Particle decay may point to New Physics

first_imgThis “penguin diagram” shows the top quark inside the loop (forming the belly of the penguin, or the “quantum effect”). The New Physics being probed would be the presence and participation of other, new particles in this loop. Image credit: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Image:Pinguindiagramm.jpg) Scientists Rahul Sinha, Basudha Misra and Wei-Shu Hou have tried to explain the discrepency, and have shown that it is not possible to reconcile the deviation between the measurements, revealing a possible glitch in the stubbornly persistent SM.”At present, it is not possible to specify the kind of NP [New Physics] that might be implied,” Sinha told PhysOrg.com. “We not only need larger data sample of B meson decays, but also more theoretical studies. It could be supersymmetry, or something else.” The two classes of B meson decay modes that Sinha and his colleagues analyzed involved decays resulting in a strange quark, along with two other particles (either a charm and anti-charm quark, or a “q” and anti-“q” quark, where q could be either an up, down or strange quark). The neutral B meson has a very special property: it can mix with its anti-particle, the anti-B meson, which results in a phase called the “B-meson mixing phase.” According to the SM, B mesons decay via weak interactions, and decays that result in strange quarks receive two contributions with different weak phases. Scientists expect some deviation to exist when measuring the mixing phase of the B meson decay from different decay modes. However, the SM predicts a deviation of only a few degrees, while the measured deviation is significantly larger–about 13 degrees. Moreover, it is in the opposite direction.To confront the discrepancy between the SM and the observed decays, which was first observed at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center and the High Energy Accelerator Research Organization in Japan, and was reported by Hazumi with further evidence at a conference this summer in Moscow, Sinha and his group investigated the possibilities that might explain the results within the SM. Using a model-independent approach, they showed both numerically and geometrically that the deviation of the B mixing phase must always be less than the weak phase of one of the contributions. The only alternative SM-compliant explanation they could find was that large destructive interference resulting from fine-tuned cancellations between two large contributions–contributions that are even larger than the decay rates themselves–might cause the observed deviation. However, the scientists say that this option is “rather unlikely, given the relative successful understanding of B decays.” Citation: Particle decay may point to New Physics (2006, October 11) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2006-10-particle-physics.html “Without making any hadronic assumptions, we have shown that it is impossible to explain within SM the observed discrepancy in [the B meson] mixing phase measured using the [two] modes,” Sinha et al. wrote in their study. To confirm that the large deviation is indeed NP, Sinha said that more observations are needed.”We need to collect larger data sets of B mesons at the B factories at SLAC and KEK, and also seriously consider the future upgrades to firm up the statistical significance of the deviation,” he said. “The small phase (referred to as ‘beta_s’ in the paper) might be measured directly in the future.”If the SM cannot explain this observation, scientists may get a lead toward NP–physics beyond the SM. Although the SM has assisted physicists since its development in the 1970s, with its elegant explanations and predictions for several previously unknown particles, the model has arguably reached its limits. It can’t explain many areas (e.g. dark matter, gravity and particle masses), and therefore doesn’t offer much help in further discoveries. Even a small inaccuracy such as this wrongly predicted B mixing phase may yield greater understanding of the particles and forces that compose the universe. As Sinha mentions, of course, there are also several other potential candidates for NP:”Although supersymmetry is the most popular scenario for possible NP, it has not yet been seen,” he mused. “Neutrino mass has been established, but accommodating neutrino mass with SM requires only a trivial extension beyond SM. It provides no clear evidence of the dynamics beyond SM. There has been a hint of NP seen in the muon magnetic moment measurements where there is a slight discrepancy between theory and experiment. However, due to hadronic uncertainty or strong interaction effects (akin to nuclear binding), we are unable to say with any certainty that the discrepancy is a signal of NP. “In our approach, which works very well to study weak decays of mesons, there is no hadronic uncertainty,” Sinha continued. “The only reason that this discrepancy might not be NP would be that, as more data is collected, the discrepancy might disappear. The experimentalists talk in terms of statistical significance of the data. They quote a significance of 2.6 sigma for this discrepancy (in other words, it means less than one percent chance that this discrepancy is a statistical fluctuation). Without being biased, since there is no hadronic uncertainty in our approach, I feel that this discrepancy is the strongest evidence for NP. There are some other hints of NP also being seen in B meson decays, but none are as compelling and, unlike this discrepancy, we are not sure that they are not due to hadronic contributions. These are all topics of vigorous research by several physicists.”Citation: Sinha, Rahul, Misra, Basudha and Hou, Wei-Shu. “Has New Physics Already Been Seen in Bd Meson Decays?” Physical Review Letters. 97, 131802 (2006).By Lisa Zyga, Copyright 2006 PhysOrg.comcenter_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. A tiny flaw has caught the attention of physicists: the Standard Model (SM) predicts that the B meson mixing phase should be measured at nearly the same result using two different classes of decay modes. However, observations of the two different decay modes recently gave very different values, resulting in an unexpectedly large discrepancy in the B mixing phase.last_img read more

