New Delhi: The National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) 2019 has been postponed in Odisha due to cyclone ‘Fani’, the HRD Ministry announced Saturday. The decision has been taken following a request from the Odisha administration in view of the rehabilitation work being underway in the state. “#NEET exam scheduled for 5th May in Odisha postponed as per the request of State Govt working on relief and rehabilitation work in the wake of #FaniCyclone. Revised dates for the exam in Odisha will be announced so,” HRD Secretary R Subramanyam tweeted. Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra Singh The extremely severe cyclonic storm, which made landfall at Odisha’s Puri on Friday, unleashed copious rain and windstorm that gusted up to 200 kmph, blowing away thatched roofs of houses, swamped towns and villages, before weakening and entering West Bengal. The death toll due to the calamity, which stood at eight on Friday, mounted to 12 with four fresh casualties reported from Mayurbhanj district in Odisha, officials said, adding that detailed information from many areas was still awaited.
Brussels – The Morocco-European Union association committee opened this Monday in Brussels its 11th session in the presence of a large Moroccan delegation chaired by minister of foreign affairs and cooperation.The meeting will look into the political and economic situation in Morocco and progress made in political, economic and social reforms.The session will also be an opportunity to assess relations between Morocco and the European Union since the Council’s last session held in April 2012, mainly regarding the implementation of the political, economic, social and human dimensions of the association agreement and the work plan of the European neighborhood policy. Morocco and the EU will examine prospects of the exemplary partnership existing between the two sides, in light of the objectives set by the new work plan for the advanced status.Regional and international issues, such as integration in the Maghreb, the situation in the Sahel-Sahara region and in Africa and means to consolidate collaboration as part of renovated triangular cooperation are other items on the agenda of this session.
Rabat – International news outlets reported today that a Turkish prosecutor has ordered that an arrest warrant be issued against two Saudis close to Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman over the killing of prominent journalist Jamal Khashoggi.On Wednesday, a Turkish source close to the investigation dossier said that the prosecutor’s office filed a request to obtain the warrants for Saudi nationals Ahmad al Assiri and Saud al Qahtani, two allies of MBS.Former media advisor to the royal court Al Qahtani and former deputy chief of Saudi intelligence General al-Assiri were removed from office on October 20 after the murder of Khashoggi, who was killed in the Saudi consulate in Istanbul. Read Also: King Mohammed VI Snubs Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin SalmanThe prosecutor’s office in Istanbul believes that “there is strong suspicion” that the two sacked officials were involved in the planning the murder.On Tuesday, two US key senators concluded that Mohammed bin Salman had ordered the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.Richard C. Shelby, a republican senator, also commented on bin Salman’s involvement, stating that “all evidence points to that, that all this leads back to the crown prince,” adding that “This is conduct that none of us in America would approve of in any way.”US President Donald Trump, Secretary of Defense, James Mattis and Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo have all been defending Saudi Arabia, claiming there is no “smoking gun” linking bin Salman to the murder.
Antonio Maria Costa, Executive Director of the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), said Afghanistan’s drug economy will keep growing until those involved in opium production and trafficking have a financial incentive to do something else.UNODC estimates that last year’s opium production in Afghanistan generated $1 billion for farmers and $1.3 billion for traffickers – equivalent to half the country’s income.Mr. Costa urged participants in the two-day international conference on Afghanistan’s reconstruction, which started today in Berlin, to contribute to specific anti-drug measures.”It is urgent to redress this risk-reward imbalance, making engagement in illicit activities socially and economically unattractive,” Mr. Costa said. “Licit economic activities also need to be made more accessible and remunerative.”The UNODC chief also said authorities should distinguish between traffickers and farmers in determining who they seek first for punishment, adding farmers deserve development assistance to discourage them from growing opium poppies.
