Kolkata: A businessman was shot dead at point-blank range in Uluberia on Sunday afternoon.Though the police are yet to ascertain the exact reason behind the murder, they suspect that monetary gain was the main motive behind the crime as the victim was returning home with a huge amount of money.Police said the victim, Subhojit Garai (38), was a distributor of different biscuit companies. He was a resident of Hanskhali in Uluberia itself.After the preliminary investigation, police have come to know that the victim used to go for cash collection on every Sunday from the shops where he used to supply biscuits. His family members told the police that he left home in the morning and the incident took place when he was returning home. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsHe was on his motorbike. Suddenly, three persons on another motorbike started following him. The miscreants had their faces covered and they forced the victim to stop his two-wheeler.He was pushed when he stopped the motorbike and eventually fell on the road. They were trying to take away his handbag containing a huge amount of money but the businessman was not ready to let go of the bag. The miscreants opened fire at the businessman, who received bullet injuries on his stomach. The miscreants took the bag containing the money while the victim was left writhing in pain. They fled the spot on the motorbike. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedLocals rushed to the spot after hearing the sound of firing and found the businessman lying in a pool of blood on Uluberia-Shyampukur Road. They immediately informed the police. Policemen from the local police station reached the spot and sent the body for an autopsy.According to police, the miscreants had been keeping a watch on the victim for the past few weeks and they were well aware of the route he used to take to reach home after collection on every Sunday.Police are yet to arrest anyone in this connection. The investigating officer spoke to some of the locals to find out someone who has witnessed the incident. They also spoke to the victim’s family members to know if he had received any threat call in the past few days or if anyone had threatened him with dire consequences. Police have also asked his family members if they suspect anyone who might be behind the crime.
Oscar-winning actor Jamie Foxx’s daughter Corinne is Miss Golden Globe 2016, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA) has announced.Miss or Mister Golden Globe is chosen to assist at the awards ceremony and is traditionally the son or daughter of an established Hollywood star. The 21-year-old USC senior and model follows in the footsteps of the likes of Greer Grammer, Kelsey Grammer’s daughter, Sosie Bacon, daughter of Kevin Bacon, and Rumer Willis, Bruce Willis’ daughter. Corrine considers the title an “honour”, said The Hollywood Reporter. Also Read – A fresh blend of fame“Throughout the years I’ve grown up watching my dad establish himself as a well-respected actor. I’m honoured that HFPA has given me the opportunity to now share the same stage where he’s been recognised for some of his greatest accomplishments,” she said. Lorenzo Soria, president of the HFPA, said, “Like her father, she leads a fine example of following her dreams and we can’t wait to see what she does next.” The 73rd annual Golden Globes will air on January 10 and will be hosted by Ricky Gervais.
Kolkata: The West Bengal circle of the Department of Posts is taking significant measures to tap the tourism potential of the General Post Office (GPO) that will be stepping into its 150th year on Tuesday.”The GPO is already very much in the tourist map and the postal museum attracts a good number of visitors daily. We will unveil a permanent exhibition hall inside the GPO building on Tuesday. Apart from philatelic exhibitions, we will also hold art or exhibitions of similar nature to attract more number of people here,” said Chief Post Master General (PMG), West Bengal Circle, Arundhaty Ghosh. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe GPO will arrange visits for school children at the premises of the GPO for witnessing such exhibitions and creating awareness that letter writing, which is on the wane in the days of WhatsApp and texting, is an art and needs revival.The sesquicentennial celebration for the GPO kicked off on Monday with the unveiling of a special cover and the extension of the postal museum was also thrown open for the public.According to a senior GPO official, personal letters now account for less than 20 percent of the postal items that are dispatched through the GPO daily while official mails are more than one lakh per day. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed”School children are not encouraged to write letters nowadays. When I visit schools for work related to the department and ask students why they have stopped writing letters they say they are not taught how to write one. They tell me if I teach them they will write letters. Letter writing is one of the best forms of expressing oneself and we hold letter writing competition once every year both at the state and national level to revive the art of letter writing,” Ghosh added. Speaking on the occasion, PMG (Kolkata) J Charukesi said people have an emotional connection with the GPO and go there with the hope that they will get the best of services.”The most important aspect of the GPO is the professional services we offer,” she added.The GPO is a heritage building and at the same time a working post office. “Our employees have tirelessly worked for conservation of this historic building whose conservation is a real challenge. Let us take pledge for its further conservation in the days to come,” Ghosh added.