A better electrocatalyst for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel

first_imgBall-and-stick model of carbon dioxide. Credit: Wikipedia Citation: A better electrocatalyst for converting carbon dioxide into liquid fuel (2016, January 7) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2016-01-electrocatalyst-carbon-dioxide-liquid-fuel.html More information: Partially oxidized atomic cobalt layers for carbon dioxide electroreduction to liquid fuel, Nature 529, 68–71 (07 January 2016) DOI: 10.1038/nature16455Electroreduction of CO2 into useful fuels, especially if driven by renewable energy, represents a potentially ‘clean’ strategy for replacing fossil feedstocks and dealing with increasing CO2 emissions and their adverse effects on climate. The critical bottleneck lies in activating CO2 into the CO2− radical anion or other intermediates that can be converted further, as the activation usually requires impractically high overpotentials. Recently, electrocatalysts based on oxide-derived metal nanostructures have been shown to enable CO2 reduction at low overpotentials. However, it remains unclear how the electrocatalytic activity of these metals is influenced by their native oxides, mainly because microstructural features such as interfaces and defects influence CO2 reduction activity yet are difficult to control. To evaluate the role of the two different catalytic sites, here we fabricate two kinds of four-atom-thick layers: pure cobalt metal, and co-existing domains of cobalt metal and cobalt oxide. Cobalt mainly produces formate (HCOO−) during CO2 electroreduction; we find that surface cobalt atoms of the atomically thin layers have higher intrinsic activity and selectivity towards formate production, at lower overpotentials, than do surface cobalt atoms on bulk samples. Partial oxidation of the atomic layers further increases their intrinsic activity, allowing us to realize stable current densities of about 10 milliamperes per square centimetre over 40 hours, with approximately 90 per cent formate selectivity at an overpotential of only 0.24 volts, which outperforms previously reported metal or metal oxide electrodes evaluated under comparable conditions. The correct morphology and oxidation state can thus transform a material from one considered nearly non-catalytic for the CO2 electroreduction reaction into an active catalyst. These findings point to new opportunities for manipulating and improving the CO2 electroreduction properties of metal systems, especially once the influence of both the atomic-scale structure and the presence of oxide are mechanistically better understood. Researchers propose new kind of MOF to clean coal burned in power plants 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 furthercenter_img (Phys.org)—A team of researchers working at the University of Science and Technology of China has developed a new and potentially better electrocatalyst for use in converting carbon dioxide into methanoic acid, which could be used as a liquid fuel. In their paper published in the journal Nature, the team describes their new process and suggests that it may provide a path to reducing carbon dioxide emissions and thus help to slow global warming. Journal information: Nature © 2016 Phys.org As the planet continues to warm due in large part to carbon dioxide emissions from coal fired power plants, researchers around the world are working furiously to find a way to pull out the carbon dioxide from emissions before they are allowed to pass into the atmosphere, and to use them in some other way—one that is economically feasible. Many would like to see the carbon dioxide converted to something useful, such as a type of fuel that could be burned and used as a clean power source—that would make the process far more financially palatable. But thus far, such efforts and have not panned out, due to the huge costs involved.To convert carbon dioxide to something potentially useful currently requires subjecting it to electricity and a catalyst, a process known as electroreduction, but finding the right catalyst has been problematic, though progress has recently been made by using oxide derived nanostructures. In this new effort, the researchers tried a new approach, a four-atom thick layer of either mixed or pure cobalt and cobalt oxide. They found that the cobalt, which is not normally catalytically active for carbon dioxide, became active when arranged in a certain oxidized state.In testing their catalyst, the team found it able convert carbon dioxide to methanoic acid and that it provided better catalytic activity than other known metal or metal oxides. They are not suggesting, however, that their technique could be used in power plants right now, more that they believe they have opened the door to the idea of using metal based carbon dioxide electroreduction catalysts as a possibility for doing so. If their expectations pan out, it could mean coal fired powers plants could finally be on the path towards less harmful emissions.last_img read more

