PV Sindhu will face top seed Akane Yamaguchi of Japan in the final on Sunday. Sindhu had defeated Yamaguchi in straight sets in her final group match on Friday.21.45 IST: And Sindhu has done it! She beats Chen 21-15, 21-18 and reaches her maiden final. The second Indian to reach the final of BWF Superseries Finals after Saina Nehwal did in 2011.INTO THE FINAL!?A resounding win for PV Sindhu over Chen Yufei makes her only the second Indian singles player to reach the last stage of #DubaiSSF ????She wins 2?1?-1?5?, 2?1?-1?8? pic.twitter.com/GVjAjEEmAh- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201721.41 IST: Chen Yufei is trying to exhaust Sindhu by picking her shuttler early. That 57-shot rally goes into Chen’s favour but Sindhu leads 19-17.21.39 IST: Sindhu is getting close to the finish line with some luck from the net as well. She leads 18-16.The yellow card won’t deter Sindhu’s spirits!She is just 4 points away now. 17-16. Come on!!! #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201721.37 IST: PV Sindhu is shown a yellow card for wasting time. The game is level at 16-16.21.35 IST: Wonderfully worked rally from Chen Yufei and she levels 15-15. Sindhu’s shots look tired at the moment.The Chinese draws level. It’s a close contest going on in the second game.Sindhu 15-15 Yufei. #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201721.33 IST: Sindhu takes two challenges in two rallies and loses both. Sindhu has no challenge left. The Indian leads 15-13.21.31 IST: What a rally! Sindhu takes Chen around from one corner to the other and yet Chen manages to retrieve only to find her shuttle wide. Sindhu leads 14-11.advertisementYufei is eyeing a comeback here. But Sindhu wins one tiring rally to make it 14-11. #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201721.29 IST: Sindhu has found her strength back! A 27-shot rally ends with Chen hitting the net and Sindhu leads 13-9.21.27 IST: Sindhu looks a little tired at the moment. Chen takes her around the court and places perfectly down the line on Sindhu’s left. Sindhu leads 11-9.21.25 IST: Another wide shuttle from Chen and Sindhu goes into the break with an 11-8 lead, 16 minutes into the game.21.21 IST: Sindhu is exploiting the back court of Chen. She leads 9-4.She takes it on, she retrieves it all and then she smashes it perfectly!Sindhu is in her zone today. 8-4 against Yufei. #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201721.18 IST: Sindhu’s solid badminton is at display there! Sindhu is leaving Chen behind yet again, leads 6-3.Sindhu is focused and determined!She leads 5-3 against Yufei at the start of the second game. #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201721.15 IST: Sindhu follows up quickly and sends the shuttle straight down the line lightly to make it 3-3.21.13 IST: Two perfectly-measured smashes from Chen and she leads 2-1.21.11 IST: Sindhu comfortably takes the opening game of the semi-final against Chen 21-15 in 24 minutes.Game 1? in the ?? for @Pvsindhu1!A clinical display from our champ in the opening game. Wins it 21-15. #DubaiSSF ???- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201721.09 IST: And Sindhu gets the game point with another long shuttle from the Chinese. Sindhu leads 20-15.21.07 IST: That’s excellent attacking play from Sindhu. She is stretching Chen around. She leads 19-14.21.05 IST: That’s a super smash from the Indian! Chen was reaching close but Sindhu stretches the lead back to three points, she leads 17-14.It doesn’t matter whether it’s a new shuttle or old. The result remains the same. It bears the brunt of a vicious Sindhu smash! 