“Extracting information can take hours and days, making timely analysis of relevant safeguards data difficult and expensive,” said the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Livio Costantini. “We need to prepare for new data to be included when drawing safeguards conclusions, such as open source, imagery, and import and export information. “A major overhaul of the system is needed to allow inspectors immediate, secure online access to safeguards information.” Under agreements with more than 140 countries, IAEA inspectors must verify that safeguarded nuclear material and nuclear developments are not used for military purposes. The agency estimated its computer system’s extra-budgetary funding needs at $10 million, after receiving contributions towards the overhaul from the United Kingdom and the United States. “Failure to replace the hardware and software, and to integrate fully all the information system components will carry large risks,” the Vienna-based Agency warned in a statement.
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Friday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (11,694.67, down 41.5 points):Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Down 16 cents, or 4.04 per cent, at $3.80 on 13,071,622 shares.Osisko Mining Corp. (TSX:OSK). Miner. Down $1.10, or 12.94 per cent, at $7.40 on 9,618,572 shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Insurer. Up 16 cents, or 1.31 per cent, at $12.36 on 8,246,710 shares.Eastern Platinum Ltd. (TSX:ELR). Miner. Down 1.5 cents, or 4.23 per cent, at 34 cents on 4,794,337 shares.Talisman Energy Inc. (TSX:TLM). Oil and gas. Down 42 cents, or 3.72 per cent, at $10.86 on 4,409,128 shares.Viterra Inc. (TSX:VT). Grain-handler. Down one cent, or 0.06 per cent, at $15.96 on 4,360,984 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,345.58, down 9.73 points):BSM Technologies Inc. (TSXV:GPS). E-commerce. Up 0.5 cents, or 12.50 per cent, at 4.5 cents on 4,867,000 shares.Trelawney Mining and Exploration Inc. (TSXV:TRR). Miner. Up one cent, or 0.31 per cent, at $3.28 on 4,235,279 shares.Companies reporting major news:Dorel Industries (TSX:DII.B). Leisure sports. Down $2.44, or 8.47 per cent, at $26.36 on 37,798 shares. The maker of bikes and other products for children missed expectations by reporting a 6.4 per cent drop in first-quarter profits to $29.2 million despite higher revenues. It earned 91 cents per share for the period ended March 31. That compared to 94 cents per share or $31.2 million a year earlier.Miranda Technologies Inc. (TSX:MT). Television hardware/software. Up three cents, or 0.26 per cent, at $11.43 on 68,466 shares. For the first quarter ended March 31, Miranda (TSX:MT) reported net profit of $900,000 in its first-quarter, down from $2.3 million in the same period last year. Revenues were up seven per cent to $42.2 million in the quarter, compared with $39.7 million in the first quarter of 2011. by The Canadian Press Posted May 11, 2012 5:11 pm MDT
Subcompact cars fare poorly in insurance industry’s new frontal crash tests by Dee-Ann Durbin, The Associated Press Posted Jan 21, 2014 10:07 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email This undated photo provided by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety shows he Fiat 500 during a crash test. The agency says the Fiat 500 and the Honda Fit were the worst performers of the 12 minicars tested in terms of potential injury to drivers. (AP Photo/Insurance Institute for Highway Safety) DETROIT – Subcompact cars fared poorly in new crash tests performed by an insurance industry group.None of the 12 minicars tested got the highest rating of “good” from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. The Chevrolet Spark was the only car that earned the second-highest rating of “acceptable.” Six of the cars — including the segment’s bestseller, the Nissan Versa — got the lowest rating of “poor.”All of the cars were from the 2013 or 2014 model years.“Small, lightweight vehicles have an inherent safety disadvantage. That’s why it’s even more important to choose one with the best occupant protection,” said Joe Nolan, IIHS’s senior vice-president for vehicle research.The institute’s small overlap test, which was introduced in 2012, mimics what happens when a car’s front corner collides with another vehicle or an object like a utility pole. In the test, 25 per cent of a vehicle’s front end on the driver’s side strikes a rigid barrier at 40 mph (64 kph).The test differs from the U.S. government’s frontal crash test, in which a car strikes a rigid barrier head-on at 35 mph (56 kph).IIHS says hitting only part of the front end makes it harder for cars to manage the energy from a crash. In several of the subcompacts, the structures collapsed, which can exacerbate injuries because the air bags, seats and other parts get knocked out of position.In the test of the Honda