Another bee in the beehive—Astronomers discover binary star in the NGC 2632

first_img © 2017 Phys.org Image of the Beehive Cluster. Credit: Sven Kohle and Till Credner 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 (Phys.org)—Astronomers have detected a new low-mass eclipsing binary star in an open cluster named NGC 2632, better known as the Beehive Cluster (or Praesepe). The newly identified binary, designated PTFEB132.707+19.810, contains two late-type stars much smaller and less massive than the sun. The new findings were detailed June 28 in a paper published on arXiv.org. Citation: Another bee in the beehive—Astronomers discover binary star in the NGC 2632 cluster (2017, July 10) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-07-bee-beehive-astronomers-binary-star.html More information: The Factory and the Beehive III: PTFEB132.707+19.810, a Low-Mass Eclipsing Binary in Praesepe Observed by PTF and K2, arXiv:1706.09390 [astro-ph.SR] arxiv.org/abs/1706.09390AbstractTheoretical models of stars constitute a fundamental bedrock upon which much of astrophysics is built, but large swaths of model parameter space remain uncalibrated by observations. The best calibrators are eclipsing binaries in clusters, allowing measurement of masses, radii, luminosities, and temperatures, for stars of known metallicity and age. We present the discovery and detailed characterization of PTFEB132.707+19.810, a P=6.0 day eclipsing binary in the Praesepe cluster (τ~600—800 Myr; [Fe/H]=0.14±0.04). The system contains two late-type stars (SpTP=M3.5±0.2; SpTS=M4.3±0.7) with precise masses (Mp=0.3953±0.0020~M⊙; Ms=0.2098±0.0014~M⊙) and radii (Rp=0.363±0.008~R⊙; Rs=0.272±0.012~R⊙). Neither star meets the predictions of stellar evolutionary models. The primary has the expected radius, but is cooler and less luminous, while the secondary has the expected luminosity, but is cooler and substantially larger (by 20%). The system is not tidally locked or circularized. Exploiting a fortuitous 4:5 commensurability between Porb and Prot,prim, we demonstrate that fitting errors from the unknown spot configuration only change the inferred radii by <1—2%. We also analyze subsets of data to test the robustness of radius measurements; the radius sum is more robust to systematic errors and preferable for model comparisons. We also test plausible changes in limb darkening, and find corresponding uncertainties of ~1%. Finally, we validate our pipeline using extant data for GU Boo, finding that our independent results match previous radii to within the mutual uncertainties (2—3%). We therefore suggest that the substantial discrepancies are astrophysical; since they are larger than for old field stars, they may be tied to the intermediate age of PTFEB132.707+19.810. NGC 2632 is an open star cluster that looks like a hive of bees in the constellation Cancer. Located some 577 light years away, it is one of the nearest open clusters to the solar system. Due to its proximity, this cluster is the target of numerous observations conducted by astronomers searching for new objects, including eclipsing binaries. Such binaries could be very helpful in improving our known theoretical stellar evolution models.Recently, a team of astronomers led by Adam Kraus of the University of Texas at Austin, has detected a new eclipsing binary in the Beehive Cluster. Although PTFEB132.707+19.810 was identified in 2002, its true nature remained unclear until the research conducted by Kraus' team. The new study confirms that this star is a low-mass eclipsing binary."We have discovered and characterized PTFEB132.707+19.810, a Porb = 6.0 day eclipsing binary system in the Praesepe open cluster," the researchers write in the paper.As noted in the paper, PTFEB132.707+19.810 has an orbital period of six days and comprises two late-type M stars. According to the study, the primary star has a radius of about 0.36 solar radii and a mass of nearly 0.4 solar masses. The secondary star is much smaller, as its radius equals approximately 0.27 solar radii. It is also much less massive—with a mass of 0.21 solar masses. These parameters indicate that PTFEB132.707+19.810 is one of the few low-mass eclipsing binaries to be found in an open cluster.The authors of the paper pointed out that given the masses of the components of PTFEB132.707+19.810, neither star of the system meets the predictions of stellar evolutionary models."The primary star has the expected radius, but it is cooler and less luminous than models would predict, while the secondary star has the expected luminosity, but it is cooler and substantially larger (by 20 percent) than models would predict," the paper reads.Moreover, the scientists found that at least the primary star is not tidally locked to the orbital period.To obtain the parameters of the system, the researchers analyzed the light curve provided by Samuel Oschin telescope at the Palomar Observatory in California as part of the Palomar Transient Factory (PTF) survey. They have also analyzed follow-up spectroscopic data obtained by the High Resolution Echelle Spectrometer (HIRES) at the Keck Observatory, located near the summit of Mauna Kea, Hawaii, as well as the newly released light curve of PTFEB132.707+19.810 by NASA's prolonged Kepler mission known as K2. New insights on the nature of the star V501 Aurigae revealedlast_img read more

South asian prize longlist out

The longlist for DSC Prize for South Asian Literature 2013 was announced on Tuesday. This includes four debut novels and two works of translation from Hindi. The criteria for selection, as K Satchidanandan from the jury panel put it, was: ‘Novelty of theme, the contribution the work makes to the genre of novels and its educative and aesthetic experience.’ The selected works are Alice Albinia’s Leela’s Book, The Good Muslim by Tahmima Anam, Rahul Bhattacharya’s The Sly Company of People Who Care, Roopa Farooki’s The Flying Man, Musharraf Ali Farooqi’s Between Clay and Dust, Amitav Ghosh’s River of Smoke, Our Lady of Alice Bhatti by Mohammed Hanif, Jerry Pinto’s Em and the Big Hoom, Uday Prakash’s The Walls of Delhi, The Song Seekers by Saswati Sengupta and Jeet Thayil’s Narcopolis among others. read more

DU students play it up for social causes

first_imgA country’s future lies in its youth. Taking the same ideology forward, Delhi University students took a small step towards social awakening.Ahead of Republic Day, students of various colleges of Delhi participated in a street play organised by a south Delhi mall. The play focused on social causes which are relevant in the India of today. The street play competition focused on multiple social subjects like child trafficking, animal cruelty, concerns in the Indian medical field, rising level of intolerance, population control and the like. The competition was held in the light of the recent happenings in the city.The participating colleges were Jesus and Mary College, Miranda House, Khalsa College, Gargi, Bhagat Singh, Moti Lal Nehru and Maharaja Agrasen. Miranda House college emerged as the winner in the competition whereas Maharaja Agrasen college and Gargi College were the first and second runners up, respectively.last_img read more