17-14. #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201721.03 IST: Sindhu gets that challenge right and the stadium sounds really loud! Sindhu leads 16-12.Sindhu is extending her lead against Yufei and is just 6 points away from winning the opening game. 15-12. #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201721.00 IST: Chen is sending the shuttles wide and long and that’s four straight points for Sindhu. She leads 15-11.20.59 IST: Sindhu is making Chen make quite a few mistakes, she leads 13-11.20.56 IST: Another wide shuttle from Chen and Sindhu goes into the break with a slender 11-10 lead.Sindhu unleashes a rocket smash (345 kmph) but Yufei follows it up by winning a fabulous rally (42-shots). Only 1 point separating these two.The Chinese trails 10-11 at the first break. #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201720.55 IST: Chen Yufei ends a 42-shot rally with a drop shot on Sindhu’s left. Sindhu leads 10-9.20.53 IST: SMASH! Sindhu smashes down down the line with the speed of 345 kph and levels 8-8 with Chen.20.51 IST: With a very short lift from Sindhu, Chen takes the opportunity to smash right in the centre. Chen leads 7-6.advertisement20.50 IST: Sindhu manages to break Chen’s rhythm. Chen sends the shuttle wide. Sindhu takes a 6-5 lead.20.49 IST: That’s five points in a row from Chen and that comes with a perfect drop shot. It’s level 5-5.Now Yufei wins 5 in a row to draw level. It is 5-5 against Sindhu. #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201720.47 IST: Chen finally gets her first point of the match as Sindhu hits the net. Sindhu leads 5-1.Sindhu is pumped up and is off to a terrific start!Leads 5-0 against Chen Yufei. #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201720.46 IST: Sindhu is racing away at the moment. She leads 4-0.20.45 IST: Chen Yufei begins the proceedings but Sindhu takes the first point of the match.20.41 IST: Both Sindhu and Chen are on the court now. The match will begin in just about five minutes.This match is up next! Sindhu takes the court amidst a rousing applause! #DubaiSSF- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 201720.37 IST: Chen Yufei is the only teenager in the competition and she won the bronze medal in the World Championships earlier this year.20.35 IST: Sindhu will be on the court in another five minutes.20.33 IST: Earlier in the day, Viktor Axelsen beat Shi Yuqi 21-12, 21-8 to reach the final of the tournament.20.30 IST: Sindhu lead Chen 3-2 in their head-to-head record.The only thing standing between PV Sindhu and the finals is China’s Chen Yufei. Get ready for some fireworks when these two players lock horns in #DubaiSSF semi-final. The match starts shortly! pic.twitter.com/BlGReZZ6ov- PBL India (@PBLIndiaLive) December 16, 2017BRIEF PREVIEW:PV Sindhu will face off with China’s Chen Yufei in the second semi-final of Dubai World Superseries Finals on Saturday.Sindhu is the only Indian left in the tournament and in her bid to make it to the final of the year-end Superseries tournament, the Indian will look to continue her momentum from Friday’s dominating win against Japan’s Akane Yamaguchi.Yamaguchi earlier beat Ratchanok Intanon of Thailand 17-21, 21-12, 21-19 to reach the final of the BWF Superseries Finals in Dubai.On Friday, Sindhu became the only women’s singles player to remain undefeated in the group stages when she beat top seed Yamaguchi 21-9, 21-13 in her final group match.She had earlier beat He Bingjiao 21-11, 15-21, 21-18 in her opener and then defeated Japan’s Sayaka Sato 21-13, 21-12 on Thursday.Sindhu came into to the year-ending tournament after a very successful year. Sindhu clinched the India Open and Korea Open, besides bagging a silver at Glasgow World Championships and finishing runners-up at Hong Kong Open last month.Kidambi Srikanth, on the other hand, was the complete opposite of Sindhu, losing all his matches in the tournament.He lost to world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen 13-21, 17-21 in his tournament opener, then went down to Chinese Taipei’s Chou Tien Chen 21-18, 21-18 and finally ended his tournament with a loss to world No.8 Shi Yuqi 17-21, 21-19, 14-21.advertisement