Fit, for example, the steering column pushed so far into the vehicle that the dummy’s head slid off the air bag and hit the instrument panel. IIHS said the Fit was one of the worst performers in terms of potential injuries to the driver.Honda responded that the 2015 Fit, which goes on sale in a few months, should earn a top score on the small offset test. The recently redesigned Honda Civic, which is one size up from the Fit, is among five small cars with “good” ratings on the test. A four-door Civic is around 300 pounds(136 kilograms) heavier and 18 inches(45.7 centimetres) longer than the current four-door Fit.The current Fit does get top scores in the institute’s other four tests, including measurements of roof strength and side impact protection.IIHS said the Fiat 500 was also one of the worst performers. The crash force ripped the door hinges off the 500, causing it to fall open during the test.Spokesman Eric Maybe said the Fiat 500 meets all government safety requirements and, like the Fit, gets “good” ratings in all four of the institute’s other crash tests.Cars with “marginal” ratings were the Kia Rio, Mazda2, Toyota Yaris and Ford Fiesta. Cars with “poor” ratings — in addition to the Fit, the Fiat 500 and the Versa — were the Toyota Prius C, Mitsubishi Mirage and Hyundai Accent.
While members of the Ohio State football team continue the national championship celebration, an unexpected surgery for coach Urban Meyer prompted the cancellation of at least one event.Meyer’s scheduled appearance at the University of Findlay on Wednesday evening was cancelled due to a “previously unscheduled surgery,” a team spokesman told The Lantern on Wednesday.Reports surfaced Wednesday afternoon that the surgery was an emergency appendectomy.The spokesman said that Meyer could be out of the hospital sometime Wednesday, but there is a chance he will be held overnight.Meyer is scheduled to throw out the first pitch at Yankee Stadium on Friday night. The spokesman said as of Wednesday morning, the plans are still intact for Meyer’s trip to New York.This is the second consecutive spring in which Meyer underwent a minor procedure. Last March, he had minor brain surgery to drain a cyst. He returned to practice the next day after that procedure.Meyer’s health problems when he was coaching at the University of Florida were well-documented as well, culminating in him resigning after the 2010 season.
When Sue Peckitt realised she could not finish the cup of coffee she had bought while shopping in West London, she thought about the most public-spirited way of disposing of the unwanted beverage.Having decided that she did not want to leave refuse collectors with a “soggy mess” to clear up, she decided to pour the piping hot liquid down a drain, before depositing the cup in a nearby bin.But to her horror, the 65-year-old retired civil servant found herself confronted by three council enforcement officers, who issued her with an £80 fixed penalty notice on the grounds that she had breached laws designed to stop companies discharging pollutants into the sewer system. Andrew Wiseman, a partner at Harrison Grant, a specialist environmental law firm, said that pouring coffee down the drain could be seen as a breach of environmental laws designed to ban the introduction of any “poisonous, noxious or polluting matter” to the drainage system.Mr Wiseman said: “If this lady just tipped coffee down the drain, it would be absolutely ludicrous to consider it as an offence.”Ealing Council yesterday announced that they would refund the penalty notice, and offered an apology to Miss PeckittA spokesman for the local authority said: “The council has investigated this particular case and will be dropping the fine originally issued. Our priority is to make sure that the borough is clean and litter free and we apologise for any inconvenience that this may have caused.” Approached by the Daily Telegraph, Miss Peckitt said: “The council did not respond to my concerns about the fine, so I contacted my local news outlet, Get West London, who took up the case with the council. The council have now agreed to refund the fine and apologise. I’m pleased with this outcome.”Miss Peckitt is not the first resident to fall foul of overly zealous enforcement officers.In July 2015 Luke Gutteridge won a nine-month legal battle against Broxbourne Borough Council, which had handed him a £75 fine after he dropped a small piece of orange peel while throwing a handful of the fruit’s skin into a bin.Despite apologising after being alerted by an enforcement officer, and immediately returning the offending peel to the bin, Mr Gutteridge was nevertheless handed a fine, which he subsequently challenged in court. Magistrates in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, accepted the former salesman’s defence that littering was only an offence if there was proof that it had been intentional.What