Try to reboot your marriage sex is vital to keep the love

first_imgI can’t handle office politics. I feel disgusted to go to my workplace every day. Please help!Sheetal, NoidaYou have two options – Change the job or change the way you see, feel and react. Office politics and problems are a global issue and the solution lies with you. Handle it intelligently. Don’t rub people the wrong way. Try your best to make it work or else look for a solution elsewhere.We are working parents. Our 6-year-old son spends his day with his grandparents. He has developed an ugly habit of watching TV serials. I’m worried that this is going to affect him. What can I do? Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Rita, KanpurWell, this surely will have its affect, bad or good. If you are uncomfortable, maybe you should try to seek a domestic help or choose a suitable day care for kids. It would be practical to handle it politely and don’t highlight your son’s TV watching concern’ to your in-laws. At their age, don’t make them change their choice of entertainment.How important is sex after a decade of marriage? My wife is too preoccupied in raising our kids and has lost interest in sex. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixVikram, New DelhiSex or physical closeness leading to making love should ideally exist between couples. Unfortunately, as we change roles in life our priorities change and that affects a lot within us. You should try to reboot your marriage and start with a holiday. Doesn’t matter where you both go, but travel as a couple and not as parents. Start with small sexy touches and just spend a few days discovering each other. Unlearn and learn the art of love and sex. My ex-husband has got remarried recently. I’m single now. Time and again I miss him and I know he still loves me. I’m very disturbed and depressed. What can I do?Name unknownJust try your best to move on. He’s a married man now. And he’s NOT your man anymore! Meet new people, make new friends and just walk ahead. Life and time are always meant to move forward. Good Luck!I’m 36. Divorced. I’m in a relationship with a guy who’s five years younger. I want to marry him but whenever the topic arises, he avoids it. How do I convince him?Miss P, New DelhiIf he’s willing to settle down, he shouldn’t avoid the discussion. He needs to understand your seriousness towards your own life. Love is a great feeling but sometimes love without assurance of togetherness can be a painful journey. Don’t hurt yourself again.Have a love or life query you cannot find an answer to? Send your questions to – roopshashotm@gmail.comlast_img read more

In the quest of perfection

first_imgThe exhibition titled A tryst with Divinity that is on in the Capital is a photographic tribute to India’s magnificent landscapes by Sharat Sharma. Sharma is the Director Operations of Delhi Metro.The artiste believes that only two things matter …one is your positivity, when you have nothing and the second one is your humility, when you have everything!An engineer by profession, photography for Sharma began as a hobby and gradually grew into a passion, as he deployed his analytical skills to capture and reproduce the magic of nature’s sublime beauty, in all its unpredictable forms. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’He discovers inner peace and tranquillity in the solitude and pristine beauty of the rugged mountains, the plains, the rivers and the forests. The thunderstorms, torrential rains and cloudy skies taught him patience and inspired him to excel in his quest for perfection.The urge to explore the lesser travelled paths have led him to remote areas in India and abroad. He says, ‘I believe that India is truly blessed and our landscapes are at par with the best in the world. Someday it would be easier for the common man to travel to these divine locations, to experience the true beauty of India’. Where: The Open Palm Court, India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road When:On till 31 October (11 am – 7 pm)last_img read more

State to restore jhoras to check drinking water scarcity in Hills

first_imgKolkata: The state Panchayat and Rural Development department has chalked out an elaborate plan to restore the springs known as Jhoras in common parlance to resolve the drinking water issue.This is for the first time when schemes have been taken to bring the springs back to life in order to address the scarcity of drinking water in the hills.The spring shed development project known as Jharna Dhara will help in bringing the Jhoras back to life. Supervisors known as ‘Dhara Sevak’ have been trained for proper implementation of the scheme. Gorkhaland Territorial Administration ( GTA) is assisting the project.It may be mentioned that Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has taken the initiative to carry out all-round development in the hills. She also held a two-day business summit to plan economic regeneration of the hills. She has visited the hills over and again to gain confidence of the locals. The Panchayat and Rural Development department has identified 600 jhoras that will be regenerated. These Jhoras are situated in Darjeeling, Kurseong and Kalimpong. The Jhoras are the prime source of rinking water in the hills. There are four main reasons for the crisis of drinking water in Darjeeling and its neighbourhood. They are uneven rainfall, deforestation, unplanned urbanization and drying up of the Jhoras.The Dhara Sevaks are identifying the Jhoras along with the discharge points and recharge points. Four NGOs, Acquadam, Aghryan, Prasari and Bharat Rural Livelihood Foundation have joined hands with the Panchayat and Rural Development department for successful implementation of the scheme. Work is on to restore 36 springs and plans have been taken to restore 300 more. To restore the Jhoras, their origination points have been cleaned and plantation has been done in some areas. For protection of the Jhoras, walls made of concrete have been constructed. The Dhara Sevaks have been given Eco projectors and they are going to the villages to create awareness among the locals. There is an overwhelming response from the villagers who are suffering from drinking water crisis for many years. Now, the villagers have come forward to help in the restoration of the Jhoras. The Dhara Sevaks are watching the discharge rate of water from the Jhoras and are keeping the statistics.Senior officials of the Panchayat and Rural Development department held meetings with the managers of the tea gardens in Kolkata and Siliguri for restoration of the Jhoras that are situated inside the tea gardens. The tea garden managers have also assured to support the scheme as it will minimise the drinking water crisis in the tea gardens.last_img read more