If you find your teenage son indulging in alcohol or drugs, do not just blame his peers. A specific imbalance in the functioning of his brain may put him at risk-taking behaviour risk, a study has found.The study conducted on animals showed that the adolescent-specific behaviour may be driven by an imbalance in activity between the prefrontal cortex (PFC) – an area of the brain involved in cognitive control and inhibition – and the nucleus accumbens (NAC) which plays a central role in reward-seeking and addiction. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfResearchers from Dartmouth College in New Hampshire in the US said that the low activity in PFC with concurrent high activity in NAC – an imbalance which appears to exist only during adolescence – is essentially at odds with each other. This imbalance is behind the tendency that could lead to potentially dangerous behaviour, including drug use, harmful drinking, addiction, unsafe sex and risky driving, which may result in unintended injuries, violence and/or even premature death. “Understanding how specific changes in brain function during development relate to behaviour is critically important for determining why some individuals engage in excessive risk-taking behaviour during adolescence,” said David J Bucci, professor at Dartmouth College.“Our hope is that these findings will inform new means to minimise the potential for engaging in drug use and other harmful behaviours during this important period of development,” Bucci added in the paper published in the journal Current Biology.
It is the season to play with your hair and experiment with the haircuts like bobs, lob and blobs. Colour your tresses in hues of coffee, gold, and sun kissed highlights, suggest experts. Below mentioned are some of tips and trends:Spring is back and with the season we are keeping the style short and stylish with haircuts like bobs, lob and blobs which is a concoction of a bob and lob, styled with fringes and layers and more blunt cuts. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThis season it is all going to be about short bobs or mid-length bobs with waves and fringes giving an altogether new feel to the look. The mix of the 1990s with a modern appeal can create a statement itself. Not just the trends are repeating but it is repeated with a twist of changes in colours or the texture of the hair.Balayage in the front-facing section is another new trend of colouring this spring. Caramel highlights is another go to trend this spring and people wanting to experiment bold trends can opt for colours like nirvana blonde. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveColour with confidence, pick hues of coffee, gold, blonde, sun kissed highlights this season. It’s the perfect way to lighten up your locks and keep it cool. To combat the harsh impact of the rays of the sun, use hair care products and masks that will protect and nourish your mane. It is essential to get your hands-on products packed with UV protection especially coloured hair given that the sun can not only reduce moisture but cause hair colour to fade. Style your hair with products that will retain moisture in your hair, and not strip your hair of its natural oils. Make sure you use styling products that will make you shine right through the summer season.Wear your hair in careless random waves and curls, works very well in the scorching heat. Then you need not worry about straightened hair getting wavy due to the sweat and grime. You can have luscious locks all along the way.
Cravings of all kinds are a direct result of deficiencies in the body. It is when a certain nutrient supply is low, the demand for it results in craving. As our system is designed to work under conditions, when all the requirements are met – that results in the best possible function of all systems and organs.It is of utmost importance that we supply what is demanded by the body; in proportionate quantities.Tapasya Mundhra, who is a nutritionist, lists down some ways to control sugar intake: Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe first and foremost step to attain the control is to understand that the system of your body demands something. You can only have control over your body is when you can meet its needs.As, in the contemporary era, where getting all nutrients from food sources is a daunting task – it is essential to get a regular health check up dine for deficiencies. It is generally seen that our body lacks B12 or D3 and sometimes we get diagnosed with thyroid. These diagnoses also result in cravings. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveTo holistically, over time be able to meet these cravings, it is advised to eat a balanced diet in each meal. When you eat a balanced meal comprising of carbs, proteins, fats and fiber, the essential minerals and vitamins form the food provides appropriate nutrients as per the body requirement.It is important to live an active lifestyle – when you exercise and are active, you are releasing energy and improving your metabolic rate as well as digestion. A good digestive system directly results in the quench of craving. Try to Go cold turkey challenge – in this challenge, one has to completely cut down the sugar for 30days.Water therapy – If your body becomes dehydrated then it start craving for sugar. So makes sure your body is hydrated. Having ample water also adds to the benefit by flushing out toxins. It will help to purify your body and its functioning.To attain a healthy lifestyle, you should start snacking on fruits, jaggery, or dried berries as alternates for junk food.