do you think? Have your say by leaving a comment below. Miss Peckitt said yesterday that she had poured the coffee down the drain because “it wasn’t very nice and I thought, ‘I want to get rid of this’”. She then placed the cup in a bin.She told the local news website Get West London: “I am astonished by the whole process.”I think there is a big problem with litter but it is bizarre, I had put this coffee down [the drain] because it was the safe and environmentally friendly thing to do.”The reason I didn’t dispose of the cup and the liquid in the bin was that I didn’t want to turn the contents of the bin into a soggy mess.”After seeing her appeal against the on-the-spot penalty turned down by Ealing Council, the pensioner turned to her local news website, Get West London, whose enquiries forced the local authority to refund the fee. Our priority is to make sure that the borough is clean and litter-freeEaling Council spokesman Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
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It’s normal for expectant mothers to come back from the doctor with prints of their ultrasound scan, but it’s just a outline of something that resembles a baby. A clinic in Tokyo now offers a service that provides a much clearer image of the unborn child, one that will blow away any ultrasound.The Fasotec and Hiroo Ladies clinic is offering pregnant women 3D models of their unborn babies, giving the opportunity for parents to have something they can hold on to before the baby is born. The technology works best for pregnant women who are in their 8th and 9th months of pregnancy, in fact the clinic found a model made at 9 months (near birth) showed up the face of the child much more clearly.The model is created using BioTexture, which turns the image data into 3D data, which is then brought to life using a 3D printer that uses two resins to create the model. One is clear, for the mother’s body, and the other is opaque, which is the shape of the baby. Usually, the technology is used to make models of people, specifically in order to show bone structure and organs for medical students.It’s an unusual service and my guess is that most people will feel unnerved at the thought of seeing their unborn child in such a way. However, the mothers it’s been tested on have apparently enjoyed being able to have a physical version of their baby before it’s born and see the model as a reminder of their pregnancy.The service currently costs around $1250 — not including the imaging fees — but Fasotec plans to expand it to different sized models in order to create cheaper options. This includes a version of the fetus sized to fit on a key ring, so a model of your unborn child can always be with you.via Diginfo
Le Chromebook de Samsung va à l’essentielSamsung commercialise le premier Chromebook, un ordinateur portable fonctionnant sous Chrome OS. Ce système d’exploitation créé par Google propose toutes les fonctions de bases de l’informatique domestique. Fini Windows, au revoir Linux, sayonara Mac OS ! C’est un système bien plus jeune qui équipe le premier Chromebook. Basée entièrement sur la multitude d’applications Google, Chrome OS n’est pas forcement dépaysant lorsque l’on est un utilisateur de Gmail/Gdocs/Gmap/G-je-ne-sais-quoi-encore. Mais il manque encore de maturité.À lire aussiÉquinoxe du Printemps : pourquoi tombe-t-il le 20 mars ?Ce portable est appartient à la Série 5 de Samsung. Ses 2 minuscules cm d’épaisseur contiennent un écran 12 pouces, 1280×800 pixels, une batterie sensée tenir 6h, une webcam, une paire de ports usb et des ports micros SD, MMC et SDHC et, plus original, un port mini-VGA. Pour l’internet, il appartient à la catégorie « WiFi Only » ! Or sans internet, la machine ne fait vraiment pas grand-chose.Ses composants sont un processeur Intel Pine Trail, Atom double-cœur N570 à 1,66 GHz, 2 Go de mémoire vive en DDR3… De vrais composants de netbook, à puissance limitée. Ce n’est pas le but, car le Chromebook vise le confort avec un bruit de ventilation vraiment très faible, peu de chaleur dissipée, et un chargeur tout petit. La dalle de l’écran pèche toutefois par un manque de contraste.Il coute 399€ sur les grands sites de ventes en ligne. Un modèle Acer devrait bientôt le rejoindre et ouvrir la guerre des chromebooks, qui devront d’ailleurs tous être validés par Google avant commercialisation. Mais sans doute cela se passera-t-il mieux quand l’OS aura gagné en maturité.Le 23 novembre 2011 à 17:15 • Maxime Lambert