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:Hugh Graham, Jamaica Dairy Development Board Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 28 (JIS): Dairy farmers are being encouraged to use proper pasture management techniques in order to boost milk production and improve herd quality. Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Jamaica Dairy Development Board (JDDB), Hugh Graham, made the call, while speaking to JIS News at the launch of the ‘Drink Real Milk’ educational campaign at the Terra Nova All Suite Hotel in St. Andrew today (January 28).He noted, for example, that farmers do not typically fertilise their pastures. “They will fertilise other crops but never the pastures. The grass and the legumes on the pastures are crops and have to be treated as such, so we have to look at how to manage the soil, how to manage the crop so you can maximise yield,” he pointed out.He noted that once pasture yield is maximised “you are able to have better nutrition for the animals and the animals will, in turn, give you more milk or more meat,” Mr. Graham told JIS News that programmes are already in place to provide assistance to farmers in this regard.He said farmers are also receiving support to combat recurrent drought conditions, with new varieties of fodder provided.“We have new drought-tolerant varieties (such as) brachiaria species (and) the mulato two…those we have introduced quite successfully in some areas,” he said.He informed that farmers are also being assisted to establish fodder banks, “for instance, sugar cane, which they will grow and use during that period when the drought is on. We have …included equipment where you chop the forage up to feed it to the animals, thereby you improve on the digestibility of the feed.”Mr. Graham said the JDDB also provides technical assistance such as the modernising and upgrading of milking and cooling equipment. In addition, players in the industry are benefiting from training to ensure that they adhere to best practices and international production standards.Mr. Graham informed that there are approximately 100 dairy farmers in the island, who supply milk to processors. “Our statistics really only cover the supply to the processors because under Jamaican law, you cannot sell unpasteurised milk and that is why from the farm, it’s delivered or the processors pick it up and then they take it to the next level,” he pointed out.Meanwhile, the JDDB CEO said the agency will continue to partner with the agricultural schools and the 4-H clubs to establish their dairies as centres for best practices.“We have already delivered 25 heifers to all except the Jamaica 4-H Clubs and we are working very closely with them in terms of training,” he informed.The ‘Drink Real Milk’ campaign is a partnership involving CB Group (through Nutramix), Seprod Limited (through Serge Island), Newport Fersan Jamaica Limited and the Jamaica Dairy Development Board.The goals of the campaign are: to increase awareness and demand for Jamaican milk; produce 20 million litres locally annually; and create a sustainable and self- sufficient industry.The JDDB was established in 2009 to promote and foster the development of the dairy sector with particular emphasis on promoting local milk production and achieving efficiencies in the production, processing, marketing and other trade in dairy products. Pm Launches Life And Health Insurance For Athletes
KUSI Newsroom, KUSI Newsroom Christmas on Knob Hill displays over 80,000 Christmas lights Posted: December 10, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – With over 80,000 lights…”Christmas on Knob Hill” is one of the largest Christmas light displays in San Diego County.Bill Gilfillen starts decorating his house the first week of September and it takes him three months to finish, turning on the magical lights Thanksgiving night.Bill served in the Navy for 23 years and retired as senior chief, then making his way into the uniform supply business for nine years. Bill then became project manager a for cable installation company for the casinos.More than 15,000 people visit Knob Hill every Christmas season and KUSI’S Dave Scott was there with a peak at this year’s display!Located at 1639 Knob Hill Rd., San Marcos, CA 92069 December 10, 2018 Updated: 11:29 PM Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights of the Wilmington Police Log for Tuesday, July 23, 2019:A black 2015 Honda Accord struck a median guardrail on 93 North, south of Exit 39. Vehicle towed. State Police handled scene. (6:23am)A