Though initially doubtful about attending a literature festival in Dehradun, I was surprised by an unexpected number of literature enthusiasts crowding the event on its very first day. The second edition of ‘Valley of Words’ – a three-day extravaganza aiming to further the literary pursuit of Doon – got underway on November 23 and concluded on a Sunday afternoon at Hotel Madhuban, Dehradun.Amidst the scenic ambiance and hustle-bustle of the crowd, VoW was inaugurated by Governor of Uttrakhand Baby Rani Maurya, who also released the special first-day postal cover. Following the grand opening, Economist and Author Bibek Debroy gave a keynote on ‘Universal Learnings from Sanskrit Classics’. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe festival brought together best of writers, critics, painters, photographers, academicians, and other literarians to have compelling panel discussions across various fields. Among the 70 plus sessions, what caught my attention was the one on ‘India’s wars since Independence: (With a special tribute to Gen Zorawar Bakshi. Featuring notable names like Major General VK Singh, Major General Randhir Singh and Moderator Maj Gen Ian Cardozo, the session highlighted how Britishers identified the potential of Indian soldiers in fighting even the deadliest wars. But Indians in today’s time fail to acknowledge the contribution of their own soldiers. Cardozo concluded the session stating, “Events like Valley of Words give an opportunity to reminisce stories of the soldiers before and after Independence. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveAnother highlight of day 1 was a session on ‘Women Extraordinaire by Dr Suchita Malik: A saga of the lives of five women of indomitable spirit, who refuse to crumble under pressure or give up because of the cruel twists of fate.’ Juggling between different halls of the hotel which hosted varied panel discussions, exhibitions, and book launches, I managed to get the final glimpse of this session where Malik talked about her book being the solid supporter of marriage – a crumbling institution. “This is the era of divorces, separation, and fights. Tolerance level has reduced to zero and we are not ready to rectify the problems, talk of compromises or adjustments in marriages. But I believe that marriage is an institution which gives us the anchor to society. You just need to give space to your partner and learn the art of tolerance. And as a writer, I believe that I have the creative freedom of highlighting different aspects of a situation/concept,” she stated. When asked about beautifully intertwining partition in the backdrop of the story, Malik drew parallel as to how Kaushalya’s story (lead protagonist) and India’s story (transformative stage of partition – pre-partition, partition and post-partition are synonymous with each other. “They grow up together, evolve together, face life together, struggle together and build up a new life,” she said. From theatre, journalism, music to politics and history – all of which influence literature directly or indirectly, gripping discussions around every possible field occupied other slots of the day. The evening got even more interesting when students from Graphic Era Hill University presented a Nukkad Natak that brought forth the pitiable condition of women in today’s society. First up for day 2 was a Hindi debate on ‘Bollywood ne Hindi ko Aabad/barbaad Kiya hai’, featuring Leela Dhar Jaagudi, Budhinath Mishra, Sangeet Gupta, and Kumudini Nautiyal. Rather than sticking to my chair, I decided to explore the exhibitions and craft expo presented by maestros as well as budding talent. ‘Gossamer Dreams’ by a 4 year old Ayan Gogoi Gohain, ‘A bird came down the walk: An ode to the birds in Mussoorie’, ‘Philately: Icy Continent and Indian Expedition’, ‘Images and Words: From a village in the valley’ and many more art shows were truly a feast for eyes. What stood out from the rest was ‘Glimpses of Last Shangri-La – The spirit of celebration’, an exhibition highlighting the aspects of the celebration of Indo-Tibetian Buddhism prevalent in the north-eastern Himalayan belt of India. The spiritual attainment in this ‘Land of the Lamas’ is evident through the use of enigmatic chantings, cosmic sounds of their traditional cymbals, wind instruments and drums. There is also a bountiful use of vibrant colours in their traditional attires which are used in their religious dance forms. The artist has attempted to represent these aspects in his artwork. Heading back, I took a seat to hear another panel discussion on Jairam Ramesh’s ‘Intertwined Lives’ which threw light on the life of PN Haksar. Jairam, who was in conversation with eminent journalist and author Sir Mark Tully, and Sekhar Raha elaborately talked on the relationship that Haksar shared with Indira Gandi. During the discussion, Jairam evidently mentioned Haksar’s voluntary exit from the sanctum sanctorum after he realised how things changed because of Sanjay Gandhi. Manish Tiwari in conversation with Manoj Jha, DP Tripathi, and Tarun Vijay were part of this edition’s Vox populi: ‘The best debate occurs outside the parliament’. Manoj Jha spoke of how people are unaware of the essence of ‘Debate’. “Debate is more about listening to other person’s point of view and countering it with a witty remark. The very essence of debate is wit, humour, addressing the point that your opponent makes and the ability to turn even the most intense conversation into an engaging dialogue.” Other sessions of the day including ‘Raga Bollywood by K L Pandey (where he introduced audience to the patterns of notes in a song), ‘Murder in Mahim’ (Author Jerry Pinto discussed his latest novel with RVS Kapur) were equally appreciated by the audience. Up next, on the stage was Vidya Sagar Group from Srinagar, singing folk songs of the valley to an enthusiastic audience. People couldn’t control but dance to their tunes until they ran out of breath. Soon after, ‘Cash and Russel show’ proved another treat for the music lovers who were enthralled by the duo’s (Vicky Cash and Sharon Russel) guitar showmanship. Organised in collaboration with REC (Rural Electrification Corporation) and Shivalik Hills Foundation, Valley of Words also offered a platform to young authors and poets to showcase their work. The third and final day had some of the best sessions of the festival but unfortunately wasn’t attended by many people. Speaking about ‘Literature in School’, the discussion among Syeda Imam, Matthew Raggett and Bijoya Swain was punctuated with interesting insights as they shared their views on ‘why today’s students lack interest in literature’. One of the panelists said, “This is the age of loneliness. Each member of the family is living in his own universe, unaware of the other person. But if we come out of our shell and start sharing our stories with others, we can in a way instill the love for literature within us as well as children. Because literature to me is ‘a sense of sharing’. We need to look beyond the books and experience life.” The next session titled ‘Yes Chief Minister’ was perhaps the most interesting of all. Prem Shankar Jha was in conversation with three biographers Dola Mitra, Khushwant Singh, and Shantanu Gupta, who have written about Mamta Banerjee, Amarinder Singh, and Yogi Adityanath respectively. The session started on a lighter note where the three of them talked about what struck them to write books on their respective subjects. But the panelist got into a heated argument after Jha questioned Shantanu Gupta about not maintaining neutrality in his book. The festival closed with acceptance speeches and valedictory address by Tarun Vijay.
