified as Sima Das (15) and her younger sister Pooja Das (10). Sima was a student of class IX, while Pooja was studying in class V. According to the preliminary investigation, police suspect that the victims’ father, Biplab Das, who is suffering from mental depression, might have carried out the murder. He has been absconding since the incident took place. The motive behind the murder is yet to be confirmed by the district police. According to police sources, the two sisters on Sunday evening requested their mother, Sagarika to prepare chicken. As desired by her two daughters, the woman went to a local market to bring meat. When she returned home, she found that the main door of the house to be open. As soon as Sagarika stepped into the house, she found the two girls lying in a pool of blood on the floor. On hearing the screams of the mother, locals rushed to the spot. They took the injured victims to Haldia sub-divisional hospital where the doctors pronounced both of them brought dead. The locals reported the matter to the police station following which police reached the spot. The investigating officers have recovered a knife smeared with blood from inside the room. The officers have also collected some samples from the room. The victims’ mother lodged a specific complaint against her husband. The woman also told police about the accused and his mental depression after he lost his job. The district police have started a detailed probe into the incident. They are yet to confirm the motive behind the murder.last_img read more

Glistering all the way


The Kolkata-based jewellery chain, Senco Gold and Diamonds, has remained the first choice for many families since ages. Be it a wedding, puja or any other occasion, Senco has the perfect collection to make one look absolutely gorgeous and leave others speechless. The business, which was started from scratch by Late Maran Chand Sen, soars high amongst other jewellery brands in the market.last_img

Inspiring the grand Indian scientific tradition

first_imgIn order to promote the importance of basic science in daily life, Department of Science & Technology, Government of India has sponsored a five-day ‘Inspire Internship Science Camp’ which was inaugurated recently by Makrand Pandurang, Deputy Commissioner, District Sonepat, Government of Haryana. This is the third programme organised at SRM University, Delhi-NCR, Sonepat, Haryana. More than 150 school toppers studying in 11th standard with Science subjects from six districts (Jind, Jhajjar, Rohtak, Panipat, Sonepat and Bhiwani) of Haryana and one school from Narela, Delhi, along with twenty five teachers are participating in this ‘Inspire Internship Science Camp’ (December 20-24). Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn his inaugural address, the Deputy Commissioner, advised and encouraged the participants for selecting Science as their option, and urged them to improve their learning experiences to make a good career. He pointed out on the relevance of basic sciences and its impact on scientific enquiry and assured that the Govt of Haryana and the officials are wholeheartedly ready to cooperate with the University for organising such programmes.    In his welcome address, Dr DK Pandey, Director of Innovations (IEEEP), SRM University, said that this programme has been conceptualised by the Department of Science & Technology, Govt of India in 2008, which is being organised throughout the country. He said, that this science camp gives an opportunity to the young generation to experience and expertise the thrill of invention, innovation and discovery. He further observed that democratisation of Science can be helpful to reach the diverse needs and curiosity of the student community, and explicated that this time the University invited applications from Jawahar Navodaya Vidyalaya in addition to other State and Central schools.  Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveProf S Rajarajan, Vice-Chancellor of SRM University while presiding the function welcomed the student community and read out the Chancellor’s message well wishing the programme. He further reflected on the grand Indian scientific tradition and the potential in the contemporary generation to carry forward that legacy of CV Raman, Subramaniam Chandrasekhar, Venkataraman and so many others. Commenting on the efforts on Modern Science and research of SRM group of institutions, he articulated that SRM University is the second University in India to have been recognised as a Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (SIRO) by the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research (DSIR), Govt of India. Exhorting the importance of Science, he said, “Technology won’t be meaningful unless it emphasises on its basic foundation, where passion for science is integral to all scientific discourses.” Prof P Thangaraju, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Medical), SRM University, Chennai, in his special address,described the significance of scientific research and SRM University’s indelible scientific research culture and contribution to the broader National/Global scientific spectrum. He also statistically expounded the implications of higher scientific research of India and our standing at the global level and argued that students across India and abroad are attracted to SRM University due to its unique and uncompromising academic tradition. Dr GJ Samathanam, Director of Research, students’ adviser, and Chairman, Organising Committee of the ‘Inspire Camp’ explained that the ‘Inspire’ programme has the capability to uphold the tradition of science in our country and encouraged the students for being privileged to attend this programme. He further enlightened that this young university has invited eminent scholars, renowned professors, inspiring teachers and enthusiastic demonstrators, for arousing the basic scientific knowledge of the young student-participants.last_img read more