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, July 7, 2016 – Guests to the country are far too frequently becoming the target of crime… on the World’s #1 Beach last night about 20 minutes to 10, a group of tourists was robbed by knife point. The man, about 5’ 7” was wearing short pants and a black hoodie when he grabbed the throat of one in the group and threatened them. He got away with cash and a wallet with documents; he was said to have a broken accent.Earlier in the day, shortly after 4 pm, according to Police two in a separate incident were robbed; the crime was reported for them and it was explained that the pair was on North West Point Beach – two masked gunmen, one 6 feet and the other 6′ 2″ got away with a straw bag containing clothing, a go pro camera, cell phone and some cash and a white scooter. That scooter would be later found by detectives who arrested the 46 year old allegedly in possession of it and are still on the hunt for a second man.These incidents on the beaches of Providenciales are among the reasons Beaches Resort owner Butch Stewart cited for the drop in guest bookings from December for the six star hotel.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Haiti, February 2, 2018, Port-au-Prince – The Digicel Haiti Foundation this week opened the PJ Mara de Jolivert National School located in the commune of Bassin Bleu in the Northwest department. Mr. Denis O’Brien, founder of the Digicel Foundation, was in attendance along with a delegation from Ireland and numerous local authorities including the Departmental Director of National Education, Mr. Yves Félizaire. This school is a special project dedicated to the memory of Mr. Patrick James Mara, member of Digicel Group’s Board of Director, who passed away in 2016.Founded in July 2011, this school, which was operating in a makeshift shelter, is now lodged in new earthquake-resistant and hurricane-resistant premises. The school has 11 classrooms that can accommodate more than 400 students, an administrative building, a computer lab, a library, a sports field, a kitchen, and a warehouse, as well as bathroom facilities. This institution, which cost almost US$500,000, is the 174th school built by the Foundation since its inception. It serves the community of Jolivert, which lacked a school structure that conformed to international building codes. As a result of this latest addition, the number of students that attend schools built by the Foundation in Haiti now totals 60,000.Commenting on the opening of the school, Denis O’Brien, Chairman and founder of Digicel Group and Patron of the Digicel Haiti Foundation, said; “Education provided in a safe, friendly and conducive learning environment is the bridge to a brighter future for Haiti’s children and we are so happy to be doing what we can to help these children realise their enormous potential. Dedicated to the memory of my great friend and colleague PJ Mara who had a particular fondness for and affinity to Haiti and its people, the PJ Mara de Jolivert National School holds a special place in all our hearts.”Believing firmly that agriculture also constitutes one of the pillars of the country’s development, the Foundation, in collaboration with the school Principal, Mrs. Loutte Yvette, started a “School Garden” programme to teach students about and involve them in national agricultural production. Starting with preschool, students will learn to plant vegetables and fruits, to grow them, and to harvest their own produce – a part which will be used for the school canteen and the remainder of which will be sold by the school administration with the revenue contributing to the school’s maintenance.“We are happy to be able to offer this new school to the Northwest department, which already has 12 schools built by the Foundation. We are confident that it will train several future leaders and contribute to the development of Bassin Bleu,” declared Mrs. Josefa Gauthier, Non-Executive President of the Digicel Haiti Foundation.Press Release: Digicel
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After making a mark in the Indian Rock music scene with their debut album Ghoom, Punkh, a six-member band is now ready enthrall you with their second album Karmah. While the band was here in the Capital to release the album at the Friends of Music event, we chatted with the band’s frontman Deepak Nair (Dean). Here are excerpts…Tell us about yourselves. How did you guys come together/start off?Punkh was formed in Germany under the name Guru in 2006. I was pursuing a Bachelors degree in jazz and pop music from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, when I gathered the founder members. As I moved back to India, I decided on continuing the project and joined up with some of my earlier band mates from the Delhi rock scene. This is how Punkh was formed. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’What was the first big break for you guys?The first big break was being signed on by the major record label EMI Virgin Music in 2007. We released our first and self-titled album with them.Tell us something about your upcoming projects.We are presently looking forward to our second album Karmah being released in Delhi? at the platform of Friends of Music?. We have a tour planned for the same. Karmah combines heavy duty riff rock from the nu-metal era with distinct Indian elements like the sitar and soaring vocals heavily reminiscent of the Eighties. It comprises of seven tracks with the title track setting the tone for the band’s new musical statement. Apart from Karmah, we are also giving music for an upcoming independent film. Three full length songs and the background music for the entire film will are given by Punkh. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixHow would you define your musical philosophy?Stand for something….or you’ll fall for anything. Tell us a bit about your music, what do you think defines you guys?In simple words we feel we are the only true grit Hindi Hard rock/Metal band in India. Most Hindi bands have a commercial appeal and tend to soften and water down the edge. We have retained that. Thanks to our German producer Markus Tescke who made the sound possible. To add to this raw rock and metal power we have some soulful sitar and equally gracious shlok’s and mantras in some tracks. In our country, how easy (or difficult) is it to make a mark in the music scene? What do you think about the main issues are?I feel that in every country, all over the world, making a mark in any field you are is challenging and surely not an easy task. From being a successful actor to an entrepreneur, from being a recognised doctor to being a top notch engineer is also a difficult task. It’s a part of the deal. We have already taken our plunge and really don’t care where we land. It’s the journey and not the destination.? ?What/who inspires you?The list is endless. Musically the list starts from Freddie Mercury to Michael Jackson to Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. Other than that a lot of bands like Rush, Led Zeppelin, Van Halen, Aerosmith, Dreamtheater, Periphery, Pink Floyd, Pantera and so on.Tell us about your best tracksGuess each of us in the band has a different favorite. Unanimously it certainly would be the title track Karmah. Other than that Insaan is the loudest and hardest hitting song and real fun to play live, the ballads like Tanhaa and Nashaa are sure favorites of most of our family members and friends What suggestions/advice would you have for newbies in music?Try and derive your own sound and USP and stick to Hindi or any Indian language as a medium. How has Delhi been for you guys?Delhi has treated us well, perhaps we feel secure in Delhi. We have been struggling and playing music in Delhi for over 15 years. We have a strong bond with the city.
Sarod maestro Amjad Ali Khan has a word of caution for aspiring musicians, “Don’t learn classical music if you want a career.” “If you want to make a career then don’t learn classical music… Become an engineer, scientist or a bank manager.Classical music is a lifelong service, commitment and dedication to understand music,” Khan told PTI.The musician was here to perform at a charity concert held by Indian Cancer Society.Khan said only a few who can “entirely dedicate their lives to music and their masters” manage to find the light in the “dark tunnel that is music”. Also Read – Rian Johnson wants to move beyond ‘legacy characters’ with new ‘Star Wars’ trilogy”For music, you have to entirely dedicate yourself to the Gods and your teacher. Classical music is like entering a dark tunnel with this hope that some light will reach you someday.”A few of us find that light, while thousands of others are still stumbling around in the darkness,” Khan said.Pointing at the increasingly commercialised prospects of music, he said that people were learning music only “to make an album or to be on television”.”These days you see people who learn music to make an album, to appear on reality shows or to perform on stage. You don’t find many people who are learning music to actually understand music,” the Padma Vibhushan awardee said. Also Read – Making ‘Mission Mangal’ was a big risk: Akshay KumarWhile Khan disapproves of the commercialisation of music, he also feels that the “future of classical music is secure” in the hands of “talented” young aspiring musicians like his sons Amman and Ayaan and their contemporaries.”There are some very young talented musicians in this generation. Amaan, Ayaan and their contemporary musicians are very talented and they are quite established. So, I feel the future of classical music is secure,” he said.The Sarod player also noted that while legacy played its part in a musician’s life, it was largely his or her dedication and hard work that pays off.”It is not necessary that only a newcomer with a legacy can find his or her place in this field. Legacy helps, but not always.”I have taught Amaan and Ayaan classical music and Sarod, because music is my wealth, it is my property, bank balance, treasure and everything that I have. Now it’s up to their own hard work, commitment, dedication and discipline,” he said.