walk-in party reported a hit and run in the Market Basket parking lot yesterday between noon and 1pm. No witnesses or note left. (9:34am)Animal Control Office retrieved a sink skunk from a Carolyn Road backyard and brought to Chelmsford rehab. (12:57pm)Police retrieved a syringe from Shawsheen Avenue and Blanchard Avenue and brought it back to the station for proper disposal. (5:10pm)Police spoke with several parties on the train tracks on Richmond Street and sent them on their way. (5:36pm)Officers observed parties walking around the police station’s parking lot, taking video and photographs. Parties walked into the lobby videotaping and photographing. They attempted to question dispatch personnel and the station officer in an attempt to illicit banter back and forth. When parties were not satisfied with the officers’ responses, they exited the building. (6:33pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 29: Burlington Man Arrested For OUI; Injured HummingbirdIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 5: Driver Throws Beer Bottles; Syringe Found; Woburn Man Issued Summons; Texting While DrivingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 4: Lowell Man Arrested On Warrant; Bad Crash In Front Of Rocco’s; Syringe FoundIn “Police Log”
Chunky PandayPR HandoutThe screening of the third edition of Shururat, called ‘Shuruaat Ka Twist’ was held at PVR, Citi Mall, Mumbai a couple of days ago. ‘Shuruaat Ka Twist’ is an anthology of six short films mentored by Vikramaditya Motwane, Rajkumar Hirani, Amit V Masurkar, Raj Kumar Gupta.The event witnessed the who’s who of Bollywood from Rasika Dugal, Mukul Chadda, Irshad Kamil, Sriram Raghavan, Sayani Gupta, Sumeet Vyas, Rasika Dugal, Chunky Panday, Delnaaz Irani, Anuritta K. Jha, Gulshan Grover, Mahima Chaudhury, Shahriyar Atai, Avinash Tiwari, Tripti Dimni and Parmeet Sethi. The film received a standing ovation as the audience witnessed an array of genres and emotions.The short film anthology features popular actors such as Chunky Pandey, Neena Gupta and Delnaz Irani offering the best of entertainment with films such as ‘TAP TAP’ directed by Praveen Fernandes, ‘Khauff’ by Hanish Kalia, ‘Adi Sonal’ by Heena D’Souza, ‘Bhaskar Calling’ by Sanjiv Kishinchandani, ‘Guddu’ by Gaurav Mehra and ‘Gutthi’ by Avalokita Dutt.Commenting on the Vinay Mishra, HumaraMovie said, “We are extremely delighted with Shuruaat- each edition has been better, larger and more fulfilling for us, the filmmakers and the audience. Really want to thank the support we get from mentors, the filmmakers, the innumerable cast and crew who work on this probono and PVR which helps us all by showcasing this.”Speaking on the collaboration, actor Chunky Panday said, “It’s a new kind of character I am playing in the film and I hope people like it. It feels good to experiment with different roles. I must commend the great effort to the team at HumaraMovie that enables such good stories to be made in the best way.”The six short films cover a host of diverse genres and topics that include a character study of a washed out music composer, a psychological thriller about fear, a family drama with underlying tensions, a comic take on a common menace, a tale about two female friends and lastly, a love story about breaking away from conventions.At the screening, popular actor Sumeet Vyas said, “My journey with HumaraMovie started back in 2012 and it’s exciting to be here today. The short films in Shuruaat Ka Twist offer a great blend of storytelling. I love the fact that in Adi Sonal, the message is conveyed subtly. It is not an outright film on feminism but it makes you feel for the cause.”The first edition of Shuruaat was launched in 2016, titled ‘Shor Se Shuruaat’. With ace filmmakers such as Imtiaz Ali, Shyam Benegal, Mira Nair, Homi Adjania, Zoya Akhtar, Sriram Raghavan and Nagesh Kukunoor as mentors, the film was well received around the country.Offering the right dose of entertainment that keeps the audience hooked, Shuruaat Ka twist brings together glimpses of present India and how our lived experiences are similar in more than one way.