Darjeeling: The Gorkha Janmukti Yuva Morcha will be taking up political programmes from June 10 to pressurise BJP to work towards the creation of Gorkhaland. It is on this poll plank that BJP and Hill allies had secured public mandate for both the Lok Sabha and Assembly bypolls in Darjeeling, stated the GJYM.”After June 10 we will launch a series of political programmes in the GTA area, Terai and the Dooars in the plains. We will start with postering. It will, however, not be like the violent agitations in the past. We will maintain cordial relations with the state government,” stated Amrit Yonzon, president, GJYM. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataThe agitation is also aimed at the parliamentary session that will commence from June 17. “Raju Bishta won the elections on the Gorkhaland poll plank. The allies and the BJP clearly stated in the Hills that people should vote for him, keeping ‘Jati and Mato’ (community and land) in mind. He got an overwhelming mandate so its time he and BJP live up to the commitment,” added Arun Chettri, general secretary. He further stated that during the 2017 agitation that had culminated in the 105-day-long bandh, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee had clearly stated that it was their democratic right to launch an agitation as long as it was non-violent and peaceful. “However, only when the agitation turned violent did the state begin the crackdown. The 105-day-long bandh was not fruitful at all as it did not yield any result,” stated Chettri. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateHe stated that during the poll campaign in Darjeeling, Banerjee had publicly declared that she will work towards resolving the identity issue of the Gorkhas, along with political security. “The BJP has talked about a permanent political solution to the Gorkha impasse. They should spell out what it is,” Chettri added. When questioned on what their stand is regarding GNLF’s demand of 6th Schedule status to the Darjeeling Hills, spokesperson Anit Khati said: “6th Schedule has been rejected by the GJM led by Bimal Gurung in 2007, along with the entire Hills. Gurung had used the rejection of 6th Schedule issue to drive Subash Ghising and the GNLF from the Hills. They even had dubbed it as expired medicine. Now how can the same 6th Schedule be reintroduced? It is redundant. Nothing short of Gorkhaland will be accepted as a full and final political solution.”
So, with Kevin Garnett’s retirement seemingly inevitable. Let’s not remember Grandpa from the State Farm commercials. Let’s recall the young upstart who flipped the NBA on its head, and was one of the game’s most dominant players.Check out 18 year old KG at Farragut Academy in Chicago destroying everything in his path in 1995. Long live The Kid. Advertisement The saddest thing about watching a superstar fade away, is that images of their greatness are replaced with images of them barely hanging on. Kevin Garnett hasn’t averaged double figures since 2012. Last season, he returned to Minnesota to mostly mentor a roster full of potential superstars, but did little of note on the court.Yesterday, it was announced that Garnett was in the process of negotiating a contract buyout with the team. Most expect KG’s next move will be to announce his retirement.The irony of Garnett is that his perception among a younger generation of fans, furthered by State Farm commercials, is of a gruff old man. An elder statesman. It’s a disservice of perception, but all they know.To fans in their 30’s he will always be the pioneer of the NBA youth movement. The first modern player to go straight from high school to the NBA. A First Team All-NBA fixture for nearly a decade. A sure-fire first ballot Hall of Famer. “The Kid”.
South African Footballer Mohammed Anas was named Man of the Match for scoring two goals in a recent match. His postgame interview performance wan’t nearly as clutch.During the interview, Anas screwed the pooch by thanking both his wife AND his girlfriend. Ouch. He scrambles to cover his tracks, but you can’t put that toothpaste back in the tube.It remains to be seen if sleeping on the couch will affect his play in the next match. VIDEO: Mohammed Anas just gave the greatest MoTM speech of all time, thanking both wife and girlfriend. (Via @clydegoal) pic.twitter.com/gXJ4ZwOtdg— Gary Al-Smith (@garyalsmith) March 17, 2017