Of tall buildings and swanky malls

first_imgHome is where the heart is, seems to be the new mantra for real estate owners in Indian investment – even when these homes are in distant foreign lands like Dubai and other Middle East countries – where real estate players are bullish about rising Indian investment. This was evident at the Dubai Property Show held recently in Mumbai, where numerous developers, builders and real estate giants from the Emirate of Dubai – also famously called the “City of Gold” –  came in their numbers to woo Indian real estate buyers.  Also Read – Revolutionising Indian agricultureBollywood’s celebrity and style icon Malaika Arora Khan kicked off the three-day property extravaganza that showcased the best of the Emirate’s latest real estate offerings in luxury apartments from Rs 65 lakhs to villas around Rs 2.5 crores, besides beach properties and commercial properties galore. The event, which was organised by the Dubai Land Department and Sumansa Exhibitions, witnessed participation of 35 reputed property developers from Dubai including; Falconcity of Wonders, Emaar Properties, Al Hamra Real Estate Development, Jumeirah Golf Estates, Tebyan, Select Group, Nakheel, Dubai Properties, Deyaar Development, Meydan Sobha, Damac Properties, Dubai Sports City, Kleindienst Group, among others, besides also seminars, promotional offers and financing facilities. Also Read – BLACK FIBRESultan Butti bin Mejren, Director General of the Dubai Land Department, said Dubai properties would be particularly attractive to the middle-income group, which no longer have to choose between affordability and luxury. “Indians have long understood the value of Dubai real-estate – as evident by their growing investment in the emirate – and they realise the long-and-short-term financial dividends that they can attain. This is why Indian nationals continue to rule the foreign real-estate investment chart. In the first half of 2015 alone, they sliced a significant 15 per cent share – the highest in Dubai’s real-estate market by a foreign nationality,” he said.  Alharith Almoosa, Vice Chairman and Deputy General Manager, Falconcity of Wonders LLC, noted that while Dubai’s real-estate sector provided value for money, more significantly – the emirate offered political stability and an easy access to global and regional markets, besides boasting one of the lowest crime rates in the world. Sunil Jaiswal, President, Sumansa Exhibitions, said Dubai real-estate became a sound investment because economic activity in Dubai witnessed healthy figures due to its diversification across various sectors including finance, logistics, tourism and retail, besides also Expo 2020 round the corner to improve the economy further.  “Indians are continuing to be the most prolific foreign investors in the property sector in coming months too, as they have adopted Dubai as their second home and expect high return on their investments,” Kalpesh Sampat, Director of SPF Realty – a leading real estate broker in the freehold property sector of Dubai and Middle East – told Millennium Post on the sidelines of the Show, while highlighting the USP and hassle-free purchase procedures offered by the Dubai realty market. “The key advantages Dubai property markets offer – vis-à-vis investment in Indian properties – is that one does not have to deal with complicated sections and provisions related to Income Tax as there are no personal and income taxes in Dubai. Quick transaction procedures ensure that Indian investors get their money as a seller in 10 days (cash) or 45 days in case of a mortgage.”  “Dubai’s other top draw reasons include: Relatively affordable living for middle and upper class compared to Delhi and Mumbai; Easy assimilation due to prevailing Indian culture; Monetary gains due to fastest-growing economies and rising demand for property; Lucrative yields with world’s highest returns; Close proximity to India; Expo 2020 (to attract estimated 30 million visitors and multiple business opportunities; Strong tourism sector (millions global tourists monthly),” Sampat said.Official statistics show Indians as the top foreign property investors in Dubai with investments of over Rs 30,000 crore in 2014 alone, which is more than a quarter of around Rs 1 lakh crore of Non-Arab property investments recorded that year, according to the Dubai Land Department. Real estate investors from India have shown a marked preference for properties in Dubai owing to the close proximity of the UAE to India. Indians were the most prolific overseas investors in Dubai’s realty market in H1, 2015, clocking 3,017 transactions valued at more than $2 billion.“Dubai is poised on the brink of becoming one of the world’s leading investment hubs, and SPF Realty is an extended selling arm of several premium real estate developers in the UAE. Our Dubai USP is simple: 1) price per square feet is compelling, from investors perspective. Payment plan is 65 per cent post-handover over three more years. So, besides Indians, about 50 per cent buyers are from UAE itself and GCC countries itself who realise the importance including Meydan and “Mohammed Bin Rashid” (MBR) City having an “Etihad Rail Link” with other cities and countries in the GCC region in barely two to three years time, besides a bicycle track of a massive 50 kms length that sees even leaders and VVIPs doing their exercising bit. In fact, SPF’s sales turnover rose from $545 million (2007) to $2 billion in (2014), even as our (G&Co) “Viridian” Millennium Estates will be witnessing handing over of 198 villas by January 2016,” Sampat added.Elucidating on the emergence of Dubai as a prime investment destination for Indian investors, Ranjeet Chavan, Director of SPF Realty which is representing the regions premium property developer G&Co at the Dubai Property Show, reiterated, “Indians accord a second-home status to Dubai – by coming in massive numbers to live, work and invest with a long-term perspective. Lower interest rates, lucrative yearly rental yield in the range of 4-7 per cent, security, tax-free returns on investments or around 20 per cent, a regulated market structure and attractive payment options are additional triggers for driving Indian investments in huge numbers in the Indian market.”Meanwhile, nearer home in India , some developers believe the sky’s the limit and are therefore reaching for the sky. Oberoi Realty launched its “Sky City” at Borivali, Mumbai across 25 acres and featuring multiple towers of 60 storeys each, besides offering connectivity to business districts and leisure options like malls, hotels, theatres and parks alongside multi-terraced gardens, recreational area and lush green landscapes. Describing “home” as the best real estate asset people can experience with value creation, Vikas Oberoi, CMD, Oberoi Realty, said the apartments in Sky City would comprise expansive three-bedrooms, while the City itself would be an aesthetic experience at all levels including swimming pools, aqua gm, courts for tennis, badminton and squash, rock climbing, jogging track, skating rink and kids play areas.Union Finance Minister Arun Jaitley had recently noted that the real estate sector has huge potential for growth, and expressed the hope that the period of slow down would end soon. Delivering the key-note address at the CREDAI-BANKCON  2015 on Role of Banking and Finance in Real Estate Development in Mumbai,  Jaitley had described the real estate sector as being the next big mover as far as the Indian economy is concerned, but added that the industry must survive on market economy and subsidies should not be the essence of survival.The Finance Minister said the government was committed to housing for all – a dream project of Prime Minister Narendra Modi — and would adopt a positive approach, though easier availability of land was crucial to realising the dream of affordable housing. “It is not cheaper availability of land, but rather easier availability. If we complicate procedures too much, then we will be preventing people from acquiring affordable homes” he said, while emphasizing on the need of more townships, suburban townships and smart cities to lead the economic development of India.About the taxation proposals made by CREDAI, the Finance Minister suggested the Real Estate body to make a presentation before the newly-appointed committee reviewing the Income Tax Act. With inflation being brought under control and the Reserve Bank also reducing interest rates four times this year, these measures would impact the real estate sector positively, Jaitley said, adding that recapitalization of public sector banks would give more strength and muscle for banking sector’s lending.Focusing on macro-economic issues, the Minister said, “India as a country has become more aspirational and the constituency which supports growth has become bigger”.last_img read more