A house is seen on fire in Gawduthar village, Maungdaw township, in the north of Rakhine state, Myanmar 7 September 2017. Photo: ReutersA human rights law group contracted by the State Department to interview refugees as part of an investigation into atrocities against Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar has found that there is a reasonable basis to conclude that genocide was committed – even though the US government stopped short of saying so.A report due to be released on Monday by the Washington-based Public International Law and Policy Group (PILPG) will also say there was a reasonable basis to conclude that the Myanmar military committed crimes against humanity and war crimes, as well as genocide.A US State Department report released in September, which relied on PILPG research, found that Myanmar’s military waged a “well-planned and coordinated” campaign of mass killings, gang rapes and other atrocities against the Rohingya.But it stopped short of describing the crackdown as genocide or crimes against humanity, an issue that US officials said was the subject of fierce internal debate that delayed the report’s rollout for nearly a month.A declaration of genocide by the US government, which has only gone as far as labeling the crackdown “ethnic cleansing,” could have legal implications of committing Washington to stronger punitive measures against Myanmar. This has made some in the Trump administration wary of issuing such an assessment.In an advisory on Thursday announcing the planned release of the legal analysis of its investigation, PILPG said it would reveal that “there is a reasonable basis to conclude that war crimes, crimes against humanity, and genocide were committed against the Rohingya population.”PILPG based its report on more than 1,000 interviews with Rohingya refugees who fled to Bangladesh. The group said its mission was conducted in March and April “to provide an accurate accounting of the patterns of abuse and atrocity crimes.”The September State Department report was released in low-key fashion nearly a month after U.N. investigators issued a report accusing Myanmar’s military of acting with “genocidal intent” and calling for the country’s commander-in-chief and five generals to be prosecuted under international law.State Department officials have said the objective of the US government investigation was not to determine genocide but to “document the facts,” and it would be up to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to make a “legal” designation in the future.Pompeo has urged Myanmar’s government to investigate abuses against the Rohingya and hold accountable members of its security forces and others who were responsible.A top State Department official said in September those responsible could be held accountable for genocide and crimes against humanity.The military in Myanmar, previously known as Burma, where Buddhism is the main religion, has denied accusations of ethnic cleansing and says its actions were part of a fight against terrorism.
Citation: Fine-tuning organic circuits: Monolayer terminal groups and molecular junctions (2015, April 3) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-04-fine-tuning-circuits-monolayer-terminal-groups.html Journal information: Journal of the American Chemical Society One way to quantitatively compare one monolayer to another is to measure electron tunneling between the electrode and the junction point at the terminal end of the monolayer. Lead author, Kung-Ching Liao of George M. Whitesides’s group at Harvard University investigated whether decreasing the strength of the interaction between the monolayer’s terminal group and the Ga2O3 interface would decrease the tunneling current density of the monolayer. Their work was published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.Prior studies by Whitesides’s group looked at how electron tunneling changes when the atom that is coordinated to the metal electrode (the anchor) is changed, or when the organic components (the backbone) between the anchor and the terminal group are changed. Their prior research revealed that increasing the strength of the terminal group interaction with Ga2O3 did not increase tunneling current density; however, decreasing the interaction between the terminal group and Ga2O3 junction seemed to decrease it. In this study, Liao et al. sought to investigate the mechanism for this decrease in tunneling current density.To understand this mechanism, they needed to make a direct comparison between two similar monolayers and their terminal groups. They chose to compare a monolayer comprised of C-H bonds with a monolayer that has some or all C-H bonds replaced with C-F bonds. The C-F bond is less polarizable than the C-H bond and has a longer bond length than C-H. Additionally, changing the hydrogens on an aliphatic carbon chain to fluorine decreases the energy of the HOMO and, in a monolayer, disrupts van der Waals interactions between alkyl chains. By investigating the effects of changing these factors, Liao et al. were able to discern the primary cause for the change in electron tunneling density.They found that changing the backbone from (CH2)n to (CF2)n had a small, but noticeable effect on the tunneling density. This effect was not enough to account for the differences