Kolkata: Around 1.19 crore people will exercise their franchise on Sunday, in the eight Jangalmahal constituencies of Tamluk, Ghatal, Midnapore, Contai, Jhargram, Bankura, Bishnupur and Purulia.Trinamool had won from all these constituencies in the 2014 Lok Sabha polls. Political experts feel that while Trinamool will try to keep the seats intact, BJP will try to make a dent in the party’s stronghold. In Midnapore, BJP state president Dilip Ghosh is contesting against Manas Bhuniya. Ghosh is an MLA from Kharagpur Town constituency, who had defeated veteran Congress leader Gyan Singh Sohanpal in the 2016 Assembly elections. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataSandhya Roy had won the seat in 2014 by 1.85 lakh votes. Trinamool Congress supremo Mamata Banerjee replaced Roy by Bhuniya, a veteran politician. Both Narendra Modi and Banerjee have addressed rallies in favour of their nominees in the area. In Ghatal, Tollywood actor Dipak Adhikari popularly known as Dev, had won the seat by 2.60 lakh votes in 2014. He is contesting against Bharati Ghosh, a former police officer who recently joined BJP and has no experience in politics. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateFormer Panchayat and Rural Development minister Subrata Mukherjee is contesting from the Bankura seat, which Moon Moon Sen had won by 98,000 votes in 2014, whereas in Bishnupur, Trinamool’s nominee is Shyamal Santra. Saumitra Khan, who had won the seat by 1.49 lakh votes in 2014 and has recently joined BJP, is contesting against Santra. In Jhargram, Trinamool Congress nominee Birbaha Soren Tudu is contesting. Party candidate Uma Soren had earlier won the seat by 3.87 lakh votes. In Purulia, Trinamool candidate Mriganko Mahato has been renominated. Political experts feel that while BJP had won seats in the Panchayat elections in Purulia, Bankura and Jhargram, the party has failed to strengthen its base and organisation in these areas. This will make it difficult for the party to make inroads in the Adivasi belt, where Trinamool’s main weapon is massive development carried out in the past seven years, including construction of bridges, roads, hospitals, educational institutions and a university in Purulia. There is not a single family that has not been benefitted by the schemes taken up by the state government.