On 10th Convocation Makaut gives certificates to 150 best students

first_imgKOLKATA: Maulana Abul Kalam Azad University of Technology (Makaut) hosted its 10th Convocation on Friday at Eastern Zonal Cultural Centre in Salt Lake where certificates and medals were handed over to around 150 best performers.Every year, Makaut churns out around 35,000 graduates from its 90 engineering colleges and 110 professional colleges affiliated to it across the state and has been no exception this year. The university handed over DSc to Dr. Purnendu Chatterjee, founder and chairman of Chatterjee Group at the programme. Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi, Chancellor of the varsity, graced the Convocation and awarded DSc to Chatterjee. Anupam Basu, director of NIT Durgapur, was the chief guest. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”Around 30,000 to 40,000 thousands are graduating every year from Makaut and we are taking all possible measures to make our students employable. Steps are being taken to ensure that research works become business-oriented and not limited to patents only,” Vice-Chancellor of Makaut, Saikat Maitra said on the sidelines of the Convocation ceremony. Elaborating on the steps taken by Makaut in this regard, Maitra said they have come up with a digital studio on its Salt Lake campus for creating an online platform that also involves online inspection of the courses and other academic activities taught in its affiliated colleges. Makaut has come up with 6 nodal centres — five in the state and one in Delhi for holding awareness camps and providing placement assistance to students. Makaut declared its first chair for School of Engineering Science in the name of Sardar Jodh Singh. A cheque amount of rupees one lakh was handed over to V-C Maitra by Sardar Taranjit Singh, son of Sardar Jodh Singh and Managing Director of JIS Group.last_img read more

Carcass of rhino found from Gorumara with horn hacked off

first_imgDarjeeling: The carcass of an adult rhinoceros has been recovered from Gorumara National Forest in the Jalpaiguri district. The horn of the rhino had been sawed off giving rise to the doubt that the animal was killed by poachers.During a routine patrol on Tuesday, forest personnel sighted the carcass in the Garati area under the Gorumara beat. The carcass of the adult rhino — around 25 years of age — was found on the grasslands on the bank of Jaldhaka river. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeForest personnel claim the adult male rhino had been shot at least two days ago following which the valuable horn had been sawed off. Foresters feel that poachers taking advantage of the dense fog had shot the rhino. There were bullet injuries on his body. The poachers must have tracked the movement of the rhino for quite some time, feel wildlife experts. Poachers usually choose spots where rhinos go to defecate. Sniffer dogs were brought in. However, after a certain area the dogs lost the scent owing to the dense jungle. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed “We believe that poachers are behind the death of the adult rhino. We have started an investigation. However, no one has been apprehended yet in connection with this incident,” stated Ujjwal Ghosh, Chief Conservator of Forest, Wildlife North. Incidentally on April 21, 2017, the decomposed carcasses of two rhinos was found in the same locality. The horns of the rhinos had been sawed off. On investigation, it was found that the rhinos had been killed by Manipuri poachers on April 19, 2017. The case had been handed over to the CID. The CID sleuths had come to know that the Manipuri poachers were aided by some locals of a forest village. The poachers had been hiding in Ramsai forest village from where they had planned out the poaching operation in 2017. With this incident coming to the forefront, the forest villages of the area have come under scanner.last_img read more

Bandh State govt to ensure normal life is not affected

first_imgKolkata: The Mamata Banerjee government in Bengal has made special arrangements to ensure that normal life is not affected by any means during the 48-hour bandh called by the various trade unions on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively.”We have a clear-cut stand and we do not support any bandh in the state. They (the Left) have pushed the state backwards in their 34 years of rule by calling bandhs. There will be no bandh now,” Banerjee told reporters at Nabanna. The state Home and Hill Affairs department has directed the state administration and police to ensure safety and security of the people and at the same time act tough against violation of law and order. Meanwhile, in the Hills, the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) has also opposed the bandh and has urged businessmen to keep their shops open.last_img read more