noted in prior experiments. However, when they changed the terminal group from CH3 to CF3, they found that this factor alone, accounted for the change in electron tunneling density. Whether the backbone was an n-alkyl chain or para-substituted omega-tolyl-alkanoates or oligophenyl carboxylates, the rate of charge transport across the CF3 terminal group and Ga2O3 from the EGaIn tip differed from the CH3 equivalent by a factor of 25 to 30. This discovery allows for additional fine-tuning of an organic circuit by selecting a particular backbone and anchor with desirable electronic properties. It also sheds light on the importance of the terminal group junction interaction. (Phys.org)—Self-assembled monolayers are organic molecules that spontaneously coordinate to a metal surface. If this metal surface is an electrode, then a current can pass through the organic monolayer and interact with a second electrode on the terminal side of the molecule. This current can be controlled by changing the characteristics of the organic molecule, such as making it longer or adding polar substituents or other functional groups. This tailoring of organic circuits is part of a bigger project of creating organic-based electronics. 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. © 2015 Phys.org Study demonstrates an electronic switch based on stereoisomerism Explore further More information: “Fluorination and tunneling across molecular junctions” J. Am. Chem. Soc., 2015, 137 (11), pp 3852–3858. DOI: 10.1021/jacs.5b00137AbstractThis paper describes the influence of the substitution of fluorine for hydrogen on the rate of charge transport by hole tunneling through junctions of the form AgTSO2C(CH2)n(CF2)mT//Ga2O3/EGaIn, where T is methyl (CH3) or trifluoromethyl (CF3). Alkanoate-based self-assembled monolayers (SAMs) having perfluorinated groups (RF) show current densities that are lower (by factors of 20–30) than those of the homologous hydrocarbons (RH), while the attenuation factors of the simplified Simmons equation for methylene (β = (1.05 ± 0.02)nCH2–1) and difluoromethylene (β = (1.15 ± 0.02)nCF2–1) are similar (although the value for (CF2)n is statistically significantly larger). A comparative study focusing on the terminal fluorine substituents in SAMs of ω-tolyl- and -phenyl-alkanoates suggests that the C–F//Ga2O3 interface is responsible for the lower tunneling currents for CF3. The decrease in the rate of charge transport in SAMs with RF groups (relative to homologous RH groups) is plausibly due to an increase in the height of the tunneling barrier at the T//Ga2O3 interface, and/or to weak van der Waals interactions at that interface.
The Railway Budget proposals, presented by Union Minister Suresh Prabhu in Parliament on Thursday, proposed a hike in freight rates for 12 commodities in the range of 0.8 per cent to 10 per cent.The increase in freight charges by 10 per cent on urea is also expected to add to the subsidy burden. “With the increase in freight, the subsidy paid for movement of urea will increase by another Rs 300 crore from current level of Rs 3,000 crore,” Fertiliser Association of India (FAI) DG Satish Chander said. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashThe proposed freight hike for cement, coal, iron and steel, grains & pulses, groundnut oil, LPG and kerosene is 2.7 per cent, 6.3 per cent, 0.8 per cent, 10 per cent, 2.1 per cent, 0.8 per cent and 0.8 per cent respectively. “Our cost of production will go up in the range between Rs 2 and Rs 4 per bag of 50 kg cement,” Dalmia Bharat Cement Group CEO Mohendra Singi said. When asked whether the company would raise the prices, he said: “The price is a factor of demand and supply, so we will take a call on this later.” Further, a leading cement maker said the prices of cement bags may go up in the range of between Rs 5 and Rs 10 per bag following the hike in freight rate on coal, steel and cement. Meanwhile, there was a mixed response from steel companies which said the proposed Rs 8.5 lakh crore investment in Railways in the next five years would spur demand for steel, but that they were a bit disappointed as the Minister did not lower freight rates despite lower diesel prices now. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian tourists“The freight hike in the Budget on iron and steel will have little impact on us,” spokesperson of a leading steel firm said. Prabhu has also proposed to raise freight rates for iron ore meant for domestic use by 0.8 per cent. On urea, Fertiliser Minister Ananth Kumar said despite the increase in freight rates, there will not be any increase in urea prices.“We will continue to provide urea at the same rate of Rs 5,360 per tonne. It will only increase subsidy on urea”. The Railway Minister did not term the freight increase in some commodities as a hike, saying it is part of the ongoing re-classification of commodities that will reduce freight rates in certain sectors and may increase in others. Minister of State for Railways, Manoj Sinha, said that there will not be any increase in urea prices for farmers. However, for limestone, dolomite & manganese and speed diesel oil, the rates have been reduced by 0.3 per cent and 1 per cent respectively. The Railways Minister has also proposed to raise the base freight rates by up to 10 per cent.