By now, we all know that President Abraham Lincoln met his end at Ford’s Theater, just after the end of the Civil War. But most people don’t know that Lincoln wasn’t the only casualty that evening. In fact, the events of that night set the stage for an unspeakable tragedy that would unfold decades later—involving the couple who sat with President Lincoln and his wife, Mary.The night of April 14th was supposed to be a night of celebration in the nation’s capital. Confederate General Robert E. Lee had surrendered days before and everyone was in high spirits.Major Henry Reed Rathbone, a U.S. military officer and diplomat, and his fiancée, Clara Harris, were asked by President Lincoln to join him and his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln, for a performance of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theater.Henry Reed Rathbone was a United States military officer and diplomat who was present at the assassination of President Abraham LincolnThey arrived late—the play had already begun—but upon seeing Lincoln and his guests making their way to the Presidential box, the audience began to cheer. President Lincoln gave a modest bow, then the couples took their seats.It was shortly after 10 o’clock when John Wilkes Booth, armed with a revolver and knife, entered the Presidential box and shot Lincoln in the back of his head. Rathbone jumped up and attempted to prevent Booth from fleeing.Lincoln in February 1865, about two months before his deathThe two men tussled and Booth tried to stab Rathbone in the chest with a large knife he was carrying, but Rathbone was able to deflect the blade by pushing Booth’s arm upwards—in the process suffering a deep gash in his left arm, between his elbow and shoulder.Despite his injury, Rathbone continued battling him, but Booth was able to escape by dropping to the stage, some 12 feet below.Dagger used by Booth to attack RathboneIt was then that Rathbone returned to the President, still slumped in his chair. Sensing the seriousness of his condition, Rathbone hurried to get help. Dr. Charles Leale, a surgeon, was the first to reach the scene. After discovering a bullet hole in the back of Lincoln’s head, he suggested moving the injured man to a nearby boarding house for further examination.Ford’s Theater Scene in the Abraham Lincoln Museum in Springfield, Illinois. Photo by Winonave – CC BY-SA 3.0Rathbone and Clara tended to the First Lady as Lincoln was being looked over, when, quite unexpectedly, Major Rathbone passed out, due to the loss of blood, and he was taken back to his fiance’s home. While there, Rathbone became delirious, talking about the shooting and his guilt about not being able to apprehend Booth.Related Video: The last surviving person who had been in Ford’s Theater that night went on a game show to talk about it in 1956.Unlike the President, Rathbone would recover from his physical wounds, but both he and his fiancé would have a hard time dealing with the after-effects of the tragedy in the years ahead.Abraham Lincoln, painting by George Peter Alexander Healy in 1869At one point, Clara Harris would make the peculiar decision of posing for Matthew Brady, a Civil War photographer, wearing the dress she had on the night of the assassination, still caked with her husband’s dried blood.Afterwards, she placed the garment in the back of her closet, eventually having it entombed by a brick wall. Rathbone’s behavior was becoming increasingly unstable and over the years he was plagued by health problems, including chronic heart palpitations.Shown in the presidential booth of Ford’s Theatre, from left to right, are assassin John Wilkes Booth, Abraham Lincoln, Mary Todd Lincoln, Clara Harris, and Henry RathboneIn 1867, Rathbone married Harris—who, by the way, also happened to be his stepsister—and retired from the army a few years later. The union proved precarious.Clara Harris (married Maj. Rathbone)He retired from the army in 1870 and moved his family to Germany. If the couple was hoping a fresh start would help their marriage—or Rathbone’s mental health—they were sadly mistaken. Two days before Christmas, in 1883, Rathbone, gripping a revolver and knife in his hands, made his way to the bedroom of his children.Painting depicting Lincoln’s assassinationClara, trying to stop him, was fatally shot and stabbed. Rathbone then stabbed himself five times in the chest, a suicide attempt that failed.What caused his uncontrollable rage? Many traced his actions back to that fateful night at Ford’s Theater. Dr. G. W. Pope, who tended to Rathbone’s wounds decades earlier, observed, “I have no hesitation in affirming that the dreaded tragedy, which preyed upon his nervous and impressionable temperament for many years, laid the seeds of that homicidal mania.”In short, it’s likely that Rathbone was suffering from severe post-traumatic stress.Calling card Henry R. Rathbone, U.S. Army. Artifact in the museum collection, National Park Service, Ford’s Theatre National Historic SiteThe broken man would never stand trial for his wife’s grisly end. He was declared insane and sent to the Provincial Insane Asylum, where he died in 1911, at age 74.Related story from us: President Lincoln artifacts, including his famous stovepipe hat, could be auctioned if foundation can’t raise fundsIn 1910, the year before his father’s death, Henry Riggs Rathbone reportedly broke down the brick wall his mother had built decades ago to shut out the past, recovered her blood-stained dress, and set it ablaze—an attempt to put an end to what he felt was a family curse.Barbara Stepko is a New Jersey-based freelance editor and writer who has contributed to AARP magazine and the Wall Street Journal.