KMC cleans up venue soon after party workers leave

first_imgKolkata: The Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) on Saturday began the mammoth task of cleaning up the entire Brigade Parade Ground and the adjacent roads soon after the rally convened by Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee came to an end. Lakhs of Trinamool Congress supporters from all parts of the state assembled in the city to attend the meeting.”We have taken all possible measures to ensure that the entire ground and the roads in the city are cleaned up by night. We will take up thorough cleaning again on Sunday morning,” said Debabrata Majumder, Member Mayor-in-Council (Solid Waste Management). Also Read – 3 injured, flight, train services hit as rains lash BengalElaborating on the steps taken by his department, Majumder stated that 50 battery-operated vehicles, 25 movable compactors and four mechanical sweepers have been pressed into service. The civic body has deployed as many as 1,500 labourers along with four water tankers for the operation. It was noticed that right from the time when Mamata Banerjee was delivering her speech in the rally the clean-up operation had kicked off. Senior Trinamool Congress leaders present in the rally appealed to the party supporters over the microphone to vacate the place quickly to ensure that the cleaning operations started with immediate effect. With so many people from all parts of the state converging at the heart of the city, thermocol plates, food packets, tea cups, paper containers were strewn all over the venue. “We have made advance planning for the solid waste management considering the sea of people assembling in the city. Everything will be cleared by Saturday night,” a senior SWM official of the KMC said.last_img read more

AntiRowdy squad busts IPL betting racket at Eden

first_imgKolkata: The anti-rowdy section (ARS) of Kolkata Police’s detective department busted a cricket betting racket on Friday night and arrested seven persons in this connection during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Eden Gardens.Three of the arrested persons are residents of Nagpur, while four of them are from Madhya Pradesh. “We have arrested seven persons on the basis of a source information regarding cricket betting at Eden Gardens during the cricket match played between Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The group was nabbed by our ARS team after prolonged observation at F1 Block. 14 mobile phones including one betting accessory and other equipment have been seized,” said Pravin Tripathi, Joint Commissioner of Police (Crime). Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataAccording to police sources, the arrested persons have been identified as Mukul Jain, Piyush Jain, Pratik Jain and Mayank Seth, all hailing from Sagar district under Motinagar police station, Madhya Pradesh. The three other residents of Nagpur who have been nabbed are Dipak Kumar Kaslikar of Etowari, Wasim Ahmed of Tehasil and Gobind Maniyar of Nandan I. All of them are in the age group of 20 to 35. It may be mentioned that only on Wednesday, two people were held along with Rs 1.70 lakh and two cell phones by South Zone Task Force in Telangana, after a cricket betting racket was busted during the match between Sunrisers Hyderabad and Chennai Super Kings.last_img read more

Onam sadya in Champakulam

first_imgOnam in Kerala is a festival that celebrates collaborations, communities, and camaraderie. My mom belonged to Changanacherry (Kottayam District) and my father belonged to Champakulam Allapuzha district). Interestingly Onam at both places was differential because Changanacherry my mom’s home was next to the High Court whereas Champakulam by father’s home lay on the banks of the Pamba. If Changanacherry was accessible by road, Champakulam in the 50’s to 70’s was accessible only by motor boats or passenger liners. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfTracing back to the interesting beginnings of this festival, the Maharaja of Kochi used to march from Tripunithura to Vamanamoorthy temple in Thrikkakara where according to legends the festival of Onam originated. Onam is grandly celebrated throughout Kerala with a lot of joy and gaiety. But there are a few places where a majority of people gather for celebrating the festival.My uncle was one of the patrons of the Nehru trophy boat race. ‘Champakulam’ is an important region – which celebrates Onam with the Snake boat race or Vallamkali. More than 100 oarsmen in each boat participate in the celebration and sing worship songs of King Mahabali while racing. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveOn this day my uncle’s home called ‘Shanti Bhavan’ – was an open house and long rows of banana leaves would be laid out in three rooms to serve ‘Onam Sadya’ to visitors. At my uncle’s home, pickles and vegetables would all be cut and ready the night before while mountains of freshly grated coconut would be grated early morning. Supervision would be done by a veteran ‘Namboodhiri’ who belonged to the – ‘Ambalapuzha’ temple of which the family was patrons for generations. The sadya is served on plantain leaves – the top part is kept for visitors and the lower part for house inmates. When hot red rice is served along with the many curries – the subtle aroma of the blanched leaf mixed with the delicate smell of various curries tickles the palate.The ‘Onasadya’ is renowned to be “disciplined” and tradition-bound and has many health goals. There’s a ritual to how it’s served on the banana leaf. Chips and pickles go on the leaf first and then, in clockwise order, inji curry, pickles, three varieties of kichadi (cucumber with mustard, beetroot with ginger and bitter gourd with garlic), two pachadis, Madeira curry, thoran, avial, and koottu curry.On the banana leaf, each element has its place. The banana leaf is a medley of a variety of banana chips. The sweet sharkkaravaratti combines jaggery, dried ginger, and chips. Acids in the stomach and circulation are stimulated and aid metabolism.The injipuli, a ginger and jaggery concoction soothes the digestive system. It is a dish of abundant fiber, antioxidants, vitamin C and also serves to balance acidity in the stomach. All the curries are first put in their respective places except the parippu,sambar and rasam. The pappadum an eternal favourite is placed just before the rice which is put last, and just a small portion. The idea is that all the vegetables when eaten fill you up so you eat very little rice. A health goal in the alchemy of traditions.The sadya opens with pappadum, parippu (lentils) and ghee, a balanced diet fat and protein. This combination aids digestion. Then there is the eternal aviyal ( a melange of vegetables), eaten in combination with sambar. The flavour of fresh coconut oil in the aviyal is a heavenly flavour.This is followed by olan (without black-eyed peas), rasam and buttermilk. Each curry gets priority. Olan, which is a light curry made with ash gourd and coconut milk, is said to have medicinal properties. The pumpkin and coconut dish laced with curry leaves – errissary is yet another antioxidant-rich curry. Rasam and buttermilk too aid in digestion because of their lithe lightness.Then come the historic sweet payasams – ada, parippu/wheat or pazham pradhaman and boli with paal payasam made with broken chemba rice. Each dish has medicinal properties and aids digestion even as it speaks of health goals. After lunch was over we would all head to the banks of the river sit on the steps and watch the Vallamkali (boat race).last_img read more