The obsession among Indians with anything that people in the West do, has to stop, says young and popular designer Masaba Gupta, who hopes originality gets a fillip in the country.“We, as a nation, are generally very obsessed with the West and anything that they do. Anything that’s a fad, be it in garments or make-up looks, it immediately translates here,” said Masaba.The new-age designer, a former fashion director at the luxury label Satya Paul, says “People should speak up” against designers who blantantly copy others both from India and the West. “There are so many designers who take India as an inspiration, internationally and do such amazing things…I think people and the media should openly speak up about designers who are copying others because it’s very important that they do not give them that stamp of approval,” she added. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Masaba especially feels that Lebanese fashion designer Zuhair Murad, who is famous for making gowns, and national designers like Gaurav Gupta and Tarun Tahiliani, who have brought the concept of sari gowns on the runway, have been aped the most. She feels designers who copy “should not even get a place in fashion weeks”.“I think for the layman, it’s not plagiarism…for them it is a similar outfit. But people who are in fashion and people who understand it, should stand up and voice it out,” added the designer. Known for her extraordinary and quirky prints like the lipstick, cow and camera print, which have been one of the most copied print in Indian fashion market, Masaba said it is copying the silhouettes that bothers her more than anyone copying her designs. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“I get irritated when people copy my silhouettes…I do not get irritated when people copy my prints because that’s something I cannot control. It is very easy to copy my prints. You can just take a photograph here on the runway and replicate it in the next 10 days. You will have many fabrics in my print, but silhouettes is something original and that should not be copied. But I think designers should not copy the other designers’ style or print,” she said. Masaba, the daughter of actor Neena Gupta and cricket legend Vivian Richards, had launched her eponymous label in July 2009. Talking about how she came up with her famous quirky prints, the 26-year-old said: “I do not think I know anything else… I just know how to take objects, motifs, a certain theme and just turn it around and make it really fun.” Masaba feels that the youth “are biggest influencers of fashion today” and so she constantly tries to make something that can “define their style statement”.
Kolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation kicks off its sterilisation and vaccination drive across all state government hospitals inthe city. The drive began on Thursday with the civic body picking up 20 dogs from RG Kar Medical College Hospital and another 15 from Calcutta Medical College and Hospital for sterilisation. “The animals will be sterilised in our dog pounds and will be put back at the same place after seven to 10 days. We have also vaccinated a number of stray dogs found inside Medical College and RG Kar,” said Deputy Mayor Atin Ghosh, who also holds the charge of KMC’s Health department. The civic body is expected to conduct a vaccination camp at NRS on Friday afternoon. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIn the wake NRS puppy incident, KMC officials had sent letters to all state government hospitals in the city intending to sterilize and vaccinate campus dogs to keep their birth in check and prevent rabies. The hospitals across the state attract dogs from the nearby areas because of the uneaten food being dumped in vats kept inside hospitals premises. Mayor Firhad Hakim recently held a meeting with the Director General (Civil) and the Director General (Health) and gave them necessary instructions to fast track the process of giving a facelift to its two existing dog pounds at Dhapa and Entally so that around 1,000 animals can be sterilised on a daily basis. He assured that there won’t be any constraint of funds and said the state government has already allocated Rs 3 crore for the same.