Thomas Jefferson Emancipator or Enslaver of Men

first_imgFew figures are more controversial in the history of American slavery than Thomas Jefferson. An educated man who played a pivotal role in the American Revolution as well as being the writer of the Declaration of Independence, one would think that Jefferson would have greatly opposed slavery since the declaration states that all men are created equal. However, since the age of 21, Jefferson owned quite a number of slaves and kept them under his control until his death. Jefferson’s stance on slavery and his practice of owning slaves were at odds with one another, leading to many a historical debate and discussion about what he truly believed.Jefferson, a wealthy slaveowner, having inherited many slaves from his father and father-in-law, did not approve of slavery as a national practice. He would, throughout the course of his life as citizen, lawyer and President, work to see that the practice would eventually end. Yet, he also did not believe in full emancipation or freedom of current slaves, for he feared many problems arising from instant freedom.Thomas Jefferson, 1791.First, he claimed to fear for the lives of uneducated, displaced slaves who would not have the means or ability to protect themselves when suddenly released. This belief was common among those who were sympathetic to abolitionist causes yet did not support outright emancipation.The second fear was the danger of direct violence caused by states who heavily depended on slavery. As Jefferson rightly believed, the southern states who were pro-slavery would fight to protect what they claimed was their rightful property.Monticello, the home of Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States.Even if there was no retaliation against the government for emancipation, Jefferson feared that white retaliation against blacks would happen as well. So strong was his belief that when he served in the Virginia House of Burgess before the war, he tried to see legislation passed that would ban free blacks from entering Virginia. The basis of this ban was his fear that a free black man could very well find his fate at the hands of a lynch mob.Official Presidential portrait of Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1800.This may seem like a strange set of beliefs, but at the time, the idea of separation between whites and blacks was a common viewpoint among certain types of abolitionists. Jefferson, in his later years, would propose a colony state for freed slaves, allowing them to live in their own society and communities, free from white influence. Even Abraham Lincoln, famous for his freeing of the slaves, believed voluntary colonization would be beneficial in preserving peace and prosperity for freed slaves.Ultimately, Jefferson wanted to see slavery phased out. By supporting measures to end the slave trade in the United States and proposing laws that would prevent slavery legalization in new states, Jefferson sought to see the practice come to an end.Things you may not know about Abraham LincolnHe did not believe in emancipation for current slaves and preferred to see slavery end with one final generation. His main abolitionist success as President was the signing of the Act of Prohibiting Importation of Slaves into law.This would make it illegal to import or export slaves in America, essentially ending the United States’ participation in the international slave trade. However, this law would not affect the buying and selling of slaves within the country and by 1807, the slave population was large enough that slavers could buy and sell without much need for importing from abroad.Isaac Jefferson, 1847, was an enslaved blacksmith at Monticello.Yet, can a case be made that Jefferson was strongly anti-slavery if he, in fact, owned slaves? After all, his estate Monticello was run by slaves who worked long hours to keep the property profitable.While he did inherit the majority of his slaves, he also routinely purchased and sold them, although some would maintain he did so in order to keep families together. While Jefferson did allow a few slaves to “escape” from him and he released a few slaves who had been properly educated, the fact remains that Jefferson owned over 600 slaves throughout his lifetime.Perhaps it was this reason that Jefferson did not fully commit to freeing slaves on a national level. To do so while owning people as property would be a deeply hypocritical stance. Out of the 600, only seven in total would be freed under his control.Jefferson banned the international slave trade on March 2, 1807.When Jefferson died, his estate was deeply in debt. The man, having lived a lavish and expensive lifestyle, with numerous costly construction projects, owed what in today’s money would be $2 million. His remaining slaves were sold as a way to pay back creditors. Only 5 would be freed due to instructions in Jefferson’s will.Read another story from us: The life of Mary Queen of Scots – Married 3 times, imprisoned and her untimely endIn the end, we see that Jefferson was not a man who fought strongly for abolition or freedom, but rather was a pragmatist when it came to the issue of slavery. Yes, he contributed to the abolitionist cause by outlawing international participation in the slave trade, but he could have done much more if he truly was committed to the cause. Thomas Jefferson was a man of his time, paradoxical in the fact that he believed all men had unalienable rights, but willing to overlook the rights of the people that he owned.Andrew Pourciaux is a novelist hailing from sunny Sarasota, Florida, where he spends the majority of his time writing and podcasting.last_img read more