Mystery shrouds death of Malay Ghataks kin no foulplay suspected

first_imgKolkata: Mystery shrouds the unnatural death of minister Malay Ghatak’s elder brother Asim Ghatak’s wife and daughter. On Monday, decomposed bodies of Asim’s wife Jayasree (61) and daughter Nilam (38) were found inside their house in Hindusthan Park in Asansol. Police had broken in and found both them lying dead. According to locals, Asim had died by drowning on the day of Mahalaya in 2017, while performing ‘tarpan’ rituals in Damodar river. Since then, both Jayasree and Nilam were in depression. None of their neighbours had seen them for the last few days. On Monday afternoon, their neighbours detected foul smell coming from the house. They knocked on the door but after none responded, Asansol South police station was informed. Police broke open the door and found the decomposed bodies of the duo lying on the floor. It is suspected that they had died at least three days ago. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSources informed that Jayasree and Nilam used to stay in isolation and avoided interacting with neighbours. A local vegetable seller used to deliver necessary things to their house. As soon as the bodies were recovered, Malay was informed. He went to the police station for necessary procedure. According to police sources, no foulplay is being suspected as of now. However, it is not clear whether they had committed suicide or not. The exact cause of death can only be identified after the autopsy report comes. No complaints have been received yet and an Unnatural Death (UD) case has been lodged.last_img read more

Hearing loss before 50 may raise drug abuse risk

first_imgPeople below 50 years who suffer from hearing loss are more likely to misuse opioids, alcohol and other drugs than their peers who have no such disorder, say researchers. The findings showed adults under 35 years with a hearing loss were 2.5 times more likely to have a prescription opioid use disorder. In addition, those between age 35 years and 49 years who had hearing loss were nearly twice as likely as their hearing peers to have disorders related to both prescription opioids and alcohol, said the study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfFor the study, the team included 86,186 adults. “Hearing loss is connected with a variety of health problems, including mental and physical health, which may place these individuals at risk for pain disorders. Also, the marginalising effects of hearing loss, such as social isolation, may be creating higher rates of substance use disorders too,” said Michael McKee from University of Michigan in the US. For those whose health care providers know of their hearing loss, McKee suspects that the higher rate of prescription opioid use disorder may stem from a much higher rate of being placed on controlled substances to quickly address pain issues, perhaps because of the communication barriers.last_img read more

VIDEO KD and Westbrook went nosetonose and appeared to genuinely dislike each

first_imgKevin Durant and Russell Westbrook’s relationship has officially gone from Batman and Robin to Tupac and Biggie after getting into a heated nose-to-nose exchange in the third quarter of the Thunder’s 108-91 win over Golden State and Durant in the town he left.With the Warriors trailing by 17, Westbrook picked Durant on a drive to the hole, which resulted in a frustrated KD stalking after Russ, and a literal nose-to-nose confrontation before being separated. This is pretty chippy back and forth for a regular season game in November.Durant also called Westbrook a p—y. Maybe it was all the cupcakes.last_img

Google Testing New Search Feature for Gmail Users

first_img min read If email is one of your primary communication tools then your inbox is probably a treasure trove of valuable information for your business. Search giant Google is testing a new search function that could make finding information in Gmail accounts even easier.Right now, if you think you had an email exchange days, weeks or months ago with a customer or colleague on a specific topic, your only option is to search for relevant terms related to that email chain from Gmail’s search tool. In a blog post yesterday, Google said it is allowing users who sign up for a limited trial to get information from their Gmail account right from Google’s main search page. Register Now » August 9, 2012 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Related: 5 Ways to Build a Solid Email Marketing List”We think you shouldn’t have to be your own mini-search engine to find the most useful information — it should just work,” Google senior vice president Amit Singhal wrote. “A search is a search, and we want our results to be truly universal.”So, if you’re planning a business trip to San Francisco, for example, Gmail users who sign up for the trial might see emails that are related to that trip on the right hand side of the usual Google results page when searching for “San Francisco.”Google says it’s working on another handy feature for business travelers: Collecting flight information from your email. If you search for “my flights”, Google says it will organize and display your flight confirmation emails for upcoming trips right on the search results page.Related: How to Tame Your InboxDo you plan on signing up for Google’s new email search feature? Leave us a comment and let us know.last_img read more